Week 3 of the NFL’s 2015 season is now in the books as the Pittsburgh Steelers record improved to 2-1 on the strength of their 12-6 victory over the St. Louis Rams. Now, as we do every week, we turn things over to Steelers Nation to decide who should be awarded game balls. Take a moment to vote now for Steelers Rams game ball winners.
This week’s list is admittedly shorter than last week’s list and for good reason. Even before Ben Roethlisberger went down injured, victory looked to be far from certain. The Steelers offense got into a rhythm and the St. Louis Rams got the better of the Steelers offensive line in trenches.
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Nonetheless, statistically speaking Ben Roethlisberger was having a good game prior to his injury, although his interception was costly. Antonio Brown likewise was turning in a solid effort. And while he certainly didn’t “dominate” Le’Veon Bell led the Steelers in yards from scrimmage. The first job of a backup quarterback is to not lose a game that he is forced to enter from the bench, and Michael Vick did just that and his statistics were solid, even if his performance was far from spectacular.
- Those are the only four players from the Steelers offense to get a spot on the “official” ballot.
The Steelers defense held the Rams out of the end zone, and produced a critical turnover late in the game. Will Allen’s nomination for a game ball is thus obvious. Lawrence Timmons is a little less so, but he was the team’s second leading tackler.
It would be flat out wrong to say that the Steelers mounted good pressure on Nick Foles all day, but the truth is that Stephon Tuitt and Arthur Moats‘ sack of Foles contributed to the success of the Steelers defense. Those are the only four Steelers defenders to make the official game ball ballot.
Place kicker Josh Scobee also earns a place on the game ball winner ballot for accounting for half of the Steelers six points, including a must have field goal with the two minute warning approaching.
Please, however, do not feel limited by these “official ballot choices.” You’re welcome to write in any other Steelers player, coach or unit you think is deserving of a game ball, although bogus entries will be deleted.