Monday, November 12, 2012
The Steelers offense starts and ends with Big Ben Roethleisberger. He has been brilliant this year posting 16 TD's and 4 Int's at the halfway point. He is on pace for 32 TD's and 8 Int's. Last year he had 21 TD's and 15 Int's. He has not taken as many hits this year and has done a better job of checking down to his outlet receiver.
The wide receiver group has been very solid. Mike Wallace has become more than just a deep threat as he has been running more intermediate and short routes. He does still drop the occasional easy catch. Antonio Brown has had a very similar year but has lacked the explosive plays we have seen in the past. Emmanuel Sanders is emerging as a solid slot receiver. Heath Miller has been outstanding and is getting the ball more in Todd Haley's offense.
The Running back by committee, in large part due to injuries, is beginning to work and could be a big benefit down the stretch as the backs should have fresh legs. Jonathan Dwyer and Issac Redman have shared the bulk of the load and have combined to post 3 straight 100 yard games. Rashard Mendenhall looked great the one game he played.
The offensive line seems to be coming together despite the shuffling due to injuries. Maurkice Pouncey has been outstanding. Max Starx and Mike Adams have done a good job protecting Big Ben on the outside. Willie Colon is a bruising run blocker who needs to improve his pass protection and Roman Foster has been steady all year.
The Steelers are 2nd in the NFL in time of possession at 34:40 per game and 1st in 3rd down percentage at 51%. These stats will help the defense remain fresh as they are not on the field as often. The Steelers really need to cut down on penalty yards as they currently have the 4th most in the league.