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mesaSteeler
08-29-2009, 11:13 PM
Harris: Steelers flex muscles in victory
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_640733.html
By John Harris
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Sunday, August 30, 2009

The Steelers officially put the rest of the NFL on notice Saturday night.

Sure, it was only a preseason game that will be long forgotten once the regular season begins Sept. 10.

Yeah, and the Steelers weren't trying to show the Buffalo Bills a thing or two at Heinz Field.

Along with the Tennessee Titans.

And the Chicago Bears.

And the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Steelers' first three regular-season opponents will catch an eyeful when they study the tape from last night's first half.

It was 2008 all over again.

When the starters from both teams were on the field, the reigning Super Bowl champions dominated the Bills thoroughly and completely.

In the third preseason game the only one that's supposed to mean anything because the starters play longer than normal the Steelers were so efficient it was scary.

The Steelers led, 17-0, at halftime.

They had 12 first downs to Buffalo's three, and amassed 209 total yards to 50 for the Bills. The Steelers ran off 38 plays to Buffalo's 19.

Receiver Terrell Owens didn't play for Buffalo last night because of injury. Lucky for him.

Bills quarterback Trent Edwards was limited to 27 passing yards in the first half. Edwards was sacked once, hurried on several other throws and tossed an interception that inside linebacker James Farrior returned 22 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter.

Farrior also had four tackles, one tackle for a loss and a forced fumble all before intermission. At 34, the Steelers' oldest starter isn't getting older, he's getting better.

As for that Steelers run defense that was giving up more than 100 yards through the first two preseason games? Never been better.

Buffalo rushed for 28 yards in the first half. That isn't very good, until you realize the Bills had only 22 net yards passing in the opening 30 minutes.

The Steelers' defense opened the game with nose tackle Casey Hampton on the sideline and only two defensive linemen Aaron Smith and Brett Keisel on the field.

The surprise formation worked. Buffalo passed for a 4-yard gain on first down. A running play gained a yard on second down. On third down, cornerback Deshea Townsend broke up a pass.

That pretty much sums up how the Steelers' defense played all night.

Not to be outdone, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger shredded Buffalo's defense.

In one half of work, Roethlisberger completed 15 of 19 passes for 168 yards. He had a passer rating of 103.5.

Hines Ward had five receptions for 74 yards, and Limas Sweed had four receptions for 34 yards. Heath Miller, Mewelde Moore and Rashard Mendenhall had two catches each.

Mendenhall, starting for the injured Willie Parker (hamstring), carried the ball 16 times for 48 yards in the first half. More than once, he displayed a nice burst to get to the second level of defenders.

Mendenhall, running strong and hard between the tackles, finished off a 13-play drive near the end of the first half with a 4-yard touchdown run for a 17-0 lead.

It was a performance that was more than coach Mike Tomlin could have wished for.

His Steelers showed the rest of the league they remain a force to be reckoned with.

John Harris can be reached at jharris@tribweb.com or 412-481-5432.

Hotrodder07
08-29-2009, 11:19 PM
Good read. We did look impressive in every aspect of the game tonight. I can't wait to see what we can do in the regular season. :tt02:

Fire Haley
08-29-2009, 11:27 PM
Oh my, what will the O-line haters say now?

sharkweek
08-29-2009, 11:38 PM
they'll say the OL could/should be better! :flap:

fansince'76
08-29-2009, 11:41 PM
Oh my, what will the O-line haters say now?

"It was only the Bills." :blah: :blah: :blah:

MasterOfPuppets
08-30-2009, 12:17 AM
while it was great seeing ben make good decisions with the ball, i think he still needs some adjustment to the speed of the game. he threw a bunch of balls behind the receivers instead of leading them. hopefully these next few weeks will fix that.

LVSteelersfan
08-30-2009, 12:27 AM
It WAS only the Bills. They pretty much suck. But I liked what I saw any way. The Steelers looked sharp in the first half.

Preacher
08-30-2009, 01:01 AM
Last year...there was MUCH justification to rail against hte O line.

However, I have been saying since the first game... This O line looks different. THey are getting things done real well in the pass game. In teh run game, they were average so far... some push at times, not so at others.

I can't WAIT to break down this game. SOunds like there is going to be a LOT of material this time!

And it was done WITHOUT Legursky!!! Imagine that!

MasterOfPuppets
08-30-2009, 01:08 AM
Last year...there was MUCH justification to rail against hte O line.

However, I have been saying since the first game... This O line looks different. THey are getting things done real well in the pass game. In teh run game, they were average so far... some push at times, not so at others.

I can't WAIT to break down this game. SOunds like there is going to be a LOT of material this time!

And it was done WITHOUT Legursky!!! Imagine that!you ain't done yet ? geesh...the game was over hours ago... :doh:

Preacher
08-30-2009, 01:15 AM
you ain't done yet ? geesh...the game was over hours ago... :doh:

:chuckle:

Gotta wait for it to be shown on the NFL channel so I can record it!!

Not much you can do with the JustinTV thing!!!!

MACH1
08-30-2009, 01:49 AM
:chuckle:

Gotta wait for it to be shown on the NFL channel so I can record it!!

Not much you can do with the JustinTV thing!!!!

11:00am Mountain time
Got mine set to record :chuckle:

SteelTalons
08-30-2009, 09:47 AM
Oh my, what will the O-line haters say now?

I'm eating my crow right now... But I'm glad I was wrong for once. :laughing:

Of course it was only Buffalo but I do see the improvement. :thumbsup:

Fire Haley
08-30-2009, 10:40 AM
funny

"It was only Buffalo"

Buffalo: "It was only preseason"

Buffalo fans "Bring back J.P Losman!"

sherlock
08-30-2009, 10:59 AM
you ain't done yet ? geesh...the game was over hours ago... :doh:

Yeah,come on Preacher...we`re waiting!!:computer:

stillers4me
08-30-2009, 11:01 AM
The D hasn't allowed a TD in 3 preseason games.....and they aren't really even trying yet!

scary.........

fansince'76
08-30-2009, 11:10 AM
while it was great seeing ben make good decisions with the ball, i think he still needs some adjustment to the speed of the game. he threw a bunch of balls behind the receivers instead of leading them. hopefully these next few weeks will fix that.

He went 15-19 and threaded quite a few needles last night that I saw. :noidea:

Psyychoward86
08-30-2009, 11:12 AM
Hehe, well yeah the truth is, it was only the Bills. But if we do as good, or even better against the Panthers, i'll be able to rest a little more easy.

fansince'76
08-30-2009, 11:16 AM
Hehe, well yeah the truth is, it was only the Bills. But if we do as good, or even better against the Panthers, i'll be able to rest a little more easy.

Not going to be able to take much from the Panthers game considering our 3rd and 4th stringers are going to be playing most of that game.

steel striker
08-30-2009, 11:50 AM
Well we see in a few weeks against the titians but, it was good to see the first team move the ball. Plus the defense played well so, time will tell.

pancake
08-30-2009, 12:24 PM
Oh my, what will the O-line haters say now?

I am definitly an OL hater, but I just want improvement. It is the Bills, but improvement is still improvement...

Dino 6 Rings
08-30-2009, 12:27 PM
209 total yards to 50 for the Bills. The Steelers ran off 38 plays to Buffalo's 19.

and that is the tale of the tape.