In a game in which the defense had to stay on the field for long drives in cold weather, the Pittsburgh Steelers didn’t allow a single touchdown. The man leading the way was standout middle linebacker Lawrence Timmons. With his performance holding the center of the Pittsburgh defense together, Timmons is the Steelers Gab Player of The Week.
Timmons led the way with 13 tackles and once again led a defensive unit that prevented a running back from rushing for 100 yards or more for a third straight week. Timmons also played a major hand in limiting tight end Travis Kelce to four catches for 31 yards and no touchdowns. Timmons showed his ability to correctly line up the defense while being able to recognize the offense pre-snap. While faced with many multiple red zone situations, Timmons led the way in run stops, screens, and basic passes.
Next week the Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals will play for the AFC North divisional title. Timmons will be counted on just as much next week as he was this week. He will be assigned the task of alerting the defense pre-snap of what quarterback Andy Dalton and the Bengals offense lines up to execute.
Timmons is a candidate to play in the Pro Bowl and his performance today proved why. Timmons’ performance inspired the defense as they recorded six total sacks. Timmons has started on the Steelers roster in the last two Super Bowl teams, and if he continues to play at this level, he could very well be starting on a third Super Bowl team.
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