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.
The Steelers defeated the Houston Texans 38-17. Let’s see how we got there: The Steelers benefited from a very generous spot on a 4th and 1 attempt by the Texans. Live action and multiple replays looked like Matt Schaub clearly got the first down. The Steelers took over¬†near midfield. Ben Roethlisberger kept the drive alive by scrambling for 17 yards on 3rd and 4. After two Willie Parker runs, Roethlisberger hit Santonio Holmes for 9 yards on 3rd and 3. Two plays later, Parker bounced off right tackle for a 7-yard touchdown run. Steelers 7-0
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.
Time really does fly. The first week of the NFL is upon us and we will take a quick look at each game. Our picks are just our opinions and should not be used in any illegal manner. We missed the Giants-Redskins game due to the new site being unveiled but trust us we both picked the Giants. With that said let’s take a look at Week One of the NFL: Cincinnati at Baltimore 1:00pm – This game will give the winner the inside track for third place in the AFC North. Tim: Cincinnati Depaoli: Cincinnati N.Y. Jets at Miami 1:00pm– I can guarantee you that Brett Favre doesn’t lay down so Joey Porter can get a sack. Tim: N.Y. Jets Depaoli: N.Y. Jets
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.
Plaxico signed a 5 year extension prior to Thursday‚Äôs kickoff and he rewarded the Giants front office with a dominating performance Thursday night against the Washington Redskins. Burress beat the Redskins secondary all over the field finishing the game with 10 receptions for 133 yards. While Burress put on a stellar performance, the Giants defense was once again the story of the game. The Giants won the super bowl with defense and tonight they showed they can get it done this season without the retired Michael Strahan and Pro Bowl linemen Osi Umenyiora
1. INDIANAPOLIS Colts – The Colts have some question marks with Dwight Freeney and Marvin Harrison returning from injuries but this years team will be better than their 06 squad and they are our pick to win the super bowl. 2. Dallas Cowboys – The Cowboys are the most talented team in the NFL. What remains to be seen is whether this team can win when it counts. Look for the Cowboys to use their running game more. Marian Barber and Felix Jones will prove to be one of the leagues most dynamic duo’s. Both backs complement each other very well.