Pittsburgh Steelers: Studs and duds vs. Rams in Week 10

PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 10: Minkah Fitzpatrick #39 of the Pittsburgh Steelers returns a fumble for a 43 yard touchdown during the second quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at Heinz Field on November 10, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 10: Minkah Fitzpatrick #39 of the Pittsburgh Steelers returns a fumble for a 43 yard touchdown during the second quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at Heinz Field on November 10, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) /
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PITTSBURGH, PA – NOVEMBER 10: T.J. Watt #90 of the Pittsburgh Steelers reacts after a sack in the first half against the Los Angeles Rams at Heinz Field on November 10, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – NOVEMBER 10: T.J. Watt #90 of the Pittsburgh Steelers reacts after a sack in the first half against the Los Angeles Rams at Heinz Field on November 10, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images) /

The Pittsburgh Steelers clung to a late lead against the Los Angeles Rams and escaped with a 17-12 win.

The Pittsburgh Steelers survived a few intense drives by the Los Angeles Rams late during Sunday’s matchup. In the end, Pittsburgh’s defense prevailed against Los Angeles’ usually high-powered offense, and the Steelers celebrated a 17-12 win in front of their hometown crowd.

After starting the season 0-3, the Steelers have salvaged their season. The team has won four straight games, three of which were by one score or less, and hold the final Wild Card spot in the AFC with a 5-4 record. They are one game behind the Buffalo Bills for the fifth seed.

James Washington deserves an honorable mention as a stud. While he did fumble once, Washington caught six of the seven passes that came his way, recorded 90 yards, and scored Pittsburgh’s only offensive touchdown. He set season-highs in receptions, yards, and touchdowns.

Now, let’s take a closer look at the players who took over or shrunk from the spotlight in Week 10.

Stud: T.J. Watt, OLB

Pittsburgh’s pass rush as a whole was all over Jared Goff on Sunday. Especially late in the game, the Steelers barely gave Los Angeles’ quarterback time to set his feet. That was the best way the Steelers combatted Los Angeles’ high-powered offense.

Watt recorded two of Pittsburgh’s four sacks. His last takedown almost ended the game, as Goff fumbled the ball, but a Rams offensive lineman recovered. Watt finished the game with five tackles, two sacks, a tackle for loss, and two quarterback hits.

Cameron Heyward and Javon Hargrave also recorded sacks. Hargrave even forced a Goff fumble in the second quarter that was returned for a defensive touchdown. As a team, the Steelers recorded nine quarterback hits.

Dud: Terrell Edmunds, S

The second-year safety struggled in pass coverage all game. While Edmunds is better suited as a run-stopping strong safety, he needs some coverage ability. However, the Rams routinely picked on the former first-round pick.

Ironically, Terrell’s brother, Trey Edmunds, intercepted a fake punt pass attempt by Johnny Hekker, in the third quarter. Trey, the oldest brother of the Edmunds trio currently in the NFL, is a running back and former undrafted free agent. He now has as many career interceptions as Terrell.

It’s worth mentioning, the Steelers got a better safety from the 2018 draft when they traded for Minkah Fitzpatrick. That move has worked out great. Selecting Edmunds though, which was an unexpected pick, has yet to pay off for the Steelers.