Sunday, September 18, 2011
Halftime: Steelers 17, Seahawks 0
By Jamison Hensley
PITTSBURGH -- Here are some thoughts at the break at Heinz Field:
- Everything was going smoothly in the first half for the Steelers until quarterback Ben Roethlisberger took a shot to the knee from Seattle's Raheem Brock with 3:08 left in the second quarter. The diving Brock delivered the blow to the side of Roethlisberger's right knee. After laying on the ground in pain, Roethlisberger limped off the field. He returned to the drive after missing a couple of snaps but still seems to be in pain. Don't be surprised if Charlie Batch gets playing time if the game continues to play out this way.
- As many expected, the Steelers took out their frustrations from the season opener on Seattle, which struggled in tackling and running the ball. The Seahawks have perfected the diving at the feet technique. It's 17-0 at halftime, and it doesn't even feel that close.
- The Steelers' offense was back on track after managing one touchdown in the season opener in Baltimore. After getting stopped at the goal line on fourth down, Pittsburgh scored two touchdowns and a field goal on its final three drives of the half. The Steelers dominated time of possession, controlling the ball for 20 of the half's 30 minutes.
- Running back Rashard Mendenhall ran for 51 yards and one touchdown. He didn't have much success up the middle, but he was effective bouncing to the outside.