Sunday, December 30, 2012
1)The Good-I was going to say that the good was that we are put out of our misery by having the season end but I never like to see the Steelers miss the postseason. I'll give the good to the defense today, even though they gave up a huge fake punt play on 4th and 5. That was the second one this season. They forced 4 turnovers and 4 sacks today. Where was this all season? Lawrence Timmons had another big game with back to back sacks. The second one was a strip sack that Ziggy recovered. Timmons showed some flashes this season but like the entire Steeler team, remains inconsistent. Take this effort and use it as a foundation for next season, guys!
2)The Bad-The offense started the season so good on 3rd down conversions. What happened? They were a putrid 5 of 13 on 3rd downs today. Luckily, the offense had the 4 turnovers handed to them by the D. The offense went downhill when Ben went down against KC and they never really recovered. They had their moments but it was another example of inconsistent execution. Will OC Todd Haley be back next year? Alot of people were concerned that Haley would take the OC gig and use it as a stepping stone to another head coaching job. Considering the poor playcalling he exhibited much of the season, don't count on it. And don't necessarily count on his return next year, either.
3)The Ugly-The Cleveland Clowns. They are still Cleveland, after all.
Where do the Steelers go from here? There will be alot of decisions that have to be made with the coaching staff and the personnel in the off season. 8-8 means the Steelers were medicore this year. This is a crossroads for them. I'm sure there are many players who will not be wearing the black-n-gold next year. The question is, will next year's Steeler team come back better than ever or continue the downward spiral. Let's climb that Stairway to 7 next season. Go Steelers!!!!!!
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Sunday, December 23, 2012
1)The Good-The defense, particularly, Timmons and Cortez the Killer played out of their minds today. The D recorded 6 sacks of Cincy QB Andy Dalton. They also forced 3 turnovers. The problem was that the offense couldn't capitalize off of Cincy's mistakes, scoring 0 points on turnovers. Timmons and Cortez should get game balls, though. #94 had 10 total tackles, 8 solo, with 2 sacks, 2 QB hits, and 2 tackles for loss. The youngster, Cortez grew up quick today. He recorded 7 total tackles, 6 solo, 3 passes defended, and 2 interceptions. Sadly, there was no partridge in a pear tree in the form of a victory today.
2)The Bad-Sorry, I know Squeeze Em only missed 1 FG all season coming into today's game. But he missed 2 today and one was a chip shot early that could have had us up 13-10 late in the game. The kid went from the Pro Bowl to the toilet bowl in one fell swoop today.
3)The Ugly-It's got to go to Ben today. Sorry, I know he was sacked 4 times today for 35 yards and I know ALOT of the play calling was atrocious. And I know it certainly doesn't help when Coach Cliche plays not to lose, instead of playing to win. That said, there was a time when we could count on Ben to lead us in a game-winning or game-tying drive in the 4th quarter or OT. Those days are too few and far between anymore. What happened to Ben? It's like Where's Waldo only it's Where's Ben? Where's he Ben?
The Steelers are now 7-8 and try to finish out the string at .500 next week versus Cleveland. Keep in mind, the Steelers lost to Cleveland earlier in the season and no home games are a lock anymore. Let's see if we can finish the season on a winning note. Go Steelers!!!!!!
Saturday, December 22, 2012
'Twas the night before the night before Christmas
And all through the 'Burgh
Not a creation was stirring
No one uttered a word.
They were worried that the Steelers would miss the playoffs this year
That Coach Tomlin's players would not bring them good cheer.
But this was the 40th anniversary of the greatest play of all
And on this Steelers Sunday the Bungles would fall.
Onto the field came the greatest of scenes
On Rocky, on Franco, on Lambert and Greene.
And Myron with his Towel and the Chief with his cigar
Fans all clad in black-n-gold
They came from near and far.
The Emperor Chaz Noll and Tomlin's predecessor Coach Chin
Were all there to chear the Steelers to a win.
Those clad in the black-n-gold will watch our Steelers fight
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Sunday, December 16, 2012
1)The Good-I thought it was going to be #17 Mike Wallace. He went from Butterfingers to Stickyfingers today, catching 4 passes for 95 yards today. However, once again, when we needed him most, he came up empty. He was targeted 10 times on the day. Also, in the interception that gave the Cryboys the game, Wallace was the intended receiver. Did the faster player in the game catch cornerback, Brandon Carr, the player that intercepted the ball? No way. He didn't even make an attempt to tackle him. But I digress....I'll give the good today to the fact that there were no, repeat, no penalties today. That's huge, actually. It's a shame it is all for not. Such a good effort deserves a reward, it really does. All I can say is, keep it up. It will pay off for you!
2)The Bad-I'll have to say it was the pick that Ben threw in OT to set up the winning score. Wasn't a really good throw and wasn't a really good effort by the Steelers to tackles Carr, either. The game came down to whoever blinked first and it was the Steelers. Tough break.
3)The Ugly-I could say it was the missed/lack of tackles. Murray scored a touchdown, untouched. The special teams gave up huge yardage on a punt return. Alot of the fill-in cornerbacks showed why they're not starters, repeatedly whiffing on tackles. Unfortunately, there was something uglier than this. Antonio Brown had a beautiful punt return that turned into the ugly duckling in a BIG way. I mean, come on! I'm going to take the over on the number of times these guys put the ball on the turf next week. Whatever happened to holding the ball high and tight? Sheesh!
With today's loss, things went from bad to worse. The Baltimorons lost today and are now 9-5. But the Steelers loss helped them clinch a playoff spot. The Bungles jumped over us to go to 8-6 with their win on Thursday. We're now at 3rd place in the AFC North, on the outside looking in, at 7-7. The Clowns continue to be cellar dwellars after losing today to go to 5-9.
The Steelers have a chance to atone for their actions next week against the Bungles at the Big Ketchup Bottle. Can they avoid losing 3 in a row and get back into the playoff picture? Time will tell. Suck it up, get it together and maybe Santa will bring you a 2-game winning streak and a playoff spot for Christmas. Go Steelers!!!!!!
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Monday, December 10, 2012
Sunday, December 9, 2012
The Good-What is good about losing to a 4-8 team? I thought long and hard about this. The only good I can come up with is the fact that it's good that the Steelers don't play them every week.
The Bad-Oh where to begin....How about the offensive line? True Colon left the game so Pouncey had to slide over to right guard and Legursky had to play center but where was the grind-it-out kind of play we've seen from this unit of late? The running game only generated 69 yards. True, Ben was only sacked twice but it seemed like the Chargers defense was camped out on our side of the ball. They also had 4 quarterback hits and 2 tackles for loss. Are they trying to get Ben hurt again?
The Ugly-There's alot of ugly to go around. Butterfingers Wallace may have caught 7 passes for 112 yards and 2 TD's but dropped one earlier in the game that would have been another touchdown. The Steelers #1 defense in the league got manhandled by an offensive line that was missing 3 starters. How about the fake punt that went for a first down? Or maybe the pass intended for AB that bounced off of Paulson into the end zone and San Diego recovered for a TD? And don't forget the ever-present special teams penalties. No, the ugliest of all is the fact that the quarterback play was nearly identical. Philip Rivers was 21 of 41 for 200 yards, 3 touchdowns and a passer rating of 89.5. Ben was 22 of 42 for 285 yards 3 touchdowns, 1 pick and an 87.9 passer rating. It was an ugly interception but it's hard to find your receivers when you have blue jerseys in your face all day. This was just an ugly game from top to bottom.
Where do the Steelers go from here? Hopefully, they have no where to go but up. They're still looking up at the Baltimorons, who lost today. The Bungles also put one in the L column. The Clowns are still in the cellar but picked up a victory today. In other AFC news, the Colts won. The Steelers are still the 6th seed in the AFC but can't continue to play like they don't deserve to go to the playoffs. Tighten up, rest up and get back at it tomorrow, guys. Big game in big D next week. Go Steelers!!!!!!
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Sunday, December 2, 2012
The Good-The D continued to look very good this week. They held Flacco to 188 yard passing and kept Ray Rice at 78 rushing yards. They put up 3 sacks, forced 2 turnovers and held the Baltimorons to 3 of 11 on 3rd downs. One of those turnovers, a James Harrison strip/sack that was recovered by Ziggy Hood, who also had a sack, was the big play this team has needed to get them back in the win column. Harrison is looking more and more like his Pro Bowl self. He led the Steelers with 7 tackles on the day, 6 solo.
The Bad-Charlie wasn't pretty but came up big when the chips were down. He went 25 of 36 for an 89.6 passer rating and a huge interception to Ed Reed in the end zone. However, he hit Heath Miller, who was outstanding today, catching 5 passes for 97 yards, for the critical touchdown that tied the game.
The Ugly-Earlier in the season, people were talking about how talented the Steelers receivers were. Are they still saying that? Emmanuel Sanders gave the ball away today, dropping a pass with the field wide open, leading to a Baltimoron fumble recovery that set up a touchdown to put the Steelers behind the 8 ball. Are these guys not accountable for anything? If you bench Sanders and you've already benched Wallace who do you have left to play? Cotchery is hurt and Plex is not starter material. Whatever happened to fining players for making mistakes? Hit them where they live, in the wallet!
With the victory today over the Baltimorons, the Steelers are still very much in the playoff hunt. The Baltimorons continue to lead the division at 9-3. The Steelers are in second place at 7-5, tied with the Bungles who beat our opponent for next week, the San Diegans. The Clowns picked up a win this week by beating the Raiders and are now 4-8.
As I said, the Steelers are at the Big Ketchup Bottle to face off against the Bolts, who are also playing for their playoff lives. It's a 1:00 game which is a good time to catch west coast teams napping. Let's go for 2 in a row. Go Steelers!!!!!!
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Sunday, November 25, 2012
The Good-It truly is hard to find anything good about losing to a 2-8 team. The defense did look good, though. Timmons had a pick 6. There were 4 sacks. Harrison looked a little like his old self with 1 sack and 4 tackles for loss. Worilds played in place of Woodley and had 2 sacks and 2 tackles for loss. You win as a team, you lose as a team but the defense really can't be blamed for this one. Keep after it and get ready for next week!
The Bad-I hate to point the finger at the 3rd string quarterback but Charlie Batch was bad. Charlie was 20 of 34 with 3 interceptions for 199 yards and a 38.7 rating. Some people will complain that Charlie looked rusty because he never plays. Sorry, there's a reason Charlie never plays and it was on display today. If he still had it, he'd be a starting quarterback elsewhere. Too bad there wasn't much of a running game, either to help him out.....
The Ugly-The reason there wasn't much of a running game? You have to hold onto the football in order to have a running game. These running backs must have spent too much time hanging out with Butterfingers Wallace this week. Seriously, can anyone hang onto the ball? The only thing the Steelers were able to win today was the turnover battle and I don't mean that in a good way. Whatsamatter Steelers? Are you afraid of the ball?
The Steelers playoff hopes continue to fade as the season fades. With this loss, the Steelers fall to 6-5. All of their losses have come in conference and they now have 2 losses in the division going into next week's game against the Baltimorons in Baltimore. The Baltimorons have a late game today. The Bungles are now tied with the Steelers at 6-5. The Clowns continue to bring up the rear at 3-8.
Back to the old drawing board, guys. Get it together or get out! Go Steelers!!!!!!
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
3)The Penguins-Believe it or not, Mario should be thankful for the NHL lockout. This way Sid will stay healthy longer.
And I am thankful for my wonderful family and friends and the fellow black-n-gold fans that have become a part of blackngoldnat’s readership. Here’s wishing everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving to one and all. Don’t eat too much turkey. If you do, make sure you have lots of alcohol to wash it down. Gobble, gobble.
Sunday, November 18, 2012
1)The Good-What's good about a 13-10 home loss to your biggest rival? The fact that the Steelers play the Cleveland Clowns next week at the Mistake by the Lake. Back the to drawing board, guys!
2)The Bad-How about 5 of 17 on 3rd down conversions. You can't score points if you don't move those sticks. You might want to work on that this week.
3)The Ugly-Sure he's rusty and got banged up but Byron Leftwich was ugly tonight. He went 17 of 38 for 201 yards, a 5.3 yard average, with an interception and a 50.4 passer rating. He was clearly hurting towards the end. Surely Byron's play will continue to fuel the argument to play Charlie Batch, instead. Another honorable mention this week goes to Mike "Butterfingers" Wallace. He lost a fumble that led to a Baltimoron field goal. Gee, wasn't it a 3 point difference in this game? Would he have held onto the ball if it was a bag of cash? Just wondering.
With the victory, the Baltimorons are now 2 games up in the lead for the AFC North. Meanwhile, the Bungles were victorious and the Clowns remained the Clowns. Let's hope they do so next week, too.
Re-group and get your heads on straight for the road trip to Cleveland. We can still do this. Go Steelers!!!!!!
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Monday, November 12, 2012
The Good-The only thing good about tonight is the victory. A 1-7 team played tonight but it was the Steelers that looked like the 1-7 team, not KC. We'll take it any way we can get it. Timmons gets honorable mention for coming up with the pick in OT to set up the winning field goal by Suisham.
The Bad-Ben injured has throwing shoulder. Yes, he's a drama queen and may miss time due to Mrs. Ben's pregnancy but it's still bad. We have 3 straight division games coming up, 2 against the Baltimorons. Suck it up, Ben. We need you.
The Ugly-What was ugly about tonight's game? Oh, let me count the ways. There were missed tackles and missed opportunities. Wallace lets another touchdown sail through his hands. True, he did make up for it with a touchdown reception later in the drive but that could be deemed a gift by the refs. There was the fact that we spotted KC 10 points and had to go to OT to pull out the win. There's the fact that there was almost another QB fumble run back for a TD for the second week in a row. When are the Steelers ever going to learn to play to the whistle? Oh, and don't let me forget the fact that our backup QB, Leftwich, has a windup in his delivery like he should be playing for the Pirates, not the Steelers. What's up with that, Byron? You've been in the league how long and you still have that ugly windup?
Again, a win is a win. Here is the way the AFC North shakes out after this weekend. 1)The Baltimorons are 7-2 after winning. 2)The Steelers pick up the win and go to 6-3. 3)The Bungles get a victory to move to 4-5 4)The Clowns had a bye and remain 2-7.
Big game coming up at the Big Ketchup Bottle Sunday night versus the Baltimorons. Beware of the bumblebees as the Steelers will be wearing those atrocious throwback unis again. I hope they put the Baltimorons into anaphylactic shock and we get the win. Let's Go Steelers!!!!!!
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Offense-Ben Roeghlisberger is quietly putting together one of his finest seasons. He's also being mentioned in the MVP conversation, rightfully so. Ben is 5th overall with a 101.1 passer rating, has thrown 16 touchdowns against only 4 picks. So far, the Ben-Todd Haley experiment seems to be working. The Steelers are 10th in the league with 262.4 passing yards per game. Although the run game started slow, it has really picked up of late thanks to a punishing offensive line. The Steelers have moved up to 21st in the league with 104.9 yards per game. The injury bug hasn't kept the running backs down as there's always someone ready to step in and step up. The offense still seems to have problems sometimes getting bogged down and settling for field goals. The good news is that the receivers are working their way through the case of the dropsies that they had earlier in the season. Heath Miller is having a Pro Bowl season, leading the team with 6 touchdowns. Things are looking up, offensively. Barring any major injuries, the offense looks like it's only just begun to scratch the surface of what they can do.
Defense-This unit certainly didn't start out on the right foot this season. They carried an alarming trend of giving up 4th quarter leads into this campaign. The fact that they only have 4 interceptions and 14 sacks hasn't helped matters. But, they are ranked number overall against the pass, giving up just 174 yards per game. The rushing defense is 7th in the league with 88.6 yards per game. The defense has been decimated by injuries but have players that are starting to come into their own and help out on D, Keenan Lewis, Will Allen, Cortez Allen. Ike Taylor is starting to get his swag on and Ryan Clark and Larry Foote have really stepped up their games this season to help replace players who are either injured (Troy, Harrison, Woodley) or have moved on (Farrior, Smith). The Giants game was a real shot in the arm to boost the D's confidence and keep them moving in the right direction.
Special Teams-Special teams could be extra special if they'd lay off the penalties so guys like Rainey, Brown and now Sanders could break a few off. Until they get that straightened out, we'll have to merely sit and wander what could have been. Shaun Suisham is putting together a solid season, making 17 of 18 field goal attempts. We'll need his leg as the season goes on and the weather gets colder.
Disappointments-This "award" goes to the outside linebacker tandem of Harrison and Woodley. True, they've both been working through injuries this year. However, Harrison has been virtually invisible. That means teams can concentrate on double-teaming Woodley. True, he is tied for the team lead with 3 sacks. But really, 3 sacks? He's only on a pace for 6, at that rate. In the 3-4 defense, it's the outside linebackers' job to put pressure on the quarterback and bring him down, creating sacks and turnovers. Hopefully, these 2 can get healthy and get after it!
Looking at the last 8 games, the Steelers only play 2 against a team with a winning record, the Baltimorons, twice. If they can keep their heads together, not play down to the level of competition, and sweep their division, they have a clear road to the Super Bowl in New Orleans. The second half starts tomorrow night when all eyes will be watching Monday Night Football from the Big Ketchup Bottle. Go out and start the second half off right. Go Steelers!!!!!!
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
After what he considers a thorough and complete investigation, Bob Nutting has decided to retain his front office personnel. However, in a concession to the fan’s uproar over the military-style training of the minor leaguers, he has axed said program. Of course Bottom Line Bob wouldn’t fire anyone still under contract. Is this enough to get the Pirates on the right track? The jury is still out on this one.
Sunday, November 4, 2012
The Good-There were quite a few good things today for the Steelers. Keenen Lewis had a strong game with 3 passes defended. He's really come on strong of late for the Steeler D. Issac Redman had a career game. He had 26 carries for 147 yards and a touchdown. Mike Wallace had a crucial drop but made up for it with a game-changing 51 yard touchdown reception. The best of the Good goes to the Steelers defense which came up HUGE when they had to today. Ike Taylor had an interception. Lawrence Timmons and LaMar Woodley both had sacks and Woodley forced a fumble late in the game (by the way, you want to fall on those fumbles, guys). The defense forced 3 straight 3 and outs in the 4th quarter and held the Giants to just 182 total yards. Is the Steelers D back? Only time will tell but they seem on their way. Great game, guys!
The Bad-I'd like to give it to the officials. Seriously, how can Ryan Clark be given a hit to the head penalty to Victory Cruz and later the announcers said Cruz had bruised ribs from that hit? Since when are the ribs in the head area? Like I said, I'd like to give it to the officials. However, great teams don't complain about the calls, they just win the ball game. So the Bad this week goes to the dreaded penalties, again. 6 penalties isn't bad. 6 penalties for 119 yards is. Too many personal foul penalties can cost you a game and they almost did. Tighten up or it will haunt you!
The Ugly-Hands down the Ugly goes to Coach Cliche's decision to reinvent the wheel, again. Why you don't kick a field goal to tie and it up wipe the slate clean is beyond me. Why you don't try to the trick field goal with your $100 million QB, instead of the kicker is ludicrous. It seems to me that the Steelers win in spite of their coach, not because of him. Ride your playmakers like rented mules, coach!
Your AFC North standings are as follows: 1)Baltimorons are 6-2 with a win today 2)Steelers are 5-3 after their win 3)The Bungles fall to 3-5 with a loss 4)The Clowns continue to be the Clowns at 2-7 with a loss.
The Steelers are at the Big Ketchup Bottle next week to take on the 1-7 KC Chiefs. Look out for the trap game! Don't play down to your level of competition on this one. Have a safe flight home, get a good night's rest and get ready to go for 4 in a row next week. Let's Go Steelers!!!!!!
This week would be a good time for them to speak up. Hit 'em early, hit 'em often, hit 'em HARD. Keep in mind weather could be a factor, too. I don't want to hear the Steelers complain that they had to travel on gameday. The Giants had to live in the storm all week. My thoughts and prayers are with those that were hit by Sandy.
Another big factor for this week's game and beyond is the behavior of the players. Last week we saw Antonio Brown backpedal into the end zone on a touchdown that was called back by ANOTHER penalty by the (not so)special teams. We also saw Alameda Ta'amu reinstated after his DUI and multiple charges. This week, when Ta'amu was being interviewed in the locker room upon his return, an unidentified Steelers player could be heard shouting out "Tell them to kiss your ass, Ta'amu". When did the Steelers become so unruly? They're arrogant, undisciplined divas and Coach Cliche has no control over them. True, Cowher's guys were no choir boys but this is ridiculous. This week would be a good week for Tomlin to stop being a player's coach and just be a coach. This team needs to stop acting like a bunch of thugs and act like a professional football team. Get it together, already.
Here we go Steelers!!!!!!
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Sunday, October 28, 2012
The Good-First time the Steelers had back-to-back wins this season. They also had a running back rush for over 100 yards in back-to-back games for the first time since Fast Willie Parker in September of '08. Jonathan Dwyer rushed for 107 yards on 17 carriers today. Will the Steelers continue to go with Dwyer's hot feet once Mendy and Redman are healthy?
The Bad-Another touchdown on a punt return was called back due to a penalty. Will the special teams ever get it right? Also, Antonio Brown's complete lack of sportsmanship on said run back was totally classless. I know it's an emotional game but to run backwards into the end zone like that? You're better than that AB and the Steelers should be, too.
The Ugly-The Deadskins dropped 7 passes today and the vaunted RG3 only completed 16 of 34 passes for 177 yards and 8 yards rushing. The Steelers were lucky today or it could have been a completely different ballgame. Honorable Ugly Mention goes to the throwback uniforms. They make me want to throwup.
The AFC North had to teams off this week. Here's how it stacks up 1)The Baltimorons are 5-2 coming off of their bye. 2)The Steelers are a game out at 4-3 after today's win. 3)The Bungles are at 3-4 after their bye. 4)The Clowns got the victory today but are still looking up at 2-6.
The Steelers travel to beautiful New Jersey next week to face the defending Super Bowl champion New York football Giants. Enjoy the win, guys and get back to the drawing board to give it to Eli and the Giants. Go Steelers!!!!!!
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Monday, October 22, 2012
Sunday, October 21, 2012
The Good-Jonathan Dwyer, playing in place of Mendy and Redman, made the running game a force to contend with tonight. Dwyer had 17 rushes for 122 yards, best thus far this season for the Steelers. He also had the longest run of the season for the Steelers with a 32 yarder. Big ups to the offensive line for paving the way. No penalties from the O-Line, either. Keep up the good work!
The Bad-Boy, the 1st half was bad for the Steelers. They were lucky to be tied at 14 going into the 2nd half. Ben threw a pick in the end zone and fumbled one away. There were lots of missed opportunities, too. Larry Foote had an interception bounce off of him. There were dropped passes, oh let me count the plays! There were many missed tackles, too. The Steelers did manage to make the necessary adjustments and played a much better 2nd half, so good in fact that they were able to pull this one out. Whatever was said in the locker room worked. Way to keep at it!
3)The Ugly-It's a tie. First, Mike Wallace finished the night with 8 catches. Yes, you read that right, 8 catches. Imagine how many more he would have had if he could actually catch the ball. Wallace has had this case of the dropsies for several games now and needs to get over it. Catch the darn ball! Second, there were several good run backs tonight but 5 penalties on special teams negated the majority of them. The Steelers fired their special teams coach in the preseason for this? No team has ever penalized their way to a Super Bowl. Fix this before it's too late!
Honorable mention goes to Heath Miller, who should still continue to plan for the Pro Bowl this year. Not only did #83 catch another TD pass and the 2-point conversion, he had some big catches to keep drives alive by going 8 catches for 52 yards. He also came up big with some key blocks, especially to help the O-Line spring Dwyer.
The Steelers are at the Big Ketchup Bottle next week to take on the Deadskins. They are now in second place in the AFC North. The Baltimorons got waxed by Houston to fall to 5-2. We knocked Cincy down to 3-4. As always, the Clowns are still the Clowns at 1-6. Rest up and get ready for next Sunday, guys. Go Steelers!!!!!!
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Monday, October 15, 2012
Friday, October 12, 2012
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Sunday, October 7, 2012
1)The Good-With Rashard Mendenhall playing in his first game back from ACL surgery, the Steelers rushed for 136 yards, a 4.4 average. Mendy also had a rushing TD. It's good to see the Steelers run to control the ball and run out the clock to get the game winning field goal. Hopefully, the
Steelers can build on this.
2)The Bad-9 penalties for 106 yards. The Steelers could have run away with this game but let Philly hang around with costly penalties. Every time they took 1 step forward, a penalty would put them 2 steps back. It seems they win in spite of themselves and boneheaded penalties. You can't continue to win games like this. The Steelers need to straighten up and play disciplined football before it's too late.
3)The Ugly-Sloppy play. Along with their multitudes of penalties there were dropped passes and muffed snaps. You can't win ugly all the time. If you continue to let teams hang around instead of putting the nail in the coffin, it will come back to haunt you. The Steelers had 2 weeks to prepare for this game and did not look prepared at all. They only have 4 days to get ready for Tennessee this week. They'd better tighten up before it costs them, big time.
An honorable mention this week for Player of the Game goes to Lawrence Timmons. The former 1st round draft pick had 9 tackles, 8 solo, 2 for lose and 2 QB hits. What took you so long Timmons? Keep it up and you could go a long way, especially with Polamalu and Woodley hurt.
Going into Thursday night's game, the Steelers are still in 3rd place in the AFC North. The Baltimorons won today and are 4-1, the Bungles lost and are 3-2 and the Clowns, well, they're still the Clowns at 0-5.
Get ready for showdown this week with the Titans. With 2 loses in the conference, the Steelers can't afford another. Here we go Steelers!!!!!!