The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Atlanta Falcons 27-20 Sunday to notch their ninth win of the season and according to Pro Football Focus, guard David DeCastro (4.0) graded out as the top offensive player.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (3.2) finished 27-of-35 passing for 360 yards against the Falcons and that earned him the second-best grade on offense.
Wide receiver Lance Moore (-1.2) and tackle Mike Adams (-0.8) were the only two Steelers players on offense to receive a negative grade. Adams was charged with allowing the Steelers only sack in the game while Moore failed to catch both of the passes thrown his way.
Defensively for the Steelers, defensive end Cameron Heyward (4.3) and cornerback William Gay (2.5) received the top grades for their play Sunday against the Falcons.
Heyward was credited with one hit and three hurries in the game to go along with one batted pass.
As for Gay, he intercepted a pass from Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan in the second quarter and returned it 52 yards for a touchdown. It was Gay’s third pick-6 of the season.
Surprisingly, defensive end Stephon Tuitt (-2.7) graded out as the worst Steelers on the defensive side of the football Sunday, according to PFF. While it wasn’t a stellar game for the rookie, I thought he turned in a pretty even performance overall and I can’t wait to focus in on him when the all-22 tape comes out in a few days.
Linebackers Lawrence Timmons (-2.1) and Jarvis Jones (-1.4) also graded out poorly and in the red, according to PFF.