Looking for something to do this weekend? Then head over to Doubt About It and play their new Ben Roethlisberger video game titled, “The Last Hope” where Big Ben thwarts the Patriots effort to rule the galaxy. I hope this gets picked up by a developer as this has a lot of potential. I’m sure that we can get this in stores well before the Christmas rush.
For the second straight week I was unable to watch the Steelers on a Sunday afternoon. So as much as I wanted to inhale some wings and marvel in the awesomenesses that is Ben Roethlisberger, I had to hunker down and get some homework done. This didn’t prevent me from following the game via NFL.com, and damn was it stressful. The Steelers entered halftime down fifteen points and the outlook wasn’t good. Mike Tomlin must have said something fierce, because the offense was revitalized in the second half.
The play of the game had to be Ben’s 30 yd. touchdown run. It’s a shame that Tom Brady and the Pats are getting all the headlines, because Ben is having one hell of a year. He’s emerged as a solid play maker in this his 4th season, and I feel a division title coming our way along with a run into the playoffs. Not only that, but I’m pretty sure that’s 9 wins in a row against Cleveland. They suck.
Next week we’re at the Jets, and it’s not a stretch to say that we’ll be 8-2 after next week. There are two games in December, against that Jags and of course the Pats that make me a little apprehensive due to the fact well … in recent history they’ve given us some trouble. A 13-3 finish is within the realm of possibility … but I don’t want to get ahead of myself.
I’m usually a little apprehensive about when the Steelers face off against the Suck-Ravens. These games end up being extremely physical, due to the fact that the Ravens play dirty. It was the Ravens after all that ushered in the Big Ben era when Tommy Maddox took a questionable hit in Week 2 of the 2004-05 season. The Steelers have been playing well this season, and as I’ve been saying all along … they look like the Super Bowl XL team. I was feeling good about their Monday Night Football appearance, but apparently James Harrison was feeling significantly better.
In what became a 38-7 rout of the Ravens, Harrison had 2 1/2 sacks, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, and an interception … all in the first half. He terrorized the Raven’s O-Line, and made Steve McNair into his personal tackling dummy. The offense was spectacular as well, with Ben going 13-16 for 209 yds and 5 touchdowns. The Steelers offensive line were spectacular in protecting the pocket and allowing Ben time to pick his targets.
The Steelers abused the Ravens to the point that I almost felt bad for them. It was at that point that I realized that they were the Ravens and deserved no such consideration. I hate the Ravens.
I didn’t get to watch the game due to the fact that it wasn’t nationally broadcast … and I had a final paper due that prevented me from leaving the house to catch it elsewhere. From what I was able to glean from the highlights and the good ‘ol Interweb the Steelers played a solid game. Fast Willie Parker had yet another 100+ yd. game and Hines Ward got on the board with a pair of touchdown receptions.
Next week finds us hosting the Baltimore Suck Ravens for some Monday Night Football, which is always a pause for concern. This season the Steelers are 3-0 at home, however the Ravens always find a way to get and edge on the Black & Gold.
Sunday night’s loss to the Denver Broncos shouldn’t have happened. Going into the game, the Broncos had one of the worst run defenses in the league; which coupled with Champ Bailey being out should have been a sure recipe for a victory. However, that was not the case as the Broncos were able to apply pressure to Ben and force crucial turnovers, which proved to be the Steelers downfall. Add to that the inability for the Steeler’s secondary to make a any big plays which made Jay Cutler look like Tom Brady. Down 14 points at halftime, the Steelers came back to tie it up … lifting my hopes until Jason Elam booted the winning field goal.
My main criticism of the game was that Ben was awful at selling the play-action. It was absolutely horrendous. We’ve got three conference games in a row and it’s crucial that we rebound from these losses and maintain the lead in the AFC North. There were some bright spots however: The Twin Monoliths that are Miller and Spaeth as well as Nate Washington & Cedric Wilson getting some looks.