Wednesday, October 24, 2007

A Very Disappointing Loss

Where did the Steelers great defense go? Jay Cutler suddenly became Dan Marino-like and just torched the Steelers D. Cutler never faced much pressure and had way too much time to make things happen. Throughout the season so far, the Steelers have made young QBs look terrible, but not in this game. The Broncos also were down two top receivers. Coming off the bye week, I think we all expected more, especially with Hampton and Polamalu back in the lineup.

Now, with Carson Palmer up next, can the Steelers D get back on track? I think Denver exposed a serious flaw that must be corrected. The Steelers showed they are vulnerable to short, quick passes. This was a problem a few years ago and really doomed our season. With the offensive talent that Cincinnati has, this could be a big problem.

The good news is that Roethlisberger had a very good game. Yes, he was picked off twice and coughed up a fumble for a TD. But, he faced pressure throughout the game and still rallied the team back with a chance to win it in an overtime that the defense failed to get the team to. Tomlin has been criticized for his game plan of throwing first, but it really did work. The offense was successful, despite a terrible performance from the offensive line.

If the Steelers can’t right the defense for the Bungles, Roethlisberger should at least be able to take advantage of a really bad Cincy defense. This game has the potential to be a shootout, which unfortunately can go either way. While I’m worried about the offensive line, I’m much more worried about how the defense responds in this game.

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