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Steelers defence tops, offence a worry

The Pittsburgh Steelers are committing the most turnovers of any teamleft in the NFL playoffs, getting sacked more often and are scoring thefewest points.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are committing the most turnovers of any team left in the NFL playoffs, getting sacked more often and are scoring the fewest points.

As good as their No. 1-ranked defence is, the offence is an ongoing worry to coach Mike Tomlin, as the Steelers prepare to play the San Diego Chargers in an AFC divisional playoff game Sunday.

Even if he won’t say so.

“There’s no hocus-pocus or secret formula for getting the ball in the end zone,” Tomlin said yesterday, a day off for his players. “We’ve got to execute better.”

Part of the problem is a falloff in a traditionally strong running game that, with Willie Parker hurt part of the season, ranked only 23rd. Ben Roethlisberger’s inconsistency also is a concern. A year after throwing 32 touchdown passes and 11 interceptions, Roethlisberger has 17 TD passes and 15 interceptions.

“We can drive up and down the field, but we have to be able to put the ball in,” Roethlisberger said.

Charger trouble
San Diego Chargers receiver Vincent Jackson was arrested yesterday on suspicion of drunken driving.

 
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