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lamberts-lost-tooth
09-21-2008, 03:58 AM
The matchup: Eagles RB Westbrook vs. Steelers defense
By Mike Prisuta
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Sunday, September 21, 2008



EAGLES RB BRIAN WESTBROOK: In Monday night's 41-37 loss to Dallas, Westbrook (5-foot-10, 203) had a fairly typical Brian Westbrook game. He carried 18 times for 58 yards (a 3.2 average) and two touchdowns, and caught six passes for 45 yards (a 7.5 average) and another score. In other words, he was heavily involved. The Eagles ran 64 offensive plays and Westbrook was officially credited with 24 touches. Not included in that total were a pair of botched handoffs by QB Donovan McNabb and at least one pass on which McNabb overthrew Westbrook. The Eagles like to get him the ball.

THE STEELERS' DEFENSE: In two games the Steelers' defense has yet to allow an opposing team 100 yards rushing or 200 yards passing -- or a meaningful touchdown (Houston managed a couple at garbage time in the opener). The Steelers have collected seven sacks, four pass interceptions and five total takeaways. Defensively, they're on their game. But the attrition process that gradually weakened the unit a season ago has already started to rear its ugly head. CB Deshea Townsend (heel) missed a start last Sunday night in Cleveland and DE Brett Keisel will miss one this afternoon in Philly.

THE MATCHUP: Westbrook lines up everywhere, which means just about everyone will need to get a piece of him at some point. When he's lined up at wide receiver it might be up to the cornerbacks to keep him contained. When he's in the slot it could be incumbent upon the safeties to cover him. The linebackers may be responsible for pitchouts and passes to the flat, and the rest of the front seven will need to keep an eye on him as McNabb play-actions on his way back to the pocket. If anyone blinks Westbrook may well be able to add to his NFL-high total of five TDs. He'll pressure the Steelers' defense all game long. EDGE: WESTBROOK

LAST WEEK: QB Derek Anderson wasn't a disaster, but he never did get the Browns into the end zone in a 10-6 Steelers victory. SS Troy Polamalu's interception inside the 5-yard line at the end of the first half was critical, and Anderson was also picked off by CB Bryant McFadden. EDGE: STEELERS

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_589336.html

GBMelBlount
09-21-2008, 06:00 AM
THE MATCHUP: Westbrook lines up everywhere, which means just about everyone will need to get a piece of him at some point. When he's lined up at wide receiver it might be up to the cornerbacks to keep him contained. When he's in the slot it could be incumbent upon the safeties to cover him. The linebackers may be responsible for pitchouts and passes to the flat, and the rest of the front seven will need to keep an eye on him as McNabb play-actions on his way back to the pocket. If anyone blinks Westbrook may well be able to add to his NFL-high total of five TDs. He'll pressure the Steelers' defense all game long. EDGE: WESTBROOK

Westbrook AND McNabb. What a punch.... Today may be a true indicator of how good our defense really is. Call me a homer, but regardless, I still have a good feeling.

Galax Steeler
09-21-2008, 06:58 AM
Westbrook is a really good running back he has it all and if we can contain him we will have a good shot at beating them.

lilyoder6
09-21-2008, 09:29 AM
i think this is the game that b mac and gay steps up as deshea is out again i beleive... but we might need to have 3 cb's on the field at all time just to cover westbrook.. unless timmons is fast enough to cover him

millwalldavey
09-21-2008, 09:39 AM
I hate the Crows.

revefsreleets
09-21-2008, 10:08 AM
Bend don't break. Make them earn every fresh set of downs. Make them execute. That's how you beat a team like Philly's offense.

tony hipchest
09-21-2008, 10:11 AM
THE MATCHUP: Westbrook lines up everywhere, which means just about everyone will need to get a piece of him at some point. When he's lined up at wide receiver it might be up to the cornerbacks to keep him contained. When he's in the slot it could be incumbent upon the safeties to cover him. The linebackers may be responsible for pitchouts and passes to the flat, and the rest of the front seven will need to keep an eye on him as McNabb play-actions on his way back to the pocket. If anyone blinks Westbrook may well be able to add to his NFL-high total of five TDs. He'll pressure the Steelers' defense all game long. EDGE: WESTBROOKi dont know if he getts the edge here. we have 4 lb's who'm im comfortable covering him in zone. if were in nickel defense our 5th lb (timmons) is more than capable of matching his speed.

if matched up on a safety, its not like he will be up agains roy williams. troy polamalu is a huge difference at SS and ryan clark is up for the task. its unfortunate deshea is out , but im not scared if gay or mcfadden get isolated on him and ike will be there to make a tackle.

our defense is better than the defense that shut down ladainin tomlinson the last 2 times we faced the chargers. we are built to be able to handle a rb like westbrook.

advantage- steelers

im more worried about lj smith.

Preacher
09-21-2008, 10:14 AM
i dont know if he getts the edge here. we have 4 lb's who'm im comfortable covering him in zone. if were in nickel defense our 5th lb (timmons) is more than capable of matching his speed.

if matched up on a safety, its not like he will be up agains roy williams. troy polamalu is a huge difference at SS and ryan clark is up for the task. its unfortunate deshea is out , but im not scared if gay or mcfadden get isolated on him and ike will be there to make a tackle.

our defense is better than the defense that shut down ladainin tomlinson the last 2 times we faced the chargers. we are built to be able to handle a rb like westbrook.

advantage- steelers

im more worried about lj smith.

I'm more worried about Santa Claus in that stadium!

Stlrs4Life
09-21-2008, 10:32 AM
Westbrook is a really good running back he has it all and if we can contain him we will have a good shot at beating them.


We have to contain him and McNabb. Westbrook is very good coming out of the backfield where we seem to have trouble covering. Lewis and the Browns had there best time moving the ball doing that.

steelpride12
09-21-2008, 10:39 AM
Westbrook is the best running back we will face this year and our first real test. I feel containing him in the running game will fare well on our side, but as for containing him in the pass game when he spreads out is a different story, that is our true test.

As well we must contain Mcnabb, pressure him, force him to move and most of all SACKS! His line has done good so far and our defense is nothing they have saw this year and our defense can truly make a difference in the outcome.

tony hipchest
09-21-2008, 10:49 AM
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08265/913846-66.stm

Among the defensive strategies the Steelers could employ against Westbrook, especially in pass situations, is to get him matched against linebacker Lawrence Timmons in their nickel defense.

Timmons is the fastest and most athletic linebacker on the team, one of the reasons he has been used to play Troy Polamalu's spot in the dime defense when Polamalu was injured.

"He's a terrific athlete," Timmons said, "I know they revolve the offense around him. He can beat you with the pass and the run. He's just a great back, and you have to prepare for him. You never know what to expect from him."

The Steelers did not use their nickel defense much in last week's victory in Cleveland, primarily because of the formations the Browns like to use with tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. as a wide receiver. That could change against the Eagles, who are aware of Dick LeBeau's intricate and varied defensive schemes.

"He just does a lot of things with that 3-4 defense ... as much with that 3-4 as anybody," Eagles coach Andy Reid said. "Then you add in there all of the crazy things that he does with his nickel and dime package. It is amazing that those players can digest it all."