For the first time since February 5th 2006, the Pittsburgh Steelers showed the entire NFL why they are the defending Super Bowl Champions. The Steelers came into to the game a despearate team at 1-3 and used that desperation to the Cheifs disposoil and trounced the Cheifs 45-7. Ben Roethlisberger was nearly perfect from the first snap of the game and his precision passing opened up the running game where the Steelers had a field day against a staggered Chiefs defense. The Chiefs were playing like it was first day of hitting practice missing tackle after tackle. Kansas City running back Larry Johnson was an non-factor finishing the day with only 26 yards on 15 carries. The reason for the defense resurgence after two lackluster games is plain and simple: Troy Polamalu. Healthy for the first time since the opening of training camp Polamalu led the team with 9 tackles and 1 int. The biggest positive out of this game is the teams two superstars are officially back.
Inside the numbers
RB. Willie Parker: 21-109 yds – 2td
RB. Najeh Davinport: 12- 78 yds – 1td
WR. Hines Ward: 5 – 59yds – 1td
WR. Nate Washington: 3 – 68yds – 1td
WR. Santonio Holmes – 167 total yards
Linebacker Chad Brown recorded 1 sack – 31st of his Steeler career
Offensive GameBall: Ben Roethlisberger – Big Ben silenced his critics and expect him to go on a roll from here on out.
Defensive GameBall: Troy Polamalu – Troy was all over the field. Troy is the Wayne Gretzky of football. He makes his surroundings better. When he is on his game, he makes the other 10 guys on the field jobs easier and elevates their play drastically.
Breakout performer: Santanio Holmes – regardless of the two fumbles, Holmes was sold on punt returns/kickreturns and showed his playmaking ability at the reciever position.