The Pittsburgh Steelers used a gutsy performance to pull out a big win against the Denver Broncos, breaking a three-game losing streak in the process.
On a day when the Steelers had all phases on offense working on all cylinders, here are the players we believe stood out the most in their contest against the Denver Broncos.
1. Running back Najee Harris
23 carries , 122 rushing yards, 1 touchdown, 20 receiving yards
Simply put, rookie Najee Harris can do it all. Coming into this contest, the Steelers averaged slightly over 55 rushing yards per game. On this day, Harris became the first running back to rush for over 100-yard since October 2020. His ability to gain meaningful yards and control time of possession, played a tremendous role in their success.
2. Wide Receiver Chase Claypool
5 receptions, 130 rushing yards, 1 touchdown, 26 yards/reception
Claypool was arguably the most dynamic receiver in the game on both sides. His ability to use his speed and agility on intermediate and deep routes, gave the Broncos defensive backs headaches all game long. In the last two games, Claypool has averaged 113 receiver yards and has emerged as the team leader in this category after his performance. If he can continue to produce these numbers on a consistent basis, it only bodes well for the offense going forward.
3. Steelers Offensive Line
This was a banner day, to say the least, for the Steelers offensive line. Not only did they pave the way for Harris to rush for 100 yards; they also gave their quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, the time and space needed to produce a 100-yard pass catcher in the same game. No group has received the type of scrutiny and criticism, than this line has received since the offseason. The truth is, they are slowly but surely coming together, which only means greater things to come for their run offense.
4. Cornerback James Pierre
6 tackles, 2 passes defended, Interception (game-winning)
The Broncos offense made it no secret who they were targeting in this game. Yet, James Pierre not only acquitted himself very well; he made one of the biggest game-saving plays for the Steelers in recent memory. Despite surrendering a 39-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter to Courtland Sutton, Pierre stayed poised and made the game-winning interception. With each game, Pierre Continues to earn the trust of his coaches and teammates, while endearing himself to the Steelers fanbase.