Tuesday, October 7, 2008

The Stache Report: Week 5

- That’s two games in a row that Mewelde Moore has come up huge. He registered 99 yards on the ground, and had a couple more clutch catches. He’s our Kevin Faulk, with the way he can catch the ball out of the backfield, move the chains, and spot start in a pinch. And they signed him at a bargain rate (3 years, $4.95 million, $2 million signing bonus). These smart, savvy moves are what separate the Steelers from teams like the Raiders ($50 million for Javon Walker?)

- You want to talk about quality depth? How about churning out 124 yards rushing with your #3 and #4 RB’s? How about Darnell Stapleton stepping up and playing a quality game (check out the first offensive play from scrimmage for the Steelers, where Stapleton blew open a huge hole for Moore). How about having 2/3 of your starting defensive line out and holding Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew to a combined 15 carries for 26 yards? Moore, Russell, Stapleton, Travis Kirschke, Chris Hoke, and Orpheus Roye deserve big time kudos after this game.

- For one week at least, the Nate Washington haters can be quieted. That was a sick double move he pulled to get wide open, and Ben sold it beautifully with the pump. For all the flack he takes for not being able to catch, by my recollection the guy only has one drop (against Houston) which you still can barely count since it would have been a pretty amazing catch. The guy makes plays when given the opportunity. Now, I wouldn't mind seeing Sweed get a little bit of time ahead of Dallas Baker. Can someone tell me what exactly Baker brings to the table?

- A virtuoso performance by Big Ben. He doesn't practice all week, gets shot up on Thursday, and he comes out and destroys the Jaguars. He wasn't going to let us lose this game. You want to know who he reminds me of? Steve McNair in his prime. McNair always had some time of ailment and would never practice during the week, but then he would show up on Sunday, break tackles, make huge plays, and will his team to victory. Ben is worth every penny of that $102 million.

- The day Rashean Mathis retires can't come soon enough. I've never seen one individual player kill a team so much. He will be hence referred to as "Rashean Mathis, Steeler-killer."

- Did John Madden really call Troy Polamalu the best tackler in the NFL? I love Troy, but tackling sure isn't one of his stronger suits.

- Is it me or his Hines dropping two passes or so each game? Although, you could say he more than makes up for it with his blocking and ability to get under the opponent's skin. I'm pretty sure everyone in the city of Jacksonville, including the players, absolutely despise Hines Ward right now.

- Aaron Smith, James Harrison, LaMarr Woodley, Bryant McFadden, Troy Polamalu. These five are playing lights out right now, and they're the biggest reason why this defense is one of the best in the NFL.

- The officiating was atrocious. The PI call on Ike Taylor early in the game was iffy. The Jaguars offensive line was holding Harrison and Woodley almost every play. The roughing the passer call on Harrison was one of the worst calls I've ever seen, and I'm not exaggerating. I will say that the late hit on Clark was legit, but still, it was a piss-poor effort by the zebras.

- I asked for it last week, so I was happy to see the no-huddle make a significant appearance. Ben seems extremely comfortable using it, and it makes it harder for the defense to make substitutions and get fresh pass rushers. While were on the subject of offensive play-calling, there is one formation I absolutely hate: the bunch formation. It's rarely successful, and it's harder for Ben to read the blitz because everyone on the defense is so clustered together. If you're gonna go 4-wide, spread them out and give Ben the opportunity to diagnose who is blitzing pre-snap.

- When Marvel Smith went out with cramps, the Steelers inserted Trai Essex to take his place. The situation involving the $7 million dollar man has turned from odd to downright puzzling.

- 4-1 going into the bye week, which will allow us to get healthier. The return of Parker and Keisel are imminent. All in all, were sitting pretty good right now.


Bears-Lions: The Bears might actually win the NFC North, and Kyle Orton might actually be looking like a real NFL quarterback.

Falcons-Packers: I'm shocked the Falcons are 3-2. Matty Ice has been better than advertised.

Dolphins-Chargers: And I'm shocked that the Dolphins are 2-2. Ronnie Brown has been excellent, and so has their Peezy-led defense.

Giants-Seahawks: Don't fool yourself. The Seahawks lost to the Giants 44-6 because of the refs. Just like Super Bowl XL. Yeah, that's the ticket.

Titans-Ravens: A defensive slugfest. When crunch time came, Kerry Collins made the plays needed to be made and Joe Flacco did not.

Colts-Texans: A potential season-saver for the Colts and a meltdown for the Texans. 21 points in 2:10? Unbelievable.

Panthers-Chiefs: The Panthers were missing both of their starting offensive tackles. And they still put up 205 yards rushing. That speaks to how awful the Chiefs defense played.

Redskins-Eagles: More impressive than the Redskins 4-1 start is the fact that they've already played all three NFC East teams on the road and are 2-1 in those contests.

Broncos-Buccaneers: If only the Broncos defense could play like that every game. I'm still skeptical.

Cowboys-Bengals: The Bengals are proving that the talent difference across the NFL isn't that big. They've taken two of the best teams in the NFL in the Giants and Cowboys down to the wire, both on the road. The Bengals are 0-5, and the Giants and Cowboys are 4-0 and 4-1, respectively.

Cardinals-Bills: The Bills need a healthy Trent Edwards if they want to go anywhere this season. They've tried the J.P. Losman experiment already, and it failed.

Patriots-49ers: I'm still scared of this New England team. Even with Matt Cassel. Don't chalk up that trip to New England in early December as a win. Don't even think about.

Vikings-Saints: Reggie Bush. Wow. And it still wasn't enough.


Pat said...

Nate Washington haters have been silenced? Hardly stache, hardly. I'm actually amazed that you even just wrote such a stuipd sentence.

What has been my credo with Washington all year? "I dont trust him in big spots because bad things just happen when he is involved". Well, I was proved right again when he inexplicably "showed the ball" or whatever he did to the Jaguars sideline IN THE 4TH QUARTER WITH THE GAME ON THE LINE DURING A DRIVE THAT WE NEEDED A SCORE ON TO WIN THE GAME.

Always something with him. Nate Washington aside, a great, gritty win for the Steelers.

Unknown said...

It was a great move by Nate on the TD, but...wow, I did toss my remote at the wall when he did that stupid little show off move. The guy does have a knack for pissing me off.

Dave Wannstache said...

Honestly, I thought that taunting penalty on Nate was ticky-tack, and I thought the penalty on the Jags defensive back for taunting Nate while he was down was ticky-tack as well.

The refs were horrible in this game. Terrible.

Anonymous said...

the harrison call was terrible. terrrrrrrrrrrrrible

bgsteelfan said...

Speaking on the officials, what was up with the delay of game on the two point conversion? They never reset the play clock after the review, and just totally blow it off to avoid looking stupid.

Anonymous said...

Rumor has it that three of doubtaboutit's bloggers don't have internet. Does that mean you're going to up the slack stache'?

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Unknown said...

My thanks to you guys for sharing the Pittsburgh love. Glad I can come read about my boys, good news or otherwise. :)

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Anonymous said...

Oh!Oh! Can I say it?

"And there is nooooo Doubt About It!"

Anonymous said...

Seriously, come back!

Derek said...

I am not one to complain most of the time, but seriously...what is the deal here?

Anonymous said...

Come on! You have to say something about the Giants/Steelers game!