The Pittsburgh Steelers delivered a 43-23 win over the Baltimore Ravens Sunday night at Heinz Field and while the offense managed to light up the scoreboard for a second straight week, only two players on that unit had standout performances in the eyes of Pro Football Focus.
In their initial round of grades, tight end Matt Spaeth (2.2) and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (1.2) graded out as the Steelers best offensive players. Roethlisberger did not turn the football over Sunday night and he threw six touchdown passes for a second week in a row.
Spaeth, who only played 31 snaps (includes no plays) against the Ravens, caught the final touchdown pass in the game from Roethlisberger. In addition, Spaeth also caught a two-point conversion pass from punter Brad Wing following a botched hold on an extra point attempt.
On the bottom end of the Sunday night offensive grades sits guard Ramon Foster (-4.8) and tight end Heath Miller (-2.1). I pointed both of these players out in my list of losers following the game. Foster, while he didn’t give up a sack, allowed three hurries and a hit against the Ravens.
Defensively for the Steelers, it’s no surprise that linebacker James Harrison (4.8) leads the way in the eyes of PFF. Harrison had two sacks and four hits in the game and constantly seemed to harass Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco.
Defensive end Cameron Heyward (4.1) also graded out well Sunday night and PFF credits him with a hit and five hurries in the game.
Cornerback Antwon Blake (2.3) rounds out the Steelers top grades on defense.
After four games of being graded 1.1 or higher by PFF, linebacker Jason Worilds (-4.7) was the only defensive player in the red for the Steelers defense.
A few of these grades are likely to be adjusted by PFF as the week progresses after the all-22 game tape is released.