Offense Grade A Ben Roethlisberger was poised and efficient going 13/14 ‚Äì 137yds ‚Äì 2TD‚Äôs. The difference between Roethlisberger and other elite quarterbacks like Manning and Brady is Ben‚Äôs ability to make plays out of the pocket. On the Steelers first offensive series the Steelers were dealt with a 3rd and four. The Texans had great coverage, the play broke down and Ben was off and running gaining 17 yards. Roethlisberger is on his way to joining the conversation with Manning and Brady.
Pittsburgh goes into the 2008 season with the league‚Äôs toughest schedule and the Steelers know they have to get off to a great start before their schedule becomes brutal in the middle of the season. Today‚Äôs contest against the Houston Texans will be one of the Steelers easiest games this year but the Texans are no push over. Houston comes into Heinz field as a team on the rise that can upset the Steelers, if Pittsburgh doesn‚Äôt come to play. Ben Roethlisberger had a phenomenal year in 2007 throwing 32 touchdowns and if training camp and OTA‚Äôs are a sign of things to come, this could be the year Roethlisberger makes the jump into the Brady and Manning conversation.
The Buffalo Bulls gave the Pitt Panthers a bit of a scare at Heinz Field Saturday evening. The Bulls got out to a 6-0 lead after the first quarter and went to the locker room down 10-9. The Bulls kept it close until the fourth quarter when Panthers running back LeSean McCoy scored a 2 yard touchdown on a 10 play ‚Äì 74 yard drive that took up 4:40. It was McCoy‚Äôs third touchdown of the game and the score put the Panthers up 24-16 midway through the 4th quarter. Kicker Connor Lee put the game away on the Panthers next drive converting a 42 yard field goal to put the Panthers up by 11.
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East Carolina will not have the luxury of playing a team with a suspect quarterback this week. West Virginia QB Pat White has been given the green light to put the ball in the air to¬†complement his running ability. White was 25 of 33 for 208 yards with 5 TDs and 1 INT while running for 63 yards in the Mountaineers 48-21 win over Villanova. The new found passing attack will give West Virginia the ability to beat teams that stack the line of scrimmage with eight, and sometimes nine, in the box.
Dominic Cheek 6’6″ 185lb/shooting guard/NJ Dominic Cheek is a potential NBA lottery pick and is one of the nations top shooting guards. At this moment Cheek holds over 25 scholarships. North Carolina heads the list of teams pursuing the talented guard but the New Jersey native is giving serious consideration to a couple Big East teams.
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has named wide receiver Dallas Baker the teams 4th receiver for the Steelers opener against the Houston Texans. Baker caught the eye of the coaching staff during the teams OTA‚Äôs and continued his strong play in camp. It remains to be seen how much playing time Baker or second round selection Limas Sweed will see Sunday afternoon. When the Steelers go into their four receiver sets, it is likely the team will use Santonio Holmes, Hines Ward, Nate Washington and Heath Miller.
The Minnesota Wild remain hopeful that the franchise will be able to sign Marian Gaborik to a long term extension but Wild GM Doug Riseborough is coming around to the idea that he may have to move his star winger. Gaborik remains non-committal and according to a source the Wild’s scouting staff has begun targeting potential players the Wild could get in return for Gaborik. A player the Wild have at the top of their wishlist plays in the Atlantic Division.
Penn St. will have their first test of the season when it meets up with Oregon St. at 3:30 on Saturday in Happy Valley. Last week Penn St. had a warm-up game against Coastal Carolina in which¬†they racked up 594 yards in total offense – the most in 13 seasons. The Nittany Lions should be able to move the ball consistently on the ground given that Stanford, not known for their ground game, rushed for 210 yards on the Beavers last week. Four Penn State ball carriers gained at least 60 yards last week which led to a team total of 334 rushing yards.