Heyward totaled 54 tackles (39 solo), including a team leading seven sacks in 2015. He also had one forced fumble, while extending his consecutive regular season games played streak to 80 - tied for the fifth longest active consecutive games played streak among NFL defensive ends.
Heyward had three tackles (one solo) including a sack in Pittsburgh's loss to Seattle on Sunday. The sack was the fifth of the season for Heyward, and the 20th of his career. He was also credited with a blocked an extra point in the third quarter to temporarily preserve the Steelers' one-point lead. With uncertainty at the quarterback position, Pittsburgh will need a big game from its defense against Indianapolis, who they defeated 51-34 last season, in Week 13.
Heyward totaled eight tackles (six solo) in the Steelers' 38-35 win against the Raiders on Sunday. The eight tackles were the most in a game for Heyward this season, and his best effort since a 10-tackle game in Week 14 of the 2013 season. Although he, and the rest of the defense, failed to add to their sack total, they did force five fumbles, recovering three, and have one interception. They rank seventh in the league both in takeaways (15) and turnover differential (4).
Heyward recorded three tackles (one solo) in Pittsburgh's Week 8 loss to Cincinnati. Heyward blocked Mike Nugent's 42-yard field goal try late in the third quarter to temporarily preserve the Steelers' slim lead. It was the second block of his career, and the first by a Steeler since his block against these same Bengals in Week 13 of the 2011 season.
Heyward totaled four tackles (three solo) including a sack in Pittsburgh's 23-13 loss against Kansas City on Sunday. Heyward now has three sacks on the season, just Â¿ sack behind team-leader Stephon Tuitt. The Steelers host Cincinnati in Week 8, whom they've defeated by 10 or more points in their last three meetings.