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Written by Cotter   
October 18, 2011 00:00


Right, so we pretty much covered this Sunday, I think, but a win is a much needed win, and we'll take 17-13 just as welcomingly as 30-13.

The reality is, with the Bengals somehow figuring out how to play football, and the Ravens continuing to put the NFL in its place (gotta admit, they're doing their jobs), every game is going to be a must-win.

Granted, every game is a must-win either way, particulary if you're a Steeler fan.

But as usual, the AFC North is shaping up to be a race to the finish.

The good news is 4-2 ain't half bad.

I mean, only four teams in the entire league have more than four wins right now.

So, never fear, Steeler nation.

Things might continue to seem chaotic for a little while, but as long as we keep finding ways, we'll keep finding wins.

If you will it, dude, it is no dream, as the great Walter Sobchak would say (if you don't know that reference, you should probably look it up).

Getting back to OFTOT's bread and butter here (ie - schadenfreude) - the three people in Jacksonville who are aware that city has a professional football team are probably really disappointed right now.


Rough ending for a team with one lonely win and a five year old starting at QB.

Honestly, how bad must David Garrard have been for the Jagoffs to let him go right before the season in favor of Luke McCown and a fetus?

Had to have been about money.

No other way to rationalize it.

In any case, no sense in prolonging the inevitable anymore than I have to, so let's just dive right in to the "Things That Were Awesome," and "Things That Were NOT Awesome," here.

Liftoff in 3...2...1...


Things That Were Awesome:

1. Mending All...

In case you didn't catch that part of the preliminary recap, iPhone auto-corrects Mendenhall to "mending all."

Again, smartest smart phone I know.

So, 23 carries, 146 yards and a score.

If that's what he does with a sore hamstring, I'd hate to see what he'll do when he's 100%.

What was the difference yesterday?

Who knows.

But whatever it was, he (or whoever) better keep doing it for the rest of the season.


The Punisher returns.

2. My main man, Brett Keisel...

First of all, I would've put Diesel on the list just for that image, which you can feel free to caption in the comments if the mood strikes you.

But, six tackles, two sacks, and a batted pass later, and I'd file myself under the "Things That Were NOT Awesome" if I didn't include him.

Plus, I'm sure I wasn't the only one who noticed that the beard is already in post-season form.

Might be one of the most underrated members of the Steelers defense, honestly.

The man, that is, not the beard.

Show some love for the big guy in the comments.

3. He was just saving the good stuff...

Oh shit, it's LaMarr Woodley!

That's what Blaine Gabbert's face is saying right there.

Eight tackles, two more sacks, a big time stop on 3rd and 4 to hold the Jags to a field goal with a little more than four minutes left in a one score game, and of course a little tussle with a no name running back.


All in a day's work for The Wood.

No James Harrison, no problem.

This is why the Steelers paid this man his due back in August.

4. Age ain't nothing but a number...

So, I could've gone two ways here.

One would've been to give this spot to Mike Wallace, who had two amazing catches on Sunday, one obviously for a sick ass TD.

And that would've been totally cool.

But the other would be to call out James Farrior for leading the team in tackles for the second straight week with 11, and also adding a sack.

If you can't recognize how badass it is for a man pushing 40 years old to play at that level, stop watching football.


5. Old Faithful...

No, not that slap dick geyser.


I'm talking about my boy, the Peoples' (and Dancing With the Stars) Champion, Hines Ward.

You might not necessarily have expected to see him on this list, but let me tell you something - there is no substitute for a guy like Hines Ward.

Throw whatever you want at him, if he doesn't catch it, chances are he got mugged.

Three more catches for 47 yards on Sunday.


Things That Were NOT Awesome:

1. Sticking with Zeppelin to illustrate this one...

Sweezy not even close from 46.

Granted, open end of the stadium, and 46 yards at Heinz Field is pretty much the equivalent of like 60 yards in any other stadium.

But yeah, that's a Jeff Reed in every game this year except for Tennessee.

Someday this is going to really bite us in the ass.

Just saying.

2. Paging Doctor Tomlin...

So, I guess we pretty much have to resolve ourselves to the fact that the Steelers offensive line is just never going to make it through a game without at least one injury.

At least it doesn't seem that way, with Doug Legursky, who I might remind you is already the backup LG(/RG/C), going down on Sunday.

That was already the sixth different starting combination in six games, I think I heard before the game.


Also, did Chris Hoke have a stinger? Did I hear that right?

And lastly, I'm sure I'm not alone when I say that I never want to see Troy Polamalu on the sidelines for the most crucial drives of a game (thank God it wasn't anything serious).

No offense to Ryan Mundy, but dude, come on.

3. Speaking of Ryan Mundy...

I'm not saying this was his fault at all.

Like he said himself, something to the effect of - you have to proceed like you're going to make the play.

And he almost did.

It just so happened that he didn't, and instead, the roughing the kicker penalty gave the Jaguars the second chance they needed to eventually complete a 16 play, 80 yard scoring drive that put them in a position to tie the game should they have been able to pull one TD out of their asses in the final quarter.

4. A 23 yard punt?

Can't hate on Sepulveda for having one bad punt, even if it was poorly timed.

Kid has been a beast all year, and didn't have another punt of any less than 43 yards all day.

Just totally uncharacteristic and at a totally bad time.

Boggles the mind.

Kind of like how the Redskins could think starting Rex Grossman was a good idea.

5. Ziggy, Ziggy, Ziggy...

Technically, I'm only putting this here so that I don't have to include the fact that I totally missed previewing the Jagoffs last week (first time I've missed a preview in who knows how long).

Nevertheless, I think Ziggy actually let two picks slip right through his bear claws on Sunday, one of which was a sure six points.

Still, I don't know too many 3-4 defensive linemen who are known for their hands.

Unless you mean in terms of laying a hurting on opposing QBs.

Pretty sure big Z's got that department covered.


And I think that about wraps it up for this week.

Like I said in the preliminary recap, next up is Larry Fitz and Kevin Kolb, Field General.

Ravens and Bengals both won Sunday, keeping the heat on the Steelers to bring home a win from that beautiful climate-controlled desert oasis they call University of Phoenix stadium...

Actually has nothing to do with the University of Phoenix, which in case you didn't know fields zero actual sports teams. I just wanted to post that video, and it seemed like an opportune moment (how you like me now, Matt?).


Make sure you hydrate well next week, you never know when we're going to sweat out another one.

In the meantime, try and enjoy 4-2.

It's a lot better than 2-4.


Here we go.

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