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    First person fan reaction: Saints prove the Steelers aren’t a Super Bowl contender just yet
    By Lee Andrew Henderson, Associated Content

    When the Pittsburgh Steelers won each of their six Super Bowl Championships they had a Pro Bowl quarterback leading the way. The first four were won with Terry Bradshaw at the helm and Ben Roethlisberger led the charge for the last two. Like most fans though, I became a fan of the Steelers due to their bone-crushing defense. The Steelers often depend on their defense to pull them through and this year could be no different.

    The Steelers' game against the New Orleans Saints told us more about the Steelers than any game this year. It was the first good team the Steelers played since Roethlisberger returned from suspension. What we learned from the game is that the Steelers are not on that top tier of teams yet. They're probably the best team on the second tier and they aren't far from the first tier, but they still have work to do.

    Last season the Steelers managed a 9-7 record despite a lot of holes. The defense was down, largely because of the injury to Troy Polamau, the running game was non-existent and the protection for Roethlisberger was the worst protection of any good team. Roethlisberger had to throw and run like his life depended on it.

    The defense has gotten better with Polamalu back and they carried the Steelers during Roethlisberger's absence. Their overall defensive numbers are a little deceiving though. The Steelers' yards allowed per game ranks fifth and their points allowed per game rank 1st. However, this is largely due to a rush defense that gives up 30 less yards per game than the second best defense. This also explains why the point total is low. The Steelers are able to step up the defense in the red zone because most teams run the ball and it is more difficult to pass.

    When opponents are outside the red zone and have more space to the throw the Steelers' defense has been very susceptible. The good news is the improved rush defense and a lack of great quarterbacks coming up on the schedule (Tom Brady) is really the only one that would scare anybody) means that the Steelers should be a playoff team fairly easily. The bad news is there are other holes that could cost them the division and a shot to go deep into the playoffs.

    The biggest problem once again is the offensive line. Overall the Steelers are middle of the pack in sacks allowed but that is because Dennis Dixon was escaping sacks in the earlier games. Since Roethlisberger became the starter the offensive line is giving up three sacks per game. Last year with Roethlisberger at the helm they had about the same rate all season. It resulted in Roethlisberger being sacked 50 times for 348 total yards. In seven seasons Ben Roethlisberger has been sacked more times, 248, than Tom Brady in 12 seasons and Peyton Manning in 13 seasons.

    Some might chalk up the Steelers' 29th ranked passing game to Roethlisberger not playing the first four games but in the three games Roethlisberger has played the offensive line is giving him no time to throw. In the game against the Saints the Steelers had just one long pass and that was only 25 yards. Despite the offensive line Roethlisberger has passed for 251 yards per game. If the Steelers were averaging 251 passing yards per game for the season they would rank 7th in the league. So imagine how good Ben Roethlisberger would be if somebody blocked for him. Not only would Roethlisberger throw for more yards but they wouldn't lose 300+ yards in sacks.

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    We are a fumble call away from being 4-3 and 1-2 with Ben.

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    Default Re: Saints prove the Steelers aren’t a Super Bowl contender just yet

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    We are a fumble call away from being 4-3 and 1-2 with Ben.
    But we're not 4-3, so I like the refs today... ... Some would also say that we were just a play away from beating the Ratbirds, so we could'a been undefeated before this past Sunday...


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    Had we played them in Pittsburgh they would be knocking the Saints because we would have slapped them around here at Heinz field.

    Another thing that didn't help out our offense was the noise. If Tomlin prepared them for that he, did a poor job. They should have piped in noise their entire practice week so that they found it on game day to be common place for them.

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    Another thing that didn't help out our offense was the noise. If Tomlin prepared them for that he, did a poor job. They should have piped in noise their entire practice week so that they found it on game day to be common place for them.
    See, I just don't buy the whole "noise" thing... We have a squad of veterans that have played in domes and noisey environments in the past... Now Pouncey is calling the O-line schemes from what I've read, but he's used to it as well since he came from Florida... He played in that exact stadium during this past Sugar Bowl, and I guarantee that the place was rockin' just as loud if not louder then...
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    Default Re: Saints prove the Steelers aren’t a Super Bowl contender just yet

    The noise wasn't their only problem no doubt but, it had to be a factor.

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    Default Re: Saints prove the Steelers aren’t a Super Bowl contender just yet

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    We are a fumble call away from being 4-3 and 1-2 with Ben.
    And, the Steelers are one defended pass away from being 6-1 or one defended pass and one fumble from being 7-0, it's the NFL and every team can look one or two plays per game and play the what if game.

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    And, the Steelers are one defended pass away from being 6-1 or one defended pass and one fumble from being 7-0, it's the NFL and every team can look one or two plays per game and play the what if game.

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    See the difference here? You are speaking hypothetically. I am presenting the facts. We did fumble, we did clearly lose the ball and we did need a favorable call to secure the win. So in essence we should be 4-3 not 5-2.

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