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Final Roster Analysis

February 14th, 2018

Sorry for the delay in posting. After a disappointing finish the Steelers finished a successful campaign with another AFC North Championship and plenty to build on. We will have the final report card for the team over the next few weeks and stay tuned for more commentary!

# Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Age Exp. Comment
29 Allen, Brian CB 6′ 3″ 215 24 R Great Upside and will contribute next year
94 Alualu, Tyson DE 6′ 3″ 304 30 8 A great addition who did a great job when called on
26 Bell, Le’Veon RB 6′ 1″ 225 25 5 The best RB in football
4 Berry, Jordan P 6′ 5″ 195 26 3 Had a nice bounce back seson
9 Boswell, Chris K 6′ 2″ 185 26 3 A solid asset and a Pro Bowler
84 Brown, Antonio WR 5′ 10″ 181 29 8 The best WR in football who had a great season
10 Bryant, Martavis WR 6′ 4″ 211 26 3 Looked rusty and struggled for most of the season
25 Burns, Artie CB 6′ 1″ 197 22 2 Struggled in his second season, but future is bright
57 Canaday, Kameron LS 6′ 4″ 245 25 1 Played well in his first year, solid performer
56 Chickillo, Anthony LB 6′ 3″ 255 25 3 Pass rush specialist, coming to his make or break year
28 Davis, Sean S 6′ 1″ 202 24 2 Sophmore slump, but future is bright
66 DeCastro, David G 6′ 5″ 316 28 6 Best guard in football
5 Dobbs, Joshua QB 6′ 3″ 216 23 R Development year will challenge for the backup job next year
48 Dupree, Bud LB 6′ 4″ 269 24 3 Started out strong but faded down the stretch
71 Feiler, Matt OT 6′ 6″ 330 25 1 Did a great job when called upon
67 Finney, B.J. C/G 6′ 4″ 318 26 2 Versatile O-Lineman
54 Fort, L.J. LB 6′ 1″ 232 28 3 Capable backup
73 Foster, Ramon G 6′ 5″ 328 32 9 Solid veteran performer, who had a terrific season
22 Gay, William CB 5′ 10″ 187 33 11 Veteran Contributor
77 Gilbert, Marcus OT 6′ 6″ 330 29 7 Too many distractions hurt the season
20 Golden, Robert S 5′ 11″ 202 27 6 Special teams ace who is a good backup
85 Grimble, Xavier TE 6′ 4″ 261 25 2 Up and down season for X-Man
21 Haden, Joe CB 5′ 11″ 195 28 8 The best addition to the team, both on and off the field
79 Hargrave, Javon NT 6′ 2″ 305 25 2 Had an up and down season 
65 Hawkins, Jerald OT 6′ 6″ 305 24 2 Played well when called upon
88 Heyward-Bey, Darrius WR 6′ 2″ 210 30 9 Special teams performer and a solid 5th WR
97 Heyward, Cameron DT 6′ 5″ 295 28 7 One of the best DL in football and the anchor of the defense
31 Hilton, Mike CB 5′ 9″ 184 23 1 Great coming out party for an exciting performer
74 Hubbard, Chris C/G 6′ 4″ 295 26 4 Versatile Lineman who will start somewhere next season
11 Hunter, Justin WR 6′ 4″ 203 26 5 Buried on the depth chart and never had an impact
81 James, Jesse TE 6′ 7″ 261 23 3 Solid season will only be remembered for the catch he “didn’t” make
3 Jones, Landry QB 6′ 4″ 225 28 5 Under-Appreciated solid backup
44 Matakevich, Tyler LB 6′ 1″ 235 25 2 The Tackle Machine, played great on special teams but struggle in the middle
93 McCullers, Daniel DT 6′ 7″ 352 25 4 Never really saw the field in 17
89 McDonald, Vance TE 6′ 4″ 267 27 5 Injuries marred what might have been
23 Mitchell, Mike S 6′ 1″ 221 30 9 Good year, but way too many mistakes
55 Moats, Arthur LB 6′ 1″ 246 29 8 Great guy who is a solid backup
45 Nix, Roosevelt FB 5′ 11″ 248 25 3 Great old school FB
53 Pouncey, Maurkice C 6′ 4″ 304 28 8 Best Center in football
38 Ridley, Stevan RB 5′ 11″ 220 29 6 Plenty of gas in the tank and a solid pickup
7 Roethlisberger, Ben QB 6′ 5″ 240 35 14 Franchise QB who gives the Steelers a chance to win every week
17 Rogers, Eli WR 5′ 10″ 187 25 3 Lousy start but had a strong finish
24 Sensabaugh, Coty CB 5′ 11″ 187 29 6 Not the impact player the Steelers hoped for
19 Smith-Schuster, JuJu WR 6′ 1″ 215 21 R Steelers ROY and the future is bright
51 Spence, Sean LB 5′ 11″ 231 27 5 Pressed into duty and struggled off the couch
34 Sutton, Cameron CB 5′ 11″ 188 22 R Interested to see what 2018 looks like
33 Toussaint, Fitzgerald RB 5′ 9″ 204 27 4 Didn’t make an impact
91 Tuitt, Stephon DE 6′ 6″ 303 24 4 Awesome bookend to Cam
78 Villanueva, Alejandro OT 6′ 9″ 320 29 3 Developing into the best LT in football
96 Walton, L.T. DE 6′ 5″ 305 25 3 Very Solid Backup
90 Watt, T.J. LB 6′ 4″ 252 23 R Great start to a promising career
27 Wilcox, J.J. S 6′ 1″ 212 26 5 Never had the impact expected
98 Williams, Vince LB 6′ 1″ 233 28 5 Big thumper who was a leader on and off the field
Reserve/Injured
# Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Age Exp. College
99 Adams, Keion LB 6′ 2″ 245 22 R Interesting pick who didn’t make it out of camp
30 Conner, James RB 6′ 1″ 233 22 R Tough kid who did well until his injury
34 Crawford, Antonio CB 5′ 10″ 184 24 R Injury Settlement ended his chances
38 Ducre, Greg CB 5′ 10″ 183 26 3 Futures contract who will compete in camp
62 Matthews, Mike C 6′ 2″ 300 24 1 Great Family Lineage needs to translate to the NFL
50 Shazier, Ryan LB 6′ 1″ 230 25 4 Outstanding performer, whose career is in jeopardy after horrific injury

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Jaguars upset Steelers, Season Over!

January 14th, 2018

The Steelers talked big, they just didn’t play big! Despite racking up 545 Yards of offense, a record setting day for Ben Roethlisberger and putting up 42 points, they were beaten to the punch all day by a tough and game Jacksonville Jaguars team.

Ben Roethlisberger, had a big day statistically, but he made two crucial and game changing mistakes that put the Steelers in a huge hole. The first was an interception on an errant throw to Vance McDonald that resulted in an interception deep in Steelers territory. The Jaguars converted that for seven points. The second, was a strip sack fumble where Ben held the ball for over eight seconds, that resulted in seven more points and reversed any momentum the Steelers had in the first half, putting them down by three touchdowns.

The plan for the Jaguars was clear, pound the football, keep the Steelers offense on the sidelines and have Blake Bortles throw underneath and avoid mistakes. He did just that. His numbers weren’t pretty but every time he needed to make a play he did it, including a wounded duck 45-Yard completion to Keelan Cole that Artie Burns just missed picking off.

The defense had an awful, embarrassing day. There is no other way to explain it. The front seven was consistently one or two seconds off on the pass rush. T.J. Watt and Bud Dupree were basically non-existent all day. The Jaguars constantly targeted Sean Spence’s side and he had no answers. By the time the Steelers figured out how to stop Leonard Fournette it was too late. They couldn’t force any turnovers despite several opportunities.

The Special Teams was almost an asset, making some nice plays on the return game as well as in the kicking game. Robert Golden turned in a big play on partially blocked punt to start the fourth quarter when it was 28-21. The offense wasted the field position when they were stopped on fourth-and-1 at the Jaguars 39 on JuJu Smith-Schuster play. He was clearly held on the play, but it was a risky call that didn’t pay off. Of course, the onside kick was a complete and total embarrassment and sealed any chance of winning the game. Little Bos literally hit Tyler Matakevitch with the kick resulting in a penalty.

It is easy to spread the blame around on this one. There were breakdowns on all facets of the game and that lands on the coaching staff. They absolutely looked unprepared for the Jaguars running attack and by the time they made the adjustment they were in a huge hole. The play calling was a flat-out disaster including two 4th and 1 calls that were questionable. It was easy to understand the onside kick call, but not if there was no way to execute it.

The coaching staff owns this loss and they blew a 13-3 (Really 14-2) campaign and will now have to see if the window is closed on this group of talent. Ben can’t play forever, Le’Veon Bell and Martavis Bryant most likely won’t be back. It is going to be a long off season.

BEER WE GO STEELERS, BEER WE GO!

My “GAME BEER” goes to: Not going with anyone. Despite some great stats, it was an overall rotten day.

Where I watched the game: After some debate, in which we discussed the long shot of possibly going to the ‘Burgh or going into NYC to the Irish Exit, we stayed home in front of a fire with the Tailgate Kids. KGB made a great #sign and several dumplings as snacks, including Chicken, Buffalo Chicken and Edamame. We had Sausage and Peppers for dinner. The Beer of choice was Sam Adams Cold Snap!

My Stat of the week:  45 points given up to a team, that scored 10 points against the Buffalo Bills. Seriously? How is that possible.

My Thoughts on next week: There are absolutely going to be changes in the coaching staff. The Steelers were embarrassed at home to a tough but underwhelming team. Keith Butler and Todd Haley are going to be under fire. The big talk about the Patriots has to stop. This team gave up 45 points to the Jaguars, that leads you to believe that the Patriots would have scored 100 points. We will publish next week, the season report card and the roster review.

This week’s Jersey: Steelers home, Ernie Stautner #70,

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Happy New Year! Steelers send Browns to 0-16 season!

January 1st, 2018

The Steelers outlasted the Cleveland Browns, sending the Browns to an 0-16 season! Despite sitting several key players, the Steelers did enough to win and head into the post season as the number two seed.

The defense had a very strange day. They were tough up front setting the new Steelers record with 56 sacks. They had six sacks against the woeful Browns, Tyson Alualu led the team with two and did a great job filling the huge shoes of Steelhead Heyward. He led the point of attack with T.J. Watt and Vince Williams also pitching in. The Browns rushed for over 100 yards, but the running backs had little to no running room. The defense struggled with the mobile DeShone Kizer who slipped out of several jams including a 20-yard dash. The Browns offense had no room to run.

The Secondary is absolutely terrible right now. After a nice bounce back week against the Texans on Christmas, they were roasted again this time by an awful and inconsistent Browns offense. Kizer had a big day, hitting pass plays of 54 and 56 yards in the first half. The Secondary has now given up eight 50-plus-yard catches and thirteen 40-plus-yard catches allowed by the Steelers this season. Even the return of Joe Haden didn’t help. If Corey Coleman doesn’t drop a fourth down pass, the Browns might have pulled out the upset. Despite several opportunities the secondary only had one interception.

The offense had a very nice day behind a makeshift offensive line. Landry Jones, proved he is a capable backup, playing well. He also had to overcome playing with Chris Hubbard at Center who struggled in the shotgun. Jones moved the ball well, completing 15 of 18 passes for 187 yards and a TD before halftime and completed 18 of his last 19 passes and finished with a 100.5 rating and 239 yards passing. When the Steelers needed to move the ball they did.  

While Landry had a good day, JuJu Smith-Schuster had a great day, he finished with a season-high nine catches and 143 yards. He also had the first and only kick return for a TD this season with 96 yards! It was a big play because the Browns had just tied the game up. Eight different receivers caught passes with Martavis Bryant grabbing six!

Stevan Ridley showed he still has gas in the tank. Ridley had a terrific game rushing for 80 yards on 17 carries and broke off four runs of 10+ yards and he did a terrific job. He can be an asset in the playoffs. It was also great to see Darrius Heyward-Bey complete a 29-yard end-around for the first Steelers Touchdown.

In the end the biggest thing, was to make sure no one was hurt and to hold off the Browns. The Steelers did that.

The Steelers finished the regular season 13-3 and everyone knows it should have been 14-2!

BEER WE GO STEELERS, BEER WE GO!

My “GAME BEER” goes to: No brainer, JuJu Smith-Schuster who had a huge day and has done a great job filling in for Antonio Brown. He caught a TD and ran back a kick return for a TD. He finished with 265 total yards! Also Considered: Matt Felier, Bloomsburg Grad made good in is his first start. Martavis Bryant is starting to bounce back!

Where I watched the game: The first 1Pm game in almost two months had us back at the house with the Tailgate Kids and KGB in front of the fire and with some great sandwiches (Italian and Buffalo Chicken) as the snack. The Beer of choice was Sam Adams Winter!

My Stat of the week:  21-Forty Plus Yard plays by the Steelers secondary. They need to tighten that stat up. Sean Davis and Artie Burns need to play much better in the playoffs!

My Thoughts on next week: The Steelers get a needed week off for the playoffs. The Steelers have played some rough first round games and they struggled to stay healthy. The bye should help that. The key is getting AB back for round two which will be a home game!

This week’s Jersey: Steelers Blackout, Heath Miller #83, which was a late Christmas present from KGB!

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Merry Christmas, Steelers Clinch Bye!

December 26th, 2017

The Steelers dominated the Texans and have clinched a first round bye!

More to come!

BEER WE GO STEELERS, BEER WE GO!

My “GAME BEER” goes to: Going with Joe Haden who basically shutdown one of the best receivers in football, DeAndre Hopkins holding him to 65 yards with 38 of those yards coming on one catch. He needed a circus catch to score the only Texans TD. Also Considered: JuJu Smith Schuster who stepped in nicely for AB with 75 yards and a TD.

Where I watched the game: Christmas Day at the house, was outstanding, with several great pregame snacks, including Sausage Bread (HOT AND SWEET) and several meats and cheeses. We scheduled Christmas dinner for Halftime and we had near perfect execution. Dinner was chicken parmigiana and Baked Ziti. No Beer this week, which is rare, but had an awesome bottle of Caymus.

My Stat of the week:  2.0 T.J. Yates QBR for the game! That defies logic and tells how dominant the Steelers were in the game! The Texans finished with EIGHT catches!

My Thoughts on next week: The Browns who have locked up the First Round Pick win or lose, will be out for blood as they try and avoid the ignominious 0-16 season. The Steelers need to determine if they want to play their starters and try and win home field advantage as the Patriots play a game Jets team. Either way the Steelers should pull out a victory and be ready for the playoffs!

This week’s Jersey: Steelers Throwback #92 James Harrison! I am still very upset and rocked the jersey to mass on Saturday! It trumped my Franco Jersey on Immaculate Reception Day!

 

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We love Deebo!

December 23rd, 2017

Absolutely crushed that the Steelers released James Harrison today!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vc66Hn-JxlY&t=31s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApudatXeFpA&t=244s

 

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Happy Immaculate Reception Day!

December 23rd, 2017

Happy Immaculate Reception Day:

Original Broadcast

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMuUBZ_DAeM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WM08mW78zi4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gnwiTm4hRQ

 

 

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Steelers get jobbed!

December 18th, 2017

The Steelers rallied twice, but in the end were unable to beat their nemesis Patriots and overcome a terrible reversed call. While the playoffs are secured, the number one seed is now in jeopardy. The Steelers lost a lot more than that though as Antonio Brown went out with a torn calf muscle.

The Steelers put together a solid game plan and nearly made it work. The defense used a lot of press coverage and for the most part it kept the Patriots in some type of check, including a near game winning interception that was dropped by Sean Davis. But Davis was completely mismatched against Rob Gronkowski and Gronk torched the Steelers on the final drive.

The defense seemed to finally harass Tom Brady, dropping him for two sacks and being in his face all day, they dropped him on several play. They also had their first interception in about 13 years. But when Brady had both a second and third chance, he is going to beat you, engineering the game winning drive. It was a nice effort by Cam Heyward, Javon Hargrave and Stephon Tuitt. Bud Dupree had a big third down sack. Where is Deebo?

The offense had nice balance and converted 63 percent on third down, even without AB, they spread the ball around and moved the ball well, Martavis Bryant finally stepped up making two awesome catches a diving 39-yarder down the sideline and a one-handed 4-yard TD with a Patriot defender literally holding him. The ghost of Eli Rogers reappeared and had a terrific 18-yard TD on play action. JuJu Smith-Schuster rang in for 114 yards including the 69-yard catch-and run that should have setup at minimum a game tying Field Goal and of course the disputed TD by Jesse James, that was incorrectly overturned by replay.

Le’Veon Bell finished with 117 yards rushing, with 67 coming in the second half, including the 3-yard touchdown run. He finished with 165 scrimmage yards and averaged 5.7 yards on 29 touches. He anchored the offense and really was a weapon, the Patriots had no answer for.

Little Bos nailed his only Field Goal attempt a 51 yarder and Jordan Berry had a solid day punting.

The Steelers had this game and let it and the number seed slip through their fingers. They were clearly jobbed on the game winning touchdown but they also should have had two more shots at it and it never should have gotten that far. Why are the Steelers calling a draw on a 2nd and long when they have the chance to choke out the Patriots? They moved the ball pretty much at will and gave Tom Brady a chance to beat him and they did.

The good news is win out and you get a bye and maybe another shot at the Patriots!

The NFL has completely made a mockery of the catch rule and seemed to contradict itself this week!

BEER WE GO STEELERS, BEER WE GO!

My “GAME BEER” goes to: Going with Le’Veon Bell who shouldered the load after AB went out. He finished with 165 Scrimmage Yards and he created a huge question, what would have happened in the AFC Championship game if the Steelers hadn’t lost Bell. Also Considered: JuJu Smith-Schuster who had a huge game and nearly won it. Little Bos who is becoming a huge weapon!

Where I watched the game: KGB and I were back at the house with 2/3 of the Tailgate kids. We had Spaghetti and Meatballs for dinner and buffalo chicken pretzels as the game snack. Because it was New England we switched from Sam Winter to Long Ireland Winter Lager. It was an entertaining game and we were all well behaved given the issues with the ending.

My Stat of the week: THREE! As in three times the Patriots were helped both for and against in the controversial touchdown ruling. The game winner v. the Texans, the game losers against the Steelers and the Jets.* Tell me how there was enough evidence to over turn the ruling on the field! Also from the game eight! The number of receivers that Ben completed passes to during the game, showing how dangerous this team can be and that they aren’t one dimensional!

My Thoughts on next week: It’s crucial that the Steelers pull this win and not do “the usual” drop one to an inferior road team. The biggest key is to get some type of bye in the playoffs! They can do that if they beat the Texans and Browns who are a combined 4-24…which is what scares me! It will also mark the second time the Steelers play on Christmas in two years…which is problematic at the BWG Household.

This week’s Jersey: Steelers Home #86 Hines Ward that I wore to church! Not my best luck jersey as you can probably tell!

 *SOURCE: http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/steelers/2017/12/18/alberto-riveron-nfl-senior-vice-president-of-officiating-patriots-calls-jesse-james/stories/201712180138

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Steelers clinch the North!

December 11th, 2017

The Steelers jumped out early, fell behind and recovered to beat the Ravens and clinch the AFC North! Backed by a magnificent performance by Ben Roethlisberger and the usual Antonio Brown and Chris Boswell heroics, the Steelers won the game and clinched the AFC North while knocking off their biggest rival.

The offense put together a historic performance. Ben Roethlisberger passed for a career high 64 attempts and racked up a monster 506 yards with two touchdowns. He had solid protection and moved the ball almost at will. The Ravens hadn’t allowed a 300-yard passer all season. Antonio Brown put on another prime-time show. He had 11 catches for 213 yards, making one clutch catch after the other. Vance McDonald and Jesse James racked up 149 yards on 14 catches between them. McDonald once again left the game with an injury.

The defense was clearly missing Ryan Shazier as they were gashed by Alex Collins and the Ravens rushing attack for 26 carries and 152 yards. Collins bounced outside and Sean Spence and Arthur Moats never adjusted. The secondary struggled again, giving up big plays and finding themselves out of position on several plays. Sean Davis had a takeaway but struggled covering Mike Wallace and was hit with a bogus penalty.

The Steelers generated pressure but only had one sack, the game winner by T.J. Watt. James Harrison was finally back in the lineup and in on the last series.

Special teams had a good game on the kicking side, with Little Bos becoming a huge asset. He banged out his second 50+Yarder of the season and he also hit the game winner for 46 yards for the third time in four weeks! Jordan Berry had a solid bounce back week with three booming punts for 141 yards. The return game and the coverage units are still mediocre, including the Steelers getting gashed after they missed a two point try.

The refs for the second week in a row were lousy, getting way to involved and then missing blatant calls.

It was another lesson in escape artistry for the eighth win in a row and the Steelers now sit with the best record in football. They also are playing understaffed and still have not played their best football!

BEER WE GO STEELERS, BEER WE GO!

My “GAME BEER” goes to: Going with three game beers, Antonio Brown, who put up a monster game again on prime time. Chris Boswell who won yet another game with four great boots and Ben Roethlisberger who put up a monster day against a tough Ravens Defense for 500+ yards.

Where I watched the game: KGB and I decided to watch the game in front of the fire and a Christmas tree, these night games have been brutal and of course they have all been nail biters. We had Sam Adam’s Winter Lager as the beer of choice and Pretzels as the snacks, I am excited to go back to a 4:00PM game next week!

My Stat of the week: ZERO the amount of times the Steelers have lost when they have a 14-point lead. That streak was in serious jeopardy last night, but the rally kept the streak intact.

My Thoughts on next week: It’s a Playoff Preview we hope. The Steelers play the Patriots who are coming off a short week. With the defense in shambles the Steelers are limping into this one. They will need a perfect game to win and need someone to step up!

This week’s Jersey: Steelers Home #36 “The Bus”, Jerome Bettis. I missed Church this week, so wore it on Sunday for dinner!

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Steelers win Cincinnati Slugfest!

December 5th, 2017

The Steelers rallied from 17 points and defeated the Bengals in a violent game, which saw Ryan Shazier suffer a serious injury. The Steelers extended their best start in 13 years with the come from behind win. This was the Steelers sixth straight win against their AFC North Rival and their ninth in ten games!

The offense and the defense started off slow. With Ryan Shazier going out early, the Bengals, ran through big holes in the line and finished with 130 yards on 22 carries, the most the Steelers have allowed in the past eight games. The team clearly lacked focus and energy.  They also gave up three 3rd and longs. The second half they came out strong and were able to take the fight to the Bengals, holding them to three second half points. Vince Williams led the way with a big sack and several big plays. The Secondary continues to struggle without Joe Haden. Coty Sensabaugh was sent to the bench after getting torched by A.J. Green and it was clear that Mike Mitchell was missed.

The offense was nearly shutout in the first half, but scored three points in the closing seconds. Ben Roethlisberger rallied the Steelers in the second half. Throwing for 181 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He did a terrific job avoiding pressure. Le’Veon Bell didn’t find the running room he had in the first meeting. Bell ran for 76 yards with 51 coming in the second half. He also demolished Dre Kirkpatrick on a 4th and one, running him over for a nine yard gain, He made a huge impact in the passing game, leading the team with 106 yards on five catches, two of which, were the biggest in the game. A 33 yarder in the first half, setup the first Steelers points and a tight rope run against a confused and frozen Bengals defense got the Steelers back in it. James Conner also checked in with three carries for 12 yards.

It is hard to find any new superlatives about Antonio Brown’s game. He continues to impress with eight passes for 101 yards including the game tying Touchdown that he was nearly decapitated on by George “Jago” Iloka. Martavis Bryant seems to be coming out of his funk. He made four catches and is starting to make an impact, he also had a run back on kickoff that was negated on a holding penalty. JuJu Smith-Schuster had only four catches but his impact was felt on a crushing blindside block that annihilated Vontaze Burfict, sending him to the locker room on a stretcher. It wasn’t a cheap shot, but it was an illegal crack back and JuJu made it worst by taunting.

Chris Boswell aka “Little Boz” nailed his third winning field goal in four weeks.

In the end the Steelers got off the deck and recovered in time to win the game!

BEER WE GO STEELERS, BEER WE GO!

My “GAME BEER” goes to: Ryan Shazier our thoughts and prayers are with #50 as he begins the road to recovery. Also Considered: Le’Veon Bell who made two big plays, Antonio Brown who had the game tying TD while almost getting decapitated and “Little Bos” who hit the game winner three of the last four weeks.

Where I watched the game: KGB and I tried Buckley’s my local pub, but we had to deal with “Dart Night” then tried Sea Cove, which has the jersey giveaway, but the vibe wasn’t great for MNF, so we came back and finished at the house. Beer of Choice was Narragansett Lager and we had baked clams and the worst boneless wings ever!

My Stat of the week: 13-173 yards in Penalties for the Bengals, A new record! The game almost had a body count by the end and suspensions are being handed out today. It also shows Marvin Lewis has little to no control over his team!

My Thoughts on next week: Buckle up! The Ravens are on the comeback trail and this is almost a must win for them. Look for a slugfest with the Steelers out shooting them. Also my favorite excuse of all time to KGB, “But it’s Raven’s Week”

This week’s Jersey: Steelers Color Rush, Alejandro Villanueva #78, this is the jersey we won at Sea Cove for the Titans game!

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Steelers avoid the upset!

November 27th, 2017

The Steelers avoided a huge Packer upset, squeaking out a 31-28 victory over a game but outmanned team! Led by Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell and most of all Antonio Brown, the Steelers did enough to put themselves in position to win, with Chris Boswell kicking a career-long 53-yard field goal as time expired.

Antonio Brown put on an absolute show, making several clutch catches and leading the team with 10 receptions for 169 yards and two touchdowns. No catch was bigger than his fourth quarter sideline grab for 14 yards that all but won the game. The catch was unbelievable and it showed what a special player he is.

The offense turned the ball over three times, but for the most part moved the ball at will. Ben Roethlisberger put together a good game racking up his second four touchdown game in two weeks. He finished with a whopping 351 yards and 106.8 rating. The receivers didn’t help him with multiple drops by five different receivers. All the players somewhat redeemed themselves, but it was apparent that JuJu Smith-Schuster and Vance McDonald were missed. It was great to see Martavis Bryant make a big impact.

Le’Veon Bell had a terrific game with 183 yards from scrimmage. He banged out 95 yards on the ground and had plenty of room to run all day. He had 88 yards passing, taking every check down Ben needed.

The defense had a terrible game. Despite playing against a Quarterback who struggled in all his starts, he lit the Steelers defense up and they looked ordinary. Artie Burns was torched all game, blowing coverages and missing tackles. Ryan Shazier whiffed on the 54-yard screen play to Jamal Williams. The Packers marched down the field and tied the game with just over two minutes left.

The Steelers clearly miss Joe Haden, as the secondary has given up touchdown passes of 39, 54 and 55 yards in the first half, with nine of the 10 longest pass plays this season having come in Haden’s absence.

The front seven dialed up the pressure in the second half, registering four sacks, with T.J. Watt coming back from coverage to absolutely level Brett Hundley and keep the score tied. Cameron Heyward had a great second half and the Packers registered only 80 yards on the ground. But letting a backup march down the field and tie the game was very frustrating.

Little Bos missed an extra point for the first time at home, but drilled the game winning field goal for 53 yards to win the game. It was the longest field goal in Heinz Field history.

It looked a lot like another “Tomlin Letdown” but the Steelers recovered in time to push the record to 9-2!

BEER WE GO STEELERS, BEER WE GO!

My “GAME BEER” goes to: Antonio Brown, who absolutely saved the day. The Stats are impressive but that is like saying Rembrandt used to paint. He is a complete artist and a game changer, his last drive performance absolutely won the game. Also Considered: Little Bos, who rebounded to kick the longest field goal in Heinz Field history!

Where I watched the game: Back at the house in front of the TV and a great fire with KGB. The Janick was at the game with Captain Jr.! We didn’t have snacks because it was late and we went with old reliable Miller Lite. Because, of my business affiliations with Wisconsin, Bill and I had some text chains going! In the end it is an easier day at work today with a Steelers win!

My Stat of the week: Going with 4! Four Touchdowns thrown by Ben Roethlisberger for the second week in a row, despite two picks he was in command all game. He also had some mobility that the Packers had no answer for.

My Thoughts on next week: Very interesting game, the Packers were walloped by the Rabirds at home…which is why this game scares me! Without Aaron Rogers this is a different team clearly. Look for a much tougher contest with the Steelers pulling it out.

This week’s Jersey: Steelers Throwback 1967, Home #74, with ¾ sleeve.

 

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