6 takeaways from the Steelers overtime win over the Seahawks

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If you made the decision to stay up late to watch all of the Pittsburgh Steelers win over the Seattle Seahawks, they made it worth your time. After letting the Seahawks get back into the game, Pittsburgh called on its best player for some huge plays in overtime before pulling out the win. Here are our big takeaways from the win.

T.J. Watt is worth every penny

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Big players make big plays in big moments. This was exactly what T.J. Watt did on Sunday night. Watt proved why he’s the highest-paid defender in the league with seven tackles, two sacks, three tackles for loss, three passes defended and the forced fumble that won the Steelers the game.

I was wrong about Chase Claypool

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I went into the season thinking Chase Claypool would emerge as the team’s No. 1 receiver. I mean, he has all the size and speed you could ask for. But after another disappointing performance along with the continued improvement of Diontae Johnson has forced me to rethink my expectations. Claypool continues to struggle with combat catches where he should excel and had his third offensive pass interference of the season.

The offensive line was better without Dan Moore

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I don’t think it was a coincidence the run game improved when Dan Moore went out with an injury. I’m not endorsing Joe Haeg as the starter for the rest of the season but this was not Moore’s best effort. Zach Banner is back from his knee injury and this game by Moore didn’t help his case to stay the left tackle after the bye week.

Pat Freiermuth flashed signs of the future

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Tight end Pat Freiermuth had his breakout game on Sunday and I’m here for it. Freiermuth isn’t the blocker Zach Gentry is but he showed off the hands that earned him a second-round pick in 2021. Freiermuth was targeted seven times and caught all seven for 58 receiving yards. With JuJu Smith-Schuster out for the year, Freiermuth could be the big target Ben Roethlisberger needs.

Najee Harris quietly dominates

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On Sunday night, Harris quietly had this third game of at least 100 yards of offense. Harris got in a bit of a groove late in the game and finished with a solid 81 rushing yards on 24 carries. Harris also had six receptions for 64 more yards and a receiving score. Harris now has more than 100 yards offense in half of his career games and is getting a little better every week as the offensive line improves.

Tackling is still a huge problem

PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA – OCTOBER 17: Alex Collins #41 of the Seattle Seahawks rushes ahead of Devin Bush #55 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the third quarter at Heinz Field on October 17, 2021 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

You have to applaud the individual play of guys like T.J. Watt, Cam Heyward and Tre Norwood on the Steelers defense. However, as a group, missed tackles were a huge problem. Seattle came out after halftime and ran roughshod over the Steelers defense in part because no one seemed to want to tackle anyone.

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