Patriots Injury Report: Seven Players End Week As Questionable

The New England Patriots have now released their final injury report ahead of their Sunday AFC Championship game against the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Friday edition matches the previous two days. Limited once again on Friday for the Patriots were wide receiver Danny Amendola (ankle), tight end Martellus Bennett (knee), running back Brandon…




Justin Gilbert Confirms He’ll Return Kicks This Weekend

Despite a shaky performance last week, Justin Gilbert will remain one of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ kick returners this weekend, he confirmed to the Trib today. From Chris Adamski, who caught up with Gilbert after today’s practice. “I’m back there again this week,” Gilbert said. “So hopefully we can make one…



Ravens’ LB Zach Orr Retiring Due To Neck Injury

Not trying to make this Ravens Depot during this busy week but this was a pretty important and surprising headline. Baltimore Ravens’ inside linebacker Zach Orr announced his retirement today. Walking away at just 24 years old, Orr cited a rare neck injury recently noticed on an MRI that is…




Film Room: Patriots’ Defensive Scouting Report

This year, Matthew Sottile and I will break down the opposing team’s defense in our weekly scouting report. Like last year, I will be looking at the opposing team in a more broad, scheme-approach. Matthew will have a closer eye on the individual players. Today, the New England Patriots’ defense. Alex’s Scheme Report…


Film Room: Patriots’ Offensive Scouting Report

This year, Josh Carney and I will break down the opposing team’s defense in our weekly scouting report. Like last year, I will be looking at the opposing team in a more broad, scheme-approach. Josh will have a closer eye on the individual players. Today, the New England Patriots’ offense. Alex’s Scheme Report…


Steelers Stuck With Three-Receiver Sets Throughout Sunday’s Game

If you read one of my earlier articles today diving into the Pittsburgh Steelers’ offensive work against the Chiefs on Sunday through my charting notes, you no doubt already know what this article is about. If you didn’t read it, you should probably start reading our weekly charting notes series,…


In The Trenches: Steelers Vs Patriots

As the NFL playoffs have gone on, past “In The Trenches” articles have predicted the success that the offensive line and Le’Veon Bell would have against opposing teams. In their first two playoff matchups, the Steelers faced bottom 10 run defenses. In contrast, the New England Patriots finished the regular season…



Steelers Divisional Round Offensive Charting Notes

Another game, another win. Another statistical breakdown of their offensive performance through scheme and execution. The Pittsburgh Steelers struggled mightily inside the 25-yard line on Sunday against the Chiefs, but they had no problem moving the ball between the 20s. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Personnel formations:…


Report Suggests Browns Likely To Get Jamie Collins Deal Done By Weekend

The last time the Pittsburgh Steelers played the New England Patriots, former second-round linebacker Jamie Collins led their defense with eight solo tackles. A few weeks later, they plays Collins again—after the Patriots traded him to the Cleveland Browns for a conditional third-round draft pick. Collins got to face the…



Pouncey On Big Ben: ‘I Love Him More Than Anything’

We’re all stressed out this week. First crack at an AFC Title game since 2010 with the Pittsburgh Steelers traveling to, of all the places, dreaded New England. To hopefully put a smile on your face, I present to you the ongoing bromance between Ben Roethlisberger and Maurkice Pouncey. Pouncey…


Butler Expects Brady To Go After Steelers’ Rookies

The Pittsburgh Steelers will have three defensive rookies playing in Sunday’s AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots and defensive coordinator Keith Butler expects quarterback Tom Brady to attack the two that play in the secondary. “I think that every time we’ve played against them [the Patriots], they’ve tried…


Patriots Injury Report: Same 7 Players Remain Limited On Thursday

If you know anything about the history of the New England Patriots, you know that their daily injury reports are pretty much worthless. With that said, the Patriots Thursday injury report is identical to the one they released on Wednesday that included seven players listed as practicing on a limited…


Steelers Injury Report: Green Out Sick Thursday; Bell Excused

The Pittsburgh Steelers have now wrapped up their Thursday practice ahead of their Sunday AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots and once again a few players sat out the session. Sitting out Thursday were running back Le’Veon Bell (not injury related), tight end Ladarius Green (concussion, illness) and linebacker James Harrison…