We’ll be hearing all week about Max Starks, formerly of his couch, as the catalyst for the Steelers’ offensive line coming together. Maybe we’re giving him more credit than he’s due but … well, I’m fine with that. After not playing football for 11 months, Starks practiced a few times and when he stepped on the field, the standard was the standard and, ultimately, he played above the line (because style points don’t matter).
Some of the credit also goes to the “Hey, how about no 5-, 7-, …, 25-step drops” game plan that went a long way in keeping Big Ben upright and it even reminded us that Hines Ward can still play a little.
Also playing a little? The defense, including Juan Timmons and … Keenan Lewis. Seriously, Lewis’ effort (other than the late touchdown, which I’m not convinced was completely his fault) was one of the top three highlights for me, after the ROBO-PUNTER fake and Jonathan Dwyer’s first official NFL touch.
We talk about that and a bunch of other stuff below…