Win at Kansas City.
Win at Kansas City.
We, well at least I (Slash), will be making a return to the blog.
Those of you have stuck around for the last week or so, thanks. Those that didn’t, kiss off. Let me bore you with the back story for my lack of updates — 1) I moved into a new apartment and didn’t have internet access for about 2 weeks, 2) My grandfather passed away last week at the age of 94 and 3) my car broke down over the weekend.
A lot of bad things piling on one another. But what kept me smiling most of this time is the play of the Steelers — you know, other than the Cincinnati debacle.
Up next are the Brownies — yum. Love me some of those, especially when filled with weed.
We’ll get to that this week. The emphasis of this shitty post was just to let you know I was back and to not think we flamed out before we even reached midseason. We’re not that lame. And if you haven’t seen it yet today, check out Sean’s interview with Jim Shearer (the man behind Yinz Luv Da Stillers!). Good shit.
Oh yeah, as for Tommy Gun. Maybe he’ll comment on this post and let you all know what’s up. Peace.
Figured I’d finally get to replacing the poll at the right. For about the last two weeks, we’ve been asking which quarterback you thought would finish the season with the most touchdown passes between Big Ben, Carson Palmer and Joe Flacco.
I thought about including a combo choice of Brady Quinn/Derek Anderson in the poll, but cmon. Fuck that.
Your results, after two weeks and 14 (yes, 14!) votes …
Ben Roethlisberger: 7 votes
Joe Flacco: 5 votes
Carson Palmer: 2 votes
This poll is probably skewed, however, thanks to the homer vote here at a Steelers blog, but whatever. I kind of put some thought into this because it kind of is a difficult question to answer. And in all honesty, I forget who I voted for back on day one.
I’m homer as well, though, so it was probably Ben.
Meanwhile, in real life, here’s how this standings look through four weeks of the regular season: Flacco – 8 TDs, Palmer – 6 TDs, Ben 5 TDs.
Yeah, not looking good so far. Keep your eyes open for a new poll soon. Peace.
I’m the first to dog the Steelers’ offensive line after every bad performance, which is just about every week these days. Except for last night.
I will give credit to where it is due and sing the praises of the O-line’s efforts last night. Sure, Rashard Mendenhall had a coming out party, but it was made possible by the work done upfront.
On top of that, did you notice Ben had ALL DAY to throw every time he stepped back into the pocket? Ben was sacked a few times, but just about each one was on his shoulders because he held on to the ball for so long — not because the protection broke down.
I won’t get too analytical in this post, basically because 1) I’m too lazy to do so right now and 2) you all watched the game and saw anyways.
But this man was a beast all night long.
The numbers, in case you didn’t see them:
Mendenhall: 29 rushes for 165 yards and two touchdowns.
Big Ben: 26 for 33 for 333 yards and two touchdowns
HEEEAAATTTTHH: 8 catches for 70 yards and two touchdowns
O-line: One fucking masterful performance.
… more to follow.
Sam Clayton is back. A little late, but he’s back. You know the drill by now. Here’s a refresher of Sam’s year-long stats and then, of course, his pick for tonight’s game.
“People are questioning this spread and for all the right reasons. I’ve heard everything from Vegas begging for Chargers money to setting a trap on the Steelers’ backers. Still, I really believe that Pittsburgh needs an impressive home showing and after two extremely bitter road losses, they take care of business. Heinz Field has been their safe haven the past couple seasons, and they’ve been tremendous both SU (6-0) and ATS (5-1) over the last six home contests. San Diego doesn’t travel very well, especially all the way across country to face a hungry, determined Steelers team. That math just doesn’t add up for me.
“LaDainian Tomlinson was out last week with a bad wheel and while he IS playing tonight, he’s still not going to be the LT we all know and love/hate. His inability to make precise cuts and set up the San Diego play-action attack will be one of the main reasons for the Chargers’ sluggish offense. As far as defenses go, Pittsburgh’s tenacious D actually didn’t play that bad the last few weeks. The high scoring final scores don’t tell the entire story, as mistakes by Big Ben and the offense (remember the pick-six last week) really didn’t help the cause.
“If Roethlisberger and Co. can control the football and limit their mistakes, they could win by 10. I think it’s going to be a little closer than that, and San Diego could very well strike first. However, when all is said and done, Pittsburgh is going to come out on top. Mike Tomlin and his squad have had this game circled all week long and with a towel frenzied crowd at Heinz Field, the Steelers will shut down Philip Rivers and look to Big Ben to capitalize on great field position.”
…there you have it.
Here we go.
Remember, I’m a pessimist. Take these lightly. Also, almost all of my predictions turn out wrong.
Reports are that Fast Willie is out and Isaac Redman has been placed on the squad. Prediction #1) Redman will have no impact on this game.
#2) Mendenhall will get at least 65 yards rushing and a touchdown.
The defense, which will still be without Troy, will impress. I’m thinking 3.5 sacks between Woodley and Harrison for #3). If the Steelers lose, it won’t be because the defense didn’t show up.
#4) Cotter will bring his “A” game to the live blog.
And keep in mind what I said about my predictions (they are usually wrong, since I know you didn’t remember what I said) before you read the fifth, and final, one. #5) The Steelers will lose.
That being said …
Here we go.