Found December 08, 2011 on Bleed Black & Gold:

The Steelers pushed their record to 10-3 with a 14-3 victory over the Browns.  Here are some observations from the game.

Observations:

  1. Injuries-  The Steelers took some big hits today.  Ben Roethlisberger has a high ankle sprain.  Maurkice Pouncey has a high ankle sprain.  We also saw Troy Polamalu miss the last series with a shoulder injury.  These could hurt down the line.  We played the Browns today.  The 49ers could be a different story.
  2. Officiating-  I have not picked on the officials all year but they were awful today.  Not just for us.  They sucked all around.  Ed Houchuli’s crew has gone from one of the best in the league to one of the worst in the league.  They would rather explain what went wrong rather then correctly make the calls.  That overturn of the Antonio Brown catch was just pathetic.
  3. Ben Roethlisberger-  One tough man.  I will write about that later though.
  4. Antonio Brown-  The kid just makes plays.  He had one drop today but otherwise was electric.  He had 5 catches for 151 yards.  The game winning touchdown was fantastic.  This kid is going to be a playmaker for his whole career.  This is not just a flash in the pan.  We got the name of his dance tonight as well.  It is called the wiggle.
  5. William Gay- Gay played great today.  He had what was pretty much the game winning interception.  He made some big tackles to keep some Cleveland receivers in bounds and keep that clock running.  His performance today was stellar and we may not have won without him.
  6. Chris Kemoeatu-  I would rather have Heath Miller play guard.  He barely played a half and had 4 penalties.  He cost us some huge plays that stopped drives.  He also missed 2 key blocks that caused us to not score on the goal line.  If he does not understand why he does not play then he needs to have his head examined.
  7. Jason Worilds is becoming a player-  Worilds was second on the team in tackles today with 9.  He was credited with 2 sacks and had a forced fumble.  He is getting better in pass coverage and has learned to not get to far up field against the run.  This kid has a big future in front of him.
  8. Fumbles-  Hold on to the damn ball.  We almost fumbled on three consecutive series.  Hines Ward fumbled.  Heath Miller fumbled.  Then on the next drive Mendenhall had to keep himself from fumbling.  The ball was loose but he got it back.
  9. Red Zone offense-  We had two fumbles in the Red Zone.  We also were stopped from inside the 2 on four straight plays.  The NFL counts us as 1 of 3 in the red zone but we were one of four.  The play where Ward fumbled did not start in the red zone but he fumbled in the red zone.
  10. TEAM-  This team fought today.  When Roethlisberger went down the defense stiffened up.  They only gave up 3 points.  When Roethlisberger came back out we put it back to them again.  These guys had each others backs and got the job done.  Business as usual.
Bring on San Francisco.
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