Thankfully I had a big buffer on my TiVo to avoid the commercials and such. Had me on the edge the entire game.
The Steelers run game was dull all day. Bettis reminded us why we still want him around. Parker can take any gain and make it a touchdown, but in short yardage, he isn't a guarantee like Bettis is. The only thing that confused me was that Wisenhunt called Bettis for a screenpass and power-sweep... two plays that Parker could really rip apart if he got the hole. I have a feeling Duce may regain his starter status.
The passing attack worries me at times. Ben really throws a lot of passes high. Most recievers are making giant leaps to catch the balls. His only bad judgement was the quick pass that hit the LB in the hands and, luckily, bounced to Parker for a 10 yard gain.
The loss of Ben isn't absolutely terrible... there is 2 starter quality QBs behind him in Maddox and Batch (its the second deepest position they have after RB). Hopefully Ben will be back, quickly, or Maddox ready, because I don't want to see Batch playing Indy... but he'll still be a good QB for mediocre teams.
The defense isn't as good as they were last year. I don't know if its the scheme (doubtful as LeBeau is one of the best DC's in football), the personnel (they are pretty young in the secondary), or if opposing OC's have figured them out. They still do a good job, but aren't getting to the QB as much as I'd like...
All in all, it was a good win, and Cowher proves, yet again, to surpass his old mentor. Now the worry becomes Batch playing the Jags on a short week... Hopefully the defense will be able to handle the Jags offense and it'll be a low-scoring slugfest...
Update: Diagnosis of Ben is a hyperextended knee and bone bruise. He could possibly play this week, but odds are, Cowher will have him rest. The word outta Pittsburgh is that Tommy Maddox's injury isn't as bad as originally thought, and he, too, could be ready this Sunday.