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« on: Sep 04, 2012 at 07:21 »

Assuming it doesn't conflict with any of my CFL viewing, there's a Sunday night game I might try and catch a bit of.
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« Reply #1 on: Sep 04, 2012 at 08:30 »

Look at Otis, all over the spot like proactiv.

This Jets fan said to me the other day what a big game this is for the Steelers.  I had to explain to him that in Pittsburgh, the big games don't start until January.

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« Reply #2 on: Sep 04, 2012 at 09:29 »

I just hope horseface doesn't get killed by a Steelers OLB.  Can you imagine the uproar?  Douchell might try to shut down the team.  Maybe a couple of extra rounds of duct tape on the neck are in order.
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« Reply #3 on: Sep 04, 2012 at 10:37 »

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« Reply #4 on: Sep 04, 2012 at 10:46 »

Truth be told, I don't think either team has looked all that sharp this year.  Pittsburgh has floundered throughout the preseason and as you might expect, Manning has looked shaky since coming back. 

I see both teams never really being able to get anything going offensively and as a result, I think we'll see something like a 20-17, 17-16 nailbiter.  Don't see where Vegas is going with the 44.5 O/U.

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« Reply #5 on: Sep 04, 2012 at 13:02 »

No surprise here.
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« Reply #6 on: Sep 04, 2012 at 19:22 »

I'll be at this game.  Manning looked good in the 3rd preseason game.  Hopefully it was just a case of the 49rs playing a vanilla defense.  Anyone else going to this game, or are there just going to be 2 people, me and my cousin the Bronco fan.
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« Reply #7 on: Sep 05, 2012 at 08:39 »

My ticket connection didn't come through, so I'm not going this time.

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« Reply #8 on: Sep 05, 2012 at 08:46 »

I think you've got the contour of the game right aj.  Lots of questions to answer, so I expect some jagged edges early from both teams.

Steelers are still trying to set a decent OL.  The DL is a work in progress.  Harrison.  Haley, and the O.  Redman's hip.

I can see Denver having plenty of early success between the 20s before the D finally settles down after a couple of drives.  Peyton will have some Peyton moments.  Decker will be a target, and he'll see how far he can push Ike on Demaryius, but he's going to look for those deeper matchups against the LBs, so ... TEs and whoever their WR3 is (Caldwell?).  Their OL is not as good as it used to be - Clady's regressed, the IOL appears to be newer guys.  We've always asked how Peyton and Brady would do with lesser protection, and we may find out with both guys this year.

Steelers will see Redman getting chunks, lots of short and intermediate stuff to AB, Heath, and Sanders, but I expect timing to be rough early, some punting.  Later, shots downfield, and not always to Wallace - some to Sanders and AB.  Some razzle from Rainey.  Some dazzle from Dwyer.  A much more varied set than Ariass.  Nice potential, in other words.  But a 20-17 Steelers win, and my gut's a little uneasy about this game and where we are (esp. with injuries), so...
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« Reply #9 on: Sep 06, 2012 at 06:07 »

I'm worried that the score will be flipped -- or worse.

Just too many injuries already this year. We're one injury away at OL from another slipshod line. And the LB situation is already a full-blown disaster. 

Add to that Clark is not available.

Tough to rotate guys in that altitude when there is no one on the bench. Just don't see this game going well.
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« Reply #10 on: Sep 09, 2012 at 11:14 »

I just hope horseface doesn't get killed by a Steelers OLB.  Can you imagine the uproar?  Douchell might try to shut down the team.  Maybe a couple of extra rounds of duct tape on the neck are in order.


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« Reply #11 on: Sep 09, 2012 at 11:15 »

Steelers 27 Denver 24
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« Reply #12 on: Sep 09, 2012 at 15:38 »

The officiating in buf-nyj was atrocious, and we're 5 minutes into sf-gb and there have already been two nonsensical calls.  We should all mentally prepare ourselves for more of the same tonight.
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« Reply #13 on: Sep 09, 2012 at 18:10 »

No James Harrison tonight. Batch, Clark, Ta'amu, Mendenhall, Sylvester, and Beachum are the rest of the inactives.
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« Reply #14 on: Sep 09, 2012 at 21:11 »

Tight spot but a great catch by Sanders on 3rd and 12.  Nice to see it is possible for Ben to check down to a RB and get rid of the ball in less than 3 secs.  Where was that in past seasons?  REally.  I mean, wtff?
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« Reply #15 on: Sep 09, 2012 at 21:13 »

Wow, until they showed him I'd forgotten that Fox was Denver's HC.  Redman, stop spinning.
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« Reply #16 on: Sep 09, 2012 at 21:15 »

Man, Ben clearly was not touched, he should get the bounce since he dove forward.  That last touch didn't tackle him, Ben broke that.  Terrible spot.
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« Reply #17 on: Sep 09, 2012 at 21:16 »

Damn, Ben damn near lost the ball on that sneak.  Got a generous spot that time.
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« Reply #18 on: Sep 09, 2012 at 21:17 »

Jebus, the OL is false starting all over the place.
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« Reply #19 on: Sep 09, 2012 at 21:19 »

It would be nice to get some points out of this drive, but they've controlled the clock for 7:34 since the half.  Nice.
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« Reply #20 on: Sep 09, 2012 at 21:24 »

TD would have been nice, but 3pts on 8:55 drive.  A nice stop by the D is in order here.
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« Reply #21 on: Sep 09, 2012 at 21:25 »

Looked like Ben got mugged on that 3rd down play. Facemask maybe, definitely got some hand to the face....I thought that was illegal nowadays? Same old shit; different refs...
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« Reply #22 on: Sep 09, 2012 at 21:26 »

Nice kickoff, hit the cross bar and through.
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« Reply #23 on: Sep 09, 2012 at 21:26 »

Looked like Ben got mugged on that 3rd down play. Facemask maybe, definitely got some hand to the face....I thought that was illegal nowadays? Same old shit; different refs...


I thought the same thing, looked like the guy at least clubbed him.
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« Reply #24 on: Sep 09, 2012 at 21:29 »

Well, that sucked.  Guess the defense can get some more rest now.
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« Reply #25 on: Sep 09, 2012 at 21:36 »

If Ben could lead these WRs a bit ...
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« Reply #26 on: Sep 09, 2012 at 21:39 »

3rd and long, 1st down to HEEEEEAAAT!!!!
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« Reply #27 on: Sep 09, 2012 at 21:45 »

Sweet TD run by Dwyer.  He's showing up Redman tonight IMO.  Oh damn, he knee was down.  Still, hella run and dive.
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« Reply #28 on: Sep 09, 2012 at 21:55 »

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« Reply #29 on: Sep 09, 2012 at 22:30 »

That sucked.  Thanks, Ben.
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« Reply #30 on: Sep 09, 2012 at 22:33 »

They kicked our asses all over the place. And that whoever Porter is in their secondary basically beat us by himself all night.
Not a great way to start the fucking season.
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« Reply #31 on: Sep 09, 2012 at 22:47 »

That was not pretty.  Manning got us figured out 2nd quarter, couldn't get a stop after that.

Thought the offense would control the game with those 3 drives mid-second to early fourth quarter, but Denver adjusted and we didn't.

Can't believe TOP was only 35 minutes considering we had it 14+ minutes of the 3rd.

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« Reply #32 on: Sep 09, 2012 at 23:19 »

Not a great start to the season, but better than last year's start. Not having Harrison and Clark hurt. The OL still blows. No run game. Not a cohesive O gameplan... Sounds like another 12-4 season. Lol.

Woodley was invisible tonight.
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« Reply #33 on: Sep 10, 2012 at 06:22 »

And despite the woes, we still had a chance to win.  But that INT was unexpected and disappointing.  Ben looked like a rookie on that one - stared down the reciever, saw the coverage, and thought he could get it past the DB with arm strength.

Well, 15 more games - long way to go.  Slow starts are not uncommon for the Steelers.  Neither are early bye weeks - maybe not a bad thing this time.  Also helps we only have 1 division game before week 10.
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« Reply #34 on: Sep 10, 2012 at 07:36 »

Not a great start to the season, but better than last year's start. Not having Harrison and Clark hurt. The OL still blows. No run game. Not a cohesive O gameplan... Sounds like another 12-4 season. Lol.

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« Reply #35 on: Sep 10, 2012 at 08:53 »

but Denver adjusted and we didn't.


Another game, another opponent making the necessary adjustments and us not.

I was thinking this morning that the Steelers should just script two one-half game plans every game. Even if the first half goes perfectly well, implement the "second-half script." You know the other team is going to figure out how to stop the offense or kill the defense - it's just a matter of time. You also know that Tomlin, et al won't/can't adjust to opponents' adjustments.

On another note, I thought Ben looked good on third down most of the night, but looked pedestrian the rest of the game (especially on what should have been an easy TD throw to Miller). Also, was it me or did the Steelers/Ben look pretty nonchalant on that last drive, given they were down by two scores and there was less than two minutes to play?
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« Reply #36 on: Sep 10, 2012 at 09:14 »

Not that it ended up mattering, but didn't the game clock lose about half a minute when they gave Tomlin the challenge?
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« Reply #37 on: Sep 10, 2012 at 09:23 »

Almost as ugly as my NFL picks.
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« Reply #38 on: Sep 10, 2012 at 09:32 »

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« Reply #39 on: Sep 10, 2012 at 09:33 »

Not that it ended up mattering, but didn't the game clock lose about half a minute when they gave Tomlin the challenge?

I didn't notice that.  Another ill-advised challenge, too.
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« Reply #40 on: Sep 10, 2012 at 09:35 »

Same old shit.  Open the season with half-assed execution and effort.  Of course, I'd love to play Denver 1) in Pittsburgh some time, 2) without losing a few linemen early in the game, and 3) having two safeties.  Mundy gotta go, safety has to be a draft priority.  Been sayin' it.  Broncos were getting a lot of PD, like an uncanny number that would normally be completions.  Somebody was studying tape, that's for sure.  On the pick, bad staredown but Manny coulda shoulda muscled the defender to make a play on the ball, 'cept he's just not that strong.  WTF is up with having Chris Rainey and not using him?  Saving him as an October surprise?  

Front 7 did nothing, Woodley again starts the season MIA, the slim and trim Zig Hood exhibited marvelous athleticism in not getting to Manning, did Timmons play?  Cortez looked great in preseason action, but he was soundly abused.  I read that about half of Manning's passing yardage was YAC, so:  poor tackling, out of position.  Fucking Demaryius Thomas.  I don't even want to hear his name again.  

But, as folks have noted, we could lackluster our asses to 11-5 rather easily.  Lots of questions on both sides of the ball.

AJ, we should have known the picks were screwed when we agreed down the line.  
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« Reply #41 on: Sep 10, 2012 at 09:37 »

Good news is we should have Harrison back soon, Clark will be back for the Jets, and Foster and Gilbert should be back.  Mike Adams was mostly OK though.

Jets looked good because the Bills played like absolute shite. 
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« Reply #42 on: Sep 10, 2012 at 09:52 »

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The Steelers were trailing, 25-19, and were facing a second-and-10 from the Pittsburgh 39-yard line with 2:10 remaining on a stopped clock prior to what turned out to be the decisive play. They lined up with Sanders wide left, Roethlisberger in the shotgun with running back Jonathan Dwyer deployed to the quarterback’s right, and with tight end Heath Miller and wide receivers Antonio Brown and Mike Wallace aligned to the right of the formation. Brown went in motion to the left and then back toward where he had lined up initially prior to the snap.

The call was for a screen-right, but when that didn’t materialize as initially anticipated, Roethlisberger worked his progressions until locating Sanders.

Roethlisberger’s pass found Porter instead.

Porter did the rest, and when he crossed the goal line he had turned a six-point Denver lead into a 12-point advantage with just 1:58 remaining.

“I should have called a timeout,” Roethlisberger said. “The play clock was winding down. I hate to burn timeouts, but I should have because we were kind of all over the place.”

The Steelers had two timeouts remaining at that juncture.

“We were kind of in no-huddle,” Roethlisberger continued. “But Coach (offensive coordinator Todd Haley) called a play because he wanted a play. It was really loud out there, and I didn’t get (the play call) at first. Once I got it I relayed it, and we were just kind of late getting set up.

“(Sanders) was the last guy (in the progression). I really thought he had a step on (Porter) and I could get it to him. The guy (Porter) made a good play.”

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« Reply #43 on: Sep 10, 2012 at 12:53 »

Nice breakdown of the Thomas TD.

Ike's caught like a deer in the headlights. 

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« Reply #44 on: Sep 10, 2012 at 20:16 »

How many shots did we take down field? Is there still something wrong with Ben's arm? Didn't he have a rotator cuff issue?
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« Reply #45 on: Sep 11, 2012 at 08:31 »

How many shots did we take down field? Is there still something wrong with Ben's arm? Didn't he have a rotator cuff issue?

I don't think Ben's arm is the issue.  Ben's vision, a couple of times, Haley's playcalling, Wallace adjusting to the new playbook...  They better get this shit straight, fast. 
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« Reply #46 on: Sep 12, 2012 at 13:18 »

Denver receiver Brandon Stokley say of the Steelers’ late defensive collapse: “I think they pretty much did the same thing all game.”

Well, there you go.
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