Sunday, October 30, 2011
Tom Brady was supposed to own Dick LeBeau, but that was LeBeau's defense on the field Sunday - minus several stars - that shut down the vaunted New England offense.
Or was it Bruce Arians' offense that did that?
The Steelers offense did a great job of keeping the chains moving via the short passing game and the defense was outstanding when it was on the field, particularly in forcing three and outs in the first series of each half.
Part of the reason for that was Ike Taylor's blanket coverage all day on safety net Wes Welker, but the Steelers also got a strong game from youngster Cortez Allen, who had Rob Gronkowski one on one several times, forcing Brady to hold the ball.
If Taylor doesn't make the Pro Bowl off of what he's done the past two weeks - shutting down Larry Fitzgerald and Welker - they should just stop playing the game.
But the addition of the likes of Allen, Stevenson Sylvester, Cameron Heyward and even Chris Carter bodes well for the Steelers the rest of this season.
© LeBeau showed that you can teach an old dog new tricks by stepping out of character and having his corners play a lot of press man coverage.
According to Tom Brady, it was more than the Steelers had shown all season. And the Patriots couldn't beat it.
The same plan should be used against Baltimore next week. The Ravens receivers can't beat and egg and Joe Flacco looks to have completely lost his confidence.
Or, as Bill Hillgrove put it, "Flacco is playing like Tyler Palko's backup."
© Don't look now, but the old, slow and done Steelers now have the best record in the AFC.
Wonder if anyone will bring that up to old, slow and done Warren Sapp this week?
© The Steelers could get James Harrison back this week against the Ravens, but it looks like they could be without LaMarr Woodley, who sacked Brady twice in the first half, then went down in the third quarter with a hamstring injury.
The beat goes on for the Steelers, who have had their worst season for injuries in quite some time.
© Loved the play by Troy Polamalu to bat Brett Keisel's sack-strip backward toward the end zone. Polamalu was going to have to fight a couple of offensive linemen for the ball.
Instead, Ziggy Hood nearly recovered it in the end zone before it went for a safety.
© On a final note, this is why you play the games instead of just figuring out who is going to beat who on paper.