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mesaSteeler
11-14-2009, 12:07 AM
Steelers much improved since Bengals loss
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_653160.html#
By John Harris
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Saturday, November 14, 2009

It was a different Steelers team, at a different point of the season.

All of the pieces were in place on offense. Most of them, anyway.

Still, the Steelers make no excuses for their 23-20 loss at the Cincinnati Bengals on Sept. 27 that left them with a 1-2 record.

"We could have closed the game out," quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said. "We could have done it on offense."

Added offensive coordinator Bruce Arians: "We left so many points on the field."

The 6-2 Steelers have won five consecutive games since losing to the Bengals, thanks in no small part to their resurgent offense, ranked No. 5 in the NFL.

The rematch with Cincinnati is at 1 p.m. Sunday at Heinz Field.

"It's going to be a big test for us, but we're moving in the right direction," Roethlisberger said.

Against Denver's top-ranked defense last week, the Steelers scored touchdowns on three of their six legitimate second-half possessions. They closed out the fourth quarter with touchdowns on their last two drives to turn a close game into a blowout.

Unlike their uneven performance in the Cincinnati loss, the Steelers' offense didn't repeat the mistake of leaving points on the field against the Broncos.

Roethlisberger said the difference in the offense has been encouraging, but he believes there's still plenty of room for growth.

"We're not where we want to be yet, but we keep improving," said Roethlisberger, who is tied for first in the league in completion percentage (70.6), joined by the Colts' Peyton Manning.

In the first game against Cincinnati, the Steelers failed to convert on third-and-goal at the 1 in the first quarter and fourth-and-4 from the Cincinnati 35 in the second quarter.

The Steelers scored only once on five-second half possessions - Roethlisberger's 1-yard run in the third quarter. Another third-quarter possession resulted in Cincinnati returning a Roethlisberger interception for a touchdown. Following that possession, Jeff Reed missed a field goal after Limas Sweed dropped a wide-open touchdown pass.

"We had a mental (lapse) on third and one on the goal line," Arians said. "We had a mental on third and five on the goal line. We dropped a touchdown pass. When it's a tight game, it's going to haunt you."

During their five-game winnning streak, the Steelers have averaged 29.6 points, after averaging 15.6 points through the first three games.

The addition of second-year running back Rashard Mendenhall to the lineup the past five games has sparked the offense - along with a greater attention to detail from everyone involved.

"That's all we've talked about is to make sure we're right," Arians said. "Respect who we're playing but make sure we do what we're supposed to do, and we'll be alright."

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

HometownGal
11-14-2009, 08:24 AM
"Respect who we're playing but make sure we do what we're supposed to do, and we'll be alright."


Couldn't have said it any better. :thumbsup:

Texasteel
11-14-2009, 08:40 AM
The Steelers was the better team, much better, the day they lost to the Bundles.

WHODEY85
11-14-2009, 11:41 AM
The Steelers was the better team, much better, the day they lost to the Bundles.

AND THE BENGALS ARE A MUCH BETTER TEAM TOO!!!! what dont you get about that concept and you guys are complete morons if you think the Bengals suck. HOW DO THEY SUCK???? 6-2 first place.....yeagh were awful :wink02:

Steelboy84
11-14-2009, 11:42 AM
AND THE BENGALS ARE A MUCH BETTER TEAM TOO!!!! what dont you get about that concept and you guys are complete morons if you think the Bengals suck. HOW DO THEY SUCK???? 6-2 first place.....yeagh were awful :wink02:

Wonder where you'll be come tomorrow evening.

WHODEY85
11-14-2009, 11:44 AM
Wonder where you'll be come tomorrow evening.

As ive already said............right here listening to your excuses.

supa_fly_steeler
11-14-2009, 11:47 AM
Wonder where you'll be come tomorrow evening.

i wonder where ochostink will be going? hospital from a clark hit or the grave by the whole steelers defence team lol


As ive already said............right here listening to your excuses.


you will be crying with excuses that that you didn't have rivers or that stupid ass free saftey and chris henry.

don't worry we have 3 starters out, all placed on injured reserve, so no excuses for you, ochostink will be all over youtube from a clark highlight reel.

mesaSteeler
11-14-2009, 11:47 AM
Wonder where you'll be come tomorrow evening.

Whining, moaning, and gnashing his teeth over suffering yet another devastating defeat by our incomparable Steelers. Whining and moaning is the only thing the Bungles are good at. Then again that's not a surprise since they get so much practice at it.

WHODEY85
11-14-2009, 11:48 AM
i wonder where ochostink will be going? hospital from a clark hit or the grave by the whole steelers defence team lol

Probably answering questions of how he torched the stooler D for 3 TDs and 200 yds

lamberts-lost-tooth
11-14-2009, 12:14 PM
As ive already said............right here listening to your excuses.

No you won't...your a typical troll who comes in here with your cheap smack, but will hide after your loss and be wearing a Tom Brady jersey by Monday

lamberts-lost-tooth
11-14-2009, 12:15 PM
:toofunny:

That didnt last long!!!

mesaSteeler
11-14-2009, 12:18 PM
No you won't...your a typical troll who comes in here with your cheap smack, but will hide after your loss and be wearing a Tom Brady jersey by Monday

applaudit::applaudit::applaudit::applaudit::applau dit:

mesaSteeler
11-14-2009, 12:20 PM
:toofunny:

That didnt last long!!!

Bungles have no staying power no matter how much Viagra they take.

What this Bunghole troll doesn't realize is that the Bungles have all ready peaked whereas the Steelers are still getting better.

Steelboy84
11-14-2009, 12:26 PM
Bungles have no staying power no matter how much Viagra they take.

What this Bunghole troll doesn't realize is that the Bungles have all ready peaked whereas the Steelers are still getting better.

:thumbsup: :drink: :tt03:

BlackAndGold4Ever
11-14-2009, 12:36 PM
The Steelers are playing much better since the first meeting, and I cannot wait till we kick the bungles right in the mouth

Psyychoward86
11-14-2009, 12:43 PM
but but, the Bengals have improved so much too :rolleyes:

stillers4me
11-14-2009, 12:53 PM
hmmmmmmm....since the Bungs beat us, they beat Cleveland (barely......74 minutes and 56 seconds :toofunny:), was handed the first Ravens game with penalty yards at the end of the game, and then the second time around, the Rats didn't even bother to show up. They lost to Houston and beat the schizophrenic QB in Chicago on one of his down days. I really don't see what all there is to brag about and that they are any better than the team that let Denver beat them in the opener. :hunch:

markymarc
11-15-2009, 10:31 AM
Probably answering questions of how he torched the stooler D for 3 TDs and 200 yds

Please let us all know the last time Ochocinco has done anything against the Steelers defense. Don't forget to come back after 4:00 today when your Bungles are in 2nd place!

markymarc
11-15-2009, 10:32 AM
Bungles have no staying power no matter how much Viagra they take.

What this Bunghole troll doesn't realize is that the Bungles have all ready peaked whereas the Steelers are still getting better.

Perfectly stated Mesa!

markymarc
11-15-2009, 10:35 AM
No doubt the Bungles closed out the game the first time around. They earned that victory. To me there are 3 big differences this time around:

1. Rashard Mendenhall has drastically improved our running game along with the great play of our OL.

2. James Harrison is not suffering from the flu like last time.

3. And most importantly the best damn safety in the NFL is back very close to 100%. Troy will be making some plays for us today!