PITTSBURGH – It figured that to spring every other disenchanted on their house turf, the Pittsburgh Steelers would wish to put it within the arms in their big-play protection.
Minkah Fitzpatrick picked off Jared Goff with 20 seconds left to keep a 17-12 victory in opposition to the Rams that driven Pittsburgh (Five-Four) above .500 for the primary time this season.
Fitzpatrick and his teammates accrued 4 takeaways in opposition to the protecting NFC champion Rams (Five-Four), and it has develop into a lifestyle for a unit sporting an injury-depleted offense. All the way through Pittsburgh’s four-game successful streak, the protection has produced 14 takeaways.
4 extra issues we discovered from the Steelers’ victory at Heinz Box:
1. Jared Goff is regressing: After lighting fixtures up the Bengals’ inept protection in London in his closing day trip, the Rams quarterback got here again together with his lowest-rated passing sport of the season (51.2). Certain, power from Pittsburgh’s protection had a lot affect, yet Goff in most cases couldn’t include the seize throws when wanted, because the Rams’ 1-for-14 measure on 1/3 downs signifies. And Goff by no means led the Rams to the top zone.
2. You’ll be able to handiest hope to include Fitzpatrick: Every week after returning an interception 96 yards for a landing, the Steelers protection scored on a 46-yard fumble go back. It used to be his 1/3 consecutive sport with a takeaway, the streak beginning with a two-pick evening in opposition to the Dolphins, the group that traded him away in September to open the door for him to a brand new global as a roaming playmaker.
Three. James Washington had the breakout sport Pittburgh has been looking forward to: The Steelers’ promising-but-frustrating receiver emerged as Mason Rudolph’s go-to goal, sparking reminiscences of the duo’s days in combination at Oklahoma State. Washington stuck six passes for 90 yards, with a wide ranging Three-yard landing catch due to his toe drag alongside the facet boundary. He additionally made a few large third-down catches to mark his very best sport of the season.
Four. Aaron Donald’s homecoming used to be bittersweet: The reigning NFL defensive participant of the yr had a large play that made a distinction – he shared the sack with Clay Matthews that ended in a fourth-quarter protection – and generally wreaked havoc differently in his go back to his fatherland. However the shut loss put a damper on Donald’s efficiency.
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