View From 522: Steelers vs. Bengals

Since Gretz is a season-ticket holder, he’s going to take a look at the debauchery and insanity that takes place in the Heinz Field stands after every home game he attends. And yes, this is one very late in the week and yes it’s random thrown together. I mean even more than usual.

The debate in the stands on Sunday was whether or not the Steelers 35-7 win over the Cincinnati Bengals was their most complete game of the season. I argued that it was. Others went with the game against New England, which is a worthy choice as well. But given the way all three areas of the team excelled on Sunday (Offense, Defense, Special teams) I’m still going with that one. The offense put up 28 points, the special teams scored a touchdown, forced a turnover and blocked a field goal, and the defense was all over Andy Dalton (and later Bruce Gradkowski) all day.

– How big was the blocked field goal in the first quarter? Game-changing play, I think. The Bengals went from thinking they were up 7-0, to thinking they were up 3-0, to still being even on the scoreboard. Even though the Steelers didn’t do anything immediately after that drive, the Bengals were the never the same after that.

– I don’t know how good or bad Andy Dalton is going to be in the NFL, but I do know that in A.J. Green and Jermaine Gresham he has two guys that catch absolutely everything thrown within a reasonable radius of them. A.J. Green is legit. That guy is no joke.

– Near the end of the game everybody wanted the Steelers to keep throwing those short, quick passes to Hines Ward so he could get closer to 1,000 catches.

– Another year, another appearance by Bruce Gradkowski at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh native has only appeared in about 30 NFL games during his career, but five of them have taken place at Heinz Field, and he’s done so with four different teams: Tampa Bay (2006), Cleveland (2008), Oakland (2009), Oakland (2010) and Cincinnati (2011). Four straight years.

– We were all kind of surprised that Antoino Brown’s punt return touchdown wasn’t called back because everybody saw what Jim Nantz and Phil Simms saw on TV: Curtis Brown’s block in the back. Later in the game, in the third quarter, Ben Roethlisberger scrambled away from the Bengals pass rush and fired a pass down field for Hines Ward that just missed him (Wallace or Brown might have had it for six). While that was going on one of the Bengals defensive backs gave Wallace a nice two-hand shove right near the face along the sidelines. At the very least it was an easy illegal contact call.

– We had our first appearance of Frisbee Dogs this season before the game. Always a good time.

– Jersey watch: Cowboys, Ravens, Tim Tebow University of Florida.

And then there’s the jersey of the year: Brett Favre … Atlanta Falcons.

And a close second: Fu…

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  • Randy Steele

    Excuse me for being a homer, but I didn’t think the McFadden’s block that freed Antonio Brown during the punt return was an illegal block in the back. It was a just block in the rear shoulder, which is not only legal, but it’s also taught by special teams’ coaches.

    Phil Simms has the I.Q. of broccoli.

    And one of the pleasures of being at the game for me was that I didn’t have to listen to his nimrod musings. He talks the same way he quarterbacked: big and stiff. He can’t quite put his thoughts (if he has any) into words, and when he does finally start talking, he begins pronouncing everything, one lumpy word after another. Really, compare his game-time delivery to someone who gets it and can think on his feet, like Chris Collinsworth.That said, I expected the Brown’s run to be called back, too, but only because I expect the officials to flag everything they suspect might be a penalty (except holding by offensive linemen).

    I also thought the crowd at Heinz was especially loud and frenzied, and was at least partially responsible for several of the Bengals’ snafus. I hope they’re equally bloodthirsty tonight.

  • http://twitter.com/fajita43 fajita

    the kid wearing that jersey doesn’t not appear to qualify as one “bad ma’afala”…

  • http://twitter.com/fajita43 fajita

    the kid wearing that jersey doesn’t not appear to qualify as one “bad ma’afala”…

    • Randy Steele

      I think that’s Colt McCoy!