I'm typically a glass half full guy, but today I’m going to give a glass half full look and a glass half empty look at the Steelers’ 13-10 overtime win over Tennessee six days ago.

With my glass half full goggles on, a win is a win. Whether they got lucky or not, the defending Super Bowl champions will enter Sunday afternoon’s game with Chicago with a 1-0 record.

Just a reminder to all yinzers out there, the Steelers will only play a defense like Tennessee’s two or three more times this year — both meetings with Baltimore and Minnesota, so don’t get too worked up about the rushing totals.

Then again, maybe not. Did you see Kansas City — that’s right I said Kansas City — put 24 points on the formerly intimidating Raven defense. The Vikings allowed Brady Quinn and the Cleveland Browns post 20 on them.

The passing offense looks to be pretty darn formidable. The venerable Hines Ward (8 catches for 103 yards) joined the soon-to-be superstar Santonio Holmes (9 for 131) and dependable tight end Heath Miller (8 for 64) as quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s primary targets. Running back Mewelde Moore (4 for 28) and rookie Mike Wallace (3 for 32) also were in the mix.

Speaking of Wallace, it appears to me that he has surpassed last year’s second round pick Limas Sweed as the team’s No. 3 wideout. That might have been the way the game unfolded, but I don’t remember hearing much about Sweed Thursday.

Nationally, there has been much talk about Roethlisberger, who completed 33-of-43 passes for 363 yards, being among the top quarterbacks in the NFL.

In my opinion is Big Ben among the No Fun League’s top 3 quarterbacks?

Nope, but I’d put him directly behind New England’s Tom Brady, Indianapolis’ Peyton Manning and New Orleans’ Drew Brees.

Then again, maybe I would take Ben over Brees and Manning, especially if the game is on the line. Roethlisberger has engineered 18 fourth quarter and overtime comebacks in his very short career, which has become very Elwaye-sque. Unlike some national pundits, I am willing to go on record saying that Roethlisberger is putting himself in some pretty elite company.

Big Ben is slowly cementing his status as a future hall of famer, especially if he continues to lead the Steelers to comebacks and Super Bowls.

Staying with Roethlisberger, he had pretty decent time finding open receivers. Granted when you drop back to pass 43 times, you’re going to end up on your back a few times, but outside of one or two plays, I thought the offensive line did a pretty good job protecting their quarterback.

With my glass half empty goggles on, I’m going to say the defense better get better over the final 15 weeks of the regular season or the Steelers won’t have the opportunity to rival New England as the team of the decade.

Way too often, Kerry Collins was able to complete passes in the middle of the field and was only sacked once by James Farrior on a twisting stunt up the middle. Collins was very sharp for much of the game and against an inferior defense, he easily could have tossed for over 300 yards.

I’m guessing the Titans were scheming their offense to limit the amount of opportunities that Defensive Player of the Year James Harrison and fellow outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley had to get into Collins’ grill, but the Steelers have to figure out ways to create some more pressure. If they don’t, it’s going to be a very long year, especially with all-world safety Troy Polamalu out for the next three to six weeks with a sprained MCL ligament in his knee.

I’m going to go back to a couple of topics I commented on previously in this section, because this is where they belong as well.

Roethlisberger needs to quit pump faking so much. Have you seen another quarterback pump fake as much as he does?

Eventually, defenses won’t bite as much as they do now. All of which means, Ben will have to throw it right off the bat.

The offensive line better get better at run blocking, because Super Bowl winners don’t average 1.6 yards per attempt. Heck, I could fall over 20 times and gain more yards than what the Steelers did Thursday.

But remember what I said, the Steelers will only play a defense like Tennessee’s two or three more times this year.

Let’s just hope Roethlisberger and the receiving corps play as well then as they did Thursday. If they don’t, the Steelers will repeat their last defense of a Super Bowl victory -- out of the playoffs.



Corey J. Corbin is the former sports editor for Allied News. He can be reached at gcsportsguy@yahoo.com.

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