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    Steelers Notebook: Defense's goal: Keep James under 100

    http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07270/820884-66.stm

    The Steelers' defense Sunday meets the most recent runner to gain 100 yards on them, and they're betting it will not happen again.

    Edgerrin James ran 29 times for 124 yards against the Steelers when he was with the Colts Nov. 28, 2005, in Indianapolis.

    They have played 28 games since then, including playoffs, without giving up another. Sunday, James will line up with the Arizona Cardinals and try it again. He is the only runner to gain 100 yards against the Steelers in the past 53 games.

    Linebacker Larry Foote does not like James' chances.

    "How many in a row, 28?" Foote asked. "If I were a betting man, I wouldn't bet on it."

    Foote said the Steelers played a lot of dime defense against the no-huddle Colts that day.

    "It wasn't our true defense. We were running a lot of zone, and it was a cheap 100. But he got it. He is one of the best backs. He broke a lot of tackles that game. We definitely have our eye on him because we know what he can do."

    Injury updates


    Wide receiver Hines Ward said he's trying to get himself ready to play Sunday, but he's not sure he can. Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday Ward is doubtful with a right knee sprain.

    "Today it feels better, tomorrow I'll do some exercise," said Ward, who watched practice. "I'm rehabbing 24/7, I'm trying to do all I can. I don't like to miss ballgames, you guys know that. I'll work my tail off, and we'll see. It's just a day-to-day injury now."

    Center Sean Mahan, who also has a right knee sprain, did not practice yesterday. Tomlin said Mahan is more likely to play than Ward.

    Rookie tight end Matt Spaeth, who missed the game Sunday with a deep thigh bruise, did not practice.

    Cornerback Ricardo Colclough, who has not dressed for the first three games, went through a limited practice with a back injury of some sort.

    The Cardinals list three injured players as not practicing yesterday: WR Anquan Boldin (hip), OT Levi Brown (ankle) and C Al Johnson (knee).

    Rossum makes history


    Allen Rossum became the first player in NFL history to have a kickoff return for a touchdown with four teams when he scored from 98 yards against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday. He also ran back kickoffs for scores with Philadelphia, Green Bay and Atlanta.

    Ahead of the game


    The Steelers did not achieve their third win last season until the ninth game.

    "There's no question it's a great feeling to start the year off 3-0 rather than 0-3," Ward said. "Especially after last year, considering that last year was a disappointment, coming off the Super Bowl year and not making the playoffs.

    "Coming back, a lot of players are hungry. We're playing with something to prove. A lot of people counted us out, a lot of publications didn't have us listed as one of the teams. We kind of flew under the radar."

    James is a talented guy, he's still some gas in the tank so don't count him out or overlook him by any stretch. We need to take control right from the start, get in the backfield and stuff the line at the point of attack and take him out of the game. If he gets going it could be a long night so it's important to get after Warner or Leinart and make them nervous too. If we can keep them off balance we'll be fine.

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    If they got two guys on their O-line hurt James will have a tuff day.....If we get them behind quickly "Whiz" will go to the pass game and forget the run either way James will not have a big day on us....THe Cards aint the Colts
    Last edited by ARKIESTEEL; 09-27-2007 at 09:58 AM.

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    The way our D has been playing, James will have a long day in the backfield.


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    I have faith our D will stop James. Like Foote said, they weren't playing a normal defense, and that was still when the leash was on LeBeau. He only ran for 56 yards on 13 carries in the playoffs that same year when we were playing a more typical Steelers D. Our guys take pride in stopping the run and I see it being a long day for James.

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    I see james having a gore type game somewhere in the 40 - 60 yards on 20 carries seems about right........

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    hE GETS NOTHING WE OWN THE RUN

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    Even though James is now with the Cardinals, the Steelers D have some unfinished business with James. Dating back to November of 2005, James was the last guy to gain 100 yards against the Steelers D! I'm sure most of the guys on the Steelers side of the ball remember that game quite well, so they will want to stop James in his tracks every time he touches the ball!

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    I say Edge gets maybe at the most 60 yds.

    I think this will be a game we win by contolling the ball and the clock-keep the Cards' offense off the field as long as possible. Long sustained drives...that's key.
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    Keep James between the tackles , and not let him outside. Linemen and Linebackers hittin him at and behind the line. I have not believed in James since he left Peytonapolis. Had him on my FF squad last year
    I don't believe Cards line can roll with our boys. Keep james active by making him pick up blitzers flying towards Kittenhart, keep him from being dangerous on dump off swing passes.
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    Ok, who the eff voted for big night?
    Last edited by GoBenGo; 09-27-2007 at 12:43 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoBenGo View Post
    Ok, who the eff voted for big night?
    I don't think anyone...it says 0 votes

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