Steelers stock up, stock down after win over Bears: Pat Freiermuth, T.J. Watt have dominant performances

PITTSBURGH — The Steelers’ 29-27 win over the visiting Bears was not your typical Monday night showdown. After building a commanding 20-6 lead, the Steelers watched rookie quarterback Justin Fields rally the Bears to a one-point lead. That lead quickly evaporated after four Ben Roethlisberger completions set up Chris Boswell’s go-ahead field goal. Pittsburgh sealed the win when Cairo Santos’ 65-yard field goal attempt failed to reach the cross bars.

While the loss dropped the Bears to 3-6, it moved the Steelers to 5-3 and one game back of the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC North division standings. The win was a significant one for Mike Tomlin, who became the 21st coach in NFL history (and the fourth-fastest coach) to reach 150 career wins. And with Monday night’s win, Tomlin is now four wins away from becoming the first head coach in NFL history to start his career with 15 consecutive non-losing seasons. The Steelers can get one game closer to mark with a win over the winless Lions this Sunday at Heinz Field. 

Let’s take a look at whose stock went either up or down during Monday night’s win. 

Stock up: Cam Heyward/T.J. Watt 

Pittsburgh’s defensive duo put their stamp on Monday’s game. Heyward’s interception of Fields in the second quarter set up the Steelers’ second touchdown. Watt had three sacks of Fields and in the process moved to fifth all-time on the Steelers’ franchise career sack list. Watt also became the fourth-fastest player in NFL history to reach 60 career sacks; the only players to do it faster were Reggie White, older brother J.J. Watt and Derrick Thomas. 

Stock down: Offensive line 

The ever-improving unit took some steps backwards on Monday, both literally and figuratively. While they reached the 100-yard rushing mark, Pittsburgh averaged just 3.28 yards per carry. That number is somewhat inflated considering that Pittsburgh’s receivers ran for 37 yards on six…


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