Steelers' D Dominant In Heyward's Return To Heinz Field
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Datum: 19. September 2017 09:45

Ryan Shazier and Vince Williams have taken on the moniker of “Shake and Bake.”

Shazier has the shake in his step and Williams “likes to bake people,” according to Shazier.

But they realize they’re not as shakey or bakey without the guy who’s taken on the moniker of “Captain.”

Yes, Cameron Heyward is back, is a dominating Steelers’ defense., and so, apparently

For the second consecutive game, which is more than 100 yards per game better than the average they allowed a year ago (343)., the Steelers held an opponent to exactly 237 yards of total offense

The Steelers stifled the Minnesota Vikings, 26-9, who otherwise gained 39 yards on 11 other carries., and allowed only one touchdown, a 1-yard run by C.J. Ham in the third quarter after the “lulled” Steelers’ defense allowed a 25-yard run by Dalvin Cook

The key was the return of Heyward,Womens Nelson Agholor Jersey, who missed the last nine games last season with a torn pectoral muscle.

Heyward made his return to Heinz Field with a dominating performance. He drew a holding penalty on the first series, tackled Cook for a four-yard loss on the second series and pressured Case Keenum into a wild incompletion to a wide-open Stefon Diggs on the third series.

Heyward was credited with only six tackles,Womens Carson Wentz Jersey, but he forced running backs to take difficult paths throughout the game and drilled Keenum twice to force incompletions.

“I’m always fired up, and I thought we played with energy.”,” said Heyward. “But this was the home opener and (I) got to play for DMR (the late Dan Rooney) in the first game he wasn’t here. We missed him out there

Heyward said he didn’t feel the need to pick up the slack for injured linemate Stephon Tuitt,Womens Alshon Jeffery Jersey, insisting that it’s always his job to get the unit off and running.

“I'm trying to set the tone period,” Heyward said. “Obviously Tuitt wasn't there but whenever we're out there as a defensive line we want to set the tempo. We want to see if they want to test us.”

The Steelers have yet to allow an opponent more than 100 yards rushing. The Vikings,Womens Sidney Jones Jersey, were held to 91 yards on 20 carries by the Steelers., who gained 129 yards on 30 carries the previous week

“I think we can get even better,” Heyward said. “I'm excited to see what we do in the next game. We just have to keep challenging ourselves and not get complacent.”

How do they plan to do that?

” he said,Womens Rasul Douglas Jersey,“Just not getting lulled to sleep, “and understanding it's a 60-minute game. I know we cut down on the big plays but we still gave up a couple. Once we cut that out we'll be even better.”

and Williams had a sack,Shazier tied defensive backs Sean Davis and Mike Hilton for the tackles lead with eight, but Shazier credited Heyward with making it happen.

“When he plays like that it allows us just to be able to flow,” said Shazier. “It allows the linebackers to get over top and it just destroys their play.”

Shazier added that the Steelers are close to becoming a dominant defense once again.

but when we're on our Ps and Qs,” he said. “You saw today there were times they couldn't move the ball at all, and they're a great team. They have a great running back and great pieces to their offense,“I feel we can definitely be a shutdown defense, I feel we can shut teams down the way we want to.”

Heyward explained the unit’s growth over the past year.

” he said. “But you see leaps and bounds that we're better in some instances, understanding what we've got to do in certain situations and understanding what they want to accomplish, we can continue getting better at it,“Whether it's technique, whether it's our technique and execution.

“But we have to continue doing it. It's only been two games. I'm not going to jump (head) over heels just because we did it two games.”

Vikings backup Case Keenum struggles in start against Steelers

In fairness, nobody really thought Case Keenum would be the answer for the Vikings against the Steelers.

fresh off a career week against the Saints, the Vikings announced that Sam Bradford,Early on Sunday morning, would not play against the Steelers with a knee injury.

but that’s more because he barely threw the ball down the field at all, Keenum threw for just 167 yards on 37 attempts. The good news is that Keenum didn’t throw for an interception,Authentic Nelson Agholor Jersey,In the 26-9 loss, which would have been welcomed.

he got the ball out on time and wasn’t afraid to go down the field,Authentic Carson Wentz Jersey, but in Week 1,Bradford isn’t known as a deep passer,Authentic Alshon Jeffery Jersey, which was a pleasant surprise after last season.

and there were a few times had he just done that,Keenum simply didn’t step up in the pocket,Authentic Sidney Jones Jersey, he would have had a receiver open for a big game.

But again, this is hard to ask of from a backup quarterback. Remember Shaun Hill? Things could be worse.

it’ll be more of Keenum, if not,Authentic Rasul Douglas Jersey,We will see if Bradford is ready for Week 3 against Tampa Bay, who was disappointed in himself after Sunday’s loss.

The common thread in Joe Haden's Steelers debut

if not better, and they expected him to come in and be a starting caliber cornerback,Joe Haden was one of the biggest free agent signings in Pittsburgh Steelers history by name value alone. The team had never given an outsider the money that they threw at Haden, right away.

That wasn't quite what happened. While the Steelers won the game 21-18 behind a solid defensive performance overall, Haden himself wasn't great. Pro Football Focus delved into the numbers after the game and they weren't particularly promising.

the rest of his outing was average at best. He didn’t give up any major plays,"Haden’s first game in a new uniform coincidentally came against his former team. While he broke up a pass early on, but did allow six catches for 80 yards and a 106.3 passer rating into his coverage."

though,The fact that he didn't give up big plays, was part of the problem. The way that the Steelers used Haden on Sunday was emblematic of many of their struggles in recent years and didn't put the cornerback in position to succeed. Just take a look at this defensive formation Pittsburgh used on a 19-yard completion to Corey Coleman in the second quarter.

Re: Steelers' D Dominant In Heyward's Return To Heinz Field
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