Polamalu Situation is not good on the Steelers

December 9th, 2009 by Leave a comment Go to comments

Fans that bet on the NFL betting lines know that Pittsburgh Steeler Safety Troy Polamalu is one of the great defenders in the NFL. But on a defense loaded with Pro-Bowlers and statistically the best unit in the league over the past decade, who would have thought his absence would be felt so deeply.

For those NFL betting lines fans who haven’t’ seen the Steelers this year you’ve likely not seen the transformation this team goes through when he’s in the lineup and when he’s not. When Polamalu is in the NFL lines starting lineup it’s all but impossible to argue that this isn’t the best defense in the NFL. Without him, this group is about as reliable as a Yugo.

In the games which the wild-haired safety has been on the Injured Reserve the Steelers have given up fourth quarter leads in five of their six losses. And in every single case the deal=breakers have been deep balls down the middle of the field that require safety help over the top. With Polamalu this deep balls are almost always well defended and often result in turnovers –one of the many specialties of the Pro-Bowler.

Without Polamalu these long balls have been big gains and often touchdowns. All six Steeler losses have come with Polamalu out of the starting lineup. And with news that he hasn’t isn’t likely to be cleared for practice anytime soon and may not even return to the NFL betting odds action in 2009 might just signal the end of the Steelers playoff hopes.

  1. Bird
    December 9th, 2009 at 18:11 | #1

    That totally saddens my huge Steelers Fan heart!!! Of course they can’t do anything without Polamalu!!! He’s the one that does almost everything on the defensive line and keeps his boys together… Oh it’s such a pity he had to get hurt again, there goes the Steelers chance of anything… =(

  2. dino
    December 11th, 2009 at 08:17 | #2

    Let’s face it–the Steelers weren’t that good last year, either. They were very, very lucky, winning a lot of games by the skin of their teeth, then getting a powderpuff schedule in the playoffs, including the Cardinals in the Super Bowl. They’re not getting the bounces this year. They could have easily had the same record in 2008 as they have now. Very easily. To deny it is to deny reality.

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