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Old 01-22-2009, 11:36 PM   #1
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Prisuta: Offense must produce for Steelers to become Super
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By Mike Prisuta, TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Friday, January 23, 2009


By now, it's something of a laughing matter on the South Side, and one the Steelers have good-naturedly broached at wide receiver Limas Sweed's expense.

"Little, friendly jokes," Sweed said, "something about 'Stickum.'

"You gotta expect that, especially in the NFL."

Sweed appeared to be in dire need of the long-since outlawed substance made famous by the likes of Fred Biletnikoff and Lester Hayes after dropping a Ben Roethlisberger pass that should have gone for a 50-yard touchdown in the second quarter of last Sunday's AFC Championship Game.

It was a memorable gaffe, and it helped the Ravens hang around long enough to a point where they had the ball and were still within a field goal of winning the game with less than five minutes remaining.

But that was far from the only time the Steelers' offense dropped the ball.

Wide receiver Santonio Holmes lost possession trying to stretch what should have been a 23-yard gain to the Baltimore 1-yard line into a touchdown, and the play was ultimately replay-reviewed into an incompletion. The Steelers settled for a field goal rather than a touchdown.

None of that would have mattered had running back Willie Parker not dropped another perfectly placed Roethlisberger pass that probably would have found the end zone on the first snap of the same first-quarter series.

And the Steelers would have had at least three in the wake of Sweed's misplay had they done something other than what they did on second-and-10 from the Baltimore 16 with 16 seconds left until halftime, which was complete an underneath pass to running back Mewelde Moore, who didn't get to the ground in time for the Steelers to prevent the clock from running out.

That's a lot of points to leave out on the field with so much at stake.

A week from Sunday in Tampa, Fla., the stakes will be even greater.

And it'll be incumbent upon the Steelers' offense not to leave so much potential value lying around the Raymond James Stadium turf.

It's Kurt Warner the Steelers will be trying to pressure in Super Bowl XLIII, not Joe Flacco.

And it's Larry Fitzgerald they'll be trying to cover, not Derrick Mason.

The Cardinals are going to score some points.

To win the game, the Steelers are going to have to outscore them.

The offense met its minimum standard against Baltimore by kicking field goals and avoiding hideous turnovers that wound up in the Steelers' end zone.

But against Arizona, one offensive touchdown isn't going to cut it.

They'll need more from Parker, especially on the ground and potentially through the air.

They'll need more from Holmes, who, with the exception of the play that got away against the Ravens, has been delivering in the playoffs at a higher level than he did all season.

They'll need more from tight end Heath Miller, who remains a reliable if somewhat under-utilized weapon on the receiving end of passes.

If they get all of the above, Roethlisberger may well emerge as the 10th QB to win at least two Super Bowls.

All of that can happen, as long as they don't drop the ball.
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Old 01-23-2009, 12:11 AM   #2
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Default Re: Prisuta: Offense must produce for Steelers to become Super

I don't know why people think our offense is so bad. Heck we left 17 points out there against the Ravens- #2 defence. It very well could have been a blowout.
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Old 01-23-2009, 12:13 AM   #3
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Default Re: Prisuta: Offense must produce for Steelers to become Super

Sometimes, the defense is so good, they over shadow the offense.
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Default Re: Prisuta: Offense must produce for Steelers to become Super

I think this argument is a little over-rated. If Sweed catches that ball and Holmes catch isn't over-ruled then Ben has well over 300 yards passing and at least 2-3 touchdowns against the second best defense in the league.

Not too bad in my book. Our WR's just need to make the plays the are expected to make in this league.
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Default Re: Prisuta: Offense must produce for Steelers to become Super

I think we can, and will likely need to score between 24-30 points against the Arizona D.
A breakout game of say 40 would be better... and it is too bad Fast Willie just cant seem to catch as we leave so many yards from screens out on the field... Not all on parker of course....
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Default Re: Prisuta: Offense must produce for Steelers to become Super

No doubt we left points out there against the #2 NFL defense last weekend. And I am sure our offensive players will find ways to put points on the board next weekend.
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Default Re: Prisuta: Offense must produce for Steelers to become Super

The Cards D is soft and mediocre. We will have little trouble putting up points on them.

Hell, if they HAD a defense I'd say they had a chance to win, but our D cancels out their offense, and our offense is much stouter and physical than their D. In fact, the only player on their defense I fear at all is Adrian Wilson. That dude is a stud.
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I don't know why people think our offense is so bad. Heck we left 17 points out there against the Ravens- #2 defence. It very well could have been a blowout.
That is why!!

We also left a ton of points out there against the Colts and Chargers in the reg season. The Steeler offense needs to prove it can FINISH drives with 6 instead of 3 points.
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I don't know why people think our offense is so bad. Heck we left 17 points out there against the Ravens- #2 defence. It very well could have been a blowout.
Against a team like the Ravens a good offensive series doesn't always need to produce a score. If we are pinned down at the 7 yard line a produce a first down or even 2 it was a success due to field position. The Ravens didn't produce one long established drive. I agree IF Sweed caught his or Santonios was called correctly it would have been huge blowout. Our offense has looked good the last few weeks and in last possesion drives when needed, I don't think it deserves to be questioned. We will run on the Cards, and if Ben has time to throw we move the ball at will. No turnovers we win easily, bottom line.
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That is why!!

We also left a ton of points out there against the Colts and Chargers in the reg season. The Steeler offense needs to prove it can FINISH drives with 6 instead of 3 points.
Need to give the ball to Russell instead of Davis when we have 4th down on the goal line. Hell, if we gave the ball to Russell down there to begin with, it probably wouldn't come down to 4th down.
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