Found October 25, 2013 on This Given Sunday:
With the New England Patriots just around the corner, it would be easy for the Pittsburgh Steelers to forget that the Oakland Raiders are on this weekend’s schedule. The Patriots, unlike the Raiders present a measuring stick game that could push the Steelers firmly back into the playoff mix. That can’t happen, however, if the Raiders ambush the Steelers in what appears to be a rather strange trap game. It’s odd that we can call a game between two 2-4 teams a trap game, but there’s no denying the Steelers’ ability to make late season runs. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, and much of the team, has been to the promise land, and that experience isn’t worthless. It gives the Steelers a leg up over the other teams hoping to make late season runs. With the New England Patriots on deck, no one would blame the Pittsburgh Steelers for looking beyond the Raiders. After all, many Steelers fans are likely already eyeing next weekend’s game. The Steelers do have veteran leadership o...

Roethlisberger Didn’t Notice Pressure Coming From Whimper’s Side Against The Ravens

When Pittsburgh Steelers right tackle Marcus Gilbert left the game Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens after just seven offensive snaps with a quad injury, everyone held their breath when Guy Whimper replaced him. Whimper, however, played extremely well and played a big role in the team rushing for a season-high 141 yards. As far as his pass protection went, Whimper only allowed...

G David DeCastro becoming key player in resurgent run game

The Pittsburgh Steelers' running game is showing signs of life due to rookie RB Le'Veon Bell's return form injury and an improved performance by the offensive line led by guard David DeCastro. His teammates say DeCastro is only beginning to scratch the surface and that he's already one of the top guards in the NFL. For Decastro, he say it's all about learning...

William Gay's second stint with Steelers paying dividends

Veteran cornerback William Gay's contribution to the Steelers secondary as of late has the team hopeful about the rest of the season. He came through big in last week's last-second victory over the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens, denying QB Joe Flacco two TD throws that could have left the Steelers in an irretrievable mess at 1-5, writes Ralph N. Paulk of the Tribune-Review.

Pittsburgh Steelers: A preview of an old rivalry

The Pittsburgh Steelers (2-4) will meet the Oakland Raiders (2-4) is an old time rivalry match-up. The game will be played at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, kickoff is set for 4:05PM (ET) and will air on CBS. The Steelers are looking to keep then win’s rolling. The Steelers have won two straight games since coming of the bye week.. Their most recent win came against the Baltimore...

Pittsburgh Steelers almost selected Terrelle Pryor in the Supplemental Draft

According to a report from the San Jose Mercury News, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pryor turned down an opportunity to be selected by his hometown Pittsburgh Steelers and head coach Mike Tomlin in the 2011 NFL supplemental draft. “(Tomlin) said, ‘Hey, I’ll draft you if you want to play here,’” Pryor said. “But he gave […]

Steelers Injury Report: Beachum And Gilbert Practice Fully After Being Limited Wednesday

The Pittsburgh Steelers have released their Thursday injury report following their practice and it includes some very good news. After being limited on Wednesday, tackle Kelvin Beachum (ribs), tackle Marcus Gilbert (quadricep), tight end Richard Gordon (toe), defensive end Brett Keisel (ribs) and tight end Heath Miller (not injury related) all practiced fully and all look to be on...

Pittsburgh Steelers: Raiders Are a Fitting Halloween Opponent

The Pittsburgh Steelers sure are getting into the spirit of Halloween. First they hosted the Baltimore Ravens, a team named for a foreboding bird in American literature. The Steelers tricked the Ravens with the wildcat, and treated their fans to a win at Heinz Field. On Sunday, the Steelers visit the Oakland Raiders. What better setting than the Black Hole for a game played four...

Kelvin Beachum Settling In At Left Tackle

By Matthew Marczi Second-year tackle Kelvin Beachum made only his second career start as a left tackle in the ranks of the professionals this past week, but he spent his entire college career as a left tackle before playing right tackle, left guard, center, and tight end in the NFL. I don’t know whether Beachum is left-handed or right-handed, but I honestly don’t care at this...

Steelers Versus Raiders Week 8 Projected Inactive List

The Pittsburgh Steelers will take on the Oakland Raiders Sunday at Coliseum and below is a best guess as to what the inactive list will look like this week. The official list of inactives will be announced 90 minutes before kickoff. Landry Jones - Ho, hum, just another week inactive for Jones. Marcus Wheaton - Wheaton was ruled out for the Raiders game on Tuesday as he has...

Steelers offensive lineman DeCastro has guarded optimism

The Steelers aren't quite ready to compare David DeCastro to Alan Faneca the best offensive guard in team history and a nine-time Pro Bowl selection. In a few weeks? Maybe. The Steelers' running game is being revived because of Le'Veon Bell's post-injury breakout and a rapidly improving blocking unit led by DeCastro. In less than a full season as a starter DeCastro...

LaMarr Woodley Contributes To Winning Effort Against Ravens

By Matthew Marczi Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley is being asked to do more for the team than he ever has, now that he is being counted upon to generate the majority of the team’s pressures, or so it seems. Fellow outside linebackers Jason Worilds and Jarvis Jones still have a long way to go to catch up to Woodley’s level as a pass rusher, which continued...

Steelers Recent History Against Raiders Not So Good

Nice one here by Mike Prisuta, he of and many other affiliates that provide coverage on the Black and Gold, that examines the Steelers recent history with the Oakland Raiders. The matchup, as you might fail to remember due to trauma, is currently skewed toward Oakland. The Raiders have won 3 of the last 4 meetings, two in Oakland and one at Heinz Field. The...

Who Rules? Steelers Nation Versus Raiders Nation

By Michael K Reynolds So much is made of the great battles between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens and for good reason. After all it’s the evolution of the decades old rivalry between the Steelers and Browns. And over the past thirteen years the matches between these multiple Super Bowl winners have produced some of the NFL’s most tightly and brutally competed...

Sims looks forward to facing Roethlisberger

Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Pat Sims knows how difficult it is to sack Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. For five years the former Cincinnati Bengal tried, mostly in vain, to get Roethlisberger down. In eight games against the 6-foot-5 quarterback, Sims had 1 1-2 sacks and watched as Big Ben led Pittsburgh to a trio of playoff berths. Roethlisberger's been sacked...

Wildcat Rolls On -- With Objections

In Wednesday's Steelers notebook, Ben Roethlisberger talks about the pros and cons of the Wildcat; the tackles need relief; and a special award handed out.
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