Good morning and welcome to November,
Ben Roethlisbeger approaches another milestone when he plays Eli Manning’s New York Giants Sunday. His next touchdown pass will be No. 200.
That counts the post-season games. He’s thrown 179 in the regular season, including 14 this year, and 20 in the post-season. Terry Bradshaw, naturally, holds the Steelers records with 212 regular-season touchdowns and 242 total.
One big difference between the two: Interceptions. Bradshaw threw 210 in the regular season and 236 total, nearly a 1-1 ratio with his touchdowns. Roethlisberger has 120 interceptions including 17 in the post-season.
Fans should relish this game Sunday merely because it is two potential future Hall of Fame quarterbacks going against each other. It’s only the third time and they won’t meet again for another four years unless it’s in the Super Bowl.
Everyone knows how the San Diego Chargers drafted Manning No. 1 and he threatened not to play for them (as if he had a choice). The Giants then drafted Philip Rivers and traded a boatload to San Diego to get the quarterback then GM Ernie Accorsi wanted to badly, Manning.
Accorsi, who is from Hershey, Pa., retired the year before Manning led the Giants to the Super Bowl but the Maras gave their former GM a Super Bowl ring anyway. He deserved it. Accorsi also worked with the great Johnny Unitas in Baltimore and drafted John Elway for the Colts before their stupid owner traded him because Elway threatened not to play for them and to pursue baseball instead. This time, Accorsi benefitted from a great quarterback who did not want to play for a certain team.
Anyway, enjoy the game. Both quarterbacks, class of 2004, have a way to go and either may not stop at two Super Bowl rings.
Onto some stuff:
--- By calling Emmanuel Sanders to the league office in New York to explain his “injury,’’ the NFL is merely trying to send a message to the rest of the league. Good luck with that. I assume Sanders will tell NFL officials that he cramped up and that’s that.
--- There is one thing of concern with playing this game in MetLife Stadium Sunday: Couldn’t the police and other safety workers be better used elsewhere in New Jersey?
--- Keenan Lewis is becoming one good cornerback, perfect timing for him because he will be an unrestricted free agent in March if the Steelers do not sign him before then.
--- The team’s top three running backs will become free agents too. Rashard Mendenhall will be a UFA and Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer will be RFA. Redman and Dwyer likely will be tended and Mendenhall will leave.
--- Mendenhall’s problem with injuries should make people appreciate Jerome Bettis and Franco Harris even more. Harris missed six games in his first 10 seasons, although a seventh game was the infamous 1976 AFC championship. Bettis missed two games in his first eight seasons. Mendenhall has missed 18 games in nearly 4 ½ seasons, not counting the post-season.
--- Thought yesterday was Thursday when I wrote this: The trade deadline is 4 p.m. today. Still won’t matter with this team.
--- The Steelers have lost their past four games to the reigning Super Bowl champs, starting with the New England Patriots in the 2004 AFC championship game. The others: Patriots in ’05, Giants in ’08 and Saints in ’10.
--- And, on the other side of their 9-game winning streak against NFC teams at home, the Steelers have lost 3 of their last 4 to that conference away from Heinz (including Green Bay in the Super Bowl).
--- Heath Miller already is the leading everything among Steelers tight ends and has been for awhile. Elbie Nickel was an end back when all receivers were ends. He was never a true tight end. He became a tight end later when the Steelers were trying to boost one of their favorite players. But then, is Tony Gonzalez truly a tight end?
--- It’s no big deal if the Steelers lose to the Giants because they have Kansas City eight days later at home and then play Baltimore in two of three weeks with a chance to still take the division. However, it will be a big deal for them if they upset the Giants because they then will be in the conversation and position to start looking at one of the two playoff seeds.
--- Here are a couple of looks at the Steelers-Giants game from elsewhere.
--- This isn’t the first time the Giants have been forced to deal with weather.
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