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Old 10-29-2007, 04:42 AM   #1
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Default Steelers secondary quiets Bengals wideouts

Steelers secondary quiets Bengals wideouts
By John Harris
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Monday, October 29, 2007

CINCINNATI
Cincinnati Bengals Pro Bowl receiver Chad Johnson was held scoreless and silent by the Steelers' secondary. That's some daily double.

The Steelers not only kept Johnson out of the end zone for the fifth consecutive game, they left him so frustrated that he departed the Bengals' locker room without speaking to reporters.

Who could blame Johnson following the Steelers' 24-13 win on Sunday? After all, a day without the self-proclaimed Ocho Cinco preening for the cameras occurs about as often as the Steelers losing to the Bengals in Cincinnati.

As for the the Steelers' current winning streak at Paul Brown Stadium, it's seven games -- and counting.
Give major props to the Steelers' defense. Despite playing without injured end Aaron Smith, free safety Ryan Clark and nickel cornerback Bryant McFadden, Cincinnati's explosive offense -- led by quarterback Carson Palmer, Johnson and fellow receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh -- posted relatively pedestrian numbers.

Palmer was 23 of 31 for 205 yards and a 9-yard touchdown pass to Houshmandzadeh in the fourth quarter. Houshmandzadeh caught seven balls for 81 yards and a score. Johnson had five catches for 51 yards.

Palmer targeted Johnson and Houshmandzadeh a combined 19 times. Palmer missed the target seven times, including four long passes that fell incomplete. Palmer's longest completion was a 28-yarder to Houshmandzadeh in the fourth quarter.

"We kept a good offense out of the end zone. We held them to 13 points, and we were able to get a win," coach Mike Tomlin said. "When somebody like that has firepower, they are going to get a play or two. They are going to drop back and throw the football, and they are going to make some plays.

"You can't get down on yourself, and you can't blink. Regardless of what happened, I felt like our guys did that."

Cornerbacks Ike Taylor and Deshea Townsend and safeties Troy Polamalu and Anthony Smith followed defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau's game plan to perfection. The Steelers kept Cincinnati's receivers in front of them and didn't give up big plays leading to points.

So when Johnson caught a 9-yard pass on Cincinnati's opening drive and began yapping, Townsend shrugged it off.

"It wasn't a big play," said Townsend, who had five tackles and defended one pass. "We want to cover everything, but you want to be there each time he catches it. It was their first (pass) of the game. You have to expect talking. We're going to be talking back."

"I'm a talker. That's what I do," said Taylor, who also finished with five tackles and defended one pass while maintaining his streak of not allowing a touchdown catch to Johnson since becoming a starter in 2005. "If I'm talking, I'm talking to myself or my teammates. You start woofing at me, I'm going to woof back at you. I take woofing to another level."

Houshmandzadeh said before the game that Taylor is one of the Steelers' biggest talkers and that he and Taylor had a running dialogue last season.

Yesterday, Houshmandzadeh gave the Steelers' secondary grudging respect.

"They're all right, nothing special," Houshmandzadeh said. "I'm not going to take credit away from them, but I'm not going to give them all the credit in the world, either. They play well within their defense. They don't make mental errors. They don't give up a lot of big plays. That's why they're successful."

Smith, who stood tall as the Steelers' last line of defense, recorded a team-high eight tackles and sounded like anything but a second-year safety making his second start of the season.

"It was a huge game for us. They've got the best of the best," Smith said. "To come out and contain them, we're even better."
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Old 10-29-2007, 04:53 AM   #2
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Default Re: Steelers secondary quiets Bengals wideouts

The bengals may hold 85's contract...

but I know for a fact that the steelers secondary owns him.

Ike does all the right talking.. with his actions on the field.
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Old 10-29-2007, 05:54 AM   #3
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Default WHERE is the new Sheriff?

It won't be hard to find on LexisNexis but Chad Johnson at some time in the last 24 months went on the record. He said nearly verbatim that there is a new Sheriff in town.

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Old 10-29-2007, 07:39 AM   #4
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Someone said they saw a tooth fly out of Chads head toward the end of the game when he buried his head in the turf. Anyone know if this is true??

I'm sure players get thier teeth knocked out all the time but I was just wondering if it was true
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It won't be hard to find on LexisNexis but Chad Johnson at some time in the last 24 months went on the record. He said nearly verbatim that there is a new Sheriff in town.

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I think you are talking about an article after the Bengals beat us at home just prior to their only playoff appearance since 1990...

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Bengals receiver Chad Johnson likened it to the invention of the color television set. Way back when, TV only was available in black and white until the new technology came along.

"It used to be Pittsburgh's time," Johnson said. "Now it's Cincinnati's time......Now I think it's time for them to pass the torch over to us."
Of course in typical Chad johnson trash-talking fashion...he failed to admit or see the reality of the fact that we had beat them at their stadium just two months prior on Oct 23rd...and up to that point we were 20 of 27 games against the Bengals under Cowher.
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Old 10-29-2007, 08:34 AM   #6
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Good times when the secondary plays well.
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I thought the key was Pittsburgh's tacking. Cincinnati completed their share of passes but their receivers were tackled immediately. They must have scouted Cincinnati's red zone tendencies. More running plays as they got closer to the end zone. Pittsburgh was ready and stopped Watson for no gain or losses forcing third and long.
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I thought the key was Pittsburgh's tacking. Cincinnati completed their share of passes but their receivers were tackled immediately. They must have scouted Cincinnati's red zone tendencies. More running plays as they got closer to the end zone. Pittsburgh was ready and stopped Watson for no gain or losses forcing third and long.
Good point..and is it me or is Anthony Smith got something against TJ?....Every time they play it seems that he jacks him up!!!!
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Someone said they saw a tooth fly out of Chads head toward the end of the game when he buried his head in the turf. Anyone know if this is true??

I'm sure players get thier teeth knocked out all the time but I was just wondering if it was true
I haven't heard anything directly, but I could have sworn I saw Crotcho Stinko picking up one of his gold teef off the turf. When you saw him crouching down after that play on the sideline when the trainers were with him, he was probably trying to find a way to super glue it back in.


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"They're all right, nothing special," Houshmandzadeh said. "I'm not going to take credit away from them, but I'm not going to give them all the credit in the world, either. They play well within their defense. They don't make mental errors. They don't give up a lot of big plays. That's why they're successful."


I think that matted ponytail of yours is a little too tight TJ. Our D is successful because they do their talking ON the field. Have a look in the mirror, douchebag. I believe the number 27 is embedded into the side of your head.
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I love it no matter what we always give Chad a bad game haha and he never stands a chance.

TJ is the one who gets some success against us, but thats ok it don't really matter how we do it just as long as we beat those bengals that no one can forget made fun of us the last 2 years, and talked trash on us and last the biggest of all-USED OUR TERRIBLE TOWEL AS A SHOE CLEANER!

I didnt see them do any of that yesterday and all i wanted to see was watch them walk slowly in their locker rooms, heads down and knowing in there heads were the better team!
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