A few observations on the game:
1. The Giants were going after Keenan Lewis. That tells me that the reports of Ike Taylor's demise are premature. Keenan is currently tied with Chicago's Tim Jennings for the most passes defended in the NFL. He's also 2nd only to Ryan Clark for DB tackles. Seriously, teams are focusing on Keenan Lewis, so far they aren't having much success.
2. Will Johnson: He got a lot of touches and targets yesterday, esp. for a FB. His lack of success wasn't due to him not being any good (dropped pass was on him still) but he was defended much more this week. Teams are catching on to him as a weapon. That is a good thing. Heath Miller and Will Johnson had rough days, as the Giants looked to take those options away. Isaac Redman's success not only negated that strategies effectiveness, but I'd say it was partly because of it. With our O-Line doing a good job there is no way you can account for Heath and Will in both blocking and receiving roles, it's just wonderful.
3. I got 99 problems but a ref ain't one. My old Soccer Coach used to tell us that if a ref cost you the game you didn't deserve to win it. His point was that you don't complain, you take the game out of their hands. The Steelers did that this week, reminiscent of the Colts game in our first Super Bowl run. Bad calls gave the other team great opportunity to win, and yet the Steelers took the game back. Ref's can't make receivers catch the ball, or open holes for RB's. They did what they could, but it wasn't enough.
4. Special Teams were getting the job done. Like Willy Colon the ST were best known for negating big plays for most of the first half of this season. Both seem to be settling in and creating those big plays instead. It's nice to know we can help ourselves in every aspect of the game.
5. The Giants. I'd love to say we just dominated the Super Bowl champs, and that makes us legit contenders. The Giants so far this year are not the team they were in the playoffs last year. I'm excited to see the progression of our O-Line, but this was the 19th run defense. We gave up about the Giants average pressure on the QB, which is a big step up from last year, but not what we have grown to expect this season. I'm thrilled at this game, because the Steelers played great in all aspects of the game and showed a lot of heart winning this one. Let's just not get ahead of ourselves.
One more thing:
The receivers are still there. It feels like Wallace and Brown haven't done anything this year. But right now they are both on pace for 1000 yard seasons with Wallace having 5TD's so far. They are on pace to do exactly what they did last year. With the increased running game effectiveness and the TD's going to Heath I was surprised to see the numbers where they are. In fact each season Wallace has been in the league he has caught 5 TD's in the first 8 weeks. Last year he disappeared in the second half, but with his ypc going down this year I don't expect that to happen again. Other teams figured out how to defend how we used him last year, but this year it isn't helping them.