There were many big contributions tonight, but arguably none bigger than Ben coming back after absorbing that hit I can't get out of my head in the 1st half, after which he could barely limp off the field.
16/21 for 280 yards and 2 TDs, with a broken thumb on his throwing hand, and a high sprain on his left ankle.
Heal up, dude, but what a machine.
Something that looks more like a recap to come.
In the meantime, good win...
Feel free to deposit any and all thoughts in the comments.
If this is what happens when I don't write a preview, I'm never writing another one again.
Last week, there was apparently much crying about how the Steelers only beat the Kansas City Chiefs by 4 points.
A blocked field goal, a punt return touchdown, a (forced and) recovered kickoff fumble, an Ike Taylor pick, Hines Ward over 12,000 career yards receiving, 2 Rashard Mendenhall TDs, 3 James Harrissassin sacks, a 9-3 record, and a partridge in a pear tree.
Sounds like a Pee Wee Herman tequila dance-worthy day to me...
I trust you all enjoyed your respective holidays to the fullest.
But put all that competitive eating and in-law wrangling behind you, because as of today, Steelers football is officially back in gameday action.
Now, about these Chiefs...
The Chiefs have been outscored in losses by an average margin of just under 25 points.
Their usual starting QB, Matt Cassel, was recently placed on IR.
Their would-be starting RB, Jamaal Charles, has been on IR since September.
They're 4-6, and have only scored more than three points in one of their last three games (when they hung a whopping 10 on Denver), all losses.
But this is professional football, not lingerie football.
Teams in the NFL don't just lay down and take it just because the chips are down.
What better way to get their fans re-enthused with all the shit going on in KC this season than to beat the Steelers at home on Sunday night, just days after getting spanked by Bill Belichick on Monday night?
So, once again, it's the Steelers' jobs to make sure that doesn't happen.
It's the Steelers' jobs to make sure the story is yet another L for a team that could be headed for the first pick next April.
As for the Steelers, not to belabor the point since I know it's already after 6PM on gameday, in case you've been living under a rock (like I basically have the last couple of weeks for a variety of reasons) - it bears mentioning that...
In case you don't get the reference in the post title (ie, you weren't born before like 1970), back in the early/mid 70's the Cincinnati Reds used to be called "The Big Red Machine."
But fast forward 35 years, and there's a new Big Red Machine in southwest Ohio, Bengals QB Andy Dalton (I'm going to give you all the benefit of the doubt and assume you understand why I'm calling him The Big Red Machine 2.0).
In case you've had your head up your ass, the Bengals are a whole different animal from what they've been in the past, not the least aspect of which is Dalton (and not Carson Palmer) under center.
Fact is, say whatever you want, but they're currently leading the entire AFC.
Yes, that's probably as anomalous as it is unbelievable, but as they say, you ain't #1 unless you're #1.
So, it's the Steelers' jobs to change that.
The zubaz-wearing, Queen's City rollers have indeed won five straight, albeit three of those wins coming against the Jags, Curtis Painter, and the Seacocks.
But with their bandwagon strong, the Bengals are legit contenders as of this point in the season, despite their offseason makeover.
But if it's any consolation, James Farrior and Troy will both be ready for action come Sunday.
If last week was a must-win, this week, failure is not an option.
The Steelers are comfortable at 6-3, but they're 0-2 in the division.
With a bye week coming on the other side of tomorrow's game, falling to 6-4 - while the Bengals could be 8-2 and the Ravens either 8-2 or at worst 6-4 (and holding the tiebreaker) by Week 11 - would be less than ideal.
But the reality is, this is a division game.
The first of two against the Bongles that'll occur within a four week span (whoever is responsible for that scheduling should be escorted out of the league office, ps).
We already lost to Baltimore twice.
It's time to start reasserting ourselves over this division with less than half a season left.
So, with that said, let's get right down to it.
Hit the jump and join me as I talk about some big pussies...