November 6, 2007

Big Ben strikes

by Dan Bilicki In: Football

The rain and the Raven’s defence both couldn’t slow down the Steelers on Monday Night Football yesterday. Amidst a heavy downpour, Big Ben looked as calm as ever in the pocket and scrambling out of it. On his first touchdown pass of the night, he broke through a heavy pass rush, powered his way out a potential sack and then tossed the ball into the endzone for Heath Miller, who was wide open. Then he even took a big hit that resulted in a roughing the passer penalty. This is the Big Ben I remember from the year when Pittsburgh won the Super Bowl. Apparently his injuries after that motorcycle accident.

And then, in an effort to presumably run up the score, Ben, still in the game with a 35-7 lead late in the third quarter — and throwing — was shoved as he got rid of the ball and had to be helped off the field with an apparent leg injury. You see, this is why you don’t leave you starters in and risk injuries, especially against a tough defence. Ben did come back in the game but played much more conservatively until being taken out in favour of Charlie Batch.

And how about James Harrison, the somewhat unheard of Pittsburgh linebacker that became the first player since 1982 to record 3.5 sacks, an interception and recover a fumble. He also racked up 9 tackles.

And I knew the Steelers would blow them out…

This week: 7-6
This season: 53-59-8

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