Posted October 05, 2012


SOMEONE should buy Ben Roethlisberger a coffin. I suspect such a large target will need one by the end of this game. In only 3 games he's already been sacked NINE times. Put in perspective Michael Vick has been sacked 11 times in 4 games, and you KNOW how much he gets hit.

What we have here, is a 1-2 team that managed to lose to the RAIDERS. In a SHOOTOUT.

What we have here, is a team that is eager to play a RB rushed back from a ruptured ACL tear, because the rest of their roster can't even manage NINE FEET per rush. They average 2.6 yards (8 feet) per run as a TEAM. They have guys on the roster who couldn't run the length of King Dunlap per carry.

And then we have the trash talk. The "Candy Bar" comment.

It's hard to ignore how the trash talk wasn't directed at a Starting CB. Nope. Shied right away from the Pro-Bowlers holding down the leagues 7th stingiest pass defense. This brave mutha***** went for straight for the Rookie. The Nickleback. Why not tweet some **** to Matt McBriar while you're at it? Chump.

When you add no run game, to a QB who has the size (and grace) of the Frank Rizzo statue across from City Hall; what you end up with (vs. THIS pass rush) is the Steeler's second string QB in by the 4th quarter.

And then there is (or more accurately isn't) their defense. Ryan Clark has all ONE of their interceptions. They got SHELLED against the Raiders and the Broncos, only handling their business vs. the JETS. Yeah, the JETS. 

Candy bar? Someone get that man a Snickers, because his blood sugar HAS TO BE low.


  • The Steelers didn't have Harrison, Troy Polamalu, and Mendenhall when they faced the Raiders. They all may play against the Eagles. This is going to be a hard fought game. The Steelers are a wounded animal right now who have been seething for 10 days over a loss to a crap team. With some of their best players returning I wouldn't just assume this one as a cakewalk for the Eagles. The Eagles can't give this team opportunities to beat them like they have all season with everyone but the Giants.
  • I don't think it will be a cakewalk (I'm thinking 27-10 EAGLES), but Roethlisberger has been having trouble with new playbook.

    Mendenhall may be the most talented RB on their roster but the inability to run BETWEEN the tackles up and down the roster indicates a problem with the line, and a RB still nursing a sub-par ACL isn't the cure for that ill.

    Harrison is already making excuses to the media about his conditioning so I'm not worried about him as anything other than a dedicated pass rusher. But his ability to change direction to react to screens or chase down LeSean McCoy, I don't see it.

    As for Polamalu, over the years I've noticed he plays really well against so-so competition, but better teams figure him out and have exploited the holes in his game (over aggressive, bites on fakes, freelances in coverage). These aren't big deals against the Browns and Jags, but we have MUCH more creative offensive coaching, and the kind of speed on the outside that will make him pay for the what are usually his strengths.

    I see a win here.

  • It's funny because you mentioned in the beginning how you don't think it will be a cakewalk and then everything else you written made it seem like it will be a blowout to include you final score. Actually looking back at the Giants game I was wrong. They gave the Giants an opportunity to beat them as well. You are underestimating the Steelers and overvaluing the Eagles.
  • 27-10 is not in sports terms, a blow-out. A 23 point differential is the threshold of a blow-out as determined by event holders and ticket sellers.

    (Source: )

    (This is the only official NON-HIGH SCHOOL definition I could find, and even that varies state to state. ESPN did a chart years ago, but I can't find it. Football AND Basketball I clearly recall were only 20 points, not 23. I won $50 on this same conversation back 1993-1994, so it's still an easy subject.)

    And if I'm overvaluing my team, oh well.
  • If the Eagles win this game I seriously doubt they will buck their trend or winning by less than 3 points especially at an away game against the Steelers. Just so you know the same defense the Cardinals ran (you know that defense that shut Vick and the Eagles down) is the cloned understudy of the Steelers defense. Dick LeBeau had a week to develop a game plan for Mike Vick and this offense. I can't see the Eagles winning by three scores. I can't see the Eagles scoring more than 21 in this game. It's going to be a lot closer than a three score margin. The Eagles beat the Rams by that same score last season. After the first series I don't think the Rams were even in the game. Well I hope you are right in your optimism, but nothing about this game realistically makes me think you are.
  • It really isn't just optimism. It is to an extent, as I am a fan, but like I said about them starting slow and having bugs to work out, it's just how things are.

    John Madden said years ago that football is a game of match-ups, and he was dead on. It's why the same team that dominates some teams, will struggle with others.

    Pittsburgh's inability to run means they have to pass. We specialize in shutting down passing games, and rushing the passer. The EAGLES already have 6 picks this season.

    In any game where the EAGLES have outrushed their opponents they've won. They'll outrush Pittsburgh this week.

    Turnovers have been the EAGLES worst enemy, and just as they seem to have gotten their problem under control, the schedule throws us an opponent who's bad at forcing them.

    The EAGLES have not allowed a sack to a D-lineman so far this year, and with Harrison out the Steelers have had a problem getting to QB's. The natural compeensation for this is to walk Polamalu up in the box leaving Ryan Clark back deep to handle DJax, Maclin and Celek. (Who would you put your money on?)

    It's a game of styles. While it helps the Steelers most of the time, their style is what is going to dig the hole for them in this game.
  • Ready what Willard wrote I get the Steelers are old and they aren't really the same team. I hope I'm wrong bout them, but I think the Eagles are going to have their hands full with this team. I see this game as less than a touchdown close. I think our corners will have their hands full with their receivers. Ben Rapethisgirlhere can be a load to bring down, and bringing him down is something they have to do. They can't just get there like they did in the preseason and let him escape. There are so many trends that are not favoring the Eagles in this game. The only trend that does is ironically Mike Vick and McCoy. Vick apparently is 17-3 against AFC teams.

    Shady is going back "home" to face the Steelers. Players who play at home tend to get a little boost so maybe McCoy will get a couple touchdowns in this one.
  • Our corners will definitely have their hands full.

    Rapethisgirlhere is a load, but have you noticed how much better teh tackling has been since we face them in the preseason? I think the cutting of Brian Rolle only cements that; and right now with Jordan's injury, Chaney has a chance to prove that he belongs out there as a starter.

    The biggest trend to pay attention to is the EAGLES cutting down on hurting themselves. Add to that the opportunity to dissect and learn from anything that confused them at Arizona.

    We're in a good place.

  • Looks like real trends beat your fantasy ones.
  • I hope we end Ruthlessboner's season! I wouldn't feel bad one bit to see him carted off the field.

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  • Its a must win for pittsburgh. Theyre at home, well rested and healthy after a bye week, and are a perennial afc powerhouse to top it off. With that said, theyre defense isnt the same. No more james farrior, no more aaron smith. Troy Polamalu, brett kiesel, casey hampton, james harrison, ryan clark, and larry foote are all over the age of 32. You saw peyton manning, in his first game back from neck surgery, dismantle this defense. You saw carson palmer and the raiders dismantle this defense. The only team they could stop was the jets led by the inept mark sanchez. On offense, they no longer have their staple power running game. Their offensive line isnt the same. This teams main strength has become the passing game. But theyre one dimensional. Were the best defense the theyve played all year. Expect a high scoring shootout.
  • I have to agree with most of this, I just don't see a shootout. When teh only way for them to move the ball is through the air, I just don't see the EAGLES pass rush not forcing mistakes and turnovers.

    27-10 EAGLES!
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  • I got a gut feeling that somehow Vick will have another costly turnover near the goalline. Their 3 wins are a combined 4 points, and I'm expecting another close game. Ben will probally lead the Steelers on a last minute drive. 16-14 Steelers. And I'll probally will get accused of witchery.
  • Not witchery, but of being late. Tell me Merlin. Have you foreseen that thumping the Ravens are about to administer on the Cowboys? 27-10 Ravens.
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  • LOL good point. 27-6
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