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NFL Week 7 Game Recap: Pittsburgh Steelers 24, Los Angeles Rams 17

2T32PAF Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett, left, congratulates wide receiver George Pickens after Pickens made a catch during the second half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams Sunday, Oct. 22, 2023, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

The Pittsburgh Steelers traveled to Los Angeles in Week 7 and left with a big 24-17 road win against the Rams to move to 4-2 on the season and keep them in the thick of the AFC North divisional race.


Offensive spotlight: Diontae Johnson returned to the Steelers’ lineup after a four-week stint on injured reserve, finishing second on the team in receiving yards (79), behind only George Pickens, who went over 100 yards receiving (107) for the third time this season and the fourth time in his career. It was Kenny Pickett, Jaylen Warren and Najee Harris providing the scores on the ground for the Steelers, though, helping to finish off drives.

The Rams’ running back committee was a tandem of two, with Royce Freeman and Darrell Henderson combining for 30 carries, 127 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Matthew Stafford threw for 231 yards, including a 31-yard touchdown to Tutu Atwell, but also had an interception and completed just 48% of his pass attempts.

Defensive spotlight: For the Steelers, T.J. Watt (who else?) made one of the plays of the game — an interception while the Steelers were down six to open the second half. Watt’s pick led to the Steelers’ first touchdown of the game and put them on the path to victory.

Rookie spotlight: Puka Nacua continued his remarkable rookie season with another big game, seeing 12 targets and finishing with eight receptions for 154 yards. Nacua was far and away the team leader in all three receiving categories as the rest of the team struggled to produce.

Box Score

Passing
Pittsburgh Steelers
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int Long Sacks Rtg
Kenny Pickett 15.2 17 / 25 230 9.2 0 0 39 2 97.1
Los Angeles Rams
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int Long Sacks Rtg
Matthew Stafford 15.04 14 / 29 231 8 1 1 36 2 72.6
Rushing
Pittsburgh Steelers
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long Fum Lost
Najee Harris 15.8 14 53 3.8 1 10 0
Kenny Pickett 15.2 8 0 0 1 2 0
Jaylen Warren 10.1 6 32 5.3 1 13 0
Calvin Austin III 0.1 1 1 1 0 1 0
Los Angeles Rams
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long Fum Lost
Matthew Stafford 15.04 1 8 8 0 8 0
Darrell Henderson Jr. 13.6 18 61 3.4 1 16 0
Royce Freeman 6.6 12 66 5.5 0 15 0
Receiving
Pittsburgh Steelers
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT YPR TD Long
George Pickens 18.7 8 5 107 13.4 21.4 0 31
Najee Harris 15.8 3 3 15 5 5 0 8
Diontae Johnson 12.9 6 5 79 13.2 15.8 0 39
Jaylen Warren 10.1 2 1 -1 -0.5 -1 0 -1
Connor Heyward 4.3 3 2 23 7.7 11.5 0 12
Allen Robinson II 1.7 1 1 7 7 7 0 7
Los Angeles Rams
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT YPR TD Long
Puka Nacua 26.4 12 8 154 12.8 19.2 0 36
Darrell Henderson Jr. 13.6 2 1 5 2.5 5 0 5
Tutu Atwell 10.1 2 1 31 15.5 31 1 31
Cooper Kupp 6.9 7 2 29 4.1 14.5 0 24
Tyler Higbee 1.7 3 1 7 2.3 7 0 7
Brycen Hopkins 1.5 1 1 5 5 5 0 5
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