The Pittsburgh Steelers were able to get back over .500 heading coming out of their bye week as they defeated the Browns by the score of 15-10 in Cleveland. The win could be attributed to many factors where the team came through on both sides of the ball. Even though it wasn’t a perfect game, there were some good performances of note from the black and gold.
So who gets the game ball?
Each Steelers win this season, I will set forth nominations to receive the BTSC game ball. It does not necessarily have to be the best player on the field, but who really stepped up their game this particular week. It may not even be their best performance, but perhaps overcoming some adversity will also put someone in consideration. After the case is been made, you all decide which player takes home the honor.
Coming off of a win last week, let’s recap the Week 6 game ball.
Week 6 Game Ball Winner: T.J. Watt
This vote once again wasn’t even close as Watt took over the overtime period. Although he was likely still going to be nominated at the end of regulation, what an overtime for T.J. Watt! Ending the first OT drive with a sack as well as forcing the takeaway on the second drive to set up the game-winning kick. This week Mr. Watt showed how much he earned his big contract.
I’m very grateful we finally get back to the positive side of things yet again and get to hand out a game ball. I will remind everyone of the rules that it is individual players who will be in the running. Although it could be applicable, it will not be either position groups or coaches who are eligible for this designation as they are more in line for Jeff Hartman’s Winners and Losers article. Also, with it being an overtime game, we will have an extra nominee. So here are the nominations in no particular order:
The Steelers rookie running back ran the ball hard in his first road AFC North matchup. Finishing with 91 yards on 26 carries for a 3.5 yard average, Harris also found the end zone for the Steelers in the third quarter.
As he continues to make his push towards another year of being in the NFL Defensive Player of the Year conversation, T.J. Watt added another 1.5 sacks along with six tackles and three quarterback hits. Watt also was able to jump on the fumble forced by Joe Schobert and get the only takeaway of the game.
The Steelers rookie tight end is really coming into his own. A focal point of the passing game, Freiermuth had four receptions for 44 yards on seven targets and an impressive touchdown catch on fourth down to give the Steelers the lead.
In what I believe was his best game of the season, Ben Roethlisberger took care of business with completing 22 of his 34 passing attempts for 266 yards and a touchdown. Hitting Diontae Johnson to seal the victory for a 50-yard catch and run seemed like classic Ben Roethlisberger.
Not always flashy and getting a lot in the statistics department, the Steelers defensive captain managed 0.5 sacks, two quarterback hits, and four tackles. Most impressively, Heyward completely blew up the Browns fourth down attempt in the first half and disrupted the play for the Steelers to get the turnover on downs.
So what do you think? Who deserves the game ball for the Steelers this week? Make sure you vote in the poll as this is how the winner will be determined. And of course, feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.
Who gets the BTSC game ball in the Steelers 15-10 win over the Cleveland Browns?
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