Heck of a difference Troy Polamalu and James Harrison make in the Steelers defense.
Polamalu looked like he was in mid-season form, while Harrison was getting a good push on the pocket as well.
Polamalu, in fact, looked like a demon on the field Thursday night.
As he was walking into the locker room after the game, coach Mike Tomlin said, "I'm over it," to Polamalu.
Tomlin was a bit peeved that Polamalu put himself in jeopardy making his interception return at the end of the first half.
But, as Polamalu told me, "It doesn't matter to me if it's a preseason game or regular season. Once I've got the ball in my hands, instincts take over."
Laying down once he picked off Michael Vick was never an option.
© The Steelers were a little ticked off about the new rule that you can't engage the quarterback following a turnover unless he attempts to make a play.
Vick, an excellent athlete, took Polamalu down pretty hard following his interception. There were a number of Steelers around Vick at the time, but they did not attempt to block him for fear of being penalized and/or fined for taking a shot at the QB.
© Swayze Waters isn't much of a field goal kicker, but he could be a weapon on kickoffs. Shaun Suisham was scratched Thursday and Waters handled all of the kicking duties - except punts.
His kickoffs were deep, except one the Steelers told him to kick short and allow a return.
With the new kickoff rules, it may make sense for teams to carry a guy who can put the ball through the back of the end zone instead of an extra DB or WR to play special teams.
If you're putting the ball out of the end zone, who needs coverage guys?
© Jonathan Scott, who left on the first play of the game with a right knee injury, said it's not a long-term injury. But he could miss the remainder of the preseason.
Tony Hills acquitted himself well at left tackle after rookie Marcus Gilbert went down as well.
© First-year corner Donovan Warren seems to be making the most of his opportunity for more playing time due to other injuries in the secondary.
Warren was pretty active against the Eagles - in the few plays the defense was on the field.
He came in as the nickel corner, with William Gay sliding inside to the slot.
© Dennis Dixon played the entire second half at QB, with Charlie Batch getting not field time at all.
Don't read too much into that, however. The coaching staff does not want to put Batch on the field behind the third and fourth-team offensive line because it's pretty bad.
They trust that Dixon has enough elusiveness to take care of himself.
Then again, if the coaching staff is so worried about Batch not being able to fend for himself, maybe he shouldn't be on this team.
© Ben Roethlisberger made some beautiful throws in this game, but his best play may have been a 12-yard dumpoff to Rashard Mendenhall.
Roethlisberger was pressured to his left and waited for Mendenhall to release before feathering the ball over the outstretched hands of a pass rusher.
It showed a lot of patience and maturity.