It feels good to win one, doesn’t it Steelers Nation? Sure, the Steelers 24-9 win over the Cleveland Browns was hardly a work of perfection, but the end result is what counts the most.
And it gives us the added pleasure of allowing this corner of Steelers Nation to vote on Steelers game ball winners:
Ben Roethlisberger Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown lead off the ballot, and are the only members of the Steelers offense to get ballot positions after the game. The case for all three is fairly obvious. Ben Roethlisberger had an economical day passing, throwing for only 167 yards on 36 attempts and 23 completions, and was frustrated in the end zone.
- But Ben protected the ball and was not sacked.
Le’Veon Bell had 201 yards from scrimmage, including 146 on the ground. Antonio Brown had a tough match up, but still managed to bring down 8 balls.
While these are the only members of the offense to get a slot on the ballot, feel free to write in your own choice. Think the offensive line deserves a game ball? Write it in – better yet write it in and state your case in the comments section. Ditto any other offensive contributor.
- The Steelers defensive performance against the Browns gives us the opposite choice.
Ryan Shazier tops the list, as he was all over the field. Lawrence Timmons also earns a nod, as he drew more attention to himself in a positive way than he has done in a long time. James Harrison earns a nod by setting the tone early with a sack – which was the sack he needed to break the Steelers all time sack record, previously held by Jason Gildon.
- Stephon Tuitt gets a ballot slot, as he acted as a one man wrecking crew. So does Arthur Moats, who had a sack and a half. Arite Burns also gets the nod thanks to his interception.
Do you think that Javon Hargrave deserves a game ball thanks to his touchdown? Write it in and leave a comment starting your case. Think that either Michael Mitchell or Sean Davis deserve a nod? You know what to do. This is your poll, you make your voice heard!
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