Last time the Steelers played the Bengals, we all know the Steelers should have won. But an uncharacteristic late game collapse by the defense led to a Cincinnati win. You know the defense didn't want to re-live that. And they didn't give up a touchdown all game. Unfortunately, they let the Bengals move up and down the field and gave up a ton of field goals. The offense couldn't keep up.
Until the middle of the third quarter, the Steelers offense put up a total of minus-7 points and it looked like it could have been a Monday night disaster. Instead, they woke up in the second half and put up 21 points on the board to continue an explosive streak of scoring.
The Steelers have scored 27 points or more in each of their last five games. With an elite defensive unit, that will be more than enough to win games.
Anyway, on the grades for the offense against Denver...no comments
This was the kind of game you love to watch as a Steeler fan, especially in the second half. After a close affair in the first, the Steelers eventually took control and dominated the second. It looked like what it was: a mature and experienced team taking over and beating a team that hasn't been winning for long. Huge recap after the jump.
The BlogPoll NFL Power Rankings are out after this past week's action
Here's how we voted for our top ten:
1. New Orleans
6. New England
It's a bye week for the Steelers but we're still here. At 5-2, the Steelers are close to the midpoint of the season. We've seen enough football now to know how has showed up for the season and who hasn't. Seven games isn't a huge sample size, but it's enough to make some snap judgments.
Here's five players who have showed up and played big roles so far in 2009. They are guys who might have been coming in under the radar or guys who just broke out from obscurity.
The Steelers needed a pair of 4th quarter TDs by the defense -- both over 75 yards to hand the Vikings their first loss of the season.
All season long it felt like the Steelers were playing down to the level of their opponent. This week, they elevated their game above and beyond that of the Vikings.
The Steelers felt like the better team right out of the gate but a few early red zone mistakes kept the Vikings in the game. Then Brett Favre went to work, AP bulldozed a few Steeler defenders and all of a sudden the game came down to the 4th quarter.
More on mistakes by both teams and where the Steelers stand in comparison to the rest of the league after the jump...no comments