Tomlin raises his arms in victory over the Ravens 13-9

Tomlin raises his arms in victory over the Ravens 13-9

Last year’s NFL superbowl champs came to The Burgh and for all those New Yorkers, they didn’t disappoint. The Steelers & the Giants both had identical records before the game, but when the last whistle blew the scoreboard read 21-14 in favor of the NY Giants. Pissed wasn’t the word to describe, as I placed my terrible towel back in it’s spot on the wall until next week, I couldn’t help but to think _what if?
What if James Harrison wouldn’t have snapped the ball over Mitch Berger’s head, causing a safety and a 14-14 tie!
What if Willie Colon wouldn’t have been called for holding on a 49yd toss to Nate Washington?
What if Nate Washington would have caught that pass over the middle instead of getting knocked senseless and dropping the ball right into the opposing teams defense?
What if our leage leading linebacker corps would have register some sacks against ELi?

All these what if’s don’t amount to jack, but i bet they are key things that will be brought up in next week’s prep for the Steelers battle in Washington against another NFC opponent (Redskins). Protection Possession* Pressure (the QB)* 3 things the Steelers need to work on, or it will be more L’s than we can afford.

NFL WEEK 3: The Breakdown

September 23, 2008

Philadelphia Eagles running back Correll Buckhalter jumps over a defender and into the end zone for a touchdown in his team's win over the Steelers.

Philadelphia Eagles running back Correll Buckhalter jumps over a defender and into the end zone for a touchdown in his team

Pittsburgh Steelers (2-1) @ Philadelphia Eagles (2-1)

What started to look like a promising 3-0 start for my hometown Steelers, turned ugly by way of the tough Philly Defense. 8 Sacks, 2 1/5 sacks by Defensive End #75 Juqua Parker plus a forced fumble cause Big Ben to become “one” with the field.

Eagles 15 v. Steelers 6

Atlanta Falcons (2-1) v. Kansas City  Chiefs (0-3)

Rookie QB Matt Ryan went 12 for 18 for 192 yds and 1 TD, while RB Michael Turner has continued to turn this Falcons team into a playoff contending team gaining 104 yds on 23 carries with 3 TDs as the Falcons keep the Chiefs at zero wins for the season.

Chiefs 14 v. Falcons 38

Oakland Raiders (1-2) @ Buffalo Bills (3-0)

After trailing 16-7 entering the fourth quarter, QB Trent Edwards led the Bills to 17 points, including two scoring drives in the final 6:23 to complete the comeback. RB Marshawn Lynch had 2 TDs on the ground to help keep the Bills undefeated.

Bills 24 v. Raiders 23

Tampa Bay Bucs (2-1) @ Chicago Bears (1-2)

Quarterback Brian Griese overcame three interceptions to go 38-of-67 for 407 yards and two touchdowns, and set Tampa Bay up for its winning field goal with a 38-yard pass to Antonio Bryant. Griese’s 67 attempts were the fifth-most in NFL history, three shy of the record held by Drew Bledsoe (70 on Nov. 13, 1994).

Bears 24 v. Bucs 27

Minnesota Vikings (1-2) v. Carolina Panthers (2-1)

Just before halftime, Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield blitzed untouched around the left side, sacked Delhomme, forced a fumble, picked up the ball and ran it back 19 yards for a touchdown that tied the score and turned the momentum of the game.

Panthers 10 v. Vikings 20

My Pick for “GAME OF THE WEEK”

New England Patriots (2-1) @ Miami Dolphins (1-2)

The Patriots had no answer for Brown, who, in addition to a rare touchdown pass, scored four rushing touchdowns — three in the first half — with 117 yards on 17 carries. Give credit to Dolphins offensive coordinator Dan Henning, whose trick play-calling, including three direct snaps to Brown, accounted for four of the Dolphins’ five touchdowns.

Patriots 13 v. Dolphins 38

Cincinnati Bengals (0-3) @ NY Giants (3-0)

Amani Toomer made an acrobatic catch on Eli Manning‘s third-down pass in overtime to help set up the winning field goal. Toomer caught the ball on his finger tips and was able to drag his feet inbounds to keep the drive moving.

Giants 26 v. Bengals 23

 Tennessee Titans (3-0) v. Houston Texans (0-2)

Titans CB Cortland Finnegan squashed any hopes of a late Texans comeback by intercepting Matt Schaub on Tennessee’s 1-yard line and returning it a franchise record 99 yards for a touchdown. The score gave the Titans a 31-12 lead with 1:17 remaining. The pick was Finnegan’s fourth of the season.

Titans 31 v. Texans 12

Washington Redskins (2-1) v. Arizona Cardinals (2-1)

Campbell was sharp for the second straight week as he made several clutch third-down throws, tossed two touchdowns and also showed impressive scrambling ability, twice extending drives by rushing for a first down. He finished 22-of-30 through the air for 193 yards and added 26 on the ground.

Redskins 24 v. Cards 17

New Orleans Saints (1-2) @ Denver Broncos (3-0)

One week after catching 18 balls for 166 yards, Broncos wideout Brandon Marshall (Pittsburgh native) hauled in another six for 155 yards and a touchdown. The score came in the first quarter on a 35-yard pass from Jay Cutler near the back of the end zone in which Marshall dragged his feet to stay in bounds.

Broncos 34 v. Saints 32

San Francisco 49ers (2-1) v. Detroit Lions (0-3)

Frank Gore rushed for 130 yards and a touchdown. His 27 attempts helped the 49ers control the clock in the second half, and his 33-yard run in the first quarter helped set up the 49ers’ first score.

49ers 31 v. Lions 13

St. Louis Rams (0-3) @ Seattle Seahawks (1-2)

T.J. Duckett scored on a 1-yard run with 8:39 left in the fourth quarter. The touchdown capped a 15-play, 86-yard drive to give the Seahawks a 21-point lead.

Seahawks 37 v. Rams 13

Baltimore Ravens (2-0) v. Cleveland Browns (0-3)

The Ravens’ defensive backfield broke the game open in the third quarter. Cornerback Chris McAlister intercepted Derek Anderson and ran the ball back to the 12 to set up the Ravens’ go-ahead TD. On Cleveland’s next series, safety Ed Reed picked off Anderson and dashed 32 yards to the end zone.

Ravens 28 v. Browns 10

Jacksonville Jaguars (1-2) @ Indianapolis Colts (1-2)

Maurice Jones-Drew got the glory with a 6-yard touchdown in the third quarter, but Fred Taylor did much of the dirty work, pacing the Jaguars with 121 yards on 26 carries. On one punishing 34-yard run in the third quarter, the 32-year-old running back lowered his head and broke at least four tackles to set up Jones-Drew’s go-ahead touchdown.

Jags 23 v. Colts 21

Dallas Cowboys (3-0) @ Green Bay Packers (2-1)

Cowboys RB Marion Barber turned in the Cowboys’ first 100-yard rushing performance of the season, carrying 28 times for 142 yards. When Barber has at least 11 rush attempts, the Cowboys are 22-1.

Cowboys 27 v. Packers 16


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San Diego Chargers (1-2) v. N.Y. Jets (1-2)

Chargers QB Philip Rivers had the start that gives signal callers nightmares. His first pass was intercepted by the Jets’ David Barrett and brought back for a touchdown and his second pass was also nearly picked off. The way he responded to those errors earned him the game ball. He was nearly flawless the rest of the way as he went on to compete 19 of his next 23 passes for 250 yards and three touchdowns.

Chargers 48 v. Jets 29