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steelrush
10-02-2009, 06:48 AM
Steelers diversified offense not enough; Ravens pulling away in AFC North
Written by Ulish Carter
Thursday, 01 October 2009 10:03

Could this be a replay of what happened after Pittsburgh’s last Super Bowl? They finished the season at 8-8. However, they had a good excuse that season because of the many injuries. What is the excuse this year?
The Steelers dropped their second game of the season to the once lowly Cincinnati Bengals 23-20 in a game they should have won. After once again building a big lead—13 points—they faltered again in the second half. They don’t have much time to figure this problem out because they will face the high-powered San Diego Chargers Sunday night on NBC.


UNDER PRESSURE—Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) passes under pressure from Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Antwan Odom (98) in the first half.
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The Steelers offense was the most diversified it has been in two years. They ran the ball, they passed the ball and they even threw the ball to Willie Parker (two catches for 36 yards and a touchdown). But most of this occurred in the first half, and even then they had problems in the red zone. This team is great from the 20 to the 20, but once they hit the red zone they become one of the worst teams in football. If they are to advance to the playoffs this year, this problem has to be solved.

Parker had his best game of the season with 93 yards on 25 carries but did nothing in the fourth quarter. For the second week Rashard Mendenhall didn’t touch the ball. The offense needs all its weapons if they are going to pull themselves out of the hole they have dug for themselves.

In the passing game, Ben was solid between the 20s, going 22 of 31 for 276 yards, one touchdown and one interception, with Hines Ward being Hines Ward with four receptions for 82 yards. But Santonio Holmes didn’t show up. He had one catch for 18 yards and at least two drops. Rookie Mike Wallace solidified his spot as the third receiver with an outstanding game, seven receptions for 102 yards. However, Limas Sweed put himself deeper in the dog house with a drop in the end zone that would have been a sure touchdown.

The defense bears some fault in this defeat. The Bengals looked like the Indianapolis Colts at times in the way they moved the ball. But in all fairness to the defense when Carson Palmer is healthy this team has one of the best passing attacks in football, but now they have a running game with Cedric Benson, who had 76 yards on 16 carries and a solid defense.

The Steelers don’t have that killer instinct of putting their opponent away once they get them down, unlike the Baltimore Ravens, who increased their AFC North Division lead with an impressive 34-3 victory over the winless Cleveland Browns.

This is a very impressive Ravens team as second year quarterback Joe Flacco has this offense on a roll as he went 25 of 35 for 342 yards and one touchdown. And the two-headed running attack of Willis McGahee and Ray Rice, combining for more than 100 yards, kept the defense honest.

The defense headed, as usual, by Ray Lewis, continued to look impressive as they totally controlled the game. The Browns change of quarterbacks didn’t help them.

The Chargers, 2-1, have been under-achievers the past two seasons and cannot afford a loss that will drop them to 2-2. They will be on the edge just like the 1-2 Steelers. They are coming off a 23-13 victory over the Miami Dolphins in which Phillip Rivers had another outstanding game going 18 of 33 for 303 yards in the air while Darren Sproles subbed for LaDainian Tomlinson. It’s still not clear if Tomlinson will play this weekend. The defense will also have to contain Antonio Gates, who is recognized as one of the two best tight ends in the game. He had five catches for 64 yards against the Dolphins.

A win puts the Steelers back in the hunt at 2-2 but a loss will just about write them off, even though it’s still early. The Ravens will finally be tested next week when they face a fired up New England team. A win will put them in the driver’s seat at 4-0, but a loss, along with a Steelers and Bengals win, will tighten up the AFC North, with the Bengals moving into a 3-1 tie for first. The Bengals must first get past the 0-3 Browns, which shouldn’t be a very hard task.

http://www.newpittsburghcourieronline.com/index.php?id=423:steelers-diversified-offense-not-enough-ravens-pulling-away-in-afc-north&option=com_content&catid=42:sports&Itemid=41


Boy, another article that gets on my nerves but is worth reading regardless.
How the heck not to get infuriated when statements like:

The Steelers don’t have that killer instinct of putting their opponent away once they get them down, unlike the Baltimore Ravens, who increased their AFC North

or


...but a loss will just about write them off, even though it’s still early.

are made?:mad:

X-Terminator
10-02-2009, 07:02 AM
All articles like this do is feed the ridiculous notion circulating among the masses that 1-2 = season is over. Even IF they lose Sunday night, 1-3 is NOT an insurmountable hole.

Just another reason to hate the media.

RoethlisBURGHer
10-02-2009, 07:56 AM
It's easy to "pull away" (can you really pull away in a division after just three games?) when you face the Chiefs, Browns, and Chargers to start a season.

When the Steelers win Sunday night, they are going to get that steam engine going and go on a nice roll for a while.

We play vs. San Diego, @ Detroit, vs. Cleveland in our next three games.

The Ravens play @ New England, vs. Cincinnati, @ Minnesota.

We can easily have the same record after the next three weeks.

Media jackasses.

arge5809
10-02-2009, 08:26 AM
""This is a very impressive Ravens team as second year quarterback Joe Flacco has this offense on a roll as he went 25 of 35 for 342 yards and one touchdown. And the two-headed running attack of Willis McGahee and Ray Rice, combining for more than 100 yards, kept the defense honest.""

How can anyone look "very impressive" against the Brownie?!?!???? I think there are some Peewee teams that could "look impressive" against the Brownies.

:doh: :flap: :blah: :blah: :blah:

Go Steelers!! Let's get this party started!!! :drink: :tt03:

msafford
10-02-2009, 08:35 AM
It's easy to "pull away" (can you really pull away in a division after just three games?) when you face the Chiefs, Browns, and Chargers to start a season.
When the Steelers win Sunday night, they are going to get that steam engine going and go on a nice roll for a while.

We play vs. San Diego, @ Detroit, vs. Cleveland in our next three games.

The Ravens play @ New England, vs. Cincinnati, @ Minnesota.

We can easily have the same record after the next three weeks.

Media jackasses.

I couldn't agree more

fansince'76
10-02-2009, 08:39 AM
There are 13 games left of a 16-game schedule. It's a marathon, not a sprint.

Crow-Magnon
10-02-2009, 08:57 AM
It's easy to "pull away" (can you really pull away in a division after just three games?) when you face the Chiefs, Browns, and Chargers to start a season.

When the Steelers win Sunday night, they are going to get that steam engine going and go on a nice roll for a while.

We play vs. San Diego, @ Detroit, vs. Cleveland in our next three games.

The Ravens play @ New England, vs. Cincinnati, @ Minnesota.

We can easily have the same record after the next three weeks.

Media jackasses.

Well, the Steelers faced the Titans (13-3), Bears (9-7) and the Bengals (4-11-1), and with the exception of the Titans (now 0-3), they should not have lost to Chicago or Cincinnati, should they?

Of course, while we all do it, it is foolish to base this season's opponents on last year's play. That worked in the 70's and 80's, but it doesn't work anymore. Teams that sucked last year are now good and vice-versa. Look at Arizona.

revefsreleets
10-02-2009, 11:14 AM
Typical blog hackery...

fansince'76
10-02-2009, 01:15 PM
Of course, while we all do it, it is foolish to base this season's opponents on last year's play. That worked in the 70's and 80's, but it doesn't work anymore. Teams that sucked last year are now good and vice-versa. Look at Arizona.

Agreed. And the margin between "good" teams and "bad" teams is slimmer than ever as well.

stb_steeler
10-02-2009, 09:14 PM
This is the NFL.....They are paid professionals. one week a team is the shit, the next beaten by a no-body . Cant remember ever hearing a team saying they play the game to lose. :helmet: Now lets go out there and kick some a$$......:tt02:

markymarc
10-03-2009, 01:05 PM
Right now the Rats are beating teams they should beat and we aren't. But it's ridiculous to say the Rats are pulling away after a total of 3 games.