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Wearing out the Jags
October 6, 2008 - Buck Frank
--The Steelers beat the Jaguars Sunday night on a game-winning fourth-quarter touchdown drive. But the game was really won in the first half when the Steelers dominated the time of possession. By the end of the game, the Jaguars defense had to be on its last legs, which helped the Steelers move the ball right down the field.
--At this point in the season, Ben Roethlisberger should be considered the favorite for the AFC starting quarterback in the Pro Bowl -- ahead of Brett Favre and Jay Cutler. --And Ronnie Brown.
--It's hard to believe Hines Ward has only been selected to four Pro Bowls during his 11-year career. But, Hall of Famers John Stallworth, Lynn Swann and Terry Bradshaw had less (three each).
--I'm one that thinks the officiating in the NFL is usually good, but Sunday night's game was not one of them.
--The Steelers' next game, in Cincinnati, is nearly two weeks away, which gives the Steelers a chance to get healthy. The Steelers have also won seven straight in Cincy and 15 out of their last 18 there. The Bengals figure to come into the game at 0-6 if they lose at the Jets this week, and the Steelers could have a two-game lead in the division if Baltimore loses at Indy. Sounds like a trap game for the Steelers, especially with the Super Bowl champion Giants coming to Pittsburgh the following week.
--It was nice to see Chris Hoke get some props from Al Michaels and John Madden. The Steelers have never missed a beat when their All-Pro nose tackle, Casey Hampton, is injured. Plus, Hoke is one of the most down-to-earth guys in the Steelers' locker room.
--Let's rank Sunday's win as the best so far in the Mike Tomlin Era. It's one thing to say how you're not going to let injuries affect the team's focus, and it's another to go out and prove it.
--The Steelers threw Najeh Davenport right into the mix of returning kickoffs Sunday. It's hard to believe he still is one of their best options there. I can't say he's done a bad job, but if he ever breaks one for a touchdown, the opposing special teams coordinator ought be fired the next day.