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They Dominated in Every Phase the First Time Except the Score – Can They Do it Again?

Just in case you forgot, the Steelers dominated the Chargers back on November 16th to the tune of 410 yards for the Steelers to just 218 net yards for the Chargers.  Ben Roethlisberger threw for 300 yards, and Willie Parker ran for over 100 yards.  Even Hines Ward had over 100 yards in receiving.  So why are we already so worried?

I guess just human nature says look at the last score, and seeing the Steelers only having won 11-10 points to a game this Sunday that should be tough and hard hitting.  We also realize that to overlook the Chargers is a very dangerous thing to do, and it could point to a huge playoff letdown before the Steelers even get going.

With that though, look for this group of Steelers to be focused and ready to go on Sunday.  Even with Roethlisberger’s concussion, they should be ready to go.  One thing will be to make sure he’s protected, and that will be up to the O-line.  “The first time, they played us hard and it was another comeback effort by us,” guard Darnell Stapleton said. “I think they’ll come out and play us tough again. I think both teams will be prepared. I think it will be a good game.”

A good game – yes.  But it’s a game that the Steelers should win, and they then will already know following the win who is next – a Titans team that beat them just three weeks ago, or a Ravens team that will have to come to Pittsburgh for a third meeting.  Any way you look at it – it all adds up to an interesting week in Pittsburgh.

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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  1. mark

    January 5, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    Matt, those are excellent points that we fans should take into account. The Steelers, did in fact, dominate the Chargers in that game. My nerves come from the fact that the Steelers never seem to have a lead against the better teams either early or at halftime. Patriots, Ravens twice,Titans,Cowboys.etc. etc.. The Steelers need to get a fast start in this game and force the Chargers to play from behind against this #1 defense. Yes, we have won some close games, but do NOT play with fire and let this soaring Charger team hang around too long. Im nervous because the Steelers do NOT score enough points early in games. period! Tomlinson will be limited at best, the Chargers do not defend the pass well, its in Pittsburgh and we are well rested. NO EXCUSES GUYS! I believe a sound victory this weekend gets us to Tampa regardless of the opponent next Sunday. Big, bold words but this team can get on a roll and has a championship caliber defense, an experienced and unified team that never quits. I think a win this Sunday launches them into another level for the AFC title.

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