Steelers Week 5 Grades: 38-29 Win Over Eagles

Offense

The Pittsburgh Steelers offense put up 38 points in week 5. It was a great offensive effort despite going up against an Eagles’ defense that has struggled so far this season.

First-round pick Chase Claypool had a monster day for the Steelers. He had his first 100-yard receiving game and became the first rookie to have three receiving touchdowns and a rushing touchdown in the same game.

James Conner also added a rushing touchdown and Chris Boswell continued his solid 2020 season with a field goal.

Ben Roethlisberger led the team through the air in this game. He was 13-13 passing on third downs and although the run game wasn’t prolific in this one they did enough to establish a run game against a strong Eagles defensive line.

Grade – A

 

Defense

29 points is way too much. The Eagles have struggled on offense this year and they didn’t have much trouble putting up points Sunday against the Pittsburgh defense.

Despite the struggles, the Eagles offensive line held up very well on Sunday. Yes, the Steelers had 5 sacks in the game, but Carson Wentz had way too much time to throw.

Travis Fulgham, a sixth-round pick out of Old Dominion in 2019, put on a show against the Steelers defensive backfield. He caught 10 passes for 152 yards and a touchdown.

The defense also gave up a 74-yard touchdown run to Miles Sanders. After the Steelers took a 17-point lead this game should have been over, but the defense couldn’t hold onto the lead and if Jake Elliott had made a 57-yard field goal the Eagles would have come back to lead the game in the fourth quarter.

If the Steelers defense is as good as they are supposed to be that wouldn’t happen. Things need to get cleaned up soon because the Eagles are far from the best offense the Steelers will see this year.

Grade – D

 

Special Teams

Ray Ray McCloud is fun to watch on returns and I fully expect him to make a big play in that area at some point this season.

Chris Boswell made all six of his kicks this week. He hit a 41-yard field goal and all five of his extra point attempts.

Dustin Colquitt isn’t being talked about. For a punter that is the most we can hope for.

 

Grade – A

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