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  • Colts at Steelers 2014: Breaking Down The Key Matchups In Week 8

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    Like every football game there are key match-ups to look into, some more intriguing than others, but the Colts at Steelers 2014 week 8 game has plenty to view with interest.

     

    LT  Kelvin Beachum vs OLB Erik Walden:

    The Pittsburgh Steelers know all too well about Walden with him being a former player of the 2010-2011 Green Bay Packers Super Bowl team that defeated the Steelers. Walden is a 6’2″, 250-pounder who has shown the ability to play with his hand on the ground and in space. Beachum will have to handle Walden’s quickness and power.

    Center Maurkice Pouncey vs NT Josh Chapman:

    This is a matchup between one of the games’ best centers vs a very good nose tackle. If the Steelers are to run the ball successfull, Pouncey must dominate this matchup.  Doing so will lead to a more-balanced attack offensively. If Chapman wins this matchup, it will likely force the Steelers to throw the football more than they would like – something Pittsburgh doesn’t need with its receiving corps going through it’s struggles.

    CB Brice Mccain vs WR T.Y. Hilton:

    McCain may very well be the only cornerback on the Steelers roster who has the quickness and agility to cover Hilton who is not named Taylor. Hilton possesses deep speed and sure hands. McCain played extremely well last Monday night against Pro Bowl receiver Andre Johnson. Hopefully he can build off of that.

     
  • Week 8: Pittsburgh Steelers Pre-Game Injury Report

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    WEEK 8 INJURY REPORT – FRIDAY

     

    INDIANAPOLIS COLTS at PITTSBURGH STEELERS
    INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
    Status Report
    OUT WR Reggie Wayne (elbow)
    QUESTIONABLE TE Jack Doyle (knee), RB Trent Richardson (hamstring)
    PROBABLE CB Darius Butler (ankle), DT Arthur Jones (ankle)
    Practice Report
    DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
    Wednesday T Gosder Cherilus (not injury related), TE Jack Doyle (knee), RB Trent Richardson (hamstring), WR Reggie Wayne (elbow)
    Thursday RB Trent Richardson (hamstring), LB Erik Walden (not injury related), WR Reggie Wayne (elbow)
    Friday RB Trent Richardson (hamstring), WR Reggie Wayne (elbow)
    LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
    Wednesday CB Darius Butler (ankle)
    Thursday TE Jack Doyle (knee)
    FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
    Wednesday DT Arthur Jones (ankle)
    Thursday CB Darius Butler (ankle), T Gosder Cherilus (not injury related), DT Arthur Jones (ankle)
    Friday CB Darius Butler (ankle), T Gosder Cherilus (not injury related), TE Jack Doyle (knee), DT Arthur Jones (ankle), LB Erik Walden (not injury related)
    PITTSBURGH STEELERS
    Status Report
    OUT DT Steve McLendon (shoulder), CB Ivan Taylor (forearm), S Shamarko Thomas (hamstring)
    DOUBTFUL T Marcus Gilbert (concussion)
    PROBABLE DE Brett Keisel (not injury related), S Michael Mitchell (not injury related), S Troy Polamalu (not injury related), LB Ryan Shazier (knee)
    Practice Report
    DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
    Wednesday T Marcus Gilbert (concussion), DE Brett Keisel (not injury related), DT Steve McLendon (shoulder), S Michael Mitchell (not injury related), S Troy Polamalu (not injury related)
    Thursday T Marcus Gilbert (concussion), DE Brett Keisel (not injury related), DT Steve McLendon (shoulder), S Troy Polamalu (not injury related)
    Friday T Marcus Gilbert (concussion), DT Steve McLendon (shoulder)
    LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
    Wednesday LB Ryan Shazier (knee), CB Ivan Taylor (forearm), S Shamarko Thomas (hamstring)
    Thursday CB Ivan Taylor (forearm), S Shamarko Thomas (hamstring)
    Friday CB Ivan Taylor (forearm), S Shamarko Thomas (hamstring)
    FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
    Thursday S Michael Mitchell (not injury related), LB Ryan Shazier (knee)
    Friday DE Brett Keisel (not injury related), S Michael Mitchell (not injury related), S Troy Polamalu (not injury related), LB Ryan Shazier (knee)

     

     
  • How The Two Big Backs Can Propel The Steelers To Victory

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    Strong performance from Le’Veon Bell and LeGarette Blount will be needed to defeat the Indianapolis Colts this Sunday. These two running backs have had their moments this season and both will need another solid game in order for the Steelers to be victorious.

    The Colts run a 3-4 defense with it’s nose tackle being former Alabama standout Josh Chapman. If Chapman can not command double-teams this Sunday, it will allow Bell and Blount to gain positive yards in the teeth of the defense.  If the Steelers can attack the middle of the defense by running the football well, it will open up one-on-one coverage at wide receiver for Antonio Brown and intriguing deep threat Martavis Bryant.

    Many fans remember when Blount rushed for 189 yards and four touchdowns against the Indianapolis Colts in the 2014 divisional playoff game. The Colts certainly have not forgotten.  Blount is a running back who excels as an inside-out runner. Despite being 250 pounds, Blount has the quickness and acceleration to run past corners.

    Bell this season has shown a rare ability to consistently display power and be elusive.  Bell is also a threat in the passing game, opening up more options for Ben Roethlisberger.  He has good burst speed once he has passed the line and has set a team record for rushing in the first seven weeks of the 2014 NFL season.

    Indianapolis has a fast defense who can cover speed backs sideline to sideline. The Colts proved this last Sunday as they shut down Cincinnati Bengals all-purpose running back Giovanni Bernard.  One of the better ways to slow down a fast defense is by running delays, screens and trick or specialty plays. Bell and Blount both fit the mold when it comes making plays when they have defenders who are over-pursuing them.

    When in the red zone, the Steelers will most certainly have either Bell or Blount in the game and both will likely receive several touches in that area of the field. Efficient running from the Steelers along with their ability to move the ball up down the field translated to 20-30 points against J.J. Watt and the Houston Texans. Those points will be needed facing a hot team such as the Colts led by Pro Bowl quarterback Andrew Luck.

     

     

     
  • Colts at Steelers Thursday Injury Report

    INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
    Practice Report
    DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
    Wednesday T Gosder Cherilus (not injury related), TE Jack Doyle (knee), RB Trent Richardson (hamstring), WR Reggie Wayne (elbow)
    Thursday RB Trent Richardson (hamstring), LB Erik Walden (not injury related), WR Reggie Wayne (elbow)
    LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
    Wednesday CB Darius Butler (ankle)
    Thursday TE Jack Doyle (knee)
    FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
    Wednesday DT Arthur Jones (ankle)
    Thursday CB Darius Butler (ankle), T Gosder Cherilus (not injury related), DT Arthur Jones (ankle)
    PITTSBURGH STEELERS
    Practice Report
    DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
    Wednesday T Marcus Gilbert (concussion), DE Brett Keisel (not injury related), DT Steve McLendon (shoulder), S Michael Mitchell (not injury related), S Troy Polamalu (not injury related)
    Thursday T Marcus Gilbert (concussion), DE Brett Keisel (not injury related), DT Steve McLendon (shoulder), S Troy Polamalu (not injury related)
    LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
    Wednesday LB Ryan Shazier (knee), CB Ivan Taylor (forearm), S Shamarko Thomas (hamstring)
    Thursday CB Ivan Taylor (forearm), S Shamarko Thomas (hamstring)
    FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
    Thursday S Michael Mitchell (not injury related), LB Ryan Shazier (knee)
     
  • Fans Are True Source of MNF Win Streak

    With a 30-23 win over the Texans this week, Steelers’ fans can hang their hard hats on their team’s incredible Monday Night Football (MNF) home win streak that was extended to 16 games.

    The Steelers were led to victory against the Texans by the strong offensive performances of Big Ben, Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell, but in all honesty they don’t deserve the majority of the credit for the Steelers’ current MNF record. It is the passionate football fanatics of Pittsburgh who have been consistently waiving the terrible towels ever since the win streak started in 1992.

    People of The ‘Burgh can proudly claim this impressive winning streak as their own. They know that anyone coming into Heinz Field is in for a long night. The latest victims were the Texans. Considering the current Steelers MNF resume, it was surprising that Houston headed into the matchup as only a 2.5-point underdog. In the end, they experienced the wrath of the Steel City, losing by seven.

    The last time anyone in Pittsburgh witnessed a loss on home turf was in a 1991 defeat to the New York Giants. At the time they were playing at Three Rivers Stadium, Chuck Noll was the coach, Bubby Brister was the quarterback and George Bush Sr. was president. That puts it in perspective of long the streak is.

    Playing in the league for 11 seasons, Roethlisberger has had his fair share of Monday night exposure but we need to remember that the record goes a lot further back than his playing days in Pittsburgh. Big Ben was only 9-years-old when the streak began meaning lots of players have come and went before Roethlisberger’s arrival.

    Roethlisberger has not showed well in recent primetime appearances. Since 2012 the Steelers have lost six of their last eight games being played at night on national television. Roethlisberger owes some thanks to the fans who provide an advantageous atmosphere at home.

    With 16 straight home MNF wins since 1992, it only proves that the fans are the real strength behind this ongoing record.

     
 
 
 
 
 

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