Steelers vs. Bengals: Game Thread

It’s another primetime game for the Steelers, and their first Monday night game of the season. And it’s a big one. Consider this your game thread to discuss Monday’s game, as well as any of the insanity you might have seen during Sunday’s games.

As always. Go crazy.

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  • Cols714

    Watching Santonio take that slant and break a tackle on the big Jets play in overtime really made me miss him.

    Good job by the Browns beating the Pats, hopefully they can take down the Jets next weekend.

  • Gretz

    The best play of the day yesterday:

    The Lions losing because their defensive tackle missed an extra point. What?

    • Douchanator

      wait didnt we have that problem a while back with the giants…..hmmmm

  • Ajh251

    I think the play that caught my eye from yesterday was during the Eagles – Colts game. There was a call of an illegal blow to the head after an eagle tried to strip the ball from Peyton Manning. In the process of chopping down at the ball, the defenders hand brushed the back of Manning’s helmet which drew a flag. I thought it was one of the more ridiculous calls I have seen.

    That being said, I don’t hate the focus on player safety – I just think they need to go about it in a smarter way.

    • ryan

      Not sure which was worse — that play on Peyton or the one that saw Austin Collie get a concussion. You never want to see anybody get hurt, obviously, but that wasn’t a penalty. That said, I’m sure the Eagles defender(s) will be docked six figures this week and possibly suspended.

      Keep up the good work, Rog!

      • countertorque

        I thought the call on Collie’s injury was horrible. It looked like a catch and fumble to me. Collie took a couple of steps with control of the ball before getting hit. What was the flag for? Tackling?

        • Bob Costas

          It was flagged for the same reason that players get fined: it had a dramatic outcome. Same play but the guy pops up? Birds chirping…

    • RoB D

      Can’t wait for a call like that to cost someone a crucial game down the stretch or a playoff encounter. There just has to be some common sense applied in these situations. It takes a defensive player SO much effort to get to the QB during which time they are frequently double teamed and “legally” held. Now they get the book thrown at them and are hugely penalized to incidental contact to the QB. I’m sick of watching it game after game. But its the rule.

      My friend asked me how many times teams have been flagged for roughing BB . Seems like he is like Shaq in basketball..he’s so big that the fouls dont get called. I remember when he was speared in the 2008 playoffs? (correct me if I’m wrong) and there was nothing called.

      If we start to get 15 yard penalties in our favour because Ben tends to draw more contact due to his style of play (Fran Tarkenton gone loco-style?…hee hee) it might mitigate some of our collective anger. But I dont’ remember the last time Ben got the benefit of a big call in a crucial situation in terms of “roughing the passer” Can you?

    • Randy Steele

      I thought the only thing more absurd than that call was Phil Simms’ defense of it. That guy has the IQ of a sink.

  • David

    That Statue of Liberty play by the Clowns caught my eye. Hate to see them score, unless its vs the Patsies…or Raisins.

  • David

    BTW, I expect the Bungles to come out on fire tonight and maybe take a quick lead, something like 7-0 or 10-0. Then we catch them and win.

    I’ll call it 27-13.

  • RoB D

    I think this is going to be a nail biter. Unless Ben suddenly kicks into gear (which is entirely possible). He isn’t quite all the way back IMO. I wish we still had Santonio cause he …OK>.not going there…lol..

    I hope to see the continued emergence of Sanders as a legit threat in the passing game. WE need the kind of dynamic play he brings to the table. Hope Heath has a monster game tonight,,bet he is chomping at the bit after his huge mistake that contributed to our loss last week.

    Cleveland’s win yesterday shows you what a team under pressure to win can sometimes find within themselves.Here’s hoping the STeelers come out with a purpose and put the kitties down early.

  • David

    Gripe before game: Would the media stop putting us as an elite team right now?

    We are good, but not great. Our Pass D sucks, and our O-line is better than last year, but still very average. We are 5-2, but could easily be 3-4. Where the hell’s Troy been?

    Whew, OK, I’m done.

    We’re still going to XLV, though. Time for my meds.

    • Anonymous

      The O-line is not very average. The O-line is bad. Average would be a step up. They have one talented player who is still a rookie, and four other linemen ranging from very poor up to below average. As a unit they are not good. They get good blocking from the tights ends, which helps. Redman appears to be an above average blocker, but he’s not in enough to be sure or to make a huge difference there. And when called for they get first class help from their wide receivers. But the core linemen are poor.

  • SteelerBill

    Couple of notes….

    One, Ben had a 132.0 passer rating versus Miami….let me repeat that 132.0
    Two, hit the Bengals early and often, break their will – much like the Pack did the Cowboys last night
    Expect a big game from Troy

  • SteelerBill

    Also, is it just me or are the ‘other two’ radio stations really really boring on game day now that ESPN is gone….

  • EasyLikeSundayMorning

    David, that’s weird, I was thinking the same score, 27-13.

    And the over/under is 1.5 for both number of Palmers who take a snap at QB tonight and number of gold teeth Troy hands to Ocho.

    • Anonymous

      Pretty good prediction. If you discount the 7 points that the refs handed the Bengals with four crazy phantom calls* on one drive, you’re only off by one point.*Okay, the one on Adams may or may not have been phantom; no reply even tried to show what the call was about.

  • SteelerBill

    Steelers defer

  • Randy Steele

    Weird game. We’re 13 points up and it feels like we’re three points down. Weird.