View Poll Results: If Ben is ready,should Batch still play ?

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  • Yes put him in and let Ben get healthy for an extra week.

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Thread: Should Batch play regardless if Ben is ready to go or not ?

          
   
   
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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ_Steeler View Post
    My only concern is he takes a week off then he's rusty for the Bronco game. I don't care if it the Raiders the Steelers are playing this week, get a big lead bring in Batch midway through the 3rd and give Ben his time off. But Ben taking a week off isn't good... as we all know!
    Great point, AZ, took that right out of my thinking cap. I agree wholeheartly on this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ_Steeler View Post
    My only concern is he takes a week off then he's rusty for the Bronco game. I don't care if it the Raiders the Steelers are playing this week, get a big lead bring in Batch midway through the 3rd and give Ben his time off. But Ben taking a week off isn't good... as we all know!

    That's what Im worried about too..when you play the bronco's defense you can't afford to give up any opportunities to score and he's rusty it could spell trouble for us.

    I know his health comes first and if he still has cobwebs come this weekend then he'll just need to sit. He's gotten back into his rythmn in the last 2 weeks so hopefully that will help continue to carry him either way.

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    If he's healthy, play him the whole game. If it's still questionable, put Charlie in. He can get the job done for us, I just think we should use our starter whenever possible.

    But I'm not adverse to Big Ben doing the 3 quarter thing and then sitting out the last one (or even two) if he needs to--just as long as he gets some good play in before taking the bench.

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    But the rust has already been taken off Ben I think here the last 3-4 games. He has been performing in the KC and Atlanta games here the last 2 weeks much like he did in the playoff and Super Bowl runs of a year ago. That being said I would start Batch against the Raiders this week because you are going to need Ben healthy and ready to go for the Broncos and Saints here at home the next 2 weeks. The bottom line is anyway you slice it the Steelers should be able to beat Oakland no matter who is playing quarterback. Oakland has a rookie QB playing, a backup running back it looks like if Lamont Jordan doesnt play, and a defense which isnt very good at all. Keep in mind the Cleveland Browns as bas as they are went down to Oakland 3-4 weeks ago and won. I think the Steelers can play a bad game even down there this week and still win this game thats how bad the Raiders are. For the Steelers to lose this game to Oakland it would take a complete and I mean a complete and total utter collapse much like Arizona had last week in Oakland when they lost. I dont think that will happen so you go with Batch and the Steelers if they play like they should and mistake free will win this game by 2 or 3 TDS easily I think.

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    Yes, we're playing the Ravens and I think we could get out of this game scoring 13 points (but even with St. Pierre I think we would get more). Their offense absolutely sucks, and Andrew Walter is the worst starting QBin the league right now. Our defense was smacked by Atlanta but Oakland won't get more than a few Fg's off of us.
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    If Ben is cleared to play then he plays. He is starting to get into rythem with the offense. So Ben needs to keep this going. I think Batch can beat the Raiders. But you draft a QB in the first round for a reason. I think Ben plays this week.

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    This is the poll question on ESPN.com right now and 71% of people think Ben SHOULD NOT start...and I would have to agree. This isn't Indy or Cincy, this is Oakland...we could win with Hines at QB.
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    The Raiders will be coming into this game with alot of confidence after winning, and everybody knows the raiders have always been one of the most penalized teams in NFL history so it's gonna be rough out there.

    If Ben does start and he begins to feel the pressure and starts taking hits, we may want to get him out just to be safe.

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    I am having second thoughts about Ben playing this weekend. I think the extra rest to heal from that mild concussion would do him a lot of good. But there is another side to this, he does this and we are going to find rust in his performance when taking on Denver. Basically, we would need him to perform against Oakland to keep the flow and rhythm going. If the Raiders play dirty, I am going to start some **** on the Raiders Board. I am dead serious too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PITT23 View Post
    this is Oakland...we could win with Hines at QB.
    That cracked me up PITT--but it's probably true! I guess Hines wasn't too bad at QBing, and he could pinch hit in an emergency.

    I don't understand why they said that he wouldn't be used like Antwaan was in trick plays--unless they've tried it, and Hines has lost the touch...but I'd sure like to see it happen--THAT would surprise some people!

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