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.
Week 1 Press Conference Tomlin calls Houston a team on the rise and characterizes them as a dangerous team. Injuries The Steelers are very healthy Larry Foote is expected to play. Lawrence Timmons will see playing time in the Steelers 3-4 base Tomlin thinks the team better prepared to protect the quarterback. Saw a lot of things he liked during the preseason especially the way the O-Line protected on play action Tomlin indicated the team will game plan around Houston defensive end Mario Williams. The Texans are expected to move Williams around on passing downs To be Determined regarding how much playing time Rashard Mendenhall will see Special Teams Kick Returns – Primary returner Rashard Mendenhall Punt Returns – Primary Returner Mewelde Moore Santonio Holmes will be used certain situations Tomlin did not name the teams 4th receiver A lot will depend on who has the better week of practiceRead More »
7/29/08 Afternoon session According to a source, the longer the Kemoeatu situation drags out, the more the probability rises on LeCharles Bentley. The line has not looked great, according to this source. Day 2 of training camp saw the Steelers lose their punter, Daniel Sepulveda for the season with a torn ACL in his right (non-kicking) leg.The team signed Paul Ernster, most recently of Detroit, to replace Sepulveda on the roster and Ernster will be in Latrobe Wednesday.Sepulveda tore the same ACL in college at Baylor and will have surgery sometime this week. It was status quo at center on Tuesday, with Sean Mahan taking the majority of the snaps at center with the first unit. Mahan was beaten badly by Chris Hoke today. In the battle for the No. 3 receiver, incumbant Nate Washington and rookie Limas Sweed both scored points Tuesday. Sweed made a beautiful diving catch onRead More »
6:23 p.m. My source tells me the battle at center is looking decidedly in Sean Mahan’s favor after the first day of practice. Mahan took the majority of snaps with the first team, while Justin Hartwig only working with the first team for about three snaps in each of the teams two sessions. This doesn’t mean things won’t change in the coming weeks but it appears the Steelers are giving Mahan every chance to retain his starting spot. Willie Colon took all the snaps with the first team with Max Starks backing him up. Both were beaten badly by second year player LaMarr Woodley in the afternoons one -on- one drills with head coach Mike Tomlin looking on. With Chris Kemoeatu out, Trai Essex worked with the first team. This is Kemoeatu’s job to lose. At inside Linebacker Larry Foote took all of the teams snaps with the first team,Read More »