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_SteeL_CurtaiN_
01-14-2009, 10:16 PM
Given that FWP has never done well against the Ratbirds, do any of you really think we will get 100 or > total yards rushing this Sunday? I want to believe the line is better but is San Diego a top tier defense, not in my opinion, we know who Cleveland is.

I think FWP's "burst" was back both vertical and horizontal. Seeing how Chris Johnson was blazing the Ravens to the outside can we get 'r done? I feel confidant but wanted to know what yinz tink.


:tt1

NW Steeler
01-15-2009, 10:51 AM
Well, considering that he has never had a good game against them, I'd say that he is finally due!! I think that we will have better success in running the ball against the Rats this time, but I thinka lot of it will happen in the second half.

:ratsuck

frankthetank1
01-15-2009, 10:55 AM
Well, considering that he has never had a good game against them, I'd say that he is finally due!! I think that we will have better success in running the ball against the Rats this time, but I thinka lot of it will happen in the second half.

:ratsuck

i agree about the 2nd half will be most of the rushing yards for the steelers, especially if they can control the clock most of the first half. the ravens could be out of gas by then

mshifko
01-15-2009, 10:56 AM
this is going to be key...if we can run the ball, it will set up a scenario like last week where we could pretty much do anything offensively...but, i don't see us being able to run the ball against these guys without loosening them up thru the air...i tend to think we're going to have use our short and intermediate passing game to get running lanes open...

proudpittsburgher
01-15-2009, 11:08 AM
We don't have to run the ball for 100 yards to be successful. FWIW, I don't think FW is going to hit 100 yards for the day, but he WILL have a good day running the ball. We need to make sure we pick up those third and shorts, and possibly even fouth and 1's. If we do that and Willie finishes the day with 70 yards rushing, that will be considered a good day runnign in my mind

frankthetank1
01-15-2009, 11:12 AM
i am really worried about short yardage situations more than anything when it comes to the run game. the steelers stink in short yardage and the ravens defense is so good against the run. i hope hartwig's knee is ok on sunday because going up against ngata he needs to be as close to 100% as possible

Oviedo
01-15-2009, 11:16 AM
We never run well on the Ravens. Like any other game against them the outcome will rest on ben's arm and our receivers ability to catch.

Running the ball plays into exactly what the Ravens want to do and that is to get you into 3rd and long where they can blitz your passer and grab and INT.

The Ravens achilles heel is defending TEs. Miller and Spaeth needs to see the ball early and often.

Jom112
01-15-2009, 11:18 AM
Given that FWP has never done well against the Ratbirds, do any of you really think we will get 100 or > total yards rushing this Sunday? I want to believe the line is better but is San Diego a top tier defense, not in my opinion, we know who Cleveland is.

I think FWP's "burst" was back both vertical and horizontal. Seeing how Chris Johnson was blazing the Ravens to the outside can we get 'r done? I feel confidant but wanted to know what yinz tink.


:tt1

I'm gonna have to say no to getting 100 yards, unless he breaks one big long run.

I see the Ravens being tough early against the run, so Arians will get away from it. Also FWP does have a good burst but nothing like Chris Johnson. That guy is another level of speed...

MeetJoeGreene
01-15-2009, 11:38 AM
I also see us being successful in the 2nd half as they wear down. I liked the idea (can't remember who proposed it) of running FWP outside early -- just to try to tire them out.

Steeler Shades
01-15-2009, 11:45 AM
No.
If we are ahead by 14 in the third our RBs will be able to pad their numbers while Tomlin tries to kill the clock. But the Ratbirds will shut down the rum from the opening kickoff and make Ben beat them through the air. If he can do that for 3 quarters without any TOs or crucial errors, we will win by at least 7. :?

RuthlessBurgher
01-15-2009, 02:58 PM
If Willie struggles for yards in the first half (say 12 carries for 35 yards) and Moore is not doing much better (say 5 carries for 14 yards), I hope that they adjust on the fly and actually use Russell for more than just short yardage in the second half (10 carries for 56 yards, as we start imposing our will on their defense).

steelblood
01-15-2009, 03:35 PM
If Suggs can't go and Barnes is already out (I believe), that leave Jameel McClain as Suggs replacement. I would run at him on the left side with Miller blocking all day long. McClain is a decent pass rusher, but he will get worn down by the big boys.

feltdizz
01-15-2009, 03:39 PM
Ravens looked soft against the run against TN. I think they are tired and worn down.

stlrz d
01-16-2009, 10:39 AM
Parker said he was encouraged to see what Chris Johnson was able to do against the Rats because he feels they have similar running style.

Yes Sir! :tt2

steeler_fan_in_t.o.
01-16-2009, 12:13 PM
I think that I heard this week that Parker's high against Baltimore is something like 68 yards. We still have a winning record against them in spite of that. The key will not have to be for FWP to make big plays in the run game, but to not have him getting so many negative gains. If he averages 3 yards per carry, which is low, then it is more than he usually does against them. It could be the difference between facing 2nd and 11 or 2nd and 7. 3rd and 10 or 3rd and 4.

Iron Shiek
01-16-2009, 02:56 PM
Parker said he was encouraged to see what Chris Johnson was able to do against the Rats because he feels they have similar running style.

Yes Sir! :tt2

And likewise, I'm sure Ed and the Murderer are encouraged that Willie Parker, similarly to Chris Johnson, is blessed with legs for them to try to break after the whistle.


Hmmph? Ed and the Murderer...sounds like a movie...a g@y one...