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Written by Cotter   
August 29, 2010 22:23

The first thing I can think of to say about tonight's game - I'm amazed such a sloppy mess could happen without the Heinz Field turf being involved.

If you didn't see it, the final score was Broncos - 34, Steelers 17.

But it might as well have been Broncos - 56, Steelers, 3.

I've got a few things I'll mention now, the rest will follow tomorrow...ish.

Here are the things that should have stood out to you...

1) Penalties - 11 for 93 yards
2) Turnovers - Namely, THREE interceptions (two of which were returned for six)
3) Special Teams - Obviously still broken

But beyond that, the other thing everyone will be buzzing about is Dennis Dixon.

After dominating 3rd stringers for the past couple of weeks, he finally earned some solid playing time with the 1st team offense, relieving Ben early on in the game.

How'd he do?


Well, I wouldn't exactly pencil him in as the game 1 starter.

He went 9/16 for 94 yards, and threw TWO picks - one in the end zone that he should've just thrown away, and another that led to six Broncos points at the end of the 1st half.

Needless to say, neither was acceptable.

And then Leftwich came into the game.

He literally played just under four minutes total, going 0/4, getting sacked once and generally looking like he would have rather been getting a colonoscopy (which probably would be about as painful as what would've happened to Leftwich if he stayed in the game any longer).

Though, to be fair, he did hand off to Jonathan Dwyer for one of the Steleers two TDs.

Anyways, this of course instills no confidence in either QB with the season just a couple of weeks away.

The good news is, no one ever lost a chance at the playoffs in the preseason.

So, for today, we hold our noses and hope that the stench of tonight's game doesn't linger any longer than the next few days, as the Steelers play the Panthers on Thursday night in their final preseason game.

The only other thing you really need to know is that Roger Goodell will be meeting with Ben following Thursday's game to let Ben know whether he'll have to throw passes to his dogs for the first four or six weeks of the season.

For all our sakes, let's hope it's four.

At least we all got a laugh out of it.

Feel free to deposit your own initial thoughts in the comments.

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