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Steelers anticipating more blitzes from Eagles

| Saturday, Nov. 6, 2004

The Eagles' reputation for blitzing preceded them to Heinz Field, in advance of Sunday's showdown with the Steelers.

"I think these guys are a little more committed to blitzing than New England was," Steelers coach Bill Cower said. "New England will give you a lot of combination coverages, and with these guys, it's combination blitzes."

The Eagles lead the NFL with 25 sacks, despite having played just seven games.

Defensive end Jevon Kearse leads the Eagles with six.

"We were out there during a walk through, and guys were blitzing walking through," wide receiver Plaxico Burress said. "This is definitely one of those teams where you have to sit back and watch a lot of film, because it can get confusing.

"You see a lot of teams out there not on the same page throwing interceptions, because guys broke one way and the quarterback threw another."

The Eagles have been blitzing approximately one-third of the time on average. That's roughly the same amount of blitzes the Steelers weathered Oct. 17 at Dallas and last Sunday against New England.

Rookie quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and his receivers have thus far been able to recognize blitz situations and react to them, as has the offensive line.

"The line's been doing a good job, and Ben's made some plays," offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt said.

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