Sunday, January 11, 2009

Steelers vs. Chargers

The Steelers will face the San Diego Chargers today at 4:45 p.m. in an AFC playoff game. Winner goes to the AFC Championship game against the Ravens. Woo! We honestly try not to read too much when it comes to this stuff because at the end of the day, someone is going to come out a winner no matter what these so called experts say. And in terms of this game, it seems like all we heard or read was that this was basically a tiny speed bump for the Steelers to the AFC Championship game. Don't get us wrong, we want the Steelers to win and think they will, but it seems like a lot of people are completely writing San Diego off. After all, we've been talking about the AFC Championship game rematch against the Ravens for how long now? We don't think this will miraculously cause the Chargers to win the game or anything, but we doubt it'll be as easy as so many people think it will be. Of course, if it is, we'll be happy to eat crow. Or raven.

Ron Cook has had two good articles the last couple of days that are worth a read. First off is his article titled For playoff Steelers, there's no better time for Miller Time. Basis of the article is how he thinks (and James Farrior agrees) that Heath Miller is the best tight end in the league and he can be a big factor in today's game. He disagrees (as do we) on Bruce Arians' decision to take Miller out on some third downs. Who has better hands and the ability to basically run over defenders? Okay, Hines Ward. Miller also works hard on each and every down he is in the game. More than likely, on a good run play, Miller has been responsible for a key block. He definitely deserves more recognition for what he does.

Cook's second article called Let Roethlisberger find the win, the way he knows how is another one we agree with. You can argue all you want on how Big Ben takes sacks and holds on to the ball too long, or how he throws interceptions, but when it comes down to a close game, there's a good chance he's going to win the game. How many times has he won close games in the fourth quarter or overtime? Actually, five this season and eighteen in his NFL career. That's pretty darn good. If the game is close, we trust Big Ben to do what it takes to win the game. And with the Steelers' defense, we think that equals a pretty good chance of winning. for all the Steelers reading you could ever want. As well as coverage from San Diego as well.

That's all from us for now. Time to rest up for the big game. HERE WE GO STEELERS, HERE GO!

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