Say what you want about Pro Football Focus (PFF) and their grading system, but they spend an awful lot of time and money into producing some of the best analytics on the internet. Although football isn’t a full analytic sport, like baseball, there are trends and results which can ultimately help fans better understand the sport from a variety of angles.
Take a look at the players who were noted for their find performances against the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday:
Wide receiver – Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
PFF Grade: 91.5
Elite Stat: Antonio Brown gained 6.5 yards per route run, best in the league this week.
Once again Antonio Brown was unstoppable as he ended the day with eight receptions for 155 yards and a touchdown. He did cause an interception from Ben Roethlisberger when he stopped his route on a slant and allowed the ball to be fired straight through to Marcus Peters, but he more than made up for it by catching a pass that should have been picked off late in the game after it clanged off the face of CB Phillip Gaines, then evaded a tackle and sprinted all the way to pay dirt.
Flex O – RB Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
PFF Grade: 90.6
Elite Stat: Le’Veon Bell broke ten tackles this week, the most among all running backs.
We got to see the best of Le’Veon Bell once again against the undefeated Chiefs. Bell was impossible for the Chiefs defense to contain, and seemed to be easily gaining significant yardage every time he touched the ball. He broke ten tackles in the game, by far the most in the league this week, and nickel linebacker Daniel Sorensen in particular seemed completely unable to stop him one-on-one.
LT – Alejandro Villanueva, Pittsburgh Steelers
PFF Grade: 87.3
Elite Stat: Alejandro Villanueva allowed two total pressures this week..
Though he allowed a sack and a hurry on 27 pass-blocking snaps, Villanueva was a monster in the run game for the Steelers this week against the Chiefs. Pittsburgh averaged 5.9 yards per rush on carries that went immediately either side of his blocking, and he made multiple plays at the second level, eradicating linebackers and collecting more than one pancake block over the course of the game by flooring his assignment.
While there could have been more players deserving of this weekly honor, especially on the team’s defense, having three of eleven players shows just how dominant the Steelers were in Week 6, and that is exactly what the team did on offense. The only downfall, and this isn’t a new narrative with the Steelers, was their sub-par red-zone performance. If the team would have been able to convert more on those long drives, and turn Chris Boswell chip shots into touchdowns, there would have been no possible way the Chiefs would have made it a game in the fourth quarter.
Nonetheless, the Steelers hope to duplicate their success from Week 6 in Week 7 when the Cincinnati Bengals come to Heinz Field for the first of their two meetings this season.