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lamberts-lost-tooth
11-29-2008, 10:10 AM
Steelers have sights set on stopping Moss
By Mike Bires, Times Sports Staff
Published: Saturday, November 29, 2008 12:09 AM EST

PITTSBURGH — Dick LeBeau likens Randy Moss to a prolific scorer in basketball.

“You know he’s going to get some points,” said LeBeau, the Steelers’ defensive coordinator. “But you just have to keep him from getting enough to beat you. If he gets 17 or so points and your team wins the game, then you did OK.”

So, when the Steelers play New England on Sunday, they expect Moss to get his fair share of catches. But it will be paramount for the Steelers’ secondary to keep Moss from doing what he did last week.

In a 48-28 rout of the Dolphins, Moss caught eight passes for 123 yards and three touchdowns, all season high.

“I’m always amazed at what Randy can do,” Pats quarterback Matt Cassel said. “He’s a special player and those guys don’t come around very often. I’m lucky to be on the same team as him.”

Now in his 11th season, Moss hasn’t been putting up the numbers he did a year ago when he caught 98 passes for 1,493 yards and NFL record 23 TD passes. He and Steelers wideout Hines Ward are among four players tied for 19th in the league with 54 catches. But Moss is tied for second with eight TD grabs.

For his career, which included previous stints with the Vikings and Raiders, Moss now has 132 TD catches. He’s third on the al-time list behind future Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (197) and Terrell Owens (136) of the Dallas Cowboys.

“Moss is always been one of the top guys in the league,” Steelers cornerback Bryant McFadden said. “He can change a game at any point. He always has respect from ant defensive backfields he may face.”

Strangely enough, the Dolphins didn’t respect Moss enough last week. In so many instances, the Dolphins decided to guard Moss with one cornerback. Maybe the Dolphins were just as concerned with the Patriots’ other wide receiver, Wes Welker.

Yes, Welker ranks second in the league with 80 catches. He’s a terrific weapon who has a knack for turning short catches into long gains. But at 5-foot-9 and 185 pounds, Welker isn’t in the same league as Moss.

With his size (6-foot-4 and 210 pounds), his speed and his athleticism, Moss will win most one-on-one match-ups with any defensive back he faces.

“If Randy Moss gets single coverage, if he gets matched up one-on-one downfield with defenders, then there are big problems,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. “It’s been that way for the 11 years he’s been in the league. Nothing has changed.

“Moss has done a nice job over the years of making quarterbacks look good. All you have to do is throw the ball in his general area. That’s not devaluing what Cassel does. It’s just the facts. If you have Randy Moss one-on-one with somebody, just throw the ball in his general area. It doesn’t require a great deal of accuracy or touch. He’ll come down with the football.”

In other words, expect Moss to get a lot of double coverage Sunday from the Steelers.

X’s and O’s

Steelers RB Willie Parker practiced for the second straight day Friday but is only listed as questionable on Tomlin’s injury report. Questionable in the NFL means a player has a 50/50 chance of playing. Parker aggravated a previously injury knee in the Nov. 20 game against the Cincinnati Bengals. … CB Bryant McFadden (arm) and CB Deshea Townsend (hamstring) are also listed as questionable. Townsend said he will definitely play. McFadden may be a game-time decision.

http://www.timesonline.com/articles/2008/11/29/sports/steelers/doc4930ce1ba9ee2192213566.txt

steelpride12
11-29-2008, 11:39 AM
With Ike being shut down all season long and the Steelers CB playing prevent D i don't see Moss getting anymore than 3 catches and for short yardage.

Makaveli
11-29-2008, 01:12 PM
Pressure, pressure, pressure,........

markymarc
11-29-2008, 10:54 PM
I just don't see Moss having a big game against our defense. Ike will be just fine shadowing him all game and will probably get help from Clark over the top. And I definitely don't see Moss or any other WR getting any big yardage catches against us. If we get back McFadden and Townsend that would really help as well.

Steel_Bus_24
11-29-2008, 11:09 PM
Welker and Faulk are the true weapons to worry about IMO

But our O better be freaking ready to control some damm clock. Thats the best Defense really.......and put it in the endzone when we get down there

tony hipchest
11-30-2008, 02:32 AM
i didnt expect reggie wayne (or moss last year) to have big games against the steelers.

but accidents hapen.

if the gameplan is to rush 3 and drop 8, i think cassell will do as well as brady traditionally has.

= dink and dunk and find the man in the hole.

if were rushing 5-6 and/or dropping 5-6, i think our odds greatly go up.

Galax Steeler
11-30-2008, 06:46 AM
Hopefully we can keep Moss in check and not let him get behind our deffense if we can do this then we have a good shot at winning this game.

Edman
11-30-2008, 10:41 AM
Moss will do little against the Steelers.

It's the dink and dunk bullcrap that should be contained. The Patriots have nickel and dimed the Steelers Defense for years and had success.

markymarc
11-30-2008, 12:00 PM
My only question is why can't the Steelers use the exact same game plan against the Cheaters defense and dink and dunk them all day? We could be just as effective with the dink and dunk game.

Edman
11-30-2008, 02:58 PM
My only question is why can't the Steelers use the exact same game plan against the Cheaters defense and dink and dunk them all day? We could be just as effective with the dink and dunk game.

Because Arians is a fool.

GridironWarrior
11-30-2008, 03:04 PM
My only question is why can't the Steelers use the exact same game plan against the Cheaters defense and dink and dunk them all day? We could be just as effective with the dink and dunk game.

Oline won't allow it and cause of Arians.

markymarc
11-30-2008, 10:24 PM
Oline won't allow it and cause of Arians.

Don't you look silly now. The OL played extremely well today and for the first time in a long time Arians has called 3 great games consecutively.