- Matt Williamson, ESPN.com
The Pittsburgh Steelers outplayed the New York Giants on Sunday and deserved to win the tough road game. Sunday's collective game ball goes to Isaac Redman and the Steelers' offensive line, as well as their tight ends and fullback as peripheral blockers.
Pittsburgh nearly doubled New York's total yardage, and while penalties were a huge problem for the Steelers, it was their run game that simply took over -- Pittsburgh ran 21 more plays than the Giants and possessed the ball for more than 10 minutes longer. The Steelers' defense played great too, and while it isn't at the level most Steelers fans are accustomed, the improvement on defense has allowed Todd Haley to stick with the power running game.
Let's break down what makes Pittsburgh's ground attack effective, as it was the key to the victory Sunday.
As we saw against the Giants, the Steelers rely on their power running game to close out opponents. As Matt Williamson writes, Pittsburgh is peaking because of its strong backs and improving offensive line.