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Multiple Steelers earn high praise from PFF after Week 17 performances

Pickens’ great stretch isn’t going unnoticed

Pittsburgh Steelers v Seattle Seahawks Photo by Jane Gershovich/Getty Images

The Steelers have won two straight games, and have done so in explosive fashion. The offense has looked as good as it has since the pre-injury days of Ben Roethlisberger, and the respective performances haven’t gone unnoticed.

PFF graded several Steelers as having fantastic days against the Seahawks, and these are the ones that stood out the most

WR George Pickens

Pickens followed up his nearly 200-yard game against the Bengals with another elite showing against the Seahawks. He caught seven passes for 131 yards, and was graded as the sixth best receiver in terms of RECV, PFF’s grade for pass routes.

Pittsburgh has wisely started using Pickens in a larger variety of ways, including in the slot rather than just having him run sideline comebacks to catch back-shoulder throws. Moving Pickens around and making the defenses guess what he is going to do rather than making it blatantly obvious what route he is running has helped his production immensely.

TE Connor Heyward

Heyward was graded as the fourth-best tight end in terms of run blocking in Week 17. The Steelers mustered 202 yards on the ground, and Heyward helped open up the outside lanes, as well as off-tackle runs for both Najee Harris and Jaylen Warren.

CB Chandon Sullivan

If I asked you to guess the Steelers’ cornerback with the best coverage grade, you’d probably say Joey Porter Jr. That is never a bad guess, as Porter has been fantastic all season. That said, it was nickel cornerback Chandon Sullivan who led all Steelers in coverage grading in Week 17. Sullivan earned the ninth highest grade amongst all cornerbacks in the NFL, helping shut down Jaxon Smith-Njigba who only had one catch on the day.

RBs Najee Harris & Jaylen Warren

Harris and Warren were recognized as two of the best running backs in the league for their respective performances against Seattle. Harris earned the second-highest grade amongst all running backs, and Warren was right behind him at No. 3. The two combined for 40 carries, 197 yards, and three touchdowns.