Updated: Sep 23, 2020
Chase Claypool - Ben Roethlisberger hit Claypool in stride down the left sidelines for an 84-yard touchdown in the second quarter. It was Claypool’s first career touchdown reception and he simply just burned Broncos’ cornerback Micheal Ojemundia on a go route on the play. Claypool was also impressive on special teams with three tackles.
Diontae Johnson - Johnson started off slow with a fumble on a jet sweep on the first offensive play of the game, but he bounced back and finished the game with eight receptions for 92 yards on a team-high 13 targets and a touchdown, averaging 11.5 yards per catch. Johnson had a nice 28-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter from Roethlisberger. Roethlisberger scrambled to the right and found Johnson in the back of the end zone, which would give the Steelers a 24-14 lead after the extra point. Johnson also had an 81-yard punt return for a touchdown in the second quarter but it was negated due to a block in the back penalty called on Can Sutton.
Terrell Edmunds - On fourth-and-2 late in the fourth quarter with Steelers leading 26-21, Denver was at the Steelers' 15-yard line and Edmunds blitzed off the edge and came up with a huge sack on Driskel to turn the ball over on downs. Earlier in the drive Edmunds was called for pass interference on third-and-11 to keep Denver’s drive alive. Many in the media and fans have criticized Edmunds for his lack of big plays, well he certainly came up big in a crucial moment today.
James Conner - Following Edmunds’ sack on Driskel to turn the ball over on downs, James Conner broke off a 59-yard run to the Broncos’ 10-yard line to close out the game. Conner bounced back after a disappointing start to the season against the Giants where he rushed for 9 yards on six carries and left the game in the second quarter with an ankle injury and did not return. Conner rushed for 106 yards on 16 carries and a touchdown, an average of 6.6 yards per carry.
Bud Dupree - Dupree continued off his dominating Monday night performance today against the Broncos. In the first quarter on third-and-7 from the Steelers’ 25-yard line, T.J. Watt pressured Drew Lock out of the pocket and Dupree had a strip-sack on Drew Lock and Mike Hilton came up with the loose ball. Lock injured his shoulder on the play and would be out for the rest of the game. Dupree had two total tackles, a strip-sack and three quarterback hits against Denver.