Few things in life are certain, but you can always count on death, taxes, Shaun Suisham, and football writers pointing out that Troy Polamalu and Carson Palmer were roommates at USC the morning after Polamalu picks off a Palmer pass, returns it for a touchdown, and inspires the Steelers to victory. Happens every time. If you didn't think the Steelers would come out flat on Sunday after the escape in Baltimore and next week's game with the Jets looming, you may be biased.
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- Our offensive line is a catastrophe. Jonathan Scott continued to grab passing defensive players and hold on to them like he was trying to wrestle steers to the ground at a rodeo. Scott is right at the top of the league in holding penalties, and he's only started 6 games. It's hard to view this as a Super Bowl-worthy offense right now.
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- Rashard Mendenhall should be getting the ball at least 25 times a game right now. He ran it 16 times on Sunday.
- Finesse writes in, "Carson Palmer is the Benjamin Button of NFL quarterbacks -- a peak early on, followed by significant regression. Last season Palmer regressed to his high school years, and I will not be surprised if by the end of the season, he is curled in the fetal position wearing a diaper and crying in the arms of Cate Blanchett (or Marvin Lewis)."
- Ben Roethlisberger made a comment before the game Sunday that he spoke with Mario Lemieux and Mario said, "you finally look like a hockey player." Is anyone else as troubled by the fact that Mario and Ben seem to be legitimate friends? I think I can come to accept Mario's friendship with Ben, so long as I can get a guarantee that Mario will not allow Sid, Geno, and/or Fleury to be around Roethlisberger. That's all I ask. Oh, and Mario ... maybe you could tell Ben that when the stereotype of you is as a dumb redneck who may be a little "aggressive" in certain instances (to put it mildly), it may not be such a good idea to wear a camouflage hat in your press picture. Just a thought.
- In other news, the Caps are mired in a 6-game losing streak after getting spanked by the Rangers 7-0 last night. If we've said the Pens' winning streak is not a big deal, then, by rule, we have to say the same thing about the Caps' losing streak.