Anyone who watched the Steelers defeat the Cardinals in Week 6 action at Heinz Field knows the usual cast of characters who got the majority of the credit for the win. Martavis Bryant continued to prove he is a monster, Landry Jones was the savior (for at least a half of football) and Cameron Heyward continues to up his play to a Pro Bowl level on a weekly basis.
What about those players who did their job to near perfection, made plays which made an impact in the game but didn't get the publicity they rightfully deserve? That is where this article comes into the equation, giving those players their due. See who were the "unsung heroes" of the Steelers in their latest victory.
Villanueva has been on a field with much more dire circumstances, but when it comes to the football field Villanueva is a green horn at left tackle. Although he didn't play "lights out", to the point where Kelvin Beachum was forgotten, Villanueva was competent enough to secure Landry Jones' blind side to get the victory. The man they call 'Big Al' now has the job of protecting the quarterback's blind side for the extended future. Here is to hoping he can lock down a job for the long term.
Vince Williams / Sean Spence
The Steelers were without Ryan Shazier for the 4th straight week, and what started out as Sean Spence's job has turned into a 50/50 split between Spence and Williams. The two have put the job on lock down, and it was a Vince Williams pass defense which lead to Lawrence Timmons' first interception. Williams and Spence might not equate to the athleticism of Shazier, but they haven't been a liability at the ILB position. When you miss a dynamic player like Ryan Shazier and don't notice it, you are doing something right.
Starting in his first NFL game at safety, Golden did more than just play well. He was a tackling machine, coming in with 8 total tackles, second on the team against Arizona. Golden communicated well in the secondary, and showed dramatic improvement compared to his Week 1 play against the New England Patriots. Again, when Will Allen wasn't in the lineup and the replacement isn't being talked about...they are doing their job well.
Believe it or not, but Mitchell is becoming the player the Steelers thought the signed in free agency before the 2014 season. While with the Carolina Panthers, Mitchell was able to rack up 5 interceptions, and was a hard hitting roamer of the deep half of the secondary. Mitchell's 2014 campaign was forgettable as he was hampered by injury, but his 2015 season has gotten off to a great start. Mitchell is the captain of the secondary, and registering his first interception as a member of the Steelers couldn't have come at a better time. If Mitchell can stay healthy, the sky is the limit for this safety.
There isn't much which has to be said when it comes to Boswell. The latest player to kick field goals for the Steelers has not only been perfect through two games, but also hit a 51-yard field goal at Heinz Field, a rare achievement for a Steelers kicker. More important than anything, Boswell is on his way to helping Steelers fans forget about their kicking woes, but more importantly one kicker in particular...with the last name Scobee.