Steelers vs Panthers Second Half Live Update And Discussion Thread

The Pittsburgh Steelers trail the Carolina Panthers by a score of 3-0, the “first-team” defense allowing a field goal drive on the opening possession, but holding firm for the rest of the first half. The Steelers will receive after deferring to halftime.

Dayonne Nunley took a knee in the end zone to give Landry Jones and the Steelers the ball at the 20-yard line. On first down, Jones found Darrius Heyward-Bey at the right sideline for seven yards. On second and three, Josh Harris pushed forward for one yard to set up third and two. Jones hit Derek Moye crossing the field for the first down after an 11-yard pickup.

Harris found a bit of room past the line of scrimmage, but got hit hard and went down in a hurry after a short gain, running high for five yards. On second down, Harris bowled into the line for another two yards. The third and three play went to the air, finding Heyward-Bey for the first down.

Harris found the left edge but only picked up a yard. On second and long,  Jones could not connect with Michael Palmer for the first down. Now third and nine, Jones fired quickly to Moye, but the Panthers defense closed quickly after just a short gain to force yet another Brad Wing punt, which was fair caught at about the 10-yard line from the 41.

Isaiah Green was flagged on first down for pass interference at about the 20-yard line, even though both players were contacting one another. Joe Webb completed for 10 yards for another first down to the 30-yard line.

Daniel McCullers swallowed Fozzy Whittaker. McCullers is playing better than he has the past two games. Vince Williams was waiting to tackle the catch after a short gain to set up third and five. Arthur Moats brought pressure, but Webb completed in front of Nunley across the middle for a first down.

The Panthers got a receiver behind Antwon Blake and Robert Golden for a long gain over 50 yards to set up first and goal. Whittaker took it into the end zone on the following play for the touchdown, making it 10-o.

Brendon Kay took over for Jones after the opening drive of the second half, his first action of the preseason.

For the second time in the game, Lanear Sampson took a kick out of the end zone and did not reach the 20-yard line.

Kay’s first pass was deep to Heyward-Bey. The pass was underthrown, and the receiver could have been flagged. Stephen Houston got his first action of the game, going up the middle for about four yards. On third and six, Kay found Sampson for the first down across the 30.

Feeling the pressure, Kay scrambled on first down, sliding for four yards. On second and six, he reeled in the high snap, handing off to Houston, who ran up the gut for four more yards to set up third and two. Houston found the hole and tore through it, gaining about ten yards before being tripped up near midfield.

Kay ran a bootleg and threw low to Rob Blanchflower, who picked it up off the ground for a five-yard gain. Houston got knocked down by an unblocked defender for a four-yard loss to make it third and nine. The pressure on third down merited a sack, forcing yet another punt.

Just as it seemed Wing was stabilizing, he put down a bad one, reaching just the 35-yard line.

Another bad snap, but a penalty made it first and 15 anyway. Dan Molls came up the middle on first down to up-end the running back for no gain. On second and 15, the defensive line yielded just a couple yards to close the third quarter.

Nick Williams is in the game in the nickel defense along with Josh Mauro as the down linemen. Carter overpursued, allowing Webb to escape, and had to chase him down, but he did make the play before a first down.

Archer fielded the punt and seemed like he might have room to the left after a cutback, but the Panthers closed in quickly. Still no sparks from the 4.2 guy on special teams.

Taking over from the 11, Kay got the pass off under pressure to Harris, who picked up a yard or two. On second and long, Kay threw high and was nearly intercepted off the hands of the receiver. The Panthers challenged the ruling of an incompletion. The ruling on the field stood due to inconclusive evidence. Kay and Harris pulled off the draw, which fooled the camera crew and resulted in a big gain down to the 44.

Kay scrambled and made a defender miss for a first down, but a holding call brought the play back. He held on to the ball too long on second down and was chased down by a defender after two yards. On second and 18, the draw to Harris gained nothing. The right guard was flagged for holding again, but it was declined to set up third down. Kay’s pass was overthrown.

I contend that the coaching staff conspired to make this game all about Wing, who has punted at the end of every Steelers possession throughout the entire game so far. No scores, no turnovers. At least he got off a better punt this time.

After an illegal formation penalty, Carter made a good tackle in the running game. On second and long, however, Whittaker found a hole up the middle on the right side of the defense. Williams was down the field to help make the tackle.

Williams got in the backfield for a tackle for loss after the first down. Garvin made the stop on second down. On third and seven, pressure forced an early throw. The receiver made the catch, but was out of bounds, forcing a punt.

Kay hit Heyward-Bey for six yards on first down, but was planted on a blindside blitz for a big loss. Kay looked for Paulson down the field, but could only get one hand on it. After a 45-yard Wing punt, Ross Ventrone made the special teams tackle for a loss. Nice play.

Another tackle by Molls set up second and seven for the Panthers. Whittaker off the left side gained two yards. On third down, Whittaker somehow plowed ahead through the left side of the defense for several yards and a first down.

After a seven-yard gain, Shamarko Thomas knifed in to make a tackle in the backfield for a loss of four yards. On third and seven, however, a roll out pass resulted in another first down at the 26-yard line.

Thomas came in from behind the line to make the tackle after a one-yard gain, bringing us to the two-minute warning.

Two carried netted four yards for the Panthers, and the Steelers used their timeouts to give their offense one last chance to make a dent in the scoreboard. After the missed field goal, Kay has 1:45 left with one timeout with the ball on the 30-yard line.

A short pass to Harris out of bounds after a seven-yard gain got the drive started. On second down, Kay was sacked, not feeling the pressure from the right side. Now third and 10, Kay fled the pocket and threw the ball in the dirt. One last punt for Wing. Another good punt, and a couple knees ended the game.

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  • Paddy

    Jarvis Jones Blake looked good, the Off line not so good. DHB has made the team #13 is not getting anything done

  • Spencer Krick

    1st team Oline was fine, it’s anyone beyond that i’d be concerned about. I think any doubts that DHB is going to make this team have all but gone away. He’s had a fantastic game.

  • Tammie Sherrell Hill

    Did Landry Jones even try to throw downfield or was all just dink and dunk

  • Spencer Krick

    Don’t think he’s had time to throw down field.

  • Tammie Sherrell Hill

    From what I’ve seen I don’t think so neither but I started watching late in the first

  • Spencer Krick

    You haven’t missed much, lol

  • (hate)49ers

    Im sorry but i like DHB and A.Brown together for the start of the season

  • Spencer Krick

    Wing has been pretty solid

  • SteelerMike

    Brendon Kay warming up?!?!

  • Tammie Sherrell Hill

    Our secondary looks weak as usual

  • NinjaMountie

    I just got home and no Steelers on in Texas. Go figure. So, what’s the honest assessment so far?

  • Spencer Krick

    Landry Jones is not an NFL qb

  • NinjaMountie

    Lol..I was wanting an assessment of the team..not the mascot!

  • (hate)49ers

    ok its time to get a real CB

  • DarthVenamis

    The CBs are just not very good.

  • Left stroke

    How was the pressure from the D in the first half? Any sacks or qb hurries?

  • pat

    Just curious has Chris Carter played any is he even dressed

  • Tammie Sherrell Hill

    This bend but don’t break phillosophy is killing us

  • Spencer Krick

    There hasn’t been enough pressure, we’ve been pretty solid against the run.

  • (hate)49ers

    i just notice that too. i see moats and v.williams.

  • Left stroke

    I find it hilarious that Johnny Manziel can put together a scoring drive, while Landry jones can’t even get us in feild goal range.

  • Superdriller316

    He was in the last series

  • pat

    From what ive gotten we have no sacks and the only pressure has come from Da Beard and J.J

  • Left stroke

    Anyone know the extent of the Martavis Bryant injury?

  • Tammie Sherrell Hill

    You are talking about a former heisman trophy winner compared to a fourth rd pick

  • pat

    What happens if we win behind the arm and play of Kay? Bye bye Landry hello practice squad for Kay?

  • Left stroke

    Glad J.J is showing more since he is often bashed haha.

  • Superdriller316

    Kay already looks better than Jones

  • Left stroke

    Ya I hear you, I think it’s safe to say Landry is a bust?

  • WilliamSekinger

    YES!

  • Tammie Sherrell Hill

    Just about to post the same thing

  • Weiss Chad

    Lol

  • Guest

    Big Ben better watch out. Kay is moving up the latter

  • Weiss Chad

    No sacks and one tfl in first half.Gave up 3 tfl and three sacks in first half

  • Superdriller316

    JV punt

  • Brandon James

    Jeeze the back-up offensive line is just rough to watch.

  • Spencer Krick

    So much for consistancy

  • Jason Vancil

    Nice punt.

  • Tammie Sherrell Hill

    Is it safe to say that we are not gonna score this game and if ben happens to get injured we’re screwed

  • Steve

    Wing must be training to punt out of bounds.

  • Jason Vancil

    Ladder.

  • (hate)49ers

    Colton Schmidt ?

  • Superdriller316

    45 over 54

  • Michel Smiffi

    Please cut L. Jones. We’re fine with Ben and Gradkowski, and Kay deserves a shot at the practice squad

  • (hate)49ers

    he’s in now

  • (hate)49ers

    was Gavin in at OLB or ILB?

  • Superdriller316

    HoJo at LOLB

  • Michel Smiffi

    Offense 2014 prediction with Ben: 25 points/game. Without Ben: 8 points/game.

  • Spencer Krick

    8 points might be too much, lol

  • Weiss Chad

    Could have sworn I heard tomlin say he likes wings consistency today,and when he does have a bad punt he likes the way he responds.lol I hope I was dreaming.I find it funny how tomlin beefs up bad players and the good players he sells short.I never ever said anything bad about tomlin but if I bite my tongue any harder I’m gonna have to run to hospital

  • Weiss Chad

    Hoping that’s y they took jones out.Thinking maybe just maybe tomlin has seen enough of that dude

  • Superdriller316

    WTH?????

  • Steelers12328882

    Landry Jones is a better QB than Dri Archer is a returner. Why can’t he just make a cut upfield? He’s always trying to outrun people east to west. That don’t work in the NFL!

  • Steve

    Archer hasn’t outrun anyone and need to learn to run North and South.

  • steelster

    You have to be kidding. No way.

  • Tammie Sherrell Hill

    Nice play

  • Michel Smiffi

    He’s a great kick off returner, but he’s just starting to learn how to return punts. Just be patient

  • Tammie Sherrell Hill

    That’s what Landry jones is lacking scramble ability

  • Steelers12328882

    That’s what I thought, but he’s not getting any opportunities at KR.

  • Steve

    K may be a Keeper and LJones the weeper.

  • Agustin-ARG

    who rb will be on the ps??

  • Superdriller316

    Bright spot…. KC has to cut a QB.

  • Brandon James

    Kay just has so much more poise and confidence in the pocket, even when its collapsing. I like him over l.jones

  • (hate)49ers

    just remember you heard it here first lol

  • Michel Smiffi

    #64 is an idiot

  • Steelers12328882

    Not very good on the deep ball though.

  • Michel Smiffi

    He lacks every skill needed for being a NFL QB

  • Superdriller316

    Big Nick

  • Superdriller316

    Garvin the Jaw Breaker

  • Tammie Sherrell Hill

    That was gonna be my next post he not nfl material

  • Brandon James

    I heard them say he has a good arm though, which to me he isn’t going to get a good shot at a good deep ball with the amount of pressure coming his way.

  • Spencer Krick

    More punts!

  • Tammie Sherrell Hill

    Paulson should have caught that pass it looked real catchable

  • Michel Smiffi

    Cut Paulson for trying to make a selfish hero-one-hander instead of jumping and securing the football.

  • (hate)49ers

    I use to catch like that and wave at the cheerleaders.

  • Red dog

    If it makes you feel better, BW Webb who was picked just ahead of Landry Jones was cut by Dallas today. Many presumed he would have been Pitts pick instead of Jones had he been there and we all know how bad the Caboy D is

  • Michel Smiffi

    Not the DL really sucks

  • Michel Smiffi

    Defense seems to have no interest to come off the field

  • Tammie Sherrell Hill

    I still have faith in yhe black n gold to make some noise this yr because we just can’t be this bad

  • Superdriller316

    If something happens to Ben, the Steelers are bringing in another QB.

  • Superdriller316

    They need the work

  • Jason Vancil

    Gradkowski would start.

  • Michel Smiffi

    They just need to get their work done

  • Superdriller316

    And L. Jones is his backup.

  • Matthew Marczi

    Jumping sideways? It was wide, not high.

  • Superdriller316

    Victory formation

  • sean mcmartin

    nice name..hate..I don’t get why they consistently play 10 yards off the WR. Ike is done and will get beat like a red headed step child all season, I know I get the “Sky is falling BS” but you heard it here first, they will be forced to sign a CB after game 3. The guys they have are not starter worthy. Gay is worth keeping.

  • sean mcmartin

    pretty much Derek Anderson looked like a good QB, no pressure up front and the zone gets picked apart. and the CB’s STILL give a 10 yard cushion..sucks

  • T R

    agrees i said it long ago.. but i give it to u first today. LOL

  • T R

    so funny but sad he on our team u making that joke

  • chris ward

    Training Camp and Preseason in the books, Real thing starts now in just over a week away!

  • Steelers12328882

    Well that was totally a waste of time to watch.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Off Topic: Eagles look like they had about 600 yards of offense today. Normally that would be no big deal for them, but they were using their 3rd string QB Barkley. Hmmmmm. Nice offense, I guess. I must admit that I like it as when things are humming, they tend to get some guys WIDE open.

    And the idiot that runs the NFL apologized about his Ray Rice ruling, taking blame and the news rules include an automatic 6 game suspension for a first infraction. As Bugs Bunny would say, “What a complete and utter maroon!”

  • Pitfan0513

    I think it’s safe to say Ross Ventrone should make this team on ST, dude has a motor that never stops!

  • Kevin Artis

    What I took from this came is we have very little talent in our backups

  • Jacque Strappe

    So, anywho, our hopes hang on the health of Big Ben (like that’s a secret) We have a 3rd string QB as our backup, and a guy who has no business in the league as the 3rd QB. I know he’s inactive on game day, but seriously, no way in the world you can have any confidence in that cat. Is David Garrard still out there available? How about Bubby Brister? Is freakin’ Terry Hanratty still alive? Seriously, this ain’t a “sky is falling” or knee jerk reaction. The dude sucks.

  • GoSteelerz

    Kay looks more developable than Landry Jones, at least Kay has a more poise and the ability to make a play on the fly. Needs to work on pocket awareness a bit and throw it away when he can’t escape. Ventrone might actually have a shot at something the way he’s played on special teams and on defense, shows more than Will Allen does to me, although he’s played against 2nd and 3rd stringers most of the time… Unfortunately, Carter may have made it over H. Jones, but I hope not. Those plays were his ceiling whereas we have no idea what H. Jones’ ceiling is…

  • sean mcmartin

    Its ok, I have felt it for awhile and have been bashed for bringing it up on here. Tomlin Sucks as a Steelers head coach, He can manage a winning roster , but not motivate lesser talent at all.

  • Tammie Sherrell Hill

    Just our luck carter will stick around

  • sean mcmartin

    landry jones was a huge mistake as a 4th round pick. What a waste with all the needs they have in the secondary.

  • afrazier9

    We have toget our stuff together before the first game the corners play to far off we need to step the d up and the oline needs to better pass protect and the play calling is terrible even if they say we’re running vanilla plays everybody else is and don’t look as bad if nervous