This game was fantastic for Steeler fans. After starting out a little slow out of the gates, we really turned on the jets in the second half. The reason for it is simple: we got in Kyle Orton’s head. He threw 3 picks in the game, and had a passer rating of 0 in the fourth quarter. This game was definitely a pleasant surprise considering all of the injuries the team is currently battling. I don’t know a single person who would have guessed that the Steeler defense would dominate the way they did. Seeing people step up and fill roles like they did is very good news for the future of the franchise. Some notes on the game:
– Speaking of guys who stepped up, how about Tyrone Carter? Two INT’s while filling in for Ryan Clark. That makes me feel better knowing that we have some backfield depth.
– Rashard Mendenhall had a great day, but boy did he ever have some monster holes to run through. I think even I could have picked up 100 yards with what he was given. Although my scrawny butt would probably be a mangled mess by the end of the day.
– Speaking of Mendenhall, he ducked to the sidelines an awful lot. Now, that’s not a bad thing. I don’t need my back to be tough for the sake of being tough. I’d like him to take it easy and be of service for a lot longer. My issue is that he was still doing this in the 4th quarter when we were trying to run out the clock. Just slide if you don’t want to get hit. Why go out of bounds and stop the clock?
– Big Ben ran a no huddle for a with a lot of success. He’s been fighting with Bruce Arians to do this more often. I think it’s a nice change of pace, but if we do no huddle all the time, teams will adjust to that as well. It’s all about changing things up in football.
– Mike Wallace had himself a game. It’s nice to see a legit 3rd receiver emerge. The question now is, how long will they hold on to Limus Sweed?
– I hinted at this in the point about Rashard, but the O-line did a fantastic job all game long. They got ragged on a lot last year, but they are a phenomenal unit this year.
– The D-Line that has been hurt by a lot of injuries did very well stopping the run from Denver. That was also a nice surprise.
I like the way we played, but the bottom line is we exposed a marginal quarterback. That won’t happen every week. Especially not this upcoming Sunday when Cincinnati comes to town. That’ll be the biggest game the Steelers have had in some time. I can’t wait. But I also have a sinking suspicion that Cincy will give a lot more of a fight than Denver did. We’ll see.