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Mendenhall provides jolt against Bolts

Quick thoughts on the Steelers' 38-28 win over the Chargers on Sunday:

  • Rashard Mendenhall had a great game (165 yards rushing, two touchdowns), but let's keep it in perspective. The Chargers have one of the worst run defenses in the league. They gave up nearly 150 yards against the Raiders in Week 1 and Dolphins last week, and 130 to the Ravens in Week 2.
  • If Mendenhall, or Willie Parker, can consistently put up 100-yard games beyond the beyond the next two against the Lions and Browns, then I'll be convinced the line is better.
  • If Mendenhall can have half the game like he had Sunday against the Vikings in Week 7, I'll be thoroughly impressed.
  • Speaking of the offensive line, did Max Starks or anyone on the line pay off NBC announcer Chris Collinsworth to get compliments?
  • If Mike Tomlin's benching of Mendenhall helped get this kind of production, then I can't wait to see Limas Sweed's next game. He was made inactive after dropping a touchdown pass against the Bengals last week.
  • Can you believe the Bengals almost lost to the Browns?
  • I hope that wasn't the hands team that muffed the onside kick late in the game. If it wasn't, why weren't they out there?
  • Ryan Mundy has hands like Ike Taylor.
  • Mike Tomlin had two great calls. The first, going for fourth-and-inches near the 30-yard line showed he wants to be aggressive. The second, the Mewelde Moore touchdown pass showed this team still can be creative on offense.
  • Hopefully, Mendenhall doesn't let his breakout game go to his head. I have a feeling Tomlin will keep him focused.
  • It's too bad the Chargers got back into the game in the second half. I would have liked to see running back Isaac Redmond get some carries.
  • Mike Wallace is a better receiver than Sweed.

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