• First Half Thoughts From the Steelers Awful Performance in Baltimore Down 10-0

    Pittsburgh Steelers v Baltimore Ravens

    Usually when your team is on the road and only trailing by a touchdown you can come up with some positive things to say – but not today. The Steelers, coming out of the bye, look 100 percent awful, with a QB that is not ready to play, a team that can’t seem to tackle when it counts, and way too many penalties.

    So with that, here’s the good news – it’s only 10-0, and the Ravens don’t exactly look like they are ready to run away with this game anytime soon.

    Can the black and gold make a comeback? Doesn’t look good, but nevertheless let’s look into the forgettable first half and what to look for in the second 30 minutes.

    1. Offense Offensive

    The Steelers offense was, to put it nicely, terrible. They did nothing to think that even down 10 they would do enough to come back and make a game of this in the second half, but with Ben I guess you just every can tell. Overall the offense put up 62 yards, to 232 for the Ravens. That’s a whopping 2.8 yards per play, which by the way sucks. Ben Roethlisberger isn’t close to 100 percent, and on the day has thrown one completion to a wide out and has 50 yards total passing. The Steelers have 16 yards rushing on 10 carries, and their long rush of the day is four yards. This is worse than a preseason game.

    2. Tackling

    It makes me want to throw up to see how many missed tackles this team has had this season, and the 95-yard pass play to Mike Wallace was a prime example, as he ran past Artie Burns and then mouthy Mike Mitchell failed to make the tackle (something we’ve seen way too often), on his way to racing the distance. While you can blame those two, there’s been plenty of others that share the blame, with the Ravens run game doing enough, going for 31 yards, which is not good, but better than the 16 yards the Steelers run game has put up. At this point of the season (or any point for that matter) there’s no excuse for missed tackles.

    3. Who is to Blame?

    The gameplan thus far has been awful, the play of the defense has been okay, but the offense has been putrid. A team chock full of talent with Pro Bowl players and playmakers all over the place shouldn’t have these types of games, and even if one player isn’t having a big day, another should be able to step up. Today that’s not been the case, as Antonio Brown has been held to one catch, and Le’Veon Bell and the run game can’t get going. This team is 30 minutes away from going from 4-1 to 4-4, and with 7-1 Dallas coming to town, it might be worse before it gets better.

     
  • Flashback: 2011 Season Opens With a Steelers Beatdown by the Ravens in Baltimore

    Pittsburgh Steelers v Baltimore Ravens

    Opening Day 2011 was a day that Steeler fans everywhere would rather forget. The black and gold, coming off a February loss that year in Super Bowl XLV against the Green Bay Packers, opened the season on the road against their biggest rivals, the Baltimore Ravens.

    It was a game that the Ravens had circled the moment the schedule was announced, as the Steelers beat the Ravens in the Divisional round of the playoffs in the 2010 season after Antonio Brown’s circus catch late that led to a game-winning touchdown.

    They exercised their demons against the Steelers, slamming them in every fashion, 35-7.

    With another road game against the Ravens on Sunday, today we take a glance back, as painful as that may be, as that opening day disaster in Baltimore.

    Here’s a part of our game story from that afternoon filled with turnovers as well as pain all across the board.

    The good news? There’s 15 more weeks left in the regular season.

    Other than that, not much good could be said from a Steelers standpoint on Sunday, as the Black and Gold’s 8-game opener streak was demolished in embarrassing fashion, losing to the rival Ravens 35-7.

    How bad was it? The Steelers trailed 21-7 at the half, and got the ball to start the third quarter. They fumbled on the first play, and the Ravens quickly scored to make it 27-7. Then to put salt in the wound, the Ravens went for two and got it to make it 29-7.

    On the next Steelers play, QB Ben Roethlisberger was picked on a tipped pass by Ray Lewis. It wasn’t shocking to see the Steelers turn the ball over, they did it 7 times on the day.

    Baltimore’s beating of the Steelers was as complete as any team had beaten the Black and Gold in a long time. Ray Rice ran for 107 yards on 19 carries, (5.6 per carry), and Joe Flacco had plenty of time all day to throw, hitting for 17-for-29 for 224 yards and three TD’s with no picks.

    The defense, out of position it seemed like all day, never got a sack on Flacco, and couldn’t stop Rice, who ran all over them for a total of 149 yards and two touchdowns.

    Read more of the story HERE

     
  • A Look Back at the 19 Games the Steelers Have Played In the Last 11 Seasons Minus Ben Roethlisberger

    Pittsburgh Steelers v Baltimore Ravens

    Over the years the Steelers have learned to play quite a bit without franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, as starting with his second season in the league in 2005, there’s only been three of 13 seasons that Big Ben has played in every game.

    While the team prepares for yet another game without Ben, today we take a glance back at the teams results over his career without Ben, and how the team has played without him.

    2005 – Missed Four Regular Season Games

    10/16 Vs Jacksonville 23-17 OT Loss – A Tommy Maddox overtime pick six sealed the Steelers fate as they fell to 3-2 on the season. Maddox was booed off the field as he was awful, throwing three picks and he threw for just 154 yards and Heath Miller’s first career TD.

    11/6 At Green Bay 20-10 Win – The defense did most of the heavy lifting with Charlie Batch throwing for just 65 yards in the 10-point win over Brett Favre and the Packers at Lambeau Field. Troy Polamalu took back a Favre fumble for a score.

    11/13 Vs Cleveland 34-21 Win – Charlie Batch, Tommy Maddox and even Antwaan Randle El all threw passes in the Steelers 13-point win, with the key throw being Randle El’s TD pass to Hines Ward on a reverse from 51 yards out to make it 24-7 in the third quarter.

    11/20 At Baltimore 16-13 OT Loss – A freaky pass that was kicked in the air by Hines Ward was picked off by the Ravens in overtime, and Baltimore quickly moved into field goal range for the win. Maddox started, and was 19-for-36 for 230 yards with a TD and pick in the setback.

    2006 – Missed One Regular Season Game

    9/7 Vs Miami 28-17 Win – After an emergency appendectomy forced Ben to the sidelines, Charlie Batch got the start and took advantage of it, throwing for three scores as the Steelers beat Miami 28-17. Batch was mistake free, throwing for 209 yards in the win.

    2007 – Missed One Regular Season Game

    12/30 At Baltimore 27-21 Loss – With nothing to gain the Steelers sat Ben in the final regular season game, and they lost to Baltimore 27-21. Charlie Batch started, and threw for 218 yards, with two touchdowns and two picks in the six-point loss. The Steelers were never really in the game, trailing 27-7 in the third quarter.

    2009 – Missed One Regular Season Game

    11/29 At Baltimore 20-17 OT Loss – Dennis Dixon made his debut for the Steelers, and a costly OT pick allowed the Ravens to kick a game-winning field goal. Dixon was 12-for-26 for 145 yards with a TD pass and the pick. He also ran for a 24-yard score to give the Steelers a 17-14 fourth quarter lead.

    2010 – Missed Four Regular Season Games

    9/12 Vs Atlanta 15-9 OT Win – Dennis Dixon started the opener for the Steelers, and a Rashard Mendenhall overtime 50-yard run gave the team the win. Dixon was 18-for-26 for 236 yards with a pick, and he ran for four yards in the win.

    9/19 At Tennessee 19-11 Win – Week 2 saw Dixon start again, but the defense was the story, as Antonio Brown took back the opening kick for a score, and the D stepped up against Vince Young and Kerry Collins for an 8-point win. Dixon went 4-for-6 for 18 yards, and then Charlie Batch was 5-for-11 for 25 yards in relief after Dixon was hurt.

    9/26 At Tampa Bay 38-13 Win – Batch led the team to a 3-0 start as he was sensational, throwing for 186 yards and three scores as the Steelers rolled over the Bucs to remain undefeated.

    10/3 Vs Baltimore 17-14 Loss – The final game of Roethlisberger’s four-game suspension was started by Batch, and while he got the Steelers to a 14-10 lead late, the Ravens won the game with :32 ticks left as Joe Flacco hit T.J. Houshmandzadeh with an 18-yard TD pass. Batch was 12-for-21 for 141 yards with a pick in the loss.

    2011 – Missed One Regular Season Game

    12/24 Vs St.Louis Rams 27-0 Win – The Steelers celebrated Christmas with Charlie Batch helping them to a shutout win over the awful Rams at home. Batch handed off most of the day, but when called upon was 15-for-22 for 208 yards and a pick in the blowout win.

    2012 – Missed Three Regular Season Games

    11/18 Vs Baltimore 13-10 Loss – Byron Leftwich got the start, and other than a 31-yard TD run to start the game did little, as he was 18-for-39 for 199 yards with a pick, as the Ravens controlled most of the game and pulled out the three-point win at Heinz Field.

    11/25 At Cleveland 20-14 Loss – The Steelers committed 8 turnovers, and it was too much as they fell by six to the Browns in Cleveland. Charlie Batch got the start, and was 20-for-34 for 199 yards, but was picked three times. The Steelers fumbled it away five times, and overall they shot themselves in the foot all day.

    12/2 At Baltimore 23-20 Win – Shaun Suisham’s 42-yard field goal at the buzzer was enough, as Batch pulled off a gutsy effort in his final game as a starter, overcoming a 7-point deficit to get the Steelers a huge road win. Batch threw for 276 yards, and led the team on a game-winning drive on the road against their biggest rival in the final minutes.

    2015 – Missed Four Regular Season Games

    10/1 Vs Baltimore 23-20 Loss – Mike Vick on a one practice had the team in a position to win, but two Justin Tucker fourth quarter field goals, and another in OT was enough for the Ravens to get a win. Vick was 19-for-26 for 124 yards with a score, but some questionable play calling in OT killed any shot the team had, and Josh Scobee’s missed field goal could have easily put the game away.

    10/12 At San Diego 24-20 Win – Vick’s gutsy effort and the decision to go for the win at the one-yard line on the game’s final play pulled out the four-point win on Monday night in San Diego. Vick wasn’t very good most of the night, but threw a 72-yard bomb to Markus Wheaton to tie the game at 17, and then pulled out a couple key plays on the final drive to set up the Le’Veon Bell one-yard run for the win. Vick was 13-for-26 for 203 yards, and ran for 24 yards, all on the final drive on one play.

    10/18 Vs Arizona 25-13 Win – The offense did little with Vick, and he left the game with an injury, opening the door for Landry Jones to come in and be an hero, as he threw for 168 yards and two scores to lead the Steelers to a win over a team that made the NFC Title Game. Jones brought the Steelers back from down 10-3 at half and scored 22 second half points in the huge win.\

    10/25 At Kansas City 23-13 Loss – The Chiefs stopped Jones in his first start, and pulled away for a 10-point win to send the Steelers to 4-3. Jones threw for 209 yards and one score with two picks in the loss. The Steelers pulled to 16-10 before the Chiefs salted the game away in the final 10 minutes.

    19 Games over Eight Seasons without Roethlisberger: 10-9

     
  • Flashback: Crazy Officiating Call Gives Steelers 23-22 Win Over Dolphins in 2010

    NFL: OCT 24 Steelers at Dolphins

    It’s a game that the Steelers probably should have lost, but going back it was a game the team needed on their way to eventually making it to Super Bowl XLV in Dallas at the end of that season.

    The game we’re talking about is the Steelers matchup between the Steelers and Dolphins down in Miami back in October of 2010 – a game that if you watched live, you probably couldn’t believe your eyes.

    The matchup came down to a late officiating call by Gene Steratore after it looked clear as day that Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger fumbled the ball in the end zone, only to have it recovered by the Dolphins which would have sealed a win for them that warm afternoon in Miami.

    Instead, after what seemed like a five-hour delay, a call was made that no one seemed to understand. The officials said they had no clear evidence on who recovered the ball in the end zone, and down 22-20, the Steelers got a chance to kick a short field goal for the win.

    Dolphins fans were not happy to say the least, but the Steelers were just happy to get out of Miami with a win.

    Today we give you some of our official game story from Steelers Gab that day, and a link to check out the rest of it! Enjoy!

    The Steelers survived an officiating goof on Sunday afternoon against the Dolphins, and because of it the team is now 5-1 after a 23-22 win over the Dolphins.

    The mistake happened on the Steelers last game-winning drive, as Ben Roethlisberger fumbled at the half yard line, and it seemed the Fins recovered it in the end zone for what could have been the death blow for the club.

    After a long delay referee Gene Steratore announced that Roethlisberger fumbled before scoring. But Steratore said his crew had no clear evidence as to which team recovered the ball, and the Steelers were awarded possession at the half-yard line.

    The ruling allowed Jeff Reed to kick an easy 19-yard field goal to give the team the one-point win and keep then in first place in the AFC North.

    Click HERE to Read the Rest!

     
  • Le’Veon Bell shows Steelers what they’ve been missing in Chiefs win

    Kansas City Chiefs v Pittsburgh Steelers

    Le’Veon Bell didn’t score a touchdown in Pittsburgh’s 43-14 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs this weekend but his 178 scrimmage yards were certainly welcomed as the Steelers ran riot at Heinz Field. Mike Tomlin’s men were on another level with Bell back in the starting line-up and it wasn’t a huge surprise to see Pittsburgh run up a hefty total; even against Kansas City’s formidable defensive unit.

    Whilst Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters held Antonio Brown to just 64 yards from four receptions, two of those were touchdowns – and the Steelers will be more than happy with his day’s work. Meanwhile, Ben Roethlisberger threw five touchdown passes on a big day for the Pittsburgh offense. If truth be told, this game was all but over at half-time…

    But Bell was the big difference-maker in this one and Pittsburgh fans know it. In fact, the Steelers running back – arguably the best in the National Football League – recorded 144 yards on just 18 carries; as well as making five receptions for 34 yards. Ultimately, Bell’s ability to line up in the slot or out of the backfield gives Roethlisberger a competent option and it helps to keep opposing defenses guessing.

    On his day, Bell is capable of churning off the big runs but his versatility and unique ability to make plays lined up anywhere on offense is key to Pittsburgh’s title aspirations. At the time of writing, Betway, who offer more than just football betting, are pricing the Steelers at 7/1 to win the Super Bowl at the end of the campaign. If they can keep Le’Veon Bell fully fit and firing on all cylinders, they will be in with a great chance…

    Most Pittsburgh fans wanted Tomlin to continue using Williams in order to guarantee Bell’s health at the end of the campaign but the former Carolina Panthers man was handed only a few carries during their victory over Kansas City. However, supporters won’t be too worried if Bell can maintain his form and fitness – especially if he is going to churn out over 150 scrimmage yards every week.

    Bell is a supreme talent and he ranks alongside David Johnson as the top two three-down running backs in the National Football League. The Steelers back suits Tomlin’s scheme to the ground and Pittsburgh will prosper from his return; especially with Martavis Bryant out for the campaign. Le’Veon Bell isn’t going to win a Super Bowl on his own but he sure as hell gives Roethlisberger and co a far greater chance of getting back to the showpiece event…

     
 
 
 
 

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