2006 Steelers 27 vs Browns 7 TNF
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02-11-2018, 03:01 PM

2006 Steelers 27 vs Browns 7 TNF

In a game I attended on a cold, snowy, windy, nasty Thursday night in Pittsburgh, Willie Parker runs wild for a team-record 223 yds on 32 carries, besting Frenchy Fuqua's previous mark of 218 yds and needing just north of 3 quarters to do it. The Steelers out-rush the Browns 303-18 and Big Ben throws for 225 including a 49-yd bomb to Nate Washington to open the scoring on the way to 528 yds of offense. Cleveland never knew what hit 'em. Video includes the halftime show and about 30 minutes of postgame material. 
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02-27-2018, 12:17 PM

Hi Tim!

Are you going to be uploading Oilers at Steelers in Week 9 1998 and converting Dolphins at Steelers in Week 1 2006 soon?

Thanks!!
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02-27-2018, 12:50 PM

I think the 1993 and 2006 Steeler teams are mirror images of one another.
Lots of talent on both teams but they both lacked a sense of urgency and played very sloppy and undisciplined football in their respective years.
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03-03-2018, 02:46 AM

(02-27-2018, 12:17 PM)SteelCity343 Wrote: Hi Tim!

Are you going to be uploading Oilers at Steelers in Week 9 1998 and converting Dolphins at Steelers in Week 1 2006 soon?

Thanks!!

The wk 9 Oilers at Steelers will be coming reasonably soon (within next 2 weeks). The '06 game is packed away until after we complete our move back to Ohio.
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03-25-2018, 09:45 PM

(02-27-2018, 12:50 PM)ECboy Wrote: I think the 1993 and 2006 Steeler teams are mirror images of one another.
Lots of talent on both teams but they both lacked a sense of urgency and played very sloppy and undisciplined football in their respective years.

I agree to a point in terms of two teams not reaching their potential. But I think the clubs were radically different.

2006 was very much about Ben's injuries, accidents and ailments. I also believe Super Bowl hangovers are real, and to your point, the '06 team had one helluva hangover as evidenced by a 2-6 start. 

In addition, a future Hall of Famer head coach was coaching his last season. That "may" have been at least part of the reason behind the turnaround from a 2-6 start to a 6-2 finish... perhaps players rallied behind their coach? Those ass-whippings at the hands of the Ravens during that stretch are baffling, though. That rarely happens to a focused team, especially twice. 

1993 was a young, unproven team with a young, still unproven head coach and I think they were prematurely feeling a little cocky after their '92 revival. They got a pretty good wake up call from the Niners and Rams, then started kicking ass again, got cocky again, and got schooled by the Broncos and Oilers.

Barry Foster -- who had the potential to be a great back behind those early-to-mid '90s O-lines -- proved his heart wasn't in it in'93. A young coach was still testing the waters in terms of style, discipline, and personnel/talent management. Neil O'Donnell proved he was Neil O'Donnell... boring, unimaginative and not a guy capable of putting a team on his shoulders in clutch moments. The defense was on the verge of greatness... Super Bowl-worthy, for sure. But the '93 team had some of the worst special teams in Steeler history and it cost them multiple games, including the playoff loss to the Montana-led Chiefs. The '93 special teams were so bad that I still have a warm spot in my heart for Bobby April, who cleaned that mess up in '94-'95. I was really bummed when he left the team. 

But I digress.

I do agree that both teams were talented and underachieved... but I don't view them as mirror images.
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