Defense still searching for 1st interception
The Steelers proved last season that numbers often are overrated.
They led the AFC in pass defense (171.9 yards per game) but had only 11 interceptions. Only five conference teams had fewer picks. In contrast, New England led the AFC with 23.
The Steelers committed to being more aggressive this season, and they recorded five interceptions in the preseason. They haven't been nearly as aggressive during the regular season, partly because safeties Ryan Clark and Troy Polamalu have yet to play together and still are looking for their first interception.
“Everybody wants to get an interception because it's a game-changing play,” said cornerback Keenan Lewis said. “We're going to make our share of plays. We've to find a way to make (Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer) put that ball up so we can make our share of plays.”
All in the game
Cornerback Ike Taylor has been preparing for the Raiders all season — on “Madden NFL 13.”
“I play with the Raiders on ‘Madden,' so I know what kind of team they have. I like that team,” Taylor said. “They have three receivers who can fly. When they get it together, it's going to be (trouble) for a whole lot of people.”
— Ralph N. Paulk
184.5 Passing yards per game the Steelers are allowing (second in AFC)
324.5 Passing yards per game by the Oakland offense (first in AFC)
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- NFL parity makes playoff chase a multi-team muddle
- For Steelers, a fight to finish for playoff berth
- Play of nose tackles could have impact on Steelers’ stretch run
- Steelers’ Wheaton embraces expanding role
- Cut by Steelers, LeGarrette Blount joins Patriots
- Steelers notebook: Heinz Field not in play for Bills-Jets
- Rossi: As Blount walked, Porter called
- Lack of experienced backup means more work for Steelers RB Bell
- Steelers notebook: Gay, secondary brace for Saints QB Brees
- Steelers cut ties with running back Blount after incident in Tennessee
- Steelers Film Session: Sticking with what works