The Steelers running game performed well in Pittsburgh's loss to Cleveland in Week 6. They just didn't get a chance to fully reap the benefits of it due to a defense that gave up far too many big plays to be successful.
The grades from football plays evaluation web site, Pro Football Focus, are indicative of that.
Steelers guard Ramon Foster got a 2.9 grade, leading all Steelers, in a brutal 31-10 loss. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (2.7), Antonio Brown (2.4) and running back Le'Veon Bell (2.2) were the other top scorers on offense. It's probably instructive to point out these grades aren't weighted for the magnitude of the moment; many of Roethlisberger's passes and Brown's catches came in garbage time when the game was out of reach.
Defensively, linebacker Lawrence Timmons scored a 2.5 grade to lead all defenders. Upon a second viewing, we should have added Timmons to the Winners list, he played a solid game. We did add free safety Mike Mitchell, who scored a 2.2 from PFF.
Cortez Allen was the lowest on the team, registering a -3.7, the fifth time in six games he's been below -1.0. Cam Thomas had a -2.0, the second-lowest grade of the game.