Lolley: Eagles show the blueprint

Wow. Who knew that in the city famous for its cream cheese would turn the offensive line of the Pittsburgh Steelers into that mixture?

Wow. Who knew that in the city famous for its cream cheese would turn the offensive line of the Pittsburgh Steelers into that mixture?

Actually, the problem wasn't the blocking – at least early in the process. The Eagles were bringing more men than the Steelers could block until they got the offensive line and Ben Roethlisberger skittish.

Then, once the offensive line became unsettled, they started teeing off on them man-on-man and the uncertainty helped them win some of those matchups.

It was the perfect storm and the Steelers were unable to get their bearings about them throughout the game.

That said, if it was something they faced on a regular basis, they would be better suited to handle it.

At least that's what they're telling themselves. And that had better be the case, because they will see it again and again until they can handle it.

Not every team will be able to attack the Steelers like that. The Eagles have very good cornerbacks and they were able to handle the Steelers' receivers in the couple of seconds it took for the pass rush to get to Roethlisberger.

The way to beat it would have been to use tight end Heath Miller more and throw more to the running backs.

That's one weakness in this Pittsburgh offense. It doesn't throw to the running backs very often and the Eagles knew that.

©You'd better believe the Ravens will be coming after Roethlisberger this week. It's a good thing the Steelers play them at Heinz Field.

© Roethlisberger initially came out of the X-ray room with a brace on his right hand. Then he saw TV cameras waiting for him and went back into the room, exiting a minute later without the brace.

But it was back on after the game.

Roethlisberger took the kind of chop on the hand from safety Brian Dawkins that can break a bone.

Head coach Mike Tomlin said after the game the X-rays showed no break, so the Steelers may have dodged that bullet.

© The loss of Casey Hampton could be very bad for this team.

Tomlin said after the game Hampton's groin injury could be serious. Considering the Steelers were already missing Brett Keisel, not having Hampton for any amount of time is really going to tax their defensive line depth.

© For all of the Steelers offensive problems in this game, they were still in the game until very late. You just kept waiting for that big play to happen that got them back into it.

It just never happened.

© Philadelphia punter Sav Rocca was the player of the game.

Tomlin tried to give the Steelers a boost in the second half by putting Santonio Holmes deep to field punts. Rocca never really gave Holmes an opportunity for a return.

Dale Lolley appears courtesy of the Observer-Reporter


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