Marching Over the Saints: Steelers Preseason Game III

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This is going to be short and to the point, because now that I’ve finally managed to watch the game (I had an obligation Friday evening and computer problems afterwards) it’s 2:20 a.m. So here are my immediate impressions. I’ll write about the game in more detail for tomorrow.

Impression No. 1: The Steelers’ first team offense is all it was advertised to be. Ben mostly ran no huddle and scripted it almost to perfection.

Impression No. 2: Landry Jones either improved a lot since last week or last week’s game was an aberration. He ultimately connected on 19 of 22 of his throws, and none of them were even in any danger of ending up in enemy hands. This is pretty encouraging, all things considered. Much of his playing time was with the second team offense.

Impression No. 3: The Steelers’ defense may not be quite there yet, but it isn’t for lack of effort. There were a few evident miscommunications, a few missed tackles, and so on, but there was also a lot of pressure on the quarterback and some heads-up plays. This includes an interception by my guy Tyler Matakevich.

Impression No. 4: There were a disconcertingly large number of injuries. Some of them were to guys you really don’t want to lose, like Cameron Heyward and Marcus Gilbert. Crossing my fingers…

Impression No. 5: What on earth did they do to Demarcus Ayres? One minute he’s writhing on the sideline with an ankle injury, the next minute he’s taking an end-around for a good chunk of yards. I don’t even want to know how you do that…

Impression No. 6: Ben and Drew Brees mugging for the camera together makes a rather comical picture. I knew Brees was small, but he looked absolutely minute.

And seriously, that’s it, folks. I’ll have more for you tomorrow.

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