Steelers Beat Raiders 35-3 – Game Recap & Notes
Imagine if the Steelers ever decided to start fast. Took a couple turns of the key to get the motor to turn over.
Left tackle Jonathan Scott got off to another rough start. Also these injuries to the offensive line are tough to overcome, especially during the game. Tomlin might need to think about dressing 8 instead of 7. If you do that though, who do you sit down? Very tough call to make for sure.
Hard to judge the offensive line play until I go through it again, but it was better than last week. On the surface it looked like Ramon Foster had a pretty good game at right guard. I was scared to death when Trai Essex had to play left tackle. It looks like Maurkice Pouncey, Chris Kemoeatu and Jonathan Scott will be ready for next week according to Mike Tomlin.
Good play calling by offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, but I was not a fan of going to the bag of tricks so early in the game. Give it a quarter or so, BA. I love the fact that he is getting the tight ends more involved, more specifically Heath Miller.
The rough day by Rashard Mendenhall in the stat column might have been on the line. I will see in my weekly breakdown. I thought he ran hard though, especially on the touchdown. Good to see Isaac Redman get rewarded late too.
14 penalties for 163 yards was a Steelers all time record of course many were a joke including the early one on Ryan Clark. You will hear about this all week.
Nice long drive on the 1st touchdown. Some good key plays on that drive.
Ben Roethlisberger looked poised and in control all day. Some nice throws made by him again today.
Middle linebacker James Farrior found the fountain of youth today. Perhaps his best game in a long while.
It is amazing what getting some pressure on the quarterback will do and hitting him every chance you get. I saw a ton more blitzing today and James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley were very disruptive today. I saw Ziggy Hood providing some pressure as well and getting off his block.
Ryan Mundy and William Gay both had penalties on the Antonio Brown punt return for a touchdown that was called back. Neither was needed. Outside of that, Mundy filled in nicely a few plays when Ryan Clark left injured and Gay was never really tested at the nickel spot.
Speaking of Brown, it is hard to keep this kid on the inactive list. Stefan Logan who? Same goes for Emmanuel Sanders. His role grows larger every week. Very happy with the progress of these two rookies.
It is a shame the Ike Taylor pick 6 was called back. Nobody deserved it more than him. There was a BS call on him running the receiver out of bounds. Another great game by him.
That looked like the Troy Polamalu of old today. Great game by him and great open field tackling as well. He showed no signs of any sore Achilles.
Tight end Matt Spaeth had two great blocks that stuck out and dished out some punishment on a catch of his. He really works hard and has made a ton of improvement in all areas of his game.
Punter Daniel Sepulveda almost had one blocked today. Anthony Madison showed again today why he is on this team. He can get down field like no one I have ever seen on kick coverages. Same goes for #55 Stevenson Sylvester. He is always down field.
Richard Seymour needs to sit down a week. What a childish act that was hitting Roethlisberger?
I wonder if Harrison and Woodley will get their checks docked again. The officiating has become a huge joke and hurting the NFL badly.
Yes, that was rookie linebacker Jason Worilds getting a sack on the 2nd to last play of the game.
New kicker Shaun Suisham did not miss today and booted one deep into the endzone, that is all you need to know about him today.