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Old 12-19-2010, 09:10 AM   #11
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Default Re: The Polamalu Factor

Between Ben's suspension, the long list of injured starters as well as the newbie wide receivers, I think that this season has demonstrated the concept of playing as a team more so than in years past.

Guys have stepped up to take up the slack and when the offense was cruising in the early part of the season, they made up for a weak secondary. As the season rolled on and Ben stepped in and the wideouts had to basically "learn" everything all over again, the defense began to step it up. As the D-line wore down (especially with Smith out), the secondary began to get it together and help offset the weakened line.

Though Troy is probably one of the most valuable players on this team, I believe that despite his absence, the "team" will find a way to take up the slack again. No one can replace him outright, but that doesn't mean that the defense can't find a way to lessen the impact of his absence. Don't forget too that the passing game has yet to really gel and maybe now's the time for that to start happening.

There are 22 guys out there that need to work together to get things done and even though Troy seems to count as two or three guys all by himself, the team still has to play as a team. Put another way, if Polamalu's absence spells disaster for the Steelers, then maybe we're not really a championship team yet. If the hopes and dreams of a football team rest on the availability of just one or two players, then they're just not ready to move on.

I for one think we're ready and though it will be tougher, I think the team will respond as a team - as we've done throughout the year. And though it often hasn't been pretty (as Ben said in his interview the other day), a W is still a W and that's all that matters.
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Old 12-19-2010, 12:41 PM   #12
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Default Re: The Polamalu Factor

This will serve to bring the team together more than they already have this season. I look for a big offensive game today.
We will win 27 - 9
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