View Full Version : Unofficial Game Balls: Week 1
09-11-2009, 12:10 AM
I'm tired, so I'll make this quick.
Big Ben 'Nuff said. :D
Troy, even if he was out for half the game. He played lights out when he was in. Here's hoping his injury is nothing serious!!! :Beer
Jeff Reed, for being money as always. 8)
The pass protection looked decent, but the running game has GOT to improve. 1.5 yards per carry is not going to cut it. Other than that, a good win by the entire team. Feel free to chime in with your own. :tt2
09-11-2009, 12:16 AM
Ben, Troy, Sep
09-11-2009, 12:41 AM
09-11-2009, 02:06 AM
As much as many will put Ben here, I contend that he struggled to get a handle on things early on and that cost us opportunities.
S'Tonio Holmes gets the nod from me. He was the one player who pretty much was on the same page with Ben all the way...and didn't miss a trick. 9 catches, 131 yards and our only TD...can't resist...O-H...!
Dammit! Why we lose Troy Polamalu, especially when he's having such a great game, is beyond me. I know, I know...he had two "personal fouls" that cost the team yards. Largely B$ calls, altho the facemask is one that can always be avoided. But neither affected the game's outcome and he still led the team in tackles with 6 and had our only INT...and he only played the first half...that's just sick.
Hard to tell on this one, so I'll cop out and name Skippy Reed and Danny Sepulveda for the ST honors. Sep was responsible for some great FP with his 40+ yard average, getting 4 inside the 20...awesome. And Skippy goes w/o saying...and he should have had the chance to do much more, not to mention that he should have possibly had the chance to win it in regulation. And so what if the first FG looked like a poorly thrown Frisbee...it still found its way through.
No style points with this one, but it's an important win to get to start a title defense!
Mel Blount's G
09-11-2009, 02:59 AM
Agree w/ the Sep pick. However, I think that's what a punter should do every game but we the Steeler Nationerers were brutally traumatized by a punting game that actually cost us games last year
Sepulverizer put 4 out of 7 boots inside the 20 tonight. A great start to the season for our 4th round punter.
My picks are Troy, Heath, Hines, and Tone
09-11-2009, 05:56 AM
Danny Sepulveda is the game MVP for me.
Pinning the Titan's O inside the 20 (the 10) kept up in the game early. This game was all about field position and Sep won that battle for us (along with Logan's first KO return).
Honourable mention (i.e. goat) is the Titans kicker. 1 missed + one blocked...either of those win the game. Hines almost locked that one up too.
Ben was classic Ben. Taking that 20 yard sack could have lost us the game. But, when it's on the line there is NO ONE in the league I'd rather have. He's 25% goat and 75% MVP last night IMO. Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't trade him for anyone in the league. If we're within 7 in the 4th, I really feel like we're going to win every game. This kid is just clutch. Nice to do it on the national stage.
09-11-2009, 08:51 AM
Offense game ball: OL in pass protection - four sacks yes, but overall they did a unusual job giving Ben time. There were times when he had about ten seconds to find his receiver. We haven't seen that in years.
Offense lame ball: OL run blocking - While the RBs could not do a thing out there, they were also almost often met in the backfield.
Defense game ball: Carter and Mundy - every year I predict Carter misses the cut, and while it took him awhile to get up to speed, he made a couple of nice plays and helped limit the pass game in the second half.
ST game ball: the specialists - Logan, Sepulveda, Reed. Weird not starting every drive around your own 20. Nice opening kickoff and fourth Q return by the CFL refugee. Sepulveda punting for over 30 yards a kick? Unheard of!! And of course the psycho. We can really appreciate him after watching one of the best in the league miss twice on the toughest field in the league to kick on. How unbelievable is it that there has not been one 50 yard FG in the brief history of Heinz?
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