Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 9/17/12
fter watching the game live, then watching it again on replay,  I have determined that I need to make a statement about Big Ben.  Although I do not care for him outside the field, he has learned to do more than just play back yard football.   He played extremely well yesterday, and I think it is time I acknowledge that fact.  Ben distributed the ball to 10 receivers on Sunday.  Throwing short and long passes.    maybe just maybe, he has chosen to learn from Todd Haley.  

I do not think anyone knows how hard that was.  After the first couple of drives both offensively and defensively, I thought It was going to be the same old Steelers.   Lots of Field goals and a defense that can not defend the pass very well.   That theory turned on a dime.   Though I do realize that Mark Sanchez is never going to look like....well....Any of the Mannings!

It took Ryan Clark about one quarter to get back to game speed, but when he did, Sanchez was unable to continue the effectiveness he showed in that first quarter.  The Secondary as a whole was physical, as the penalty differential showed at the end of the game.  The referees were brutal  towards the end of that game, but that is another discussion for a different post.   Ike Taylor also struggled early, but rebounded and became a real bull dog.   The defense got pressure on the quarterback, which was also nice to see since neither James Harrison nor Troy Polamalu started or played. 

All and all, the defense played extremely well.   though if I had to mention something that I have been noticing about this defense that is alarming, it would be this, Brett Keisel is not getting to the quarterback.    Not only is he not getting to the quarterback, he is not even getting double teamed.   Though the replay does not get that detailed, I tried to focus on him as much as I could.

As for the offense, the running game showed itself in the last scoring drive as the Steelers ran over and around the Jets Defense.   It was a real power running game in that drive.   Though it was only one drive, but it was very encouraging to see.  They ran well in short spirts throughout, though they took some big losses in the running game from time to time yesterday that held the overall rushing numbers down.  

I would also like to mention, Drew Butler, the punter the Steelers brought in to cover for their injured punter has punted well for a couple of games and could be solidifying his spot on the team going forward.  And Shaun Suisham continues to get the job done kicking field goals.   He is never going to blow anyone away, but he is effective.  

Mike Wallace and the rest of the receiving core played great, and that catch that Wallace made getting both feet in bounds showed that he is not going to dog it this season regardless of his contract situation.  

I can not wait to see how this team responds to this victory next week.   You can follow me on Twitter @sportsmonger and on Facebook at Pittsburgh Sports Monger.

 

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