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The Steelers offense had a weird night if you ask me. They definitely tried to establish the run and did a decent job. They had a few run plays that were an inch here or a block there from being big plays. The Steelers ran the ball 32 times for 121 yards, averaging 3.8 yards per attempt. I thought Rashard Mendenhall ran hard and made some big plays, including a 22-yard run which was his longest, and scoring on a touchdown on from the one-yard line, and that's promising considering that the Steelers have been struggling in their short yardage running game.
Mendenhall also did a good job picking up pass rushers and caught three passes for 31 yards, and nearly scored on one of those.
Speaking of the passing game, Ben Roethlisberger looked good for the most of the game, making some very impressive throws, including on his only touchdown pass of the game which went to Hines Ward. Roethlisberger also once again made defenders look silly on a few plays with his scrambling ability. I don't know why defenders continue to try and arm/jersey tackle him, he's simply too big and strong for that.Ben also picked up a key first down on a 12-yard run.
Big Ben only threw for 163 yards, and was 17-for-27, with one touchdown and one interception. However, he made some key plays, including a good job blocking on a trick play. He made some beautiful throws, including a
Overall Ben had a decent game, really only have one big blemish on the night.
Mike Wallace continues to be the Steelers most reliable receiver, catching another a 39-yard touchdown pass from Antwaan Randle-El on a well executed trick play. Wallace caught five passes for 110 yards. Wallace continues to be one of the best deep threats in the NFL and if he can work on his short routes, he could be an elite receiver in this league.
Antwaan Randle-El once again didn't do much returning punts or catching only one pass for 10 yards. However, he did provide a huge spark as he threw a 39- yard touchdown pass on a well-executed receiver pass.
The offensive line played a lot better then they have been, allowing only one sack which wasn't even their fault. Ben bailed them out a few times escaping from pressure, but they looked more prepared and aggressive. It was a scary when rookie Maurkice Pouncey went down with an injury but he did return.