The Pittsburgh Steelers were able to squeak out a road victory with a 12-6 win over the St. Louis Rams in the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis on Sunday. Despite an injury to Ben Roethlisberger, the Steelers are now 2-1 on the season heading into a Week-4 tilt against the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday Night Football.
After the Steelers' performance on Sunday, it's time to take a look at the players dubbed 'Winners' and those labeled 'Losers' after the team's latest victory.
Le'Veon Bell - In his first game back, Bell went for 62 yards on 19 carries, as well as 7 catches for 70 yards. That's over 100 all-purpose yards plus the Steelers' only touchdown of the game. He ran hard as we've come to expect from him, but he also made those crucial catches that make him an even more-special player.
Stephon Tuitt - The second-year player out of Notre Dame led the team with five tackles and a sack today and looked every bit a force on the defensive line that gives offensive linemen headaches. He not only makes big plays on the run, but he can also be an effective pass-rusher, chalking up his second-straight game with a sack. Tuitt continues his emergence in a defense that's rising.
Will Allen - We highlighted how Allen's lack of pure speed was a liability when Torrey Smith torched the Steelers for a touchdown last week, but we also said that his biggest strength is his experience, which we saw come into play today. Allen had four tackles today and a crucial interception that changed the game late in the fourth quarter. His tackles were solid and he did a good job keeping receivers in front of him and preventing third-down conversions.
Sean Spence - One of the questions that swirled around this defense coming into the game was how they would play without Ryan Shazier, who was undoubtedly their biggest defensive performer last week. Spence answered the call by having a solid day with two solo tackles and three assists. Most notably, he made a huge fill of a hole on a late red- zone possession by the Rams. Though he wasn't exactly Shazier, he wasn't a gaping liability either. He's making the case for the Steelers to keep him at least for depth with his rookie contract running out of years.
Kelvin Beachum - Beachum looked the worst that he has all season, giving up a sack and multiple penalties. His biggest liability as a player is his lack of size and that became obvious against the Rams' elite pass rushers Robert Quinn and Chris Long. For a guy playing for a contract, this wasn't a good day.
Cody Wallace - Though a backup, his job is still to rise to the occasion and make the plays demanded by his position. Today, the Rams took advantage of him and he was unable to sustain blocks or seal-off defensive tackles. These shortcomings really hurt the Steelers' ground game at times, albeit the fact that St. Louis has some of the best 4-3 DT's in the league.
Ramon Foster - Also didn't look good in the interior against the Rams defensive front. Foster missed some assignments and wasn't a strength for the Steelers today as their offensive line lost several battles at the line of scrimmage.
Josh Scobee - He made two big field goals in situations that were key to the win today. We've rightfully dogged him on his misses and it's appropriate to give him credit when it's due.