After getting dominated in the season opener the Steelers pulled a complete 180 in Week 2 and dominated the Seattle Seahawks, 24-0, at Heinz Field. How one-sided was this game? The Seahawks did not cross the 50-yard line until there were 10 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.
Some quick thoughts for you to discuss…
– Mike Wallace, for the second week in a row, came up big once again catching eight passes (he was targeted on nine) for 126 yards (his second straight 100-yard game) and a touchdown. That included his first “big” play of the season when he hauled in a 53-yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger in the third quarter. In two games he’s caught 16 passes for 233 yards. Antonio Brown also had a nice bounce back game catching four passes and also recording a 41-yard punt return in the first quarter.
– Rashard Mendenhall had a great first half but slowed down a bit in the second half, but the 1-2 punch of Mendenhall and Isaac Redman worked quite well for the game. Both players scored a touchdown, with Mendenhall’s coming on a one-yard plunge on the Steelers’ second drive, while Redman took a handoff out of the shotgun and rumbled for 20 yards behind a great block from Ramon Foster (who started in place of Chris Kemoeatu) and then completely embarrassed the lone Seattle safety that had a chance at making a tackle.
– The Steelers defense held Seattle to just 164 yards of offense, and only 31 on the ground. Tarvaris Jackson completed most of his passes, but they were all high percentage, quick, safe throws. The Steelers didn’t bring much of a pass rush in the first half, dropping players back into coverage on most plays, but turned the dogs loose in the second half sacking Jackson five times. James Harrison, Troy Polamalu, Lawrence Timmons, Steve McClendon, Larry Foote, LaMarr Woodley and James Farrior were all credited with at least half a sack.
– William Gay started in place of Bryant McFadden and played well, but it’s hard to tell how much of it was him playing well and how much of it was Tarvaris Jackson playing like Tarvaris Jackson.
– Seattle’s longest offensive play of the day: 17 yards. Emmanuel Sanders completed a 15-yard pass in the first quarter.
– Around the rest of the AFC North: Baltimore lost to Tennessee, Cleveland beat Indianapolis and Cincinnati lost to Denver. Everybody in the AFC North is 1-1 after two weeks.