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Sunday, September 21, 2008
Quick Take: Eagles 15, Steelers 6


Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

The Pittsburgh Steelers' biggest flaw was exposed in Sunday's 15-6 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

As it's been well documented for the past two seasons, Pittsburgh often struggles to protect the quarterback. The Steelers were able to hide that weakness through two games, but Philadelphia was a tough matchup because pressuring the quarterback is its specialty.

The Eagles ended up with nine sacks total in the game and gave Steelers' quarterback Ben Roethlisberger very little time to do anything with the football. Roethlisberger finished with just 131 yards and an interception.

Playing from behind most of the game took away the running threat of Pittsburgh's Willie Parker (13 carries, 20 yards) and allowed the defense to tee off on the quarterback. The Eagles have provided an early blueprint of how to attack the Steelers if they fail to fix their offensive line.

Pittsburgh (2-1) now sits in second place in the AFC North division, a half-game behind the surprising Baltimore Ravens (2-0). The two teams will clash next week in what should be a primetime battle on Monday Night Football.