Why register with the Steelers Fever Forums?
 • Intelligent and friendly discussions.
 • It's free and it's quick. Always.
 • Enter events in the forums calendar.
 • Very user friendly software.
 • Exclusive contests and giveaways.

 Donate to Steelers Fever, Click here
 Our 2013 Goal: $400.00 - To Date: $00.00 (00.00%)
 Home | Forums | Editorials | Shop | Tickets | Downloads | Contact Pittsburgh Steelers Forum Feed Not Just Fans. Hardcore Fans.

Go Back   Steelers Fever Forums > Steelers Football > Pittsburgh Steelers


Steelers Fever Fan Shop

Doc's Sports Get FREE NFL Picks and College Football picks as well as Football Lines like live NFL Lines and updated NFL Power Rankings all at Doc's Sports Service.

Steelers Steelers - Bills Bills
August 16th, 2014, 7:30pmET

CBS
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 10-06-2007, 03:14 PM   #1
alittlejazzbird
Team Captain
 

Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Charleston, SC
Posts: 721
Gender: Female
Member Number: 1403
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Carucci: Which 3-1 Teams are Legitimate Contenders? (Steelers/Seahawks)

Steelers and Seahawks excerpts from the article (story link follows). It's a good assessment of the Steelers' strengths and weaknesses, I think:

Pittsburgh Steelers
This is what makes them legitimately good: The NFL's second-ranked defense, which is eighth against the run and pass; the league's third-best rushing attack, and a smart, even-tempered rookie coach in Mike Tomlin. The Steelers are capable of making most opposing offenses one-dimensional, which opens the door for defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau to turn loose his wide variety of zone-blitzing (the Steelers have gotten sacks from nine different players this season). Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians has shown a willingness to be more wide open with the passing game, although that didn't work so well in a Week 4 loss at Arizona. The Steelers still tend to be at their best when they use their traditional power-oriented approach.

This is what makes them potentially vulnerable: A big-play passing attack can have success against the Steelers' secondary, especially on the perimeter. The Seahawks will pose such a challenge in Week 5. Ben Roethlisberger has rebounded well from his poor 2006 season, but still is not a consistently proficient pocket passer. When faced with pressure, his first instinct is to run outside. Opponents that do a good job of containing him can force him to take sacks or hurry him into poor throws.

Seattle Seahawks
This is what makes them legitimately good: A strong passing game, with efficient Matt Hasselbeck throwing to speedy receivers Deion Branch and Nate Burleson, as well as savvied veteran Bobby Ingram. The ability to run the ball well, provided Shaun Alexander is healthy. A relentless pass rush, led by linebacker Julian Peterson along with Patrick Kerney and Daryl Tapp coming off the edges. The Seahawks trust cornerbacks Marcus Trufant and Kelly Jennings to play man coverage most of the time (although that could prove dangerous against Pittsburgh receivers Santonio Holmes and Nate Washington), which gives them extra people to crowd the line and force opponents to become one-dimensional. Their pass rush usually gets the job done on third-and-long.

This is what makes them potentially vulnerable: Alexander's shaky health, which has contributed to the Seahawks' ranking 17th in the NFL in rushing. Center Chris Spencer has excellent mobility, but lacks the power to be consistently effective when facing larger and stronger defensive tackles.

http://www.nfl.com/news/story;jsessi...o&confirm=true
alittlejazzbird is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2007, 03:46 PM   #2
Bill Gates Jr.
Banned
 

Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 42
Gender: Male
Member Number: 7403
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Carucci: Which 3-1 Teams are Legitimate Contenders? (Steelers/Seahawks)

From ESPN.COM's power rankings... in which Seattle is ranked ahead of the Steelers...

Quote:
Ranking the first four teams a month into the season is a relatively easy process -- it just requires finding the teams with a spotless record. But what about the second-tier teams, the ones with a single loss? Those teams may have gotten off to good starts, but have they really shown their true colors? Is there a this year's version of the 2006 Saints, who were 3-1 in the first four weeks and eventually reached the NFC title game?

Of the 3-1 teams, the Seahawks are perhaps the most proven commodity because of their recent track record. Yes, they've sputtered at times, but their one loss came at Arizona, a place where the previously undefeated Steelers lost last weekend. The Steelers host the Seahawks, by the way, in a battle of 3-1s on Sunday.
Bill Gates Jr. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2007, 03:56 PM   #3
fansince'76
Living Legend
Supporter
 

Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 17,423
Member Number: 1984
Thanks: 141
Thanked 799 Times in 311 Posts
Default Re: Carucci: Which 3-1 Teams are Legitimate Contenders? (Steelers/Seahawks)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bill Gates Jr. View Post
From ESPN.COM's power rankings... in which Seattle is ranked ahead of the Steelers...
Wow - is that gonna affect our BCS chances?
fansince'76 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2007, 03:57 PM   #4
stillers4me
Living Legend
 
stillers4me's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 8,670
Gender: Female
Member Number: 2656
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Carucci: Which 3-1 Teams are Legitimate Contenders? (Steelers/Seahawks)

I think they all predicted the Bengals to take the division this year , too.
__________________
"We're not going to turn our backs on him," Ward said. "We're going to treat him like our brother. We're going to accept him back and be very supportive of him and help him get through this. In this locker room, he's still our quarterback."
stillers4me is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2007, 04:01 PM   #5
Bill Gates Jr.
Banned
 

Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 42
Gender: Male
Member Number: 7403
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Carucci: Which 3-1 Teams are Legitimate Contenders? (Steelers/Seahawks)

Quote:
Originally Posted by fansince'76 View Post
Wow - is that gonna affect our BCS chances?

Just adding to the debate on the best 3-1 teams... We do have that one thing in common... we let one slip away in the desert. Imagine if this was a battle of the undefeateds!!!

Hey mod, can I get the ability to post links... or do I always have to copy and paste text? Pics too for that matter. Hate to say it but I don't plan on sticking around for 25 posts...
Bill Gates Jr. is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:50 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Shoutbox provided by vBShout v6.2.1 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.0.8 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd. Runs best on HiVelocity Hosting.
Navbar with Avatar by Motorradforum
no new posts