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November 4, 2008 - Buck Frank

On election eve, Leftwich replaces injured Roethlisberger and leads Steelers to victory

--Really, though, the Steelers had gained the momentum before halftime. My guess is a healthy Ben Roethlisberger would also have led the Steelers to victory Monday night.

--With that defensive effort, even Kyle Boller could have led the Steelers to victory.

--James Farrior played an incredible game at inside linebacker for the Steelers. He looked like the player that he was during his only Pro Bowl season, 2004.

--Most of the time, I don't have the "luxury' of listening to the network announcers during Steelers games. I realize Tony Kornheiser is a Washington guy, but the first three quarters of that ESPN broadcast was blatantly focused on the Redskins. Then, all of a sudden, they realized the Steelers were winning the game and spent the fourth quarter trying to make up for it. I don't recall any shots of Dick LeBeau until very late in the game.

--They should have brought Dennis Miller into the booth to even things out.

--I really thought the Steelers would lose that game -- last Tuesday when I had to make my pick for the Mirror's Fearless Forecast. Admittingly, I had doubts about the pick as game day neared. But to quote every pro athlete and coach, "it is what it is.' 

--At 6-2 at the halfway point, Steelers fans can start thinking not just about the division, but getting the AFC's top seed for the playoffs. The Titans (8-0) still have five road games remaining -- in Chicago, in Jacksonville, in Detroit (on Thanksgiving day), in Houston and in Indianapolis. The Dec. 21 Steelers-Titans game in Nashville could be a big one.

--But the Steelers need to win these three home games crammed into 12 days. Ben's health will be a big factor.

--Hey, the Giants won this past week even though they played the Steelers the previous week. I think that makes teams 2-5 the week after they play the Steelers. I tried to get Ray Eckenrode's research team to try and come up with a long-term stat on this, but the fee was too much. The Redskins have a bye this week, so how does that factor in?

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