Steelers Clicking on All Cylinders

By Prisuta, Mike | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, September 23, 2007 | Go to article overview

Steelers Clicking on All Cylinders


Prisuta, Mike, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


The caliber of competition remains questionable, although in offensive coordinator Bruce Arians' opinion, that was a top-10 defense the Steelers' offense scored 23 points against Sunday at Heinz Field.

What can't be debated is the 3-0 Steelers are firing on all cylinders in the wake of their 37-16 hammering of San Francisco.

The offense stayed patient and managed a touchdown with 37 seconds left in the first half and a field goal on its first possession of the second half, establishing control on the scoreboard in a game the Steelers were dominating on the field.

The defense came within a missed sack by Brett Keisel of scoring one more touchdown than it allowed. Keisel got a hand on quarterback Alex Smith but couldn't get him on the ground just prior to Smith finding Taylor Jacobs for a meaningless touchdown.

"It's a fine to me," Keisel said, ignoring the play's degree of difficultly. "I was very upset that I missed that play. I just came too hot. And he stepped up at the right time, and I got nudged in the back at the right time."

You can't have everything.

What the Steelers got from their offense and defense was more than enough, and they received more than they envisioned from their special teams.

After the Steelers allowed 63- and 44-yard kickoff returns a week ago against Buffalo, coach Mike Tomlin said he wanted that stuff cleaned up.

The special teams responded and contributed a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Allen Rossum for good measure.

"Probably my easiest touchdown that I've ever scored," Rossum said. …

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