You've gotta love the return to Steelers football. This week's game had too many injuries to list, but with Ben's broken/sprained foot, Harrison out for fractured eye socket, and Starks in we were in for a a ground and pound game. Not to mention Mendenhall's injured hamstring. But I must admit I was so excited to hear of Redman's start. I have been a fan since the Steeler's drafted him. and boy'ol boy did he show-off. With Mendenhall on the sidelines, Redman and Dwyer had their time to shine. Both RBs had successful days, Redman had 15 carries for 49yds and Dwyer had 11 carries for 107 yds.
There were several early indicators that the team would be playing well today. Notice their ability to protect Ben better, Ben releasing the ball in rhythms, D-line giving up less yards, Ben throwing to Hines BEFORE halftime, and the running game was stronger. Come on, when was the last time you saw out RB's push a pile like "the bus" could. Redman did today.
Overall, we had lower number of sacs, higher number of points, and less points scored on. Apparently this way of playing Steeler's football is better. Does this mean we have to have injured players in order to win? Midway through the game, Poncey gave me a scare coming out of the game for an knee issue. Thankfully he returned in the 4th qtr. what a soilder that kid is (he was already plaing with an injuried shoulder and made made big plays in today's game, taking Titan's linebacker out of the play!
The Titans did find some success with their hurry-up-offense. I wished that Tomlin would have called for a time-out so that our defense could rest. Then the Defense bailed us out, like they used to...with the first interception of the season, going to #56 Woodley. Oh and how could I forget the trick-punt play that resulted in a a Spulveda pass to Mundy for 33yards. In the past I've been known to call Bruce Arian's play calling unimaginative, so whose been helping him out? Antiono Brown had a big day with 52yard kick-off return.
All in all it was a great game, ending in a score of 38-17. I wish my Pittsburgh Steelers would play this hard and smart consistently. I guess this is just one of the many reasons, I and many others love Steelers football. Congrats on another Steeler Victory.