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Old 10-05-2009, 01:18 AM   #1
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http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09278/1003196-66.stm

Quarterback

A

Ben Roethlisberger flawlessly directed an offense that produced 498 yards, 32 first downs and the most points this season. And he did it by passing for 333 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. He opened the game with three completions for 65 yards to set up the first touchdown. He completed 26 of 33 passes with three drops and finished with a season-high passer rating of 128.9.
Running backs

A

Rashard Mendenhall bounced back from his punishment a week ago to rush for a career-best 165 yards on 29 carries, including 80 in the first half when he also caught a 20-yard pass and scored two touchdowns. He ran hard and did a nice job in blitz pickup, twice knocking Chargers defenders out of the game. Mewelde Moore caught one touchdown and threw another, a 6-yarder to Heath Miller.
Receivers

A

Tight end Heath Miller had six of his eight catches for 58 yards in the first half and had two 6-yard TD catches. Hines Ward had eight catches for a team-high 113 yards, his second 100-yard game this season, but he dropped back-to-back passes in the fourth. Mike Wallace continues to make big plays, catching a 35-yard pass to set up the first touchdown and a 12-yarder on the third touchdown.

Offensive line

A

Other than two sacks on back-to-back plays in the second quarter, the offensive line played very well. Roethlisberger had time to throw and the Steelers rushed for a season-high 178 yards. Guard Chris Kemoeatu was big on counter plays and they even converted several short-yardage situations, once when G Doug Legursky lined at fullback and led Mendenhall through the hole on a 1-yard TD.

Defensive line

B

The Chargers rushed for 9 yards on four carries in the first half and had to give up on the run game after falling behind, 21-0. Not that it would have mattered. Their longest play in the first half was 16 yards on a swing pass to RB Darren Sproles. DE Aaron Smith had one of two sacks on QB Philip Rivers and DE Brett Keisel collapsed the pocket on several occasions, though he didn't get a sack.

Linebackers

B

For a quarterback who was sacked only three times, all in the second half, Philip Rivers was under a lot of pressure and did not have time to sit in the pocket. Most of the pressure came from inside, by James Farrior and Lawrence Timmons. James Harrison was double-teamed on occasions by the Chargers, but still managed to register two sacks, including a forced fumble on Rivers to end the game.

Defensive backs
C-

The Steelers did a good job taking away the big play for Rivers in the first half, but he passed for 189 of his 254 after halftime. CB Ike Taylor followed big-play receiver Vincent Jackson and held him to four catches, including one for 15 yards in the first half. But the problem seemed to be finding someone to cover TE Antonio Gates, who had nine catches for 124 yards and two touchdowns.

Special teams
D+
The task was to make sure there were no long returns by Darren Sproles, and the coverage team did just that. Sproles, the AFC's kick return leader, averaged just 21 yards on four returns, none longer than 28 yards. But Stefan Logan was stripped on a punt return by FB Jacob Hester, who returned the fumble 41 yards for a touchdown, and Ryan Mundy lost an onside kick that resulted in a TD.

Coaching

A

Mike Tomlin showed confidence in his offense going on fourth-and-1 from his own 30 with a 14-0 lead. Give credit to offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, who mixed the run and pass to perfection in the first half when the Steelers controlled the ball for nearly 23 of the 30 minutes and had 19 first downs. The defense gave up 21 more points in the fourth, though some of that was on the special teams.

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Old 10-05-2009, 02:12 AM   #2
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Couldn't agree more. Very solid except for the fluke palys at the end.
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Old 10-05-2009, 07:58 AM   #3
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I agree with your grades. I think if Troy played the Defensive backs easily would be an A. 2 special teams plays went their way. Don't get me started on the strip! The other was our fault, just fall on the ball. And while I'm talking about Troy IMHO the defense does change drastically with him out so once he comes back I think the real D will be back. It's All Good!
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Old 10-05-2009, 09:13 AM   #4
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My God, is this board going to crash? Are dogs and cats playing together in the streets? Is it the apocolypse? Arians gets an A?????

Somewhere, mmalones little pinhead is asploding....
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Old 10-05-2009, 10:02 AM   #5
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A fumble that should have been blown dead, an on-side kick recovery and no Troy, NO PROBLEM! It just would have been 38-7. Good win!
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Old 10-05-2009, 10:35 AM   #6
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I TOLD you Pittsburgh mooks last week to stop crying about being 1-2.

The Steelers looked pretty good last night. Rivers looked like he had a tear stain on his left cheek at 7:42 left in the 3rd quarter.
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Old 10-05-2009, 10:51 AM   #7
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only complaint i got is for coaching. one mistake that was crucial should drop them from A to B. the onside hands team wasnt in there when there was the possibility of that onside. if a fan questions whether to onside or not the coaches certainly should have prepared for it. other than that, great job.
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only complaint i got is for coaching. one mistake that was crucial should drop them from A to B. the onside hands team wasnt in there when there was the possibility of that onside. if a fan questions whether to onside or not the coaches certainly should have prepared for it. other than that, great job.
Good point...ST coach gets dinged for that one...make it an A-
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As far as the offensive line and those consecutive sacks:

Those were totally Ben's fault, he was in the pocket for 5+ seconds.

GREAT game O-line!
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Agreed. Everything was an A until the 4th quarter where the offense kept clicking, but just a lapse in the defense and the ST could have played a little smarter.
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