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Pittsburgh escapes hungry Bengals, 24-17

 

Ben Roethlisberger leads the Steelers

Bengals hung tough Sunday against the veteran Steelers

CINCINNATI, OHIO — Pittsburgh beat Cincinnati, 24-17 to take control of the AFC North on Sunday afternoon. But the defending AFC champions had to fight hard to earn the win.

All week leading up to the game between the Steelers and Bengals, the national media kept saying that rookie QB Andy Dalton would not be able to do much against Dick LeBeau’s blitzing defense.

The poised rookie from TCU had no problems at all. He handled everything thrown his way. He had no sacks, completed 15 of 30 passes with 2 touchdowns. He did suffer two fourth quarter interceptions during the Bengals comeback attempt, but they were rookie mistakes that he’ll learn from.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was asked his opinion of Dalton. “He’s a good player. He spins the ball really well, especially with the wind. He was spinning it really well. He seems very cerebral. He knows what’s going on out there. I think that he is playing the best of all the rookie quarterbacks. The other guys have numbers, but he makes some great throws. We were on the sideline, Byron Leftwich, Charlie Batch and I and we were saying ‘Oh, that’s a good throw.’ He makes good throws, he anticipates and I think he’s playing really well. I told him, ‘We’ll see you in a couple weeks, but you’re playing lights out.”

Roethlisberger was sacked five times by the Bengals defense, but completed 21 of 33 for 245 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. The interception was not his fault. Tight end Heath Miller bobbled a potential first down ball that Bengals cornerback Leon Hall picked off.

CINCINNATI BENGALS POST-GAME LOCKER ROOM PRESS CONFERENCE:

48 794 Andrew Hawkins Bengals WR

48 802 A.J. Green Bengals WR

48 811 Rey Maualuga Bengals LB

 

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Roethlisberger returns as Steelers steamroll Browns, 28-10; Colt McCoy shines for Browns

When the 2010 NFL training camps opened, most NFL experts around the country felt the Steelers would be in trouble having to use backup quarterbacks Dennis Dixon, Charlie Batch and Byron Leftwich during Ben Roethlisberger’s four-game suspension.

Well, the Steelers are going to overcome any adversity and they did. Even without their suspended QB Ben Roethlisberger, for violating the NFL’S personal conduct policy after a Georgia college student accused him of sexually assaulting her in a bar back in March, the team went 3-1.

Colt McCoy has a bright future (U of Texas photo)

Ben Roethlisberger back on the field (NFL)

Ben Roethlisberger returned Sunday for a home game against the injury-riddled Cleveland Browns and looked like he never missed a game or practice. He threw 3 touchdown passes and with the help of the defense, pushed the Steelers in control of the AFC North Division.

The Steelers are 4-1 and back in first place in the division as they will embark on a tough three-game road road trip to Miami, New Orleans and Cincinnati. Those are three cities where it is tough to win and the Steelers say they’re ready for the challenge.

The bright spot for the Cleveland Browns is that rookie QB Colt McCoy played as if he was an NFL veteran against one of the top 5 defenses in the league. Starting due to ankle injuries to veterans Seneca Wallace and Jake Delhomme, the former Texas Longhorns star showed why he was a Heisman candidate the past two years, going 23 of 33 passing for 281 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions.

2010 OHIO STATE FOOTBALL:Week 1 Marshall University Thundering Herd invade Ohio Stadium Thursday night

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The Marshall University Thundering Herd under new head coach John “Doc” Holiday, will invade Ohio Stadium this Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. with the Big Ten Network broadcasting the game.

The Herd ended the 2009 season by winning the Little Caesars Bowl in Detroit’s Ford Field, 21-17 over the Ohio Bobcats of the Mid-American Conference.

With the 2010 season upon us, the Thundering Herd faces an very ambitious non-conference schedule which not only features the Ohio State Buckeyes, but it’ll be followed up with three other bowl teams from 2009: in-state rival West Virginia, Bowling Green and a rematch of the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, Ohio University.

Then Marshall will get into Conference USA action at East Division favorite Southern Mississippi followed by a home game on October 13 with Central Florida, another top contender in the C-USA East Division. The new coaching staff will definitely have their hands full with the opening stretch of games that will determine whether Marshall improves on it’s 7-6 record of 2009 or falls back into a losing mode.

Speaking of coaching staff, First-year head coach Doc Holliday has brought in veteran coach Bill Legg, who along with Tony Peterson will coordinate the offense that will be switching from a physical running attack to a more wide-open spread the field type unit.

John "Doc" Holliday Marshall football coach (courtesy of Marshall Athletics)

Brian Anderson Marshall QB (courtesy of Marshall Athletics)

QB Brian Anderson started all 13 games in 2009 and threw for 2,646 yards, however only 14 touchdowns came from that yardage and he did throw an alarming 13 interceptions. A.J. Graham, a former Mr. Football in Florida, emerged during spring football to put a serious challenge to Anderson’s starting spot.

Marshall was second among Conference USA teams in total defense, allowing 371.8 yards per game, and was third in scoring defense at 24.3 points.

Seven starters are expected back from the defensive unit, but one high-profile veteran’s status was uncertain at the end of spring football.

CB DeQuan Bembry may have been the best play on the Herd defense a year ago because when a play needed to be made, he made it. He led the team in tackles for a loss (7.5), pass breakups (11) and ranked third in tackles (80). However, Bembry was arrested in early April and has been suspended indefinitely. He is not listed on any Marshall fall rosters.

Marshall plays their home games at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, West Virginia. The stadium seats 38,109 and during the Byron Leftwich, Chad Pennington years under Bob Pruett, that stadium was filled to capacity. But under the head coaching tenure of Mark Snyder, the team’s play was up-and-down and the attendance slacked off. Last year’s average home attendance in six games was 22,236 fans per game.

Byron Leftwich is reacquired by Pittsburgh to compete with Dixon and Batch at QB

compiled from staff and wire reports

The Pittsburgh Steelers, always a team that makes sure they have all of the angles covered, reacquired quarterback Byron Leftwich by dealing a seventh-round draft pick to Tampa Bay. The Steelers are making sure they have a more experienced QB around during Ben Roethlisberger’s 6 game suspension for off-the-field conduct.

Leftwich backed up Big Ben in 2008, when the Steelers won the Super Bowl. He knows offensive coordinator Bruce Arians’ system and could be ready to play September 12 when the Steelers open against Atlanta.

Byron Leftwich Steelers (nfl)

Pittsburgh already has third-year QB Dennis Dixon and longtime backup  Charlie Batch under contract. But Batch has been injured each of the past two years. Dixon has started only one NFL game, but will likely compete with Leftwich for the number 1 job.

The 30-year-old Leftwich played in five games for Pittsburgh in 2008, throwing for 303 yards and two touchdowns. He was 7 of 10 for 129 yards and a touchdown while replacing Roethlisberger against Washington on November 3, 2008.

The former Marshall Thundering Herd QB played for Jacksonville from 2003-2006, Atlanta in 2007 and Tampa Bay in 2009. He started the Bucs’ first three games last season before being replaced by Josh Johnson because Leftwich went on injured reserve with an elbow injury. He completed 58 of 107 passes for 594 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions.