Nov 152012
 

Last week: 7 (-3)

Record: 6-3

Ben Roethlisberger’s injury hurts, but the sky isn’t falling. In Roethlisberger’s career, they are 8-5 when he doesn’t play, starting with his first start week 3 of 2004. They have a 2 game lead over the rest of the AFC for a playoff spot. 9-7 should get you a playoff spot in the AFC and the Steelers just have to go 3-4 to do that against a schedule that isn’t very hard. This really hurts their chances of taking the division (which was up for the taking with 2 games in 3 weeks against an overrated division leading Baltimore squad), but they should still be able to make the playoffs and if they can get everyone healthy for the playoffs (including Troy Polamalu), they’ll still be dangerous.

Studs

RE Brett Keisel: 2 sacks, 2 quarterback hits, and 3 quarterback hurries on 31 pass rush snaps, 1 batted pass, 3 solo tackles, 5 stops

LOLB LaMarr Woodley: 2 quarterback hurries on 19 pass rush snaps, 7 solo tackles, 1 assist, 4 stops, 1 missed tackle

MLB Lawrence Timmons: Allowed 2 catches for 14 yards on 4 attempts, 1 interception, 5 solo tackles, 4 stops, 1 quarterback hit and 1 quarterback hurry on 7 blitzes

Duds

RB Isaac Redman: Rushed for 21 yards (11 after contact) on 8 attempts, 1 fumble, caught 2 passes for 18 yards on 3 attempts, 1 drop

FB Will Johnson: Caught 1 passes for 7 yards on 2 attempts, 1 drop, run blocked for 9 yards on 3 attempts

ROLB James Harrison: Did not record a pressure on 19 pass rush snaps, 3 solo tackles, 2 assists, 2 stops

NT Casey Hampton: Did not record a pressure on 12 pass rush snaps, 1 solo tackle, 1 assist, 1 stop

RB Chris Rainey: 1 punt return for 0 yards, 1 fumble, was not thrown to on 2 pass snaps

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