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Steelers' win over Colts feels like a loss

When you get down to it, the Pittsburgh Steelers are 2-1 after Sunday night's uninspiring 23-20 win over the Indianapolis Colts.

But, man, it feels like the Steelers are 1-2 and the season could be in jeopardy.

Rashard Mendenhall had no room to run, Ben Roethlisberger committed crucial turnovers and the defense let a third-string quarterback drive his team for the tying touchdown in the fourth quarter.

When it mattered, however, Roethlisberger put the Steelers in position to win the game.

So it was, in fact, a win. So that should be enough to celebrate.

Maybe the injuries and the performance of the offensive line are putting me in such a sour mood.

At some point in the fourth quarter, I'm pretty sure Flozell Adams got a phone call in the middle of his 100-chicken-wing snack and beer. The Steelers need some help on the line.


I know the O-line has been criticized endlessly the last couple years, but that weakness is about to catch up with them.

They created enough room for Mendenhall to rush for 37 yards on 18 carries. You'd expect that type of total against the Ravens. Instead, the Colts stuffed the Steelers. It's sad that Joesph Addai (17 carries, 86 yards) put up the better numbers.

And if you turned off the game after the first quarter thinking it was over, that was a mistake.

The Steelers were up 10-0 after Roethlisberger found Mike Wallace on an 81-yard touchdown pass, which, by the way, kept me from going 3-0 in my one fantasy football league.

After that touchdown, it looked like the Steelers had the game in the bag.

Instead, it was the Colts who took a lead (13-10) into the half, mainly because of Roethlisberger's turnovers.

The Steelers found a way to win -- with a big assist from Troy Polamalu's defensive TD -- and that's what's important.

Maybe it'll feel better in the morning.


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