View Full Version : Steelers Hitting their Stride

Sir Blitzelot
11-10-2009, 06:40 PM
At the midway point of the 2009 NFL regular season the Pittsburgh Steelers find themselves with a surging 6-2 record. After a dominating win over the Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football, the Steelers are now one of the hottest teams in the league, riding high on a five-game win streak. The team is currently playing at a high level on both sides of the ball and should no longer be considered under the radar of the NFL. The Steelers are becoming one of the league’s most dangerous teams and may very well find themselves playing in Miami, come February 7th.

The Steelers’ defense appears to back to form. Even with the absence of three starters on Monday night, the defense still looked as imposing as ever. The Steelers completely shut down Denver’s running attack, holding the Broncos to just twenty-seven total yards on the ground. They forced Denver to become a one-dimensional football team and try to win behind the arm of Kyle Orton and for the Broncos, it proved to be a recipe for disaster.

The defense harassed Orton by bringing plenty of blitzes, keeping him off balance for much of the night. The constant pressure from the Steelers caused the Broncos’ quarterback to make poor decisions, as he would throw three interceptions throughout the course of the game. Two of those interceptions were made by Tyrone Carter. Carter, who was playing in place of Ryan Clark, returned an interception for a touchdown in the first quarter to give the Steelers an early 7-3 lead. His second came with just seconds left in the game to seal the win for Pittsburgh. Troy Polamalu also had a key interception in the fourth quarter with the Steelers leading 14-10. Polamalu’s pick would set up a Steelers’ touchdown that would put the game out of reach.

Against the Broncos, the Steelers found tremendous success with the ‘hurry-up’ offense and attacked Denver with a stifling mix of run and pass. Ben Roethlisberger had a quarterback rating of 116, while passing for over 230 yards and three touchdowns. The wide receiving corps wore out the veteran secondary of the Denver Broncos. Hines Ward had seven receptions for 44 yards, and two touchdowns. Santonio Holmes had six catches for 93 yards. And Mike Wallace continues a stellar rookie campaign as he had 69 receiving yards on the night including a twenty-five yard touchdown reception, which proved to be the knockout blow for the Broncos.

While the passing game soared, it was the performance of Rashard Mendenhall that was most impressive. Mendenhall ran the football with purpose and aggressiveness. The second-year halfback absolutely gashed the defense of the Denver Broncos. Mendenhall rushed for 155 yards and averaged seven yards a carry. Leading 21-10 in the fourth quarter the Steelers looked upon the halfback to close the game, and he did not disappoint, running for big gains and using up the clock. Rashard Mendenhall continues to make gigantic strides this season and is showing the league why he was a first-round draft selection a year ago.

Monday night’s victory keeps the Steelers tied for first place in the AFC North with rival Cincinnati. These two teams will meet on Sunday afternoon at Heinz Field where the division lead will be on the line. This is already a much heated rivalry, but with first place in the division hanging in the balance, it will only add to the much anticipated matchup. The Bengals are the surprising story of the 2009 NFL season. To this point, their season has been nothing short of remarkable, with a record of 6-2 to go along perfect 4-0 mark within the AFC North.

Michael C. Smith

11-10-2009, 07:25 PM
It seems that the team as a whole is coming together, special teams play was good last night , our defense seems to be back to their old selves, KUDOS to the O-Line they did a great job last night............if we can continue to play like this week in an out we should get to number 7 this Feb:tt02:

11-10-2009, 07:30 PM
Great article as usual. Next week will be the staging point for how we intend on finishing this season, obviously as #1.

but, if we do do lose, it is not the end of the world, the Steelers' next few weeks after the Bengals really slack off in competition.

11-11-2009, 09:13 AM
good read. thanks. :yellowthumb:

the O line has me pretty excited. i have the O line responsible for 12 sacks on the year. the others are on ben being ben and coverage sacks. kemo got beat bad once on monday night but after that, he played BALLS-OUT NASTY. ben has turned out to be quite the leader. the sky's the limit with this squad. stay focused, boys.