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BlitzburghRockCity
11-13-2011, 05:02 PM
Mendenhall:16 rushes for 44 yds and 2 TD's
Redman: 7 rushes for 25 yds
Wallace:2 rushes for 31
Moore: 7 rushes for 23 yds.

The Bengals were tops in the league against the run coming in this weekends game and they made the ground gaining a tough challenge but with end arounds by Wallace and some tough running by Mendenhall and Redman they were able to just get enough on the ground from the contingent of backs to be effective.

Games like this where the Bengals have a very good rotation and able to keep guys fresh all game long and get pressure with every one of them you have to be able to run the ball.

You have to like Mendenhall being able to pound it in the redzone close to the goal line. He ran tough today and broke tackles to ensure he was getting in for the score. It's not something we see all that often from the Steelers this season. Credit the offensive line for getting enough of a push as well against a backed up, good, Bengals goal line defense.

nuclearchihuahuas
11-13-2011, 05:05 PM
I just wish Mendy would get 100 all by himself. Then everyone else can get another 100. O-line needs to get lower and maintain their blocks. They are improved but still not imposing their will.

Mike Tomlin
11-13-2011, 05:13 PM
Somebody needs to call Clinton Portis

BlitzburghRockCity
11-13-2011, 05:16 PM
You have to give credit to the Bengals front 7. They came into this weekend ranked 2nd against the run so you know they've stepped up their game. Their front 7 is a wicked rotation of all capable players. They were missing Dunlap today so that hurt them some but they knew they had to stop the Steelers run game today simply because that's what you do to win in this league. Today the Steelers were able to get just enough on the ground to be effective.

nuclearchihuahuas
11-13-2011, 05:18 PM
Zimmer's D is credible. But if we're going to establish a solid run game, this is just the type of Dline our O-line needs to be able to move against. We still need work/help in this area.

Mike Tomlin
11-13-2011, 05:20 PM
You have to give credit to the Bengals front 7. They came into this weekend ranked 2nd against the run so you know they've stepped up their game. Their front 7 is a wicked rotation of all capable players. They were missing Dunlap today so that hurt them some but they knew they had to stop the Steelers run game today simply because that's what you do to win in this league. Today the Steelers were able to get just enough on the ground to be effective.

But we just haven't been able to run against anyone this year. We if we're not going to use dwyer we need a vet

steelersbabex25
11-13-2011, 05:43 PM
Moore had 23 carries for 7 yards? Could that possibly be a typo BRC..:rofl:

BlitzburghRockCity
11-13-2011, 06:04 PM
Moore had 23 carries for 7 yards? Could that possibly be a typo BRC..:rofl:

If it's not then Moore really sucks..LOL.
I fixed it.

steelersbabex25
11-13-2011, 06:05 PM
I was like..:thinking: how did Moore get the ball 23 times..

BlitzburghRockCity
11-13-2011, 07:56 PM
The running game is a concern to me as the year goes on, they just can't seem to get a consistent effort on the ground on a weekly basis. I know this is a passing offense and the weapons that Ben has to throw too are well documented but I really want to see this running game step up. You can't win in the playoffs if you don't run.

LatrobePA
11-13-2011, 08:21 PM
Bengals have a great defense...

BlitzburghRockCity
11-14-2011, 08:35 AM
CINCINNATI Rashard Mendenhall has chugged along confidently despite being stuck in neutral much of this season.

There haven't been any long runs in the open field for the Steelers running back. He has had to work hard for every inch, every yard.

And so it was on his 9-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter Sunday that enabled the Steelers to regain the lead, 24-17, then hold on to defeat the Cincinnati Bengals before a crowd of 63,262 at Paul Brown Stadium.

On first-and-goal, offensive coordinator Bruce Arians dialed up something simple. After flipping through the playbook for two early reverse runs by wide receiver Mike Wallace, the Steelers opted to outmuscle the Bengals in the trenches in the second half.
The Bengals grudgingly conceded ground and limited Mendenhall and Isaac Redman to only 69 yards on 23 carries including 44 by Mendenhall, who averaged only 2.8 yards a pop.

However, Mendenhall staggered the Bengals with his punishing touchdown run. He stepped out of the hands of nose tackle Domala Peko at the 5-yard line with strong safety Chris Crocker zeroing in and the end zone in sight.

"They had bodies on bodies, and some of their guys were able to break through," Mendenhall said. "I was able to fight through the tackles to get across the goal line."
Only it wasn't that simple.

The Bengals appeared to diagnose the play before the snap. Mendenhall sidestepped a wall of blockers on the right before pivoting left toward a narrow seam in the middle of the Cincinnati defense.
Crocker wrapped his hands around Mendenhall's thighs, but couldn't get a grip. Mendenhall left Crocker sprawled out at the 3 as he stumbled into the end zone for the game-winning score.

"Rashard is gifted," said Redman, who rushed seven times for 25 yards. "That run shows what kind of running back he is."

One season after rushing for a career-high 1,273 yards, Mendenhall has 517 through nine games and is averaging just 3.8 yards per carry. His two touchdowns yesterday increased his season total to six.

Mendenhall downplayed his effort. He suggested he's had better runs this season, but perhaps none more memorable.

"There are a lot of runs that people don't see that get only one or two yards," he said. "You have to keep looking for yards. When you get that close to the goal line, you don't want to go down. You've got to get to the white line."

"We were productive enough to get us a win," added Mendenhall, whose only 100-yard game was his 146 against Jacksonville. "The offense is more balanced when the run game is productive."

Also, Mendenhall was an integral part of the passing game, mostly in pass protection. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger went to him three times, in part, because Cincinnati's linebackers sometimes cheated at the line of scrimmage.

Mendenhall caught only one pass, but it was the longest catch for any Steelers running back this season. He took a swing pass, and turned it into a 26-yard gain to set up his 2-yard touchdown run that put the Steelers up 14-0 with 3:37 left in the opening quarter.

"When Ben gets stuck with the ball, we try to give him an out," Mendenhall said. "They brought a lot of guys (on the pass rush), and when they do that the running back is unaccounted for."


From the Trib (http://www.steeleraddicts.com/forum/Mendenhall%20gives%20solid%20effort%20to%20lead%20 Steelers%20-%20Pittsburgh%20Tribune-Review%20http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_767155.html#ixzz1dgNf4Gih)