Pittsburgh went into an unfriendly M&T Bank Stadium and came out with a solid win. See whose stock is up or down as the team prepares for Week 5.

This is my process: I watch the games, take notes as necessary and then outline the stock report postgame with the main points I want to address. Identifying the bones and then adding the meat the next day (usually) helps me to avoid any overreactions, which I think is good. So, I’m sitting here writing this on Monday night and finding it quite difficult to concentrate onanalyzing the outcome of a football game. Much like many of you, I woke up Monday to the news that some maniac shot nearly 600 people from his hotel room in Las Vegas, killing at least 59 of them. Perhaps this isnt the appropriate venue to call attention to this event, which is the deadliest mass shooting in the history of United States, a nation where this kind of thing has become discouragingly commonplace. Still, I felt like I needed to, and I apologize for thislengthy preamble. Please, keep these people and their families in your thoughts. Go donateAnd don’t forget to remind your own friends and family that you’re happy to have them around.

Following Pittsburgh’s 23-17 overtime loss to the Bears in Week 3, I didn’t write a lengthy introduction for the Stock Report because I had a lot of things to say and I wanted to get right to saying them. I also have many things to say this week—this time in regard to the Steelers’ 26-9 road victory over the Baltimore Ravens—so I’m going to move forward with those things which are outlined conveniently as follows:

GOATS – Stock up

My thesis:

Note the timestamp: this was posted approximately four seconds after Shazier managed to jump 11 feet in the air to swat a Joe Flacco pass into the mitts of Mike Hilton, who is the greatest defensive back in NFL history. Remarkably, this was only, like, the third-most impressive play that Shazier made against Baltimore. Let’s rank them:

1. His interception.

You’d love to slam Flacco for “Flaccoing” this throw, but Shazier simply diagnosed the play and whipped his head around just in time to secure what should have been a game-sealing interception. Also, he mocked Ray Lewis’ weird Ray Lewis dance thing (i.e. squirrel dance), which was neat.

2. His forced fumble. I’d call him the best ball-stripper in the NFL, but that would be an unfortunate compliment.

3. The tipped ball.

These were not isolated incidents. Shazier was a legitimate madman, collecting 11 total tackles—including several that were violent, bone-jarring and orchestrated without compunction—along with a handful of disrupted passes and the aforementioned takeaways. It was almost like Shazier was trying to compensate for his numerous missed tackles in the Week-3 loss to Chicago. If so, mission accomplished.

Hilton, meanwhile, recorded the first sack of his NFL career (he had two in the preseason, so it was only a matter of time), as well as his first career interception. Hilton has quickly established himself as a formidable presence in Pittsburgh’s secondary and one whose multi-faceted skill set will make him a valuable commodity when the Steelers face the likes of New England, Green Bay and Kansas City.

Cameron Heyward – Stock up

“Cameron Heyward” is going to be the first thing many offensive linemen say when their therapists ask if they know why they’re seated comfortably on a chaise lounge in a dim office. Heyward, a bulldozer, routinely pushed 300-pound humans 5-10 yards backward with relative ease, which honestly makes you wonder how the 2016 season would’ve turned out had Heyward not suffered a season-ending injury to his pectoral.

Offensive line play – Stock up

That’s more like it, fellas! Thanks in large part to the offensive line, Le’Veon Bell exceeded 100 rushing yards for the first time in 2017, and he did so averaging a healthy 4.1 yards per carry. Notably, both Bell and backfield mate James Conner had 20-yard runs, which marks the first and second 20-yard rushing plays for the Steelers so far this season. Having athletic offensive linemen like David DeCastro and Maurkice Pouncey, who are able to get 10-15 yards upfield to lead the charge, is an unspeakable luxury and the general athleticism of the front-5 permits the Steelers to run an above-average number of counter runs. Impressive, too, is the fact that the line allowed only a single sack (though it’s worth mentioning that Roethlisberger was hit seven times).

Nonetheless, this unit hasn’t been at full-strength since Week 1. The eventual return of Marcus Gilbert should further solidify things up front.

Offensive line discipline – Stock down

With the notable exception of Ramon Foster, each of Pittsburgh’s offensive linemen drew a flag. Alejandro Villanueva, undoubtedly frustrated by being unwillingly transformed into a political icon, committed a retrospectively hilarious personal foul that probably cost the Steelers a touchdown opportunity in the first quarter. Chris Hubbard and DeCastro were both flagged twice for holding. All things considered, a very sloppy effort. The line played well enough to make up for these infractions, but a similarly voluminous penalty portfolio won’t fly against top-tier AFC competition (no offense, Baltimore).

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