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Friday, November 21, 2008

The Steelers Bag The Bengals!

Although the Steelers defense had a shaky start letting the Cincinnati Bengals score an early touchdown, that would be the only touchdown they would score all night. The Pittsburgh Steelers defense allowed the Bengals to make only 6 first downs after that. They held Cincinnati to 208 total yards and a field goal in a 27-10 victory.

On the offensive side, Ben Roethlisberger had another error free game with no interceptions. Big Ben threw a touchdown to Heath Miller and ran for a TD. This is the first time this season Ben has done that. He didn't seem to be bothered much by his sore shoulder. The rest of the scoring was supplied by Jeff Reed 's 2 field goals and backup running back, Gary Russell's first NFL touchdown.

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach, Mike Tomlin said after Gary Russell's performance last Sunday that he earned his respect and he might get more carries in the future. Willie Parker had a hard time running against the Bengals defense and reinjured his knee. Tomlin decided to use Russell to get a crucial first down to keep a drive going and to punch it in from the 2 yard line for a touchdown.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are 8-3 and 1 1/2 games ahead of the Baltimore Ravens. The Baltimore Ravens play the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. The Pittsburgh Steelers will play The New England Patriots on November 30th after 10 days of rest. steelers-fan.com
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A Shaky Steelers Start

A shaky start from the Pittsburgh Steelers defense netted the Bengals an early touchdown. That would be the only touchdown they would score. The Steeler defense allowed Cincinnati only 6 first downs after that. They held the Bengals to 208 total yards of offense and a field goal in the 27-10 victory.

On offense, Ben had another game without throwing an interception. He threw for a touchdown to Heath Miller and ran one in for 6. His injured shoulder didn't seem to bother him. Jeff Reed kicked a field goal and backup running back, Gary Russell scored his first NFL touchdown from 2 yards out.

Coach Mike Tomlin said after Russell's performance on Sunday that he earned a bigger role in the future. With the lack of production from Willie Parker, that decision came into play when Russell punched it in against the Bengals.

The Steelers are now 8-3 and 1 1/2 games ahead of the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens play the Eagles on Sunday.
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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Steelers Make History By Mistake

The Pittsburgh Steelers made NFL history when they beat the San Diego Chargers 11-10 on Sunday. It was the first time an NFL regular season game ended with the score 11-10. Ben Roethlisberger passed for over 300 yards with no interceptions or touchdowns. Willie Paker rushed for 115 yards, but no touchdowns.

They had over 400 yards of offense, but the Pittsburgh Steelers were only able to put up 11 points. Jeff Reed kicked 3 field goals for 9 points and a safety by James Harrison and the defense gave the Steelers the other 2 points. That's was all that Pittsburgh needed to beat the San Diego Chargers.

One of the reasons they had such a hard time scoring was the fact that they had 13 peanalties for 115 yards. They seemed to keep shooting themselves in the foot when they got inside the "Red Zone". Each time they had to settle for field goals instead of touchdowns. The Steelers also had trouble on 3rd and short until 2nd year running back, Gary Russell came in. In the 2nd half he ran twice on 3rd and 1 and made it both times to keep the drive going.

The score might have been 18-10 after Troy Polamalu recovered a fumbled lateral and took it into the endzone, but the referees called it an illegal forward pass and since time ran out, the game was over. The next day one referee admitted they made a mistake and the touchdown should have counted. Since it made no difference in the outcome, nothing is likely to come of it.

With the 11-10 win over San Diego, the Pittsburgh Steelers are 7-3. The Baltimore Ravens loss to the New York Giants gave the Pittsburgh Steelers a 1 game lead in the AFC North division. www.steelers-fan.com
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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Trouble Taming The Colts

With The Pittsburgh Steelers 24-20 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, they are now tied with the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC North division at 6 wins and 3 losses each. Pittsburgh's three losses have come to three teams that were in the playoffs last year, The Philadelphia Eagles, the New York Giants and the Indianapolis Colts.

Even though Ben Roethlisberger completed 30-of-42 for 282 yards, he had no touchdowns and gave up 3 inteceptions. Ben, playing with a bad shoulder may have been a factor, but by him turning the ball over so often, it has become a bad habit that needs breaking. The Pittsburgh Steelers' running game was lacking the power of Willie Parker and Rashard Mendenhall., boh out with shoulder injuries.

His replacement, roockie Mewelde Moore, ran 24 times for only 57 yards. He was denied a touchdown from the 2 yard line. The Colts were able to capitalize on Pittsburgh's mistakes, making it a 3 point lead at half time instead of a 10 point one. They also scored the first touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers' defense in the third quarter this year. The game ended on a hail Mary pass from Ben Roethlisberger that was intercepted by the Colts in the endzone.
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