• Why This Offense Can Lead Pittsburgh Back To The Super Bowl

    Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger

    The Steelers may have lost a grand total of five regular season games already this season, but Mike Tomlin’s men are well equipped for Super Bowl success.

    Offensively, there is very little doubt that Pittsburgh boast the most dangerous unit in the National Football League and the Ben Roethlisberger-Le’Veon Bell-Antonio Brown trident have stepped up to the plate in recent weeks.

    Le’Veon Bell has single-handedly carried the offense since returning from suspension but he has only started to find pay dirt in recent weeks.

    With four touchdowns in his last three appearances and well over 500 scrimmage yards, Bell is the key component of Pittsburgh’s offense – but his presence helps to open up the running game for Brown, who caught three touchdown passes against the Indianapolis Colts.

    Without a shadow of a doubt, this Pittsburgh offense is as good as anybody else in the NFL and it is hard to back against them on current form. Mike Tomlin’s aggressive coaching style suits their potent offensive unit and fans will be starting to believe that they can go all the way to the Super Bowl despite their poor start.

    Betting Sports produced an article on Pittsburgh’s clash with New England earlier this season, and we could be set for a repeat in the AFC championship game this year; albeit with Ben Roethlisberger under center instead of Landry Jones.

    But the Steelers have also raised their game on defense in recent weeks – a key factor in the sudden rise in belief and momentum. Pittsburgh recorded eight sacks against AFC North rivals Cleveland Browns in Week 11 before forcing two turnovers in their victory over the Andrew Luck-less Colts on Thanksgiving Thursday.

    Ultimately, this defense is starting to make game-changing plays and the offense will relish the opportunity to see more time on the field.

    Pittsburgh aren’t necessarily the most complete side in the National Football League but they are certainly one of the most dangerous – and that gives them a fantastic chance of securing yet another Super Bowl ring.

    With Big Ben, Bell and Brown firing on all cylinders, the Steelers could be set to challenge deep into the postseason and a healthy defensive unit will only help to give Tomlin’s sparkling offense a greater chance of victory.

     
  • NFL Network’s ‘A Football Life’ This Week to Focus on Former Steelers HOF Coach Chuck Noll

    Steelers Chuck Noll

    While Steeler fans will be glued to the TV on Thanksgiving night for the game the team has against the Colts in Indianapolis, they also should make sure to turn in or DVR the NFL Network the following night, as the network and NFL Films hour long show ‘A Football Life’ will focus on late Steelers Hall of Fame coach Chuck Noll.

    If you haven’t seen the 90-second trailer, check it out below, but it looks excellent, with interviews with HOF’ers like Terry Bradshaw and Joe Greene, and former players like Tunch Ilkin, Craig Wofley and Merril Hoge.

    Make sure you check it out, if it’s anything like past episodes on the Steelers like the ones on Joe Greene, The Immaculate Reception or Jerome Bettis, it’s going to be Must-See TV for sure!

     
  • Best Steelers Performances Of 2016-17 So Far

    Being .500 past the halfway point of the season probably wasn’t what many Steelers fans anticipated back in September. But given the logjam that is the AFC North, that record is more than manageable in a division in which eight or nine wins could earn a playoff spot.

    Despite the average overall record, Steeler Nation has many extraordinary individual efforts to wave their Terrible Towels at this season.

    Through 10 weeks, here are some of the best of those (limiting ourselves to listing a player just once).

    DeAngelo Williams vs. Washington (Week 1)

    Great teams have a next man up mentality, and without Le’Veon Bell suspended in Week 1, DeAngelo Williams proved himself to be that man.

    In his most productive performance since last November, WIlliams collected 143 yards on 26 carries (5.5 average) and two touchdowns. The second of those was a 15-yard effort in the fourth quarter that put the game away.

    Ben Roethlisberger vs. Kansas City (Week 4)

    After suffering the franchise’s worst loss in nearly decades the Sunday prior, Big Ben unleashed his frustration on a Kansas City defense that had no answer for his arm. By the time the game was over, the future Hall of Famer had completed 22 of 27 passes for 300 yards and threw 5 touchdowns for the fifth time in his career.

    Big Ben lit up Kansas City for 300 yards and 5 TDs in Week 5

    Big Ben lit up Kansas City for 300 yards and 5 TDs in Week 5 – NFLSpinZone.com

    Roethlisberger spread the love around in the blowout, issuing TDs through the air to Markus Wheaton, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Jesse Games, and two to Antonio Brown.

    Cameron Heyward vs. Kansas City (Week 4)

    Cameron Heyward was perhaps inarguably the team’s defensive MVP the first half of the season and many blame his absence since then (torn pectoral) for the defense’s mid-season skid.

    In that Week 4 waxing of the Chiefs, Heyward terrorized the Kansas City offensive line. The team’s sack leader the previous two seasons, Heyward recorded three more that Sunday along with 7 total tackles and two passes defended.

    Sammie Coates vs. New York Jets (Week 5)

    Although in recent weeks he’s seen most of his snaps playing on special teams due to having broken fingers, receiver Sammie Coates had such a great start to the season that it made some question if he could overtake Antonio Brown’s role as #1 target by season’s end. Coates had a 40+ yard catch in each of Pittsburgh’s first five games and through that span his 421 yards were just 26 off the pace of Brown.

    Who knows what kind of season Sammie Coates would have had if not for injuries, but his Week 5 performance against the Jets will remain one of the year's best

    Who knows what kind of season Sammie Coates would have had if not for injuries, but his Week 5 performance against the Jets will remain one of the year’s best – FlyWarEagle.com

    Against the Jets in Week 5, the Auburn alum brought in six catches for 139 yards and 2 TDs, including a 72-yard bomb on Pittsburgh’s first drive of the game. That very same game he suffered a laceration in his hand and while he might not be lining up out wide the rest of the season, the promise he’s shown should last long into next year.

    Le’Veon Bell vs. New England (Week 7)

    With backup Landry Jones starting in place of Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell needed to step up in a big way. Although it wasn’t enough in the end to survive with a win, nothing more could have been asked from the back that displayed his immense versatility and then some in the loss.

    While the Patriot defense did a decent job at bottling him up on the rush, Bell still managed 81 yards on 21 carries. He really shined though when receiving dump passes from Bell, catching 7 passes for 106 yards.

    Ryan Shazier vs. Baltimore (Week 10)

    The Steelers and Ravens matchup in Week 9 was expected to be so close, that most online sportsbooks didn’t even issue a point spread for the game. That is why online sports betting and gambling has become very popular – no one can predict what will happen! Whether it’s in play sports betting or taking part in an online casino game like slots. Who can guess the outcome? But if you are the lucky person that is willing to take on the challenge, the rewards overpower the risk factor. Now that online gambling is available in nearly every country including the USA and Canada, everyone has a chance to get involved!

    The game ultimately wasn’t as close as the 21-14 final score indicated, but the losing effort was not reflective of the parts that Ryan Shazier and really most of the linebacking corps played. As a unit they held the Ravens to 50 yards of rushing, no touchdowns on the ground, and sacked Joe Flacco three times. Shazier in particular had a noteworthy day, recording nine tackles (6 solo), 2.5 TFL, half a sack, and a hit on Flacco.

    Stephon Tuitt vs. Cleveland (Week 11)

    A week after his defensive unit was lambasted by the press as being one of the worst in recent team history, defensive end Stephon Tuitt silenced his critics with a career day. Sure, it was only against the Browns, but Tuitt’s 2.5 sacks, 2 TFL, and 4 hurries were the highlight of an overall dominant performance from the defense that had 8 total sacks and allowed just 33 rushing yards on the entire day.

    Stephon Tuitt sent Josh McCown to the sideline with a monster hit in Week 11

    Stephon Tuitt sent Josh McCown to the sideline with a monster hit in Week 11 – SteelersWire.USAToday.com

    Tuitt’s performance specifically caught national attention, particularly for the way he treated Browns QB Josh McCown. The ferocious downfield hit he laid on him the fourth quarter forced McCown out of the game (and possibly the season) with a concussion.

     
  • Flashback Friday: Eight Turnovers Doom Steelers in Cleveland in 20-14 Loss Back in 2012

    Pittsburgh Steelers v Cleveland Browns

    The Steelers will try to break their four-game losing streak this Sunday in Cleveland, but as we look forward to them hopefully getting on track, today we look back to their six-point loss back in 2012, a game where Charlie Batch was playing for an injured Ben Roethlisberger, and the team decided to give the Browns no less than eight turnovers in the setback.

    Here’s our game story from November 25th 2012 – a day in Cleveland where the Steelers basically gave a game away.

    You can put the blame wherever you want, but the bottom line in the NFL is your not going to win when you give the ball away eight times.

    The Steelers hung around all day with the Browns, but in the end, the giveaways were way too much, and the team fell to 6-5 in 2012 with a 20-14 loss.

    It was first time since a cold Thursday night in 2009 that the Steelers fell to the Browns, and this time it hurt even worse since they had ample shots to win the game.

    The team took a 14-13 lead into the locker room on a pinball run by Chris Rainey with one second left in the half gave the team a one-point lead.

    In the second half, a turnover at the Steelers 31 opened the door for the Browns, and RB Trent Richardson gave the Browns a lead they wouldn’t lose with a 15-yard TD run to make it 20-14.

    Of the 14 Steelers possessions, half of them ended with turnovers, three interceptions by Steelers 3rd string QB Charlie Batch, and four fumbles, one each, by four different Steelers running backs.

    For the Rest of the Game Story – Click HERE

     
  • With The New Season Of NFL Underway, Where Will The Steelers Finish?

    Le'Veon Bell

    It’s almost the halfway point of the regular NFL season, and at this point a number of NFL fans will have a more realistic belief of where their team will finish. Some teams are storming ahead and look like safe bets to reach the Super Bowl, while a number of other teams will need a drastic change in their fortunes if they hope to get there. Furthermore, the recent NFL International Series has been the focal point of a number of NFL blogs. The series has been a huge success in bringing the NFL to attention in the UK with three fantastic games being held in London throughout October.

    Sadly, the Pittsburgh Steelers were not one of the teams involved in the tour, so English fans may have to wait a little longer to see them in person. However, they have been enjoying a very positive season thus far, but where will they finish?

    Key Players

    There is a magic combination between quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, wide receiver Antonio Brown and running back Le’Veon Bell. Last season they complete 58 snaps between them, making them the third best offensive unit and Steelers fans have been salivating at the thought of what they might achieve this season. At the very least, Pittsburgh will be hoping to go one better than last year and get into the AFC Championship final. It’s not quite been all sunshine and lollipops so far for the terrific trio, as Bell missed the first three games through a suspension, but as soon as he was back in game 4, he picked up right where he left off. Then recently, Ben Roethlisberger has been out injured with a torn meniscus, and underwent surgery on the 17th October. Landy Jones was filling in during the most recent game against the New England Patriots, and even though he made touchdown, he just isn’t Big Ben.

    There is good news however, following the Steelers recent bye week, Roethlisberger has been back in training recently and could be fit to return in their next game against the Baltimore Ravens.

    The Games Ahead

    Up next for the Steelers is a trip to the Raven, who are without a win in four games, and Pittsburgh will fancy this one, even if they have to do it without Big Ben. But there is a stern test waiting for the Steelers in week 10 when they take on the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys look like early favourites for the Super Bowl, and that’s mainly due to rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott who have been playing out of their skin and taking the NFL by storm. Having won six games out of seven, Dallas sit at the top of both their conference and division, but if Pittsburgh can get their main three all at peak fitness, Big Ben, Bell and Brown have a chance of stopping the Cowboys in their tracks.

    The Steelers have been in very good shape so far. They currently sit in 4th place of their Conference this year, which as things stand would see them progress comfortably to the play-offs. But this Steelers team have the potential to go all the way, they just need the results.

     
 
 
 
 

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