Nov 082012
 

Last week: 9 (+2)

Record: 5-3

The Steelers have been awfully impressive the last few weeks and even more impressive is that they’re doing it without Troy Polamalu. Over the last few years, they allow about a touchdown less per game when he’s in the lineup as opposed to when he’s not in the lineup, so just a imagine how good they’ll be once he returns. Ben Roethlisberger is quietly having an MVP type season as he’s on pace for 4406 yards, 7.4 YPA, 67.1% completion, and 32 touchdowns to 8 interceptions.

He is 5th in the NFL in QB rating and is on pace for the 2nd best QB rating of his career, behind 2007, when he threw just 404 times on a conservative offense. This year, he’s thrown 298 times on a more pass heavy offense that has had a spotty running game. You could argue this is the best regular season of his career. If they get Polamlau back for the two Baltimore games, they could easily sweep both games against an underwhelming Baltimore team and either way, they’re the favorite in the NFC North.

Studs

RB Isaac Redman: Rushed for 147 yards (121 after contact) and a touchdown on 26 carries, 6 broken tackles, caught 2 passes for 4 yards on 2 attempts

LG Willie Colon: Didn’t allow a pressure on 36 pass block snaps, run blocked for 17 yards on 6 attempts

RG Ramon Foster: Allowed 1 quarterback hurry on 36 pass block snaps, run blocked for 19 yards on 4 attempts

CB Ike Taylor: Allowed 1 catch for 17 yards on 5 attempts, 1 interception, 4 solo tackles, 3 assists, 1 stop

CB Keenan Lewis: Allowed 1 catch for 10 yards on 5 attempts, 2 pass deflections, 1 batted pass, 2 penalties, 1 solo tackle, 1 assist, 1 missed tackle

LOLB LaMarr Woodley: 1 sack, 1 quarterback hit, and 2 quarterback hurries on 15 pass rush snaps, 1 solo tackle, 1 stop

MLB Lawrence Timmons: 1 sack, 1 quarterback hit, and 1 quarterback hurry on 5 blitzes, 2 solo tackles, 3 stops, allowed 1 catch for 6 yards on 1 attempt

Duds

RT Mike Adams: Allowed 2 sacks and 3 quarterback hurries on 36 pass block snaps, run blocked for 15 yards on 2 attempts

MLB Larry Foote: 5 solo tackles, 1 assist, 1 stop, allowed 4 catches for 54 yards on 4 attempts

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