FFL: O-Lines Analyzed
The game, blessedly, was anything but: lots of back-and-forth drama, surprising performances and crisp (mostly flag-free) action. Credit the coaching staffs -- especially the Steelers', who obviously had QB Charlie Batch ready -- and both squads' offensive lines.
The most difficult task for any Steelers opponent is finding the source of their pass-rush pressure in the 3-4. The Dolphins fared well in this area, routinely getting everyone blocked during the span between Joey Porter sacks early in the first quarter and on Miami's final series. A quick-hitting approach helped the line, but the end results still were pretty striking given the volume of pass plays.
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