The Steelers have scored points on 60 percent of their opening possessions of the game. On all of their other possessions, they score 34 percent of the time.
Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians scripts the first 15 plays of the game and - seemingly - they work well.
It makes me wonder why the team struggles so much after they're done with the script.
Part of it, I'm sure, are adjustments made by the other team. Another part of the blame could also fall on quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's shoulders.
Roethlisberger calls audibles quite a bit and sometimes it just doesn't work.
Perhaps the best thing would be for the Steelers to run Arians' scripted plays and then go to a no-huddle, when Roethlisberger seems to be at his best.
© Pittsburgh is unbeaten when it scores on its opening possession, 1-3 when it doesn't.
© It's been a tough couple of weeks for quarterbacks, with Jay Cutler going down on Sunday.
This came after Matt Cassell, Matt Schaub and others were lost for the season the weekend before.
It shows why the league has the protection rules in place for its QBs. We'll see tonight how Tyler Palko does replacing Cassell.
© If that wasn't a touchdown by Cincinnati's Jermaine Gresham in the fourth quarter against Baltimore, they should just stop playing the game.
Gresham pulled the ball in, had it under his control when he crossed the goal line and took three steps.
Then he lost the ball when he went to the ground.
If that happened in the field of play, it's a catch. If he were a runner and did that, it's a touchdown.
But since the ball was thrown, it's not a score?
Ridiculous. It's a rule that needs to be changed.