Pro Football Focus has now released their initial player grades for the Pittsburgh Steelers following their Sunday win over the Indianapolis Colts and it’s not a bit surprising to see quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (10.7) leading the way on offense.
Roethlisberger’s 40-of-49 passing performance for a career record 522 yards and six touchdowns won’t soon be forgotten.
Wide receiver Antonio Brown (2.8) is next on PFF’s list. Brown’s 10 catches for 133 yards included 42 yards after the catch.
Binging up the rear on offense are wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey (-3.2) and guard David DeCastro (-1.9). Heyward-Bey had a big fumble in the second half and he also committed a penalty on special teams during the game. As for DeCastro, PFF has him down as allowing two quarterback hurries in the game.
Defensively for the Steelers linebacker Jason Worilds (2.9) was the highest graded player. He was credited with three hits and one hurry in the game in addition to one batted down pass. Not far behind Worilds is cornerback William Gay (2.1), who picked off an Andrew Luck pass in the first quarter and returned it for a touchdown.
On the opposite end of the grading scale sits safety Mike Mitchell (-3.6), linebacker James Harrison (-2.7) and cornerback Brice McCain (-2.7).
I’m not sure how cornerback Cortez Allen (-1.0) graded out so favorably. PFF has him down as allowing just three catches for 86 yards and two touchdowns.
PFF will likely change several of their grades when the all-22 tape comes out in a few days.