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mesaSteeler
10-05-2010, 07:44 AM
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Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Steelers at the bye

OK admit, even the most ardent Steelers fans among you didn't have this team going 3-1 heading into their bye week.

This team is 3-1 with Ben Roethlisberger coming back and could have just as easily been 4-0 if not for a play here or there against the Ravens Sunday.

The offensive line has played well, regardless of who has played - and every lineman on the 53-man roster has seen action. The only one who has looked overmatched has been Tony Hills.

Running back Rashard Mendenhall is one of just three backs in the league averaging over 100 yards rushing per game. His blitz pickup has been very good and backup Isaac Redman has been solid as well.

We haven't gotten to see much from the receivers due to the quarterback situation, but Roethlisberger will make them better. Remember, a great quarterback can make even average receivers look good. Think about the guys that Brett Favre has made stars of over the years.

The defensive line has been strong, despite a missed game each by nose tackles Casey Hampton and Chris Hoke.

The linebackers have been, well, the linebackers. Lawrence Timmons is an emerging star and James Harrison, LaMarr Woodley and James Farrior have done their usual solid work.

The secondary is actually catching the ball this season, something it did not do last year. Yes, Bryant McFadden was beaten for the winning touchdown against the Ravens, but Baltimore's wide receiver group of Derrick Mason, Anquan Boldin and T.J. Houshmandzadeh is pretty darn good. The fact that Baltimore scored just 17 points with those three receivers on the field cannot be overlooked.

Much of the yardage allowed through the air this season has come late in games when the team is in a prevent.

Special teams have been much better than last season. The coverage units have been solid. Al Everest also came up with a solid trick return at Tennessee.

Yes, Jeff Reed has missed four field goals at Heinz Field. But kicking at Heinz Field is no day at the park. Anything over 40 yards is difficult, particularly toward the open end of the field.

Sometimes, field goals are taken for granted. They should not be at Heinz Field.

At the beginning of the season, I had the Steelers down for a 10-6 record. Looking at things have shaken out over the first month, there's no reason this team can't go 9-3 the rest of the way.

Curtain_of_Steel
10-05-2010, 08:20 AM
Perhaps they need to stop playing a prevent defense. It almost cost us the Titans game with the dam offsides coming off of a prevent def drive where they scored.

Ravens picked them apart underneath all day. Short little dinkers

NYC_Steeler
10-05-2010, 09:22 AM
Like I said in another post, Steelers stand a very good chance finishing 15-1. But that all depends upon the D not falling apart the way they did against the Ravens, the O actually improving under Ben, Reed not crumbling under pressure, and the coaches actually thinking for a change and not coming up wth stupid plays on both sides of the ball. Tall order, but doable. We shall see.

StainlessStill
10-05-2010, 10:11 AM
This team is just going to explode. We have all the pieces to the puzzle and Ben's biggest fans is noone other than that defense. We will be unstoppable soon, if not already.

SoCalFan
10-05-2010, 01:57 PM
Im excited at this point.Its kind of nice to see the so called experts not givivg the team the respect they deserve.Lets see how far we fall from the top in the espn power rankings.I watched all highlight shows after the loss and now one "expert" mentioned the fact that the game would not have even been close with Ben runnin things!

stb_steeler
10-05-2010, 02:10 PM
This team is just going to explode. We have all the pieces to the puzzle and Ben's biggest fans is noone other than that defense. We will be unstoppable soon, if not already.

man i hope so, i hope Ben comes back on fire!. Now you got me fired up and we got a bye week. Thanx Stainless.......:doh: