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  • Midseason Review – Pittsburgh Steelers

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    Last season proved to be a reasonable, if unspectacular one, for the Pittsburgh Steelers – as they finished second in the AFC North Division and secured a playoff spot under long-serving coach Mike Tomlin. There was no shame in losing to eventual Super Bowl winners the Broncos, but how are the Steelers faring in the current season?

    Tomlin remains in charge of the Steelers for his tenth season, while Kevin Colbert has been the general manager for 17 seasons, giving them a consistency that is rare in the NFL. So far their results have been decidedly mixed this season, with 6 wins and 5 defeats from 11 games – although this is enough to ensure them second spot in the division. There is no question that they have been hampered somewhat by injuries to important players – with the likes of running back DeAngelo Williams and quarterback Bruce Gradowski missing games with fitness issues. The player who has been a stand-out for them this season, Ben Roethlisberger, has also missed matches due to injury – notably the 16-27 defeat to the New England Patriots – and this reaffirmed just how crucial he is to his team. Punter Jordan Berry has been another player who has enjoyed a very strong season for the Steelers thus far, but they have been let down by the performances of David DeCastro, who was re-signed with some fanfare during the off-season, and Jarvis Jones.

    The Steelers have produced a number of strong displays – most notably in the early part of the season – with the fine 43-14 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs, complete with superb touchdown at the end of the first half, being one. Low points would be the poor all-round performances in the defeats to the Miami Dolphins and the Baltimore Ravens. Their mixed form has seen their odds for the Super Bowl rise from 8/1 at the start of the season to 14. Of course, this means the bookies still think they have a strong shot, but you may want to stick with playing $5 Million Touchdown at sites such as Spin Palace rather than risking it just now.

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  • Steelers Guard Ramon Foster Hit with Fine for Retaliating During Giants Game

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    Pittsburgh Steelers guard Ramon Foster was fined $9,115 for retaliating against a Giants defender in defense of Pittsburgh running back Le’Veon Bell after a questionable play, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.

    With about two minutes left in the Steelers’ 24-14 win last weekend, Giants linebacker Kelvin Sheppard appeared to reach under Bell’s facemask and pull backward during a gang tackle, twisting his neck.

    Foster tossed Sheppard out of the pile in disgust, prompting a mini-skirmish between the teams.

    Foster was a central figure in the showdown. He wasn’t in the locker room Thursday, but a few teammates say they are willing to help pay for the fine if he doesn’t win on appeal.

    The NFL applies $9,115 fines for several categories, including striking/kicking/kneeling, late hits or unnecessarily entering a fighting area for a second offense.

     
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    Pittsburgh Steelers Playoff Hopes : Pittsburgh Steelers Predictions

    The Steelers have four games left and sitting at 7-5 the team likely has to win three of the four, if not all four to make sure they clinch the AFC North and make it to another postseason, their third straight. This Sunday, the Steelers take on the Bills, and you can make a wager on Betphoenix online sportbook.

    The key game of the stretch, which is rather obvious, is the teams’ Christmas day home game against the Baltimore Ravens, a team that already beat the Steelers 21-14 earlier this season, and also is tied right now with the black and gold at 7-5.

    Baltimore has a huge game this week, as they will be on the road Monday night against the New England Patriots, a team sitting at 10-2 tied with Oakland for the best record in the AFC.

    New England usually has issues with the Ravens, but at the same time they normally find a way to win their games in the regular season, so this week Steeler Nation, no matter the outcome on Sunday in Buffalo, will be pulling for Tom Brady and company.

    Back to the Steelers, after their game with the Bills they take on the Bengals on Sunday, December 18th. It was supposed to be a Sunday night game, but due to the lackluster mark of the Bengals and a much more attractive game between the Bucs and Cowboys, who were flexed into that role.

    The Bengals are still somehow in the mix for a possible playoff spot, but one more loss and likely their season is over. They have Cleveland this week, but then hopefully the Steelers will be able to crush their season with a loss in Paul Brown Stadium next week.

    The Ravens game is then followed by a New Year’s Day home game against the Browns, who could be headed towards the first 0-16 season since the Detroit Lions in 2008.

    Cleveland is a team that usually hangs around for about a half, then in the second half wilts away. They trailed the Steelers 14-0 at the half before making it somewhat interesting before the Steelers put them away in Cleveland a few weeks back.

    If the Steelers win all four games they will win the division, that’s a fact. If they are going to lose one of the four, the game to lose would be this Sunday against the Bills, and then they need to sweep the three games in the division, which should still be good enough to win the division.

     
  • Will The Steelers Make The Playoffs?

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    It was close but not close enough for Mike Tomlin and the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2015-16 NFL season. With a 10-6 record, they finished second in the AFC North Division and sixth in the AFC Conference which earned them a Wild Card playoff place. After defeating the Cincinnati Bengals in the Wild Card playoffs, they then lost to the Denver Broncos, in the Divisional playoffs, who of course went on to win the Super Bowl. Following some strong draft selections, Tomlin will be hoping for more from his Steelers this season. For any fans of the NFL or sports betting, we take a look at the Steelers chances of making the playoffs this season.

    Recent Games

    Pittsburgh have had some very tough games this season that has seen them collect losses at the hands of the Dallas Cowboys and the New England Patriots. However, over the past three weeks, the Steelers have won three consecutive games to put themselves back in serious contention of reaching the playoffs. First of all they placed even more misery on the Cleveland Browns season with 24-9 win. They will meet the Browns again at the end of the season, but more on that later.

    Then came the Thanksgiving Day game against the Indianapolis Colts where Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown were all firing on all cylinders to earn an impressive 28-7 win. This past weekend saw them return to their home ground and take on the New York Giants. This was a huge coup for the Steelers, as the Giants had been on a six game winning streak and favorites to beat Pittsburgh. The Steelers, of course, had other ideas and silenced the critics on this occasion.

    Games Ahead

    With only four games left of the regular season, it really is now make or break time for the Steelers. First up is the Buffalo Bills who have had a very mixed season with a 6-6 record from their twelve games so far. So far the Bills have won and lost against the New England Patriots, which makes it impossible to predict which version of the Bills will show up on the day. Buffalo sit three places behind the Steelers in the AFC conference and they can still get into the playoffs themselves, but they need to put a run together now.

    Next up is the Cincinnati Bengals, who lost to the Steelers all the way back in week 2 of the season. With a 4-7-1 record, the Bengals sit in 13th place of the conference, and are all but eliminated from this season’s playoffs. A loss at the hands of the Steelers could terminate their season.

    The biggest test will undoubtedly be on Christmas day against the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens currently sit comfortably in third place of the conference, which means they are heading straight to the playoffs, as things stand. With a 7-5 record, Baltimore have been a very formidable outfit throughout the 2016 season.

    Finally, the Steelers will finish their season against the Cleveland Browns. The poor Browns sit at the bottom following a 0-12 losing streak, and they’ve never looked even close to snatching a win that could have turned their season around. This one should be a walk in the park for the Steelers.

     
  • Steelers at Bills NFL Week 14 Capsule

    NFL: AUG 29 Preseason - Steelers at Bills

    PITTSBURGH STEELERS (7-5) AT BUFFALO BILLS (6-6)

    REGULAR SEASON SERIES

    STEELERS BILLS
    SERIES LEADER 13-8
    STREAKS Past 5
    COACHES VS. OPP. Mike Tomlin: 3-0 Rex Ryan: 2-2
    LAST WEEK W 24-14 vs. New York Giants L 38-24 at Oakland
    LAST GAME 11/10/13: Bills 10 at Steelers 23. Pittsburgh RB Le’Veon Bell has 96 yards from scrimmage & rush TD. Steelers WR Antonio Brown has 6 catches for 104 yards.
    LAST GAME AT SITE 11/28/10: Steelers 19, Bills 16 (OT). Pittsburgh RB Rashard Mendenhall rushes for 151 yards & TD. Steelers K Shaun Suisham converts GW 41-yard FG in OT.
    REFEREE Pete Morelli
    BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 82 (Pit), 133 (Buf). XM: 82 (Pit), 230 (Buf).

    STATS

    PASSING Ben Roethlisberger: 266-409-3034-25-8-99.4 Tyrod Taylor: 211-348-2292-11-5-84.6
    RUSHING Le’Veon Bell: 180-817-4.5-3 LeSean McCoy: 174-949-5.5-9
    RECEIVING Antonio Brown: 88 (T1L)-1052-12.0-11 (1L) Robert Woods: 42-493-11.7-1
    OFFENSE 366.8 343.4
    TAKE/GIVE +4 +6
    DEFENSE 348.3 346.7
    SACKS James Harrison: 5 Lorenzo Alexander: 10 (T3L)
    INTs Artie Burns (R): 2 Stephon Gilmore: 4
    PUNTING Jordan Berry: 45.4 Colton Schmidt: 42.1
    KICKING Chris Boswell: 62 (26/26 PAT; 12/16 FG) Dan Carpenter: 75 (30/33 PAT; 15/19 FG)

    NOTES

    STEELERS: QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER has 1,085 pass yards (271.3 per game) & 8 pass TDs vs. 1 INT for 110.3 rating in past 4…RB LE’VEON BELL aims for 5th in row with 100+ scrimmage yards. Leads NFL with 146.4 scrimmage yards per game avg. Ranks 2nd among NFL RBs with 63 receptions…WR ANTONIO BROWN & Roethlisberger have connected on 49 TDs, tied for most TDs from QB to WR in franchise history. Has 6 rec. TDs in past 5. Leads NFL with 11 rec. TDs & ties for league lead with 88 catches. Since 2011, has 598 catches & 7,978 rec. yards, both most in NFL. TE LADARIUS GREEN had career-high 110 rec. yards & TD last week…LB LAWRENCE TIMMONS had INT last week. Had sack in last meeting. LB JAMES HARRISON has 5 sacks in past 5. Aims for 4th in row with sack vs. Buf. Is franchise leader with 79.5 sacks. Rookie S SEAN DAVIS had 1st career INT last week…BILLS: QB TYROD TAYLOR has 3 pass TDs vs. 0 INTs & 2 rush TDs in past 3 at home. Since 2015, is only QB with 5,000+ pass yards (5,327) & 1,000+ rush yards (1,037). Has rush TD in 5 of past 6. Leads NFL QBs with 469 rush yards…RB LE SEAN MC COY aims for 3rd in row with 100+ rush yards. Had 80 scrimmage yards & rec. TD in last game vs. Pit. (10/7/12 with Phi.). Since 2010, leads NFL with 7,999 rush yards. RB MIKE GILLISLEE had 2 rush TDs last week. Has 6 rush TDs in past 7…WR JUSTIN HUNTER has 2 rec. TDs in past 3 at home. TE CHARLES CLAY had 97 rec. yards & 2 TDs in last game vs. Pit. (12/8/13 with Mia.)…DT MARCELL DAREUS had sack & FF in last meeting. Has 3.5 sacks in past 4. LB ZACH BROWN had 8 tackles & 2 sacks in last meeting (9/8/13 with Ten.). Is 1 of 2 players in NFL with 100+ tackles (116) & 3+ sacks (3).

     
 
 
 
 

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