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10-19-2009, 08:17 AM
Views from the Steelers Press Box
October 19, 6:28 AMPittsburgh Sports Examiner
Matt Pawlikowski

PITTSBURGH- This is the fifth edition of the Steelers game day inslghts provided by the contingent of Pittsburgh Examiner writers (Matt Pawlikowski, Shawn McCullough, Steve Flinn and Chris Adamski) who are live from the Heinz Field Press box each and every home Steeler game.

Look for our comments on who we think are the offensive defensive and newcomer MVP's and plays of the game throughout the season.


Offensive player of the game: Has to be Ben Roethlisberger! He did throw one interception and said after the game that it really bothers him, but this guy has turned into an elite quarterback in the NFL. He is hands down making much better decisions this year and he has so many weapons around him now that the sky is the limit for the pass offense.. Now the running game is another story..

Defensive player of the game: Troy Polamalu.. Not only did he have an interception, but his presence back on the field makes the defense play much better, even if he isn't in on a play. The dynamics of the defense and how the opposing offense calls their plays are drastically different from when Troy is on the field as opposed to when he was not playing because of his knee injury.

Play of the game: The Steelers second touchdown, Ben to Hines for 52 yards, that put the Steelers up 14-0 in the second quarter. At that point, they took control of the game.. Even though Josh Cribbs came right back on the ensuing kickoff and took it 98 yards for a touchdown, the second Steelers touchdown still changed to game in favor of the Steelers.


Offensive player of the game: Hines Ward

Ben Roethliseger is the consensus pick here and with good reason. As the field general, his skills on Sunday were the third most prolific in Steeler history. But instead of choosing Big Ben, I'm going with Hines Ward. Now in his 13th year in the league, Ward is like a fine wine and seems to get better with age. Ward had eight catches for 159 yards in the game. He also had a 52 yard touchdown catch where one had to do a double take because of his speed.

Defensive player of the game

Lawrence Timmons had two sacks and Troy Polamalu provided the spark. But in the words of Timmons, you have to go with the defensive line, with Brett Keisel winning out on the award. Not only did he have a fumble recovery, but Keisel also tied for the team lead in tackles with six.

Play of the game

They say this is a defining moment of the ballgame, one that is momentum swinger. Against the Browns it was Troy Polamalu's interception on a Derek Anderson pass drive inside the redzone seemed to fire up not only the defensive unit, but also the offense. The Browns had a second and 10 from the Steelers 12 yard line when Polamalu read Anderson and returned the ball five yards. The very next series, Roethlisberger drove the team down the field and connected with Heath Miller out of the shotgun for an eight yard touchdown.


Offensive player of the game :
Ben Roethlisberger. He's the second leading passer in the NFL right now and his game Sunday was the third best in Steelers history.

Defensive player of the game:
Troy polamalu. Why? Its good to see him back on the field again finally.

mike wallace. He continues to shine

Play of the game:
Ben taking a knee, becase the game was over at that point.