2017 NFL Week 1: Steelers Friday Night Five Questions

Happy Friday to all of you once again and welcome to the weekend.

The 2017 NFL season got underway Thursday night and we were treated to the New England Patriots losing at home to the Kansas City Chiefs 42-27 at home. Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith had a very solid game as did rookie running back Kareem Hunt, who fumbled on his very first NFL carry. Defensively, Justin Houston looked very healthy for the Chiefs. Kansas City, however, did suffer a meaningful injury Thursday night as safety Eric Berry has now been lost for the remainder of the season after tearing his Achilles. You really hate to see that happen to any player and especially to him.

The Pittsburgh Steelers will get their 2017 season underway on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns and that’s a game they’re expected to win big. It would be nice to see them do just that and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger usually plays well against the Browns on the road. Sunday will mark the first time that Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant and Le’Veon Bell have all been on the field together since Week 8 of the 2015 season. That’s something to really get excited about.

As usual, I have five questions for all of you to answer in the comments below and I hope several of you have time to do just that.

Have a great weekend and if you are currently in the path of the hurricane, please stay safe.

Peace and love, peace and love and Go Steelers!


1 – Of tight ends Jesse James and Vance McDonald, which one will have played the highest percentage of total offensive snaps by I of the regular season and what will that top percentage be?

2 – How many sacks will Cameron Heyward, Stephon TuittJavon Hargrave and Tyson Alualu combine to have during the 2017 regular season?

3 – What will the Patriots 2017 regular season record be?

4 – What will the Steelers 2017 regular season record be?

5 – Which two teams will play in this year’s AFC Championship game?

Bonus – Which player currently on the Steelers 53-man roster will Bell replace on Saturday when he is activated from the exempt list?


Recap last week’s Friday night questions per David Orochena:

Question 1 – Although the Steelers briefly had five safeties when they acquired J.J. Wilcox; Jordan Dangerfield was waived injured the next day. 62 % got this answer correct. 21 folks received one point. Well done!

Question 2 – Readers named nine different players who they thought should be on the roster but would not make it. 62% of us selected players who did make the roster, so should be happy. Those players were Justin Hunter (8), Mike Hilton (5), Xavier Grimble (2), Arthur Moats (1), Matt Feiler (4) & Brian Allen (2). Nine folks had correct answers: Ross Cockrell (4); Senquez Golson (4) & Demarcus Ayers (1). Phil Brennenman II only receives half credit since he hedged and picked two players and only one was correct. Everyone else got one point.

Question 3 – We believe Joe Haden will play for the Steelers in 2018 by a decisive 26-7 margin. A couple people hedged with one saying it will either be Le’Veon Bell or Joe Haden that stay with the tam but nor both – guess this is a salary cap issue. No points awarded for this question.

Question 4 – Where is the love for Xavier Grimble? Only six folks opted to keep Xavier on the roster out of 34 votes cast. Larry Kraus; Alan Tman; Steeler-Drew; Michael Mosgrove; SkoolHouseRoxx and me all get a point for believing in Xavier.

Question 5 – As of this writing; Stephon Tuitt has not signed a contract extension but the team has not left for Cleveland yet – they may not be boarding a plane at all if they go by bus but we’ll use departure from Pittsburgh as the deadline. There are signs that he will sign but it must be done before the team leaves Pittsburgh on Saturday to earn a point. 25 folks said True it will happen; and 9 said False.

There is a 10-way tie for first place with question 5 still pending. So, Jeff Kotova, Brad Wealand, Alan Tman, Steeler-Drew, Josh Cummings, Reader783, Michael Mosgrove, Jeff Papiernik, Shane Mitchell & yours truly share top billing with 2 points each on the Steelers Friday Night Five Questions leaderboard!

  • Jake Marion

    1. Jesse James will get 50% because he is more sure handed.
    2. the 4 DL guys will have 18
    3. Patriots 12-4
    4. Steelers 13-3
    5. Patriots vs. Steelers at Heinz
    Bonus: McCullers goes. Farewell to a physical phenom that could have been spectacular.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    1. McDonald; 55%
    2. 14
    3. Cheats 13-3
    4. Good guys 12-4
    5. Good Guys vs Cheats
    Bonus: Hawkins

  • JohnB

    1. Jesse James – 64%
    2. 14 sacks by the D-Line this year. Sounds low but I think they’ll be eating more blocks this year.
    3. NE – 13-3
    4. Pitt – 13-3
    5. Steelers vs Raiders
    Bonus: S. Johnson or Big Dan will be gone for Bell.

  • Kevin Schwartz

    1) Not sure what “snaps by I of the regular season” means, but I think Vance MacDonald will play more snaps for the season. There’s a chance James gets more for Week 1.

    2) I’ll go 24. 8 for Heyward. 7 for Tuitt. 4 for Hargrave. 5 for Alalu.

    3) I’ll say 12-4. I’m not on the “Brady’s cooked” bandwagon, but I don’t think this year’s team is as dominant as people were saying prior to them losing last night.

    4) I’ll go 12-4 as well. We lost 1 of the games against Cincy or Baltimore. 1 of the games against the Packers or Patriots. And have two random losses. I think the team will be a lot better off if we have Bryant back all season and the defense is solid, but I still can’t see us not dropping a gimme or two over the course of the season.

    5) Eh, lame, but I’ll go Pats-Steelers. Next in line would probably be Oakland, but this still seems the most likely.

    Bonus: No idea, I’m not great with the end-of-the-roster stuff.

  • Spencer Krick

    1. McDonald, 60%
    2. I could see them end up with 20
    3. 11-5
    4. 12-4
    5. Steelers/Chiefs
    Bonus: I don’t want to say it but. . . Brian Allen

  • steelcityinny

    1. Vance McDonald – 68%
    2. 16
    3. 14-2
    4. 12-4 (because we always lose stupid games, probably to teams we should beat),, and I hope I am wrong, hope it’s 14-2 or 15-1..
    5. Steelers and Patsies
    Bonus: Steve Johnson (or Hawkins if injured).

  • Phil Brenneman II

    How dare you say I hedged! Have to play it safe lol.

    1. Jesse James. 64%
    2. 18
    3. 12-4
    4. 12-4
    5. Steelers vs Texans

    Bonus – Such a tough call. I am going to stick with what I said in Matthews article and go with Arthur Moats.

  • Jaybird

    1) McDonald
    2) Cam-7, Tuitt-6 , Javon- 7 1/2, Tyson-2= 22 1/2

  • Chris92021

    1. Jesse James will play 75 percent of the snaps because well, Todd Haley.
    2. 20. Heyward gets 8, Tuitt gets 6, Hargrave gets 4 and Alualu gets 2.
    3. 14-2. Too rusty from lack of preseason reps and still trying to figure out how use Cooks properly. Plus the Hightower injury changed their defense and I doubt McCourty gives up another long TD like that again.
    4. 10-6. This team has high expectations but I have little faith in the assistant coaches (save for Mike Munchak and Richard Mann and John Mitchell). Also, this team always looks good on paper but is inconsistent and something always seems to go wrong (Bryant being suspended, Bell being suspended, Vontaze Burfict doing dirty things, defense miscommunication too many times, cornerbacks who can’t cover Chris Hogan or Terrelle Pryor). However, they will still win the AFC North because the Ravens will be limited offensively and the Bengals will not be great either.
    5. Patriots and Texans. Steelers will get knocked out by the Patriots again but this time in the divisional round. I hope I am wrong.

    Bonus: was going to say Matt Feiler but given Hawkins is out this week, I predict it will be Steven Johnson.

    Enjoy the weekend, y’all. Football is here but expect a close game this Sunday.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    geeze for question 2, im one of only two people who thought grimble would make it? dang.

    1 – Of tight ends Jesse James and Vance McDonald, which one will have played the highest percentage of total offensive snaps by I of the regular season and what will that top percentage be?

    vance
    63%

    2 – How many sacks will Cameron Heyward, Stephon Tuitt, Javon Hargrave and Tyson Alualu combine to have during the 2017 regular season?

    combined? lets go with 20
    heyward 7
    tuitt 7
    gravewobble 4
    alualu 2

    3 – What will the Patriots 2017 regular season record be?
    13-3

    4 – What will the Steelers 2017 regular season record be?
    11-5

    5 – Which two teams will play in this year’s AFC Championship game?
    steelers AT pats

    Bonus – Which player currently on the Steelers 53-man roster will Bell replace on Saturday when he is activated from the exempt list?

    matt feiler.

  • NW86

    1. McDonald – 74%
    2. 17.5 sacks
    3. Pats 12-4
    4. Steelers 13-3
    5. Pats at Steelers
    Bonus: S. Johnson’s carousel continues

  • Michael Mosgrove

    i still think we should trade feiler to the donkies or the giants for a conditional pick. would be best case scenario for us.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    yeah i didnt understand that either.. i took it to mean week 1.

  • LucasY59

    1. James, 55%

    2. 15

    3. NE 11-5

    4. Steelers 13-3

    5. Steelers vs Raiders,

    Bonus: Steven Johnson

    had explanations for the answers, but kept getting tagged by the filter and couldnt post? tried to edit 3x… so now I’m just posting my answers

    why did the scoring start last week? thought it would start with the regular season???

  • LucasY59

    1. it will be close, I think Jesse will get a lead early in the season since he is more familiar with the O, but the end of the season Vance will get more playing time

    2. I want more (and I dont think it would be that much of a reach to predict 20, but I think the edge pressure will be better this yr so the interior guys wont get as many sacks)

    3. they will play better than last night, but dont have that easy of a schedule (other than their division…) losses to KC, Atlanta and the Steelers, plus 2 more from either Oakland, Denver, Houston, Tampa or Miami (yes I see 8 possible losses, but unfortunatley wont get joy of watching them go .500)

    5. Steelers vs Raiders, Oakland gets the #2 seed and NE has to play KC or Tennesse in the WC rd then travel to the west coast so they dont make the rematch from last yr, Oakland’s D wont be good enough and their O isnt unstoppable either so the Steelers are going to the SB!

    Bonus: Steven Johnson, not on the injury report means no injury settlement, but also means he is expendable (he was already cut also…) not sure why they brought him back just to drop him again, but I guess its business?

  • Kevin Schwartz

    Yup, I figured it was either Week 1, or for the season, so I answered both.

  • Luneth Gardens

    James 61%
    16 sacks
    Pat 10-6, no pass rush
    Steelers 13-3
    Raiders at Steelers until Berry went down I was thinking Chiefs
    Bonus S Johnson

  • Agustin-ARG

    1. James 60%
    2. 20 – Cam 7 Tuitt 7 Javon 4 Alualu 2
    3. 13-3
    4 8-8 here we go!!
    5. Browns – Jets
    6. Hawkins

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    1. Micky D 60%
    2. 25½ sacks
    3. 11 – 5
    4. 12 – 4
    5. Patriots v Steelers
    Bonus: S. Johnson

  • DirtDawg1964

    1. I think you mean week 1. JJ gets the edge this week. 55%. But Vance gets the majority of the reps by year end.
    2. 17
    3. 12 – 4. They are still a tough out.
    4. I said 11 – 5 in an earlier thread so I’m sticking with that
    5. Steelers and Pats. Who else?
    Bonus: Feiler. He’s the one extra body right now.

  • Steel City Slim

    1. McDonald 47%
    2. 22
    3. 12-4
    4. 12-4
    5. Steelers vs. Raiders
    6. Feiler

  • Jeff McNeill

    1) JJ 60%
    2) 12
    3) 12-4
    4) 12-4
    5) Steelers Raiders
    Bonus Steve Johnson

  • LucasY59

    1. it will be close, I think Jesse will get a lead early in the season since he is more familiar with the O, but the end of the season Vance will get more playing time

    2. I want more (and I dont think it would be that much of a reach to predict 20, but I think the edge pressure will be better this yr so the interior guys wont get as many sacks)

    3. they will play better than last night, but dont have that easy of a schedule (other than their division…) losses to KC, Atlanta and the Steelers, plus 2 more from either Oakland, Denver, Houston, Tampa or Miami (yes I see 8 possible losses, but unfortunatley wont get the joy of watching them go .500)

    4. 13-3, toughest games will be KC (Chefs at home is tough, and Andy Reid will be hard to beat 3 times in a row) Titans (thursday games are tough, even if they are at home and I think Tennessee could be a surprise WC team) Green Bay (Packers could end up being the best team in the NFC this yr) pats (I really hope this game is a Win, need to beat them at home which will also help get home field in the playoffs) Texans (I expect the Houston D to be even better this yr, tough stretch of games from Thanksgiving to Christmas) there could also be a let down loss, and/or a loss in the division, but I think the team is focused on a championship so I am banking on that not happening, at worst the team is 10-6 (which should still win the division)

    5. Steelers vs Raiders, Oakland gets the #2 seed and NE has to play KC or Tennesse in the WC rd then travel to the west coast so they dont make the rematch from last yr, Oakland’s D wont be good enough and their O isnt unstoppable either so the Steelers are going to the SB!

    Bonus: Steven Johnson, not on the injury report means no injury settlement, but also means he is expendable (he was already cut also…) not sure why they brought him back just to drop him again, but I guess its business?

    *finally got it to post without the filter stopping me

  • Guillermo Garcia-Gomez

    1. McDonald at 57%. Steelers are somewhat sour on Jesse James or else they wouldn’t have brought VM in. They knew they had a decent pass catcher in Grimble, so they’re not just using VM for packages.
    2. 19 sacks. Hayward 6, Tuitt 6, Hargrave 4, Alualu 3.
    3. Pats 12-4
    4. Pitt 11-5
    5. Steelers @ Pats
    Bonus: Steven Johnson.

  • Alan Tman

    Vance 75%
    10 for Tuitt and Heyward. 5 for Hargrave.
    11-5
    13-3
    Steelers and Texans

  • LucasY59

    threw me off as well, i changed “I” to “end”

  • Shane Mitchell

    1. McDonald 65%
    2. 22 sacks (Hargrave 8.5) (Heyward 7.5) (Tuitt 5) (Alualu 1)
    3. 12-4
    4. 12-4
    5. Steelers- Pats

  • Jaybird

    I’m not sure Hawkins is Better than Feiler right now? Maybe Hawkins goes before Feiler?

  • Riverstko

    Glad to be back. I only do FNQ during the season, it seems to bring the team Good Luck. Last year I forgot to post a couple games, we ended up losing them. I’m on, it’s on!
    1. James 60
    2. 15
    3. 11-5
    4. 13-3
    5. Steelers vs ravens at Heinz Field
    B. Feiler

  • SteeltheKing

    1. McDonald get about 60% of the snaps, better blocker, more big play potential.
    2. 20 sacks, 6 apiece for Heyward and Tuitt, 4 for Hargrave and Alualu.
    3. 11-5 for the Pats
    4. 12-4 and a first round bye for the Steelers
    5. Raiders at Steelers
    Bonus: Steven Johnson is bounced. LJ Fort and Matakavich can hold down the backup ILB and perform on ST.

  • JohnB

    yeah I really hate the lag. I think its the vid pop that slows everything. If I cant keep it short I go write in a txt doc and copy and paste.

  • David Henderson

    1- McDonald 70%
    2-20 Tuitt gets 8 of them
    3-Pats 11-5
    4- Steelers 12-4
    5-Chiefs vs Steelers
    Bonus- Allen

  • Jason Campbell

    1.) End of season : Vance @ 54%
    2.) 20
    3.) 12-4
    4.) 12-4
    5.) Rematch in Foxboro (AFC East is easier, better conference record, yada yada)
    6.) Big Dan

  • John

    Should be either Grimble or Watson that gets cut. Both of them are easily replaced and should be available when we need them anyway.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Pretty sure Dave meant end of season

  • Marcel Chris Chauvet

    1) Vance: 58%
    2) 19
    3) 12-4
    4) 11-5
    5) Houston at Pittsburgh (I hope)

    Bonus) S. Johnson

  • Lambert58

    1 McDonald 55%
    2 27 sacks for the big boys up front
    3 11-5 for the Pats, Brady is 40 after all. 40!
    4 12-4 for the Steelers
    5 Steelers vs. Chiefs in AFCCG
    Bonus – Steven Johnson

  • Steeler-Drew

    1) McDonald 65%
    2) 21
    3) 13-3
    4) 13-3
    5) Steelers vs Raiders

    Bonus-getting off of McCullers since they insist on keeping 6 even though they only dress 5. Going with Feiler with the extra OL hoping they sneak him onto the PS.

  • Alan Tman

    Bonus Question Will the Browns try the Terrell Pryor play (when he faked Troy out on a bootleg, and went for 90 yds) play to start the game tomorrow?

  • Reader783

    1 – I assume “I” meant end of the regular season? Vance at 50%

    2 – 17

    3 – 11-5

    4 – No jinxing

    5 – Steelers over NE

    Bonus – Johnson

  • Carlos Ortega Fernández

    1. Jesse James 55%

    2. 20.5 sacks

    3. Patriots 11-5

    4. Steelers 13-3

    5. Raiders va Steelers at Heinz

    Bonus: Steven Johnson

  • Mike Lloyd

    1) Jesse James 52%
    2) 23.5 sacks
    3) 13-3
    4) 13-3
    5) The Steelers will play Houston in the AFC Championship.
    Bonus : McCullers

  • Joseph DeFazio

    1) James 55%
    2) 16
    3) 13-3
    4) 11-5
    5) Raiders @Patriots
    BONUS: Arthur Moats

  • SoCal Steeler

    1. If you meant week one, Jesse 58%. If you meant end of season, McDonald 58%

    2. 18 1/2

    3. 12-4

    4. 12-4 with tiebreaker via home win over Patriots

    5. Rematch with Patriots

    Bonus- Steven Johnson

  • Matt Manzo

    Happy First Game Friday!!!!!

    1: Vance 60%

    2: 15 sacks for those guys.

    3: Pats 11-5

    4: Us 11-5

    5: Pats vs Steelers

    Bonus: Steven Johnson

  • J.

    1. McDonald 60%
    2. 12
    3. Pats 13-3
    4. Steelers 12-4
    5. Steelers vs Cheifs
    Bonus: S. Johnson

  • Michael Mosgrove

    possibly but i think given hawkins was a draft pick he will stay.

  • Darth Blount 47

    1. McDonald 59%
    2. 21.5
    3. Pats 10-6
    4. Steelers 12-4
    5. Steelers vs. Titans (Raiders schedule is just too tough and I had them last year and they let me down/Carr’s leg let me down) (Eff the Pats) Titans are gonna shock some people with their balance.
    Bonus: Steven Johnson makes the most sense.

  • Jonas

    1 – Vance 58, Jesse 35

    2 – 19

    3 – 11-5

    4 – 12-4

    5 – Raiders @ Steelers

    Bonus – McCullers.

  • 1-Vance 54, Jesse 39
    2-16
    3-12-4
    4-11-5
    5-Steelers vs. Pats
    Bonus: McCullers

  • MP

    1. The Outlaw 64, Big-Mac 34
    2. 20
    3. 13-3
    4. 11-5
    5. Ravens @ Raiders (I know, I know)

    Bonus — Brian Allen

  • Lil Smitty

    1. IF the “I” meant week one, James will get 65% of snaps. If it meant end of year, McDonald will have 60% of snaps.
    2. I am going for 22 sacks between them. I think if the Steelers play more press/man they will give the D that extra 1 to 1.5 seconds to get the QB.
    3. Patriots – 11-5 (I could also see them at 10-6)
    4. Steelers – 13-3 (if the killer B’s play together all season and the D improves even a little 13-3 should be an easy number to reach)
    5. Chiefs at Steelers
    Bonus: Steve Johnson seems like the safe bet. They could try to trade an offensive lineman, but one would think that would have happened.

  • Chad Weiss

    1-mcdonald60/40
    2-Heyward 6, Tuitt 7,Hargreaves 6,Alu Alu 3 total of 22.
    3-13&3
    4-12-4
    5-Steelers/pats
    Bq-Steve Johnson but wish it was Big Dan..

  • GFYAC

    1. Vance Macdonald 52%
    2. 19.5 sacks by DL
    3. 13-3 NE 13-3 Burgh
    4. Burgh vs Chargers
    5. Moats

  • ginko18

    1. McDonald 58%
    2. 10 sacks w/ Hargrave & Tuitt tied in lead
    3. 12-4
    4. 10-6
    5. Steelers v Chiefs at KCC
    Bonus: McCullers who will inactive most of season anyway. Slide him to PS. 7 actives for Wk1-Dobbs, Hawkins, Feiler, JJS, Moats, Johnson, Allen

  • Robert E Lil

    As down as I’ve been on this years team – the past week has absolutely gotten me crazy hyped for the future.

    Can’t wait to see Haden and Hilton
    Can’t wait to see Conner
    Most of all, Can’t wait to see Chickillo. To me, he is the perfect example of players seeing or not seeing the colorless because of draft position and not ability. I’m not so sure he isn’t an all around better player than bud Dupree. Not a better athlete but, a better football player

  • LucasY59

    it wasnt that this time (but I have had the page crash because of videos and lag before) this time the way I typed things set off the filter, had to redo it (I think it was something about the texans game on christmas?)

  • LucasY59

    I agree the Titans could surprise some people (but Im not gonna say they make the AFCCG)

  • LucasY59

    Feiler doenst have PS eligibility (I was hoping they trade him to a OL desperate team, but doesnt look like it will happen)

  • LucasY59

    It wasnt the lag this time (but I have had the page crash from lag/video/reload) it was the filter being set off (something in the way I worded the Texans game on Christmas?)

  • Steel Realist PAul

    10-6 For the New England Death Star…? What’s your angle?

  • Michael Mosgrove

    tuitt signed. nailed it.

  • Josh Cummings

    I know i am late, but getting this in before the Bonus Q.

    1. James 65%. He will get the early season snaps because of the experience. He has also proven to be durable… i dont know that Vance has been….

    2. 22 total
    Cam 7.5
    Tuiit 7.5
    Hargrave 5
    Alualu 2

    3. 12-4

    4. 12-4

    5. Pats @ Steelers

    Bonus – Hawkins. Getting him back to the practice squad shouldnt be an issue.

  • Darth Blount 47

    I don’t think their schedule helps them. I do not believe in that Defense to be able to dominate teams. I think Brady is slowing down… finally. Even if it is just a tick. And I just think it is about time for a slight regression.

    At New Orleans will be a track meet they can lose. And if they start 0-2… lookout!

    H – Houston — win
    H – Carolina — tough game
    A – Tampa Bay — tougher than people think
    A Jets — Bye week number 1
    H – Atlanta — another track meet they could lose
    H – LA Chargers — Win
    A – Denver — Brady’s house of horrors
    A – Oakland — “Tuck Game” revenge
    H – Miami — Win
    A – Buffalo — Win
    A – Miami — Brady has a 7-8 record IN Miami
    A – Pittsburgh — ……………..
    H – Buffalo — Win
    H – Jets — Bye week number 3

  • Darth Blount 47

    I think Oakland’s schedule is tough and I didn’t want to put the Pats. Two teams I can’t get out of my head are Tennessee and the NY Giants. I also like Seattle but I think it will be a Big Ben/Eli Super Bowl.

  • Steel Realist PAul

    Hightower injury hurts. I don’t know how substantial it is, but otherwise, it appears they strengthened their #1 scoring defense at the cornerback and LB positions.

    Hard to match last year’s pillage and plunder year, but the machine they have seems to net 11-12+ wins regardless of planetary alignments.

  • SJT63

    1. McDonald 70%
    2. 17
    3. 12-4
    4. 11-5
    5. Just to be different, Titans and Chiefs
    Bonus – already happened by the time I came to do this, so I won’t try to cheat!

  • JohnB

    yeah well you know Texans can be offensive at Xmas. haha

  • LucasY59

    yep I think the Giants will win the NFL lEast (cowboys have a bad yr regardless of what happens with Zeke, will be a WC team, but letdown from the huge expectations on them, which will be fun to watch)

    Seattle and Green Bay are the teams in the NFCCG for me

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    which are your final answers? the short or long version?

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    You are right; can only give credit to what was there at the time and you didn’t answer the bonus question this week – get with the program! lol

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Answers for 1-5 are ok, but bonus question already answerd.

  • Alan Tman

    Too late now. Lol

  • LucasY59

    short (should be the same?)