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steelers33
11-07-2012, 12:29 PM
I do. We dismantled the Giants (spotted 14 by the refs), who dismantled the 49ers (considered one of the best teams in the NFL). Idk the way we've been able to run the ball lately, protect Ben, our plethora of Wide Receiver talent, our o-line playing well, and actually having a competent OC has really started to make me think that something special may be upon us. Defensively, our secondary is light years better than it has been in years past, yet the key question is the front-seven. If our front seven can hold up (once dominate 3-4 years ago) than honestly I think this team is scary. Its going to come down to how Harrison and Woodley return to health, and the defensive line (big question marks). What do you guys think.

Fire Arians
11-07-2012, 12:34 PM
I had a feeling when we won against the bengals, and now, definitely.

road win against a tough team - check
defense starts gelling - check
offense gelling - check
big plays from our special teams - check
running game established - check

if we keep this up we will be solid on all phases, and I don't even think our offense has peaked yet, they are just starting to 'get it'. defense is finally living up to their hype, and when troy gets healthy, oh man.

Bayz101
11-07-2012, 12:37 PM
The offense hasn't reached it's peak yet. The defense is warming up, and the special teams has limited their mistakes in recent games. I think we're setting this team up for a December hot-streak and deep run.

LVSteelersfan
11-07-2012, 12:39 PM
But, but, but our defense is old and slow. Ben and Haley hate each other. Mike Wallace is a distraction and a cancer. The experts say so. Oh, I forgot. That was weeks ago. Now they are saying the Steelers are one of the two best teams in the AFC. Hope it doesn't go to their heads down the stretch because this team could be extra special.

steeltheone
11-07-2012, 01:22 PM
But, but, but our defense is old and slow. Ben and Haley hate each other. Mike Wallace is a distraction and a cancer. The experts say so. Oh, I forgot. That was weeks ago. Now they are saying the Steelers are one of the two best teams in the AFC. Hope it doesn't go to their heads down the stretch because this team could be extra special.

Things change week to week. As long as BR7 is under center we have a chance to win every game.

Watching Steeler teams for years, i highly doubt this team will be " extra special " i will settle for good!

Hawaii 5-0
11-07-2012, 01:23 PM
Steelers' patience paying off after slow start

ThePittsburghChannel.Com

Isaac Redman was talking about the Pittsburgh Steelers' convincing 24-20 victory over the defending Super Bowl-champion New York Giants. The running back may as well have been discussing his team's suddenly promising season as a whole.

"We knew that if we just kept playing our ball that everything would come along for us," Redman said after rushing for a career-high 147 yards and the game-winning touchdown. "The only person that can beat the Steelers is the Steelers."

At the moment, that's not happening, even if Pittsburgh (5-3) tried its best on a day the Giants looked out of sync following a week spent dealing with the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

New York turned two Ben Roethlisberger turnovers - one of them a disputed fumble - into a 10-point fourth-quarter lead. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin inexplicably eschewed a gimme field goal that would have tied the game late for a trick play that fizzled. The Steelers committed six penalties for a season-high 119 yards.

Yet they also left little doubt in the end.

Pittsburgh scored the game's final 14 points and pushed the Giants all over the field in the final minutes. Eli Manning took nine snaps on New York's last three possessions and lost eight yards against a defense that looked like it could play well into January and perhaps beyond.

This from the same group that looked a step slow while squandering leads on the road to lesser lights Tennessee and Oakland earlier in the year.

"We're finishing the game now," linebacker LaMarr Woodley said. "I mean, that's the biggest thing ... we went to Oakland, we didn't finish and when we went to Tennessee, we didn't finish, but (Sunday) we finished."

As a result, the season may just be beginning.

Pittsburgh has won three straight and will play five of its final eight games at Heinz Field, where the Steelers are 17-4 since 2010. The only road trips are to Cleveland, Baltimore and Dallas, all winnable if Pittsburgh can play with the ferocity it showed in New York.

The defense limited the Giants to 182 yards of total offense. Redman shook off balky ankles to repeatedly churn into New York's secondary through holes that appeared to get wider as the day wore on.

"It starts up front, I like the personality that's developing within that group, led by guys like Maurkice Pouncey and Willie Colon," Tomlin said. "They set the pace for us."

One that appears to be sustainable whomever is lined up in the backfield.

With Jonathan Dwyer and Rashard Mendenhall inactive due to injury, Redman ran with a fury that seemed to wear down the Giants. He gashed New York for 53 yards in the fourth quarter, including a 28-yard burst on Pittsburgh's last possession that allowed the Steelers to run out the clock.

"We were down at running back, and you know, it was my turn to step up," Redman said. "I've been down for a couple of weeks so I was anxious to get back onto the field."

So were Redman's teammates, who can sense things starting to build. Roethlisberger put in another typically efficient performance, throwing for two scores, including a 51-yard catch-and-run by wide receiver Mike Wallace that marked the first time all season a Pittsburgh wideout turned a short pass into the kind of splash plays that turn games around.

It was sweet redemption for the speedy but inconsistent Wallace, who dropped a third-down pass earlier in the game. He atoned by correctly reading the New York blitz, breaking off his route in time to snare a Roethlisberger fastball then showcase his remarkable quickness while sprinting down the sideline.

"I feel like this is possibly the best win that we've had since I've been on this team just because we overcame so much," Wallace said. "We had a lot of adversity to overcome ... but everybody stayed together. Everybody stayed positive and we won the game."

Something the Steelers expect to do plenty of over the final two months. They are relatively healthy outside of safety Troy Polamalu's torn right calf and the offense is getting the kind of balance it lacked early on thanks to a rejuvenated running game.

Still, Pittsburgh is well aware it's not even Thanksgiving yet. Roethlisberger is quick to note the offense is still leaving points on the field and the defense, for all its improvement, committed a couple of key penalties that led to New York scores.

Yet the Steelers also know it's better to learn those lessons in victory than defeat. It speaks to Tomlin's success that 5-3 is Pittsburgh's worst record at the midway point since he took over in 2007. It's not perfect, true, but it certainly beats being .500. Or worse.

"Coach Tomlin said, "This game is the fork in the road, which way do we want to go?'" Redman said. "We're in the right direction."

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/49702668#.UJqmEM2FEmw

ebsteelers
11-07-2012, 02:36 PM
settle down kids its only november...

lets hope we are peaking in 2 months when the playoffs start

Atlanta Dan
11-07-2012, 03:12 PM
The 2 Baltimore games will tell how this season goes

After finally beating New England and Brady in 2011 I thought last year's Steelers team was ready for blast off - then they gagged up the last second loss at Heinz to Baltimore and the season never recovered

I am delighted they have rebounded from the 2-3 start but wuinning the division is the task ahead

steelfury02
11-07-2012, 03:31 PM
slow start, nice rebound, plenty of work to do in the 2nd half. I think they are building something right now, and if we can remain relatively healthy - we will be able to contend

grward
11-07-2012, 04:01 PM
slow start, nice rebound, plenty of work to do in the 2nd half. I think they are building something right now, and if we can remain relatively healthy - we will be able to contend

Good call. I'm never one to be overly hot or cold about where we stand. I've seen too many games get blown when they should have won them ... even when I thought they were peaking. We've all seen it happen ... just look back at last year's game againts Denver. There isn't a single Steelers fan that thought we would lose that game ... peaking or not.

Let's just take this one game at a time and enjoy what just might be a good ride!

LayingTheWoodley56
11-07-2012, 04:53 PM
I was just thinking this today - this team has a legitimate chance to go all the way. In past years we've always had a dominant defense with an offense that was often inconsistent. Now, I think we have a chance to be excellent on both sides of the ball if we stay healthy. Ben is playing at the highest level he has during his career, as is Heath Miller. We have a deep stable of backs, dynamic return men, a rapidly improving offensive line, and a defense that - if it stays healthy - will likely hold it's current number 1 ranking for the remainder of the year. The AFC is up for grabs, and if we can get through to the Super Bowl there is no one in the NFC we couldn't beat there.

On a related note, all "fans" who declared that: A) Dick Lebeau's defense sucks and B) the season was over at 2-3, you all should not have the right to say anything positive about this team for the remainder of the season after all of the negativity you spewed on this board about the team you supposedly root for.

teegre
11-07-2012, 05:07 PM
Here it is in simplest form (Bayz alluded to it):
This offense isn't even great yet... let alone elite... or even where it will be by the end of the season: dynamic.

Right now, this offense is good. By the end of November, it might be great. By the end of December, it will be elite. And, by the SuperBowl, it will be truly dynamic.

Why do I say this? Because, it gets better each & every week.

They have three legitimate #1 WRs: Wallace, Brown, & Sanders. They have a #2 WR at #4: Cothcery. Their TE is not only blocking the snot out of people, but he is catching TDs. No team has CBs this deep.

Similarly, the RBs are even deeper than the WRs (although, not quite as talented as Wallace et al). Droppy Mendenspin has shown that he can be awesome in this offense (when healhty); Redman has shown the determination to get those extra yards; and Dwyer seems like a problem for defenses, because he has the option to run around a DE and plow over a DB. And, there is Rainey, who is a 50+ yard TD waiting to happen.

Furthermore, the O-line is starting to come together. Arians' bashing of Pouncey lit a fire under the center... who was already elite. The Colon has eliminated his penalties, while continuing to POUND people into submission. Adams has looked better. And, they have DD in waiting (for a late-season and play-off run).

Lastly, the special teams (like the O-line) is no longer shooting themselves in the foot with penalties... and they routinely return it big (which is huge for field position, which sets up easier scores).

Oh... and the defense is still pretty darn good.

FanSince72
11-07-2012, 05:14 PM
I do. We dismantled the Giants (spotted 14 by the refs), who dismantled the 49ers (considered one of the best teams in the NFL). Idk the way we've been able to run the ball lately, protect Ben, our plethora of Wide Receiver talent, our o-line playing well, and actually having a competent OC has really started to make me think that something special may be upon us. Defensively, our secondary is light years better than it has been in years past, yet the key question is the front-seven. If our front seven can hold up (once dominate 3-4 years ago) than honestly I think this team is scary. Its going to come down to how Harrison and Woodley return to health, and the defensive line (big question marks). What do you guys think.


I think so too.

I think the corner has been turned and the formula is very close to being perfected.:tt04:

Millers the sh!t
11-07-2012, 05:57 PM
Re The offense hasn't reached it's peak yet. The defense is warming up, and the special teams has limited their mistakes in recent games. I think we're setting this team up for a December hot-streak and deep run.

Couldn't agree more.... I don't think anything has peaked yet. I think things are just simply starting to come together. When things do peak, well will be nasty.....

Special teams, I'm really happy with out kickoff and punt return yards and the opportunities they leave our offense set up with. Only dark spot is the penalties. Once the penalties are non existent, I will be very pleased.

Defense, very rare splash plays again this season. Turnovers, sacks, etc. Are an endangered species for this defense. But, We are keeping points off the board, and keeping the opponents yards production low as well. I feel kind of selfish to ask but id like to see a turnover every game, or at least grab an extra sack or two. Five years ago I would expect a few turnovers or lose balls every game, over the past few seasons I don't expect to see any, and almost forgot what they look like. One thing I can't complain about is physicality. We have been banging teams around this season and I feel that we have won 2 games with bigs hits alone being the game changing factor. Those games were the Jets and Giants. Tackling and the run defense seemed to have tightened up dramatically over the last few weeks as well. Also impressed with the way our young secondary Is stepping up and making some plays. Very exciting to see these kids breaking up passes playing some decent man coverage. I hope the progress keeps growing and showing every week. These kids are making it easy for me to not miss Troy on the field. The act is getting stale for me and I'm at the point where I don't care or know if Troy is a Steeler anymore. I'm dubious of his injuries and doubt they take ten weeks to heal.

Steel_Bus_24
11-07-2012, 06:05 PM
If we smack around these next two teams then I'll really be believing

SoCalFan
11-07-2012, 10:00 PM
We will see after the Chiefs game! We need to destroy them, BUT if history repeats itself, we will squeek away with a 3-7 point win! (playing down) ...Bring on the rats!!!

teegre
11-07-2012, 10:46 PM
We will see after the Chiefs game! We need to destroy them, BUT if history repeats itself, we will squeek away with a 3-7 point win! (playing down) ...Bring on the rats!!!

Normally, I would agree with you. PITT generally plays down, and good teams play up. BUT... I think Haley wants to rub it in KC's face. I could see a score around... this:
KC 9
PITT 38

SoCalFan
11-08-2012, 09:03 PM
Normally, I would agree with you. PITT generally plays down, and good teams play up. BUT... I think Haley wants to rub it in KC's face. I could see a score around... this:
KC 9
PITT 38

True, hope you are correct! I would love a a blowout win!

madtowndrunkard
11-08-2012, 10:02 PM
True, hope you are correct! I would love a a blowout win!



This has TRAP GAME written all over it. Every time we get this confident we choke and gag... and occasionally lose to a team that has no business beating us.

That team that wins the SB is the team that gets hot late. We don't want to be peaking the next few weeks...but at the same time we need to win the games we should win.

steeltheone
11-08-2012, 10:39 PM
This has TRAP GAME written all over it. Every time we get this confident we choke and gag... and occasionally lose to a team that has no business beating us.

That team that wins the SB is the team that gets hot late. We don't want to be peaking the next few weeks...but at the same time we need to win the games we should win.

Exactly, don't get caught up in the moment. Everything will be different for better or worse a few weeks down the line.

Millers the sh!t
11-08-2012, 11:08 PM
Normally, I would agree with you. PITT generally plays down, and good teams play up. BUT... I think Haley wants to rub it in KC's face. I could see a score around... this:
KC 9
PITT 38

I almost fully agree with you. Haley will NOT let this offense sleep on KC. I can't tell with the defense, but I'm guessing we'll see large numbers on offense. 34 point's. Hopefully the whole team showes up and we hold these chumps to 6 points or less and we give. The K.C. Doormats a well rounded offensive attack. Ben breaks 300 with 3 through the air and our starting back hits 150 and we get 2 on the ground.

Positive Note...... The new offense is averaging more points per game under Haleys watch as Opposed to Arians coma like coordinating. I'd also like to add in the fact that we have finished at least 2 or 3 of our games with control of the ball and in the redzone and chose to ran out the clock instead of adding another easy 3-7 points to the final score. What I'm saying is that scoring 30+ points a game seems to be very possible and almost can be an assumption once the injuries are a thing of the past. I feel pretty confident that our defense is good enough to consistently hold opposing offenses to 24 points a game or less week in and week out.

Cheers fellas, Steelers are shaping up for another run at the bowl very soon. I hope Ben can capture another ring before his retirement.

JeromeBetties63
11-08-2012, 11:39 PM
I am waiting to see if Woodley and Harrison have enough left in the tank.

Millers the sh!t
11-08-2012, 11:49 PM
Harrison will be heating up by week thirteen, and by playoffs, "BOOMSHAKALAKA! HE'S ON FIRE!"

As for Woodley.... Why wouldn't he have anything in the tank? He's a young man.

teegre
11-09-2012, 11:57 AM
I almost fully agree with you. Haley will NOT let this offense sleep on KC. I can't tell with the defense, but I'm guessing we'll see large numbers on offense. 34 point's. Hopefully the whole team showes up and we hold these chumps to 6 points or less and we give. The K.C. Doormats a well rounded offensive attack. Ben breaks 300 with 3 through the air and our starting back hits 150 and we get 2 on the ground.

Positive Note...... The new offense is averaging more points per game under Haleys watch as Opposed to Arians coma like coordinating. I'd also like to add in the fact that we have finished at least 2 or 3 of our games with control of the ball and in the redzone and chose to ran out the clock instead of adding another easy 3-7 points to the final score. What I'm saying is that scoring 30+ points a game seems to be very possible and almost can be an assumption once the injuries are a thing of the past. I feel pretty confident that our defense is good enough to consistently hold opposing offenses to 24 points a game or less week in and week out.

Cheers fellas, Steelers are shaping up for another run at the bowl very soon. I hope Ben can capture another ring before his retirement.

1. Agreed.

2. Those late game kneel down shall not occur in this game. The game might have ended 9-31... but, I see a late-game TD... because, Haley wants ot anihiltae his former team. 9-31 with 23 seconds left... 9-38, after a last second TD run by Dwyer.

3. I foresee a three-peat, followed by retirement (with 5 rings & 6 SuperBowl appearances).

JeromeBetties63
11-09-2012, 02:39 PM
Harrison will be heating up by week thirteen, and by playoffs, "BOOMSHAKALAKA! HE'S ON FIRE!"

As for Woodley.... Why wouldn't he have anything in the tank? He's a young man.

Because he hasn't been his old self yet this season, that's why.

vasteeler
11-09-2012, 04:35 PM
every time i think that we are gearing up to be great, we blow it. so no....i think we will suck

GBMelBlount
11-09-2012, 05:26 PM
The pieces are there and I have seen a collective heart and will to win the past few games I did not feel was there last year.

I see youth and hunger and players stepping up.

If we can just put the pieces together I think this team could be on the brink of a very special run.

madtowndrunkard
11-12-2012, 11:50 PM
This has TRAP GAME written all over it. Every time we get this confident we choke and gag... and occasionally lose to a team that has no business beating us.

That team that wins the SB is the team that gets hot late. We don't want to be peaking the next few weeks...but at the same time we need to win the games we should win.



I just knew this game would end up something like this... we can only hope that our season isn't over with a serious Ben injury. With out him we are done.

Tomlin has done this every time we play a bad team.. he plays down to their level. I always thought it was because Arians was out thinking him self... maybe the real issue is Tomlin is out thinking him self? Two weeks in a row ...2 ridiculously stupid play calls: Fake FG that would have tied the game...late... and NOW going for it on 4th and and a yard at mid field against a really bad team in a tie game...

sure neither bone head move cost us a win... why on earth would you risk losing field position in a 10-10 game - in the 2nd half? against a team that can't sustain long drives? Why wouldn't you make the chiefs drive the field ? We get stuffed of course... then we lucked out when they couldn't turn that bond head mistake into points. Tomlin is lucky...that's all I can say.