When the Pittsburgh Steelers walked off the field victorious over the Cleveland Browns Sunday in Week 10 action, it was the usual suspects who were garnering accolades from fans and media. Ben Roethlisberger, coming off the bench in relief duty, throwing for 379 yards and 3 touchdowns certainly was talked about, as well as Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant, who lit up the scoreboard in a multitude of ways.
However, there are always some players who deserve credit, and don't get any. Here at BTSC we call those the unsung heroes of any particular victory. Take a look at four players who deserve credit, but might not be getting any following the team's 30-9 win Sunday at Heinz Field.
Cameron Heyward - Heyward's stat sheet may not pop like some other players in the league in Week 10, but not enough can be said about the impact Heyward has on this 2015 Steelers defense. Heyward was credited with 3 tackles, 2 solo tackles, one sack and two tackles for a loss. Those statistics seem like just another work week for Heyward, but it was the disruption he brought to the game which was truly understated. Collapsing the pocket from the interior, helping put pressure on Johnny Manziel with a four-man rush and ultimately being a force along the defensive line. Heyward is a captain on the team for a reason, and he is proving he is more than worth the extension he signed before the 2015 season began.
Marcus Gilbert - Don't look now, but Gilbert is having his best season to date throughout the 2015 season. At a time when the offensive line has missed its best player in Maurkice Pouncey, and their blind side protector in Kelvin Beachum, Gilbert has kept the right side on lock down. Drafted in the second round to be a left tackle, Gilbert has found a home at right tackle, and is excelling after receiving a contract extension prior to the 2014 season. Money well earned so far in 2015.
Will Allen - To the defense of Robert Golden, he did a tremendous job filling in for Will Allen when he was out after sustaining an ankle injury against the St. Louis Rams in Week 3. Nonetheless, the veteran Allen has stepped up his game in 2015, and is playing a very physical brand of football. Allen was a key cog in the Steelers' run-blitz on Sunday against the Browns, and his stat sheet echoed a great performance. Allen led the team with 11 tackles, 9 solo tackles, and one tackle for a loss. Allen is playing inspired football, and he and Mike Mitchell are turning into one solid tandem at safety throughout the 2015 season.
Lawrence Timmons - Maybe it is Timmons' low-key demeanor, or his lack of flash on the field, but the man simply makes plays. Timmons has been hung out to dry recently in pass coverage, but the past two weeks have shown the Lawrence Timmons to fans that made the Pro Bowl in 2014. Timmons was second on the team with 10 tackles, 7 solo tackles, one sack, two tackles for a loss and a quarterback hit. Timmons and Ryan Shazier have anchored the inside linebacker position for the majority of 2015, but with injuries to Shazier it is Timmons who is common denominator within the linebacker corps. If Timmons can continue to play at a high level, it could spell even greater success for the Steelers defense after the bye week.