There were many things that went into the Pittsburgh Steelers’ win last Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. As quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said, it was a team win. However, the offense was non existent the first half, but come the second half, they looked like a brand new unit. That was largely catapulted by the splash plays made by Chase Claypool.
Claypool had three huge plays, one of which included a circus catch over Pro Bowl cornerback Tre’Davious White. All three of these plays led to points for the Steelers, and his last catch set up the game sealing field goal. He was integral to the team’s victory Monday. The catch can be seen here:
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Roethlisberger went on after the game and reiterated on a vlog with Rep 1 Football, who he has documented with last year as well, that Claypool was playing “grown man football.” He said if they want to keep winning games, that’s the Claypool we’re going to not only want, but need to see. I think the team’s and all of Steeler Nation can get behind that. When Claypool is making splash plays, he’s not only helping himself, he is opening up the field for the entire offense, and guys like Diontae Johnson, JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Washington, and Najee Harris will have that much more opportunity to contribute and make splash plays as well. It makes them that much more dangerous.
Claypool himself has said that he expected to make a big year two leap, and would be disappointed if he didn’t. He is an absolute x-factor and big play threat for this offense every time he steps on the field, and if he continues to make these plays all season, this offense will continue to open up and improve.
Claypool will have a chance to continue his strong play this Sunday against a Las Vegas Raiders team that gave up some chunk plays through the air against the Baltimore Ravens last Monday night. If he can capitalize like we know he can, it could be a great day for the team and the fans as they flood Heinz Field for the first game fully packed with fans since 2019. This is Claypool’s first time playing for a fully packed Heinz field in his career, and what better way to show out and get yourself acclimated to the fans than building off that strong Week 1 performance?
It’s all there for the “Grown Man” football to continue. The rest is up to Claypool to put together on the field, which we’ve seen him do on numerous occasions throughout his strong rookie season performance as well. The leap feels imminent, and we could see a real year two explosion starting this Sunday.