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How do you feel about the Steelers this year? Just to take a shot in the dark: You feel okay but not great. You don't think this team is going to win the Superbowl this year because they've struggled against beatable teams. You're worried that the defense might not be as good as you want it to be. You don't want to see games get into shootouts because if something happens to the star quarterback, everything will come crashing down.Welcome to being an NFL fan.As it turns out, there are 32 teams in the league and typically around 30 of them have some serious concerns. The Steelers are one of those teams right now. The rollercoaster of emotions was fun to watch on Sunday Night, as many people on Twitter (myself included, I admit) write the game off as a loss and braced for a 2-4 record after BenJarvus Green-Ellis embarrassed the Steeler defense with a series of powerful inside runs that drove the Bengals into the end zone."That's it," we said. "This team can't defend the run. They won't be able to stop anyone like this." But somewhat quietly, the defense refocused and got themselves into the game. AJ Green caught an 8-yard touchdown early on a nearly indefensible throw, and after that he went quiet. He beat Ike Taylor by about 2 or 3 steps late in the game and streaked into the end zone, but you may remember Keenan Lewis making a phenomenal defensive play to break up the pass anyway. That's what a good defensive backfield can do; they can cover for each other.Aided by Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden's mysterious decision to stop feeding BJGE, the Steelers righted the ship late in the first half, and in a half hour football in which they were mostly outplayed, they took a 14-14 tie into halftime.There are a few things to take away from this game:Heath Miller had one of his finest games. He caught tough passes in traffic, he moved the chains, and when the offensive line is struggling a little bit, he stays in and blocks. He's a player that can do everything, and he's doing everything the offense needs him to. Antonio Brown also made a great showing after a bit of a slow start to the year, converting some major first downs. Jonathan Dwyer finally had the kind of game Steeler fans have been dreaming of, a tough and powerful rushing performance by a big man. He's no Jerome Bettis, but watching him get into the secondary and lower his head to crash into a safety rather than juke around him is exactly what all of us want to see from the offense.You know what we don't want to see in Pittsburgh? Prima donna wide receivers, and Mike Wallace did nothing to endear himself to fans this weekend. After a Sweed-like first half in which he dropped everything thrown his way, fans on Twitter (again, myself included) had totally turned on Wallace. This is the guy who demanded Larry-Fitzgerald-money? Wallace's performance was reminiscent of Chris Johnson, the "star" running back in Tennessee, who demanded to be one of the highest-paid players in the entire league a few years back, and it average 70.9 yards per game this season. All in all, the Steelers earned themselves a come-from-behind win and they're back at .500. And that'd exactly how they've played. They're right where they should be in the standings. Most of the AFC is in the same boat, so don't freak out about it. This team is in a position where they have to fight every single week to get into the playoffs. That's okay. That's how football should be. Most teams approach the season that way.Yes, there will be a youth movement on defense shortly, and yes, they will add another DB or two in the spring. We can worry about that when there isn't football on. In the meantime, let's enjoy the ride, shall we? It promises to be a more interesting season than we usually get going 12-4 every single year. Maybe you'll enjoy watching football from the perspective of most other fans.
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On Tuesday Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin sent a strong message to his special teams players when he said that several could have their helmets taken away from them as a result of all the penalties that have negated some good returns as of late.
Tomlin talked about the penalties in relation to what happened Sunday night in the win over the Cincinnati Bengals as the...
The Pittsburgh Steelers announced today that defensive end Corbin Bryant has been signed to the practice squad to fill the open spot.
Bryant was signed to the 53 man roster last Tuesday when rookie nose tackle Alameda Ta'amu was placed on the suspended list.
Bryant was waived on Saturday when offensive lineman John Malecki was promoted from the practice squad to the 53...
When Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jonathan Dwyer fumbled in the game against the Oakland Raiders I posted that he could be in the dog house for a little while as a result, and sure enough he was.
Not only did Dwyer not see another snap for the remainder of that game, he didn't even dress for the games against the Philadelphia Eagles or the Tennessee Titans either.
Ben Roethlisberger is in a no-win situation and while some of it may be of his own doing, the fact is that he just can’t win no matter what he does on the field anymore. If he gets the Steelers a lead in the second half and the team still loses, it’s his fault. If he puts up 31 points and the Steelers lose, it’s his fault. If he leads the team from behind and the Steelers still...
Willie Colon emerged from Sunday's win in Cincinnati down more than one of his signature dreadlocks. At least he was unofficially awarded a takedown for a post-whistle body slam of Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict.
It was Colon's kind of game, the perfect coming-out party for the Steelers offensive lineman continuing to settle in to his new position at guard.
According to Mike Bires of TimesOnline.com, there’s a chance that both Rashard Mendenhall and Isaac Redman could be ready to go for the Steelers this week. Mendenhall is currently dealing … Continue reading »
The Pittsburgh Steelers might be a 3-3 team through six weeks, but they know that they are
going to have to run the ball a whole heck of a lot better than they have been over the course of
the first six games of the season if they have a chance to make it to the playoffs this year. This
week’s foe is the Washington Redskins, who are 4 ½-point underdogs on the opening...
The National Football League is reviewing a play during the
Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday night game against the Cincinnati Bengals in which Steelers
wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders faked an injury to allow his team to substitute personnel,
reports Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk.com.
With the Steelers facing
third-and-11 with six minutes left in the game, Pittsburgh wanted...
No one could have predicted the game Jonathan Dwyer, the Steelers 3rd string RB, had on Sunday night.
My eyes! During a press conference at Heinz Field way back in April, the Pittsburgh Steelers announced that the team would don throwback uniforms on two occasions this year to celebrate the organization’s 80th season. And on Sept. 7, the Steelers subsequently announced what games the team would be wearing the throwbacks: On Oct. 28 for a game against the Washington Redskins and...
In this AFC North match-up, the Pittsburgh Steelers traveled to Ohio to face the Cincinnati Bengals. The Steelers worked their way to victory, defeating the Bengals by a score of 24-17. With only a half game between them in the division now for second and third place, we'll take a look at the key components for how we can determine the outcome of the re-match in Pittsburgh in...
Below is the week 7 offensive line breakdown for the Pittsburgh Steelers game against the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday night.
This was perhaps the best effort I have seen from an entire unit in some time as the run blocking was excellent. Outside of the three sacks allowed, and a few deep pressures, there wasn't much to complain about as the group really did a good job in the power...
Season 3, Episode 32 of The Terrible Podcast is up and co-host David Todd and I get busy digging into the Pittsburgh Steelers 24-17 win Sunday night over the Cincinnati Bengals. After quickly going over the post game injury report we discuss what went right and what went wrong in the win.
We discuss the play of the offensive line, most notably Willie Colon, as well as the secondary...