Archive for September, 2021

Steelers come up short against the Raiders!

September 19th, 2021

Another slow start and key injuries doomed the Steelers from the beginning as they fell to the Las Vegas Raiders 26-17 at the Heinz Field opener.

The day started off with key injuries and they only got worse as it progressed. Prior to the beginning of the game, the Steelers lost Devin Bush and Joe Haden, by half time they were down T.J. Watt and Tyson Alualu too and by the end of the game, it looks like they may be down Diontae Johnson. In the NFL it is next man up and everyone who filled in played admirably but losing four major impact players was too much to overcome.

The offense, particularly the offensive line is a mess right now. Ben Roethlisberger was under duress all day with 10 QB hurries and two sacks. There was no room to run the football and the Steelers only managed to grind out 39 yards. This played a huge factor in the fourth quarter when trailing by two scores, Mike Tomlin opted to punt rather than chance going for less than one yard on the Steelers side of the field. Adding insult to injury when the game was almost out of reach Trai Turner was ejected for spitting and fighting? Not sure how that could have been much worse. It was a lousy performance, capped off by a player being thrown out of the game, not a great week or look for the rebuilt line.

The play calling seems to be inconsistent and despite all this, Roethlisberger played fairly well. He finished with 295 yards with a touchdown and he was able to finally connect on a deep threat to Chase Claypool. Diontae Johnson led the receivers with nine catches and 105 yards. Najee Harris chipped in on the passing game with a big touchdown, the first of his career. There was not much else to highlight on the offense.

The defensive secondary got torched by Derek Carr who made every play he needed. He finished with 373 yards and two touchdowns, including completing a 61-yarder to Henry Scruggs III. With Minkah Fitzpatrick preoccupied with Darren Waller, Scruggs was able to score the back breaker. (The broadcast team was borderline obsessed with Waller, mentioning him on nearly every play) James Pierre had a tough day and was a frequent victim of Carr.

With Watt going out early and without Alualu, the pass rush slowed down significantly. Robert Spillane and Melvin Ingram both performed well and were all over the field as the majority replacements. Cameron Heyward had a big day, but the rest of the pass rush was just a step too slow or nonexistent in key crucial moments.

The special teams had another nice week. Chris Boswell hammered a 56-yard field goal and Pressley Harvin had a very good day flipping the field on the Raiders. Ray-Ray McCloud had some nice returns, with the only negative being he took a big penalty. Overall though this unit looks to be the most improved on the team.

The coaching staff had a tough day with clock management issues and a poor game plan. The play calling was inconsistent and awful for the most part, the fact the Steelers are trailing by two scores and don’t have any confidence in getting less than one yard is just plain terrible. It was a mistake by Tomlin not to go for it, but you could understand the thought process. The Steelers need to make some adjustments and figure out how to get the offense going. The defense wasn’t as bad as the stats indicated, they just seemed to wear down at the end of the game.

It was a tough loss, but there was bright spots and it would be a mistake to have any kind of freak out this early.

Beer We Go Steelers, Beer We Go!

My “GAME BEER” goes to: Chris Boswell, who drilled the longest kick in the history of Heinz Field. Except for one season, he has been an absolute underappreciated star. Also Considered: Najee Harris who is starting to show signs of why he was a first round pick! Diontae Johnson pulling in 105 yards.

Beer of the Game: Was a little under the weather, so the Beer was Root Beer. Had A&W in a frosty mug! I know, this is a blog about sports and drinking beer, but wanted to be honest with the readers! BTW it was delicious.

“Steel the Snacks”: Awful Awful burger sliders from the now closed Nugget Diner in Nevada. My wife KGB recreated this classic in mini form. It was hard finding a definitive snack for the Raiders, especially now that they are in Nevada. We picked a Nevada classic the world famous Awful-Awful Burger.

My Stat of the week: Going with 1-1 a 56-yard field goal by Little Bos. He made history with the big boot and kept the Steelers in the game. (Najee Harris scoring what we hope will be the first of many touchdowns was also considered.)

My Thoughts on next week: The Steelers need a win at home and the usual suspect Bengals will be there. The Bengals are dangerous and desperate. Look for a much tougher game than expected with the Steelers edging them out.

This week’s Jersey: Heath Miller, 83, Blackout jersey, one of my favorite players of all time and a very cool looking Jersey.

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Steelers comeback and stun the Bills..

September 12th, 2021

The Steelers came back and beat Buffalo to open the 2021 Season….

It wasn’t always pretty but in the end the Steelers started the season off right with a tough and hard-fought victory over AFC powerhouse Buffalo Bills, with a 17-point fourth quarter.  The defense was tough all game, the offense was a work in progress and in the end the special teams rebounded with the play of the game.

The front seven wreaked havoc all day, his numbers don’t show it, but Melvin Ingram was dominant and provided pressure all game, despite dealing with constant holding. Alex Highsmith also was tough, and his development continues, the numbers didn’t tell the story. Even without Stephon Tuitt, the defensive line had a great rotation and provided tremendous run support and pressure. Cam Heyward had a monster sack and kept a tough Josh Allen in place. Fresh off his new contract, T.J. Watt didn’t disappoint putting together two sacks a forced fumble, despite being double teamed all day. The refs literally could have called holding all day.

Except for one play, a 37-yard completion to Gabriel, the secondary blanketed the Bills and stayed consistent in coverage. Stephon Diggs never got off, Manny Sanders played well but was contained most of the day. Cam Sutton made the second biggest play of the game, sniffing out a big run on fourth down, tackling Matt Breida for a loss.

The biggest play of the game was authored on special teams by Miles Killebrew, blocking Matt Haack’s punt and allowing Ulysees Gilbert to recover for a touchdown. The play put the Steelers up by two scores with just under 10 minutes left. Chris Boswell put up a big day drilling three field goals, with the last one being the game clincher a 45-yarder with 2:42 left. Pressley Harvin III looked great at some points hitting a boomer for 51 yards and looked okay at others. After allowing a big opening play, the Special Teams adjusted nicely.

The offense is and looks like it will be a work in progress. The offensive line struggled to get any kind of rhythm, finding very little room to run and Ben Roethlisberger, never really had time to get set and throw down field. He played a very smart game, never panicking or forcing anything.

Najee Harris never left the field and while the numbers weren’t great, he clearly adds an element to the offense that was missing. The receivers next to the linebackers look like a clear strength. Diontae Johnson returned to his darkest NFL moment (Four drops in Buffalo last year) and made a spectacular catch for the Steelers first touchdown.

It would be easy to under estimate this win, but the Steelers beat the AFC East Champions in their own building in front of a raucous Bill’s crowd after getting off to a terrible start. That takes great coaching and a belief in the game plan!

Great Win!

Beer We Go Steelers, Beer We Go!

 

My “GAME BEER” goes to: Ben Roethlisberger, He never panicked and was completely under control and made the big plays when he needed it, I confess to being a little bit nostalgic on this one. Also Considered: T.J. Watt who was a wrecking crew. Diontae Johnson who made a great catch for the first touchdown, Miles Killebrew for the blocked punt.

Beer of the Game: (NEW SECTION): The opening game requires a classic. Iron City Light, which I drove to Pennsylvania to get back in August. What can you say it is a classic for a reason, served it ice cold out of the can!

“Steel the Snacks”: Homemade Buffalo Chicken sliders, since Anchor Bar and Duffs are the inventor of hot wings, what better snack could you ask for! KGB made them and did everything from scratch.

My Stat of the week: Going with17 points in the fourth quarter to seal a victory. It was another double-digit comeback!

My Thoughts on next week: The Steelers return to Heinz Field with what I imagine will be a raucous capacity crowd. Since the Raiders play tonight, not sure what to expect, will try and update this later in the week.

This week’s Jersey: Ben Roethlisberger, 7, Fashion jersey, I felt nostalgic as this certainly is close to being his last opening week.

 

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Your 2021 Steelers Roster… For Now!

September 9th, 2021

 

 

 

 

Here is the BWG take on the roster.

 

The 2021 Steelers Roster
Offense
NAME Number POS AGE HT WT EXP Description
Joshua Dobbs 5 QB 26 6′ 3″ 216 lbs 5 Will start on IR, still have high hopes for him
Dwayne Haskins 3 QB 24 6′ 4″ 218 lbs 3 Still has tremendous upside
Ben Roethlisberger 7 QB 39 6′ 5″ 240 lbs 18 Twilight for the greatest QB in team history
Mason Rudolph 2 QB 26 6′ 5″ 235 lbs 4 Will be the first guy off the bench
Kalen Ballage 29 RB 25 6′ 2″ 231 lbs 4 Worked hard in camp to win this spot
Trey Edmunds 33 RB 26 6′ 2″ 223 lbs 4 Practice Squad and will see the roster at some point
Najee Harris 22 RB 23 6′ 2″ 230 lbs R Most exciting RB prospect in along time
Anthony McFarland Jr. 26 RB 22 5′ 8″ 193 lbs 2 Will start on IR, has potential to make an impact
Jaylen Samuels 38 RB 25 6′ 0″ 225 lbs 4 Will start on Practice Squad and will make the main roster at some point
Benny Snell Jr. 24 RB 23 5′ 10″ 224 lbs 3 Eeked his way onto the roster, needs to be more consistent
Derek Watt 44 FB 28 6′ 2″ 234 lbs 6 Special Teams Captain and old school fullback
Rico Bussey 84 WR 23 6′ 0″ 190 lbs R Will provide practice squad depth when healthy
Chase Claypool 11 WR 23 6′ 4″ 238 lbs 2 Big play receiver who needs to fix off field issues
Diontae Johnson 18 WR 25 5′ 10″ 183 lbs 3 Huge upside, but needs to be more consistent
Ray-Ray McCloud 14 WR 24 5′ 9″ 190 lbs 4 Started out great and fell off, needs to develop
Steven Sims   WR 24 5′ 10″ 190 lbs 3 Will provide practice squad depth
JuJu Smith-Schuster 19 WR 24 6′ 1″ 215 lbs 5 Needs to limit distractions off the field and focus on the field
Tyler Vaughns   WR 24 6′ 2″ 184 lbs R Will provide practice squad depth
James Washington 13 WR 25 5′ 11″ 213 lbs 4 Big play potential and makes the tough catches
Eric Ebron 85 TE 28 6′ 4″ 253 lbs 8 Has everything to be great…except consistency
Pat Freiermuth 88 TE 22 6′ 5″ 258 lbs R Exciting prospect who could be a Steelers fixture
Zach Gentry 81 TE 24 6′ 8″ 265 lbs 3 Traditional tough blocking TE
Kevin Rader 87 TE 26 6′ 4″ 250 lbs 1 Will start on the practice squad and will see the roster
B.J. Finney 67 C 29 6′ 4″ 318 lbs 6 Capable backup who can play three positions
Kendrick Green 53 C 22 6′ 4″ 315 lbs R Heir to the Steelers Center Dynasty
J.C. Hassenauer 60 C 27 6′ 2″ 295 lbs 2 Was not impressive in his first season
Kevin Dotson 69 G 24 6′ 4″ 321 lbs 2 Old school road grader who rose to the challenge
Malcolm Pridgeon 64 G 26 6′ 7″ 310 lbs 1 Provides much needed OL depth
Trai Turner 51 G 28 6′ 3″ 320 lbs 8 Veteran presence with very big shoes to fill
Zach Banner 72 OT 27 6′ 8″ 335 lbs 5 Injuries are hampering his chances
Rashaad Coward 79 OT 26 6′ 5″ 319 lbs 4 Veteran OL depth on the main roster
Chaz Green 74 OT 29 6′ 5″ 315 lbs 5 Will push to make the main roster
Joe Haeg 71 OT 27 6′ 6″ 298 lbs 6 Part of a strong draft class,
John Leglue 77 OT 25 6′ 6″ 301 lbs 1 Versatile player with NFL experience
Dan Moore Jr. 65 OT 22 6′ 5″ 315 lbs R Versatile prospect that might be the steal of the draft
Chukwuma Okorafor 76 OT 24 6′ 6″ 320 lbs 4 Has established humself as the starter
   
Defense
NAME POS AGE HT WT EXP Description
Tyson Alualu 94 DE 34 6′ 3″ 304 lbs 12 Developed into a solid performer
Isaiah Buggs 96 DE 25 6′ 3″ 295 lbs 3 Plays with a nasty edge, make or break year
Isaiahh Loudermilk 92 DE 23 6′ 7″ 293 lbs R Steelers traded up to grab him, looks like a big body 3-4 DE
Stephon Tuitt 91 DE 28 6′ 6″ 303 lbs 8 Starting on IR, a huge contributor when healthy
Daniel Archibong   DT 23 6′ 6″ 300 lbs R Exciting big body Tackle prospect
Demarcus Christmas 93 DT 26 6′ 3″ 302 lbs 2 Will start the year on the practice squad
Carlos Davis 73 DT 25 6′ 2″ 320 lbs 2 Will be a bigger contributor this season
Cameron Heyward 97 DT 32 6′ 5″ 295 lbs 11 Team Captain and the anchor of the Steelers defense
Chris Wormley 95 DT 27 6′ 5″ 300 lbs 5 Will be a contributor this year after an uneven first season
Marcus Allen 27 LB 25 6′ 2″ 215 lbs 3 Undersized linebacker who will play in the nickel
Devin Bush 55 LB 23 5′ 11″ 234 lbs 3 Excited to see what he can deliver when healthy
Ulysees Gilbert III 54 LB 24 6′ 0″ 230 lbs 3 Capable backup
Alex Highsmith 56 LB 24 6′ 4″ 242 lbs 2 Could be his coming out year!
Melvin Ingram III 8 LB 32 6′ 2″ 247 lbs 10 Exciting pickup who will push for playing time
Buddy Johnson 45 LB 22 6′ 2″ 240 lbs R 4th Round pick old school thumper with speed
Jamir Jones 40 LB 23 6′ 3″ 255 lbs 1 Big camp and preseason earned his spot
Miles Killebrew 28 LB 28 6′ 2″ 222 lbs 6 Veteran safety/linebacker
Joe Schobert 93 LB 27 6′ 1″ 240 lbs 6 Great pickup who will be a great asset to the defense
Delontae Scott   LB 24 6′ 5″ 246 lbs 1 Edge rusher who will be on the practice squad
Robert Spillane 41 LB 25 6′ 1″ 229 lbs 3 Very capable backup who did great last year
Derrek Tuszka   LB 24 6′ 4″ 251 lbs 2 Experienced depth at the LB spot
T.J. Watt 90 LB 26 6′ 4″ 252 lbs 5 The new face of the franchise, needs to get contract settled
DeMarkus Acy 30 CB 23 6′ 2″ 195 lbs 1 Can play nickel and safety
Mark Gilbert 17 CB 24 6′ 0″ 175 lbs R Physically gifted, could push to be on special teams
Joe Haden 23 CB 32 5′ 11″ 195 lbs 12 Perennial pro bowler, in the twilight of his career
Justin Layne 31 CB 23 6′ 2″ 192 lbs 3 Has the skills and tools, needs the brain
James Pierre 42 CB 24 6′ 2″ 185 lbs 2 Will start at the nickel and could push on the outside
Cameron Sutton 20 CB 26 5′ 11″ 188 lbs 5 Will get the first chance to start on the outside
Ahkello Witherspoon 25 CB 26 6′ 2″ 195 lbs 5 Experenced Cornerback who will push to start opposite Haden
Terrell Edmunds 34 S 24 6′ 1″ 217 lbs 4 Needs a big performance on his walk year
Minkah Fitzpatrick 39 S 24 6′ 1″ 207 lbs 4 One of the best in the NFL
Karl Joseph 30 S 28 5′ 10″ 200 lbs 6 A former top prospect trying to get his career on track
Arthur Maulet 35 S 28 5′ 10″ 190 lbs 5 Veteran cornerback who will star on special teams
Tre Norwood 21 S 22 6′ 0″ 194 lbs R Versatile prospect, has the size and physical skills
Donovan Stiner 26 S 22 6′ 2″ 210 lbs R Has the size but still a very raw prospect
Henry Mondeaux 99 DE 25 6’4″ 280 lbs 2 Will start on the practice squad, has reached cult like status in the ‘Burgh
Special Teams
NAME POS AGE HT WT EXP Descrption
Chris Boswell 9 PK 30 6′ 2″ 185 lbs 7 One of the best kickers in the business
Matthew Wright 16 PK 25 6′ 0″ 186 lbs 1 Practice Squad Player, who has limitations
Pressley Harvin III 6 P 22 6′ 0″ 255 lbs R Exciting prospect with a booming leg
Christian Kuntz 46 LS 27 6′ 1″ 228 lbs 1 Local boy made good, pushed his way onto the roster

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