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September 7, 2008 - Buck Frank

One down ... The Steelers looked good on all fronts Sunday. The offensive line did its job, Big Ben and Fast Willie were solid. The defense was strong. They even covered kicks well. It's only one game, and it was against a team that may be a few years away from challenging the elite teams, but it was a nice start.

Start of second half: Ben emerges from locker room and throws a few passes on the sideline and appears to be ready to go. Byron Leftwich is firing the ball around, too.

Halftime: First scare of the season: Big Ben hit low (wondering why a penalty wasn't called). He made it through a few more snaps but walked off gingerly at halftime. Steelers lead 21-3.

Five minutes to go in the first half: Willie Parker scores two touchdowns and Big Ben connects with Hines Ward for another. Steelers lead 21-3 and dominating except for a fumble caused by Mario Williams.

Dallas Baker now the No. 4 receiver over rookie Limas Sweed, who's not even dressed for the game. Anthony Smith also not dressed for the game. Rookie Rashard Mendenhall looked good on his first carry -- he should get more.


10 minutes until kickoff

The clouds have rolled in over Heinz Field. It appears as though it won't be as beautiful of a day as it looked a few hours ago, but we'll see. The crowd is still arriving. Pregame ceremony gave fans an early chance to twirl their Terrible Towels. Most obscure Steelers jersey seen: No. 56. Ray Mansfield

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