Pittsburgh at Indianapolis
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Points per game for the Colts, tops in the NFL
"Our offense is still pretty good," Colts Coach Tony Dungy said Monday, one day after his team dropped 45 on the Bengals.
Pretty good? Cincinnati's offense is still pretty good. The current season of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" has been still pretty good. Day-old Chinese food is still pretty good.
No, coach. Your offense is just pretty.
Of the many awe-inspiring stats the Colts have compiled recently, this one sticks out: Over the past five games, they have scored touchdowns on exactly half their possessions (25 of 50). And of the possessions when they didn't reach the end zone, six of them were kneel-downs at the end of the half or game.
So what's an opposing team to do? For one thing, a strong running game, one that keeps that "pretty good" offense off the field, is key. Last week in a loss to the low-flying Ravens, the Steelers rushed for 70 yards, their lowest total over the past two seasons. They ran the ball eight times in the first half. This is a team that ranks sixth in the league in rushing, at 130 yards per game.
"If we have to be in a shootout, it will be difficult for us to do that," Steelers running back Jerome Bettis said. "We're a smash-mouth football team."