Pro Football Focus has their initial set of grades completed for the Pittsburgh Steelers following their 27-24 win Monday night over the Tennessee Titans and as you would probably expect, running back Le’Veon Bell (4.7) had the top grade on offense.
Bell not only registered 204 yards rushing in the game, he also handled blitz pickup well when it was needed.
Left tackle Kelvin Beachum (4.5) and tight end Heath Miller (3.9) also graded out well on offense. Miller not only blocked well in the running game, he also chipped in five catches for 71 yards.
Right tackle Marcus Gilbert (-3.0) graded out the worst on offense for the Steelers. PFF charged him with four hurries and one of the sacks.
Surprisingly, guard David DeCastro was given a (-0.9) grade. Personally, think that is way off as DeCastro really had several great run blocks in the game.
Defensively for the Steelers, defensive end Brett Keisel (3.9) graded out the best. Keisel registered two batted down passes in the game to go along with a hit and a hurry.
Linebackers Arthur Moats (1.6) and James Harrison (1.5) also graded out well, according to PFF.
On the other end of the spectrum, PFF has linebacker Lawrence Timmons with a grade of (-2.7) and defensive end Cameron Heyward with a grade of (-2.6).
PFF has been known to adjust some of their grades after the all-22 is released and as always you should watch the tape yourself and not take their grades as gospel. I merely pass them along as a courtesy and use them as a starting point when breaking down the game tape as the week goes on.