First just wanted to say I haven't read the other threads about last night's game yet so I apologize if I sound repetitive or sound like I'm echoing someone else's opinion.
The first thing that I saw last night, which I'm sure many have also seen, was Mike Adams getting beat from the outside pass rush. He looked a little lost on the pass protection. I'm not really worried about him though. It's too early for that. It's gonna take him some time to get used to the speed of NFL defensive ends. He will get better as the season progresses. DeCastro, on the other hand, looked great. He seemed very comfortable playing that right guard spot.
Second thing I got from last night's game is that Dwyer should be the #1 back over Redman. I love Redman and I think he should get his fair share of carries, but I believe Dwyer is the most talented RB on that roster (he could be better than Mendenhall if he stays healthy). If this were a real game, Dwyer would have had over 100 yards last night. Easily. And the Eagles have one of the best run defenses in the league.
Third thing I noticed is that Todd Haley is using Chris Rainey exactly how I hoped he would be used. Rainey should be used for both Special Teams units (kickoffs and punt returns; basically anything where he is given open field to run), which keeps AB (Antonio Brown) focused on just being the main slot guy for Big Ben. And Rainey can also be used for 3rd down bubble screens which, if given just a little room, Rainey could take to the house. I don't really care if Rainey doesn't get many carries. Let Dwyer, Redman, Clay, Batch take care of that.
Lastly, who is #39 on Pittsburgh's second team secondary? That guy is a stud. He is so quick and tackles as well as anybody on the team. Although everybody tackles well. The Steelers are the best tackling team in the league bar none.
Overall, I was pretty satisfied with what I saw last night. They need Wallace back on offense, but they showed that have plenty of playmakers that can move the ball without him. Defensively, the run defense is still solid but they are still getting beat by the deep-ball. We can't give Manning the deep ball opportunities that were available last night. He'll pick us apart. Looking forward to seeing the team back against Indy.
Would love to hear anybody else's comments about the team and the game.