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Ben Roethlisberger, James Harrison receive initial top grades from Pro Football Focus

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The Steelers didn't play terribly in Sunday's loss to the New York Jets, and PFF's grades reflect more a team that didn't make plays.

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It was a "blah" game all around from the Steelers, who fell 20-13 to the New York Jets in Week 10. Their initial grades from NFL plays evaluation site Pro Football Focus largely reflect that.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger scored a 2.2, equaling outside linebacker James Harrison for the top grade on the team. They were two of only three players to score above 1.0 - tight end Heath Miller earned a 1.2.

The depth of the negative scores wasn't all that severe, which can be seen as a good thing. PFF does an initial grading of every player, and upon access to wider angle footage, the scores are re-evaluated. The site gave a -3.1 to safety Will Allen, a grade we feel, upon our own initial viewing, will move in a more positive direction. The play of safety Mike Mitchell, who earned a -1.8, is likely to be adjusted downward.

The general feeling of these grades, combined with our own second evaluation of the game, feel about right. It wasn't quite as bad as the knee-jerk reaction after the game yesterday made it feel. We initially felt the play of tackles Kelvin Beachum and Marcus Gilbert were not outstanding, but the second viewing shows the struggles the team had in pass protection were more due to the interior line, Maurkice Pouncey (-1.7) and David DeCastro (-1.2). While neither were continuously beaten in the game, they weren't outstanding either.

Jason Worilds had a -2.2, a grade we also feel will be adjusted upward, but overall it wasn't a great game for Worilds either. The Jets did an excellent job in pass protection, and largely stifled a Steelers pass rush that had been playing well the last few weeks.