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Old 11-01-2005, 04:44 AM   #11
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Default Re: Should the outcome have been a surprise?

I don`t want to sound like Cinci, and say" That we didn`t play well" Because I`m not so sure. Ben never hot comfortable after a few early hits, and thier defense kept coming, without thier two stars. Our defense kept giving up big plays to a third string QB, and on third down our defnese consistantly fell apart. I could see having a bad play here and there. But hell we were terrible all night.

Did we not play as well as we can? Or did they just play betterthan we expected? Or Both?
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Old 11-01-2005, 05:05 AM   #12
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Default Re: Should the outcome have been a surprise?

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I don`t want to sound like Cinci, and say" That we didn`t play well" Because I`m not so sure. Ben never hot comfortable after a few early hits, and thier defense kept coming, without thier two stars. Our defense kept giving up big plays to a third string QB, and on third down our defnese consistantly fell apart. I could see having a bad play here and there. But hell we were terrible all night.

Did we not play as well as we can? Or did they just play betterthan we expected? Or Both?
They played good, the Steelers played subpar. But subpar for this team means they still win close games that should be blowouts. I give them credit, the Ravens played well.
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Old 11-01-2005, 08:12 AM   #13
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Default Re: Should the outcome have been a surprise?

This was a classic hangover game for the Steelers, and the Rats played inspired football because this was their Super Bowl.

As for people saying that we always play down to our competition, I don't believe that was quite the case against Tennessee or Houston.

It KILLS me how negative people can get after a game in which the Steelers don't play up to their potential. It happens to every team in the NFL on occasion. Hell, the Super Bowl champs last year got their asses handed to them by the bottom-feeding Dolphins last year, and how much of an impact did that really have on the Pats season?

It wasn't their best game, Ben didn't look healthy, and the defense was just average. However, Baltimore really only put together 2 nice drives, and only one of them was a TD drive and that was an early scripted drive. They got some points off TO's (including the botched punt), and thier kicker played the game of his life. Bottom line, we shake the hangover off and go stomp the Pack in Green Bay next week...
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Old 11-01-2005, 10:30 AM   #14
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I think it was a surprise in the aspect I thought we would win my a touchdown or so. I expected the defense to come out playing very well. But they really need to step it up. They gave up way too many big plays.
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Default Re: Should the outcome have been a surprise?

I'm not shocked at all. I was really irritated with the local and national media calling this game a blowout all week. It's a divisional game and they are NEVER pushovers. Baltimore played very very well and I can't take away any credit from them. The Steelers needed a game and a win like this. They did not play up to their potential and in my opinion the opponent played above their potential, but we still won, thats what makes a good team, to win these types of games.

And yes I think Miller is at the forefront for AFC rookie of the year.
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