The Steelers defense is playing the best football I've seen a unit play in the 16 seasons I've been covering the team.
Not only is this defense getting after the quarterback at a record pace, it's also stopping the run at a record pace as well.
That combination allows head coach Mike Tomlin to do silly things like try surprise onside kicks to open games.
After the Steelers turned the Giants away time after time two weeks ago, Tomlin knew there was no way the Redskins were getting the ball into the end zone.
It was a roll of the dice by Tomlin, but it didn't hurt him because the defense continues to bail this team out.
© Tomlin said today that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hurt his shoulder on the quarterback sneak at the end of the first half, but it certainly looked like Roethlisberger's shoulder was bothering him throughout the game.
Roethlisberger is also wearing a brace on his left thumb after hyperextending it against the Giants. He's beat up and it might be a good idea to sit him down this week against the Colts, even if he's cleared to play.
They need a healthy Roethlisberger for the stretch run and playoffs. And Byron Leftwich showed that he can lead this team.
That will particularly be the case against an Indianapolis team that the Steelers figure to run the ball plenty against.
© Willie Parker was upset after the game because he didn't feel like he had a particularly good game.
Parker told me he's still not 100 percent, but he's very close. He added that the Steelers are going to run the ball and run it plenty soon and was very adamant about it.
© Mitch Berger's hamstring problem is becoming a big problem for the Steelers. The defense is playing outstanding, but this team can't continue to get 35 yards a punt.
© Heath Miller will definitely miss Sunday's game against Indianapolis. Ryan Clark could be back.
Tomlin was a bit evasive about Marvel Smith's status again. But at some point, they have to think about shutting him down for the season, particularly if they get another injury on their offensive line.
They're holding out hope with Smith, but unless his back responds to treatment soon, it's just that, hope.