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2019 Steelers Draft Class

April 29th, 2019

The Steelers once again seem to put together a very solid draft on paper;

Here is the BWG Analysis:

Round 1 (10): Devin Bush, ILB, Michigan

For the first time since 2003 the Steelers made a bold move and traded up to grab Bush. Bush is a stout athletic defender that will immediately pay dividends. He has great instincts and will be a three down linebacker. He also can help in the pass rush from the outside or in the gaps. In our analysis this was the biggest need the Steelers had and this is the perfectt casting for that need.

GRADE: Six Pack

Round 3 (66): Diontae Johnson, WR, Toledo

Every year the Steelers draft someone and it just doesn’t add up. (See Colin Holba) This is that pick, it felt like a huge reach and while he seems like a capable player and it would be foolish to second guess the Steelers on receiver talent, spending a third rounder on him seemed like a huge stretch. He will be in the slot and brings great speed to the offense. Smaller player, but plays bigger than his size, improved his hands in his Senior season. He also can be a return man if needed. His being drafted could spell the end of Eli Rogers or fan favorite Ryan Switzer.

GRADE: 2-Beers

Round 3 (83): Justin Layne, CB, Michigan State

The Steelers also find gems later in the draft and this could be one of them. Layne lacks elite speed but he was a steal at this number. He had a round two grade. He can play both man and zone coverage and plays as if he is a giant. He has mediocre hands despite being a converted wide receiver, he seems like an Ike Taylor clone! He is a cover three coordinators dream and will make immediate impact.

GRADE: 5-Beers

Round 4 (122): Benny Snell Jr., RB, Kentucky

This was a little bit of a reach as Snell lacks certain speed and explosiveness. The Steelers needed running back depth and Snell gives them that, He looks like a between the tackle, short yardage back, with one cut, downhill ability. He has good NFL genes being the nephew of NFL great Matt Snell. While he is limited he should compete for a roster spot and carve out a place in the running game.

GRADE: 3-Beers

Round 5 (141): Zach Gentry, TE, Michigan

This was a great pick. Scouts are torn on this guy and you can read a report praising him or condemning him. He graded out exactly where they grabbed him and he will compete for the spot vacated by Jesse James. He has monster intangibles like a whopping 34 1/8 catch radius and being a former quarterback a high football IQ. Has huge upside and is exactly what you are hoping for this late in the draft. He also fills some depth issues.

GRADE: 4-Beers

Round 6 (175): Sutton Smith, LB, Northern Illinois

A small school phenom who will need to really step it up to be a force in the pro game. He is a one trick pony (pass rusher) and will provide needed depth at the linebacker position. Getting after the quarterback is important and will have a chance to make the team.

GRADE: 2-Beers

Round 6 (192): Isaiah Buggs, DE, Alabama

This could be the steal of the draft. He is an ideal 3-4 end or could play in the middle on the nickel and dime. He has solid NFL quickness and strength. His conditioning is a question mark and probably hurt his draft stock. He graded out as a round three prospect and the Steelers nailed this pick! Will make an immediate impact and strengthens an already strong defensive line.

GRADE: 5-Beers

Round 6 (207): Ulysees Gilbert III, ILB, Akron

Nice speed and a productive tackler who was selected for his coverage skills. He has a high motor and will be a nice addition to the team. Strong upside prospect that can compete for a spot on the depth chart. His skills translate well to special teams and looks like a nice pick in this round.

GRADE: 3-Beers

Round 7 (219): Derwin Gray, OT, Maryland

A great value pick in this spot, he will provide depth and compete for a backup role. Has the skills to compete against undrafted free agents and last years picks. He graded out as a fifth round pick and has size that scouts want. This was a good grab in the seventh and he will play somewhere in the NFL in 2019.

GRADE: 4-Beers



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…welcome to Pittsburgh, Devin Bush!

April 26th, 2019

The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Michigan Wolverines linebacker Devin Bush Jr. on Thursday with the 10th overall pick.

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April 25th, 2019

Okay fair to say I am the worst blogger ever. I have just been swamped with my real life and at some point we will do a comprehensive write up of the AB debacle and the Le’Veon Bell business meltdown!

Today is Draft Day and as Alexander Pope says, “Hope springs eternal..” Very excited for the draft and while the Steelers have had an uneven performance over the last few years, there is plenty to be excited for! For every Jarvis Jones there has been a T.J. Watt.  So let’s dive in on what is needed.


Cornerback: I can probably steel (pun intended) one of my past draft previews as this has been the toughest code to crack. While I am not ready to give up on Artie Burns, the Steelers need an upgrade across the board at this position. They need someone opposite Joe Haden who can play and contribute consistently. The Steelers have money invested in the top three spots, but this should be a day one (If there is a steal) or day two pick.

Inside Linebacker: You can not replace Ryan Shazier, it is just not possible as he was a once in a lifetime talent. Also I am not a revisionist historian, I was excited about the pick of Shazier but puzzled, that is why I am a blogger and not a GM. He was the cog that made the Steelers defense run and it is obvious that he is sorely missed. Job Bostic was badly miscast and Vince Williams was somewhat exposed without Shazier. The Steelers invested in Mark Barron but I still see this as a big need. This has to be a day one or day two pick.

Safety: The Steelers also need to crack this challenge. Morgan Burnett was a bust and it will be a long time before the Steelers make that type of move again. The depth chart is extremely soft and the Steelers need an upgrade at this spot. While this is probably a bigger need, than Cornerback or Inside Linebacker, this is a strong safety class for 2019 and the Steelers need an upgrade in coverage ability and overall athleticism and there are several value picks available. This is a day two need or early day three.

Wide Receiver: Well we had to get here at some point.  There is no formula to replace someone like Antonio Brown and a rookie certainly can’t do it. While I think the Steelers are in good shape at this spot, they need to invest a pick or two here. They have clearly proven they do a great job at finding talent here. This is a day three look.

Running Back: While the Steelers struck gold with James Conner, this position needs better depth, especially with a renewed emphasis on the run. This is a late day three pick, where there is always value at the end of the draft.

Also need another edge rusher and offensive line depth.


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AB C U Later!

March 10th, 2019

The Steelers got fleeced by the Raiders for AB and an unfortunate chapter is now behind us..

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Quick Hits this week!

February 18th, 2019

Just a quick note, we will be commenting on the Antonio Brown situation this week as well as discussing Mike Tomlin.


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2018 Steelers Roster Review

January 14th, 2019

This is our 412 post! 


5 Joshua Dobbs QB 23 6′ 3″ 216 lbs 2 Did a nice job when called upon
7 Ben Roethlisberger QB 36 6′ 5″ 240 lbs 15 Had an outstanding season
2 Mason Rudolph QB 23 6′ 5″ 235 lbs R Didn’t see the field
30 James Conner RB 23 6′ 1″ 233 lbs 2 Did an outstanding job before injury
33 Trey Edmunds RB 24 6′ 2″ 223 lbs 2 Never saw action
22 Stevan Ridley RB 29 5′ 11″ 220 lbs 6 Was an unreliable disappointment
38 Jaylen Samuels RB 22 6′ 0″ 225 lbs R Did a very job and looks like another weapon
45 Roosevelt Nix FB 26 5′ 11″ 248 lbs 4 Old School Fullback
84 Antonio Brown WR 30 5′ 10″ 181 lbs 9 Great season marred by week 17 meltdown
88 Darrius Heyward-Bey WR 31 6′ 2″ 210 lbs 10 Special teams ace
11 Justin Hunter WR 27 6′ 4″ 203 lbs 6 Never made an impact and will be gone
17 Eli Rogers WR 26 5′ 10″ 187 lbs 4 Looked good when he returned
19 JuJu Smith-Schuster WR 22 6′ 1″ 215 lbs 2 Had a tremendous year
10 Ryan Switzer WR 24 5′ 8″ 185 lbs 2 Nice pickup who contributed
13 James Washington WR 22 5′ 11″ 213 lbs R The potential is there
85 Xavier Grimble TE 26 6′ 4″ 261 lbs 3 Will be remembered for the play he didn’t make
81 Jesse James TE 24 6′ 7″ 261 lbs 4 Very nice combo with Vance
89 Vance McDonald TE 28 6′ 4″ 267 lbs 6 Finally started to breakout
80 Jake McGee TE 27 6′ 5″ 250 lbs 1 Not a factor
67 B.J. Finney C 27 6′ 4″ 318 lbs 3 Reliable backup
53 Maurkice Pouncey C 29 6′ 4″ 304 lbs 9 The best Center in football
66 David DeCastro G 28 6′ 5″ 316 lbs 7 The best Guard in football
73 Ramon Foster G 33 6′ 5″ 328 lbs 10 Solid veteran presence
72 Zach Banner OT 25 6′ 8″ 360 lbs 2 Never called upon
0 Joseph Cheek OT 26 6′ 7″ 311 lbs 1 I have no idea who this is
71 Matt Feiler OT 26 6′ 6″ 330 lbs 2 Breakthrough season and will start in 2019
77 Marcus Gilbert OT 30 6′ 6″ 330 lbs 8 The sun is setting on his time in the Burgh
65 Jerald Hawkins OT 25 6′ 6″ 305 lbs 3 Never called upon
76 Chukwuma Okorafor OT 21 6′ 6″ 320 lbs R Nice upside prospect
78 Alejandro Villanueva OT 30 6′ 9″ 320 lbs 4 Had another great season
NO Name POS Age HT WT Exp Comment
79 Javon Hargrave NT 25 6′ 2″ 305 lbs 3 His best season yet
94 Tyson Alualu DE 31 6′ 3″ 304 lbs 9 Very capable contributor
91 Stephon Tuitt DE 25 6′ 6″ 303 lbs 5 Very solid season
96 L.T. Walton DE 26 6′ 5″ 305 lbs 4 Didn’t see many snaps
97 Cameron Heyward DT 29 6′ 5″ 295 lbs 8 Another great year
93 Dan McCullers DT 26 6′ 7″ 352 lbs 5 Saw more snaps and still not there
92 Olasunkanmi Adeniyi LB 21 6′ 1″ 248 lbs R Interesting pass rush prospect
51 Jon Bostic LB 27 6′ 1″ 245 lbs 6 Badly miscast and was exposed
56 Anthony Chickillo LB 26 6′ 3″ 255 lbs 4 Good special teamer, capable backup
48 Bud Dupree LB 25 6′ 4″ 269 lbs 4 Respectable season but not a superstar yet
54 L.J. Fort LB 29 6′ 0″ 232 lbs 4 Did a nice job but better suited as a backup
55 Keith Kelsey LB 23 6′ 0″ 233 lbs 1 No idea who this is
44 Tyler Matakevich LB 26 6′ 1″ 235 lbs 3 A solid special teamer
50 Ryan Shazier LB 26 6′ 1″ 230 lbs 5 His impact is missed every game
90 T.J. Watt LB 24 6′ 4″ 252 lbs 2 A break out season
98 Vince Williams LB 29 6′ 1″ 233 lbs 6 Looks a little lost without 50
29 Brian Allen CB 25 6′ 3″ 215 lbs 2 Interesting prospect
25 Artie Burns CB 23 6′ 0″ 197 lbs 3 Took a major step back in 2018
23 Joe Haden CB 29 5′ 11″ 195 lbs 9 The lone secondary bright spot
28 Mike Hilton CB 24 5′ 9″ 184 lbs 2 Took a step back in 18
38 Trey Johnson CB 24 5′ 11″ 170 lbs R Not a factor
24 Coty Sensabaugh CB 30 5′ 11″ 187 lbs 7 Was exposed when he played
20 Cameron Sutton CB 23 5′ 11″ 188 lbs 2 Never made the impact expected
27 Marcus Allen S 22 6′ 2″ 215 lbs R Not a factor
31 Nat Berhe S 27 5′ 11″ 195 lbs 5 Not a factor
42 Morgan Burnett S 29 6′ 1″ 209 lbs 9 Started playing better in the end
37 Jordan Dangerfield S 28 5′ 11″ 199 lbs 2 Respectable job
21 Sean Davis S 25 6′ 1″ 202 lbs 3 Good bounce back year
34 Terrell Edmunds S 21 6′ 1″ 217 lbs R Very nice Rookie Campaign
39 Malik Golden S 25 6′ 0″ 205 lbs 1 Not a factor
Special Teams
NO Name POS Age HT WT Exp Comment
9 Chris Boswell PK 27 6′ 2″ 185 lbs 4 Hard not to feel he cost the playoffs
3 Matt McCrane PK 24 5′ 10″ 165 lbs R Played well in his only game
4 Jordan Berry P 27 6′ 5″ 195 lbs 4 Workman like season
57 Kameron Canaday LS 26 6′ 4″ 245 lbs 2 Did his job well


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2018 Steelers Report Card

January 7th, 2019

This is much earlier than I anticipated but here is the Beer We Go Steelers 2018 Report Card. Coach Tomlin always says, “The Standard is the Standard!” This season was a tremendous disappointment by any standard marked by too much controversary and complete under achievement.

Despite a tremendous cast of talent, the Steelers missed the playoffs for the first time in five years. The season also ended in bitter fashion with the Antonio Brown controversary.


Coaching: C-, The Steelers finished at 9-6-1 and were inconsistent the whole year. It was a roller coaster ride all year long with terrible low spots and outstanding high spots. Mike Tomlin is getting crushed in the media for the end. He never gets the credit he deserves when they win and consistently takes the blame when they lose. There were several distractions and too many mistakes and that starts at the top.

Keith Butler’s, defense was inconsistent all season. They blew FIVE fourth quarter leads and surrendered a 16-point lead against the Chargers, the worst collapse in Steelers history. They blew a 14-point lead to the Browns in the fourth quarter that mercifully ended in a tie, they blew a lead to the awful Raiders. The Turnovers were non-existent, and the pass rush was spotty and inconsistent. Joey Porter was the first casualty of the purge.

Randy Fichtner offense was up and down all season. They looked brilliant at times but in a theme that was consistent with the entire season…they made too many mistakes. Costly turnovers were the difference this season. Fumbles at key times and costly interceptions doomed the team.

Danny Smith’s special teams also were lousy, highlighted by the horrible play of Chris Boswell. Boswell was the worst kicker in the NFL coming off a Pro Bowl season. His problems looked mental and he missed several key kicks and extra points. The return game was a disaster and went several weeks getting flagged on nearly every return. The good news, the Steelers threw a touchdown on special teams and blocked two field goals and two punts.

In another common theme, is it possible NOT to lose to an under .500 team on the road during a season? The Steelers lost to the awful Raiders which all but cost them the division and lost to the Broncos who were horrible. Not to mention a tie to the Browns. This is the worst mark against Mike Tomlin and his team.

QB: A, Big Ben had a great year again. He passed for a mind boggling 5000+ yards and over 30 touchdowns. He had a very good season and did a great job leading the Steelers back in several games. He consistently gives the Steelers a chance to win the game. Joshua Dobbs took a step forward.

RB: A-, Did anyone’s contract situation ever go worst than Le’Veon Bell. The offense never really missed until injuries reared their head. James Conner had a HUGE year and was on track to be the best running back in the NFL. When he was injured, Jaylen Samuels did a great job, including pasting the Patriots. Stevan Ridley, was a disappointment and made key mistakes. Roosevelt Nix played a key role on special teams (His fake punt faux pas not withstanding) and plays a great old school fullback.

WR: A+, This is the best receiving core in the NFL. The Steelers had two 1000 yards and 100 catch receivers, Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster. AB and his crazy behavior not withstanding is an absolute force and one of the best players in Steelers history. His problems are all off the field and he was a distraction at times. JuJu Smith-Schuster had a huge season and continues to emerge as a superstar. James Washington took time to develop but looks like he will be a star. Ryan Switzer was an unsung hero and did what was needed. Eli Rogers did a nice job when he returned.

TE: B, Vance McDonald finally showed what the Steelers were waiting for. He played great and had the highlight of the season in Tampa! Jesse James contributed nicely and together they had over 1000 yards between them. Xavier Grimble contributed when called upon and is a solid blocker, but his fumble in Denver was a key lowlight of the season.

OL: A, The Offensive Line is outstanding and one of the best in football. The protection was excellent, giving up only 24 sacks and the running lanes were consistent if unspectacular. Alejandro Villanueva built on his success from the previous season and absolutely dominated in some games. Maurkice Pouncey and Dave DeCastro both played at a high level and the old pro Ramon Foster did well. Matt Feiler did a terrific job filling in for an injured Marcus Gilbert and looks like he will be a mainstay.

DL: B, Cameron “Steelhead” Heyward, anchored a line that played well. Heyward had eight sacks and played at an All-Pro level. Stephon Tuitt had five and a half sacks stayed healthy and anchored the line. Javon Hargrave had a great bounce back year and had seven sacks. Tyson Alualu did well when called upon and played well. Mt. McCullers made some strides but is still not a huge factor. This is now the strength of the defense.

LB: C-, A very inconsistent season for the linebackers again, the usual strength of the Steelers defense. There is no way to compensate for the loss of Ryan Shazier and the Steelers never did anything to find someone for the spot. L.J. Fort was the closest thing, but he is not Shazier. Jon Bostic was badly miscast in the middle and Vince Williams played well but was a liability in coverage. T.J. Watt had a MONSTER year and looks like he finally will break the curse of OLB first round picks. Bud Dupree was inconsistent and while he is serviceable seems to be a disappointment. Anthony Chickillo is a high motor tough player.

DB: C-, The Steelers secondary was inconsistent. Joe Haden played well and did a great job. Terrell Edmunds played the most snaps of any rookie and had a good rookie season. Artie Burns was a disaster and his lack of development really hurt the Steelers. Sean Davis had a good bounce back year. Coty Sensabaugh was serviceable but isn’t the answer. Morgan Burnett came on strong after a slow start. This unit needs a serious makeover in 2019.

Special Teams: D+, Chris Boswell, AKA “Little Bos” was awful and his touchdown pass was his only highlight. His kicking can be the attributed to the reason the Steelers didn’t make the playoffs. Jordan Berry did well overall. Kameron Canaday was a non-factor which of course is a good thing. The return teams were a non-factor despite having Ryan Switzer. Penalties plagued this unit!

One more thought…the officiating was terrible this year.


We will be publishing regularly so please stay with us! Next Up…The Case for Tomlin!

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Steelers end disappointing season!

December 31st, 2018

The Steelers put together a mediocre performance to snatch a victory from an over matched Bengals team, but the playoffs are not in the picture as the Ravens held on to beat the Browns. Ironically, it was a stout fourth quarter defense and timely kicking that won the game for the Steelers…something missing all season.

The defense held Jeff Driskel and the Bengals to a measly 196 yards of total offense, with 70 plus yard coming on two plays from Joe Mixon. The Bengals never found any kind of groove and were completely out manned all game. The Steelers recorded four sacks and never gave up a pass longer than 15 yards. It was a good performance for the defense led by T.J. Watt who had a sack and a forced fumble and Cam Heyward who had two sacks!

Playing without Antonio Brown, the offense was off all day. James Conner returned to limited action and had 14 carries were 64 yards. He finished a solid season with 973 and 12 touchdowns. The running game never got going despite playing against the worst run defense in football.

Ben Roethlisberger passed for 287 yards and one touchdown. He never found his rhythm and had a pick six on what he thought was a free play. The offense was held to its fewest points of the season scoring only 13 against the worst defense in football. Eli Rogers had a nice game with seven catches and Jaylen Samuels chipped in with seven tough catches.

Matt McCrane, who signed on Friday, had three field goals including the game winner and was called “the top of a participation” trophy by Steve Tasker. He did a nice job given the circumstances.

Why the Steelers didn’t jump the Bengals off the bus, is going to be the conversation in the press this week. They played an uninspired game given what was on the line. Blowing a 2 ½ game lead with six to play is a complete embarrassment. Needing a Browns victory and the Ravens getting the necessary stop, is insult to injury.

It will be a long off season!


My “GAME BEER” goes to: Ben Roethlisberger who didn’t play a great game but finished with 5000 plus yards and 35 Touchdowns. Also considered: Matt McCrane who came off the couch to kick three field goals, Joe Haden who played a great game while his wife was in labor.

Where I watched the game: At the house with a fire and my new Steelers quilt! The beer of choice was Samuel Adams Winter Lager and we had left over six-foot hero from a party we had the night before. I had Chicken Cutlet with roasted red peppers and fresh mozzarella and KGB had Italian.

My Stat of the week: Going with Ben Roethlisberger throwing for 5,129 yards the most in Steelers history and he is one of only seven people in NFL history to do it.

My Thoughts on next week: The Steelers will have to contemplate a long off season and think about how a Super Bowl contender got ousted in the regular season.

This week’s Jersey: Ju-Ju Smith-Schuster, #19 Golden Jersey. It might be one of my favorites now and was a gift from KGB

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Steelers blow it in New Orleans…playoffs in doubt!

December 24th, 2018

In what has been a microcosm of the season, the Steelers blew a fourth quarter lead and made too many mistakes to overcome the New Orleans Saints.

The Steelers played hard and were able to move the ball at will but once again turnovers proved to be the downfall. Clinging to a four-point lead Stevan Ridley fumbled on a third and short. It marked a big turning point in the game.

The Steelers held on and were driving when Mike Tomlin elected to try and keep the ball away from Drew Brees by attempting a fake punt. Roosevelt Nix was stuffed and the Steelers gave Brees a short field to capitalize on. He did with some questionable help from the refs. Brees was able to score and put the Saints in the lead for good.

Ben Roethlisberger made a valiant effort putting up his best game of the year. He finished with 380 yards passing with three touchdowns and led three consecutive TD drives. He put the Steelers into position to tie the game up, but a JuJu Smith-Schuster fumble ended the game.

Up until the fumble Smith-Schuster and Antonio Brown had masterful games. They combined for 25 catches and 300 yards. There wasn’t much room to run and Jaylen Samuels had only 53 yards on 12 carries.

The defense surrendered the lead at the end of the first half with 40 seconds left before halftime and surrendered the game winning drive in the fourth quarter. There were two highly questionable calls that cost the Steelers dearly. The first led to the Saints first touchdown in the first quarter, the second was a garbage call on fourth down, that would have netted the Steelers victory. There was a third questionable call on the Steelers last drive, where New Orleans should have been called for pass interference but instead were given a holding call. That was a big difference on the spot of the ball.

The front was able to stop the running game for the most part holding the Saints to just 57 yards on the ground, but the pass rush was a step too slow and the secondary just couldn’t hold on giving up 326 yards passing.

Coach Tomlin is going to get crushed on some of the decisions. With the way the defense was playing, the fake punt was a smart coaching decision and he has put the Steelers in position to win all but two games this season. The execution is where the Steelers are falling short.

After a great stretch of the season where the Steelers looked like Super Bowl contenders, they are now on the outside looking in.



My “GAME BEER” goes to: Ben Roethlisberger who played a heck of a game and did enough to win. Also considered: Antonio Brown who was an absolute force.

Where I watched the game: At the house with the tailgate kids and KGB. The beer of choice was finishing off the Narraganset in the 1975 can! I was hoping it would bring some luck…it didn’t. We had Patty Melts and Perogies at half time.

My Stat of the week: The Steelers have now blown FIVE fourth quarter leads, resulting in a record of 0-4-1. If they split that, they would be comfortably in the playoffs fighting for a first-round bye. Now they need a win and some help to get in!

My Thoughts on next week: The Steelers should absolutely throttle the Bengals and need a lot of help from the Cleveland Browns who will take on the Ravens. The near impossible has happened and the Steelers are on the outside looking in.

This week’s Jersey: Jack Ham, #59, 1935 Throwback Jersey (The Bumble Bee). In honor of his birthday.



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Steelers hold on to beat the Patriots!

December 17th, 2018

It was called “Redemption Sunday” but it was more like “Throwback Sunday” when the Steelers, in their color rush uniforms, used a punishing running game, timely passing game and a stout defense to beat the nemesis New England Patriots, keeping their playoff hopes alive.

It was a masterful and somewhat vintage performance for the defense. They played a complete game and were able to make plays when needed. The secondary had their best game of the season led by Joe Haden, who missed the 2017 game. He made his presence felt with the biggest interception of his tenure in Pittsburgh on a tremendous toe-tap catch. It was Tom Brady’s first red zone interception in two seasons.

Brady was 3 of 10 on third-down conversions and the secondary held Rob Gronkowski and Chris Hogan to only four catches. Hogan had a huge touchdown on a busted play on the Patriots first possession and was never heard from again!

The front seven had pressure on the Patriots all day and held the running game to less than 100 yards. T.J. Watt had a tremendous game despite a soft stat sheet. Jon Bostic put together a complete performance and helped sure up the middle.

The offense took a much more balanced approach and Jaylen Samuels answered the call. Samuels finished with 19 rushes for 142 yards and had one of his two catches on a big third down play.

Ben Roethlisberger didn’t play a great game but made the plays he needed. He converted two HUGE third downs with completions to Vance McDonald and Samuels. He hit eight different receivers and finished with 235 yards and two touchdowns! The receiving core clearly felt the return of Eli Rogers who had four catches.

Chris Boswell struggled again missing a chip shot field goal that would have put the Patriots down by two scores. The Steelers auditioned several options at kicker and chose to stick with Bos. He did get some redemption by nailing a 48 yarder that helped protect the lead but his future in Pittsburgh seems uncertain.

Mike Tomlin was skewered in the press this week somewhat fairly and unfairly. He responded by putting together a great game plan and when you out-coach Bill Belichick you have done something! It was a great game for Tomlin who seemed to at least for one game, finally solve the Patriots.


My “GAME BEER” goes to: Since we didn’t give away one last week, we are giving away two this week. First is Joe Haden, he made the biggest play of the year and not only that, he adds an energy to the team that was palpable. Jaylen Samuels who just dominated and ran the Patriots over with a monster 7.5 YPC per game. The highest in the NFL this season. Also considered: the offensive line, T.J. Watt and Eli Rogers.

Where I watched the game: At the house with the tailgate kids and KGB. The beer of choice was Narraganset in the 1975 can! Normally I wouldn’t buy a New England Beer on a New England week, but had to try something new! KGB and I collaborated on Sausage and Peppers and a side dish of Pasta.

My Stat of the week: With yesterday’s win Mike Tomlin assured himself his 12th straight season as a head coach without a losing record. That makes him by any measure an elite coach!

My Thoughts on next week: This team is very capable of marching in and out-gunning the Saints. They are also capable of laying an egg. This is another must win for the Steelers and it is close to a throwaway game for the Saints. Look the for the Steelers to slug it out!

This week’s Jersey: L.C. Greenwood, #68, 1933 Throwback Jersey.

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