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    Steelers Team Report
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    The Steelers were licking their wounds, figuratively and literally, after one of the worst defeats in coach Mike Tomlin’s coaching tenure.

    The final score of 39-26 in the loss to the New England Patriots Sunday night was worse than it looked after they trailed 23-3 entering the fourth quarter. [HIGH-LIGHT]That 13-point loss was the third worst under Tomlin, most since a 31-14 loss at Tennessee in 2008. The worst? At New England in 2007, 34-13.[/HIGH-LIGHT]
    “We stunk offensively,” quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said. “We flat-out stunk. And I stunk. It wasn’t fun.”

    The Steelers played without both starting defensive ends again, Aaron Smith and Brett Keisel, and with a new left side of their offensive line with Max Starks on injured reserve and guard Chris Kemoeatu out with a sprained knee and ankle. During the game, they lost Hines Ward to a concussion and linebacker Lawrence Timmons to a hip pointer.

    Injuries may be catching up with the Steelers, who also lost starting tackle Willie Colon before the season.

    “The standard really doesn’t change no matter who’s out there,” safety Troy Polamalu said.

    Yet Pittsburgh remains tied for first place in the AFC North at 6-3 with Baltimore, although the Ravens beat them in Heinz Field. [HIGH-LIGHT]The Steelers also blew a chance to stake a claim for a top seed in the playoffs by losing to the 7-2 Patriots. They also have a game coming up at home Dec. 19 against the 7-2 New York Jets.[/HIGH-LIGHT]
    But Oakland right now has to be on their minds. The Raiders upset them in Heinz Field last season and come in with a much better record this Sunday at 5-4.

    “We have to prepare ourselves for what’s coming up next and be ready if a team wants to attack us the way New England did,” linebacker James Farrior said.

    NOTES, QUOTES

    • [HIGH-LIGHT]The Steelers not only gave up their first touchdown this season on an opponent’s opening drive, they also allowed their first TD on an opponent’s first drive of the second half. Previously, they had allowed two field goals on opening drives in eight games, and two field goals on opening drives of second halves[/HIGH-LIGHT].

    • [HIGH-LIGHT]In their nine games, the Steelers have failed to score a touchdown in the first half of three games and have scored only three points in the first half in three games.[/HIGH-LIGHT]

    • [HIGH-LIGHT]Once regarded as a prime-time team, the Steelers are 0-2 on Sunday night this season and 14-16 all time playing at night on Sunday[/HIGH-LIGHT].

    STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

    Player Notes

    • WR Hines Ward’s streak of catching passes in 186 consecutive games ended when he left the game in the first quarter with a concussion. It’s the third longest streak in NFL history, begun in 1998.

    • LB Lawrence Timmons, the Steelers’ runaway leader in tackles, left the game for good in the second half with a hip pointer.

    • LB James Harrison played the entire game Sunday after he went on the injury list Saturday with back spasms. He had nine tackles and a quarterback hurry but no sacks.

    • QB Ben Roethlisberger’s 387 yards passing were the second most in his career by one yard. The Steelers have lost all three of Roethlisberger’s most productive passing games.

    • WR Mike Wallace had his first double-digit reception game with 11 and a career high 136 yards, his third 100-yard game of the season.

    Report Card Vs . PATRIOTS

    Passing Offense: D—Yes, Ben Roethlisberger had 387 yards passing, three touchdowns and a 97.9 passer rating. But he had only 99 yards in the first three quarters when the Steelers trailed 23-3. He threw a pick-six interception and he was sacked five times. His receivers dropped consecutive passes into the end zone from inside the 10 in the first half.

    Rushing Offense: D—The Steelers managed just 76 yards on just 16 carries, abandoning the ground game because it was ineffective and they fell too far behind. Rashard Mendenhall got 34 of his 50 yards on one carry. It was their second lowest rushing output of the season.

    Pass Defense: F—Tom Brady could not be stopped, could not be touched. He completed 30 of 43 passes for 350 yards, three touchdowns, no interceptions and a 117.4 passer rating. He not only wasn’t sacked, he virtually went untouched all night. He took all the underneath stuff the Steelers were willing to give him and then some. It was Pittsburgh’s only sackless game of the season.

    Rush Defense: C-minus—New England did just enough on the ground to keep them honest with 103 yards rushing on 24 carries, the first team to top 75 yards rushing against Pittsburgh all season. Even Brady could not be stopped when he powered in for a touchdown on a sneak from three yards out.

    Special Teams: C—Steelers special teams were generally good except for Jeff Reed’s 26-yard missed field goal. They gave up one kickoff return of 35 yards and rookie Emmanuel Sanders had one of 34 yards. However, New England got good field position after Keenan Lewis stepped out of bounds and then downed the ball for a penalty.

    [HIGH-LIGHT]Coaching: D—Allowing Tom Brady a wide-open field to throw underneath all night obviously was the wrong tact to take. They also blitzed him rarely and put no heat on him. The Patriots were able to maneuver rookie tight end Rob Gronkowski to a spot where he was matched up on cornerback William Gay, a mismatch of great proportions that resulted in two of Gronkowski’s three TD catches. Steelers were listless on offense against a low-ranked Patriots defense that starts three rookies.[/HIGH-LIGHT]

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    I have to question what does it take for a coaching staff to get an F. These guys did nothing right last night except find the stadium for a scrimmage game. If that doesn't get you an F what does?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LasVegasGuy View Post
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    I have to question what does it take for a coaching staff to get an F. These guys did nothing right last night except find the stadium for a scrimmage game. If that doesn't get you an F what does?
    I think when you combine the O, the D, and ST's.....a D is fair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bleedBnG58 View Post
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    I think when you combine the O, the D, and ST's.....a D is fair.
    Ok. Just checking.

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