2017 NFL Week 2: Steelers Friday Night Five Questions

Happy Friday to all of yinz once again and welcome to another September weekend full of football.

The Pittsburgh Steelers will play their 2017 home opener against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday and this figures to be a much more competitive game than most thought it would be several weeks ago. Sunday’s game certainly should be a good test for the Steelers defense as the Vikings offense is full of weapons at the skill positions.

Before I get to this week’s five questions, I want to make sure to remind all of you that Dan Marino will be featured later this evening on “A Football Life” and that will air on the NFL Network. Personally, I can’t wait to watch it and I’m sure it will include some Steelers references in addition to some old footage from Marino’s college career at the University of Pittsburgh. Make sure to record it if you can’t watch the original airing.

In case you haven’t heard by now, the Cincinnati Bengals are now 0-2 and on Friday they fired offensive coordinator Ken Zampese and replaced him with quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor. The Bengals have yet to score a touchdown so far this season and while that’s entertaining, I can’t help but to remember back to the Steelers 1990 season when they started 1-3 and failed to score an offensive touchdown in those four games. Joe Walton was in his first year as the Steelers offensive coordinator that season and Bubby Brister was the team’s quarterback.

Finally, this coming Monday I will have been married 24 years and to the same woman at that. God bless her.

Ok, on to this week’s five questions and I hope several of you will take time to answer each of them in the comments below.

Have a great weekend and Go Steelers!

Peace and love, peace and love!


1 – Steelers rookie outside linebacker T.J. Watt certainly had respectable NFL debut in the team’s Week 1 win over the Cleveland Browns and especially when you consider he was going up against one of the best left tackles in the league in Joe Thomas. If you can, name me the last Steelers defensive rookie you were this excited about after a FIRST regular season game.

2 – Against the Browns, Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell had a regular season career-low in total yards from scrimmage. With that noted, how many total yards from scrimmage do you predict Bell will have Sunday against the Vikings?

3 – The Steelers ran 9 offensive plays Sunday with four wide receivers, a tight end and no running backs on the field. How many plays will they run against the Vikings using that 01 personnel grouping?

4 – So far during his career, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is 9-1 in Pittsburgh home openers that he’s played in and he has averaged nearly 272 yards passing in those ten games. Will Roethlisberger throw for more than 272 yards on Sunday against the Vikings? Predict his final passing yardage number for me.

5 – After seeing Browns rookie quarterback Deshone Kizer play Sunday against the Steelers, how many total wins do you now predict Cleveland to have this year?


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

Question 1 – Most folks interpreted this question to be who would have the most snaps by the end of the regular season. Vance McDonald was presumed to end up with more snaps than Jesse James by season’s end by a wide (32-13) margin. The median response was that McDonald would play 60% of the offensive snaps by seasons end. Perhaps opinions have changed after the Outlaw’s two touchdown performance against the Browns. McDonald did not catch the only ball thrown his way. In game 1, James played 90% of the offensive snaps and McDonald 30%.

Question 2 – As a group, we believe that the top four defensive linemen will combine for 20 sacks this season. Stephon Tuitt will not be playing for a while so down to three but Cam Heyward and Javon Hargrave were credited with a sack apiece. The D-line is 10% of the way there after game 1.

Question 3 – Most considered Thursday night’s debacle a fluke and predict New England to finish the season at 12-4.

Question 4 – Optimism remains high in the Burgh. Pittsburgh to finish 12-4 according to loyal followers of Steelers Depot.

Question 5 – 18 of 45 respondents predict a rematch between the Steelers and the Patriots in the AFC championship game. 5 believe the Steelers won’t make it that far. Surprisingly, 25 believe the Patriots won’t make it to the conference championship. Either wishful thinking or based on Thursday’s thumping. The other teams mentioned as making it to the AFC championship: Raiders (11); Chiefs (7); Texans (5); Titans (2) and just in case they were serious, Ravens (2); Chargers (2); Browns (1) & Jets (1).

Bonus Question – 19 folks received one point for correctly identifying Steve Johnson as the player Le’Veon Bell would replace when he was activated from the exempt list. Two others got half credit since they named two players.

An additional 9 points will be awarded for the other questions at the end of the season (two points each for questions 1, 3, 4 & 5 and one point for question 2).

Steelers Depot Friday Night Five Questions Leaderboard:

Reader783 is all alone in first place with 4 points.

Eleven are clumped behind in a tie for 2nd place with 3 points apiece.

  • Robbie

    1. I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited for a defensive player after 1 week in the 13 years I’ve been watching Steelers football. Bud Dupree sacking Tom Brady in his debut would prolly come in 2nd.
    2. Bell finishes with 130 yards. 90 on the ground. 40 threw the air.
    3. 3
    4. Ben throws for 254 yards.
    5. Browns go 4-12.

  • Jaybird

    1) I was exciting last year for Hargrave. You could just see that he was going to be special.
    2) Bell= 80 yrds from scrimmage
    3) 9
    4) 289
    5) 5

  • RW

    1. Kendrell Bell
    2.155
    3. 12
    4. Yes
    5. 7

  • Bradys_Dad

    Love the Ringo Starr reference and congratulations on making it 24 years ! Although the 25th year is actually the silver anniversary, perhaps #7 on display in a showcase at Heinz will satisfy both of your desires?!?!

    1. I’d say Hargrave
    2. 135 (80 on foot – 55 via air)
    3. 11
    4. No – 265
    5. 5

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    1. Probably Hargrave. He has some of the best tape I’ve ever seen. Definitely hasn’t disappointed!
    2. 100 total yards.
    3. 7.
    4. Yes, 302yds.
    5. 7 games.

  • francesco

    Congratulations to #24!

  • Phil Brenneman II

    Congrats on 24 years Dave. Hope both the Podcast and your marriage make it another 24 plus some.

    1. Not sure if it counts because it wasn’t specifically the first game but just the draft pick overall but I have been excited about Bud Dupree since day 1.

    2. 96

    3. 6

    4. Yes. 301

    5. 5

  • Kevin artis

    Lamar Woodley and Lawrence timmons
    another slow day but better than last week. 70 yards running; 25 receiving
    233 yards
    4 wins

  • SJT63

    1. Pass, maybe Shazier but I’d be lying if I claimed to remember his debut
    2. 142 (80 rushing, 62 receiving)
    3. 5
    4. 302
    5. Browns start 4-3 but slump to 5-11

  • RMSteeler

    1. I was just a wee one, but Joe Greene was really hyped as a savior, with the hope that the Steelers would s
    start winning.
    2. Bell with 136 yds total.
    3. 4 plays in the 01 grouping. I think they’ll try to be more successful at running to open the passing. Please be
    careful with bubble screens Todd. Check the calendar this time. It isn’t another preseason game son!
    4. 340 yds, 3 TD’s
    5. 4 wins for the Brownies, and that’s being generous.

    First time playing Friday Night Q’s!

    Congrats on 24 years! Marriage is the only thing I’ve not been successful in. The 8 years I was a single dad were the best years of my life, though!

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    1. Kendrell Bell is the first name that comes to mind. I don’t think Hines or Troy started all 16 their rookie seasons though I could be wrong.
    2. Le’Veon will have to treble his output if Steelers offense to get on track; so I say 141 yards.
    3. Less; 8 because Bell’s running game will be more effective and they will need help from TE’s to block.
    4. Yes; 303.
    5. 6

  • 1. None immediately come to mind. Gun to my head, Shazier?

    2. 102 yard from scrimmage.

    3. 6 plays in 01 personnel

    4. Under – 263 passing yards

    5. 5 wins.

  • Lil Smitty

    1. The first person that came to mind was Gabe Rivera. The problem is, I can’t remember if he actually played in the regular season. Was his accident before the start of the regular season. I remember that no one could block him. Every snap he was three yards in the backfield. The only other person that caught my eye was Kendrell Bell.
    2. Bell will total 140 yards, but most of the will be receiving yards.
    3. 0
    4. Yes, 300
    5. Browns will end the season at 8-8. (Then they will fire the coach)

    I can’t believe you got married during football season. I hope it was a Monday so you didn’t have to miss any games. 😉 Congratulations!

  • DirtDawg1964

    1. Rod Woodson. His pick excited me and I looked forward to every game until he left.
    2. 88 total yards
    3. 10
    4. Yes. 292.
    5. I am still thinking around 4 wins

  • Alan Tman

    Kendrell Bell,
    101
    Should be none. That’s ludicrous to believe that a TE should be on the field instead of LB26. Can’t catch better, Can’t run after the catch better, probably about the same at pass pro. Teach him the plays, and get him out there.

  • Larry Kraus

    I agree bell was vicious.

  • Guillermo Garcia-Gomez

    1. Not sure.
    2. Bell gets 125 yards. 88 rushing yards and 37 receiving. 1 touchdown catch.
    3. 7
    4. Ben will throw for 239 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 pick.
    5. Cleveland goes 5-11. At least one win against Cincy lol

  • Larry Kraus

    I completely forgot about gave. That had to be the biggest tragedy the Steelers have suffered since I’ve been a fan. 1970 i became a fan and we all had high hopes for gabe.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Senor Sack played in 6 games and recorded 2 sacks prior to his auto accident. There was a debate between drafting him or Dan Marino and some thought he would be the next Joe Greene. Sad story.

  • Bryan

    1. Only have watched since 2004 so none come to mind, Shazier probably closest but Watt definitely more excited for than I was for Shazier

    2. 110
    3. 7
    4. Yes, 315
    5. 5, 2 within division

  • Rocksolid20

    1. Mean Joe
    2. 102
    3. 9
    4. yes & 312
    5. 2

  • Michael Mosgrove

    1 – Steelers rookie outside linebacker T.J. Watt certainly had respectable NFL debut in the team’s Week 1 win over the Cleveland Browns and especially when you consider he was going up against one of the best left tackles in the league in Joe Thomas. If you can, name me the last Steelers defensive rookie you were this excited about after a FIRST regular season game.

    lawrence timmons

    2 – Against the Browns, Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell had a regular season career-low in total yards from scrimmage. With that noted, how many total yards from scrimmage do you predict Bell will have Sunday against the Vikings?

    85 yards

    3 – The Steelers ran 9 offensive plays Sunday with four wide receivers, a tight end and no running backs on the field. How many plays will they run against the Vikings using that 01 personnel grouping?

    8

    4 – So far during his career, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is 9-1 in Pittsburgh home openers that he’s played in and he has averaged nearly 272 yards passing in those ten games. Will Roethlisberger throw for more than 272 yards on Sunday against the Vikings? Predict his final passing yardage number for me.

    no. 26/34 254 yards 2 td 1 interception

    5 – After seeing Browns rookie quarterback Deshone Kizer play Sunday against the Steelers, how many total wins do you now predict Cleveland to have this year?

    still going with 7-9 to be browns record

  • Jeff McNeill

    1) Kendrell Bell
    2) 136
    3) 11
    4) yes 302
    5) 7

  • Marcel Chris Chauvet

    1. None in the past decade anyways

    2. 88

    3. 10

    4. Yes. 303

    5. 4-12

  • JohnB

    1. Probably Woodley after his 1st season game but I don’t remember if it was the 1st game of season.
    2. Bell Total yards = 119.
    3. Eight plays using that grouping
    4. Big Ben tops 300 (321 for specificity)
    5. I liked what I saw from Kizer but not sure they have it all together. 7 wins, 8 max.

  • Kevin Schwartz

    First off, glad to have some actual games to talk about. Wasn’t too into the whole preseason roster cut prediction stuff.

    1) I don’t specifically recall his first game, but Shazier’s the last rookie who seemed from the start like he had something. I definitely don’t remember Troy’s first game, but he’s the other one who comes to mind.

    2) I’m going 112. I think he gets back on track, but the Vikings defense is tough, and I don’t see him burning them for 200 total yards or anything.

    3) About the same, I dunno…

    4) I’ll go slightly lower at 260. I think he has a good game, but, again, I don’t think they’re going to roast the Vikings.

    5) 4-5? They’re okay, and they’re going in the right direction. Kizer was competent, even if he wasn’t great.

  • Mike Lloyd

    1987-But not Rod Woodson.

    1987 Delton Hall. Hall won the starting job at CB in camp and in his first game if I recall correctly he intercepted a pass for a TD (vs Joe Montana and SF)
    The Steelers won the game I don’t remember the score. (30 years ago)
    2.Bell goes for 119 total.
    3. (2) total
    4. Ben goes for 297
    5. The Browns will win 6 games.

  • Luneth Gardens

    1. Pass, never.
    2. Bell gets 132. 99 rushing 33 receiving
    3. 3, very early…Bell ends up proving to valuable to take off the field by the end of the 1st half.
    4. Ben has 304, 3 TDs. AB, MB, JJ
    5. Browns go 6-10. Sweep Bungles for 2 of them

  • Jason Campbell

    1) Levon Kirkland
    2) 118
    3) 3 – different defense means different offense
    4) 287
    5) 6

  • J.

    1. Not sure maybe Troy just based on what I saw him do on the College level and then to watch him out there in the Black and Gold you just knew eventually it was going to be special.
    2. 150 as he carries the team to victory this week
    3. 6
    4. No Ben throws for 255
    5. i think they could easily get 5 wins (Bengal 2x, Bears, Colts, and Jets) then they are going to surprise one team maybe 2. Im going to go with 6 wins

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Remember; they split Bell out as a wide receiver in those formations so empty backfield but Le’Veon still on field.

  • Josh Cummings

    1. None. Sorry for not playing this round, but I can’t think of one single player I was really excited about.

    2. I think the “Untold Consequences” are paid up… He is going up a great defense, but at home.. honoring Mr. Rooney… he will himself a have a day. 160 yards. 110 Rushing 50 Rec.

    3. Less. Maybe 0. Zimmer’s defense use of heavy man to man, and blitzing could create some great opportunities for Bell to have some mismatches. (Especially if Barr is out… and that is a real possibility)

    4. 275, so yes. Against Mike Zimmer, Ben has faired decently. This Vikings team has more talent than the one’s his Bengals D’s had…. but i like Ben on this home opener. 100 QB rating.

    5. 7 wins. I like the talent they have on both sides of the ball. Peppers is a nice addition to ST too. (CIN, , HOU, IND, NYJ, DET, JAX)

  • David Henderson

    1- Lamar Woodly
    2-120 on the ground and 50 reviving=170
    3-10
    4- 330
    5- 5-11

  • Steelman72

    1. Troy for me. I can remember he was always around the ball but was just a tad late from making the big play. Once the game slowed down for him we were all in for a treat as Steelers fans. Maybe the best playmaker on defense for us in the last 30 years. 2. 125 yards and a TD. 3. 4 plays. 4. Ben throws for 280 2 TDs and 1 pick. 5. 4-5 wins. Much improved team but Kizer is a rook and will have plenty of growing pains. 2 years away from having a healthy rivalry with the Brownies again. Bonus: Steelers win the home opener 27-20 over the Vikes.

  • Reader783

    1 – Was asked a similar question like this earlier in the week, has to be Troy.

    2 – 130 total

    3 – 4

    4 – Yes, over. 325.

    5 – Ehh 4 or 5 wins…I’ll go with 5-11

  • SoCal Steeler

    1. I don’t believe that he started early in the season but the last one I was this pumped up over was Troy

    2. 110, 65 rush, 45 receiving

    3. 10, it should be effective against the Vikings

    4. Yes, I think he hits 300, let’s say 310 yards

    5. 4-12 but they will have more close ones

  • NW86

    1. None really. K. Bell might be a reasonable answer, but I don’t really remember his first game. I’m going to say nobody for me.
    2. 147 yards.
    3. 3 plays
    4. 285 yards
    5. 5 wins

  • Nathanael Dory

    Man that tackle on crowell in the backfield was flashy for shazier

  • Alan Tman

    That’s exactly why I said that it’s crazy to take him off the field.

  • Paul Kuhns

    1. I’m young so I don’t remember the last time hahaha
    2. 170 128 rushing TDand 42 receiving TD shows people they need to relax lol
    3.7 on the drive at the end of the first half in the hurry up offense
    4. Ben throws for 286 and 2 TDs 1 INT
    5. Browns go 6-10 finish 2 games above the bengals. BOLD

  • DoctorNoah

    1. Shazier
    2. 149yd, 89 on the ground
    3. 8.
    4. Yes. 321, 3TD, 1 INT
    5. browns finish 8-8 and end up 2nd in division

  • Jay

    1. Kendrell Bell
    2. Bell – 97 total yds
    3. 14
    4. Ben throws for more than 272.. i will say 310
    5. Browns win 3 games

    Happy anniversary!

  • SteeltheKing

    1. Probably Ryan Shazier. I started getting excited after he was drafted and I looked at some highlights.
    2. Bell gets a little more on track, 120. 70 on the ground, 50 through the air.
    3. A little less, 7 plays. Once Bell gets in better football shape, the harder it will be to take him off the field.
    4. Yes, 325.
    5. The Browns are better than expected, I think they’ll finished ahead of the Bengals. I see them finishing 7-9.

  • Matt Manzo

    Happiest Friday ever!
    This is the first time I’m answering these questions in Pittsburgh! My first day here since ’89, when I was 12!
    Spent all day on the strip buying Steelers gear! My Uber driver said Yinz and I got goose bumps! For a California boy, this has been such an awesome experience!
    If anybody wants to meet for lunch and drinks at the Gandy Dancer tomorrow(Sat 130pm), I’d love to meet any of ya! I’ll also be at the game on Sunday and I’ll buy ya a beer or a gluten free something if ya say hi to me!

    1: Hines Ward! That was the first year I really started scouting college kids, and I remember being amazed at his “almost” 1000 yards in every category! Passing, rushing, receiving!
    But I’m not sure if it has anything to do with “after week 1?”.

    2: I think the offense clicks on all cylinders this game! Bell gets 145 total yards!

    3: 7. Cuz Bell’s gonna be more involved in the passing game!

    4: Ben throws for 254 yards! (I swear I’m not copying anybody, it was the first number that popped in my head!) I’ll separate myself by saying 3 TDs!

    5: Browns 5 wins. Kizer is still a rookie and they’re still the Browns.

    Happiest Friday Home Opener That I Get To Go To Ever!

  • 1. Shazier
    2. 137, 45 rushing, 92 receiving
    3. 8
    4. Over, 302
    5. 6 – 10

  • ND_Steel

    1. After one game? Maybe never. I don’t recall any recent defensive players making such an impression. I suppose I’d have to say Kendrell Bell, but not sure if it was that quick. I recall Chad Brown and Rod Woodson making a quick first impression as well.
    2. 85, MN tough defense…8th best against RBs for fantasy pts last year.
    3. 4…hoping to see a lot more of Nix.
    4. Over, 286
    5. 5-11

  • Beeze

    1. Kendrell Bell
    2. 136 yards for La’Diva
    3. 4 if winning and 12 if trailing so I will say 4 as the Steelers get the W!
    4. 318 yards passing for Ben
    5. Would have said 3 wins but after trading for Sammie Coates need to bump it up to five wins 😂.
    Steelers take this one 31-23
    Here we go!!!!!!

  • Carlos Ortega Fernández

    1. Kendrell Bell

    2. 120 yds from scrimmage for Le’Veon

    3. 12

    4. Yes, 290 yds

    5. 5 victories for Kizer and the Clowns

  • Darth Blount 47

    1. After just ONE game? Nope. Can’t recall. Kendrell Bell nor Troy, did anything of note in their first games, I believe. So with that caveat, it has to be Watt. That opening stanza was incredibly memorable. (Closest I can think of was Rod Woodson, who burst a bit in his 3rd game)

    2. They are stout up front. So I think this will be another week of the rumblings and whatnot directed at Bell. I think we’ll win, so it will be tampered a bit. He’ll catch some to supplement his numbers. Say, 117 total yards.

    3. 6

    4. Yes. 301

    5. Looking at their schedule… 5 wins looks about right.

  • LucasY59

    1. its been awhile since I was as excited as I am about Watt, but there are plenty of guys I knew I would like from the 1st game I watched them play (but it wasnt until recenty that many rookies would play/start week 1) I guess my answer would be Hargrave last yr?

    2.120, he needs an even bigger game to make up for last week, but Im not sure how much success he will have against Linval Joseph and the Vikings front 7 (but I also expect him to get into his 150/game avg after this game…and there will be some other big games for him to make up for the bad 1st week)

    3. 5, seems like having Bell in there would be more useful than a TE, but I want to see them use more WRs (especially in this game so they can open up the passing game, and get a lead early) could be 5 more with the 10 package I described which would put them close to the 9 plays with 4 WRs from the previous game

    4. 330, like I said I expect the passing game to be used quite a bit this sunday, the Viking CBs are pretty decent but I think the O will turn it up after last week and I am expecting Brown and Bryant to have good games (so I hope 330 is the minimum Ben throws for)

    5. 3, there are a couple more that they will have a chance of winning, but its the Clowns so I just cant confidently say they win more than 3, Kizer looked decent but Im not ready to say he is gonna turn that joke of a team around, Colts, Jets and the Bungles are the 3 I am most confident in them beating, the Bears, Jags, or Chargers (and maybe a sweep on cinci?) could get them a few more

  • Jaybird

    Enjoy the Game Matt. I wish I was there , I’m jealous. But I’ll be out there later this year.

  • Chris92021

    1. After the first game as a rookie? Well, I must admit after seeing Jarvis Jones drop Chris Johnson in week 1 in 2013, I was excited. Alas that was as good as it got for Jones. As for Watt, I am excited but I’ve tempered my expectations. He did miss 3 tackles….

    2. 65 total yards. I don’t see him getting much until around week 7 for several reasons. One, I don’t see Haley giving him a lot of touches, and two, I am expected a hamstring injury which will bring about a lot of think-pieces on why players needs preseason.

    3. At least 10 times.

    4. 220 yards, 1 touchdown, 3 interceptions.

    5. I predicted before last week that the Browns will win 5 games. I am sticking to it.

    Enjoy the weekend, y’all. The Vikings are not going to be easy to defeat.

  • Riverstko

    1. Artie
    2. 120
    3. 6
    4. 290
    5. 6