They say that the third preseason game is the one that matters most. Frye and Anderson must really believe it. After Quinn's impressive debut last week, both veterans stepped up their games on Saturday night. Frye started the game and engineered an 11-play, 80-yard opening drive. He completed a deep pass to Braylon Edwards and a couple of short passes to Joe Jurevicius and Steve Heiden, and he scrambled for a first down. Not to be outdone, Anderson entered the game in the second quarter and started out a perfect 6-for-6 for 63 yards. Unfortunately, he was sacked at the Broncos' three-yard line. After the sack, Anderson looked rattled. He suffered two more sacks on the next drive and was limping when he left the field.
Quinn earned one series with the starters and went 5-for-5 and nearly threw a touchdown to Jurevicius, who couldn't get both feet down. Quinn later threw a touchdown pass to Josh Cribbs against the Broncos backups. It was a very strong follow-up to his cleanup time effort last week.
Romeo Crennel speculated last week that he might not name a starter before the opener; instead, he would force the Steelers to prepare for both Frye and Anderson, which no doubt has Mike Tomlin shaking in his shoes
. After Saturday, Frye has a slight edge on Anderson. Crennel keeps throwing ice water on fans and analysts who are stoking the Quinn bonfire (guilty), but Quinn is making a strong case to start, if not against the Steelers, then by Halloween.