Kemoeatu, criticized last year for taking penalties and missing blocks, is now counted on the same way Alan Faneca was before him. Kemoeatu is extremely important to the Steelers' ground attack The Steelers trend toward running to the right. To accomplish this, the left guard is expected to pull and help the right side of the line in run blocking. Kemoeatu hasexcelled at this role.Starks, the team's transition and franchise player in 2008 and 2009, respectively, has also shined in his first full season as the starting left tackle. Replacing the departed Marvel Smith, Starks has been healthy, stable, and effective while protecting Ben Roethlisberger's blind side. Essex is possibly the most surprising. Never given an opportunity to start regularly, Essex was pressed into service after Darnell Stapleton went down for the season. Replacing Stapleton, arguably the line's weakest link in 2008, Essex proved that he was a capable blocker. While it's too early to tell, it is likely that Essex has secured the spot for theforeseeable future.At 6-2, the Steelers are pretty much where they expected to be.
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A win Sunday against the Bengals would put them in the driver's seat in the division. developments, adds analyst comments, addsbyline, adds NEW YORK dateline) By John Parry and George Matlock NEW YORK/LONDON, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Bank-to-bank lendingcosts eased on Monday and the premium paid for interbankborrowing over anticipated central bank rates narrowed tolevels last seen in September. That month, Lehman Brothers collapsed, sending short termbank borrowing costs worldwide spiking on fears that borrowersmight be unable to repay short term loans and taking the globalcredit crisis to a new extreme. As interbank rates continue to ease and activity creepsslowly back into some areas, analysts caution that short termfunding markets remain on government life support and thatbanks are still hoarding a lot of cash.
Data last week showed that private lending activity isreturning to the critical U.S. commercial paper sector, whichwas badly battered from the outset of the global credit crisisin summer 2007 But the U.S. commercial paper held by the Federal Reservewill mature at the end of January, with much of this debt seencoming back to the Fed. The amount marked the first series of commercial paper heldin the Fed's Commercial Paper Funding Facility (CPFF) tomature. The Fed launched the program in late October to supportthis critical debt sector, which many companies rely on to fundtheir daily operations. LIBOR DOWN In interbank lending markets, dollar three-month Londoninterbank offered rates (Libor) USD3MFSR eased to 1.16percent from 1.26 percent on Friday, according to the latestdaily fixing from the British Bankers' Association.
That helped the spread of three-month Libor rates overOvernight Index Swap rates for dollars fall to 99 basis points,below 100 basis points for the first time since mid-Septemberand down from 109 basis points on Friday. Overnight euro Libor rates edged lower to 2.07 percent from 2.07125 percent on Friday although the activities of investors in the overnight market suggested a reluctance to lend. It also came after Eurogroup Chairman Jean-Claude Junckerurged governments to pressure banks to lend more to customers,but said it was hard to tell if the economic crisis hadworsened. "I am not too worried by that figure - whether 200 or 500billion euros gets deposited the number is just large," saidDavid Keeble, head of fixed income strategy at Calyon inLondon. Despite falling interbank rates, "the moneymarket remains severely dislocated," said Lena Komileva,Director, Head of G7 Market Economics at Tullett Prebon inLondon The U.S. two-year swap spread USDSB3L2YRR US2YTRR a gauge of risk aversion was last seen at 51.75 basispoints. On Friday, the spread narrowed to around 48 basispoints intraday in New York, its lowest level since July 2007.ID:nLC727674 Some U.S.