The Pittsburgh Steelers Defeat The Detroit Lions: 28-20: Early Thoughts And Observations

* While this game wasn't the dominating performance that many wanted to see out of the 2009 Pittsburgh Steelers their were lots of positives to take from the game.  After starting out with a 1-2 record and the Ravens starting out 3-0, being tied with the Ravens at 3-2 is probably about as much as any Steeler fan could of hoped for.

* Rashard Mendenhall looked like a dominant NFL running back for the second straight week.  Until  further notice I don't see how anyone besides Rashard can be the go-to running back.  His stat line only read 15 carries for 77 yards and a touchdown but he easily could of broke the century mark with a few more touches.  Mendenhall had 65 yards in the first half on only nine attempts and it was a little frustrating that he wasn't used more in the second half to control the clock.

* Congratulations to Mike Wallace on his first NFL touchdown.  After pulling a Limas Sweed and letting a sure touchdown drop through his hands early on, he redeemed himself with a nice catch of an under thrown ball on his 47 yard touchdown.  It was good to see Wallace bounce back after having a costly drop.

* Speaking of mistakes, Ben Roethlisberger really only made one yesterday and boy was it costly.  Roethlisberger looked to Wallace on a short sideline pass and a mis-communication between the two resulted in a pick-six for the Detroit Lions.  Roethlisberger completed 23 of 30 passes for 277 yards, three touchdowns and a passer rating of 123.9.

* Stefan Logan looked mediocre for the most part yesterday, but he broke free for 47 yards on the ensuing kick-off after the Lions pick-six, and he put the Steelers in great field position for an eventual score.  The Lions have been pathetic this season on kick-off coverage so it was somewhat surprising that Logan was only able to make an impact on that one return.

* Steeler fans wanted to see turnovers and sacks and they got both against the Lions on Sunday.  The Steelers had seven sacks and Ryan Clark intercepted a Daunte Culpepper pass.  James Harrison had three of his own sacks and stripped Daunte Culpepper for his lead leaguing 4th forced fumble.

* While I think this team is still very much ready to contend for a championship this year their are still a lot of questions swirling around this team and surprisingly most of them center around the Defense.  I can't really put my finger on it but this defense is just not intimidating teams and so far this season they haven't been able to make big plays.  It was good to see the three straight sacks to close out the game, but this defense has to be more aggressive for the complete game, not just a final series.

* Did anyone, I mean anyone think our offensive line would look this good going into the season?  I sure didn't.

* That loss to the 4-1 AFC North division leading Bengals doesn't look quite as bad in my mind anymore.  Although it's interesting to remember how much better we looked against Cincinnati for just about the entire game before we let the Bengals put together a game-winning drive.  If you are still thinking the Bengals are a fraud remember the Cincinnati Bengals are actually one fluke Denver Bronco's touchdown in week one from being a prefect 5-0. 

* Speaking of the Denver Broncos; after the Jay Cutler/Josh McDaniels/Brandon Marshall debacle that went on in the offseason in Denver who would of thought before the season started that the week nine match-up in Denver would be so important?  Hopefully Troy Polamalu will be back to full strength at that point in the season or we could be without both of our starting safeties if Ryan Clark chooses not to play due to precautionary measures.  That's a big match-up in week nine.

* Just some thoughts to keep us talking this morning and later today we will have more coverage on the Week five victory against Detroit and we will start to look forward to the Week six match-up with the Browns.

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