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    10/26/2009
    Much to like about this defensive effort
    By F. Dale Lolley, Staff writer

    PITTSBURGH - Needing to make a statement against a very good offense, the Steelers defense proved that not only is it capable of slamming the door at the end of a game, it's adept at putting points on the board.

    Even more impressive than Pittsburgh's two fourth-quarter defensive touchdowns in Sunday's 27-17 victory over Minnesota was the goal-line stand that preceded it.

    Midway through the third quarter with the Steelers clinging to a 13-7 lead, Minnesota quarterback Brett Favre connected with Sidney Rice for a 34-yard gain before he was tripped up by safety Troy Polamalu inside the one-yard line.

    Nose tackle Casey Hampton was then penalized for lining up offsides - his helmet was in the neutral zone - for the third time in the game. That moved the ball within a couple of inches of the goal line.

    With running back Adrian Peterson - a player Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin this week called the best football player in the world - in the backfield, it seemed almost certain the Vikings would take the lead.
    The Vikings gave the ball to Peterson on first down. He was dropped for a loss by linebackers Keyaron Fox and James Farrior.

    Apparently, that was sufficient enough evidence for the Minnesota coaching staff that Peterson, who had 12 carries for 33 yards at that point, was not going to pound his way into the end zone.

    Favre attempted a pair of play-action passes on second and third downs, the first to Rice, then one to tight end Jim Kleinsasser. Neither was completed and the Vikings kicked an 18-yard field goal.

    Instead of taking a 14-13 lead, the Vikings trailed 13-10.

    "I think it's a testament to our defense that you have the best running back in the world and you throw two passes on second and third down from about the half-yard line," said Steelers safety Ryan Clark.

    It also helped set the stage for LaMarr Woodley's 77-yard fumble return for a touchdown after a Brett Keisel sack and strip of Favre, and Fox's 82-yard interception return for a score in the fourth quarter.

    Because Minnesota was sure it couldn't run consistently against the Steelers, even with Peterson, Favre threw 51 passes in a game that was a one-score contest until Fox's touchdown with 1:15 remaining.

    As often happens to road teams in the NFL when they try to throw the ball a lot, mistakes happen.

    The Steelers had been struggling to finish opponents off in the fourth quarters this season. A defense that was No. 1 in the NFL in just about every statistic last year had shown an inability to hold second-half leads.

    With Minnesota's potent running attack limited, the Steelers knew they could start teeing off on Favre.

    "It was like everybody forgot that this defense can play," said safety Ryan Clark. "We've got pride. It's not ego; it's pride. We didn't like that coming into this game, everybody was saying it was going to be a shootout. As much as you're saying something good about our offense, you're saying something negative about our defense."

    There haven't been many negatives over the past two weeks as the defense finished off Cleveland and Minnesota in back-to-back games.

    "We're getting to the point that we're playing to the level that we're capable of making plays when they're needed," said linebacker James Harrison.

    On Sunday, they put the league on notice.

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    The defense came alive against the Vikes which is good to see. That fact in itself will go a long way to getting this team back on the right path. I just wish the corners would stop giving WR's such a big cushion. Maybe as Troy gets healthier, the cushions will get smaller. Either way, the Defense is heating up which is bad news for the teams remaining on the schedule.
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    The defense came alive against the Vikes which is good to see. That fact in itself will go a long way to getting this team back on the right path. I just wish the corners would stop giving WR's such a big cushion. [HIGH-LIGHT]Maybe as Troy gets healthier, the cushions will get smaller.[/HIGH-LIGHT] Either way, the Defense is heating up which is bad news for the teams remaining on the schedule.
    The Steeler corners have played that way for years.
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    The Steeler corners have played that way for years.
    Unfortunately very true..........
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    I know, but I sure would like to see our corners play up and start knocking these receivers off their routes and take away the quick slants and underneath routes. I see a lot where the QB is hitting these routes right as the blitz is getting there,one more second and the QB is down or hit as he is throwing creating a possible turnover.
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    On Sunday, they put the league on notice.
    LOVE that statement.Hope it holds true.

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    People can talk about our corners playing off to far etc...I just wish they could tackle. That's not too much to ask is it?
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    People can talk about our corners playing off to far etc...I just wish they could tackle. That's not too much to ask is it?
    Just keep Adrian Peterson away from William Gay and we'll be juuuuuuuust fine.

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    Just keep Adrian Peterson away from William Gay and we'll be juuuuuuuust fine.
    That absolute debacle of a tackle by Gay epitomized his day...he just got run over and mauled ALL day long. Terrible performance.

    I do want to know...though...why AP was allowed to lead with the crown of his helmet when he was looking to run someone over but why Gay couldn't do the same to him if he was attempting to make the tackle. Look at the replay...its clear helmet to helmet and AP clearly leads with it.
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    That absolute debacle of a tackle by Gay epitomized his day...he just got run over and mauled ALL day long. Terrible performance.

    I do want to know...though...why AP was allowed to lead with the crown of his helmet when he was looking to run someone over but why Gay couldn't do the same to him if he was attempting to make the tackle. Look at the replay...its clear helmet to helmet and AP clearly leads with it.
    Because he's Adrian ****in' Peterson.

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    Because he's Adrian ****in' Peterson.
    That HAS to be the answer.
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    That HAS to be the answer.
    In a way,I'm only half joking.I'm sure that he gets a few breaks because of who he is.Anyway,I'm not gonna make too much of it,we won.

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    In a way,I'm only half joking.I'm sure that he gets a few breaks because of who he is.Anyway,I'm not gonna make too much of it,we won.
    Indeed winning is a cure for all ills...except for Gay's concussion maybe.
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    Indeed winning is a cure for all ills...except for Gay's concussion maybe.
    Well,the bright side is when Gay wakes up,its possible that he'll revert back to the way he played last year.

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    Well,the bright side is when Gay wakes up,its possible that he'll revert back to the way he played last year.
    If so we should personally hire AP to run over Gay like he's a tackling dummy every week.
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