Chris Johnson's hamstring tightened up in the 4th quarter, which led to Ringer getting the rest of the snaps. (negating my praise on MCM Radio for Munch for not running CJ into the ground with the game out of hand, ala Fisher). Neither CJ nor the team sound like they think it's an injury, and with the bye week coming up Johnson should be fine for the Texans game.
Hasselbeck's performance on Sunday was marred by a slew of mistakes and miscommunications between Hass and the receivers. After such a hot start to the season, Hasselbeck is taking an unfair beating from a few national analysts who didn't really watch the game, but I expect the passing game to rebound against Houston in week 7.
Craig Stevens was limited on Sunday, which sucked: if healthy, he would have made the catch that Otto couldn't on that first drive. Otto made a great effort for a back-up OT. With how badly his ribs are hurting, however I doubt Stevens could have adjusted and made the reaching catch.
Check-out this breakdown of Jonathan Dwyer's 76 yard run from Sunday, for proof that Barrett Ruud is g**damned useless out there. It's time to give more of his snaps to Colin McCarthy, so they can ease him into the starting spot in the same way they did when Ryan Fowler gave way to Stephen Tulloch.
Climer urges us to keep this loss in perspective... much like I did on MCM Radio. Just sayin'.
Anyone who got upset about the Steelers still going deep late in the game is just tossing sour grapes. Sounds like the players (thankfully) agree. They had every right to do it, and it was honestly the most Steelers-like play all game.
The secondary continued its four game streak of coming up with an interception. The secondary, and the CBs especially, have been the strength of this defensive unit so far. The scheme looked designed to play a little soft yesterday, hoping to prevent the down field passing game that the Steelers usually rely on. If the front 7 had done their job against the run, the defensive performance would have probably been good enough to keep us in contention.
Paul K goes relatively long-form on the aftermath of Sunday's loss.
Troy Polamalu's impact was felt throughout the game, but the punch on the ball that prevented Nate Washington's touchdown was a prime example of why he's one of the most instinctive football players you will ever see.
So one loss on the road to the defending AFC Champion drops us below other 3-2 teams who have proven less, like Houston and Oakland? Makes complete sense, Mr King.
The Texans are trying to stay afloat while Andre Johnson gets healthy, but that task just got harder as Mario Williams looks to be out for the rest of the year. Williams had already racked up 5 sacks this season before going down to what appears to be a torn pectoral muscle.
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