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    Default Re: Game 1 : Steelers vs. Falcons : 09.12.10

    I found a pic of Les getting ready for today's game...



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    Default Re: Game 1 : Steelers vs. Falcons : 09.12.10

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    Both the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Atlanta Falcons closed 2009 with three straight wins, providing heightened expectations heading into the offseason despite the disappointment of failing to make the playoffs.

    It didn't take long for the Steelers' momentum to disappear.

    Off-field indiscretions led to the trade of a Super Bowl MVP wideout and Ben Roethlisberger's four-game suspension, leaving Pittsburgh to hand the offensive reins to Dennis Dixon for Sunday's season opener against the visiting Falcons.

    The Steelers blew any chance to defend their Super Bowl XLIII title with a midseason five-game losing streak, which proved too much to overcome despite a late surge to finish 9-7.

    Shortly after the NFL season ended, the two stars that combined for the winning touchdown in Pittsburgh's sixth championship were back in the news. Roethlisberger was accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a Milledgeville, Ga., bar on March 5, the second such allegation brought against him in eight months.

    Charges were never filed, but commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Roethlisberger -- who threw for a career-high 4,238 yards in 2009 -- six games for violating the league's personal conduct policy. It was reduced to four at the conclusion of the preseason.

    On March 24, a lawsuit was filed against receiver Santonio Holmes alleging he threw a glass at a woman in a nightclub. Less than three weeks later, Holmes was shipped to the New York Jets for a fifth-round draft pick.

    Without their signal caller for a quarter of the season and Holmes now gone for good, the Steelers face a long road in an attempt to avoid their first consecutive non-playoff seasons since 1998-2000.

    "It motivates each player in this room when they tell you what you can't do," receiver Hines Ward said. "We are going to be underdogs all year, especially the first four games with the uncertainly at quarterback and youth on our team. We play better as underdogs."

    Speedy second-year receiver Mike Wallace replaces Holmes across from Ward, and those two will be counted on to make Dixon's job easier. The mobile third-year quarterback battled veterans Byron Leftwich and Charlie Batch for the job in training camp, but coach Mike Tomlin's decision was made less complicated when Leftwich sprained his MCL in the preseason finale.

    "Dennis has had a very productive preseason and training camp," Tomlin said. "... He waged a battle and got some first-team reps in some preseason games. Largely, we've been very impressed with how he's handled himself in game situations."

    Dixon's lone NFL start came Nov. 29 at Baltimore, when he went 12 for 26 for 145 yards with a TD and an interception while Roethlisberger recovered from a concussion.

    The Falcons, meanwhile, have a third-year starter with considerably more experience. Yet after completing 61.1 percent of his passes and being named the Offensive Rookie of the Year while leading the Falcons to the playoffs in 2008, Matt Ryan was less accurate (58.3) and took a small step backward in Atlanta's 9-7 season.

    After missing two games with a toe injury, though, Ryan came back to throw six touchdowns in leading the Falcons to their final three victories.

    Tight end Tony Gonzalez feels Ryan hasn't missed a beat ever since.

    "He is looking great," Gonzalez said. "He has really improved and I am happy with the way he is going. Just got to keep him healthy and the sky is the limit with him. It is just a matter of when and not if. He will be one of the best. It is just about getting that experience."

    Gonzalez and Roddy White give Ryan two outstanding targets, but Atlanta will be without receiver Michael Jenkins for the opener after he suffered a shoulder injury early in training camp and missed all four preseason games.

    Jenkins was Atlanta's third-leading receiver in 2009 with 50 catches for 635 yards and one touchdown.

    The Falcons almost certainly need Michael Turner to stay healthy to return to the playoffs. The NFL's second-leading rusher in 2008 (1,699) had that total nearly cut in half last season, when he missed five games with an ankle injury.

    Plenty of opponents found facing the Steelers' injury-plagued defense to be less than intimidating down the stretch, when they surrendered averages of 23.3 points and 351.0 yards in their final six contests without safety Troy Polamalu and end Aaron Smith.

    Both are ready to go in Sunday's opener, when Pittsburgh tries to win its eighth consecutive season opener.

    "Troy's the best at what he does," Smith said. "He's just a playmaker. It will be nice to have him out there, running around and doing crazy stuff."

    Atlanta will be hoping to improve on a defense that has finished 20th or worse for five consecutive seasons, and adding free agent cornerback Dunta Robinson should be a good start.

    The return of defensive tackle Peria Jerry should help as well. The 2009 first-rounder missed all of his rookie season with a knee injury, but should be a solid run stuffer -- particularly against a Steelers team that may ride Rashard Mendenhall with Roethlisberger out.

    Atlanta was 1-11 all-time against Pittsburgh before a 34-34 tie at Heinz Field in 2002 and a 41-38 home win in 2006.

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    Default Re: Game 1 : Steelers vs. Falcons : 09.12.10

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    I found a pic of Les getting ready for today's game...



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    Default Re: Game 1 : Steelers vs. Falcons : 09.12.10

    This Week's Line

    2009 Trends (Regular Season)
    The Falcons are 11-5 ATS.
    The Falcons are 5-3 ATS away.
    The Falcons are 6-3 ATS as the underdog.
    The Falcons are 5-2 ATS as an away underdog.
    The Steelers are 5-10 ATS.
    The Steelers are 2-5 ATS at home.
    The Steelers are 1-0 ATS as the underdog.
    The Steelers have not been a home underdog.

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    Default Re: Game 1 : Steelers vs. Falcons : 09.12.10

    Unfortunate for me... the game is not on TV in my neck of the woods. I get to choose between

    (Lions @ Bears)

    and

    (Browns @ Buccaneers)


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    Unfortunate for me... the game is not on TV in my neck of the woods. I get to choose between

    (Lions @ Bears)

    and

    (Browns @ Buccaneers)

    Lol sorry man, why couldn't they save the toilet bowl play off for the end of the season?

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    Default Re: Game 1 : Steelers vs. Falcons : 09.12.10

    Here's some link info, for what it's worth...

    ... My personal experience is that in the past, the NFL systematically goes around and shuts the links down by halftime... But it may provide some viewing for a limited amount of time during the start of the game.

    Check 'em out at kickoff...

    http://www.channelsurfing.net/watch-nfl-2.html
    http://www.justin.tv/john502#/w/382001200
    http://www.justin.tv/nfl_best#/w/381591824/3
    http://www.justin.tv/falconsvssteelerslive#/w/382046000
    http://www.justin.tv/watchnflfootbal...e#/w/382081008
    http://www.justin.tv/asmfhvfds#/w/382084512

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    Default Re: Game 1 : Steelers vs. Falcons : 09.12.10

    Anyone else watching ESPN's pregame coverage?

    Cris Carter has lost his mind w/his love and for T.O. and the Bungles!

    Even Ditka and Tom Jackson are

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    Quote Originally Posted by NKySteeler View Post
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    ... My personal experience is that in the past, the NFL systematically goes around and shuts the links down by halftime... But it may provide some viewing for a limited amount of time during the start of the game.
    YEp, my thoughts exactly!

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    Lol sorry man, why couldn't they save the toilet bowl play off for the end of the season?
    lol

    It's gonna be this way all season. I'll get some games on TV, but not all. There are a few Steelers Nation bars in town. I'm mulling over the list right now.

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    Default Re: Game 1 : Steelers vs. Falcons : 09.12.10

    Key Matchups: Week 1

    Clabo vs. Woodley

    Right tackle Tyson Clabo, at 6-foot-6 and 331 pounds, is the biggest starter on a very good Atlanta offensive line. He’s regarded as a nasty run blocker, and surely the Falcons will try to unleash running back Michael Turner on the Steelers. But the Falcons’ O-line also wants to keep quarterback Matt Ryan upright as much as possible.

    That’s where Clabo’s job gets more difficult. He’ll line up across from LaMarr Woodley, the Steelers’ left outside linebacker. Now a fourth-year pro, Woodley is on the brink of stardom. He led the Steelers with 13.5 sacks last year and has 37 for his career, with eight of them coming in four postseason games.

    Gonzalez vs.Polamalu

    Steelers safety Troy Polamalu called Atlanta tight end Tony Gonzalez “the best the game’s ever had.” As a 10-time Pro Bowler, Gonzalez will surely enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame one day.

    At 34, “Gonzo” may be in the twilight of his career. But he still caught 83 passes last year in his first season with Atlanta.

    Polamalu has played against Gonzalez twice when he played for Kansas City and says that playing against him today “will be a huge challenge.”

    A five-time Pro Bowl selection, Polamalu will be playing for the first time since Nov. 15 when he suffered the second of two sprained knees last season.

    Biermann vs. Adams

    Flozell Adams, the ex-Cowboys star, will have his hands full in his first start with the Steelers. At least that’s the opinion of Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward,

    “(Biermann) is a beast,” Ward said the left defensive end in the Falcons’ 4-3 defense. “Just watching him on film, his motor doesn’t stop. He’s constantly getting pressure on the quarterback. He’s a force in the run game.”

    Adams was signed just before training camp as a replacement for right tackle Willie Colon, who’s out for the year with a torn Achilles’ tendon. Adams hasn’t been all that impressive in the preseason, but the Steelers believe the huge (6-6, 330), savvy veteran will elevate his performance now that it’s time to play games that count.

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