On Sunday, the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Cincinnati Bengals 30-20 and below is my list of winners and losers from the game. Feel free to add your own in the comments below.
Antonio Brown – Brown’s five catches for 66 yards didn’t set the stat sheet on fire, but he scored two of the Steelers three touchdowns in the game with the second coming via a nice 67 yard punt return.
Al Woods – With starting nose tackle Steve McLendon inactive with an ankle injury, Woods made his second start of the season and did not disappoint. Woods constantly pushed the pocket up the middle throughout the game and while he didn’t register a sack, he did record four total tackles, one quarterback hit and one batted down pass.
Troy Polamalu – Polamalu stripped Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham of the football early in the third quarter on his way to recording five total tackles and a defensed pass. He also cut off Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green on a deep pass on fourth down with 2:43 left in the game.
Kelvin Beachum – Beachum did not completely keep defensive end Michael Johnson off the stat sheet, but he didn’t allow a sack or much in the way off pressure. Two of Johnson’s eight total tackles came on the final two plays of the game.
Ryan Clark – Clark missed a few key tackle attempts in the game and while it was an unfair mismatch, he gave up a touchdown pass to tight end Tyler Eifert.
Will Allen – Allen had a very uneven game and blew a coverage on the touchdown pass to Marvin Jones in the fourth quarter. Outside of his one tackle of punter Kevin Huber following the botched snap of a punt, Allen’s other four tackles were pretty meaningless and down the field.