Steelers Week 1 Recap: Pittsburgh Forgot That the Season Actually Started

Joseph BrunoCorrespondent ISeptember 13, 2011

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 11: Offensive lineman Jonathan Scott #72 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on from the bench during the closing minutes of the Steelers 35-7 loss to the Baltimore Ravens during the season opener at M&T Bank Stadium on September 11, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Everyone knows that when the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens play each other, it is going to be a great game.

Someone should have told the Steelers that before turning the ball over seven times and being trampled by the Ravens 35-7 in Week 1.

The entire team from coaches to players were to blame and the game got pretty embarrassing to watch by the end.

My girlfriend and I watched in shock as Ben Roethlisberger was running for his life basically on every play and the defense looked like it wanted to take just one more week off before playing.

Ike Taylor had a pretty good game as far as in coverage however, he needs to stop getting into fights during games before he gets suspended by Roger Goodell. I was glad to see Mike Tomlin bench him after he head butted the Ravens’ player.

Bryant McFadden seemed to be getting burned on every other play and William Gay of course wanted to get in on the action as well and give up some plays.

Even Troy and Ryan Clark seemed to just be going through the motions and Joe Flacco took advantage with his three touchdown passes.

The front seven looked just as bad and both the defensive line and linebackers seemed surprised that Ray Rice wasn’t just going to slow down and let them catch up to him.

No matter what Mike Tomlin says about playing Larry Foote more, James Farrior was benched, and Lawrence Timmons’ head looked like it was spinning on every play.

LaMarr Woodley did have a sack and James Harrison did put a good hit on Flacco, however, most of the time the Steelers had little or no pass rush.

On offense the Steelers would not have done that bad if not for the horrendous job that the offensive line did the entire game.

Other than a couple drops, I thought the receivers looked alright and Rashard Mendenhall ran well when there was a hole to run through.

Mendenhall did fumble however, I put full blame on the offensive line for allowing Haloti Ngata to get a full head of steam and get a clean truck shot on him as soon as he was taking the handoff.

The offensive line was atrocious and I put most of the bad play of the Steelers offense on them and they should be ashamed of themselves in my opinion.

There is not even one guy to single out because every player on that line was terrible and almost got Ben Roethlisberger killed.

That is not to say that Ben played well either because I blame his last 2 interceptions on bad throws by him however, he had already been taking a beating and could not stand in whatever pocket the o-line was trying and failing to make.

About the only player I could really compliment in the game was the punter Daniel Sepulveda who averaged 52.8 yards per punt with 2 downed inside the 20 and a long of 64 yards.

The Pittsburgh Steelers should be completely embarrassed by the performance they displayed against the Ravens and Mike Tomlin and the coaches need to take care of that this week in practice.

I have full confidence that the Steelers can come out from this and win the remainder of their games and I actually feel bad for the Seattle Seahawks in Week 2.

I expect the Steelers to come out full force even more so than they Should have come out against the Ravens when they play the Seahawks.

This was a very humiliating and embarrassing loss yet, the season is far from over and the Ravens can look back and feel great about winning this game when the Steelers are raising the Lombardi Trophy.