T.J. Watt-Arthur Moats sack party drives Steelers' win over Giants

From ESPN - August 11, 2017

No matter how many new cornerbacks the Pittsburgh Steelers draft, the front seven still sets the tone for their defense.

Rookie T.J. Watt and veteran Arthur Moats got that message across in Friday's 20-12 preseason victory over the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium, abusing a maligned New York offensive line for five combined sacks. Watt flashed athleticism with two sacks on his first four NFL plays, and Moats gobbled up three more quarterback takedowns along with an interception.

This production came from the Steelers' backups at outside linebacker (assuming James Harrison starts alongside Bud Dupree). That's how you create competitive depth.

QB depth chart: Joshua Dobbs settled down after two brutal interceptions in the first quarter, finishing with 100 yards on 8-of-15 passing and a 28-yard touchdown to Cobi Hamilton. Dobbs looked comfortable throwing the ball downfield and skittish on over-the-middle throws in traffic. Bart Houston took over midway through the third quarter and made a few good throws but failed to connect on a big play.

When it was starters vs. starters, the Steelers looked ...: Physical on defense (especially nose tackle Javon Hargrave, who looked sharp), but the offensive line was not playing with its usual edge. The Steelers rested several starters -- including multiple O-linemen -- and it showed. The Giants had clear shots on Dobbs on several occasions. Backups need to clean things up in case the Steelers' starters suffer injuries early in the season.


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