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Halftime thoughts – Steelers 3 Falcons 3

It’s all even in the first half in Heinz Field, as the Steelers and Falcons are tied at 3 after a competitive first half that I felt the Steelers won, but yet they could not convert some plays.

Here’s some general thoughts and numbers on the first half.

* The Steelers are 3-for-8 in 3rd down conversions, and some of those squarely fall on Dennis Dixon, who missed two passes that he should have made. The second one cost the team a better chance for Jeff Reed to make a field goal, which he then had to try from 55 yards and missed. They have to get better with that number in the 2nd half.

* The run game has put up 56 yards on 18 carries for a 3.1 average, but they have to keep pounding away. Early on it looked like the O-line was able to push around the Falcons smaller D-line a bit, but then they got away from that in the second quarter. Rashard Mendenhall has 41 of the 56 yards, and is running with some power early on.

* Dixon has been tentative at times, and seems to be aiming his passes more than just letting go. The pick he had was awful, and I haven’t seen him really use his legs much, and wonder if he’s pulling a Kordell and trying to prove he doesn’t need to run to be a good QB. Dennis – you have the ability to run in spots – do it.

* Dixon is 10-for-16 for 91 yards with a pick, Matt Ryan is 10-for-16 for 106 yards.

* Love the intensity of the Steelers D in the first half, as the team seems to be feeding off the crowd. I still think the D makes a big play in the second half, and with Troy running around in the secondary, I’ll say ‘Head and Shoulders’ makes a game-changing play.

* Very close game to this point, and I have felt this would be a 3-5 point game, and I am sticking to it. Steelers find a way to pull it out, winning 13-10, just like a year ago.

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. jay

    September 12, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    I dont care what anyone says, the steelers coaching staff blew this game…win or lose it’s a loss in my book…arians has got to be the worst play caller ever….where are the bootleg rollouts with options to throw or run on that last drive to get them close so that suckass reed who needs training wheels it seems, could get close enough to not miss a gimme….and short yardage my ass…element of surprise!

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