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mesaSteeler
08-14-2009, 08:19 PM
Steelers have more in reserve
By F. Dale Lolley, Staff writer
http://www.observer-reporter.com/OR/Story/8-14-Steelers-Cards-story
dlolley@observer-reporter.com

PITTSBURGH - It was hardly a super rematch of the Super Bowl.

Neither the Pittsburgh Steelers nor the Arizona Cardinals played their starters for more than two possessions and each team took long looks at the backups.

The Steelers' backups proved to be better, as running back Issac Redman, an undrafted rookie from Bowie State, scored a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns to a 20-10 victory over Arizona here at Heinz Field Thursday night in the preseason opener for both teams.

Ben Roethlisberger, who threw a touchdown in the closing moments of Super Bowl XLIII to lead the Steelers to a 27-23 victory over the Cardinals in February, completed 4 of 6 passes for 33 yards as he and the rest of Pittsburgh's first-team offense played just two possessions.

"I think it was OK," said Roethlisberger. "I think we had a couple of plays with breakdowns, but it just felt good to go against someone other than your own guys."

Arizona was equally as careful with its starters, pulling its first-team offense and defense after two possessions.

Steelers second-string quarterback Charlie Batch, seeing his first game action since suffering a broken collar bone in the 2008 preseason, helped Pittsburgh to a 3-0 lead, throwing a 45-yard pass to second-year wideout Limas Sweed to set up a 50-yard field goal by Jeff Reed midway through the second quarter.

Arizona tied the game, 3-3, on a 29-yard Neil Rackers field goal on the final play of the first half, thanks to a 40-yard pass interference penalty against Pittsburgh cornerback Anthony Madison on a deep pass from Matt Leinart to Sean Morey.

Cornerback Joe Burnett, a fifth-round draft pick, stepped in front of a pass from third-string quarterback Brian St. Pierre - one of seven former Steelers on Arizona's roster - intended for wide receiver Jeremy Urban at the 45-yard line and returned it to the Arizona three-yard line.

The 6-0, 230-pound Redman took the ball into the end zone on the first play of the fourth quarter, bouncing off a would-be tackler and into the end zone for a 10-3 lead.

Redman, who led the Steelers with 32 yards rushing, powered his way into the end zone from five yards out on Pittsburgh's next possession to give the Steelers a 17-3 advantage.

Former Pitt quarterback Tyler Palko came off the bench to relieve St. Pierre and threw a 20-yard TD toss to Onrea Jones to cut Pittsburgh's lead to 17-10.

But linebacker Bruce Davis intercepted a deflected Palko pass with just over two minutes remaining to set up a 44-yard field goal by Piotr Czech for a 20-10 Pittsburgh lead.

Odds and end zones

The Steelers recorded four sacks, one each by LaMarr Woodley, Keiwan Ratliff and Ziggy Hood, the team's first-round draft pick, and a half each by Arnold Harrison and Sonny Harris. ... Veteran Shaun McDonald led the Steelers with 69 yards on six receptions. ... Defensive end Brett Keisel (calf) was a late scratch. Veteran Travis Kirschke started in his place. ... Others who did not play for the Steelers included running backs Willie Parker and Mewelde Moore, wide receivers Brandon Williams and Martin Nance, running back Mewelde Moore and offensive lineman Darnell Stapleton and Justin Hartwig. ... Attendance was 58,330. ... The Steelers made it through the game with no apparent injuries.

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AllD
08-15-2009, 10:40 AM
Special teams is better than last year and they were great. Defense looks good very deep and still the class of the NFL. We are also deep in WRs, especially SB MVPs. Running game and OL blocking are what needs work.