1:00 PM ET, October 7, 2007
Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Steelers' top defensive players stood on the sidelines for most of the second half, but only a couple of them were hurt. The rest stayed there simply because the offense wouldn't let them on the field.
The Steelers' 4-1 start can by attributed partly to their stingy defense, which is off to a superb start of keeping their opponents off the scoreboard. Fewest points allowed by Steelers defense over first five games in franchise history:
These teams got little production from their wide receivers as Pittsburgh's Hines Ward was inactive and Santonio Holmes injured his hamstring in pre-game warmups and didn't play, and Seattle's Deion Branch was carted off in the second quarter. This put a lot of pressure on the quarterbacks. The Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger showed great confidence and elevated his teammates, while the Seahawks' Matt Hasselbeck was unable to overcome the lack of support from his teammates.
Pittsburgh's secondary blanketed Seattle's pass-catchers. Seattle did mount a dominating pass rush, but Ben Roethlisberger did an exceptional job of moving his feet, keeping plays alive and shrugging off would-be tacklers. He threw strikes despite not always being able to set his feet and properly step into his throw, and he saw the entire field and threw with an exceptional touch. Roethlisberger's ability to keep plays and drives alive was the difference in this game. He was absolutely crucial in the field position battle in a game the Steelers played without several important players, helping Pittsburgh wear down the Seahawks and take control of the game in the second half. Roethlisberger is proving that his struggles last season were an aberration.
-- Matt Williamson, Scouts Inc.
• Complete Week 5 Scouts Buzz
The Steelers are 3-0 at home, outscoring Buffalo, San Francisco and Seattle by a combined 84-19. ... Former Steelers coach Chuck Noll was a surprise guest and was introduced before kickoff. ... Parker's 100-yard game was the 17th of his career. ... The Steelers have given up only two field goals in the first half. ... Pittsburgh's last shutout was 41-0 over Cleveland late in 2005. ... The Steelers were 8-of-15 on third down.
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||3.1||5.2|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||0-1||3-3|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||0|
|TD||2:00||Heath Miller, 13 yd pass from Ben Roethlisberger (Jeff Reed kick is good)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 68 yds, 4:49
|TD||4:47||Najeh Davenport, 1 yd run (Jeff Reed kick is good)|
Drive info: 17 plays, 80 yds, 10:17
|TD||10:11||Najeh Davenport, 5 yd run (Jeff Reed kick is good)|
Drive info: 13 plays, 85 yds, 8:06