Le'Veon Bell up, Michael Vick down in Steelers' win over Chargers

Le'Veon Bell's walk-off touchdown capped a dramatic, must-needed win for the Steelers. Donald Miralle/Getty Images

SAN DIEGO -- A look at Pittsburgh Steelers players who were “up” and those who were “down” in Monday’s wild 24-20 win over the San Diego Chargers.


Le'Veon Bell: The All-Pro back was the offense for much of the game, slashing the Chargers defense for 89 yards on 14 first-half carries. He had the entire defense targeting him because of the passing-game woes and still produced. And, oh yeah, he scored a walk-off touchdown via the Wildcat formation.

Jarvis Jones: Jones played like the first-rounder he is with his first two splash plays of the season, sacking Philip Rivers in the first half and stripping running back Melvin Gordon for a turnover in the second.

Antwon Blake: He made the play of the game and single-handedly tilted a fading Steelers season. While covering Malcom Floyd, he deftly undercut a route to pick Rivers’ pass and return it 70 yards for the score. Now, about that early showboating that nearly cost him the touchdown ... he’ll hear about that from Steelers coaches.


Michael Vick: Vick is right -- it's how you finish, not how you start. The Steelers found something in the fourth quarter. But the effort that saw Vick throw for 87 yards through three quarters was sluggish enough to underscore a downward trend. The Steelers need to get their quarterback comfortable somehow. Vick completed 50 percent of his passes with a 73.1 rating. That won't get it done Sunday against Arizona.

Shamarko Thomas: It's hard enough to be buried on the depth chart. Thomas made things worse by committing a silly penalty on punt coverage, getting in the way of the receiver before he caught the ball. That gave the Chargers 15 easy yards.

Ross Cockrell: It's not that Cockrell played awful, but the cornerback was too handsy in coverage, and that will catch up to him. He got one penalty for it and should have gotten at least one other. His timing in attacking the ball looked off for much of the night.