PITTSBURGH — The Steelers' defense is playing some otherworldly football right now. That is undeniable. When you hold the defending NFC champions' offense to three points in a game -- the other nine came courtesy of the Rams defense -- you're doing some things right.
But it also came at a cost. Linebackers Bud Dupree and Mark Barron played 71 of a possible 77 defense snaps. T.J. Watt played 64. More important, defensive end Cam Heyward played 69 snaps (89.6 percent), while nose tackle Javon Hargrave logged 56 (72.7 percent).
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