Season 2, Episode 37 of The Terrible Podcast is up and David Todd and I spend 50 minutes recapping the Steelers impressive 25-17 over the New England Patriots. We open with a nod to history and a look at what we thought might happen on Sunday. As we discussed during the week, the Steelers went to much more press coverage and multiple looks on defense and on offense the Steelers spread the Patriots and attacked much like teams often try to attack Pittsburgh.
It all worked like a charm. Ben Roethlisberger put up big numbers and the Steelers were able to contain Tom Brady and the Patriots offense by keeping the ball for more than 39 minutes. The most interesting aspect from a team perspective might be the many options the success of the Dick LeBeau scheme and the young players\’ solid performances give the Steelers defense going forward particularly when players, most notably James Harrison, start returning from the injured list. David and I discuss what made the schemes work and how guys like Chris Carter, Cortez Allen and Stevenson Sylvester did with their most extensive playing time to date. The changing of the guard that we looked toward in 2012 is actually taking place right now. Not a massive revamping, just a gradual change, largely necessitated by injury. So far, so good.
On offense we are seeing much the same thing. Roethlisberger is playing some of the best football of his career and the Steelers young receivers just keep getting better and better. We go through the game plan and talk about why the Steelers seem to have finally hit their stride offensively. Rashard Mendenhall validated our support of him last week and Heath Miller just keeps on rolling. We also scrutinize the Steelers last drive and the play calling that lead to the Pats getting the ball back at the end of the game.
We\’ll find out more about whether the Steelers offensive success was more a result of their own execution or a weak Patriots defense when they take on the Baltimore Ravens this coming Sunday night at Heinz Field. We\’ll be back Wednesday to start analyzing that big divisional matchup.
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