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Steelers improving defensively as season progresses

Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
The Steelers' Cameron Heyward celebrates his sack of Browns quarterback in the fouth quarter Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018 at Firstenergy Stadium Cleveland Ohio.

In NFL rankings for total defense, the Pittsburgh Steelers have climbed all the way up to… 21st.

Not exactly the Steel Curtain. But that’s the highest the Steelers have reached since after Week 1, and it’s an improvement of eight spots since last week.

“I am not going to say, ‘We found our mojo. We got our groove back,’ ” defensive captain Cameron Heyward said Monday. “It’s about putting in the work and understanding that every team is dangerous, and we will see where we are at the end of this.”

The Steelers are coming off their best statistical game of the season defensively, allowing a season-low 275 yards. They have allowed a season-low 62 rushing yards in consecutive weeks, and the 213 passing yards allowed Sunday in Cincinnati were a season-low.

After allowing an average of 29 points over the first four games (one of which they won), the Steelers have allowed a total of 38 points the past two weeks — both victories.

“We are just digging right now, digging out of a hole,” Heyward said. “We’ve got to put in the work every week now.”

The Steelers finished last season No. 5 in total defense. Through six weeks this season, they’re No. 26 against the pass (up from No. 29 each of the previous two weeks) and No. 13 versus the run. The rushing ranking has improved every week.

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Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chris at or via Twitter @C_AdamskiTrib.

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