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Here’s To Feeling Good All The Time…

Well, it’s official, QB stats really don’t matter any more and this season, and most notably, Sunday night is proof of that. Ben got off to a rough start (as did the entire Steeler offense) and that lasted well into the 3rd quarter. Through 3 quarters Ben had just over 100 yards passing but by games end finished with 387 yards and 3 TD’s, more yards than Tom Brady! Talk about misleading stats.

– Is it just me or has Bruce Arians actually gotten worse this year as a playcaller? I don’t know if it’s the “run more, run better” mantra that was given by Rooney in the offseason but the Steelers offense, and Arian’s playcalling, just stinks this year. Let’s look at this offense since the bye –

Week 6 vs. the Browns AT home, the Steelers had managed just 7 points at halftime. The next TD wasn’t scored until a good way into the 3rd quarter.

Week 7 vs. the Dolphins in Miami the Steelers score a rare 17 points in the 2nd quarter(helped by Miami TO’s in Dolphin territory). The rest of the game the team scores a grand total of 6 points.

Week 8 vs. the Saints in New Orleans the Steelers score a grand total of 3 points until the 4th quarter.

Week 9 vs. the Bengals in Cincy, the Steelers score 20 points in the 1st half, helped immensely by a Bengals fumble, blocked punt and interception. The rest of the game 7  points.

Week 10 vs the Pats AT home, the Steelers score a grand total of 3 points until the 4th quarter when the Pats went into more of prevent style defense.

The Steelers are averaging 10 points in the 1st half of games going back to the bye week. However, if you omit the Bengals game, in which the Bengals basically gave away a number of points due to a number of turnovers and a blocked punt in their territory in the 1st half, then the Steelers are averaging just 7 points in the 1st half. This just further illustrates that Arian’s playcalling is not getting the job done and a good number of their points are scored from the hurry up, off turnovers or from deep balls by Ben.

Of the 114 points scored by the Steelers during this 5 game stretch, an astounding 54 of those have been scored in the 4th quarter when the Steelers have generally been running a no-huddle or up tempo type of offense, further showing that running the ball 70% of the time on 1st down is just not getting the job done. Just to be clear, that is almost 50% of the points being scored in the 4th quarter.

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