View Full Version : Steelers preview: Face challenge from long-time rival

08-28-2008, 07:59 PM
On the hot seat
Chris Kemoeutu is being asked to replace perennial Pro Bowl guard Alan Faneca, who may still be the best offensive lineman in football. All eyes will be on Kemoeutu because no one ever had to notice Faneca.

Outside linebacker James Harrison produced more turnovers last year than Sara Lee. In his first year as a starter, Harrison went to the Pro Bowl by leading the team with 8 sacks, registering 98 tackles and forcing an incredible seven fumbles.

Hard road to hoe
The Steelers lost three of their last four regular-season games and then were bounced out of the playoffs at home by Jacksonville. A fast start would be good to re-establish themselves. To do it, they have to be ready because between Sept. 14 and Oct. 5 they travel to Cleveland and Philadelphia, host the Ravens and then go back on the road for a trip to Jacksonville.

Steelers will be better than you think if ...
Rookie running back Rashard Mendenhall shows he can handle the load in the red zone. Willie Parker rushed for 1,316 yards on 321 carries last year but he scored only two touchdowns. He eventually began being taken out when the Steelers were in the red zone because the coaches felt he wouldn't get the tough short yards. That's why they drafted the bruising Mendenhall No. 1.

Steelers will be worse than you think if ...
Safety Troy Polamalu doesn't bounce back from last year's injury-plagued, disappointing season. He missed five games and parts of three others. He went without an interception for the first time in his career. The Steelers' secondary is nothing special if Polamalu's presence isn't felt.

Source: NFL.com (http://www.nfl.com/kickoff/story?id=09000d5d80a440b2&template=with-video&confirm=true)

This was a pretty good article. If Mendenhall can help to carry the load this season then this offense will really be clicking on all cylinders. The duo of Parker and Mendenhall should be good to great, and they have the capability have a great passing attack. Hopefully Keomeutu impresses this season, he'll need to be huge for this team.