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Jonathan Dwyer Makes Me Eat My Words, Charlie Batch Dissects Denver's Fourth String, Steelers Continue To Struggle On Special Teams

  • I think Jonathan Dwyer must've read this story stream on the sidelines. As soon as I say he looks sluggish, he takes a handoff and drags about a million Broncos defenders for a 10-yard gain. Then, on the next play, he hurdles a fallen defender and hussles 40 yards down the field. Nevertheless, I'm still not convinced the rookie will (or should) make the cut with Rashard Mendenhall, Mewelde Moore, and Issac Redman ahead of him.
  • Charlie Batch sure looked good for a while dissecting a bunch of Denver's scrubs in the fourth quarter. He hit Justin Vincent on a beautiful 20-yard floater down the sideline, then threw a touchdown strike on a quick slant to Antonio Brown. On the next drive, he took a hit and delivered the pass to Emmanuel Sanders for a first down. Later, due to a miscommunication with one of his receivers, Batch threw the game's second pick-six to Syd'Quan Thompson. Of course, it's unlikely all of this means much of anything at all. Batch's presence in the quarterback controversy has been something of a formality only. It's really been Leftwich v. Dixon for quite some time.
  • The Steelers allowed Thompson to return a punt for 50 yards. Obviously, the Steelers coverage units are still very much up in the air when it comes to personnel, but it's discouraging to see this anyway, considering the number of huge, game-changing returns they allowed in their checkered 2009 regular season campaign.
  • Final score (not like it's terribly important): 34-17, Broncos.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.