Pittsburgh Steelers: Week 12 NFL Power Rankings (#10)

Record: 6-4

Last week: 9 (-1)

I have no idea what Mike Tomlin was thinking leaving Byron Leftwich out there when he was clearly hurt. There’s no real difference in talent level between him and Charlie Batch; in fact, I thought Batch should have been the starter in the first place after Ben Roethlisberger was ruled out. He’s a better fit for their quick throw, timing based offense and he’s always been decent and able to manage the game for them in the past when Roethlisberger has been hurt. I think they would have beaten Baltimore if Batch had started or if Batch had come in after Leftwich scored that touchdown and got hurt.

With Leftwich hurt, it looks like Batch will start until Roethlisberger gets back, which should be at least two more weeks. They play Cleveland and Baltimore in those 2 games and they should be able to go 1-1 in those 2 games (the Steelers are now 8-6 without Roethlisberger). As long as Roethlisberger returns by the playoffs, they should be fine. They’ve basically lost the division, but they should be able to make the playoffs. They have a 2 game lead over everyone else in the AFC for a playoff spot right now, except Cincinnati, who they own the tiebreaker against. If Polamalu can return for the playoffs too, that would also be very, very helpful to any of their Super Bowl ambitions. It’s unfortunate they’ll have to go on the road in the playoffs, without a division title, because they do struggle on the road generally.


RG Ramon Foster: Did not allow a pressure on 45 pass block snaps, run blocked for 21 yards on 5 attempts

LT Max Starks: Allowed 1 sack on 45 pass block snaps, run blocked for 13 yards on 3 attempts

RB Jonathan Dwyer: Rushed for 55 yards (26 after contact) on 12 attempts, 1 broken tackle, caught 3 catches for 26 yards on 3 attempts

CB Keenan Lewis: Allowed 8 catches for 62 yards on 12 attempts, 1 pass deflection, 1 penalty, 8 solo tackles, 1 assist, 4 stops

CB Ike Taylor: Allowed 1 catch for 5 yards on 6 attempts, 1 pass deflection, 2 solo tackles, 1 missed tackle, 2 stops

FS Ryan Clark: 4 solo tackles, 3 stops, 1 missed tackle, allowed 2 catches for 16 yards on 2 attempts

ROLB James Harrison: 1 sack and 1 quarterback hurry on 22 pass rush snaps, 1 penalty, 5 solo tackles, 5 stops

LE Cameron Heyward: 1 quarterback hit and 2 quarterback hurries on 25 pass rush snaps, 5 solo tackles, 2 assist, 1 stop


QB Byron Leftwich: 18 of 39 for 201 yards and 1 interception, 3 thrown away, 1 hit as thrown, 55.7 adjusted QB rating, pressured on 16 of 43 drop backs (3 sacks, 1 scramble, 4 of 12, 2 throw aways, 1 hit as thrown)

WR Mike Wallace: Caught 4 passes for 26 yards on 7 attempts on 41 pass snaps, 2.3 YAC per catch

RT Mike Adams: Allowed 2 sacks, 2 quarterback hits, and 3 quarterback hurries on 45 pass block snaps, run blocked for 15 yards on 3 attempts

WR Jerricho Cotchery: Caught 2 passes for 22 yards on 5 attempts on 29 pass snaps, 1.0 YAC per catch, 2 penalties

RB Rashard Mendenhall: Rushed for 33 yards (18 after contact) on 11 attempts, caught 3 passes for 17 yards on 3 attempts

RE Brett Keisel: 1 quarterback hit on 35 pass rush snaps, 1 penalty, 1 assist




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