Timmons named player of the week

Linebacker Lawrence Timmons' domination against the Cleveland Browns was rewarded when he was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week.

"It's a great accomplishment, but we all just do our job," said Timmons, a player who is always willing to give credit to his teammates. "The defensive line really helps with it. Without them doing what they do, it wouldn't be possible. It's a whole defensive effort. It wasn't just about me."

His numbers, though, were impressive. Timmons had a career-high 14 tackles, two sacks and an interception in a 28-10 win over the Cleveland Browns.

Sunday's game was the fifth consecutive one where Timmons recorded double-digit tackles this season, but he still sees plenty of room for improvement.

"I never settle. I am always striving to be better," said Timmons. "I made a little bit of mistakes here and there. I can always polish up my game."

"That's the way you need to be. The minute you settle you don't push yourself any more. I am always trying to push myself."

Timmons leads the Steelers with 67 tackles, while helping the Steelers allow a league-low 12 points per game.

"He has been productive since he has played defense for us," said Coach Mike Tomlin. "He will continue to get better as he gets comfortable with the nuances of the game and being able to decipher what people are trying to do to him, he is an emerging player and is doing a really nice job."

This is the first time that Timmons won the Player of the Week award.


Sunday's game in Miami is the first of three straight road games, and the Steelers are taking them one game at a time.

"It's a big stretch for us," said Ben Roethlisberger. "Playing on the road is tough, going into some hostile environments. Right now our main focus is on Miami. Going down there and battling the heat, dealing with that and on our side of the ball a very good defense that is playing on a high level and doing a lot of good things."

Tomlin knows what the road ahead is, but his mindset is solely on the Dolphins as well.

"I just acknowledge that we have three road games in a row.  I'm not concerned about it," said Tomlin.  "We aren't going to fly from Miami to New Orleans.  We are going to come back to Pittsburgh and prepare for next week.  So this is where I am with it.  We are preparing to go to Miami.  We are playing one team this week and that is our focus."

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