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Steelersfan87
10-29-2012, 12:35 AM
Recapping the Steelers 27-12 victory over the Redskins (http://www.examiner.com/article/recapping-the-steelers-27-12-victory-over-the-redskins-part-1?cid=db_articles) (read more)

The Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Washington Redskins at Heinz Field today, marking the first time this season that they were able to put together back to back wins. It is also the first time that they have moved over .500 on the year after trading losses and wins for the first 6 weeks. They now stand at 4-3, one game behind the idle Baltimore Ravens at 5-2 in the race for the AFC North title.

The Steelers jumped out to an early 10-point lead and never really let the Redskins get back into the game. The defense has given up fourth quarter leads four times this season in seven games, and the team went on to lose three of them.

No such thing happened in the fourth quarter in this gameóa not insignificant fact heading to New York next week to take on the 6-2 defending Super Bowl champion Giants. They did so simply by playing better defense, allowing just 6 points in the second half. The Steelers added a touchdown in the second half to build on their 20-6 halftime lead for a final score of 27-12.

The Redskins never got closer than 4 points after the first score, a 4th down pass to 3rd string tight end Leonard Pope. After a 48-yard Shaun Suisham field goal made it 10-0, the Redskins responded with a touchdown pass of their own on 4th down, but the extra point was blocked.

Roethlisberger responded on the next drive with a 7-yard strike to tight end Heath Miller. It was Millerís 6th touchdown of the season, one shy of his career best 7 in 2007. Suisham made it 20-6 before halftime with his 16 field goal of the year on 17 attempts.

Although the Redskins drove on the opening possession of the second half, they mustered only a field goal for their efforts, and Roethlisberger once again responded with a Redskins score with a Steelers score.

This time he found rookie fullback Will Johnon for the first touchdown of his career and Benís 3rd touchdown pass of the game, his 14th on the year. Third-string running back Jonathan Dwyer added 107 yard on 17 carries after running for 122 the week prior.

He is the first Steelers back since Willie Parker in 2008 to run for 100 yards in back to back games. He now has 299 yards for 5.2 yards per carry on the season.

DoctorCAD
10-29-2012, 06:53 AM
That last sentence is totally amazing, no back to back 100 yard rushers since Willie Parker????

Unbelievable.

Lord of Lombardi
10-29-2012, 07:59 AM
That last sentence is totally amazing, no back to back 100 yard rushers since Willie Parker????

Unbelievable.

Pay close attention here: He is the first back to run BACK TO BACK 100 yard games. Not 100 yards!

Rotorhead
10-29-2012, 09:52 AM
That is what he said, no back to back 100yd games since fast willie . . .

DoctorCAD
10-29-2012, 10:11 AM
Pay close attention here: He is the first back to run BACK TO BACK 100 yard games. Not 100 yards!

Uhhm OK.
Thought that's what I wrote...

maddog78
10-29-2012, 10:30 AM
Uhhm OK.
Thought that's what I wrote...

No, no, no - BACK to BACK 100 yard games.

Not back to back.

Men of Steel
10-29-2012, 12:56 PM
No, no, no - BACK to BACK 100 yard games.

Not back to back.

no, no, no no, no - back to back to back to back 100 yards per game games, not rushers back to back to back. to back. :chuckle:

Bayz101
10-29-2012, 01:00 PM
no, no, no no, no - back to back to back to back 100 yards per game games, not rushers back to back to back. to back. :chuckle:

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Blitzberg06
10-29-2012, 01:14 PM
At this point with Dwyer running very well if he can stay consistent and gets more chances to prove himself I look for him to be the starter.


In all reality I'm for getting rid of Mendy. Call me a hater or whatever he just isn't the guy for the Steelers and I firmly believe that.

Steelersfan87
10-29-2012, 01:23 PM
Based on what, exactly? He still has not had the opportunity to show what he is capable of doing for a full game behind this new offensive line. His future is very much in the balance over what he is able to do in these next 9+ games. Redman and Dwyer are also free agents next year, and I doubt they keep all 3, plus Batch, Rainey, and Will Johnson.

Bayz101
10-29-2012, 01:40 PM
Based on what, exactly? He still has not had the opportunity to show what he is capable of doing for a full game behind this new offensive line. His future is very much in the balance over what he is able to do in these next 9+ games. Redman and Dwyer are also free agents next year, and I doubt they keep all 3, plus Batch, Rainey, and Will Johnson.

Mendenhall's very inconsistent. Granted the line hasn't been pro-bowl caliber, and it HAS held up nicely with Dwyer in, but Dwyer's providing more consistency in just two games than Mendenhall ever has in his entire career. I think Mendenhall can be an explosive back, and he's a weapon, but I doubt he'll sign a contract with us next year.

Blitzberg06
10-29-2012, 01:47 PM
Based on what, exactly? He still has not had the opportunity to show what he is capable of doing for a full game behind this new offensive line. His future is very much in the balance over what he is able to do in these next 9+ games. Redman and Dwyer are also free agents next year, and I doubt they keep all 3, plus Batch, Rainey, and Will Johnson.

The guy has not posted a consecutive 100 yard rushing game in his entire time with the Steelers. He seems at this point injury prone and can't stay healthy. I don't like the whole spin move and just his running style. I'm not saying Dwyer is the answer because he hasn't had enough time to show he can be consistent. I'm just saying I think they need to let Mendy go after the season is over.

Steelersfan87
10-29-2012, 02:37 PM
Nobody has done anything with how bad the offensive line has been over the past several seasons. He showed a glimpse of his potential behind this line in that first game back, and it was clearly more than any other back on the team has to offer. Dwyer has had gigantic, Emmitt Smith-quality holes to run through thanks to Willie Colon and Mike Adams and Maurkice Pouncey the last two games. And let's not forget that this year has brought in a new offense as well that Mendenhall hasn't gotten a chance to play under much. We haven't seen what he can do. And given his career thus far, there's a reasonable chance that Mendenhall could be had for a reasonable contract anyway. But it's too early to be talking about this anyway. The answer to these questions will be determined on the field. The offensive line is starting to gel as a run blocking unit for the first time in a long time. They have a fullback again. I mean, come on, there are so many things different about this offense that are more beneficial to a running back like Mendenhall that he didn't have in years prior that it's unfair to write him off already. He needs to show what he is capable of doing in this offense over a several game stretch first.

WVABE
10-29-2012, 04:10 PM
If it were up to me, I would leave Dwyer as the starter until he starts wearing down or becomes to inconsistant.

To me:
1- Dwyer
2- Redman
3- Mendy
4- Rainey
5- Batch

Thats the way I would roll, maybe Mendy would stay healthier.

Fire Arians
10-29-2012, 05:04 PM
Nobody has done anything with how bad the offensive line has been over the past several seasons. He showed a glimpse of his potential behind this line in that first game back, and it was clearly more than any other back on the team has to offer. Dwyer has had gigantic, Emmitt Smith-quality holes to run through thanks to Willie Colon and Mike Adams and Maurkice Pouncey the last two games. And let's not forget that this year has brought in a new offense as well that Mendenhall hasn't gotten a chance to play under much. We haven't seen what he can do. And given his career thus far, there's a reasonable chance that Mendenhall could be had for a reasonable contract anyway. But it's too early to be talking about this anyway. The answer to these questions will be determined on the field. The offensive line is starting to gel as a run blocking unit for the first time in a long time. They have a fullback again. I mean, come on, there are so many things different about this offense that are more beneficial to a running back like Mendenhall that he didn't have in years prior that it's unfair to write him off already. He needs to show what he is capable of doing in this offense over a several game stretch first.

pretty much, let's hold our horses before saying dwyer > redman or mendenhall. the o-line was in beast mode and was opening holes you could fit a goddamn truck through. any of our backs would have had a big game, if it were redman or mendenhall running the ball, either would have gone for over 100 yards easily. the o-line dominated the line of scrimmage from start to finish, and chances are if your o-line does that, you can have fat casey hampton running the ball and he'll go for 100 yards

Hawaii 5-0
10-29-2012, 06:33 PM
Redman and Dwyer are also free agents next year, and I doubt they keep all 3, plus Batch, Rainey, and Will Johnson.

Redman and Dwyer are both restricted free agents next season, they can both easily be retained with 2nd round tenders.

only Mendy is an unrestricted free agent of the three, unless he agrees to a very reasonable deal I think he's gone.