Steelers Vs. Bills First Half Open Thread: Kickoff Set for 7 p.m. ET

August 19, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Chris Carter (54) prepares to rush the line of scrimmage against the Indianapolis Colts during the second quarter at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh Steelers won 26-24. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

The third preseason game is the one that doesn't matter the least. Or something like that.

Regardless of how excited Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger apparently is, it's all football to us, especially when it's 1s on 1s. It'll be interesting to see how Pittsburgh rotates its running backs, as well as the progress of OLB Chris Carter. Some running backs may not make the team, but Carter, right now, is the pivotal player among the defensive unit.

Injuries have crushed this team's linebackers, and Carter's ability to hold his position down will be critical in its success until James Harrison returns from a knee injury that's plagued him since May.

It seems about time the Steelers' first team offense really flexes its muscle on the ground. The return of RB Isaac Redman, and the visible improvement of Jonathan Dwyer, should give the Steelers some horses to run behind the dominant run-blocking of the Steelers' interior offensive line.

As always, stop in and chat for a bit, please limit (or even eliminate) the profanity, be respectful and talk some Steelers football.

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