NFL  > Pittsburgh Steelers  > Escape from Buffalo........Part DUH
November 29, 2010, 02:04 AM
I didn't see all of the game, as CBS in my area had JAX-NYG on....The intermittent updates and scrolling box scores, however, appeared to show the Steelers in command of this game into the 2nd half. Leading 13-0, they were outscored 16-3 in the 2nd half and only a Troy Polamalu diving INT of a tipped ball prevented them from an upset loss ( IMHO ), as Buffalo appeared on the verge of putting it in for a TD.....

Specifics from the media suggest once again that Pittsburgh sqandered Red Zone opportunities, settling for FGs instead of TDs in the 1st half. Knowing that the Bills had scored a ton of points in the 2nd half of their recent games....against a good defense in Baltimore and a decent passing defense in Cincy, you would think that resting on a 13pt lead would spell T-R-O-U-B-L-E...... I guess that the Steelers coaching staff thought "this game will be different.."

Once again, the Steelers D held an opponent to aka Baltimore, to face their arch-nemesis, who appear to be playing much better than when they snuck out of Pittsburgh with a win against a Roethlisberger-less squad led by Charlie Batch.
If the Steelers play at the same level they did today, they will be playing for a Wild Card slot......IMHO
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November 29, 2010  06:08 AM ET

Ripper,

Last para got combined with the 2nd one.....should have remarked that they held opp to <100yds rushing, but got scorched by the underneath/intermediate passing game...AGAIN. Also that the offense disappeared in the 2nd half, except for the last drive in OT. Congratulated Arians on calling a FINE offensive game ( dripping with sarcasm of course )...

Agree that Buffalo is a much better team than their record suggests...lost in OT to both the Steelers and Ravens, and bum-rushed the Bengals to the tune of almost 50pts...... Still, leading by 13-0 at half, with 10min advantage in time of possession for the game, this should never have gotten as close as it did.......this mirrors the problem the Steelers had last year putting teams away that they should have beaten handily...only to have those teams come back late in the game and upset them......almost deja vu today

November 29, 2010  08:51 AM ET

As a die hard Steelers fan, I must say. They're the worst 8-3 team I've seen in a long time. They'll have to win against Baltimore, and NY Jets for me to think their worthy of anything? Sad team. The 25 minute men!!!!

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November 29, 2010  10:07 AM ET

I think Buffalo has a good chance of winning 5 games this season

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November 29, 2010  12:50 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

I hear you, Ironman. This NFL season is playing out in a strange way. It's hard to predict the outcome of about half or more of the sixteen games played every week. And right now the playoff picture is wide open in both conferences. Not many teams have been eliminated. \It will be interesting to see if/how Arians adjusts for the road trip to Baltimore and going forward. Still have the Jets at Heinz and Cleveland in Cleveland. Putting on my Nostradamus hat, I think the Steelers will snag a WC birth if they can beat Cleveland in the finale January 2. I'm thinking L at Baltimore followed by three home wins, including v. Jets, leaving the showdown with Cleveland an interesting game with the WC hinging on it. But who knows. Maybe the Steelers will take down the Ravens? I'm not seeing it, but I also know it would be crazy to count the Steelers out in any game. They find ways to rise to the occasion, most times.

I'm seeing us finish at 11-5, with losses to the Ravens and Jets.

Which, if you think about it, starting the season without Ben for 4 games is kind of a miracle. How many other teams could make that claim?

Sit Manning or Brady for the first 4 and see if they go 3-1.

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November 29, 2010  02:55 PM ET

Thankfully they won, which is of course the most important point.

--Kemoeatu played possibly his worst game as a Steeler, had his arse handed to him all day and had 4 holding calls including one that negated a 42 yard run. Ugly with a capital U.
--John Scott had an awful game as well.
--Ben spent far too much time running for his life.
--Sanders dropped a pass when he had nothing but daylight in front of him...tried to run before he caught it, rookie mistake.
-10 penalties for 107 yards after last weeks 14 for 163. Unacceptable.

They better play a whole lot better if they want to win against better opponents.

November 29, 2010  03:29 PM ET
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Yes, true. Actually, I calculated wrong, because under the scenario I painted the Steelers could make it even with a loss to Cleveland, assuming they win the three home games. 11-5 is doable and pretty much locks up a WC. But watch out, because Cleveland is kind of like Buffalo - better than their record. That Hillis is sick, running and receiving the rock. How that guy was exiled out of Denver I'll never know, but thankfully for the rest of the AFC West he was.

I've kinda noticed that your RB is off the hook. The problem is we tend to shut guys like that down. We only give up 64 yards per game on the ground, I think.

But you're right in that we can't take Cleveland lightly. They'd like nothing more than to keep us out of the playoffs with a win in that last game.

A major problem I see for them is that they don't know who their QB is from game to game right now. It's hard to have any kind of consistancy that way.

November 29, 2010  03:30 PM ET
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Thankfully they won, which is of course the most important point. --Kemoeatu played possibly his worst game as a Steeler, had his arse handed to him all day and had 4 holding calls including one that negated a 42 yard run. Ugly with a capital U.--John Scott had an awful game as well. --Ben spent far too much time running for his life. --Sanders dropped a pass when he had nothing but daylight in front of him...tried to run before he caught it, rookie mistake. -10 penalties for 107 yards after last weeks 14 for 163. Unacceptable.They better play a whole lot better if they want to win against better opponents.

But as you just mentioned, 40 of those yard were against Kemoatu. Take that away and we're down to 60.

November 29, 2010  03:45 PM ET
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But as you just mentioned, 40 of those yard were against Kemoatu. Take that away and we're down to 60.

Problem is, we can't take those penalty yards away. Plus, the one call cost them a 42 yard run. Sports talk radio this morning said those 4 calls cost the Steelers over 60 rushing yards. He does that **** against the Ravens and it's gonna be a long night.

November 29, 2010  05:04 PM ET
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Problem is, we can't take those penalty yards away. Plus, the one call cost them a 42 yard run. Sports talk radio this morning said those 4 calls cost the Steelers over 60 rushing yards. He does that **** against the Ravens and it's gonna be a long night.

What I'm saying is that if we keep him from holding, we'll have less penalties next game.

November 29, 2010  06:45 PM ET
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Who cares if you think they are the worst 8-3 team, they're still 8-3.

Dude...harsh.

November 29, 2010  08:39 PM ET

QUOTE (#12): "--Kemoeatu played possibly his worst game as a Steeler, had his arse handed to him all day and had 4 holding calls including one that negated a 42 yard run. Ugly with a capital U."


LPG: like I said before, didn't get to watch the game......were Kemo's holding calls all legit? Or was it another case of referee subjectivism? That last drive in regulation where we started on our 9 and ended up on our 1, seemed particularly bad, with a holding on Kemo, followed by a false start on Scott, then an 8yd sack on Ben...I think the holding call on Kemo negated a 1st down throw to Sanders at the 17......

November 30, 2010  06:53 PM ET

Hey "Ironman", I have a little TD up and you can run and defend the honor of the headshot artist Harrison?

You game? C'mon, you know you wanna...

November 30, 2010  06:57 PM ET
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Hey "Ironman", I have a little TD up and you can run and defend the honor of the headshot artist Harrison?You game? C'mon, you know you wanna...

lol....love the taunting, Schad!

November 30, 2010  08:42 PM ET

"Hey "Ironman", I have a little TD up and you can run and defend the honor of the headshot artist Harrison?

You game? C'mon, you know you wanna..."


Sorry Schad: I'll just let Harrison's body of work speak for itself. It's just too bad that the NFL has turned into the N-THT-FL ( National Two Hand Touch Football League )......;)

 
November 30, 2010  08:59 PM ET
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"Hey "Ironman", I have a little TD up and you can run and defend the honor of the headshot artist Harrison?You game? C'mon, you know you wanna..."Sorry Schad: I'll just let Harrison's body of work speak for itself. It's just too bad that the NFL has turned into the N-THT-FL ( National Two Hand Touch Football League )......;)

Coward.

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