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Old 09-23-2012, 07:36 PM   #1
AndyWitmyer
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Wink On the plus side...for people who don't want to mope around.

There were several areas in which the Steelers excelled in, despite faltering in the final moments of the game (I think sometimes losses in a close game are worse than a blow out...) So, maybe we can talk about those aspects of the game instead of looking to lop off (insert a coach's name here). For instance...

Ben Roethlisberger was 36-49, for 384 yds and 4 TDs. He once again converted several 3rd downs and even a 4th down - some of them quite long. No interceptions (a big improvement over the 4 he committed the last time the Steelers lost to the "lowly Raiders") Not shabby at all.

Brown almost returned a punt for 7 - although a flag nullified it, Brown showed a great deal of potential in that area and was a sign of good things to come. Our receivers were very good for the most part, especially Heath and Wallace - but really, some mistakes aside, the offense seems to be gelling under Haley's direction - something I wasn't expecting to see until much later in the season.

We played a Raiders team that is likewise getting accustomed to some radical changes, including a new coach and Palmer leading an offense that he finally appears to be getting an affinity with. Gotta hand it to them - they gave us their A game, 110%. And yet, in spite of that, we came very close to winning.

Even our suddenly hated D put on a good show in spurts - it looked especially promising with an opening interception. The D has to do a lot more of that. And give our stellar offense a break - if that happens, this team has a very reasonable chance to make it to playoffs or better.

Anything else you liked about the game?
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