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The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the St. Louis Rams 27-0 Saturday at Heinz Field and improved their record to 11-4 on the season. I have made it back through the game again twice and here are my further observations from the game not included in the regular game recap.

The opening stop of Rams running back Steven Jackson by Troy Polamalu, as he blew by the attempted block of wide receiver Danario Alexander, set the tone for the type of day he would have. Polamalu finished the game with 6 total tackles, second most on the team. he was all over the field Saturday.

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Steelers don’t skip a beat against Rams

"Not to sound in any way arrogant, but this is a game we expected to win and I think people expected us to win," safety Ryan Clark said after the Steelers improved to 11-4.

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Rams at Steelers Week 16 Inactives

St. Louis: QB A.J. Feeley, QB Sam Bradford, TE Mike McNeill, T Kevin Hughes, DE C.J. Ah You, CB Justin King

Pittsburgh: RB Mewelde Moore, WR Emmanuel Sanders, T Jamon Meredith, C Maurkice Pouncey, DL Al Woods, LB Chris Carter, LB LaMarr Woodley

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Steelers Pitch Second Shuout of Season with Routine 27-0 Win over Rams

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch (16) congratulates running back John Clay after Clay scored a touchdown in the second quarter of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Coming off a Week 15 loss in which not much went right, the Pittsburgh Steelers bounced back in the second to last weekend of the 2011 season with a 24-0 shutout victory over the St. Louis Rams. Pittsburgh entered the week allowing 15.57 points per game, the second fewest in the league. Sunday's shutout, the second of the season (Week 3 vs. SEA), lowered that total to 14.3. A few quick notes on the solid win:

  • Dick LeBeau's defense allowed just 232 yards despite being on the field for 67 plays. 3.7 yards per play allowed is a winning figure.
  • Offensively, the Steelers were balanced and efficient, picking up 169 yards rushing and 208 yards passing for a total of 377 for the afternoon. Rashard Mendenhall eclipsed the 100-yard plateau for just the second time this season. He finished with 116 yards and 1 TD on 18 carries. Isaac Redman (8 att. 35 yards) and John Clay (1 att. 10 yards) also found the endzone. Congratulations to Clay on his first career touchdown. Called up from the practice squad this week, the Wisconsin native scored on his very first regular season NFL touch from 10 yards out.
  • Hats off to Rams RB Steven Jackson for his performance on Sunday and for keeping a quietly remarkable streak alive. Jackson rushed for 103 yards on 24 carries, his fourth game this year with 100 or more ticks on the ground. Jackson needed just 36 yards to reach 1,000 for the sixth consecutive season. He surpassed the milestone and then some in the losing effort.
  • We can thank Josh Brown for the shutout. The Rams' kicker missed from 52 and 33 yards out. Shuan Suisham, meanwhile, rebounded from his crucial miss last week to connect from 49 to put Pittsburgh up by 13 early in the third quarter. Suisham also was true from 21 yards for the game's first points.
  • Welcome back James Harrison. This defense is so much better when he's playing. Harrison registered his ninth sack of the season and finished with four total tackles.
  • Lawrence Timmons was everywhere, taking down Rams a total of ten times, seven unassisted. He also had his first sack of the season. That's four straight games with at least eight tackles for the standout inside linebacker.
  • I guess that's why Mike Tomlin gives Charlie Batch the nod in the rare week that Ben Roethlisberger can't or is not allowed to play. Batch lived up to his cliched reputation as a suitable game manager by 15-of-22 passes for 208 yards. He did not throw a TD pass, but he came awful close late in the game when he connected with Mike Wallace for a 49-yard completion that was initially called a touchdown, but ultimately reversed and spotted down at the 1 yard line. Batch did make one mistake with his pick, but all in all, a job well done by the veteran.

More soon from the rest of the day's action. Go Steelers!



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Steelers Shutout Rams 27-0 Behind Big Day For Defense and Run Game

Cameron Heyward #97 of the Pittsburgh Steelers gets up after sacking Kellen Clemens

If the Steelers defense plays like they did Saturday in the postseason, maybe they don’t need QB Ben Roethlisberger.

Ok, let’s not get crazy.

With that said, it was good Saturday for the Black and Gold to be able to take advantage of a 2-win Rams team that was already looking to clean out their lockers. The defense laid out the Rams all day, and while Steven Jackson had some yards against the Steelers D, it was mostly a solid effort by the defense in the Steelers 27-0 Christmas Eve win.

The victory puts the Steelers at 11-4, and while they are already in the postseason, they still have things to play for next week when they head to Cleveland to play the now 4-11 Browns.

First off, the Ravens have a tough road game at Cincy, and with the Bengals still thinking about the 6th playoff spot, they will play that game 100 percent, meaning if the Ravens lay yet another road egg and the Steelers win, they take home the AFC North and likely the #2 seed in the AFC.

If the above happens and the Patriots happen to lose at home to the Bills, which is unlikely but you never know, the Steelers would actually take home the #1 seed.

In the end, they have a lot to play for, and it was good to see them just five days after the breakdown in San Fran that without Big Ben they could do just about anything they wanted against the awful Rams.

John Clay ran for his first career touchdown, and Charlie Batch was solid on offense, and the run game, was very good with Rashard Mendenhall, all sparking the run away win.

It didn’t start so easy, as the Steelers led just 3-0 after one quarter, and 10-0 at the half. They put the game away in the second half though, as they got a 49-yard field goal from Shaun Suisham, and then Batch hit Mike Wallace with a long pass setting up a Mendenhall one-yard run.

Issac Redmen closed out the scoring with a 2-yard TD with 3:14 left to wrap up the scoring at 27-0.

The Rams had a couple shots to at least get three, but kicker Josh Brown missed two field goals, one from 50 and the other from 33. Jackson led the Rams on the ground with 103 yards, but Clemens was terrible in replace of Sam Bradford, going just 9-for-24 for 91 yards. He was sacked 3 times.

Mendenhall ran for 116 yards and a touchdown and backup quarterback Charlie Batch played efficiently in place of an injured Ben Roethlisberger as the Pittsburgh Steelers pummeled lifeless St. Louis 27-0 on Sunday.

St. Louis managed just 232 yards while getting shut out for the second time this month. It was the 6th straight loss for St.Louis.

Mendenhall ran for 116 yards, and Batch was 15-for-22 for 208 yards with a pick. He wasn’t sacked in the win. Another highlight was Hines Ward, who many felt could have been playing in his final game at Heinz Field. He had 4 grabs for 32 yards.

The Steelers will be in Cleveland on Sunday, January 1st, to close out the regular season with the Browns at 1pm.

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Rams at Steelers Halftime Notes

The Steelers take a 10-0 lead into the half.  The Rams are playing well but just can not seem to score.  The Steelers are holding down the Rams but also Batch is playing within himself and has only made one mistake.  On the play both guys slipped on the play.
Halftime Notes:

Stephen Jackson eclipsed 1,000 yards for the season.
John Clay scored his first NFL touchdown.
Rashard Mendenhall has 132 total yards in the first half.
Antonio Brown saved a fourth down fake punt by coming up from his returner position to stop the Rams punter short of the first down.  Great hustle play.
Ike Taylor and Max Starks are struggling again today.

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Charlie Batch To Start Against St. Louis Rams

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Ben Roethlisberger will not be the starting quarterback when the Steelers face the St. Louis Rams tomorrow.

Instead, veteran Charlie Batch is getting the start.

Batch is not unfamiliar to coming into the lineup and winning for the Steelers.

Last year, when just about everyone felt the Steelers would be hard pressed to split their four games during Roethlisberger’s league suspension, Batch delivered three wins, only one loss and plenty of passing yards.

The assignment tomorrow is the St. Louis Rams who have struggled for the lion’s share of this season.

So, it makes sense to rest Roethlisberger against this team at home.

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Steelers name Charlie Batch starter against Rams

The Steelers won’t allow for any last minute drama regarding their quarterback decision this week. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review passes along word that Charlie Batch was officially named the starter by the team on Friday. We’ve said all week that it made sense for the Steelers to go all out for a bye against San Francisco.…

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Video: CBS Sports Rams vs Steelers Preview

With the playoffs fast approaching, the Pittsburgh Steelers look to stay hot as they prepare to take on the St. Louis Rams at Heinz Field on Saturday. Jason Horowitz and NFL.com’s Pat Kirwan take a look at this upcoming matchup.

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Steelers to start Charlie Batch against Rams

One week after toughing it out in a losing effort, hobbled Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger gets a reprieve as his longtime backup will be under center.
According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Steelers will start Charlie Batch at quarterback against the Rams on Saturday.
Roethlisberger, who’s battling a high-ankle sprain, is officially listed as questionable, and may still dress in case an emergency arises.
Dennis Dixon will serve as the No. 2 option for the game.

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