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fordfixer
11-12-2009, 03:37 AM
Surging Steelers focus on 'most important game'
By F. Dale Lolley, Staff writer, dlolley@observer-reporter.com
http://www.observer-reporter.com/or/loc ... oncos-wrap (http://www.observer-reporter.com/or/localsports/11-11-Steelers-Broncos-wrap)


DENVER - Forget about celebrating a road victory over a division-leading team.

Moments after the Steelers defeated Denver 28-10 Monday night, their focus was clear. There is a much more important game looming on the horizon.

After losing 23-20 in Cincinnati earlier this season, the Steelers would have been focused on the rematch Sunday with the Bengals, regardless of what's at stake. That the Bengals (6-2) sit atop the AFC North with the Steelers (6-2), well, that only adds to that importance.

"It's the most important game of the year," said Steelers guard Trai Essex. "They've got first place and we want it. Another loss to them will be devastating, so this is the most important game of the year."

The Steelers set up the showdown with the Bengals by

dominating a Denver defense that entered Monday ranked first in the NFL in fewest yards allowed. After gaining only 54 yards in the first half, the Steelers produced 321 in the second half.

"We went to our hurry-up offense," said wide receiver Hines Ward, who had seven receptions and two touchdowns. "That left them sitting on their heals, and we went out and attacked. ... People look at the hurry-up as being only passing, but you can run the ball out of that as well."

The Steelers did as much as Rashard Mendenhall, who had 25 yards on six first-half carries, finished with 155 yards on 22 attempts as the Steelers rushed for 150 yards in the second half.

"That's pretty good, huh?" Essex said. "You have to give a lot of credit to (Mendenhall). He was hitting the holes hard and gashing them."

More importantly, the Steelers finished drives with points.

Though Ben Roethlisberger threw one interception in the red zone, he also threw three touchdown passes. The Steelers scored on their final two drives before taking a knee to end the game.

"I think we're finishing drives better now than we were," said Ward. "That (first) game wasn't so much about what Cincinnati did. It was what we weren't doing. We weren't finishing drives. I think we're doing that now.

"We've won five games in a row and we're heading in the right direction."

Odds and end zones

Tomlin refused to acknowledge whether the Steelers have interest in running back Larry Johnson, who was released Monday by the Kansas City Chiefs. A Pennsylvania native and Penn State product, Johnson has expressed interest in playing for the Steelers. ... Pittsburgh has scored 27 or more points in each of its last five games. ... Stat of the Week: Roethlisberger has 14 touchdown passes and seven interceptions in 262 passes this season. Cincinnati quarterback Carson Palmer has 14 touchdown passes and seven interceptions in 260 passes. Roethlisberger, however, has 25 more completions and 463 more passing yards than Palmer.

RuthlessBurgher
11-12-2009, 11:12 AM
Stat of the Week: Roethlisberger has 14 touchdown passes and seven interceptions in 262 passes this season. Cincinnati quarterback Carson Palmer has 14 touchdown passes and seven interceptions in 260 passes. Roethlisberger, however, has 25 more completions and 463 more passing yards than Palmer.

That's quite interesting. Same # of TD's and INT's on essentially the same number of passes (262 vs. 260). But the 463 extra yards just show the difference between dink-and-dunk and looking for the big play downfield.

NC Steeler Fan
11-12-2009, 04:59 PM
Well, they can trade stats all day, all month, all season long.

I want a "W".

RuthlessBurgher
11-12-2009, 05:03 PM
Well, they can trade stats all day, all month, all season long.

I want a "W".

Here you go...

http://img79.imageshack.us/img79/8866/dubya34qn.jpg

fordfixer
11-12-2009, 05:04 PM
Well, they can trade stats all day, all month, all season long.

I want a "W".
:Agree :Clap

RuthlessBurgher
11-12-2009, 05:05 PM
Well, they can trade stats all day, all month, all season long.

I want a "W".
:Agree :Clap

Okay, then...you get one too.

http://www.inquisitr.com/wp-content/george-w-bush-quotes.jpg

fordfixer
11-12-2009, 05:09 PM
Well, they can trade stats all day, all month, all season long.

I want a "W".
:Agree :Clap

Okay, then...you get one too.

http://www.inquisitr.com/wp-content/george-w-bush-quotes.jpg


Thank's but that's not my favorite bunny :lol:

Jom112
11-12-2009, 05:22 PM
Stat of the Week: Roethlisberger has 14 touchdown passes and seven interceptions in 262 passes this season. Cincinnati quarterback Carson Palmer has 14 touchdown passes and seven interceptions in 260 passes. Roethlisberger, however, has 25 more completions and 463 more passing yards than Palmer.

That's quite interesting. Same # of TD's and INT's on essentially the same number of passes (262 vs. 260). But the 463 extra yards just show the difference between dink-and-dunk and looking for the big play downfield.

The 25 more completions I think has a lot to do with # of drops (Not entirely but a decent amount). I read this story after the Texans game:



Player Drops Rank
Daniel Coats 5 t-1st
Laveranues Coles 4 t-6th
Cedric Benson 3 t-12th
Chad Ochocinco 3 t-12th

http://www.cincyjungle.com/2009/10/20/1 ... o-third-in (http://www.cincyjungle.com/2009/10/20/1093090/cedric-benson-falls-to-third-in)


Chad I can see on the list because he was targeted so many times, same reason why you'll see Holmes on the list. But Coats who only had the ball thrown to him only 12 times dropped 5 of them. And the drops were all him, easy catches that he just dropped. Which is why he lost his starting job at TE. He has the worst hands I've ever seen on an offensive player. Coats wishes he could catch the ball as well as Ike Taylor.

I do agree though that Ben has had more success throwing the deep ball this season than Carson...

RuthlessBurgher
11-12-2009, 05:24 PM
[quote]Stat of the Week: Roethlisberger has 14 touchdown passes and seven interceptions in 262 passes this season. Cincinnati quarterback Carson Palmer has 14 touchdown passes and seven interceptions in 260 passes. Roethlisberger, however, has 25 more completions and 463 more passing yards than Palmer.

That's quite interesting. Same # of TD's and INT's on essentially the same number of passes (262 vs. 260). But the 463 extra yards just show the difference between dink-and-dunk and looking for the big play downfield.

The 25 more completions I think has a lot to do with # of drops (Not entirely but a decent amount). I read this story after the Texans game:



Player Drops Rank
Daniel Coats 5 t-1st
Laveranues Coles 4 t-6th
Cedric Benson 3 t-12th
Chad Ochocinco 3 t-12th

http://www.cincyjungle.com/2009/10/20/1 ... o-third-in (http://www.cincyjungle.com/2009/10/20/1093090/cedric-benson-falls-to-third-in)


Chad I can see on the list because he was targeted so many times, same reason why you'll see Holmes on the list. But Coats who only had the ball thrown to him only 12 times dropped 5 of them. And the drops were all him, easy catches that he just dropped. Which is why he lost his starting job at TE. He has the worst hands I've ever seen on an offensive player. Coats wishes he could catch the ball as well as Ike Taylor.

I do agree though that Ben has had more success throwing the deep ball this season than Carson...[/quote:19ir7ok6]

Ooh...that hurts. I thought I was at least #1 at something!

http://www.mkrob.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/sweed.jpg

Jom112
11-12-2009, 05:41 PM
[quote]Stat of the Week: Roethlisberger has 14 touchdown passes and seven interceptions in 262 passes this season. Cincinnati quarterback Carson Palmer has 14 touchdown passes and seven interceptions in 260 passes. Roethlisberger, however, has 25 more completions and 463 more passing yards than Palmer.

That's quite interesting. Same # of TD's and INT's on essentially the same number of passes (262 vs. 260). But the 463 extra yards just show the difference between dink-and-dunk and looking for the big play downfield.

The 25 more completions I think has a lot to do with # of drops (Not entirely but a decent amount). I read this story after the Texans game:



Player Drops Rank
Daniel Coats 5 t-1st
Laveranues Coles 4 t-6th
Cedric Benson 3 t-12th
Chad Ochocinco 3 t-12th

http://www.cincyjungle.com/2009/10/20/1 ... o-third-in (http://www.cincyjungle.com/2009/10/20/1093090/cedric-benson-falls-to-third-in)


Chad I can see on the list because he was targeted so many times, same reason why you'll see Holmes on the list. But Coats who only had the ball thrown to him only 12 times dropped 5 of them. And the drops were all him, easy catches that he just dropped. Which is why he lost his starting job at TE. He has the worst hands I've ever seen on an offensive player. Coats wishes he could catch the ball as well as Ike Taylor.

I do agree though that Ben has had more success throwing the deep ball this season than Carson...

Ooh...that hurts. I thought I was at least #1 at something!

http://www.mkrob.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/sweed.jpg[/quote:bu3zk7h8]

Sweed leads in "quality" of drops not "quantity"... :lol:

NKySteeler
11-12-2009, 05:50 PM
Very. Big. Game. ... Most likely decides the division with the loser looking at a wildcard... Living here in Cincy, I've literally had dozens of phone calls from folks here talking smack... My own fiance is a Bengal fan, so it will be VERY interesting watching the game with her this Sunday... :twisted:

fordfixer
11-12-2009, 05:55 PM
Very. Big. Game. ... Most likely decides the division with the loser looking at a wildcard... Living here in Cincy, I've literally had dozens of phone calls from folks here talking smack... My own fiance is a Bengal fan, so it will be VERY interesting watching the game with her this Sunday... :twisted:


At your house or her house? One of you are going home unhappy