William Gay up, Ross Cockrell down in Steelers' win over Bengals

AJ McCarron, DeAngelo Williams receive game balls in Steelers win (2:02)

ESPN Bengals reporter Coley Harvey gives AJ McCarron a game ball, while ESPN Steelers reporter Jeremy Fowler gives his to DeAngelo Williams following Pittsburgh's 33-20 win in Cincinnati. (2:02)

CINCINNATI -- A look at players who were "up," and those were were "down" in the Pittsburgh Steelers' 33-20 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.


CB William Gay: Any player who ties Rod Woodson for the team record in pick-sixes deserves to be on this list. Gay's score on a telegraphed A.J. McCarron pass showed veteran instincts, marking his fifth career interception touchdown. The eight-second end zone celebration was nifty, too.

DE Camn Heyward: His third-down sack of McCarron at the goal line thwarted Cincinnati's second-half momentum, but Heyward had levied consistent pressure on the quarterback for much of the game. On his sack, he walked back Andrew Whitworth, then spun for a one-handed quarterback grab.

RB DeAngelo Williams: For a team that hasn't been automatic in the red zone this year, Williams handled the goal line with two short touchdown runs on his way to 76 yards. The Steelers made six trips inside the Bengals' 30. The only two touchdowns on those trips belonged to Williams.

S Robert Golden and DE Stephon Tuitt: They deserve placement on the list for athletic interceptions to help seal the game, including Tuitt's scoop of an Andy Dalton shovel pass.


CB Antwon Blake: Blake was part of a productive secondary, but he was in primary coverage on A.J. Green's 66-yard touchdown. Green's not an easy assignment. Still, Blake wasn't in Green's zip code on the play.

CB Ross Cockrell: Normally a fixture in the secondary, Cockrell wasn't involved in nickel packages. The Steelers went with Gay, Blake and Brandon Boykin.

RB Jordan Todman: The veteran running back had a chance to solidify the No. 2 running spot but has lost the job, at least for now, to Fitz Toussaint.