The Steeler's defensive impact plays should clearly summarize how this game went: 4 interceptions, and 9 yards rushing allowed. These guys played fierce. The complicated zone blitz scheme tricked QB Quinn into throwing some passes he wished he had back. The biggest one he wish he had back was a pick 6 he threw in the second quarter into the flats to Ike Taylor to make the game 17-3.
Willie Parker gave Pittsburgh the 10-3 lead in the second quarter with a 98 yard TD run. He was untouched. The Browns tried to trick the Steeler offense into running inside as they put out a 3-3-5 blitz against a 1 WR 2 TE 2 RB formation, but coach Kasey knew better. He ran the toss play anyway and it paid off with the league's longest run this season. Parker finished with 152 yards on 14 carries with the 1 TD.
In defense of the Brown's performance, they lost Jamal Lewis early in the 1st half. He then returned and got reinjured. Lewis tore his labrum and will be out for 2 weeks. Without the hulking superstar, the Browns offense just couldn't get out of 2nd or 3rd and long. Brady Quinn isn't ready to break down the best blitzing defense in the league all on his own yet.
The Brown's defense had their bright spots. Shaun Rodgers said "you shall not pass" every single time Parker or Mendenhall tried to squirt past the A gaps. D'Quell Jackson (ILB) had a great game. He finished with 5 tackles and was continually locking down run plays. A. Elam (FS) produced the Browns only turnover on defense. It was his 4th interception of the season.
GG Biffchan! I look forward to our rematch.. hopefully Jamal gets hurt before we face eachother again.
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