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Steelers Start the Season Just About Perfect

Big Ben a winner

What a way to start a season.

That is all that you can about Sunday’s whopping 34-7 win for the Steelers in Cleveland over the Browns.  The Steelers played just about as good as a game as they could have, which is very good, but which also can be scary, meaning that about the only place they could go from here is down.  The offense did have its moments of lapses, and the defense did allow a touchdown.  Other than that, it was all good for new coach Mike Tomlin and the Black and Gold.

One thing you have to love about what the Steelers did Sunday was not give in.  Sure at 17-0 at the end of the first quarter they could have lied down, but if you listen to Ben Roethlisberger in the post game, he said, and rightfully so, that the team felt it should have been up by more than that at the end of the quarter.  Hey, if you have a team down, go for the kill – right.  That is what the Steelers did at the start of the third quarter, going 71 yards and putting the Browns away with a TD to make it 24-0.

The defense, what can you say bad about this unit?  They put the heat on the weak Browns offense all day, stopping overrated Jamal Lewis in his tracks, and making life miserable for Charlie Frye and Derek Anderson.  They used all kinds of different formations trying to get to the quarterback, and when they dropped in coverage, they did a solid job there as well.  The front three did a good job vs the run, and the linebackers seemed on a mission from the start of the game.

I could go on and on, but you know the rest.  For now, the season is off to the best of starts, and now up next is a home game vs a Bills team that Sunday at home in Buffalo scored just 14 points in a one-point loss.  So for now – it’s all good.  But it’s early Steelers fans.  Let’s not forget that as well.  After all, this was only Cleveland.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.

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