Here is a look at the players who improved their stock against the Steelers and which ones saw their stock fall:
Up: Alfred Morris gained a season-low 59 yards but he got only 13 carries for a respectable 4.5 yards a pop. When he had an opening, Morris hit it hard He also did a good job in blitz pickups.
Down: Leonard Hankerson was not the only guilty party when it came to dropping the ball but he just can’t drop that touchdown pass that was in his hands. His day added up to being targeted four times and catching just one pass. With Pierre Garçon out, he should be taking advantage of the opportunity to establish himself. He isn’t.
Up: It was not a great defensive effort but Perry Riley played a good game. He was all over the field with eight tackles.
Down: London Fletcher had six tackles but he also missed three. It may have been the hamstring and balance issues but he has not been himself all year.
Up: The whole O-line had a stock-up kind of game, allowing just one sack and opening some holes for Morris. We’ll pick Tyler Polumbus as their representative on this list. Both of the players who liked up against him, left end Ziggy Hood and left outside LB Lamarr Woodley had subpar games. Polumbus wasn’t overpowering but he got the job done.
Down: We’ll lump Aldrick Robinson and Dez Briscoe here together because both of the rarely used receivers blew chances to make a good play. Briscoe flat dropped a touchdown pass that was right in his hands. And while Robinson had a more difficult chance later in the game, he could have added a bright spot to a dismal game by pulling in that pass in the end zone that was at first erroneously ruled an interception. Briscoe did catch one pass for 14 yards while that chance was the only one that Robinson had. If you can’t hold on to passes you’re not going to get many thrown your way.