Nov 012012
 

Last week: 15 (+7)

Record: 4-3

After 2 straight wins, the Steelers are back in the AFC playoff picture at 4-3 and that’s despite Troy Polamalu being out. When he’s in the lineup over the last 3 years, they allow about a touchdown less per game when he’s in there so it’s good news that they’ve been playing well without him. Ben Roethlisberger is quietly having an MVP caliber year, completing 66.8% of his passes for an average of 7.4 YPA, 14 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions. The bad news is that they face Eli Manning and the Giants this week and not only with Troy Polamalu not return, they’ve also lost Ryan Clark with a concussion. They did a good job against Robert Griffin last week as Dick LeBeau’s schemes confused yet another rookie, as he’s now 14-1 against rookie quarterbacks. However, Eli Manning is far from one.

Studs

RB Jonathan Dwyer: Rushed for 107 yards (73 after contact) on 17 attempts, 3 broken tackles, caught 1 pass for 8 yards on 1 attempt

QB Ben Roethlisberger: 24 of 33 for 222 yards and 3 touchdowns, 2 hit as thrown, 3 drops, 102.5 adjusted QB rating, pressured on 13 of 35 drop backs (1 scramble, 8 of 12, 2 touchdowns, 2 hit as thrown, 1 drop)

C Maurkice Pouncey: Did not record a pressure on 36 pass block snaps, run blocked for 32 yards on 9 attempts

RG Ramon Foster: Did not record a pressure on 36 pass block snaps, 1 penalty, run blocked for 1 yard on 2 attempts

RT Mike Adams: Allowed 1 quarterback hurry on 36 pass block snaps, run blocked for 1 yard on 1 attempt

CB Keenan Lewis: Allowed 2 catches for 23 yards and a touchdown on 5 attempts, 3 pass deflections, 1 penalty, 1 solo tackle, 1 assist, 1 stop, 1 missed tackle

SS Will Allen: Allowed 1 catch for 31 yards on 5 attempts, 2 pass deflections, 2 quarterback hurries on 4 blitzes, 3 solo tackles, 2 assists

CB Ike Taylor: Allowed 1 catch for 5 yards on 4 attempts, 1 pass deflection, 2 solo tackles, 1 missed tackle

MLB Larry Foote: 1 sack and 2 quarterback hurries on 10 pass rush snaps, 4 solo tackles, 3 stops, allowed 1 catch for 6 yards on 2 attempts

LOLB Lamarr Woodley: 3 quarterback hurries on 16 pass rush snaps, 2 solo tackles, 1 stop, 1 missed tackle

Duds

LE Ziggy Hood: Did not record a pressure on 32 pass rush snaps, 1 solo tackle, 1 assist

RE Brett Keisel: Did not record a pressure on 33 pass rush snaps, 2 solo tackles, 1 assist, 2 stops

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