By now you’ve probably heard about the Steelers beating the Bills on Sunday night in Philadelphia, and rightfully so.
The Steelers won on a last-second field goal with 1:34 left in the game, which made it a thrilling moment for the game.
But it was just one game in a very long season for the Steelers, as they’ve dropped five straight games and have lost four straight at home.
Now, the Steelers will be without Antonio Brown for a few more weeks.
The NFL suspended Brown for two games last season, after he hit the helmet of Pittsburgh linebacker James Harrison in the preseason.
That suspension led to the Steelers re-signing Brown, but it’s unclear if he’ll be able to return to action for them this season.
With Brown out, the team’s defense will need to step up to help fill the void.
Here’s a look at how the Steelers defense can step up and help their cause.
DeAngelo Williams, OLB: Williams has been the Steelers’ best defensive player this season, and he’s had his fair share of problems this season on the field.
The first two weeks of the season were especially bad for Williams, as he was sacked 31 times, hit 10 times and picked off five times.
However, this week was a much different story, as Williams only had two pressures and only had one quarterback hit him.
Williams has the talent to be a top-five pass rusher in the league, and it’s only going to get better this year.
With the Steelers having two of the best linebackers in the NFL, Williams should be able get pressure on quarterbacks.
However a lack of depth at the position is a big problem.
Cameron Heyward, LB: Heyward is a huge upgrade for the Pittsburgh defense, and his ability to disrupt running backs is something the Steelers desperately need to address.
Heyward should be one of the Steelers best linebackers this season if he’s able to stay healthy, but the team has been thin at the linebacker position.
With DeAngelo and Cameron out, Pittsburgh will have to replace the rest of their linebackers.
With Jordan Mills out for at least six weeks, the Steelers have to look elsewhere to fill their linebacking corps.
Joe Thomas, OL: Thomas has had his struggles this season and he still has the ability to be an elite player.
He’s had to play a lot of nickel snaps this season due to injuries to both Joe Haden and Ryan Shazier, but Thomas has been solid for the team this year and is capable of taking over games for the entire defensive line.
Lawrence Timmons, DT: Timmons has been a great player for the defense this season as he has the strength and speed to be one the Steelers are missing on the defensive line this season when the Steelers have to be more physical in the trenches.
However he has struggled to stay on the line, as his defensive linemen have struggled to consistently get him off blocks.
Brandon Spikes, DE: Spikes has been fantastic for the Chargers this season with his playmaking ability, and while he has been limited to only 15 snaps on defense, Spikes is a very good player for this defense.
Spikes needs to improve his run defense this year, but he should be an every down player for San Diego.
Anthony Chickillo, DE/OLB: Chickillo has been tremendous for the Giants this season despite missing a good chunk of the first two games with a hamstring injury.
Chickillo is a great run defender for the Chiefs and the Steelers this season thanks to his strong playmaking skills and his speed.
However this year Chickillo hasn’t been able to be consistent as the Giants are missing a lot on the defense, as there are only 16 total defensive snaps on the team.
Jason Worilds, DE, ILB: Worild, the biggest loss on the Steelers defensive line, is another one who will be missed this season for both the Steelers and the Chiefs.
Worild has been one of their best players this season to date and was the main reason the Steelers had the best defensive line in the AFC.
Worold has been excellent for the Texans, and the team needs him to be able play well and play a major role in their defensive line rotation moving forward.
Anthony Walker, CB: Walker has had a lot to do with the Steelers struggles this year with his ability as a slot corner.
Walker was one of several players who had to leave the game early due to injury last week, and Walker will be one player that needs to step it up this season in the slot.
Justin Gilbert, OL, DE-OLB/DT: Gilbert has been playing great for the Browns this season after having a lot more playing time at safety last season.
Gilbert has taken the Browns defense to new heights this season including taking down quarterback Josh McCown four times, and taking out quarterback Tyrod Taylor three times.
Gilbert is a