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The Steelers defeated the Rams thursday night in St. Louis by a score of 41-24...  The "Men of Steel" improve their record to 10-5 & still remain atop of the AFC North Division... 

Playoff Berth Requirements:  a Browns loss / Titans loss or tie this weekend.

Key Steeler Injury:  Willie Parker fractured his right lower fibula during his first run attempt.  The fracture is season ending and will no doubt require a cast for 6-8 weeks followed by rehab via physical therapy....  The fracture occured as the result of Willie's right foot being stuck in the artificial turf followed by a twisting motion of the rest of the upper half of his body.  Very similar injury that to which occur in skiers every year...  Willie was also the NFL's leading rusher thus far this season & destined to the Pro-Bowl...  The Steelers will miss him, but have always been known to make the proper adjustments when faced w/ adversity... We wish Willie a safe & speedy recovery.....

Steel Offense:  Big Ben - Went 16/20, 261yrds passing, & 3 TD's. This was the 2nd time this year he finished a game w/ a perfect passer rating.  A QB very capable of carrying his team...  Najeh Davenport - Stepped up to replace the injured Parker & "Steam-Rolled" his way all the way down the field.  Carried defensive players litterally on his back until going down.  Rushed for a total of 123yrds w/ 1 reception leading to a TD & 1 rushing TD in which he went "up & over the top".  Also was able to eat up the clock as he did so...  Very impressive power rushing. Give Nahjeh the Game Ball... The Steelers will roll on w/ a runner like him in the back-field...  Santonio Holmes - 4 reception for 133yrds.  Longest was a 51yrd bomb by Big Ben in the endzone resulting in an 83yrd reception  (DAMNN...).  Dan Sepulveda - Steeler Punter, threw a 32yrd pass to Davenport on a Fake Punt which sent the St. Louis fans down on their knees (Yinz gotta luv this kid). Nate Washington - 2 tremendous TD receptions (He smoked the Rams DB's...).

Steel Defense:  Became more physical as the game continued.  Were able to recover 2 turnovers...  The second being Ike Taylor's interception return for a 51yrd TD. This was the breaking point for Rams QB Marc Bulger...  Polamalu was also all over the field. Little went by him on thursday night.  What a difference it makes when Troy is on the field & playing well for the Steelers (a defensive Guru w/ Class)... 

Up next:  Steelers travel to Baltimore

"HERE WE GO STEELERS!!!!! "

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