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Old 12-13-2010, 06:17 AM   #1
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Default Steelers Report Card: Game 13 vs. Bengals

Steelers Report Card: Game 13 vs. Bengals
Monday, December 13, 2010
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10347/1110350-66.stm

QUARTERBACKS B-

Ben Roethlisberger continues to get beat up, but he passed for 258 yards, ran for 23 more and did not throw an interception. The offense did not produce a touchdown against a Bengals defense that had allowed 105 points in the past three games. Roethlisberger discarded the protective visor at halftime and passed for 159 yards in the second half. Big throws to Hines Ward and Mike Wallace led to field goals.

RUNNING BACKS C

Rashard Mendehall finished with 66 yards on 18 carries and didn't have a run longer than 10 yards, surprisingly low numbers against a Bengals defense that kept missing tackles. The Steelers finished with 123 yards rushing on 27 carries, but 13 of that came on Roethlisberger's scramble to set up a field goal and another 12 on an option run to WR Mike Wallace.

WIDE RECEIVERS B+

Hines Ward had his fourth 100-yard receiving game of the season and made a number of big catches, including 18 and 21 yards on both field-goal drives. Mike Wallace added five catches, none bigger than a 33-yarder on third-and-4 to set up the last field goal. But the best grab was by Antwaan Randle El, who made an impressive, leaping one-handed catch of a 22-yard pass to set up the first field goal.

OFFENSIVE LINE D

Roethlisberger was sacked just twice, both in the first half, but he continues to take a lot of shots in the pocket. The Steelers didn't have a run longer than 13 yards, but they averaged 4.6 yards per attempt. That, though, doesn't include the four holding penalties along the line, including back-to-back calls against LT Jonathan Scott and TE Matt Spaeth on a 15-play drive that didn't produce any points.

DEFENSIVE LINE A

The Bengals kept the defense off balance in the first half by spreading the field with multiple receivers and running the ball against their nickel defense. But, after running 12 times for 30 yards before halftime, the Bengals rushed just twice for 4 yards in the second. Their 14 attempts were a season-low for an opponent. Their 34 yards were the second fewest. DE Brett Keisel had six tackles.

LINEBACKERS A

Two sacks and a 14-yard TD interception return by LaMarr Woodley more than made up for his offside penalty on third down that kept alive the Bengals' first TD drive. His first sack on Carson Palmer helped push the Bengals out of field-goal range when it was 7-0. James Farrior had a team-high 10 tackles and was part of a rush defense that held the Bengals to 34 yards on 14 carries.

DEFENSIVE BACKS A-
p>More big plays provided by S Troy Polamalu and a number of solid plays by nickel back William Gay, who had several hurries and a big third-down sack. Polamalu had two interceptions, none bigger than a 45-yard TD interception return that gave the team a boost when it was 7-0. And his interception at the goal line stopped a late Bengals threat, though his lateral to Bryant McFadden was ill-advised.

SPECIAL TEAMS B

There are not enough superlatives to describe the performance of K Shaun Suisham since replacing Jeff Reed. He kicked three more FGs against the Bengals, including a 41-yarder that made him perfect on six attempts between 40 and 49 yards with the Steelers. He is 9 for 9 overall since replacing Reed. But doesn't it seem like every punt return comes with some type of penalty anymore?

COACHING C+

Penalties (9 for 89 yards) continue to be a recurring theme, especially holding calls (six). It is almost amazing that the Steelers have been penalized 42 times for 330 yards during their four-game winning streak. It might be equally amazing that the offense has managed just two touchdowns in the past three victories. But, even those problems don't seem to affect the players, and that's to their credit.


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Old 12-13-2010, 06:41 AM   #2
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"DEFENSIVE BACKS A-
p>More big plays provided by S Troy Polamalu and a number of solid plays by nickel back William Gay, who had several hurries and a big third-down sack. Polamalu had two interceptions, none bigger than a 45-yard TD interception return that gave the team a boost when it was 7-0. And his interception at the goal line stopped a late Bengals threat, though his lateral to Bryant McFadden was ill-advised."

Did Happy learn how to putt? I know it's the Bengals and it's only one week but....
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the OL got a D ?? How'd they get such a high grade?? lol
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I'd like to see Redman get a few more carries. I don't know...but I'm just not sold on this Mendenhall kid yet. I'd like to see him spell some carries with Redman. Redman runs with an attitude of heading straight North. He's got some jam to him and looks like he can break a tackle more effectively. I don't see why they don't use him to soften the D up a bit and then bring in dancing Mendy.
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Old 12-14-2010, 01:10 AM   #5
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Give more carries to Redman?

You're asking Bruce Arians to do something that makes sense. Thus it will never happen.
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