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    VLOG: Steelers rooting for the Browns on Sunday
    December 24, 2010





    I'm sure we are all going to be "Cleveland fans" on Sunday. I really don't want that last game to mean anything... Playing in Cleveland with the division on the line, they say Troy will be in the line-up... I also wouldn't be suprised if Cincinnati could give Baltimore some fight as well...

    Either way, it'll be nice if the Steelers clinch the division on Sunday without even playing...
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    Steelers handle Carolina easily, but offense continues to sputter


    FRIDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2010 12:05 AM WRITTEN BY BOB SMIZIK


    This is pretty much what you expect when one of the best teams in the NFL goes up against the worst team in the NFL.

    The Steelers (11-4) had their way with the Carolina Panthers (2-13) last night at Heinz Field, 27-3.

    But it was hardly a thing of beauty. A down note was that once again the offense could have been more efficient and not left as many points on the field. The Steelers ineffectiveness inside the 20-yard line is a concern. They were in the red zone four times in the first half and produced only one touchdown.

    But the victory was thorough and decisive. No need to embarrass Carolina coach John Fox, an ex-Pitt and Steelers assistant, who will not be back next season.

    In defense of the Steelers, it's not easy maintaining full focus against so lightweight an opponent. But there's no excuse for the first half failures.

    After halftime, this game had all the drama of a pre-season matchup. It wasnít a matter of who would win but how badly the Steelers would.

    As the third quarter turned into the fourth, all that was left to ponder was whether coach Mike Tomlin would sit the battered and bruised Ben Roethlisberger. He didnít. Roethlisberger took every snap including the final knee.

    Big Ben was near flawless in the first half as the Steelers took a 20-0 lead. He completed 16 of 23 for 259 yards and one touchdown. He only threw nine times in the second half and finished with 320 yards and a 111.5 passer rating.

    Facing the Steelers defense, Jimmy Clausen wasnít so good. The rookie never had a chance. He completed 10 of 23 for 72 yards and a 33.2 passer rating.

    If the Steelers win at Cleveland Jan. 2 or Baltimore loses one of its final two games, they will be the second seed in the AFC and earn a first-round bye in the playoffs

    The Steelers played without safety Troy Polamalu last night and the defense barely missed him. If heís held out of the Cleveland game, heíll have had more than a month to rest up for the playoffs. A healthy Polamalu is vital to the Steelers success and it looks like heíll have every opportunity to be rested and ready to go.

    It's possible, if Baltimore loses, the game at Cleveland will lack meaning. That might be not so good. The Steelers need a game with an edge to get their offense straightened out -- if that can be done.

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    It's possible, if Baltimore loses, the game at Cleveland will lack meaning. That might be not so good. The Steelers need a game with an edge to get their offense straightened out -- if that can be done.
    Not sure I agree with Smizik on this, but no big suprise...

    ... One game at the end of the season against the struggling Browns is no more of a benefit than the game we just finished against the struggling Panthers... I would much rather clinch the division this week without even playing than temp fate next week... But that's just me...
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    Bye nearly wrapped up as Steelers roll by Carolina

    A victory Sunday by Browns or win in Cleveland next week clinches division

    Friday, December 24, 2010
    By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



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    Mike Wallace blows past the Panthers' Nic Harris on his way to the end zone in the second quarter Thursday night at Heinz Field.


    The Steelers did their part and now it's down to one team -- Cleveland, either this Sunday or next.

    After they put the Carolina Panthers in a 27-3 box at Heinz Field and returned them to Charlotte, N.C., for Christmas, the Steelers turn toward Cleveland to determine if they get a first-round bye in the playoffs.

    Should the Browns upset Baltimore Sunday in Cleveland, the Steelers will clinch the AFC North Division and the No. 2 playoff seed in the conference. If Baltimore beats the Browns, the Steelers can produce the same playoff spot by winning Jan. 2 in Cleveland.

    "I'm rooting for Cleveland," linebacker James Farrior proclaimed. "I'm a Cleveland fan this weekend. ... It wouldn't hurt to get a little help from somebody."

    The Steelers raised their record to 11-4. The Panthers are 2-13.

    The Steelers ran out to a 20-0 halftime lead against Carolina and toyed with the Panthers in the second half.

    Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who threw for a career-high 259 yards in the first half, opened the scoring in the second half with a 1-yard sneak but several other opportunities fell by the wayside.

    "We left a lot out there," Roethlisberger said. "We should have scored more points."

    Mike Wallace caught a 43-yard touchdown pass from Roethlisberger, Rashard Mendenhall ran a yard for another touchdown and Shaun Suisham kicked field goals of 26 and 29 yards, all in the first half.

    Roethlisberger completed 22 of 32 passes for 320 yards. Wallace caught four passes for 104 yards. Mendenhall rushed for 68 yards.

    The Panthers played every bit as bad as their record. Quarterback Jimmy Clausen completed just 10 of 23 passes for 72 yards, one Bryant McFadden interception and four sacks. They produced 74 yards rushing on 22 carries.

    Now the Steelers get 10 days off, can celebrate Christmas at home or, like rookie Maurkice Pouncey, with his family in Florida. Should the Browns win Sunday, they won't play another meaningful game until Jan. 15-16.

    "Merry, Merry Christmas, Steelers Nation," defensive end Brett Keisel proclaimed. "It's a good weekend for us."

    "It's great to get the win; we can go home and relax the next couple of days and enjoy Christmas with our families," Farrior said. "And we can watch Cleveland beat Baltimore."

    The game Thursday night was rarely in doubt after the Panthers flirted with scoring opportunities early.

    After Carolina's promising opening drive fizzled and the Panthers punted with the ball just 32 yards from the end zone, the Steelers scored on their first drive.

    The longest play was the first, a 35-yard run off the left side by Mendenhall to the Carolina 45. Roethlisberger also completed a 20-yard pass to Heath Miller to the 11. On third down from the 8, Roethlisberger threw what was ruled a touchdown pass to rookie Emmanuel Sanders. But referee Bill Leavy overturned it via replay when it was obvious Sanders had dropped the ball as he fell to the turf.

    Suisham then came on and kicked a 26-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead.

    Carolina reached the Steelers 32 again on their second series and this time went for it. Farrior sacked Clausen on fourth down.

    McFadden intercepted Clausen's deep pass at the Steelers 43 and three plays later, Wallace took a short slant pass from Roethlisberger, split two Panthers and no one could catch him on way to a 43-yard touchdown, the ninth for Wallace this season.

    The Steelers looked to be on their way to another score when, on first down at Carolina's 38, Roethlisberger fumbled the snap and Carolina recovered.

    They got their score on their next series, Mendenhall's 1-yard run. Sanders' 35-yard reception over the middle and Miller's 19-yard catch to the 10 highlighted that eight-play scoring drive.

    The Steelers scored again with 39 seconds left in the half. Suisham kicked a 29-yard field goal to end a 43-yard drive that got started when Wallace caught a 40-yard pass from Roethlisberger to the 15.

    When Mike Goodson then fumbled the kickoff, Will Allen recovered at the 28, and the Steelers had another shot to score. They reached the 15, but Roethlisberger was sacked and then Suisham missed a 41-yard field goal wide to the right, his first miss with the Steelers after hitting his first 13 with them.

    The one problem the Steelers had Thursday night is one that has dogged them all season -- scoring touchdowns inside the opponent's 20.

    They were just 2 for 6 against Carolina and on two of those occasions did not score at all -- Suisham missed a field goal and they failed when they went for it on fourth-and-1 at the 5.

    The Steelers reached the 5 in the third quarter but did not get in on that fourth-down play, a pass to Mendenhall.

    They nearly did not score the second time they got inside the 5 in the third quarter.

    A pass-interference penalty gave them a first down at the 1 and Mendenhall could not score on two runs up the middle. On third down, Roethlisberger sneaked between center and left guard for the touchdown and a 27-0 lead.

    The Steelers were sloppy in the second half. A sack of Roethlisberger lost 7 yards back to the 2, forcing a punt from their end zone. Carolina converted a short series into a 27-yard field goal by John Kasay to avoid the shutout.

    "We are far from perfect but we were good enough to win tonight," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said of his third playoff team in his four seasons as coach. "We'll just continue to look at the areas where we fall short and hopefully improve and push forward to next week."

    Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10358...#ixzz193gDGWcV

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    Default Re: VLOG: Steelers rooting for the Browns on Sunday

    It's possible, if Baltimore loses, the game at Cleveland will lack meaning. That might be not so good. The Steelers need a game with an edge to get their offense straightened out -- if that can be done.
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    Not sure I agree with Smizik on this, but no big suprise...

    ... One game at the end of the season against the struggling Browns is no more of a benefit than the game we just finished against the struggling Panthers... I would much rather clinch the division this week without even playing than temp fate next week... But that's just me...
    Dude, we NEED to be the Clowns next week, period. Doesn't matter who plays. Doesn't matter if it's a must win. The playoffs, for me, start in Cleveland next Sunday.

    We need an assertive and aggressive offensive attack going into the playoffs. If we don't, we're going to have the same problems against the Jets or Rattards that we had the first time we played them. So far OC Dip****, hasn't demonstrated that he can design an attack that could win in the LFL (Lingerie Football League), much less the NFL.

    And when is Ben going to take the bull by the ****ing ballz and just commandeer the O from BA? From every account this season, our O has looked a lot better when Ben just plays gunslinger. He's not back there paralyzed by his OCs analysis of the situation. He's making plays and the O moves. The no-huddle is a very good tool for the Steelers. Will it work all the time? Prolly not. But it will work in situations where we need to keep the D off-balance and the O in perpetual motion toward the opposing goal line.
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    It's possible, if Baltimore loses, the game at Cleveland will lack meaning. That might be not so good. The Steelers need a game with an edge to get their offense straightened out -- if that can be done.
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    Not sure I agree with Smizik on this, but no big suprise...

    ... One game at the end of the season against the struggling Browns is no more of a benefit than the game we just finished against the struggling Panthers... I would much rather clinch the division this week without even playing than temp fate next week... But that's just me...
    Dude, we NEED to beat the Clowns next week, period. Doesn't matter who plays. Doesn't matter if it's a must win. The playoffs, for me, start in Cleveland next Sunday.

    We need an assertive and aggressive offensive attack going into the playoffs. If we don't, we're going to have the same problems against the Jets or Rattards that we had the first time we played them. So far OC Dip****, hasn't demonstrated that he can design an attack that could win in the LFL (Lingerie Football League), much less the NFL.

    And when is Ben going to take the bull by the ****ing ballz and just commandeer the O from BA? From every account this season, our O has looked a lot better when Ben just plays gunslinger. He's not back there paralyzed by his OCs analysis of the situation. He's making plays and the O moves. The no-huddle is a very good tool for the Steelers. Will it work all the time? Prolly not. But it will work in situations where we need to keep the D off-balance and the O in perpetual motion toward the opposing goal line.
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    Dude, we NEED to beat the Clowns next week, period.
    Never insinuated that we didn't need to beat them... Just saying that it would be nice to clinch the division without even playing today...
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    I agree 100% with the "assertive and aggressive offensive attack going into the playoffs" and it was clear that was the plan against the Panthers. The Steelers are a team that's "been there and done it" and it seems like at times that this team seems to try to pace itself during the regular season, do just enough, etc.

    But I have to wonder if this aggressive offense that we saw against the Panthers is going to be a case of "too little, too late" come playoff time. Or even if the Steelers go into the playoffs with that kind of offense. I mean, where was this offense earlier in the year? The offense has stunk for most of the year.

    If the Steelers go in with a lack of no-huddle/up tempo offense and a good bit of 1st down running it will really hinder the teams chances in the playoffs, IMO.

    Against the Browns I expect a repeat of the kind of offense that we saw Thursday. I just hope we see that kind of offense in the playoffs, but I have a bad feeling it'll only be at the end of the game when the score is close. I hope I'm wrong.

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    Never insinuated that we didn't need to beat them... Just saying that it would be nice to clinch the division without even playing today...
    NKy, that would have been nice. A winning lottery ticket is nice, too. Too bad both are rare. Time to reassert ownership of the Clowns next week!
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    If the Steelers go in with a lack of no-huddle/up tempo offense and a good bit of 1st down running it will really hinder the teams chances in the playoffs, IMO.

    Against the Browns I expect a repeat of the kind of offense that we saw Thursday. I just hope we see that kind of offense in the playoffs, but I have a bad feeling it'll only be at the end of the game when the score is close. I hope I'm wrong.
    I hope you're wrong, too, Glanville. If we come out with the same, tired, bull**** O that BA has been trotting out all year, we'll be one and done.

    The way to beat NE, NYJ and BAL is to keep their D on their heels with an up tempo attack and don't make mistakes. If the Steelers do that, everything should work in our favor.
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