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Troyisabeast_43
01-31-2011, 04:47 PM
Which is the 2nd worst in the NFL. The only other team worse then the Packers this season in terms of yards per carry this season was the Buffalo Bills who gave up just over 5 yards per carry. And we all saw how well the Steelers ran the ball against the Bills this season with Mendenhall when they played in Buffalo. I really believe this is a huge advantage for the Steelers going into this game. If Mendenhall can run the ball it will do a number of things. It will open up the passing game for Ben Roethlisberger and especially the play action passing game where it can have a lot of success throwing the ball. Heath Miller was a huge factor last year in the game against the Packers catching the ball over the middle. I believe he had a career day in catches and yards. Another thing it will do is eat up clock and let the Steelers control time of possession which is also a key as well. This will keep that potent Packers offense off the field and it will not let Aaron Rodgers and that Packers receiving core beat the Steelers single handily. The Packers will not run the ball in this game with Starks and Jackson I believe with enough success to become a big factor in this game.

So with that being said, if the Packers do not stop the Steelers running the ball with Mendenhall in this game and he keep that yards per carry average where it is right now at 4.7 yards per carry on the ground, in my opinion they will have a very very hard time winning this game. A little hidden stat as we sit here and talk about the running games. In the 44 previous Super Bowls the team that has more rushing attempts or rushing yards as a team is 36-8 all-time. So what that tells me right there is if Mendenhall and the Steelers have success running the ball much like they did against the Jets, the Steelers chances of winning this game increase a great deal...

LarryNJ
01-31-2011, 04:49 PM
That along with 1 or 2 big plays on D, no turnovers and the game is ours!

SteelDad
01-31-2011, 04:57 PM
Excellent post!:yellowthumb: I've been waiting for this topic to come up. The Steelers ability to run the ball in this game will be the major factor IMO. Teams have not really run on the Packers in the playoffs because they too quickly abandoned the run (Bears) or got way behind (Falcons) and started chucking it. The Eagles aren't a good example because frankly, they hardly ever run anyway. Hope Mendy is ready to carry a big load Sunday.

airbrake 1
01-31-2011, 05:06 PM
if mendenhall can average 4.7 yards per rush and get 25 touches we should win this game handily...god i would love it if we absolutely blew the packers out like the niners did to denver wasn't it like 55-10...that would be nice... i'm not looking for drama this time, super bowl 43 satisfied my drama quota...go steelers:tt02:

igor0190
01-31-2011, 05:10 PM
The Packers D is an imitation of ours. The biggest difference is that their LB's are not even close to ours. I don't even think their best (Matthews) could take Harrison OR Woodleys spot.

Goodfrom55
01-31-2011, 05:23 PM
Definitely an advantage for the Steelers. Keeping in mind Legursky for Pouncey might be a drop off (Legursky prone to hold), but Ideally, if the Steelers can keep Ben's pass attempts under 25, and Mendy and company can run the ball 35+ times, I like our chances. By playing the Ravens and Jets to get here, I believe the Steelers have the advantage because outside of our own, there are not 2 more physical defenses in the NFL than the Ravens and Jets. RUN RIGHT AT MATTHEWS, take away his angle of pursuit.

Troyisabeast_43
01-31-2011, 05:25 PM
Another thing to keep in mind is the Packers offense isn't so great against defenses who have given up less than 20 ppg this season. The only exceptions to this is when they played the Pats(without Rodgers) and the rematch against Atlanta. I don't expect them to be able to stop our running game and I don't think their offense is going to do nearly as good as the media hype would have you believe.

SteelDad
01-31-2011, 05:29 PM
if mendenhall can average 4.7 yards per rush and get 25 touches we should win this game handily...god i would love it if we absolutely blew the packers out like the niners did to denver wasn't it like 55-10...that would be nice... i'm not looking for drama this time, super bowl 43 satisfied my drama quota...go steelers:tt02:

Right on airbrake! I'm still seeing a therapist and a heart specialist after XLIII.

BlitzburghRockCity
01-31-2011, 05:43 PM
There is no question the Steelers can and will attempt to run the ball. Don't be surprised if they come out throwing but either way they will run. The play action is HUGE against an aggressive defense, as we know all too well. The more we can control the clock the better off we will be.

SteelerDave74
01-31-2011, 05:44 PM
Another thing to keep in mind is the Packers offense isn't so great against defenses who have given up less than 20 ppg this season. The only exceptions to this is when they played the Pats(without Rodgers) and the rematch against Atlanta. I don't expect them to be able to stop our running game and I don't think their offense is going to do nearly as good as the media hype would have you believe.

Spot on and exactly what I would say. Great post!!!

LarryNJ
01-31-2011, 06:33 PM
if mendenhall can average 4.7 yards per rush and get 25 touches we should win this game handily...god i would love it if we absolutely blew the packers out like the niners did to denver wasn't it like 55-10...that would be nice... i'm not looking for drama this time, super bowl 43 satisfied my drama quota...go steelers:tt02:

Not to mention the last 2 playoff games. :)

That being said the Packers have never trailed by more than 7 points this year. That's very impressive and reason to believe it will be close.

franchise3
01-31-2011, 09:16 PM
The Packers D is an imitation of ours. The biggest difference is that their LB's are not even close to ours. I don't even think their best (Matthews) could take Harrison OR Woodleys spot.

How can you say this in a thread that describes how poor their run defense is and Steelers have one of the best run defenses in the history of the sport?

cmerrifield
01-31-2011, 09:33 PM
I hope we start running at them in 3 WR sets, let em start bringing their safeties up for run support and watch Wallace or Sanders make them pay.

coach
01-31-2011, 10:43 PM
In addition to many of the fine points raised above, I think some of the Steelers are going to play with a chip on their shoulder in this game. I think 7 & 92 are probably a bit pissed over some stupidity this year, and I can see them firing out in the first half like last game. That start was as impressive a half as I've seen in a long time. I have been nervous about GB spreading us and doing the dink and dunk down the field. But, I also feel the Steelers will hold their own. I know talent wins and all this talk about people being upset is not what wins ball games most of the time. But, talent with motivation can dominate. I am expecting execution par excellence on Sunday and I hope the game planning is on par with the AFC CG. What a treat that would be.

6 more sleeps.:cope:

coldrolled
02-01-2011, 12:10 PM
if mendenhall can average 4.7 yards per rush and get 25 touches we should win this game handily...god i would love it if we absolutely blew the packers out like the niners did to denver wasn't it like 55-10...that would be nice... i'm not looking for drama this time, super bowl 43 satisfied my drama quota...go steelers:tt02:

With their weakness being the run. we should to activate dwyers in case of injuries...

Maybe will see the pony with mendy and redman in this game and then see them catching some short passes behind the blitzes...

Rampage
02-01-2011, 01:38 PM
I would theoretically run Mendenhall infinite times if the Packers keep up the 4.7/YPC allowance.

steelersbabex25
02-01-2011, 02:32 PM
I've been thinking about their poor run defense a lot too. All the experts have been talking about their top 5 defense in the league, about Clay Matthews, Woodson, :blah: But really, how effective can a defense be when only really half of it is worth a ****. You could have the best pass defense in the history of the NFL, but what does it matter if you can't stop the run?

franchise3
02-01-2011, 04:26 PM
I've been thinking about their poor run defense a lot too. All the experts have been talking about their top 5 defense in the league, about Clay Matthews, Woodson, :blah: But really, how effective can a defense be when only really half of it is worth a ****. You could have the best pass defense in the history of the NFL, but what does it matter if you can't stop the run?

It matters if BA goes pass happy as he has been known to do in the past.

steelersbabex25
02-01-2011, 04:51 PM
It matters if BA goes pass happy as he has been known to do in the past.

If you watched the Jets game..

coach
02-01-2011, 08:17 PM
It matters if BA goes pass happy as he has been known to do in the past.

This is the part that scares me.

GB is in the way.

BA must stay out of the way.

5 more sleeps.

SteelerDave74
02-01-2011, 08:49 PM
I say lock up BA and let Tomlin call the shots.