Lawrence Timmons takes a lot of heat on Steelers message boards - some of it deserved - for his lack of big plays.
But he might have made the biggest play in Sunday's win over the Jets when he decked quarterback Mark Sanchez just after the QB had scrambled toward the line of scrimmage and released a pass.
Prior to that hit - which drew a penalty - Sanchez had completed 4 of 5 passes for 80 yards and a touchdown. After the hit, Sanchez was 6 of 22 of 58 yards.
Coincidence? I think not.
Timmons will likely be fined for his hit - which was much like the one James Harrison put on Colt McCoy last season - but it says here his teammates should kick in some money.
Without Harrison and Troy Polamalu in the lineup, the Steelers needed a tone-setting hit - even if it did cross the line. Timmons provided it.
@ I have defended the replacement officials thus far as not being all that much different than the regular officials.
But Sunday's game was a travesty.
Not only were their several bad calls made against both teams, but there seemed to be a huddle anytime a flag was thrown.
Referee Jerry Frump also took f...o...r...e...v...e...r every time he went under the hood for a replay.
The stat sheet said this game took just 3:08 to play, but it seemed more like three days with all of the stoppages.
@ I like the Steelers' new-look offense. Ben Roethlisberger seems to have bought into it as well.
He's spreading the ball around and using a lot of different options.
I also might add that while Roethlisberger was completing 16 of his 21 passes Sunday to his wide receivers for 192 yards and a touchdown, Joe Flacco was connecting on 4 of 11 for 79 yards to his wideouts.
@ I was a little surprised the Steelers didn't use their four wideout sets a little more to take advantage of not having Darrelle Revis on the field.
After all, wouldn't you think they would want, say, Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery matched up on 5-9 Ellis Lankster and 5-8 Isaiah Trufant, the Jets' third and fourth corners?
@ Will Johnson is proving to be a weapon out of the backfield and will continue to be so. He's a matchup nightmare for linebackers - especially when they don't cover him as the Jets failed to do.
@ Drew Butler has placed four of his first eight punts inside the 20. The kid's going to be all right.
@ Shaun Suisham banged a pair of 45-yard field goals at Heinz Field. Suisham struggled from the 40 to 50-yard distance last season, so that was a good sign.
@ The Steelers scrapped their outside running attack in the second half and started running right at the Jets.
It says here they should continue along that path until Rashard Mendenhall comes back and shows he's healthy.
Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer are not east-west runners.