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David Aldridge
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David Aldridge

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Okay, Pittsburgh is really, really good. But let's not make the Steelers into the '85 Bears just yet.

No question, they have the league's best defense, and if you fall behind by 10, it might as well be a hundred. But their offense...meh. They can run it, but the O-line is nothing to write home about in pass protection. (The Redskins got pressure on Roethlisberger, for Diron Talbert's sake!) Big Ben gets hit, it seems, a good half-dozen times a game, and he tends to get rattled as a result--not because he isn't tough, but because he is human.

So if you can stop Willie Parker and/or Mewelde Moore on first down, a high-sack, high-interception defense like Tennessee's could certainly force enough turnovers and harass Roethlisberger enough to keep the game close. Baltimore certainly stuffs the run most weeks as well.

Formidable? Yes. Unbeatable? No.

By David Aldridge  |  December 8, 2008; 10:27 AM ET  | Category:  Pittsburgh Steelers Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Gotta agree with DA. Bolts had Pittsburgh and let it slip away; Dallas did the same thing. A disciplined team like the Giants could knock them off in the super bowl, too.

Posted by: Aldridge Needs His Own Show | December 9, 2008 11:32 AM

Aldridge has a short memory - the year the Ravens won the Super Bowl they also set a record for the most consecutive quarters WITHOUT an offensive touchdown. Defense wins championships, and the Stiller's D will carry them through the playoffs.

Posted by: Jack M. Off | December 9, 2008 11:57 AM

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