View Full Version : We just saw the semi ok, the bad, and the UGLY on offense but...
12-07-2008, 07:41 PM
They got the win and responded when they had too. All be it in the VERY end of the game when they absolutely had NO room for error. No rushing game at all, Parker was a non factor and Moore did JUST enough when he had too. You must credit the Cowboys defense for giving it their all in this game and by all rights they played well enough to win but thanks to some great ST returns and solid coverage setting up our offense we were able to get the score to tie it.
Ben was terrible for 3 1/2 quarters, Hines was a non factor, the only bright spot on offense was Holmes and a couple big catches by Washington.
I know this much, you can chalk this one up to just a defensive struggle if you want but our offense has absolutely got to get it in gear for this stretch run.
12-07-2008, 07:44 PM
:ditto: No other way to say it. :yesnod:
12-07-2008, 07:49 PM
The Cowboys defense did play one hell of a football game........Our offense is a joke though....But hey there motto should be winning ugly since that is exactly what we're doing on offense thanks to our defense that can keep us in games why the offense stinks the game up for most of the game....Today they won the game....The O came through to tie but the defense kept us in it and then won the game......Best ****ing defense in the NFL and I don't want to hear anything different from other teams fans......
12-07-2008, 07:54 PM
We have beaten 2 very good teams the last 2 weeks. Dallas has a chance to win the NFC. Our offense is very scary though. 5 TO and we win in the last minute that's not a good thing.
12-07-2008, 08:06 PM
The Steelers offense makes me so mad sometimes I could bite a handful of nails in half.
I think we all know that the offense is the weak spot for the Steelers.....if they make the playoffs is the defense enough to carry the team???
IMO the answer is between a Not Likely to a Maybe.
We saw the Rats win the Superbowl in 2000 with a stellar defense and minimal offense but at least they could run the football.
12-07-2008, 08:17 PM
There is little doubt, no make that zero doubt that if this team is going to make a championship run it's going to be on the back of our defense and solid play by ST. Our offense got absolutely stuffed all day long and that is not a good sign when you head into a stretch of defenses like Balt. and Tenn.
12-07-2008, 11:47 PM
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Tony Romo was one play into what he expected to be a game-winning scoring drive and, with Dallas trying to preserve time late in the fourth quarter, couldn't believe it when Pittsburgh called time out.
"He gave us that, 'Who called the time out? You called the time out?' " Steelers linebacker James Harrison said. "Yeah, we called the time out."
Like it has been nearly all season, Pittsburgh's league-leading defense was one play ahead of the opposing offense, even during a game in which the Steelers largely played from behind.
Deshea Townsend scored on a 25-yard interception return on the next play with 1:40 remaining as the Steelers scored their only two touchdowns 24 seconds apart, rallying from a 10-point deficit to deal the Cowboys a potentially damaging 20-13 loss on Sunday.
"Yeah, we called the time out," Harrison said, describing what the Steelers (10-3) perceived to be almost-smug confidence by Romo and the Cowboys even as they were surrendering a 10-point lead in the final 7 1/2 minutes. "And you're going to throw a pick to Deshea so we can win."
Afterward, the Cowboys (8-5) almost couldn't believe it: Not only that Pittsburgh's bold gamble paid off, but that they couldn't hold onto an apparently decisive lead in a game they badly needed to win to make the NFC playoffs as a wild card.
"Three games to go, obviously it's a huge challenge for us," tight end Jason Witten said.
Just before Pittsburgh's comeback began, the Cowboys celebrated wildly after dropping Gary Russell for a 2-yard loss on a fourth-and-goal play from the Dallas 1 early in the fourth quarter to retain that 10-point lead. The Steelers noticed.
It was the third time in a month the Steelers were stopped inside the 1 on their home field, but Dallas couldn't take advantage - just as Pittsburgh did little with the Cowboys' four turnovers in the first half.
"It's all about momentum. It's just momentum. It wasn't us thinking the game was over by any means," said Terrell Owens, who celebrated his 35th birthday by scoring Dallas' only TD on a 12-yard catch early in the third quarter. "Sometimes it's just like that. We were excited, the game was going our way."
Not for long. The Steelers surged back to tie it on Jeff Reed's second field goal, a 41-yarder, and Ben Roethlisberger's 6-yard pass to Heath Miller with 2:04 remaining. Roethlisberger found Nate Washington three times for 51 yards on a 67-yard drive that led to the Miller score after the Cowboys twice stalled on drives that, if they had scored, probably would have sealed it.
Then, on second-and-8 from the Cowboys 17, Witten ran the wrong pass route, allowing Townsend to step in front of Romo's pass for the fifth turnover forced by a Pittsburgh defense that went into the game leading the NFL in nearly every major statistical department. Until the closing minutes, that defense had been outplayed by a determined Dallas defense that held Pittsburgh to 70 yards rushing and 238 yards.
"We did all the things we had to - up until a point," Dallas linebacker Bradie James said. "But evidently we didn't do enough to get a win. We didn't make enough plays to win. I said the best defense would win the game, and they won the game."
The Steelers won their fourth in a row and ended Dallas' three-game winning streak. They can win the AFC North by winning next Sunday at Baltimore, which played Washington later Sunday night.
The Steelers' comeback on a bitterly cold day with a gametime temperature of 22 and a wind chill in the low teens allowed the Giants (11-2) to win the NFC East despite losing to Philadelphia 20-14 earlier in the day.
The weather didn't help during yet another December disappointment for Dallas, which is 17-29 in the month since 1996. The Steelers are 24-9 in December since 2001.
Dallas lost despite a big day by rookie Tashard Choice, who ran for 88 yards in his first NFL start, the most against Pittsburgh all season, and had 166 total yards. Choice filled in for the injured Marion Barber, who stayed in Dallas with a dislocated little toe.
Romo, coming off successive 300-yard games, ended 19-of-36 for 210 yards and three interceptions. He put Dallas up 10-3 early in the third by scrambling for more than eight seconds before somehow finding Owens behind Ike Taylor in the rear of the end zone.
Later, after the score swung, Owens was seen jawing to assistant coach Ray Sherman along the sideline, possibly because he wasn't seeing the ball at the end.
"The defense played a hell of a ballgame," Owens said. "We stunk it up on offense."
Until Owens' catch, Pittsburgh held a 77-9 scoring advantage in the third quarter this season. Nick Folk later added his second field goal, a 33-yarder with 3:32 left in the third that made it 13-3.
Dallas, constantly stalled by the turnovers and bad field position, mounted little offense until Romo hit Witten on two passes for 31 yards to set up Folk's 44-yard field goal that made it 3-3 at halftime.
12-08-2008, 10:23 AM
We are what we are on offense right now, we're just going to have live with this unit and take what we can get. The defense will get us opportunities with turnovers and big stops to set us up with good field position and the ST return game is really coming on now with Holmes; the coverage units are stellar. We're going to have ride those 2 units and just hope our offense can score enough points when they get the chance.
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