Not surprisingly, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger received an initial score of 10.7 - the highest of his career - in Pittsburgh's 51-34 win over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday from NFL play-evaluation web site Pro Football Focus.
Roethlisberger set franchise records with 522 passing yards and six touchdowns in the win. He also had a career-high 40 completions in 49 attempts. His score vaulted him to the top of the site's position grades with 20.2 - beating out Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers (18.6).
Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown received a 2.8.
Interestingly, the Steelers offensive line, the group that didn't allow a sack in 49 pass attempts, had only one player - left tackle Kelvin Beachum at 2.2 - scoring higher than 2.0. Center Maurkice Pouncey scored a 1.3. Right guard David DeCastro was given a -1.9. Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey received a -3.2, the lowest grade among the offensive players.
On defense, Jason Worilds led the group with 2.9 after a game in which it appeared Worilds was part of the Colts' backfield on most pass attempts. Cornerback William Gay had the second-highest score at 2.1.
CB Cortez Allen was benched in the fourth quarter for poor play (as Steelers coach Mike Tomlin noted after the game). He received a -1.0 grade from PFF. It's a good time to point out the site's initial grades are re-evaluated during the week and often change. We respectfully estimate the grade on Allen will drop considerably upon a second viewing.
Safety Mike Mitchell was given the worst grade of the game, a -3.6, suggesting the site found Mitchell at fault for most of several deep completions allowed by the Steelers' secondary.
Outside linebacker James Harrison was given a -2.7 despite being credited with both of the Steelers' sacks in this game. Again, we'll stress the site re-evaluates their initial grades and we feel they will change quite a bit.