The Pittsburgh Steelers are 6-3, and that’s kind of crazy, all things considered.
Matt Canada has infuriated the fans with his play-calling week in and week out, and Kenny Pickett seems to become good only in the fourth quarter, yet this team always seems to be in a position to win a game.
Notably, most of that has had to do with their stellar defense and, more specifically, their pass rush.
That’s why it’s not much of a surprise to see PFF’s report about Alex Highsmith and T.J. Watt currently leading the league in total pressures with 89.
The best edge duo in the NFL? pic.twitter.com/5JQiI04UIu
— PFF (@PFF) November 16, 2023
Everybody talks about Watt, and rightfully so, as he’s perhaps the undisputed No. 1 defensive player in the league right now.
Then again, Highsmith has also been stellar, and he would be considered elite and one of the best in the game if he wasn’t in Watt’s shadow.
Highsmith’s presence allows Watt to wreak havoc and be at his best, as he’s often handling multiple offensive lineman and vice versa.
Watt and Highsmith have everything it takes to end their careers as the top pass-rushing duo in the history of this franchise, which speaks volumes of their talents, as the Steelers have historically had some of the best defenses in the league.
Of course, it doesn’t have to be this ugly, and the team shouldn’t have to rely on its stellar defense every single game.
But at least they can brag about having two legit superstars and guys that will always give them an edge and a chance to get back into any game.