Sunday, October 7, 2012
Halftime thoughts on Steelers-Eagles
By Jamison Hensley
PITTSBURGH -- Some thoughts at halftime, where the Steelers lead the Eagles 10-0:
- The Steelers' defense is getting turnovers, but the offense isn't capitalizing. Pittsburgh scored no points off two Michael Vick fumbles. The Steelers only had three takeaways before this game.
- Ben Roethlisberger is carrying the offense once again. He's 15-of-25 for 137 yards in the first half and hasn't received much help. Center Maurkice Pouncey has snapped the ball over his head twice in shotgun. Antonio Brown has dropped two passes including one in the end zone.
- Injuries continue to hurt the Steelers. Safety Troy Polamalu left in the first quarter after re-injuring his calf, and linebacker LaMarr Woodley hurt his hamstring. Both are questionable to return.
- Rashard Mendenhall made an impact in his first game since tearing his ACL in the 2011 season finale. He scored on a 13-yard run (it was a lateral from Roethlisberger) for the Steelers' only touchdown of the first half.
- The Steelers dominated time of possession in the second quarter. Their two scoring drives in that quarter were both 12 plays and went for more than 70 yards. They combined to take 9 minutes, 49 seconds off the clock.