Sunday, November 18, 2007

Jets 19, Steelers 16 (OT)

Today’s game was a shining example of the advantage afforded teams coming off a bye week. On the second play of the game the Jets executed a trick play that went for 56 yards, setting up New York’s one and only touchdown. I’m certain that sometime during the Jets’ extra week of preparation the coaches noticed that Steelers’ CB Ike Taylor is quick to abandon his pass coverage responsibilities on running plays and thus especially vulnerable to flea flicker-type fakes. Needless to say, the Jets looked to exploit that vulnerability right away, and it was the difference in the game.

Of course, the Jets deserve plenty of credit for doing enough to win. As if the 19-16 OT loss wasn’t enough, Jets RB Thomas Jones broke the Steelers’ streak of 34 consecutive games of not allowing a 100-yard rusher.

More importantly, the game highlighted a few ongoing problems: Never mind the kick coverage, the Steelers’ offensive line isn’t as good as the national media makes it out to be. Today, Pittsburgh never got its run game going (Willie Parker rushed for 52 yards) and the offensive line allowed a season-high seven sacks. And once again, the team started slowly on the road against an inferior opponent.

In my opinion, Ben Roethlisberger is making the offensive talent around him look better than it really is, but even Big Ben isn’t going to be able to lead the team back from 10, 14, and 15 point deficits on a regular basis. Look for the Steelers to focus on the offensive side of the ball in the 2008 draft.

"What are the Chances...?" is now 8-2 on the season and 21-5 all-time.

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

THE O LINE WAS A PROBLEM AREA GOING INTO THE SEASON, HOW THE STEELERS HAVE WON AS MANY GAMES AS THEY HAVE IS A TRUE TESTAMENT FOR " THE WILL TO WIN " MENTALITY OF BIG BEN. BEN IS NOT A LOSER, NOT FROM A COMPETITIVE STAND POINT. BUT THE O LINE, AND WHO EVER IS COACHING IT, NEEDS TO REALLY LOOK AT THIER DIRE SITUATION. OH, AND BYE WEEKS DON'T AUTOMATICALLY EQUALS WINS, LOOK AT THE STEELERS, NOT JUST THIS 2007 SEASON, BUT THEY ARE ONE OF THE WORST TEAMS COMING OFF BYES AS FAR AS WINS ARE CONCERNED. HAVE A NICE DAY, NXT UP, THE WINLESS DOLPHINS. CONCERNS!!!!

5:17 AM  
Blogger Black&Gold Girl said...

So what do you think for the 1st round? I think we're stacked at TE and QB. A lineman? RB? Or WR?

6:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

black and gold girl, we are still in the middle of this season, not a good time to be thinking draft day baby,

2:56 PM  

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