joopen wrote: TheHammer24 wrote: joopen wrote:
TheHammer24 wrote:We didn't look good in the first half but that's about as good as you can play without Ben in the second. One bad play!
Hoop ben is okay.
The defense gave up another late drive. This time to the unstoppable Matt Cassle
C'mon. They shut the Chiefs down in the second half. Continually forced three and outs when we knew we couldn't give up any points. We had a huge three out when the drive started on our own ten and another after the failed fourth down conversion. But if you want to point out to one failed play, then go ahead. You'll never be happy.
142 yards rushing when the opposition has ZERO pass game. Last minute tying drive and taking until OT to force a turnover against an offense that turns the ball over once per quarter. No pass rush and no turnovers is not a good defense in today's NFL.
We should probably agree to disagree, but I feel like your position is similar to many Steeler fans and it bothers me immensely. The view equates a perfect defense with a good defense and, worse yet, conflates an imperfect defense with a "bad" defense.http://www.nfl.com/stats/categorystats? ... 447263-n=1
Steelers have the best defense in the NFL based on yards allowed. To be sure, it benefits from the offense's ball control, but the stat is still illustrative. (EDIT: In fact, they're tied for first in yard/play which controls for time of possession).
The Chiefs are horrible, but their offense is ranked only one spot behind the Steelers. They also have the FOURTH best rush offense in the league, rushing for over 200 yards against the Ravens.
This isn't the NCAA where winning by fewer than 15 points against a "bad" team is bad. Winning is winning in the NFL---every game is tough. The Steelers D played exceptionally well last night against a team with a great rush offense. They were asked to step up on essentially every drive in the second half and they did. They gave up one 15 yard pass play on fourth down, which almost cost them the game. But other than that, they were exceptional---forcing two huge three and outs after we turned the ball over. No aspect of any team is perfect. The Patriots Punt, the 49ers give up points. All you can do in the NFL is be very good at a number of things----the Steelers are. The D should pick the ball off more and get a few more sacks. But they're exceptionally good at pass D, getting off the field on 3rd down, and they've given up the fewest number of yards in the entire NFL.
The fact that we're criticizing the D after they gave up 13 points, 3 of which came off a drive that started on the 10 is ridiculous. They won the game for us.