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fordfixer
10-24-2009, 01:30 AM
Steelers: We enjoy being overlooked

By John Harris, TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Saturday, October 24, 2009
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsbu ... 49598.html (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_649598.html)

Steelers players view Sunday's 1 p.m. game against the Minnesota Vikings (6-0) at Heinz Field as their most important matchup since they defeated Tennessee in the opener.

Adrian Peterson, the NFL's top running back, is coming to town, and he's bringing ageless quarterback Brett Favre with him.

Pass-rushing specialist Jared Allen should keep left tackle Max Starks' hands full trying to protect quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's blind side.

The Steelers have won three in a row, and they're the only team in the league whose offense and defense are ranked in the top five.

Right tackle Willie Colon was asked if he considers tomorrow's game a five-star matchup.

"As a team, we're not playing five-star ball,'' Colon said of the Steelers' 4-2 start that leaves them tied with Cincinnati for first place in the AFC North. "Last week (against Cleveland) was the first time we actually finished a game with our offense on the field.

"We have the talent to take on the best in the NFL, but right now, we're not meeting that standard we set last year.''

Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians compares the Steelers taking on the undefeated Vikings to the fifth game in coach Mike Tomlin's first season against Seattle.

"We've played so many of these (big) games in the last six years,'' Arians said. "I refer back to the Seattle game when they came in here rolling, and we had a bunch of guys hurt, and we won 21-0. I'd like to say we could get another one of those.''

Said nose tackle Casey Hampton: "It's never about the other team. It's always about us. Everything that happened to us (this season) is correctable. We were in every game. I don't think anybody took it to us.''

Colon said the Steelers love playing the role of underdog against Minnesota, which held off Baltimore 33-31 last week when the Ravens missed a last-second field goal.

"That's how it was last year,'' Colon said. "Everybody was focused on the other team, and we were kind of the stepchild of the league until we knocked down some doors. That's always been our approach.

"We understand the level of expectation it takes to play at our house. They're 6-0. But when you step into Heinz Field, we're going to give you our best shot. A lot of people can't stand up to that.

"We don't care who's listening or who's watching - as long as we walk out of the stadium with a (win) at the end of the day.''

fezziwig
10-24-2009, 11:37 AM
I'm kind of glad less the Bengals loss that we are at this position or lattitude at this time. The Steelers haven't peaked yet and they are still grooming things. To me this point of the season is were the teams start to show their true colors or true talent. Once we beat the Vikings, we should gradually build upon this for the correct mojo entering the playoffs.
My biggest concern is Troy and his ability to get healthy, remain healthy and getting back to his talent level that allows the rest of the defense to be their best.

NKySteeler
10-24-2009, 05:00 PM
I'll take the underdog/under the radar role every day of the week.....

BATMAN
10-25-2009, 09:47 AM
last season or tomlins view it seemed to be was, he loved the role of being the best and defending that honor or position.

cowher loved the under dog role for his motivation.

i do like confidence but, i do like flying under the radar. steelers will never fly under the radar being the defending champs, other teams will continue to bring it.

stlrz d
10-25-2009, 11:26 AM
There is no over looking the Steelers. It's always a 5 star match up...because we're in it!

Yes sir!

:tt2

JTP53609
10-26-2009, 10:12 AM
yesterday i heard on espn that if the steelers win this than they can be mentioned in the afc as an elite team with the broncos, colts and PATRIOTS...wtf, the patriots have the same record, why are they considered elite....whatever....i agree, the steelers really have not peaked on defense yet or other than that S.D game, on offense either, i really think that they will put it all together, maybe i am hoping more so, but still

steeler_fan_in_t.o.
10-26-2009, 12:58 PM
It is pretty tough to be the defending champs, own a 5-2 record and fly under the radar.