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mesaSteeler
08-30-2009, 03:33 PM
Steelers-Bills game views: Offense so good, vendor in section 514 could have completed pass
August 29, 11:59 PM
Pittsburgh Sports Examiner
Matt Pawlikowski
http://www.examiner.com/x-2703-Pittsburgh-Sports-Examiner~y2009m8d29-Views-from-the-Steelers-game

PITTSBURGH – The Steelers offense was so good on Saturday night against the Bills that even the beer guy in section 514 could have suited up and made a few completions. Here’s a quick look at the good.Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall, left, scores a touchdown past Buffalo Bills cornerback Terrence McGee in the second quarter of the NFL preseason football game in Pittsburgh, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger - Ankle injury? What injury? Not only did Roethlisberger look sharp, he was able to move around and scramble without any apparent reserve. He made some nice reads, took some gambles and ended a half of action with a 100.3 quarterback rating, missing just four of his passes.

Tackle Willie Colon - The line usually doesn't get much credit, but for a second consecutive week Colon looked good on the line. To be blunt the entire line played well. Colon said after the game they have a little chip on their shoulder because of the criticism they took last year, but also told the Examiner that the unit has had a year to jell.

Limas Sweed – He took the No. 2 slot in replace of Santonio Holmes and looked as if he were still taking catching passes from Vince Young and Colt McCoy. Sharp was the best way to describe his play and he looks now to be the lock for the No. 3 slot vacated when Nate Washington left via free-agency. Sweed caught four of the five passes that came his way. Said Mike Tomlin, ‘We put a lot of pressure on those second year guys.”

First unit offense - Three of four on first downs in the first quarter. 11:26 in possession. Then they follow it up by going 3 for 5 on third downs and 10:51 in the second. Not a bad night.

Keyaron Fox – Special teams ace once again looked good as an inside backer. While nothing is written in stone, he more than likely knocked Bruce Davis off the roster.

Aaron Maybin - Ok, we put a Bill in here, but why not. A former Penn Stater, he recorded his first career sack in an NFL uniform, albeit the pre-season when he was the first to Roethlisberger.


“The sack felt good and hopeful I'll have a lot more coming down the line” Maybin said of his sack.

James Harrison – His tackle on Dominic Rhodes was vintage in the second quarter. His play in the first half was right where he left off last season.

James Farrior - It’s the pre-season and already Farrior is in mid season form. He led the starters in tackles with four. Had a sack for a five yard loss, and his interception- a piece of beauty that ended in six.

" Coach gave me some good matchups tonight, and I took advantage of them," Farrior said. "The interception was being in the right place at the right time."


Stefen Logan - He did nothing to hurt his chances of making the roster and Tomlin did not disagree with that.
"He has earned the right to continue to be watched," Tomlin said. "I think he has our attention. We will take him down to Charlotte and see what he has down there."
His first punt return went five yards, he fielded the ball clean and he showed some moves. He used his head on the fair catches, something he wasn’t used to making in Canada and had a nice 27 yard return. Now that we know he can field punts and kickoffs, how about some play at the slot or in the backfield.

"We’ll see how it goes," Logan said. "I don’t know what direction they want to go in. Hopefully a good direction and I’ll be on the team."


OVERALL PLAY – A- The last dress rehearsal of the season was a thing of beauty. First team, second team, pee wee guys sitting in the end zone. (OK, again that was exaggerating) but it didn’t matter who was on the field, the Steelers showed poise when they moved the ball up and down the field. The defensive unit was playing like it was November and specials teams play kept Buffalo pinned deep.

Shoes
08-30-2009, 03:51 PM
Good positive report Mesa...thanks!

nojobny
08-30-2009, 04:19 PM
Tackle Willie Colon - The line usually doesn't get much credit, but for a second consecutive week Colon looked good on the line. To be blunt the entire line played well. Colon said after the game they have a little chip on their shoulder because of the criticism they took last year, but also told the Examiner that the unit has had a year to jell.

The real question is how many penalties did Colon cause? OMG last year, every other time the whistle blew it was him. I want to like him b/c he went to HS a block from where I grew up in the Bronx but he needs to make sure he's on point this year.

SteelersinCA
08-30-2009, 04:56 PM
The O-Line looked good, for sure. I was ecstatic to see that. Colon had some just perfect blocks. I hope they are pissed all season long.

HometownGal
08-30-2009, 06:27 PM
The OL played very well last night and I'm proud of their efforts! :applaudit::hatsoff:

"He has earned the right to continue to be watched," Tomlin said. "I think he has our attention. We will take him down to Charlotte and see what he has down there."


That's Tomlin-speak for he has a 99.9% chance of making the team. :thumbsup:

steelreserve
08-30-2009, 07:00 PM
PITTSBURGH – The Steelers offense was so good on Saturday night against the Bills that even the beer guy in section 514 could have suited up and made a few completions.

Well, that tells us one thing: Tommy Maddox did not start a second career as a beer vendor.

stlrtruck
08-31-2009, 09:40 AM
Of all the games I had to miss!