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Pro Football Focus praises Steelers defense, rips offense for performances against Giants

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Generally high praise was given to the Steelers' younger defenders while the offense, in giving lots of players few snaps and a few players lots of action, generally didn't grade out well.

Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Giving the Steelers' defensive players positive marks for their efforts in a 20-16 loss against the New York Giants Saturday seems about right. And ripping the offense seems in line as well.

Those were the general conclusions for the Steelers, with defensive linemen Nick Williams (2.0) and Cam Thomas (1.8) and Dan McCullers (1.7) as well as outside linebacker Jordan Zumwalt (1.7) and safety Jordan Dangerfield (1.3) earning the notable marks on defense.

DEs Brian Arnfelt (-2.5) and Josh Mauro (-2.0) scored the lowest on the defensive side of the ball.

Only starting right tackle Marcus Gilbert registered a positive score offensively, netting a 1.1 for his efforts. Chris Hubbard, the left guard who replaced injured Ramon Foster, scored a team-low -4.0, and rookie wide receiver Martavis Bryant earned a -3.6 for his lapse of concentration on punt returns and in catching passes.

The back-up quarterbacks, Bruce Gradkowski (-1.5) "outdueled" Landry Jones (-3.3), giving a strong indication of what many saw - neither played particularly well.