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Old 10-25-2005, 12:45 AM   #1
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http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/trib.../s_387440.html

Win in Cincinnati not enough to alter Steelers' perspective


By Mike Prisuta
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Tuesday, October 25, 2005


The Steelers did everything but talk a good game in Cincinnati.
Postgame reaction to their 27-13 thumping of the Bengals on Sunday afternoon was muted, relative to what you'd expect from a team that had come to town determined to establish that the balance of power in the AFC North Division hadn't shifted just yet.

There were a few "the road to the division championship still runs through Pittsburgh" acknowledgements in the visitor's locker room, but none were issued as in-your-face declarations.

What was said mostly about the Bengals was "they're a good football team."


It wasn't an accident.

"We gotta stay on top of our game," safety Mike Logan said. "We can't get that over-confidence about us, and with the veteran leaders on this team, it won't happen."

Wonder where that came from?

"We know we have to bring our 'A' game every week," coach Bill Cowher said, as always.

Apparently, Cowher has been in a few big games before, although he won't be in many more until January.

The rest of the Steelers' schedule features games against two teams with winning records over the course of the final 10, at Indianapolis (7-0) on Nov.28 and the rematch with Cincinnati (5-2) on Dec. 4 at Heinz Field.

As for the rest, Baltimore (2-4) and Cleveland (2-4) are division rivals, but they're out-classed, over-matched division rivals.

Green Bay (1-5) and Minnesota (2-4) are brutal.

Chicago (3-3) and Detroit (3-3) are .500 at present but appear incapable of much more than that, if they're able to even maintain a break-even pace (given the inept collection in the NFC North that's at least a possibility).

That's a gauntlet of mediocrity compared to the Murderers' Row stretch of schedule the Steelers just exited (New England, at San Diego, Jacksonville and at Cincinnati).

After splitting with what figured to be four of the five best teams on their schedule, the Steelers are in a comfortable position at 4-2.

What they can't afford to become is comfortable, and the Steelers know it.

If they practice what they preach, a final regular-season record of 13-3 isn't unrealistic.

That may not be enough to earn the Steelers home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs, but it should get them at least a No. 2 seed.

But if they begin thinking too far ahead and become a little too impressed with the way they kept the first-place Bengals in their place and allow preparation to become affected, the Steelers are asking for trouble.

The emotion and urgency the Steelers displayed in Cincinnati helped propel them to a 15-1 record a season ago.

The same approach can yield similar results, but there remains a great deal of football to be played before those results can be achieved.

Taking them for granted is about the only thing that can screw this up.
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Old 10-25-2005, 01:02 AM   #2
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We will whoop the Colts, what is up with that article :) 14-2, I just hope the Colts can lose another one on the way . . . Gooo Pats! hehe
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Old 10-25-2005, 04:32 AM   #3
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We will whoop the Colts, what is up with that article :) 14-2, I just hope the Colts can lose another one on the way . . . Gooo Pats! hehe
I agree that we should beat the Colts, they do have a problem stopping the run, and we should control the clock in this one. We may stumble some where along the way, from taking someone to litely. I just hope we have time to get some players healthy, and that we don`t have to rush them back
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I say we'll finish 13-3 after only losing to the Colts.

That means we 'll get a bye, but we may have to play the Patsies again at home, in order to go back to Indy.

That 'll be the test..............minds you being so one-dimentional (run only mentality) may eventually kill us. We saw what happened vs. NE when we were forced to pass.

Deep down I think we can finally take the Patsies if it comes to that...........but we would have to go back to Indy, in all probability, and see our demise there. That team just looks too good right now. They can beat you every which way and they have the best player in the world. Manning's smarts are more important than his arm.
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Point of interest...


If you watched the way we used reverses/playaction/counters on the Bengals, then watche how Houston tied the score 14-14 on Indy with cut back runs, I think we need to take advantage of that new aggressive D in Indy and see if they can stay disciplined against the run. And with Cincy, our key to defense is our offense keeping Indy's offense off the field.
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If you watched the way we used reverses/playaction/counters on the Bengals, then watche how Houston tied the score 14-14 on Indy with cut back runs, I think we need to take advantage of that new aggressive D in Indy and see if they can stay disciplined against the run. And with Cincy, our key to defense is our offense keeping Indy's offense off the field.
Right on ICC. Indy does not fair well against good running teams. Bring it on Colts.
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Yep thats our key..control the clock, wear out their smaller defensive front 7...and keep Peyton and Co. on the bench !
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indy struggled last year against teams that use the 3-4 (jax, houston, patriots) the key in beating manning is breaking down his protection. steelers should be able to do that.
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you also just cant sit back and wait for him to pick u apart.. the teams that pressure him like tony mentioned... got his face, jammed the WR's at the line and played physical w/ them are the ones that can win.
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