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Old 08-29-2009, 10:54 PM   #1
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Default Steelers-Bills post-game thoughts

NFL from the sidelines
After hobnobbing around the NFL in the press boxes and sidelines, sports reporter Dale Lolley will let you know the insider scoop.

Steelers-Bills post-game thoughts

Either the Steelers are really good or the Bills are really bad. It's probably a little bit of both.

OK. We know the Steelers are really good, but I really thought Buffalo would be better than it showed Saturday night at Heinz Field.

Trent Edwards looked a lot like Bruce Gradkowski in this one.

Mike Tomlin said the plan going into the game was to send whichever unit didn't open the first half out for the second half.

As luck would have it, the offense began the game, so the defense was on the field for the first series of the second half.

Linebacker Lawrence Timmons sprained his ankle on the opening play.

I've changed my opinion somewhat of Limas Sweed. He can be a viable starter for this team if Santonio Holmes or Hines Ward is injured.

He still doesn't block downfield real well for a guy his size, but perhaps that will come.

I learned something I did not know Saturday night. Sweed has size 15 1/2 feet. That's not a misprint, 15 1/2.

Make tapping those toes on the sidelines troublesome.

Stefan Logan, welcome to the team.

As I detailed in a column in Saturday's newspaper, that does cause some problems for a team that is this deep with veterans that also wants to keep a large portion of its rookie class around as well.

Rashard Mendenhall's fumble was created as much by Chris Kemoeatu getting blown up at the line of scrimmage as it was Mendenhall.

You'd still like to see Mendenhall wrap the ball up more tightly, though.

That said, you can see what his skills as a receiver do for this offense. He's also running pretty hard as well.

Of the healthy players, the only ones who did not play were safety Derrick Richardson and linebackers Andy Schantz and Tom Korte.

The team has to make four cuts by the weekend. That would be a good place to start looking.

Did you see Mike Wallace's cut to make the first guy miss on his end around? Not only is this guy fast, he's got a nice feel when he's running with the ball as well.

He turned a play that should have been for no-gain into a six-yard gain.

It was nullified by offsetting penalties, but it did show some of his playmaking ability.
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