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Pittsburgh Steelers: 5 Players Whose Stock Has Gone Up

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5 Players Whose Stock Has Gone Up

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With three quarters of the 2013 NFL season behind us, things are looking much better for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Currently, they are in third place in the AFC North, but during the third section of the season, Pittsburgh was at one point in a three-way tie for second place. Even with the final four games of the year ahead of them, the Steelers are still mathematically in the hunt for a Wild Card spot in the postseason. Furthermore, if they win out and get some help along the way, a divisional title is still possible.

During the third leg of this marathon season, Pittsburgh has won three of the four games in this span. The offense has gotten the help of a couple of potential Pro Bowlers for this year’s campaign, while the defense has gotten some much-needed consistency from players in their pass rush and in defending the opposition’s aerial attack.

Most importantly, amidst rumors and a number of other off-the-field distractions, the leader of this team has found ways to sustain a state of focus, which resulted in the Steelers’ first three-game winning streak of the season.

Praise can be sent to many players in Pittsburgh for their success in the third quarter of the season. The offensive line, which has struggled virtually all year, showed significant improvement by allowing only one sack in their last three games. And because of the O-line, the Steelers’ running game has become a bit more potent.

However, there are five players whose stock has risen during this juncture of the year. Let’s take a look at who they are.

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5. Mike Tomlin

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I know that Mike Tomlin isn’t a player, but he deserves much recognition for what the Steelers have done in the last four games. Regardless of his sideline interference, Tomlin has gotten his team on their longest winning streak of the season, and in the hunt for the playoffs.

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4. William Gay

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Many questioned whether William Gay would be able to hold down the starting cornerback spot opposite Ike Taylor. Well, Gay has proved that he can hold his own. The seven-year veteran did so in a big way against the Cleveland Browns in Week 12. Gay finished that game with three tackles, a sack, forced fumble and an interception that he returned for a touchdown.

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3. Antonio Brown

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Wide receiver Antonio Brown should definitely be an automatic bid for this year’s Pro Bowl. Brown tallied 24 catches for 402 yards and three touchdowns, and is tied for fifth in league in yards (1,103) and second in receptions (85) during the third quarter of the season.

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2. Jason Worilds

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This season has been a roller coaster ride for linebacker Jason Worilds. He began the year as the team’s starting right outside linebacker, only to be demoted, then reinserted as the starter on the left side of the defense when LaMarr Woodley went down. Since then, Worilds has raised hell by recording three sacks in the last four games, and putting constant pressure on opposing quarterbacks.

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1. Ben Roethlisberger

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As much as everyone else has done in the third quarter of the season, where would the Steelers be without Ben Roethlisberger? The 10-year veteran is still proving that he’s one of the elite quarterbacks in the league, and has passed for 1,045 yards, nine touchdowns and only one interception in the last four games.