Mike Tomlin broke the suspense today by announcing that Santonio Holmes will return from his one-week weedcation to thankfully start on Monday in the epic shithole that is FedEx Field. And thank Jeebus for that, because the Giants had a ton of fun stacking the line knowing the Steelers couldn't stretch the field without Holmes.
Meanwhile, the 'Skins, already struggling to generate much of a pass rush this season, will be likely without Jason Taylor, meaning, there's a decent chance - and I don't want to get anyone worked up here - that Ben could have a iota of time to scan the field before getting savaged by an oncoming rusher. Missing yet another week is cornerback Shawn Springs, who actually attended my high school and is one of the few 'Skins players I have a modicum of sympathy for. Not true, I've met Chris Cooley and he was all right.
Stifling the run is usually a given with the Steelers defense, but going against early MVP candidate Clinton Portis this week is going to take a similarly stout effort to the one they had last week. Pittsburgh's own pass rush is another matter. Most fans had expected Eli Manning to be worth a few careless turnovers in the face of the Steelers D, but under no pressure, he provided none, though there were a few that could've been picked had defenders reacted to the ball as opposed to receivers. However, Jason Campbell has yet to throw an interception yet this season. Controlling the ground game is enough but it won't amount to much if the defense continues to exert no pressure on the passing game allowing conversion after conversion on 3rd down.
In other lineup shakeups, the Steelers welcomed new long-snapper Jared Retkofsky, who presumably will outperform James Harrison by a touch. Hopefully punter Mitch Berger has recovered from his hammy injury and his abortion. The latter problem I was unaware of, but it would explain some of the wincing.