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Preseason Game One: All Goes Fairly Well In One-Point Loss to Eagles

The Steelers for the most part played a solid game tonight in Philadelphia, but in the end they lost the game 24-23 with a last minute drive by Philly.

The big news was the fact the first unit dominated the Eagles, and led the game 13-0 at the half. The offense was solid, getting back to running the ball quite a bit, and I thought the defense showed up as well.

While the team lost, nothing to be worried about, as they lost in the last minute, and while Mike Tomlin is going to huff and puff about a bad loss, it really wasn’t.

Some of the concerns were the injuries, one to first-year tackle Mike Adams, who was easily beat up all night and gave up 2.5 sacks in the first quarter. He left with a knee injury. FB David Johnson also left the game with a knee injury, and Jonathan Dwyer with a shoulder injury.

ESPN gives their take on the game – Observation deck: Steelers-Eagles

SB Nation talks about the night on offense, and how the Steelers did what they wanted with Todd Haley running the show for the first time – Steelers vs. Eagles: Roethlisberger and Receivers Settling Into Haley’s New Offense

Here’s the AP game story – Henery’s 51-yard FG lifts Eagles over Steelers

Steelers Lounge gives their take on the one-point loss – Eagles 24, Steelers 23: Preseason Game 1

And finally here’s Ed Bouchette’s recap from the Post-Gazette – Steelers lose to Eagles, 24-23

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.



  1. DrGeorge

    August 10, 2012 at 8:07 am

    ESPN should be eating crow over their premature maligning of DeCastro. George H. got it right. DeCastro looks like a stud.

    Matt Loede’s helpful threads have it right and cover the offensive performance. For the most part, we saw the potential of the first team offense, especially the running game and Haley’s new toys, like Rainey. The game confirmed that Adams needs work in pass blocking (but he did pretty well in run blocking).

    No one is talking about the D, which seems odd. In preseason, the D usually dominates the O, and the Steelers D easily handled the Eagles front. But the second team tackling and pass defense was subpar, especially the much-touted Curtis Brown. Had to love McClendon’s emergence at NG. He certainly made an impression on M. Vick. And the front four did put pressure on the Eagles’ QB early, but the Eagles O-line probably isn’t a fair test of whether we’ve turned the corner in that regard. Special teams did not impress either.

    Over all, there’s a lot of work to do on both sides of the ball, but the team looks better than the media and the Ravens had hoped.

    • George H

      August 10, 2012 at 9:53 am

      Well said… granted it was only the first preseason game, but there are a lot of positives to be taken out of this game.

      Ben looks comfortable in the pocket and led a good drive down field.

      Rainey is going to be a huge x-factor in our offense this year. He really showed what hes going to be capable of.

      I agree that its great to see McClendon living up to his training camp hype.

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