I've been covering the Steelers since 1993. I've never seen a Pittsburgh team beat up like it was Sunday in Philadelphia.
There were nine sacks and it just as easily could have 15. The running game went nowhere. And the Steelers made precious few changes to stop it.
Keeping Heath Miller in the backfield was the only visible adjustment in the blocking scheme and, as Kendall Simmons pointed out, all that did was bring another blitzer into the fold since the Eagles now only needed to cover two or three receivers.
The Eagles knew the Steelers running backs weren't receiving threats, so they jammed the wideouts at the line of scrimmage and kept Ben Roethlisberger from hitting his hot reads. And then they hit Roethlisberger.
A few passes to the backs would have slowed that down.
© The Steelers began the game in a three tight end package and opened the second half in the same package.
Roethlisberger threw nine yards to Heath Miller in the first half out of that package. Willie Parker gained four yards on a run in the second half.
And then we didn't see the package again.
© Ike Taylor does an awful lot of jawing after every play for somebody who constantly gives up catches.
Make a play Ike, then you can talk.
© A lot will be made out of Ben Roethlisberger's banged-up hand, but the bigger injury may have been to Casey Hampton, who suffered a groin injury.
The defensive line depth was already being tested with Brett Keisel out with a calf injury. Now Hampton could be out as well.
That's not good.
© The first few sacks Sunday were just on overloads, bringing more guys than the Steelers could block. But as it kept happening, guys started getting beat in their individual matchups as well.
It turned into a feeding frenzy and the Steelers were the meal.