For once, the Steelers did what they were supposed to do.
Throughout the season, the Steelers have had a frustrating habit of playing down to the level of their opponent. But today, the Steelers did what a good team should; they got a lopsided victory over one of the worst teams in the NFL.
The Steelers improved their record to 11-4, as they defeated the St. Louis Rams 27-0.
Charlie Batch got the start in place of the injured Ben Roethlisberger, and at times, he looked like Big Ben. Batched evaded rushers on multiple occasions to avoid sacks. He also hit Mike Wallace for a 46 yard reception that was reminiscent of the ones we’ve seen Big Ben complete to Wallace.
Batch completed 15 of 22 passes for 208 yards. He ran the Steelers offense effectively, and helped them to put 27 points on the board. Not a bad day’s work.
Batch got plenty of help from the running backs. Rashard Mendenhall rushed for 116 yards and a touchdown. Isaac Redman and John Clay also contributed touchdowns. Clay had just been called up from the Steelers practice squad, and scored on his first NFL carry.
Of course the defense also pitched in. James Harrison, Ziggy Hood, and Lawrence Timmons all recorded sacks as the Steelers kept the Rams from scoring.
Overall, it was a great performance by the Steelers on Christmas Eve. You might consider it an early Christmas present to Steeler Nation.
But what would have made it even better would have been a Browns victory over the Ravens. Unfortunately, that was not meant to be. The Ravens beat the Browns 20-14. The Browns came close, but not close enough. That means that the Steelers will have to depend on the Cincinnati Bengals to beat the Ravens next week. That’s the only chance the Steelers have of winning the AFC North and gaining a first round playoff bye.
So this week Steeler Nation was rooting for the Cleveland Browns. Next week we’ll be rooting for the Cincinnati Bengals. Who’da thunk it?