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Winners and Losers: Week 5

By Logan Leslie
SteelerNation.com

 

Winners:

Devin Bush: After committing a huge offsides penalty on 4th and 6, Bush intercepted a Lamar Jackson pass downfield while covering Baltimore TE Nick Boyle. Bush played well in coverage and against the run. Continuing his Rookie of the Year campaign by adding 8 total tackles to go along with his interception.

Minkah Fitzpatrick: Fitzpatrick continues to show why the Steelers traded their 2020 1st round pick. He tipped a pass in the first half of play which allowed for S Kameron Kelly to make an interception.

Chris Boswell: After struggling last season converting extra points and field goals, Boz has regained his confidence. He continues his perfect season through Week 5. With now third string QB Devlin Hodges in it will be imperative to convert all scoring opportunities.

 

Losers:

Mason Rudolph: After making an incredible play to escape pressure and complete a pass downfield, Baltimore Ravens safety Earl Thomas hit Rudolph in the head knocking him out cold prior to hitting the ground. Surprisingly, Thomas was not called for roughing the passer or ejected for this unnecessary hit. Prior to the hit, he was having a respectable game going 13/20 for 131 yards and a touchdown.

Steelers Running backs: The Steelers again were unable to rush for over 100 yards with only 78 yards on the round. The wildcat was virtually ineffective against a Ravens defense that appeared more than ready for the trick plays. Very hard to see this Steelers team winning down the stretch without a strong run game. The Ravens greatly controlled the time of possession by 13 minutes and 26 seconds.

NFL Referees: With what seemed like a record number of penalties called and some questionable calls on both sides of the ball, the NFL continues to be unable to effectively referee football games. With less than three minutes remaining in the game, Steelers LB Ola Aydeni was called for roughing the passer on what looked like a very clean play.

JuJu Smith-Schuster: Not much needs to be said here. With the fumble that set up the Ravens game-winning kick, JuJu is the team’s biggest loser today. Otherwise, he had a solid game with 7 receptions for 75 yards and a touchdown.

 

Let us know who you think are the winners and losers today in the comment section below.

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