KANSAS CITY -- A look at Pittsburgh Steelers players who were “up” and those who were “down” in Sunday's 23-13 loss to the Chiefs.
Antonio Brown: Brown got back on track with 124 receiving yards after three subpar weeks, mostly due to the lack of Ben Roethlisberger. Brown’s tiptoe sideline catch early in the second half was beautiful.
Cam Heyward: Heyward has been a beast in recent games, even if his stats don’t always reflect it. He’s moving linemen back, chasing down screen passes and hurrying quarterbacks. Heyward finished with a sack and four tackles against the Chiefs.
Le'Veon Bell: Bell's 7.1-yards-per-carry average shows that Pittsburgh had a winning game plan that three offensive turnovers negated. Bell had several 'Wow, he's good' moments, including two quick cutbacks on a 42-yarder.
Landry Jones: Quarterback Jones wasn’t awful, and his second interception wasn’t his fault, but he couldn’t’ get much going despite elite weapons around him. Jones couldn't bottle the two-touchdown momentum from last week. Jones had a 24.1 passer rating through his first 18 passes. He finished 16-of-29 for 209 yards, one touchdown (a beautiful fade to Martavis Bryant) and three turnovers. Decent performance but the turnovers place him in the "down" category.
Alejandro Villanueva: He’s held up pretty well in place of injured Kelvin Beachum, but Tamba Hali got the best of him late with a stutter move and a blow-by, the last resulting in a Landry Jones interception late in the fourth quarter.
Ross Cockrell: Was decent as a cover man but couldn't out-muscle blocks on screen passes. Needs to fight through those. He couldn't get to the play on a big gain in the second half.