It’s fair to say after two weeks without Big Ben, against hard opponents, and after a 19-11 victory over the Tennessee Titans the Steelers being 2-0 is surprising however thrilling.
The game on Sunday proved that the Steel Curtain is a force to be reckoned with. The Steelers D stopping CJ’s 100yrd game streak at 12 and forcing 7 turnovers.
The opening kickoff was one to remember as the Steelers special teams pulled off a perfectly worked reverse hand-off to Antonio Brown who then took the ball 89 yards for a touchdown.
In the gruelling heat all the players fought on, the Steelers continued to switch linemen throughout the whole game allowing time to recover on the sidelines. Some players had to take this unwillingly as they started suffering from dehydration.
However it’s fair to say that the Steelers offence just isn’t the same without Big Ben. The offence didn’t really exist on Sunday. If it had the score line would have been a lot higher as any team that gives off 7 turnovers deserved to be severely punished at the end of the day. The offence managed to put up only a 127 yards which is a really a shockingly low number for a team which has the quality that the Steelers have.
The defence won the match for the Steelers, with the likes of Harrison making 2 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and recording 10 tackles. Polamalu also had a good game recording a sack, an interception and a few vital tackles. They limited CJ to just 34 yards on 16 carries, which you have to say is a tremendous effort.
You also have to mention Jeff Reed who kicked perfectly on Sunday putting up 13 points not missing a single kick.
The Steelers have become quite injury prone recently with the loss of Casey Hampton, Max Starks and Byron Leftwich. Now the injury to Dixon could be quite serious leaving Batch as only Quarterback left on the roster. The only fallback after that would be Antwaan Randle-El, who played QB in high school and a bit in College. He has taken a few snaps in practice but is defiantly something that should not even be considered.
However the return of the underrated Aaron Smith and Troy Polamalu has really stepped up the defence and shown how good the Steelers D and Dick Lebeau are.
Let’s hope that the Steelers can outshine the Buccaneers next week to go 3-0 and maybe even show then ravens the following week that the Steelers are a force to be reckoned with.
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