So when does everyone start calling these games "must win", I didn't get the memo on that.
If the residents of Steelertown aren't pretty damn concerned by now, let me give you a bit of friendly advice, you'd better start.
'Cause this team's got some serious issues.
First and foremost, when did the Steelers secondary start playing virtual prevent defense ?? For as much smack talking and chest pumping Ike Taylor and Deshea Townsend do, you'd think these guys were the second coming of Deion Sanders back there. They made Philip Rivers look like Joe Montana (or last year's Big Ben) in the second half last night. The Bolts were completing passes with the receivers easily having a good five yards cushion on a regular basis.
The run defense, as is usually the case, did it's job admirally, basically shutting down LT all night long.
Onto the offense, this is where it gets ugly.
Willie Parker and the running game did alright, and they even mixed in Najeh Davenport for the first time. Gotta love that 32 yard screen pass, with the outstanding stiff arm.
The offensive line, at least in this guy's opinion, was quite mediocre. Parker had very little running room on the majority of his runs and Ben was running for his life on the majority of his dropbacks.
Ben, well, how long can we honestly say, "it's just rust".
I'll give him the benefit of the doubt on the flea flicker INT, he took a shot downfield, and although it was into double coverage, was nothing more than a good punt downed at the 9 yard line.
But that 2nd INT was downright Bledsoe-esque. What the hell was that ?? Across his body, no receiver around, come on Ben, you're better than that.
So, as I said previously, the Ravens will soon start showing their real colors, I bet that will start tonight in Denver.
So we're really looking at a 2 game deficit if that holds true. The Steelers schedule lightens up a little at this point in the season, with Kansas City and Oakland, and a game in Atlanta in between.
Time to panic ?? That may be too harsh a term, but the Steelers better start playing Steeler football before it's too late to push the panic button.