Pittsburgh Steelers: 2012 Week 3 NFL Power Rankings (#6)

Last week: 6 (+0)

Record: 1-1

Home sweet home for the Steelers. It looks like their home/road disparity has carried over from last season. This team was -22 on the road last year and +120 at home last year. The Raiders get a chance to right the ship on the road this week as they go to Oakland before an early bye week 4. The Steelers hope to get James Harrison and Troy Polamalu back this week, but Polamalu is the key. Prior to last week, over the last 3 years, when he plays, the Steelers are 27-8 and allow 14.4 points per game and without him, they’re 6-7 and allow 21.5 points per game. That’s not all him, but a lot of that is him. He’s their only irreplaceable defensive player and his mere presence can disrupt passing plays and running plays.

Studs

RT Marcus Gilbert: Did not allow a pressure on 35 pass block snaps, 1 penalty, run blocked for 0 yards on 1 attempt

QB Ben Roethlisberger: 24 of 31 for 275 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 throw away, 1 hit as thrown, 1 drop, 109.0 adjusted QB rating, pressured on 11 of 34 drop backs (2 sacks, 7 of 9, 1 throw away, 1 touchdown)

WR Antonio Brown: 7 catches for 79 yards on 9 receptions on 31 pass snaps, 6.4 YAC per catch

WR Mike Wallace: 5 catches 74 yards and a touchdown on 5 receptions on 30 pass snaps, 0.4 YAC per catch

LOLB LaMarr Woodley: 1 sack, 2 quarterback hits, and 4 quarterback pressures on 17 pass rush snaps, 1 solo tackle, 1 missed tackle, 1 stop

FS Ryan Clark: Allowed 1 catch for 2 yards on 3 attempts, 6 solo tackles, 2 assists, 4 stops

K Shaun Suisham: 2 touchbacks on 6 kickoffs, 71.0 yards per kickoff, 20.8 opponent’s average starting distance

Duds

C Maurkice Pouncey: Allowed 1 sack on 35 pass block snaps, 1 penalty, run blocked for 7 yards on 8 attempts

LE Ziggy Hood: 0 quarterback pressures on 33 pass rush snaps, no tackles

NT Casey Hampton: 0 quarterback pressures on 11 pass rush snaps, no tackles

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