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Looking for the Bright Side

In a task that seems to be as tough as beating the Bengals in Cincinnati on MNF, I thought I'd try to find a silver lining to what happened yesterday at Heinz Field. I want to start with the defense. Yes, they did give up 16 points in a game where defensive brilliance was our only chance of winning. Yes, they did give up that ugly TD drive with 11 out of 12 plays were rushing plays. No, they did not produce any turnovers, and they don't appear (as of now) to be a kind of a defense that will win games for the Steelers. But until late in the 4th quarter, the defense put the Steelers in a position to win the game on one play. Considering that offense mustered 8 drives that lasted 5 plays or shorter (out of total 11 drives), we can imagine that by the time the Titans scored their final 6 points, the D was pretty gassed. There's also Polamalu on defense. Simply put, he was once again the "flying Hair" Polamalu, and not "Injured Calf" Polamalu. He did what he usually does and the only thing that can be put against him is failure to recreate the majestic interception he has executed in a game against San Diego in 2008. The secondary as a whole looked quite well. Locker was limited to 117 yards passing, and he had only two or three relatively long completions. WIlliam Gay was a very physical presence defensing passes. Finally, Zoltan Mesko had some good punts and posted a 44.1 punting average. But you know your team sucked if a punter is one of your highlights. Generally, the Steelers did suck. Starting from injuries, to Redman's fumble (the Titans would have likely been blown out of Pittsburgh had the Steelers taken a 9-0 lead early in the game), this was as bad as its gets for the offense. I can't lay this kind of offensive performance only on Pouncey's injury. A lineman down does not (in itself) mean inaccurate throws by a 100-million-dollar QB and 2.1 rushing average (which is actually that high because of one 7-yard run by Redman, in reality it was more like 1.2 ypr). There must be conclusions taken and some personnel decisions made. This week isn't going to be easy. As is winning the next game.

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