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SanAntonioSteelerFan
12-04-2011, 05:36 PM
Ben (no pics ... smart ball)? Wallace? Brown? Heywood (blocked FG)? Deebo (THREE sacks!!)? O-line ( :shock: ... hey the Bungles defense is good!)?

Here we go, Steelers!

pittpete
12-04-2011, 05:43 PM
The defense gets this one IMHO.....

DukieBoy
12-04-2011, 06:37 PM
Keisel

flippy
12-04-2011, 10:33 PM
ST gets this week's ball. Sly wreaking havoc. Curtis Brown all over guys and jumping on the ball carrier on the fumble to allow Sanders to get the ball. Brown for the return. Kapinos for changing field position a few times. Heyward with the blocked FG. But most of all I want to give a shout out to 1 guy.

Bryant McFaddy

This guy's been demoted. Never sees the field on D. But continues giving 100% on ST every time he's on the field.

Go back and watch Brown's punt return TD. McFaddy blocked nearly half of the Bengals to spring Brown. I've never seen one guy block so many.

Here's to you BMac :Cheers

I honestly believe you'd make a better FS tomorrow than Ryan Clark. But you'll never get the shot. And this is what I love about this team. You've got a guy like BMac that will go out and give everything he's got despite all that's gone down.

Secondary shout out to Bronko. He just keeps hustling and playing hard. He pulls. He blocks. He never gives up. And he's gonna win over all you doubters. He's the Larry Foote of the offense. A little smallish, but he's always doing the right thing and in the right spot and he's got these natural instincts that overcome his stature.

Starlifter
12-05-2011, 12:07 AM
ST gets this week's ball. Sly wreaking havoc. Curtis Brown all over guys and jumping on the ball carrier on the fumble to allow Sanders to get the ball. Brown for the return. Kapinos for changing field position a few times. Heyward with the blocked FG. But most of all I want to give a shout out to 1 guy.

Bryant McFaddy

This guy's been demoted. Never sees the field on D. But continues giving 100% on ST every time he's on the field.

Go back and watch Brown's punt return TD. McFaddy blocked nearly half of the Bengals to spring Brown. I've never seen one guy block so many.

Here's to you BMac :Cheers

I honestly believe you'd make a better FS tomorrow than Ryan Clark. But you'll never get the shot. And this is what I love about this team. You've got a guy like BMac that will go out and give everything he's got despite all that's gone down.

Secondary shout out to Bronko. He just keeps hustling and playing hard. He pulls. He blocks. He never gives up. And he's gonna win over all you doubters. He's the Larry Foote of the offense. A little smallish, but he's always doing the right thing and in the right spot and he's got these natural instincts that overcome his stature.


:Bow :Bow

well said!

WindyCitySteel
12-05-2011, 12:30 AM
Team win.

hawaiiansteel
12-05-2011, 01:02 AM
Steelers 35, Bengals 7: Ten Individual Performances Help Propel Pittsburgh to Week 13 Rout of Cincinnati

by Michael Bean on Dec 4, 2011

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Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates a second quarter punt return for a touchdown while playing the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on December 4, 2011

I'd like to point out ten players' individual performances that played a large role in Pittsburgh's ninth win of the season. In no particular order:

Curtis Brown: The third round selection out of the University of Texas continues to leave his mark on special teams. Late in the second quarter with the Steelers leading 21-7 Kapinos boomed a punt to the Bengals 13 yard line. Brandon Tate appeared to have room to return the punt, potentially for significant yardage, but Brown, who had inadvertently slid as he approached Tate, got back on his feet with amazing athleticism and alacrity, and then proceeded to wrestle Tate down toe the ground for a mere three-yard gain. The Steelers proceeded to force a three-and-out and then extended the lead to 21 with Antonio Brown's 60-yard punt return. Awesome play by Brown. It is worth noting however that Brown maybe got away with a block in the back on A. Brown's punt return. We won't give A. Brown is own paragraph here, but outstanding vision by him on that return. He's just so much more naturally gifted than Emmanuel Sanders and our previous return man, Stefan Logan, at anticipating where lanes will materialize before they occur.

What else can you say about James Harrison that hasn't already been mentioned? The man is an extraordinary physical specimen. One of his three sacks was the result of blown protection assignments, but his other two were just Deebo doing what he does -- terrorizing would-be blockers and meeting quarterbacks in the backfield. Harrison now has 8 sacks in 8 games this season, just one shy of LaMarr Woodley's total for tops on the team, and two shy of what would be his fourth consecutive double-digit sack season.

Congratulations to Hines Ward for becoming the 19th player in NFL history to eclipse the 12,000 receiving yards mark Sunday afternoon. Ward hauled in five receptions (team high) for 30 yards, giving him 36 catches for 319 yards and 2 TDs on the season, and 990 receptions and 12,021 yards for his Hall of Fame career.

Jeremy Kapinos continues to punt the ball brilliantly. The journeyman punted five times for an average of 54.2 yards. His long was 59 and two were fielded inside the Bengals 20. You have to feel bad for Daniel Sepulveda for the never-ending series of knee injuries he's sustained, but with the way Kapinos is punting the football, it's hard not to consider him an afterthought right now. Keep it up Kapinos!

Mike Wallace bounced back from his sub-par showing in Week 12 with two more touchdown receptions against the Bengals. Wallace only had three catches on the day, but as mentioned, two found pay dirt, and both came from inside the red zone where the Steelers' offense has really struggled as of late. Congratulations to Wallace on reaching double-digit TDs on the season (10).

Also aiding the team's red zone efficiency was the hard running of Rashard Mendenhall. Mendy's final numbers don't jump off the page --16 carries for 60 yards and 2 TDs -- but I thought he did a better job of putting his head down when he should have and then bouncing it outside when appropriate. Four of Mendenhall's eight scores this season have come in the two games against Cincy.

The Steelers are next to impossible to beat when Ben Roethliberger does not turn the ball over. For just the fourth time this season and the first time in his past five games, Big Ben did not throw an interception. Roethlisberger's final line was very reminiscent of a typical outing during his rookie season -- 15-of-23 for 176 yards and 2 TDs. He was pulled early in the fourth quarter in favor of Charlie Batch with the game well out of reach. final completion, a 9-yard toss to tight end David Johnson in the fourth quarter, was the 2,026th of his career, moving him past Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw for the club record. "It's obviously an awesome honor," Roethlisberger said. "Anytime you break a guy like that's record, it's a great thing." Indeed, a nice honor, but obviously do to the evolution of the game since Bradshaw retired, the record will ultimately go down as one of the least noteworthy records Big Ben winds up setting before his career is finished.

An interception in two straight games for Ike Taylor? You betcha. Taylor picked off Bruce Gradokowski in the fourth quarter for just his 13th career pick. Though it was inconsequential in the game's outcome, I was thrilled to see Taylor get the pick because, as we've learned in recent history, Taylor will continue to get snubbed from his first Pro Bowl bid unless he picks off a few passes. Taylor also had seven tackles on the afternoon, six of them solo.

Liking what I'm seeing out of Lawrence Timmons lately. Add eight more tackles to Timmons' season total (62). That's a long way from last year's mark (135), but over his past three, Timmons now has 21 takedowns and an interception.

More on these two and how important the bye week was for them and other veterans, but a shout out to Brett Keisel and Casey Hampton for the high motor and disruptive performances the two turned in. Hampton was outstanding against the run and even collapsed the pocket on Andy Dalton while pass rushing, and Brett Keisel was in the face of or hurrying Dalton consistently. Neither had a sack or a highlight worthy play, but they combined to make life difficult on the Bengals' offensive line, and subsequently what their unit was trying to accomplish.

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Shoe
12-05-2011, 02:00 AM
I'm happy that Harrison looked a lot better than last week. I'm not even talking so much about the sacks, but he did look more active and like himself. Last week, I thought he was flat-out a shell of himself, and thought maybe signaling his demise.

I'm not willing to say he's "back", but I'm encouraged again.

steelblood
12-05-2011, 09:27 AM
Marcus Gilbert, Trai Essex/Foster, Maurkice Pouncey, and Legs. They were destroying a good Dline all day!

pittpete
12-05-2011, 10:30 AM
Liking what I'm seeing out of Lawrence Timmons lately. Add eight more tackles to Timmons' season total (62).
Sorry, i dont agree with this one......
Maybe its just me, but I continue to see Timmons miss tackles.

Jooser
12-05-2011, 11:11 AM
MENDENHALL ! ! ! - our redzone woes have been terrible as of late. He snapped us out of it. (and he had good, not great, blocking)

steeler_fan_in_t.o.
12-05-2011, 11:16 AM
There is no doubt in my mind about this one......the entire ST units put up the biggest single game ST effort that I can remember.

0-0 game: blocked FG. When is the last time you saw that out of a Steelers ST?

14-0 game: Sylvester forces a fumble on a kickoff and gets us the ball back deep in Bengals territory

21-7 game: After Cincy looks like they might have some momentum back punt return TD by Brown

Kapinos booming the ball all game: 43.4 yard average

Lesser lights - Brown, McFadden, Sylvester making big ST plays

All units contributed to the win. ST is what made this game a blowout.

Stewie
12-05-2011, 01:25 PM
The entire Dee. When the Steelers held on the first drive, and Cincy came away with no points, you could almost see the air go out of 'em. They never seriously challenged after that, especially after a few of their players got nicked.

hawaiiansteel
12-05-2011, 09:48 PM
Steelers Report Card: Game 12 vs Bengals

Monday, December 05, 2011
By Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


QUARTERBACKS B+

Ben Roethlisberger failed to pass for more than 200 yards again, but this performance was much more efficient than the one in KC. He completed 15 of 23 passes for 176 yards and two TDs, both to Mike Wallace; his passer rating was 117.3, second highest this season; plus, no interceptions. He made the play on Wallace's first TD, rolling to the right to keep the play alive and firing to the right side stripe.

RUNNING BACKS B

The Steelers paid more attention to the run, especially when they used it to build a 28-7 first-half lead. They finished with 136 yards on 33 carries -- their highest total in six games -- with 74 in the first half. Rashard Mendenhall scored two TDs, the latter on a nice 5-yard cutback, and Isaac Redman chipped in with 51 yards and a tough 6.4-yard average on just eight carries. His 27-yard run set up the final TD.

WIDE RECEIVERS A-

Mike Wallace had only three catches but two for TDs, the latter on a 19-yard catch-and-run in which he cut through five defenders. Antonio Brown sparked the first-half surge with big plays as a receiver -- a 45-yard catch-and-run to set up the first TD -- and return specialist. Give the coaches credit for getting five catches for Hines Ward, who went over 12,000 yards and needs 10 more catches to hit 1,000.

OFFENSIVE LINE B

It was a solid effort up front despite the two first-half sacks on Roethlisberger. The running game produced a lot of tough inside runs and averaged 4.1 yards per carry -- not great, but better than it has been. Also, four runs of 13 yards or longer offered something else that has been missing. Not bad against a rush defense that ranked fifth in the NFL and was allowing just 92.7 yards per game.

DEFENSIVE LINE B

It was a strong performance when it mattered, especially from NT Casey Hampton and DE Brett Keisel, who did a nice job pressuring QB Andy Dalton. The Bengals rushed for 104 yards on 22 carries, but a lot of that was built after the Steelers set up a big lead and expected them to pass. Cameron Heyward provided the big spark when he blocked Mike Nugent's 33-yard field goal on the first series.

LINEBACKERS A-

LaMarr Woodley's return ended early when it became apparent he had trouble with a hamstring injury that kept him out for three games. But once the Steelers built a 28-7 lead, James Harrison was turned loose and registered three sacks for the second time in four games. All three sacks were on first down, each resulting in series of three-and-out.

DEFENSIVE BACKS B+

QB Andy Dalton struggled in his second meeting against Dick LeBeau's defense, completing just 11 of 24 passes for 135 yards and a 77.6 rating. CB Ike Taylor, despite a nice leaping interception, had a tough time with rookie WR A.J. Green, getting beat for a 43-yard catch and getting lost in coverage on an 11-yard TD. WRs Jerome Simpson, Andrew Hawkins and Andre Caldwell were held to just one catch.

SPECIAL TEAMS A+

Big plays all day, starting with Heyward's blocked FG, a forced fumble by Stevenson Sylvester and recovery by Emmanuel Sanders on a kick return that led to the third touchdown and Antonio Brown's 60-yard TD punt return. Rookie CB Curtis Brown continues to excel in coverage, especially with Arnaz Battle (hamstring) out. And P Jeremy Kapinos was outstanding (54.2-yard average on five punts).

COACHING A

After a sloppy effort against the Chiefs, the Steelers bounced back with one of their most complete performances. They had big plays and some great individual efforts from players on offense, defense and special teams -- and a great call by special teams coach Al Everest to go for the FG block. Mike Tomlin was hoping for a statement performance in Kansas City, but he got it against the Bengals.

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