However, after every game there are players who deserve praise, and some who deserve to be tagged a 'loser'. See who falls into which category as the team now heads into Week 5 of the NFL regular season.
Welcome back indeed, Mr. Bell. Right when you think there is no possible way for Bell to hit the ground running, both literally and figuratively, he goes out and does something like this. This stat line is astonishing. 18 carries for 144 yards (8.0 yards per carry), 5 receptions 34 yards (6.8 yards per reception). Do the math, every time Bell touched the football he was getting nearly 7 yards. Welcome back Le'Veon...we missed you.
We've seen this before...one of those games where Roethlisberger is on fire. Given the opportunities, and Roethlisberger doesn't miss. The man people call Big Ben threw 5 touchdowns going 22 for 27 with 300 yards passing. Yes, you read that right...Roethlisberger threw as many touchdowns as he had incompletions. That is the picture of efficiency.
Maybe he was pissed at the loss to the Eagles in Week 3. Maybe his high ankle sprain is finally healed to the point where he can do the things we are used to seeing. Whatever the reason, Cam Heyward was back and dominant in this game. Heyward had 6 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 pass deflection which led to an interception, and three quarterback hits. Remember when the Steelers had one sack through 3 weeks? Heyward ensured that didn't last through Week 4.
The backup inside linebacker had 16 tackles, 14 of them solo tackles. Again, this is a backup player. Williams plays with an anger and intensity which isn't seen on the football field often in today's game. A pleasure to watch, and a big reason why the Steelers gave him a new contract extension this offseason.
You wanted sacks, Steelers provide 4. You wanted pressure, Steeles provide 6 quarterback hits. You wanted turnovers, Steelers provide 2 which equate to 15 points for the offense.
Although they gave up a lot of yardage in garbage time, which was the entire second half, the Steelers defense was solid on third down, holding the Chiefs to 8 of 17 third down opportunities. The bounce back game for the Steelers was ignited by the defense.
For the second straight week, the Steelers' injury report is a lengthy one. Anthony Chickillo, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Marcus Gilbert and Jarvis Jones all left the game with injuries which kept them out of returning to the game. Add these injuries to those who missed the Week 4 game, and suddenly the Steelers are wondering if they will have enough players to compete in Week 5 against the New York Jets. Maybe, just maybe, after one of these games the injury report will read, "Steelers leave game without injuries".
A man can dream...