TE Leonard Pope - Pittsburgh Steelers
|6-7, 250||Born: 9-9-1983||College: Georgia||Drafted: Round 3|
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Week 5: at San Diego Chargers
All TE vs SD
Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Mike Vick had the Steelers in position to win a game, but the team's placekicker blew two game-winning possibilities last week, and the Ravens pulled it out in OT. Vick didn't wow anyone with the 'Michael Vick Experience', but he was a competent game manager who threw 19/26 for 124 yards passing (though some easy throws sailed or hit the turf, as is usual with Vick), one TD and zero interceptions, while adding 9/33/0 rushing. Antonio Brown eked out 5/42/0 receiving on nine targets, while Darrius Heyward-Bey kept Martavis Bryant's seat warm for him with five targets for 4/31/1. We'll see if the return of Bryant this week from suspension can spark something more from the Steelers' passing offense (though they may not need to throw much with Le'Veon Bell picking on the Chargers' sorry rush D).
The San Diego pass D allowed 32/41 for 332 net yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions to Josh McCown last weekend, after coughing up 13/24 for 121 yards passing, with zero TDs and one interception at Minnesota two games ago. This unit has swung wildly over the past two games, as you can see. San Diego is now 10th in the NFL averaging 225.0 net passing yards allowed per game, with seven passing scores handed out vs. three interceptions (tied for 13th in the NFL) and five sacks (tied-28th) generated to date.
This is a neutral matchup between so-so units.
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