Fast Willie Parker making a name for himself

<b>PHILADELPHIA -</b> If Willie Parker is to be believed, he didn't know he had rushed for 100 yards in Thursday night's 27-21 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles until a reporter told him so after the game. <br><br> But you'd better believe Bill Cowher knows.

Was Cowher showcasing Parker for other teams or was he really taking a look at the youngster to see if he is worthy of a roster spot?

My guess is the former. The very same Eagles the Steelers played Thursday night are in need of a running back of Parker's talents. Parker, who catches the ball well out of the backfield, would be a nice fit in Philadelphia.

  • The ball that Ben Roethlisberger threw to Plaxico Burress in the second quarter that drew an interference penalty on Eagles' corner Lito Sheppard was perfectly thrown where only Burress would have a shot at it.

    His pass in the third quarter on the run to a wide open Matt Kranchick was even better. It was the kind of play Kordell Stewart SHOULD have been able to pull off.

  • Freddie Millons, don't let the door hit you in the butt.

  • James Harrison and Dedrick Roper have to make this team. So do Larry Foote and Clint Kriewaldt. That puts Alonzo Jackson on the bubble and Jackson finally played like someone who's career was on the line Thursday night.

    It's about time.

  • Note to Jackson and Ike Taylor: This isn't college fellas. Donovan McNabb isn't going down to any arm tackle.

  • That said, the Steelers' pressure was very good. McNabb is one of the best in the league and we saw why.

  • Terrell Owens, calling Terrell Owens.

  • OK. I know Owens caught a TD pass that was called back because of a penalty. But I also know he dropped two other passes, including another touchdown pass in the back of the end zone.

    Don't give me that tough catch crap, he's paid to make those plays.

  • Cowher said the TD that was called back was the fault of both Chad Scott and Troy Polamalu. Scott, presumably, because he laid off Owens too much and Polamalu because he bought McNabb's look off to the other side of the field.

  • The Steelers had 13 pass defenses Thursday night. Deshea Townsend had 12 all of last season to lead the team.

  • For you gamblers out there, the emphasis on interference down field is really going to make for more high scoring games. Vegas may adjust at some point, but play the overs early in the year.

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