Breathe in, breathe out, repeat. It will be okay. It was only Game One. It was a Road Game. Silverback was out, Ryan Clark was out, Rashard Mendenhall was out. Ben Roethlisberger had the ball in hand and a chance to drive for the win. True, it was not pretty but it could have been so much worse. These things we will repeat daily until the next game, and we will feel better.
The receivers were waiting and twisting back for Roethlisberger’s passes all night. And passes that hit them in the hands were fought off by either Tracy Porter or gremlins. Yes, it could have been worse. Tack on a couple more pick sixes and this is downright fugly.
The running game never got on track but Dwyer, despite looking sluggish and like a person who should never take it outside, put up nice statistics. Redman had the bulk of the carries but managed a sorry 1.8 yards per.
Reminiscent of last season, the offense settled for field goals when touchdowns were needed. However, despite the ultimate result, the offense had some nice moments. There were clutch 3rd down conversions to Heath Miller. Roethlisberger targeted various personnel, his release quick facing the rush.
On the other hand, it seemed the defense failed to adjust after Manning found his groove. Even allowing for missing players the generally solid Steelers defense appears mediocre.
Once again, Coach Tomlin attempted an ill-advised two-point conversion (failed). This time with the lead and a full quarter remaining.
It was only a non-division opponent on the road. So breathe in, breathe out. It was the first game.
Denver 31, Steelers 19