HereÆs my take on the SteelersÆ 23-20 defeat on Sunday afternoon: 1. ThereÆs a fine line between experienced and past-your-prime, and this could be the season that theáSteelers defense crosses it finally. The D came up short in the last two fourth quarters, and the failures had nothing to do with effort and everything to do with a lack of speed and quickness. When the games were on the line, 30-somethings James Farrior, Brett Keisel, Aaron Smith and Deshea Townsend looked their ages all of a sudden. Maybe itÆs time for Joe Burnett, Keyaron Fox andáZiggy Hood to get on the field more often. Each has young legs and big-play ability, which the unit has lacked thus far. 2. Rashard Mendenhall was benchedáagainst the Cincinnati Bengals because of poor practice habits in advance of the gam ...
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