• Flashback Friday: Batch Leads the Steelers To a Huge Last Play Win in Baltimore in 2012

    The Steelers were reeling during the 2012 season after a late November loss to the Browns in which the team turned the ball over eight times and lost 20-14.

    The club fell to 6-5, and without starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger the team was set to travel to Baltimore for a matchup with the Ravens with the season falling apart.

    It was to be Batch’s last start with the Steelers, and it was a memorable one, leading the Steelers to a final play win over the Ravens as Shaun Suisham kicked a field goal to give the black and gold a 23-20 win.

    Today we go back in time, with a ‘Flashback Friday’ to relive the win at M&T Bank Stadium, breaking the Ravens 15-game home win streak.

    Still think Charlie Batch can’t get it done?

    Think again.

    Sunday in Baltimore, the Steelers, like an old prize fighter backed in the corner late in a fight, fought tooth and nail with a team that was supposed to dominate them, and in the end used a Shaun Suisham 42-yard field goal at the buzzer to beat the Ravens 23-20.

    Batch outplayed the supposed “best QB in the NFL” in Joe Flacco, throwing 25-for-36 for 276 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He led the Steelers for 17 second half points, including 10 in the fourth quarter to clinch the win.

    The game-winning drive started at the Steelers 15, and they went 12 plays and 61 yards to set up Suisham for the shot to end a long Ravens home winning streak. Which they did.

    Baltimore had just two possessions in the fourth quarter, and with starting CB Ike Taylor on the bench most of the game with a bum ankle, they were only able to gain five yards on seven plays with a turnover by Flacco on a fumble.

    Flacco went 16-for-34 for 188 yards with a touchdown and a pick. He also lost a fumble after a hit by James Harrison that gave the ball the Steelers in possession to score the game-tying TD on a pass from Batch to TE Heath Miller to make it 20 all.

    Click HERE to Read the Rest of the Game Story from That Day in Baltimore!

     
  • See How the Steelers Run the Table in the New Book “The Greatest Football Team of All Time: 2015 Pittsburgh Steelers”

    Everyone loves fantasy, and there’s no doubt with fantasy football a lot of the dreaming when it comes to the NFL and your favorite team has gone away.

    Not so with a new book written by Sergei Chevtsov and Alan Navarre, who take a long look and approach at what could have been for the 2015 Pittsburgh Steelers if they would have run the table and won the Super Bowl.

    The book, entitled “The Greatest Football Team of All Time: 2015 Pittsburgh Steelers,” is now available on Amazon, and is a great read for the holidays if you want to go back and relive last season in a very perfect way for the black and gold.

    Coming in at 209 pages, the book is broken down by game, and is an easy read if you want to go back and break up the season game by game.

    Each game is broken down in detail, with the score, great photos, and even at the end of each game a breakdown in grades of subjects like Offense, Defense, and even Top Performers.

    There’s a lot to each game, from the way the game is played out, to the scoring, to even breakdowns of drives and specific big plays in the drive that defined the big moments in the game.

    The book gives an inside look at how the season could have gone, but of course as we all know injuries as well as some stumbles along the way derailed the Steelers, who were a wild card team that eventually lost to the Super Bowl Champion Broncos in the divisional round.

    This book though has all the details of the Steelers running the table, and even breaks down the rest of the NFL in terms of their good and bad points, and then goes into how the playoffs played out.

    Without ruining the ending, just replace the Broncos with the Steelers in Super Bowl 50, and you can probably figure out how it all plays out.

    The book is available via Kindle for $2.99, or paperback for $17.95. Click HERE to place an order for “The Greatest Football Team of All Time: 2015 Pittsburgh Steelers.”

     
  • First Half Thoughts On the Steelers 14-7 Lead Over the Bills

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    It should be more, but the Steelers have a 7-point lead over the Bills at halftime in Buffalo 14-7 despite two bad turnovers by Ben Roethlisberger.

    The team has basically dominated, but it’s still a ball game due to the fact Ben gave up two picks when the game could basically be over.

    Here’s some first half thoughts on the way the black and gold are playing and if we think they will maintain the lead and get out of snowy Buffalo at 8-5.

    1. Stop the Turnovers

    If Ben Roethlisberger didn’t throw two bad picks in the first half, the Steelers could be up by as many as 21 or even 28. Ben’s first pick came driving near the Bills goal line, and the second one directly lead to the Bills only score of the afternoon. The Steelers haven’t been able to get a turnover, but if things just stay the way they are and Ben is more protective of the football, things should go the Steelers way in the second half.

    2. Keep Pounding Bell

    Le’Veon Bell has been having his way with the Bills run D, putting up 5.9 yards per carry, and rushing for 77 yards on 13 carries with a pair of touchdowns. With the weather being a factor, the Steelers should just keep handing the ball off to their best offensive playmaker, and making sure he sees the ball a LOT in the second half. Bell also has 48 yards on 3 catches, which shows again how much of a weapon he is out of the backfield when needed.

    3. Pressure Taylor

    When the Steelers have had to watch Tyrod Taylor go back to pass, they have for the most part been able to get some pressure on him. He’s only thrown 8 times, hitting for 46 yards and the touchdown for Buffalo. That Steelers D line has done a good job against the Bills offensive line, and in the second half they may need to throw as the Steelers have also done a good job on LeSean McCoy, holding him to 25 yards on 10 carries in the first half.

     
  • 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.

    As with other casino slot machine games, this NFL themed one just requires you to score a matching line on any reel to win yourself a payout – or the massive $5 million jackpot. The difference is that the reel icons are all NFL inspired, such as footballers, cheerleaders and footballs, while the backdrop is an NFL pitch. The player icon is the wild and will substitute for missing ones when needed, while the stunning bonus game features video graphics of an NFL match where you have to score the crucial touchdown.

     
  • Will The Steelers Make The Playoffs?

    DeAngelo Williams

    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.

     
 
 
 
 

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