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NFL’s offensive explosion bypassing Steelers, so far

Published: Tue, December 14, 2010 @ 12:03 a.m.



Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu (43) scores a touchdown on an interception as Cincinnati Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham (84) defends during the second quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010, in Pittsburgh.


Matchup: Pittsburgh Steelers

(10-3) vs. New York Jets (9-4)

When: Sunday; kickoff at 4:15 p.m.

Where: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh

TV/radio: CBS channels 27, 2, 19; WNIO-AM 1390

Associated Press


The NFL is on pace for its biggest season offensively in league history. The Pittsburgh Steelers must be wondering when they’re going to start getting caught up in all of it.

The Steelers (10-3) are in position to claim a first-round playoff bye if they win out and go 13-3. With Troy Polamalu again making the game-altering defensive plays the Steelers were missing when he was hurt a year ago, they’ve allowed no more than 16 points while winning their last four games.

That defense not only is playing as well as any in the league, it’s outperforming the Steelers’ offense — on offense.

Since the first quarter of a 19-16 overtime victory at Buffalo on Nov. 28, the Steelers’ offense has scored one touchdown in 11 quarters and an overtime period. That score, a Ben Roethlisberger touchdown pass to Issac Redman in Baltimore, was directly created by a Polamalu forced fumble that gave the Steelers the ball at the Ravens’ 9 in the closing minutes of a 13-10 win on Dec. 5.

The only two touchdowns the Steelers scored in beating Cincinnati 23-7 on Sunday came on interception returns by Polamalu and LaMarr Woodley. The offense was limited to three Shaun Suisham field goals despite holding a nine-minute advantage in time of possession and a 354-190 edge in yardage.

The Steelers won the Super Bowl two seasons ago with a superior defense and an average offense. But in this Year of the Yard, the Steelers realize they can’t keep operating this inefficiently on offense, especially if they eventually must go on the road during the playoffs.

Two of their last three games have been against teams, the Bills (3-10) and Bengals (2-11), that are among the league’s worst, yet the offense accounted for only one touchdown in those two games. Sunday’s opponent — the Jets (9-4) — figures to be considerably tougher despite losing its last two games.

“We just weren’t scoring touchdowns,” wide receiver Mike Wallace said. “We were getting down there. We just have to finish drives. That’s our biggest problem. We don’t really ever have a problem moving the ball. It’s just finishing drives.”

Maybe it’s not a worry now, but perhaps it could become one in January. Running back Rashard Mendenhall has three 100-yard games, but only one in 10 games. And the Steelers are sixth in the league with 803 penalty yards, 440 in the last four games alone.

Through Sunday’s games, the NFL is on pace for the highest averages in league history for total yards per game (676.5), net passing yards per game (448.1) and touchdown passes (a projected 750). The Steelers, so far, are nowhere close to establishing any such high marks, with the offense ranking as the franchise’s 13th best since 1970 and the passing game ranking as the seventh best.

While the Steelers played their first four games without the suspended Ben Roethlisberger, their offense is laboring at the same time they are finishing up one of their easiest closing stretches. Five of their final seven games are against losing-record teams, and four of their final six are against opponents that have won five or fewer games.


1sc7422(23 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Why must the Vindy publish articles that do nothing but bash the Steelers?? This offense is far better than most. They are 10-3 headed for the playoffs!! If the Browns were 10-3, they would have a special insert!!

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2piak(508 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Agree with sc7422. Enough of this fiction about this being "Browns territory".

How many times do you see any Browns fans wearing their team's gear anywhere? I do see a lot of "Stiller" stuff being worn.

Even the NFL designated this area as a "Secondary Market", for both the Stillers and Browns. The Steeler Nation transcends all boundaries.

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3MLC75(620 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

I don't think the vindy was bashing the Steelers,only giving the facts.The offensive is average at best,the defensive is,what has gotten the Steelers to 10-3.Pittsburgh will not get past New England in the playoffs.

The vindy always bashes the Browns,that is what happens when you lose.Pittsburgh fans are too sensitive.

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4youngstown9256(8 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

MLC75: "I don't think the vindy was bashing the Steelers,only giving the facts."- The record is 10-3. Doesn't matter how they got there. Doesn't matter if they won 36-7 or 22-21. When was the last time the league gave out "pretty points" for a win? I am a Steeler fan and I will the 1st to tell you our offense isn't explosive, but have they needed to be? What game did they need to score 30 points to win? As long as their defense can keep them close, then ONE play (evident in the Bills win and the Ravens win) to get the "W". If the defense got us to 10-3 then so be it, but the facts, as you said, are that they are 10-3. (And yes, I agree that the Pats would win in the playoffs...I said I am a Steeler fan, but not DUMB Steeler fan. I am a realist. They better show up against the Jets, who are ticked off after not scoring a TD in the past two games and the Browns at the end of the season isn't a gimme game, either)

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5MLC75(620 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

@Penguinbird,the Steelers will not get past New England,Second of all,talk about cry babies,better check Harrison and Ward,they cry more than any one.Stop being a hypocrite,try learning your NFL history.Your greatest team was one of the worse teams at one time.

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6walter_sobchak(2085 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

The Steelers have only been successful for the last 35 years. Prior to that, they were such a joke that even the St. Louis Cardinals made fun of them. Even with all of their recent success, the all-time winning percentage is only 50.7%. No doubt, they are currently THE model franchise in any professional sport. The Rooney's have done a fantastic job.

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7sc7422(23 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Whoever said they will be laying down in Week 17 is crazy! They wont be laying down trust me..Regardless if Pittsburgh wins it all again this year or next, they will never get any respect around here because of alot of jealous and bitter Clown fans..The facts are the facts! And I love the comment about 'no way' they can beat New England...that made me chuckle..With the Steelers defense, anything is possible...Remember the old saying, "DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS"

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8MLC75(620 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago


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9MLC75(620 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

I don't need a tissue,Since you don't understand what you read,I will make it simple,THE VINDY BASHES BOTH TEAMS.

You have no clue what the history of the NFL is, or respect for that matter.You are a hopless case,immature and more than likely,disrespectful.

Bird boy the NFL has been televised since the 60"s,with some of the greatest players of all time,wearing face masks.You are totally clueless.

I would say San Fran is the greatest NFL team of all time Neff said.

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10Lifes2Short(3879 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

First off, you can't compare teams from different eras, it's impossible. To many variables.

Considering what we been through since the season began, I would say sitting at 10-3 is pretty impressive.

Losing our starting QB for the 1st 4 games of the season, releasing our top receiver in Holmes and losing our best OL in Willie Colon and not to mention losing Bryon Leftwich in the last pre-season game and starting Dixon in the opener. Losing Dixon to IR after 2 games, losing Max Starks to IR. Losing Aaron Smith and Keisel for extended times, releasing our long time kicker, Jeff Reed, losing our punter Daniel Sepulveda.
And the James Harrison debacle, the ridiculous penalties and non-penalties against us. Troy, Miller, Ben all banged up. And the list goes on and on....

So with all that, I'm pretty happy with our record. Hopefully get a bye in the playoffs, rest up and take care of business against the Patriots.

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11snerdly(10 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

According to the pro football hall of fame website (I think they know football history a bit better then penguinbird), the Chicago Bears have 8 NFL championships, and last I checked 8 is still greater than 6. Nuff said.

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12snerdly(10 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Sorry, but Steeler fans do not get to pick and chose when 'history' starts.. You said the Steelers where the great franchise in NFL HISTORY. Your words, not mine, so when you make a statement like that, you better have the facts. As John Adams said many many years ago 'Facts are a stubborn thing'. NFL HISTORY started long long before the Steelers became great in the 70's.

Do you realize that the Steelers all time record coming into this season is 565-529-21, 36 games over .500. The Bears (and I am NOT a Bears fan, just making a point) are 709-524-42, or 186 games over .500. So in the HISTORY of the NFL, the Bears have won 144 more games then the Steelers and even though they've been around many more years then the Steelers, they've still lost 5 games LESS then the Steelers.

IF you want to make the case that they are the greatest franchise in the last 40 years, I will give you that without dispute, but they are NOT the greatest franchise in NFL HISTORY because, once again, history did not start in 1970.

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13snerdly(10 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

A very eloquent rebuttal. How can I possibly argue that fact-filled argument? Log off now, you're late for school.

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14woolyd(579 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

The reason why you see so many Steeler fans now is because many people jump the bandwagon on teams who are doing well.
Nobody on here should try to explain anyting to the Bird he lacks the mental capacity to understand football history. Lombardi would say to him "what the hell is going on out there in that brain". The fact is the Bears, Packers, Giants, and Browns have as many or more titles then the Steelers. Also non historians it doesnt matter when the titles were won or how many teams there were. Many players now wouldnt be able to play with the style they did back then hard, smashmouth, no excuses or face masks football.
All Time Greates Franchise must be my Chicago Bears over 800 victories 802 to be exact and no other team has more than 715. So from a victory standpoint they are the greatest franchise in the NFL. SNERDLY those were great stats but I did a little upgrade for everyone and incidently the BEARS were formed in 1920 and Steelers in 1933 so even if they went undefeated for 13 straight seasons and the Bears diddnt win a game for 13 years we would still have clearly more wins then them

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15PhilMcCrackin(58 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Everyone knows that the worst thing about the Steelers is their whining, fickle fans. I have never seen any fan turn against their team as fast as a Steeler fan will.

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16Lifes2Short(3879 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago


"I have never seen any fan turn against their team as fast as a Steeler fan will."

That goes for every other NFL team. You will always have fans that follow winners and jump off the bandwagon when there team is turmoil. Those are not fans of a team. The Steeler nation has diehard fans from generations and generations. We know the real fans from the useless fans. Knowledgeable fans are the true fans, win or lose.

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17ojanet22(134 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Back in the day when the Steelers were first organized as a team and the players all worked other jobs, no one really cared whether they won or lost. Pittsburgh was a steel town then full of hard working people and all they wanted to do on the weekend was to relax and watch some football. Maybe they never won but you can rest assured that when you played the steelers you were in for an ass-whippin'.

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18MLC75(620 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

One thing for sure ,penguin bird is the biggest a$$ in the history of the vindy comment board.

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19MLC75(620 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

@penguinbird,I'm not aka Tony 1,I post under one name only.Your rants prove what an immature punk you really are,NUFF SAID.

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20MLC75(620 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

@birdboy,once again you have no clue what you are talking about.The Browns drew 75,000-80,000 a game.Art moved them because he wanted a new stadium,the city of Cleveland built the Indians a new stadium and left him out in the cold.Thats why he moved the team,once again you talk out of your a$$.

True Browns fans,don't turn on their team even when losing,unlike the band wagon Steeler fans.

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21Lifes2Short(3879 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago


It's embarrassing to us true Steeler fans when you get on here and put down Cleveland. If your a real Steeler fan you wouldn't always talk trash about another team, you worry about your team and only your team. Back in the days, the rivalry was huge with Cleveland, it was fun and it got intense, but that all changed when Modell moved the team (and it wasn't because of not having fan support) and as far as the Lebron situation, we are in the 21st century and I'm sure you heard of free agent. How many players stick with one team there whole career nowadays anyway? I can count them on one hand.
So please quit embarrassing us Steeler fans, your what we call a fair weather fan.

Family Season Ticket holders since 1970.

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22Lifes2Short(3879 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago


I honestly believe this is you and that's why you act so immature. It's okay, your just probably scarred for life because of it.... lmfao


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23MLC75(620 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

@Life2Short I agree with you,the Browns and Steelers were a exciting rivalry to watch,I enjoyed watching them in the 70's,at Cleveland and at Pittsburgh.

They didn't move for lack of fan support,they packed 75,000-80,000 for every home game,the fans were there.It was Moddle who had his feelings hurt about not getting a new stadium,thats why he moved and Balitmore gave him a boat load of money and a new stadium.That sneaky move has cost Art Moddell his place in the hall of fame,he never gets the votes and never will.It had nothing to do with the fans.

Don't all you Steeler fans find it funny that Penguinbird posts on all and every article when its anything Cleveland.There are times when he is the only one posting and it can be 2,3,4 times.He is the first to post,which leads me to believe he only became a Steeler fan when they started to win.He really is a Browns fan that is venting.Poor poor birdy.Suck it up like the rest of us.

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24snerdly(10 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Bird, seriously... You are one pathetic individual.. For someone to keep posting like this... you really need some help dude, and please just get a life.. Its football for crying out loud.. geez.. Its a GAME.. chill...

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25snerdly(10 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

I really don't care when/if the Browns ever get to the Super Bowl, and I don't care if the Steelers ever get to the Super Bowl again. My life does not revolve around football. I have a son in the military fighting for us right now, so I really do have better things to worry about. If your life does revolve around football, and your really strange obsession with bashing everything Cleveland, thats fine.. To each his own I guess.

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26snerdly(10 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

You know, you really are an a$$. Pure and simple. I see you have 1205 posts to these sites?? You must really not have a life, do you?? I would hope real Steeler fans would see you for the a$$ you really are.. I am done here. Have a great time life loser.

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27MLC75(620 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

@PENGUINBIRD,Jets kicked your A$$ in your house.GET EM NEXT YEAR

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28MLC75(620 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago


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29MLC75(620 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

No I mean the tied for first place with the mighty Ravens.

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30MLC75(620 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

@Penguin bird Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family also.I'm 54 years old,I have been a Browns fan my entire life.I can't change teams now,it's not in my blood.

I will have a Christmas truce with Steeler fans.

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31JeffLebowski(953 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago


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32MLC75(620 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

@jeffLebowski that was awesome !!

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33Lifes2Short(3879 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Have to cheer for the Browns today. A win for Cleveland gives us a 1st round bye, which is much needed. So for one Sunday afternoon, I'll be cheering for the Browns.

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34MLC75(620 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

52 comments by penguin bird,LOL,GET A LIFE DUDE.

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35MLC75(620 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

News flash now it is 53 comments by bird boy,dude you really have some mental issues,get help now!!!

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36davidjohn(144 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

why did the vindy eliminate the venerose comments

did it bother dellick

or hunter

or venerose

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37MLC75(620 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

News flash bird boy now has 54 comments on the same article,which proves he has no life.

News flash get a life D-Head bird

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38MLC75(620 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

D-HEAD TURD BIRD that isn't such a big deal if you win,but if you lose it is .

FYI NO one is watching the decision,I could care less about basketball,it means nothing to me .


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39MLC75(620 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago


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40snerdly(10 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

So bird, how many times are you going to keep commenting to yourself?? I only come here occasionally to see if you posted again because its so damn funny that you're talking to no one. No one gives a damn what you have to say. Browns fans don't care, and Steeler fans don't care. I've heard the term sore loser before, but never quite might a sore winner like you. But go ahead and keep talking to yourself, it is rather amusing. Have a nice day.

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41MLC75(620 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

@hey a$$ bird I only use one name you stupid jerk.

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42snerdly(10 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

MLC - I guess bird brain doesn't think its possible that two people think that he's an A$$ that has no life.

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43MLC75(620 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

@snerdly,Bird brain is a buffon and doesn't understand, that more than one person thinks he is a joke.

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44slappysmith(55 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

you have to laugh when you consider the profile of your typical stealer fan. most of them were 5th string tackles on the high school football team that weighed either less than 100 or over 300lbs and quit before two a days were over. they jumped on the stealer bandwagon and are also yankee fans because this is the only way they can deal with their low self esteem.

the requirements for being a stealer fan

know absolutely nothing about the NFL, its rules or its history.

must believe that NFL history started in 1974 ended in 1981 and started again in 2006 until the present.

be able to see a game that know one else see's

be convinced you are not a front runner although you are also a Yankee and Laker fan

i just laugh at stealer fans, they havent figured out yet that no one hates the team, its the fans no one can stand

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45MLC75(620 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

@slappysmith I agree with you,however the die hard Steeler fans,who have followed them before 1974,understand the history of the NFL.They are not the problem it's the young front runners that I can't stand.

I went to the Browns /Steeler game on Sunday,it was the young teens to early 30's Steeler fan's that were the big mouth, chest thumping fans.There were a group of woman in their early 20's who sat by us,that were Steeler fans,they had no clue what was going on in the game,they were there to see troy play and that was it.That is not a fan.

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46rick51(96 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Bunch of band wagon Steeler fans, they would all be gone if they dident win!!!!!!!!!!

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47MLC75(620 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

In the 80's and early 90's when the 49 er's were winning,the whole town was 49 er's.Every where you looked people were wearing 49 er clothing.Once they started to lose and Pittsburgh was on a roll,they jumped ship to follow the Steelers.

I'm not talking about the true Steeler fans,only the band wagon followers.I was a Browns fan then and I'm a Browns fan now.When the Browns moved,I watched football but didn't care who won,as long as it wasn't Pittsburgh.

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48southsidedave(5042 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

go steelers!!!!!

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