Denver was geared to stop the run. We passed and we scored 28 thru the air.
Nothin' wrong with that. The Steeler offense puts up 28 PPG and we win the division.
And if we can get that up to 30-some PPG everyone will act as if we're impossible to beat, our QB is the greatest of all-time and we'd be the perfect model for how everyone should lead their lives. (Source: Media reaction to New England '07).
Im a little concerned for Sunday.
I am concerned every Sunday. I really am. This is the NFL after all and the attitude of "ah we are better so we're gonna kill 'em!" probably causes the predictable know-it-all outrage that I have to hear any time we lose a game.
The Steelers are not geared to win shootouts.
What are they "geared" to do? It's a football team not some special-purpose piece of machinery designed to operate in a controlled environment.
Sometimes you've got to win shootouts. Sometimes you've got to "slug it out" or wtfever. Sometimes you've gotta play field position. Sometimes you've gotta resort to the old bag o' tricks. And several other cliched scenarios.
I say the best thing to do is just work hard at having a team that is geared to do whatever it takes to win the game. If you fall behind by multiple scores: bear down and do what youve got to and catch up. Once you catch up and it's a tie game in the last minute: get a stop, obviously.
It didn't work out Sunday night (on the road, in primetime, in the cold, with half of the defense banged up, against a team that was executing at optimum efficiency) but I think it's silly to sit back and think that the Steelers can only win if they operate a certain way.
When Bettis didn't get any blocking, as long as a guy wasn't hitting him as he got the ball, he could get 2-4 yards which resulted in more 3rd and 4 situations instead of 3rd and 14.
Bettis is the best Steeler of the last 30 years and pretty much every team in the league would like to have a back who could pick up yardage on those types of plays right now. Obviously, he is missed.
I would have loved to see us come out and pound away with Willie P (and since I had him in a close fantasy game I bitched about it all night long really) but I don't think coming out and throwing from a variety of sets cost us the game. We went right down the field for a 7-0 lead and I thought we'd hang 100 on them bishes. We produced 4 good TD drives.
However if the only way for the Steelers to win a game is to come out in the same fashion every week then they aren't going anywhere anyway. Anyhow. Anybody.
The OL has got to get their shit together and keep BR protected.
SING RU$S GRIM! Nah you're right. Everyone gives up sacks and the OL is perpetually overanalyzed ("the OLine is where you win games"...then why did Dallas and NE get Owens and Moss and become the highest scoring teams in either conference and AD go to Minnesota and suddenly their OL became sweet?) but we've gotta do a better job. There's been no consistency and I have no confidence in any of the backups besides Starks.
It's not 2004 anymore and we can't just pound people with Bettis and Staley anytime we want to.
I agree and I'll predict that we don't win 15 regular season games this year. Not without Plex anyway! SING PLAXSICKO BURISE!