It'll take a bit of research but the immediate, knee-jerk reaction is that no Steelers player has ever received a grade of 7.7 from play evaluation web site Pro Football Focus. But Steelers' outside linebacker Jason Worilds achieved that mark in Pittsburgh's 30-23 win over the Houston Texans in Week 7.
Upon a second review of the game, our immediate impression is that number will come down a bit when the staff at PFF looks at it again, but the larger point is still true. Worilds played an outstanding game and got a lot more pressure, particularly in the second half, than it initially appeared.
Steelers' LB Lawrence Timmons had the second highest score at 4.6, and we think his grade will stay around that mark. He was particularly outstanding against the run, often taking on shooting offensive linemen and beating them with technique, quickness and strength.
Brice McCain, the player Texans fans were so excited to see, scored a 2.7 for his efforts in the win.
Amazingly, only one Steelers player scored lower than -0.9, and that was LB Sean Spence, picking up a -1.0. Spence missed a few tackles early, but also made a few big plays, including the recovered fumble forced by Worilds during the Steelers' 24-0 run to close out the first half.
Le'Veon Bell led the offense with a 3.5 grade for his monster receiving and rushing performance. The Steelers' starting offensive line all graded out positively in the win, led by Ramon Foster's 2.6. Right tackle Marcus Gilbert had a 1.3 in just 19 snaps. He left the game with a concussion, and was replaced by Mike Adams, who scored a -2.8. Heath Miller was the lowest scoring Steelers player at -4.1.
Houston's J.J. Watt, a PFF machine, was held to 1.8, by far his lowest score of the year.