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SteelCityMom
11-21-2010, 07:26 PM
Ben has big day as Steelers pound Raiders
By Scott Brown
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Last updated: 4:54 pm

Ben Roethlisberger threw for 275 yards and accounted for four touchdowns and a defense that had been embarrassed the previous week bounced back in a big way as the Steelers dismantled the Raiders, 35-3, in front of an announced crowd of 64,987 at Heinz Field.

The Steelers scored five unanswered touchdowns today, not allowing the Raiders to mount the kind of fourth-quarter rally with which they stunned the Steelers last December here.

Roethlisberger completed throws to seven different receivers and had touchdown passes of 22 and 52 yards to rookie Emmanuel Sanders and Mike Wallace, respectively.

He threw a late 16-yard touchdown pass to reserve running back Isaac Redman.

Wallace finished with 116 receiving yards, marking the third consecutive game that the second-year man has gone over 100 yards.

The Steelers defense made amends after yielding 39 points the previous week to the Patriots as it forced two turnovers and had six sacks, including two by outside linebacker James Harrison.

The Steelers set a dubious record as they amassed 163 penalty yards, the most they have ever had in a game. The game was also marred by several skirmishes, including one that resulted in the ejection of Raiders defensive end Richard Seymour.

The Steelers improved to 7-3 and are tied with the Ravens atop the AFC North. They visit the Bills next Sunday.

The Raiders, who brought a three-game winning streak into today’s game, dropped to 5-5.

They did almost nothing offensively after their first possession of the game.

And Oakland made a change at quarterback in the third quarter with Bruce Gradkowski, a Seton-La Salle High graduate, replacing Jason Campbell.

Campbell completed just 7 of 19 passes before getting benched.

A 41-yard field goal by Sebatsian Janikowski gave the Raider an early 3-0 lead but the Steelers owned the first half after a sluggish start.

They took a lead they would never relinquish after Roethlisberger directed a 14-play 85-yard touchdown drive that took a little more than eight minutes off the clock.

Mendenhall capped arguably the Steelers’ most impressive of the season with a 5-yard scoring run early in the second quarter.

The Steelers increased their lead to double digits after Roethlisberger scored on a 16-yard run.

The only turnover of the first half led to the Steelers’ third touchdown of the second quarter – as well as the fight that resulted in Seymour’s ejection.

Seymour hit Roethlisberger in the face after the latter’s 22-yard touchdown pass to Sanders.

Kemoeatu, defending his quarterback, slugged Seymour and the two were given off-setting personal foul penalties.

The Steelers amassed 93 penalty yards in the first half, and two holding calls negated a punt return for a touchdown by Antonio Brown.

A roughing the passer penalty on Harrison in the third quarter negated a touchdown that had come on Ike Taylor’s interception.

But the Steelers put the game away on the first play of the fourth quarter as Wallace’s 52-yard catch-and run gave him at least one touchdown for a third consecutive game.

3rdandlong
11-21-2010, 07:55 PM
Ben's willingness to scramble when no one was open, rather than just hanging in the pocket, benefitted us tremendously today. Let's see him keep that up!

TRH
11-21-2010, 09:21 PM
i love to see him roll out and then look for a receiver....he's absolutely deadly when doing this.

Third Rail
11-22-2010, 01:56 AM
Hey, for those who care, Big Ben made "Let's Go Primetime" tonight. I know Deion Sanders doesn't get much love on this board for obvious reasons, but I do find him mildly entertaining at times and I've always enjoyed this segment on the NFL Network, so it was great to see Ben get a nod here.