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  • Steelers Prove Opponents Can Throw The Ball Against The Seahawks

    During week 12 of the 2015 NFL season, the Pittsburgh Steelers threw the ball a lot against the Seahawks, employing a strategy that most teams in the league try to avoid when playing the Seahawks. The strategy didn’t result in a win for Pittsburgh, but it provided a blueprint for the rest of the league showing how to throw the ball against the best secondary in the NFL. With both the Steelers and Seahawks having favorable NFL odds to win the Super Bowl, both teams could face each other in the biggest game of the year, in what would be a rematch of Super Bowl XL.

    In the week 12 meeting, the Steelers, who have moved away from their smash mouth running attack in recent years, hardly ran the ball against Seattle. In fact, they has an 81.3 percent pass to run ratio, which was the fifth largest ratio in a game last season. Last season, teams that had a pass to run ratio higher than 70 percent lost 80 out of 85 times, and the New England Patriots were the only team to win when throwing more than 80 percent of the time, which they did twice.

    The Steelers lost to the Seahawks by nine last season, but they never trailed by more than a touchdown until the final minutes of the game. The fact that they were able to lead for most of the game while throwing the ball as much as they did, was surprising because teams that play Seattle tend to try running the ball more than they pass to avoid turning the ball over.

    In the opening game of the 2014 season, Aaron Rodgers, who went on to win the MVP award that season, only threw the ball to one side of the field because he didn’t want Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman intercepting the ball or forcing a fumble. The fact that Rodgers, who is considered one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, avoided throwing to one side of the field, illustrates how much teams don’t like throwing the ball against the Seahawks.

    Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers didn’t have much of a choice going into their matchup against Seattle, Pro Bowl running back LeVeon Bell had torn his ACL earlier in the month, and head coach Mike Tomlin didn’t want backup DeAngelo Williams, who had done a great job filling in for Bell earlier in the season, to take too much of a punishment, so the team opted to throw more.

    With weapons like Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant at the wide receiver position, the Steelers were confident in their ability to throw the ball effectively. Pittsburgh’s gamble was hit and miss, the Steelers racked up 480 passing yards, which is unheard of against Seattle’s Legion of Boom, but Roethlisberger also had 4 interceptions, while throwing only one touchdown pass.

    Looking back at the game, the Steelers probably threw the ball so much against the Seahawks because the New England Patriots did the same thing against the Seahawks in the previous Super Bowl, and won the game. However, the Patriots could have easily lost the game if the Seahawks had run the ball on the final play of the game.

  • Steelers Fans vs. Regular Football Fans

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    The NFL odds for the Pittsburgh Steelers are increasing every day for the upcoming season; the team is part of the top 5 favorite teams to win the Super Bowl. For most people, there is no better place to watch a Steelers Game than a local bar and grill where they can marinate in the glory of their favorite players in the company of friends. I am no different here. My friend (an unfortunate Vikings fan) and I have been going to this one local haunt for decades. We even have a favorite location, a spot providing us clear view of every screen in the room. As with most eateries, there is a fair amount of representation from various teams on a weekly basis, with the occasional Steelers fan gracing us with his presence. There is something enjoyable about watching other Steelers fans bask in the success of your favorite team, especially college-age fans.

    The Steelers were playing the Bengals on this particular occasion. I shook my head as Tyler Eifert headed to the turf, taking a victorious hit to the head from Mike Mitchel after making a snag. I knew the flag was coming and the kid ahead of me was screaming at the referee to recognize what a lot of people thought was a clean hit. My friend seemed intent on expressing his opinions to the kid but I stopped him.

    The Bengals Drive came early in the second quarter, the passes between A.J Green, Antwon Blake, and Will Allen interrupted by Blake slamming Cincy WR to the turf out of bounds. The personal foul clearly irked the kid who slapped the bar top furiously and questioned the sanity of the referees. That he looked at me for support even while complaining about Blake body slamming Green out of bounds was amusing. Upon calling him out for it, he told me that he prioritized being a Football Fan over being a Steelers Fan.

    This is a debate that has sparked many a fight, the difference between Football fans and true football fans. The Kid in front of me was more football fan than Steelers Fan. Yet, everyone is a football fan first, before finding a particular team to support. Everyone wants to see a well-played, well-refereed game. In this case, the Kid cannot be faulted for taking offense with calls that even the replays supported. The digital age has made it that much harder to get away with bad calls. Though, in a game like Football, bad calls are all but expected. Snap judgments are an essential element of the game. More importantly, every fan wants to watch a game in which his team dominates and where every call made favors their side. However, some fans have been known to bury their heads in the sand, railing against every call that doesn’t favor their side, even when the replay clearly justifies referee’s decision.

    While bias is expected in sporting events, Football would greatly benefit from more fans prioritizing the integrity of the game as a whole over their own biases towards their team. True football fans rarely emerge, those men and women who understand the rules of the game and who will praise opposing teams that thrill and entertain even when the tide has turned against their own teams.  NFL fans that are willing to accept when they are wrong and who have realistic expectations, this along with respecting the game as a whole more than the team they love, are a rare commodity. But they are the sort of fan the NFL should endeavor to nurture for the sake of the game.

  • Types Of Football Games Online

    Baseball might be called America’s national past time, but football is the sport that draws the most viewers year and year. Something about the combination of athleticism and violence draws in fans like nothing else, and most fans want more than a single game can give them. Whether you’re looking at Euro Palace casino games or the latest console hits, you’re doubtlessly going to find something to do with football. Understanding the types of games available is a great way for you to figure out how to get your next football fix.

    Most football games online are arcade simulations of the real sport. They’re not terribly deep, and they don’t feature much in the way of real-world imagery. These games are created to give players a chance to test out their own play-calling ability more than anything else, with simple controls and simple graphics. With that said, though, some of these games are wildly popular – and people spend more time on the simple online games than even the biggest hardcore gamers can comprehend. There’s something about the simplicity of online football that’s appealing to many, and these games capture that simplicity perfectly.

    Of course, some people prefer to test their knowledge of football by putting a little money behind the game. Most football gambling games fall into one of two categories – betting games and themed games. Betting games are popular, especially with the advent of fantasy leagues. Single week leagues pull in quite a bit of money from those who simply don’t have the time to invest in longer-term strategy. Themed games, and especially slots, are just as popular. These games feature football in their themes, but are otherwise standard slots. There’s something about familiar iconography that makes some people more likely to play, though, and these games tend to pull in more players than their non-themed counterparts.

    There are also games that eschew the basics of game play completely, focusing instead of raw statistics. If you’re the kind of fan that enjoys rattling off the number of rushing yards a player has during a party, this is probably the type of game for which you are looking. These games are usually called management simulators, and they allow players to trade, draft, and otherwise change the line-ups of teams in order to send them to the Superbowl. The sheer number of these games can be overwhelming, but the very best of them can make you feel like you are building a dynasty.

    There are more football games out there than you might think, but the real issue is always finding the games that are actually worth playing. Some are free, while others have fairly hefty price-tags attached to them. What you should look for is not price, but rather entertainment value. Some free games can give you years of fun, while some of the more expensive games are nothing more than retreads of what has come out in the past. As always, it’s the entertainment value that really matters.

  • Steelers Release Veteran Kicker Shaun Suisham after failed physical

    The Pittsburgh Steelers announced the release of kicker Shaun Suisham Friday morning.

    The veteran kicker tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the Hall of Fame matchup against the Minnesota Vikings last preseason. He hoped to battle for the kicking spot with last year’s sensational replacement Chris Boswell.

    Ray Fittipaldo of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette tweeted out the news:

    Fittipaldo said that this move gives Suisham a chance to catch on with another team. This however could not be the case.

    Just a few minutes after the release was live Suisham talked about the injury and how he had a major setback.

    Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert talked about the release.

    Unfortunately Shaun incurred a setback in his recovery from knee surgery that won’t allow him to compete in a timely manner. Shaun has played a significant role in our success during his time in Pittsburgh. He has been the consummate professional on the field and in our community. We wish he and his family all the best in the future.

    His release will free up around $2 million in cap space. Suisham was a fan favorite in Pittsburgh as he replaced long time kicker Jeff Reed during the 2010 Super Bowl run. Hopefully he can enjoy his family and get the ACL 100% healthy.

    Thank you Suisham for all you have done!

  • Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger Makes NFL Top 100 Players of 2016

    If you are interested in the NFL’s Top 100 Players show, then you might have been excited when Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger came on the screen.

    Big Ben was locked in at #21 on the list and finished the 2015 season with 21 touchdowns, after missing a total of four games due to injuries.

    His incredible performance against the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Wild Card game will never be forgotten. Ben came back in the game, down by 2, with an injured shoulder and led the Steelers down the field for a go ahead field goal to give his team a playoff victory for the first time in four years.

    This is quite deserving for a hard working individual like Roethlisberger. He battles each and everyday to become an even better quarterback.

    I am a proud fan of Big Ben and wish him the best of luck in 2016. Hopefully Pittsburgh can win another Vince Lombardi Trophy and real soon. Congrats Ben!!


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