The Steelers look like the Steelers in statement win

Reuters

What we learned during Pittsburgh’s convincing 38-17 win Sunday.

1. Pittsburgh practiced in pads twice this week and it paid off big time. The tackling on Sunday was excellent. The defensive energy was consistent throughout.  This was the Steelers team we expected to see the first four weeks.

2. The Titans showed up to Pittsburgh preventing the fewest points in the league.  The Steelers defense easily looked like the better group on Sunday. They gave up only 3 first half points despite missing James Harrison and Aaron Smith. They gave up only 5.3 yards-per-pass to Matt Hasselbeck, who was averaging 8.8 coming in.

3. Lamarr Woodley has been invisible this year … until Sunday. He recorded 1.5 sacks and an athletic interception against Tennessee. The pick came immediately after the Titans recovered their own kickoff.

4. The Titans aren’t built to play from behind, when opponents know they are passing.  Their red zone defense gave up three touchdowns in the first half and it was over. Nate Washington couldn’t haul in a potential touchdown early.  Chris Johnson got off to a fine start early, but settled for 51 yards on 14 carries.

5. Everything was working for the Steelers. A fake punt pass by Daniel Sepulveda in the first half led to a touchdown.

6. Losing Rashard Mendenhall didn’t matter. After a slow start, the Steelers offensive line run blocked pretty well. Ike Redman and Jonathan Dwyer combined for 156 yards.

7. Ben Roethlisberger was only sacked once.  The Steelers helped him out by calling more short drops and slant passes. The Steelers were 7-for-12 on third down.

8. Tennessee stays in a first place tie in the AFC South. Not a big loss for them. This was a huge win for Pittsburgh. They get Jacksonville and Arizona the next two weeks.  They could get to 5-2 and feeling confident before two huge home games against Baltimore and New England.

61 responses to “The Steelers look like the Steelers in statement win

  1. Old. Slow. Done ….. uh-huh. Like I said before, it’s not a race, but a marathon.

    LOL

    Maybe Max Starks was the missing piece. 😉

  2. The “the line did blocked well and we ran the ball effective to keep the heat off Ben.
    Good “short passing”game plan Steelers . Hopefully the ship is righted.
    Let’s Go Steelers!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. The curse of the Terrible Towel continues. Since stomping on the terrible towel, the #1 seeded Titans lost in the first round of playoffs (while Steelers won SB43), lost the first SIX games of the next season (including a 55-3? drilling by NE), and are now mired in mediocrity with stop-gap QBs like Hasselbeck and their “great” RB holding out every year. Karma stinks, doesn’t it TENN? Say all you want, the Steelers are 2-3 in SBs over the last 6 years. You’d trade for that in a heartbeat.

    (yes I had to bring up the Terrible Towel incident)

  4. Well, well, well…look who’s alive and kicking.

    Starks – looks like a good move – played well. Ward – I guess he can still play – that leap over the db on the 2nd TD was vintage. Redman – assuming he is healthy, he should start over Mendenhall. More north-south running, not all the dancing around and fumbles. D played lights out except for a couple plays by Mundy.

    Breathing a little easier today.

  5. Good Win….. It wont shut up all the haters, But who cares. They all know in their hearts that the Steelers are a playoff hardend team, that will be in the mix for a 7th superbowl.

  6. The Stillers looked much better against a good team today. Good luck and a healthy season onward to Titans fans.

    “They could get to 5-2 and feeling confident before two huge home games against Baltimore and New England.”
    ——————————-
    Many thanks to 3G for bringing me down again 😦

  7. well this is a start but i wont hold my breath just yet.need a few more wins like this to feel like the Steelers are back.

    but good game plan going into that game anyway

  8. Big freakin deal, so they dismantled a team without their number one reciever……impressive. Its no more impressive than the ravens beatdown of the jets. Lets not forget last week when they were fully healthy and lost to the texans without Andre Johnson. The titans showed up and out executed the ravens for one week, otherwise a bad team. This is no more impressive than the ravens bashing of the rams…..YAWN

  9. 6. Losing Rashard Mendenhall didn’t matter. After a slow start, the Steelers offensive line run blocked pretty well. Ike Redman and Jonathan Dwyer combined for 156 yards.

    **********************************************

    Dude’s name is *Isaac* Redman, not Ike Redman.

  10. ravenator says: Oct 9, 2011 6:35 PM

    And now the Steelers O-line has magically learned how to block Ngata and Suggs….right

    *********************************************

    Now that you mention it, didn’t the Ravens let up something like 350+ yards passing and over 400 yards total offense to the Titans on the way to losing to them a couple of weeks ago? Awesome.

  11. Gosh where are all those Titans fans who were banking the easy win?

    Oh, and a little hint Baltimore — if the Steelers have solved their OL probs even a little bit, they’ll be coming back to to do what they do best. Namely, beat you when it counts. Just hope the rematch doesn’t come down to what Joe “I went 8 for 27 while my team went up 20 points on the Jets” Flacco does.

    Flacco stinks.

  12. tyler200829 says:
    Oct 9, 2011 6:52 PM
    Big freakin deal, so they dismantled a team without their number one reciever……impressive. Its no more impressive than the ravens beatdown of the jets. Lets not forget last week when they were fully healthy and lost to the texans without Andre Johnson. The titans showed up and out executed the ravens for one week, otherwise a bad team. This is no more impressive than the ravens bashing of the rams…..YAWN
    ———————————

    Were you born this dumb, or did you have to work it at all your life?

  13. ravenator says:
    Oct 9, 2011 6:35 PM
    And now the Steelers O-line has magically learned how to block Ngata and Suggs….right
    ———————————-

    And now, the scared Ravens fans begin to peek out, after banking on the Steelers losing big to the Titans.

    Here’s a hint — week 1 the Steeler o-line was nothing like what it was today. And last I looked, beating the Ravens with Ngata and Suggs has never been a problem. At least in the games that actually count.

    I’d be more worried about what Joey “38 rating” Flacco, the stinkbag of a QB, will do next game — especially if his defense doesn’t score for him.

  14. tyler200829 says:
    Oct 9, 2011 6:52 PM
    Big freakin deal, so they dismantled a team without their number one reciever……impressive. Its no more impressive than the ravens beatdown of the jets. Lets not forget last week when they were fully healthy and lost to the texans without Andre Johnson. The titans showed up and out executed the ravens for one week, otherwise a bad team. This is no more impressive than the ravens bashing of the rams…..YAWN
    ————————————

    And one more thing, tyler — the Titans were 3-1 and SPANKED the Ravens, so it was a “big deal” — the Titans beatdown of the Ravens WAS impressive. “Out executed”? Ha ha that’s what you call it? I saw the game, the Titans basically HUMILIATED the Ravens, as they rammed the ball down their throats, and didn’t need to rely on fluke turnovers like the Ravens did against the Steelers week one. The Titans are a BETTER team than the Ravens, keep on living in your fantasy world. The difference is, the Steelers finally had a shadow of a healthy 0-line this week, unlike when the Ravens got the GIFT of playing them all crippled week one.

    The Steelers, finally with a healthy o-line, spanked the team that spanked the Ravens. That’s all you need to know.

  15. ravenator says:

    And now the Steelers O-line has magically learned how to block Ngata and Suggs….right

    ———————————————

    Has our o-line magically learned how to block Ngata and Suggs? No. Max Starks, Chris Kemoeatu (who’ll be back by then), and Maurkice Pouncey already knew how to block Ngata and Suggs. At least … they knew how to block the dynamic duo well enough to beat them twice last season. And Doug Legursky can handle himself at just about any position on the o-line. Now we just have to get our rookie Gilbert healthy and help him over the learning curve.

    Welcome home, Max 😀

  16. Actually i picked the steelers to win this game, because im not an idiot and i know they are a potential playoff team. HOWEVER, the ravens are in no way scared of the battered team that they beat down in week one by four touchdowns, without their number one cornerback and their number two WR. Now our o-line is on a roll, and the best part of it all is that if flacco is such a bad quarterback, you might wanna ask ike taylor what happened when anquan boldin consistently burned him. More importantly, flacco had a terrible quarterback rating, but we coasted and won by 17, so guess what, he doesnt need to be tom brady to win games…..not that you already didnt know that from week one

  17. Now Titan fans understand. The fat lady hasnt sang. The titan fans next to us were gone by the 3rd quarter. We got a way to go but RECOGNIZE PEOPLE were not done like most of u idiot fans think. WE ARE THE DEFENDING AFC CHAMPIONS…..The titans were 3-1 before this game even beaten the Baltmore Ravens. So lets here the excuses now by anti-steeler fans. Steeler fans are behind their team win or lose baby.

  18. enders9

    still around? would you like to discuss football knowledge again or should we just discuss what the experience of being a champion will do for you? or, would you rather discuss my spelling! once again i go back to my favorite saying: you can’t argue with ignorance, they will just drag you down to their level and beat you with experience! YOU WIN AGAIN!

  19. Max, Max, Max … thought it would take more, but one man can make a difference. Starks played a great game, and Ben seemed relieved to have him there. No wonder. He went from having less than 2 seconds in the pocket the last two weeks to having up to 5 seconds today. Everything he accomplished flowed from that.

    Our defense–and specifically LaMarr Woodley–have returned … yee-haaa! Hate to think our woes may have been caused by too little time practicing in pads. Good grief. Nice to see them step up to cover for the injured players.

    Yes, yes, yes to the running game!! And yes, miketomlinssteelers10, happy Arians took the advice on short passes. Our OC has some positive attributes but shifting gears when things aren’t working isn’t usually one of them.

  20. emmettotter says:

    mmmpierogi says:

    Dude’s name is *Isaac* Redman, not Ike Redman.

    * * * * *

    Ever heard of nicknames, dude?

    —————————————
    Is that a nickname you know Isaac actually uses or just one you decided to bestow on him? I always thought people who abbreviated names without permission should get the nickname “Idiot.”

  21. “and the best part of it all is that if flacco is such a bad quarterback, you might wanna ask ike taylor what happened when anquan boldin consistently burned him. ”

    That’s weird, because I could have sworn Ike Taylor was covering Lee Evans that afternoon and held him without a catch. Then again I actually know what I’m seeing when I watch these games.

    “And now the Steelers O-line has magically learned how to block Ngata and Suggs….right”

    Steelers O-line Week 1:

    Jonathan Scott, Chris Kemoeatu, Maurkice Pouncey, Doug Legursky, Willie Colon

    Steelers likely O-line Week 9:

    Max Starks, Kemoeatu, Pouncey, Ramon Foster, Marcus Gilbert

    Pretty sure the two situations are apples and oranges.

    Why do we have this discussion year in and year out? You’d think after all this time Ravens fans would realize that September and October are pretty much irrelevant. According to these clowns, we can look at a single week’s performance (i.e. Week 1) as a good gauge for these teams, but then they turn around and say that the Titans beating down the Ravens a few weeks ago was just some sort of flukey “off week”? Yet we all know if they win against the Texans next week (good luck with that, by the way) it will go back to “wow, the Ravens handled the Texans and the Steelers didn’t, therefore Ravens > Steelers”. Is it the water supply in Baltimore that makes these folks so delusional all the time? Call me in December when somebody has actually won something.

  22. Bingo Bubby — these Ravens clowns declared themselves world champs after week one, then want to talk to us about how the Titans game somehow didn’t count — the Ravens beating the Steelers proved EVERYTHING on one game, but the Titans beating them was just a fluke… oh how hilarious they are!

    Straight up, the Steelers get anywhere near a decent o-line performance against the Ravens next game, and Joe “I Couldn’t Even Beat Out Tyler Palko” Flacco will choke yet again.

  23. @Deb

    Hi Deb. Max is back. Steelers looked good.
    Lets give our Steelers a Hi 5! We can still do this. I have to leave for Colombia tomorrow in a remote area with no service for a few days, and there will be no news to keep up with in the Steeler Nation.
    My young Vols will come around. I am happy for you with your Bama victory.
    So for my freind I say:

    GO STEELERS!
    ROLL TIDE!

  24. You know it’s an off year in Pittsburgh when Steeler fans are appealing to the transitive property in week 5.

  25. Just a great solid game, much needed in many ways. The Steelers played like they were pissed off. A lot to like about the game:

    1. Kudos to the OL! Max had a really solid game, so glad they signed him!

    2. Ben had a terrific game. He is a true warrior in every aspect. He seemed to actually be upset late in the second quarter the young WRs, and I would bet that his INT was the result of a mistake they made. I don’t mind him showing that emotion at times. His performance was what can happen when the line gives him that extra second or two, and he has a running game to complement the pass.

    3. Redman and Dwyer ran HARD. Excellent performances. I would keep Redman the starter until he runs out of gas.

    4. Much better play calling! Seemed like a number of quicker pass plays, and some runs to the left side behind Max. I LOVED the last TD pass on the play action when the Titans felt certain the Steelers would run the ball. The fake punt was perfect.

    5. After the first carry, they shut down the run, which was critical.

    The Steelers made a positive statement today. And with so many injuries! I wonder if any other team has suffered as many injuries to starters on both lines, let alone Harrison and the starting running back, and Ben’s left foot although he played.

    Notwithstanding the BS from haters and fans of other teams that are scared to death right now, the Steelers are not “done”. Frankly, there is no reason they can’t go 12-4, at least. But, let’s play one game at a time, and enjoy this victory.

    GO STEELERS!!

  26. @dickroy ….

    Colombia!! Sorry you’ll miss the post-game news! Then again … if any Volunteers fans heard you saying “Roll Tide,” you’d need a faraway place to hide out 😉 Thanks for the good wishes to Bama. Hope you have a safe trip. Glad the Steelers gave you a good Bon Voyage!!!

  27. No ravens fan said the titans game didnt count, but i would love to have seen what kenny britt would have done to that mediocre secondary. And how can you say the ravens won off of fluke turnovers? Ben had two picks, his fault, fumble at the end when the game was over,irrelevant, and yet there are still 3 more to be accounted for, so get your facts straight. We also played them in Tennessee after that week one game, with britt. But whatever because we know what happened in week one and its comical to compare the two teams, because you say the ravens claim to win the super bowl after week one, and yet suddenly theyre better than the ravens because they beat the titans? hypocrital, but what else to expect from fans that cant name their starting lineup but can claim the fame of 7 super bowls.

  28. Chuck Pagano owns your Pittsburgh. You people are delusional if you think this team solved their problems. Can’t wait to see what your excuses are after week 9, pathetic clowns.

  29. ravenator says:

    Chuck Pagano owns your Pittsburgh. You people are delusional if you think this team solved their problems. Can’t wait to see what your excuses are after week 9, pathetic clowns.
    ————————————————
    Spoken like a bitter man 😀

  30. ravenator says: Oct 9, 2011 10:21 PM

    Chuck Pagano owns your Pittsburgh. You people are delusional if you think this team solved their problems. Can’t wait to see what your excuses are after week 9, pathetic clowns.

    *********************************************

    You’re going to spit up up random garbage statements that have no relevance to the topic, and then call other people pathetic clowns. Good job.

    I don’t think anyone above said the team has solved any of it’s issues. People were happy to see a win because there was (and remains) a lot of uncertainty going into this game. I don’t think anyone is naive enough to think that there aren’t some serious problems that still need to be addressed.

    Also, how’d it feel watching the Ravens fantastically delicious defense get carved up for somewhere in the region of 400-500 yards back in Week 2? Chuck Pagano really dialed it up on that one.

  31. tyler200829 says: Oct 9, 2011 10:21 PM

    No ravens fan said the titans game didnt count, but i would love to have seen what kenny britt would have done to that mediocre secondary. And how can you say the ravens won off of fluke turnovers? Ben had two picks, his fault, fumble at the end when the game was over,irrelevant, and yet there are still 3 more to be accounted for, so get your facts straight. We also played them in Tennessee after that week one game, with britt.

    *******************************************

    So, I’m guessing Kenny Britt’s also the reason Flacco had a completion percentage of less than 50% and threw two picks in that game, right? Come to think of it, wasn’t Britt also the reason Ray Rice ran for a mind-crushing 40 yards that day?

  32. @ampatsisahypocrite

    Not one Ravens fan I know thought they won the Super Bowl after Week 1. It was a dominant win against your key adversary that got the team off to a good start. They laid an egg the next week in Tennessee but have bounced back and won the rest of their games so far.

    You poo-poo Flacco’s performance against the Jests but what are your corners gonna do with Lee Evans and Torrey Smith (should they be healthy) working the outside? Why do you think Flacco was throwing bombs on their superior corners? It was to put it on film, give something for the opposing defenses to think about. These plays also pull Polamalu off the line and put him in coverage where he’s quite average. I’ve got a feeling we’ll be seeing more of this as the season progresses with much more success than what happened against a formidable Jets backfield.

    As usual, these are my favorite games each year but the Ravens will be a better team by the time they meet at Heinz, barring any major injuries of course. Can’t Wait!

  33. Did my eyes deceive me, someone said “ROLL TIDE”? Well, this website certainly has gone to s**t.

    Hey, why doesn’t Pig Ben wear all black? Maybe some little Devil faces on his helmet would look good, too. Still waiting for his career ending injury.

  34. No one is bitter Deb. The ravens forced seven turnovers vs your beloved steelers. I believe Pagano will do exactly the same thing during week 9 and it’ll be the same exact outcome. Maybe not 7 turnovers (7 turnovers!!!!) but enough to win the game pretty easily.

    As of right now, Pagano owns Ben and the rest of their offense. Just like you trolls wanted to say Ben owned Flacco (even though they play offense, not defense). Well now guess what, your team does not have a win vs a Pagano-led defense. So I say again:

    PAGANO OWNS YOU PITTSBURGH.

  35. @ tyler2008,

    Love how the Steelers haters get soooooo enraged or jealous that they can’t think straight. Or maybe it’s the fact that they can’t count past 5. Or maybe you’re already conceding this year’s Super Bowl to the Steelers. At any rate, we don’t have 7, just yet. Rant about 7 after February.

  36. ravenator says:
    Oct 10, 2011 8:17 AM

    “As of right now, Pagano owns Ben and the rest of their offense. Just like you trolls wanted to say Ben owned Flacco (even though they play offense, not defense). Well now guess what, your team does not have a win vs a Pagano-led defense. So I say again:

    PAGANO OWNS YOU PITTSBURGH.”

    —————–
    While I see that you are countering the equally lame “Flacco can’t beat Ben” statements of prior years, I want to point out that Chuck Pagano is actually 5-10 vs the Steelers since 2001.

  37. @ Steeler’s Will

    Pagano-led defense is the key statement there. I understand he was a secondary coach before and coached for Oakland but this is his defense, his mark, his stamp. He has the control to blitz and bring back organized chaos. Ben has yet to show he can handle the pressure of a Pagano-led defense. Silly statement, maybe so, but this is true nonetheless.

  38. RatBird, do yourself a favor, save the mindless trash talking until the Ratbirds actually do something worth talking about. Your super bowl win in week 1 was great and all, ( besides your supposed to win at home ), however, lets see what takes place when it matters? Save the verbal diarrhea, be a Ratbird fan, but be one with alittle class. Gotta go, Ray Lewis wants to hit up the club in ATL, I just hope i can get across my driveway without Stallworth taking me out…

  39. @ravenator

    Ah yes, that is true.

    Welllll then, come back and see me whenever Flacco finally beats Pittsburgh on a rainy Tuesday afternoon during the month of May in a game played in London!

  40. @ravenator

    actually Ben (or any of the Steelers QB’s) has shown that they can beat a “Pagano-led defense”. Since 2008 the Steelers have a winning percentage of 66.7%. So if your going to make a bold statement like that it would be good to do some reasearch first. Thank you and bye bye now.

  41. @ravenator …

    I’ve never said Ben owns Flacco because that would be silly since they don’t play head to head … like saying Pagano owns us after one game.

  42. I love it, tyler — “Britt injured this, Britt injured that.” Yeah, the Steelers only won because one guy was out — mm ok. Meanwhile, the ENTIRE Steelers o-line was a patchwork, with guys hurt all over the place, in week one — but I don’t hear you talk about that. No mention of all the Steelers players the Ravens DIDN’T have to face due to injury. No, opponents’ injuries only matter when it’s the Steelers opponents, right? Oh you Ravens clowns are too hilarious!

  43. Since no Titans fans showed up, I am thankful for Ravenator’s banter. He’s just doing his duty as a Raven loyalist to make sure Steeler fans have as little joy as possible.

  44. No by all means enjoy yourselves. Enjoy the win. We all know though, that this is rather trite and meaningless if they can’t beat the Ravens week 9. I will send out my praise if they do, but right now they cannot beat this Ravens team. Pitt secondary still has issues, the Oline has not been consistent, and the defense looks slower as evident by the lack of turnovers produced. Pagano, as a defensive coordinator, has Ben’s number.

  45. Pagano as a defensive coordinator has Ben’s Number……..Great! He’ll look good wearing Big Bens #7 in the Black n gold….lol…..

    Seriously tho, the Steelers do need some more work as does every team at the point in the season but I highly doubt this guy has got Bens number(as you put it).

  46. I’m blown away by the “this team beat this other team so that win is more impressive except that they were missing player’s X and Y” comments.”

    Every team every week can play those games. Every team every week has injuries to overcome and injuries to the opponent to take advantage of. Every team has a bad game or two each year, as well as a game or two where they played better then their talent level.

    Just shut up and let the teams play the games on the field and see who wins, and who is left standing at the end.

  47. How do you report on this game without mentioning Max Starks, who rolled off the couch to play a great game at left tackle? That was an awesome performance and had a lot to do with Ben staying vertical and the running game finding success.

  48. ccamssabre says:
    Oct 9, 2011 11:48 PM
    @ampatsisahypocrite

    You poo-poo Flacco’s performance against the Jests but what are your corners gonna do with Lee Evans and Torrey Smith (should they be healthy) working the outside? Why do you think Flacco was throwing bombs on their superior corners? It was to put it on film, give something for the opposing defenses to think about. These plays also pull Polamalu off the line and put him in coverage where he’s quite average.
    —————————————————————–

    Nothing like a guy who rips someone for supposedly saying something dumb — then comes up with that last sentence. I guess Polamalu was uh, blitzing when he intercepted the pass that put the Ravens out of the Super Bowl a few years ago? “Average in coverage”? — ha ha! No, Ed Reed is average against in blitzing and run support, don’t get made because Pola’s the more well-rounded football player.

    Lee Evans is a stiff. Torrey Smith I like a lot, and he’d be a real demon if he had a real QB to throw him the ball. The Steelers aren’t the same team they were in week one, so we’ll see how it turns out in the rematch. I just love seeing all the Ravens fans run screaming over here, to try and pour cold water on the Steelers win.

  49. HOW HOW HOW does Pagano have Bens number? I absolutely have to know this. You can make a statement like that, but it simply is not tangible.

Leave a Reply