The Pittsburgh Steelers are 3-1 after the first quarter of the NFL regular season, and although the blemish on the record likely still has fans’ feathers ruffled, the team seems to be moving in the right direction.
With that said, it is time to look back on the first four games, and assess the progress of the units involved. Today, we focus on the offense by-position, and give out an overall grade to the group.
Ben Roethlisberger hasn’t been great, but he also hasn’t been horrible. He seems to be settling in, but maybe the team doesn’t need those ridiculous numbers from Roethlisberger anymore to win? If so, they may have found their recipe for success.
Antonio Brown is a monster, we all know this, but the other receivers have been a big ‘meh’. A few sparks here or there from players like Martavis Bryant and JuJu Smith-Schuster, but the overall level of consistency needs to come up for everyone else. This is certainly a group on the rise, as Mike Tomlin would say.
Le’Veon Bell got off to a slow start, and James Conner has impressed when he has gotten the ball. Even Terrell Watson has done his job in short yardage situations, but the team is just hitting its stride in the run game. The offensive line and backs seem to be finally getting in unison, and it is a beautiful thing to watch. Don’t let this grade deter you from where this group could be headed.
OFFENSIVE LINE/TIGHT ENDS
The Steelers average 1.8 sacks per game, and that is about par for the course for this offensive line. They are doing a good job in pass protection, their run blocking is finally starting to improve and they are getting quality contributions from depth players like Chris Hubbard and B.J. Finney. The tight ends have been average at best, but Vance McDonald looks like the next Matt Spaeth as a blocker...now if he could only catch the ball. Jesse James is playing as advertised, but as a group the offensive line and tight ends haven’t played poorly this first quarter.
OVERALL GRADE: B-
What is your grade for the Steelers offense after the 1st quarter?
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