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Old 10-07-2010, 06:32 AM   #1
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Default Steelers offense primed for an outburst.

Now that Ben Roethlisberger has returned, the Steelers will take on a new look and maybe even an improvement over the record-breaking offense he directed last season.

That offense Roethlisberger will lead onto the field Oct. 17 has already taken on a different appearance and philosophy since he last played in a real game Jan. 3 in Miami to close out the 2009 season.

The starting line has changed by 60 percent, he has new receivers, and they have found something they nearly abandoned in 2009, a running game. The Steelers are tied for seventh in the NFL with an average of 133.5 yards rushing per game. They ranked 19th last season with an average of 112.1 yards per game.

Roethlisberger's return should aid the one area in which the offense has lagged, passing.

"We definitely can open up our playbook and run a lot of different things," Hines Ward said. "I can't wait to see him on the field competing."

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