PHILADELPHIA 24 – PITTSBURGH 23 The Pittsburgh Steelers dropped their first preseason game, losing to the Philadelphia Eagles 24-23 on Thursday night. Eagles kicker Alex Henery kicked a 51-yard field goal with 12 seconds left to lift the Eagles to victory. The Steelers controlled the play and game early on, leading 13-0 at the half but the Eagles connected on touchdown passes of 70 and 44 yards in the second half, en route to a 24 point second half. For the Steelers, Emmanuel Sanders had a 2 yard touchdown reception from Byron Leftiwch in the second quarter and Chris Rainey had a 57 yard reception in the third quarter. Shaun Suisham hit field goals of 46 and 31 yards, and Danny Hrapmann kicked a 43 yard field goal with a 1:57 left in the 4th quarter to give the Steelers a 23-21 lead. 1st Team Offense Ben Roethlisberger and the firstRead More »
By Dale Grdnic PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and the first-team offense played about 1 1/2 quarters and were nearly perfect with two long touchdown drives despite losing their first- and second-team left tackles in the process on their way to a 24-14 preseason win against the Philadelphia Eagles Thursday night at Heinz Field. The Steelers rolled to 262 first-half yards and a 21-0 lead, as Roethlisberger was 8-for-12 for 125 yards with touchdown passes to Antonio Brown and Hines Ward. Roethlisberger led a game-opening scoring drive that went for 14 plays and 80 yards in 7:36. His second drive went 14 plays for 96 yards in 8:15. “Our improvising, as it seems always, it’s hard to be pleased with it,” Roethlisberger said. “But it’s hard to be disappointed, if that makes any sense. We made a lot of mistakes. I don’t think we protected well. “It wasRead More »
Overall, the Birds’ chance to make a splash in free agency is pretty limited. The Eagles could sign Bengals wideout T.J. Houshmandzadeh, who is more of a possession receiver than the big, lethal game-changer fans covet. Houshmandzadeh would add polish and depth to Donovan McNabb’s arsenal of weapons. They could throw big money at Tennessee defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, the market’s marquee talent, although they don’t really have a crying need for a defensive tackle. Most of the rest of the names out there fall under the “So what?” category. “I wish there were more free agents available,” Banner said. The team president knows that an organization often accused of not wanting to spend in the splashy way fans covet is going to be sitting on something like $40 million in salary-cap room, once last year’s likely-to-be-earned incentives are added in, in what might be the final year of theRead More »
Steelers ‚Äì Chargers Injury Report Pittsburgh is very healthy heading into Sunday’s game. The Steelers are confident that they will be able to run on the San Diego Chargers and their No. 25th-ranked defense. Willie Parker seems to have a new wave of confidence since the regular season finale. Ben Roethlisberger has been throwing the ball very well in practice. He has been making quick precise throws and appears to be fine after suffering a concussion in week 17. LaMarr Woodley has gone four games without a sack. He has been bothered by a calf injury since week 10 which has limited his mobility. The extra week off will pay dividends for Woodley. Woodley had two sacks in his playoff debut last season against Jacksonville. The Chargers arrived in Pittsburgh a day early to prepare for the weather LaDainian Tomlinson will not be a factor even if he dresses onRead More »
The Steelers returned to practice today after being off since Thursday. Willie Parker, Brett Keisel, Jeff Reed and Marvel Smith are expected to play Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer will be sidelined for another week. Despite Willie Parker returning to the lineup this week, the Steelers plan to give Mewelde Moore close to ten touches (not including punt returns) Tuesday is the NFL‚Äôs trade deadline and the Steelers are listening to offers for Max Starks but as of this afternoon they haven‚Äôt received one call about the availability of Starks
The Eagles defense was on a mission this afternoon to put their performance from last Monday night behind them. The Philadelphia Eagles defense pressured all game and the Steelers offensive line failed to find a way to contain the Eagles blitzing schemes. The Eagles finished the game with 9 sacks and forced Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger out of the game late in the fourth quarter. Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb started the game 15-for-15 and the Eagles offense seemed poised for another 30+ game.
Tonight‚Äôs Monday night matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia is by far the NFL’s marquee game through the first two weeks of the season that features two of the games top quarterbacks. Both teams are coming off of impressive wins. The Cowboys defeated a talented Cleveland Browns team 28-7 and the Eagles beat the lowly St. Louis Rams 38 ‚Äì 3. The Dallas Cowboys are the most talented team in football. They have weapons at every skilled position and boast a offensive line that is among the best in the National Football League. The key for the Cowboys will be neutralizing the Eagles front seven on blitzing situations. Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has struggled against Jim Johnson’s blitzing scheme in the past and the Eagles will be bringing defenders from all over tonight. They will look to force Romo to get rid of the ball early to limit theRead More »