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SteelKnight 12-22-2010 06:32 PM

Steelers Debate NFL Network
 
Charles Davis: I think the Steelers can definitely compete with the best in the AFC. The reason why is the play of their defense.

When Troy Polamalu is on the field, the Steelers defense is as good as there is out there. It's a defense that keeps them in ballgames, can score points for them and sets up the offense with solid field position.

People have been talking about what the Steelers are missing offensively. But anytime you have Ben Roethlisberger, you know he's done it time and time again. He can throw it in bad weather, and we know Rashard Mendenhall can get it done in the elements as well.

I think the Steelers can compete with anyone, and the defense is the constant. It wouldn't shock me to see them beat anyone, and although the Patriots are the hot team right now, I think the AFC is evenly matched. But I don't think anyone is out of reach in the NFL this year.



Marshall Faulk
: I don't know that the Steelers are adept to winning on the road. If they're forced to go Baltimore or New England in a playoff atmosphere and win, I don't know that they can do it.

Except perhaps in Kansas City, winning on the road could be a problem for the Steelers.

But at home in the playoffs, with Troy Polamalu, the Steelers are capable. We saw last week that Ben Roethlisberger is healthy. I'm not saying he was pulling the wool over our eyes, but to see him back and scrambling like he's capable of doing, he's healthy.

There's not a lot to dislike about the Steelers, but they get away from the run too often. Polamalu is the most instinctive player I've seen play the game, and the defense creates matchup problems and is a handful for any opponent. It's not an easy game when you play the Steelers. The Steelers are dangerous, but I'm not quite sure they're what they used to be, as far as going on the road and winning playoff games.


So who's right?

SteelKnight 12-22-2010 06:37 PM

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I think Both have points but Davis is more one the money. About Marshal's road thing, it really doesn't bother me. I'm not really afraid of being on the road.

The only team I'm afraid of on the road is the Pats. I'd still be scared but hopeful at home but I am less confident about going into Foxborough and pulling off the upset. I do know this, if we are going to do that, our offense better be clicking. We will need 30+ points. It won't be one where we can just hope the defense can keep it low scoring and make one good offensive play.

Whodis 12-22-2010 06:52 PM

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Marshall Faulk: I don't know that the Steelers are adept to winning on the road. If they're forced to go Baltimore or New England in a playoff atmosphere and win, I don't know that they can do it.

What does he mean by that? We lost 3 home games right?

I think some of us wonder if anyone can beat the patriots anywhere

Third Rail 12-22-2010 07:22 PM

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Yeah, they both make good points but I don't understand Faulk's road thing. Why couldn't we win on the road? We've only lost one road game this season, right? I know there's the "playoff atmosphere" but we're not a team that chokes in the first round too often.

mesaSteeler 12-22-2010 07:51 PM

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There's not a lot to dislike about the Steelers, but they get away from the run too often,
I think we the talent to compete with any in the AFC but I don't Airhead Arians will use it correctly.

SteelKnight 12-22-2010 08:15 PM

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Originally Posted by mesaSteeler (Post 883627)
I think we the talent to compete with any in the AFC but I don't Airhead Arians will use it correctly.

I think that getting away from the run is overplayed. It was true last year but this year I think we've been committed to the run. If fact, I think we've run too many times on second down and long forcing a third "all or none" passing down. Next thing you know we are punting.

Atlanta Dan 12-22-2010 08:39 PM

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Originally Posted by SteelKnight (Post 883611)
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Marshall Faulk
: I don't know that the Steelers are adept to winning on the road. If they're forced to go Baltimore or New England in a playoff atmosphere and win, I don't know that they can do it.

Except perhaps in Kansas City, winning on the road could be a problem for the Steelers.


So who's right?

Faulk's argument is flawed and based on his comments over this past season Faulk has issues with the Steelers - do not know whether it goes back to when he lost in the playoffs to the Steelers when he was with the Colts but he has issues

Winning on the road in the playoffs is tough for any team - even the sainted Patriots lost on the road at Denver in 2005 and Indy in 2006

But as far as being unable to win at Baltimore in "a playoff atmosphere" the 2008 December game in Baltimore was for a first round bye and the December 2010 game in Baltimore probably was for a bye as well - games in Baltimore do not bother the Steelers

As for New England, Steelers have trouble with that team anywhere

But I actually think road games in January are to the Steelers benefit because their team speed on defense is impaired by playing at Heinz Cow Pasture

Fire Arians 12-22-2010 08:51 PM

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what the faulk is he talking about? lol

steelers are 4-3 at home, 6-1 on the road. TBH i like my chances on the road

fer522 12-22-2010 09:05 PM

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The Steelers are dangerous, but I'm not quite sure they're what they used to be, as far as going on the road and winning playoff games
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There's not a lot to dislike about the Steelers, but they get away from the run too often
he's right on the money

fer522 12-22-2010 09:06 PM

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what the faulk is he talking about? lol
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