Sunday, October 25, 2009
A (potentially) significant turnaround
By Kevin Seifert
Posted by ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert
PITTSBURGH -- We’ll know in a few hours if we just saw a significant play in a close game or a blip on the way to an otherwise inevitable outcome.
Pittsburgh lost an 8-yard touchdown pass to receiver Santonio Holmes because officials called tight end Heath Miller for offensive pass interference on the other side of the field. Miller drilled Vikings tight end Chad Greenway on what looked like a pick play, but it had no impact on Holmes beating cornerback Cedric Griffin to the far left side of the end zone.
Jimmy Kennedy's sack of Ben Roethlisberger on the ensuing third-down play forced the Steelers to settle for Jeff Reed's 39-yard field goal.
That could potentially be a significant turnaround for a Vikings team that is having trouble moving the ball so far against the Steelers’ attacking defense. In its first three series, Minnesota has had had four plays in which it has gained zero or negative yards. Two of them have been sacks, and tight end Visanthe Shiancoe's false start pushed the Vikings back 5 yards on another play.
You want to suggest that the focus on the running game to settle things down, but thus far tailbacks Adrian Peterson and Chester Taylor have combined for 3 yards.