ANTONIO BROWN** Wide Receiver
Antonio Brown missed Ben Roethlisberger during the four games the Steelers franchise quarterback was sidelined with a sprained knee, and if the first-team All-Pro wide receiver decided to make up for lost time during today's game against the Raiders at Heinz Field, he did it in historic fashion. In what ended up being a nail-biting 38-35 victory, Brown set franchise records with 17 catches for 284 yards, and just to add a cherry on top of that sundae he rushed twice for 22 yards to finish the game with 306 yards from scrimmage.
And Brown did more than just deliver huge numbers for fantasy league owners who have him on their teams; he made a strong case for himself as being the reason the Steelers won to raise their record to 5-4. With 55 seconds left in a game that was tied, 35-35, the Steelers faced a third-and-2 from their own 28-yard line. Landry Jones, filling in for Ben Roethlisberger, who was forced from the game with a sprained foot, threw a short pass over the middle to Brown, who took the ball and turned it into a 57-yard big play that gave the Steelers a first down at the Oakland 15-yard line. Three plays later, Chris Boswell's 18-yard field goal provided the deciding points in that 38-35 victory.
Antonio Brown is the Steelers Digest Player of the Week.
Finishing a very, very close second was DeAngelo Williams, who would have come away with this recognition had Brown not chosen the same day for his historic levels of production. Williams rushed for 170 yards on 27 carries (6.3 average) with two touchdowns, and he also caught two passes for 55 more yards to finish with 225 yards from scrimmage.
Also considered were Antwon Blake, who finished with nine tackles, including one for loss, plus two passes defensed and a forced fumble; Cam Heyward, who had eight tackles, including one for loss; Ross Cockrell, who had two tackles, two passes defensed and an interception in the end zone; Will Allen, who returned from injury to finish with seven tackles and three passes defensed; and Mike Mitchell, who had four tackles, one pressure, and a forced fumble.
The Pittsburgh Steelers hosted the Oakland Raiders at Heinz Field in Week 9.