Pittsburgh Steelers: 5 Things We Learned from Week 7
5 Things We Learned from Week 7
Obviously, everyone learned that the Pittsburgh Steelers have found their mojo after defeating the division rival Baltimore Ravens this past Sunday by the score of 19-16. This victory gives the Steelers two wins in a row with an overall record of 2-4. Though they are still in last place in the AFC North, Pittsburgh is only a half-game behind the Ravens and the Cleveland Browns in the divisional standings, while the Cincinnati Bengals are currently the king of the hill with a 5-2 record.
This win is probably more gratifying than the previous one for all of Steeler Nation. Pittsburgh almost looked like the complete team that everyone expected at the start of the 2013 NFL regular season. The team coming together after their 0-4 start to the year couldn’t have come at a better time.
For the ninth time in the last 11 meetings between these two teams, the game was decided by three points. The Steelers’ ability to come up with big plays on offense when it mattered most, the defense’s dominance throughout the entire game and special teams play all were contributing factors in this decisive win.
Regardless of the overall records of Pittsburgh and Baltimore, the closeness of these battles over the years further validates that this is still one of the best rivalries in the league.
In addition to discovering that the Steelers are back on track, and that this is still one of the most intriguing matchups in the NFL, there are other things that the Steeler faithful can take away from this game.
Let’s take a look and see what those five things are.
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5. Shaun Suisham is Clutch
Kicker Shaun Suisham kept his perfect season alive by connecting on all four of his field goal attempts. The most important of the four was the 42-yarder that sealed the game with just 0:03 left in the game.
4. William Gay is Proving That He Should Start
For the second week in a row, cornerback William Gay didn’t disappoint. In fact, Gay probably played better than he did the previous week. Twice Gay deflected passes in the end zone, one of which forced the Ravens to kick a field goal early in the fourth quarter.
3. Kelvin Beachum Could Be Left Tackle for the Rest of the Season
Kelvin Beachum seemed to hold his own against Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs. Beachum only allowed Suggs to get to the quarterback once. Beachum’s play in Week 7 could solidify his place in the starting lineup.
2. Running Game Has Finally Arrived
For the first time all season, the Steelers running game amassed over 100 yards on the ground. This was surprising, especially since Baltimore’s run defense was ranked seventh in the NFL coming into Week 7. Rookie running back Le’Veon Bell had 19 carries for 93 yards, averaging nearly five yards per carry.
1. Lawrence Timmons is Team’s Best Linebacker
In two of the past three seasons, Lawrence Timmons has led the Steelers in tackles, and since becoming a starter in 2009, the seven-year veteran has filled the stats sheet year after year. Six games into the season, Timmons leads the team in tackles with 51, 17 of which he got against the Ravens (despite breaking his hand in the second half).