2017 NFL Week 4: Steelers Friday Night Five Questions

Happy Friday to all of yinz once again and welcome to the last weekend of September.

By now, hopefully all of you have recovered from the Pittsburgh Steelers loss last Sunday to the Chicago Bears, who were blown out Thursday night by the Green Bay Packers. Here’s to hoping we don’t have to circle that loss later in the season.

On Sunday, the Steelers will play the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium with the AFC North lead up for grabs. The games between theses two teams have historical been very close but with that said, the Steelers have lost their last four games to the Ravens in Baltimore. Charlie Batch was the last Steelers quarterback to register a win in Baltimore, by the way.

It sure will be tough to talk about a 2-2 Steelers all next week as several of you probably had the team going 6-2 in their first eight games ahead of the regular season getting underway. In short and while obvious, they really need to beat the Ravens on Sunday. As of the time of this post, the Steelers are favored by 3-points.

I don’t know about all of you, but I’m really looking forward to watching the Friday night game between USC and Washington State as it will feature a battle of two highly-rated quarterbacks in Sam Darnold and Luke Falk. We should see quite an aerial show tonight at Martin Stadium in Pullman, WA.

Also, I plan on taping the John Madden ‘A Football Life’ that airs later tonight on the NFL Network as that looks like it will be worth seeing.

As usual, I have five questions for readers to answer on this Friday night and I hope several of you have time to participate. It only takes a few minutes of your time.

Have a safe weekend and enjoy the football awaiting you over the course of the next several days.

Peace and love, peace and love!


1 – Steelers wide receiver Justin Hunter claims he’ll dress Sunday against the Ravens. Assuming that’s ultimately the case, will he register more than 39 yards receiving in the game?

2 – Should Hunter indeed dress on Sunday, which wide receiver is most-likely to be inactive?

3 – In the eight games that he’s started against the Ravens in Baltimore during his career, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has averaged 244 yards passing. Will he exceed that average Sunday in Baltimore?

4 – It sounds like Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown will return punts Sunday against the Ravens. If he does, will his longest return be greater than 20 yards?

5 – The over/under for total points scored on Sunday in the game between the Steelers and Ravens is 42½. Are you taking the over or the under?


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

Question 1 – What a great question. The Bears gouged the Steelers with over 220 yards rushing and James Harrison was nowhere to be found on the field of play. We predicted Deebo would play between 4% to 60% of the defensive snaps. A lot of fans have expressed a wish he had played more than the 5% that he did play. The median response was 20% but Ted Webb pegged it and got a point.

Question 2 – We resoundingly rejected the notion of James Harrison being a healthy scratch by a 42-3 vote. If that holds all those folks will get a point at the end of the regular season.

Question 3 – Javon Hargrave & Anthony Chickillo got a sack a piece. 32 folks thought the Steelers would record at least 4 sacks. The 13 folks who said no got a point. Additionally, the 15 folks who named the Gravedigger and 20 who named Chickillo will also get points for correctly naming the sackers. No one collected 3 points but 12 different folks did get 2.

Question 4 – Markus Wheaton did play but you wouldn’t know it from the stat sheets since he failed to catch any of the 4 passes targeted to him. That gave the 8 people who said he would be 0 for 0 an easy 2 points.

Question 5 – Interestingly 43 folks named one of the listed games as the most inexcusable but only 28 named an upset loss that was “easiest to swallow.” So, for some, no excuses acceptable for any upset loss. The disappointment was spread evenly over four of the listed games that the Steelers were favored to win by more than a touchdown: The 2009 Browns (11) game because; well it’s the Browns and drove a stake in any playoff hopes. The 2014 Tampa Bay (9) game as this was one of only two wins all season for the hapless Bucs. The 2009 Oakland (9) game. Win this game and Steelers have momentum going to Cleveland and likely a top seed. Instead a loss against a 3-8 team and they miss the playoffs. The 2015 Baltimore (9) game. (I was there and Steelers fan were in abundance). Didn’t prevent a playoff appearance and we did beat the Bengals in the 1st round but this is the Ravens after all. Steelers fans were ready to rock M & T Stadium but were kept silent as the Crows ended the Steelers streak of six straight games scoring 30 or more points – when’s the last time that happened? The 2016 Miami (11) game seemed the easiest to take since they ended up a playoff game where the Black & Gold gained revenge. Next was 2015 Baltimore (6) game since they play the Steelers so tough especially at home. The 2009 Kansas City (5) game since their home field advantage is huge every year. No points for this question but was fun to read the comments.

BONUS Question- A lot of folks forgot to answer this question but 10 folks got a point for predicting Stephon Tuitt would not play.

Jeff Papiernik & Alan Tman exploded for 5 points each this week to take honors.

Here is the season leaderboard through week 3 (there are 11 points that have not been awarded)

1st Place AlanTman – 9 points

2nd Place (tie) Reader783 & Jeff Papiernik – 8 points

4th Place Beaver Falls Hosiery Company – 7 points

5th Place Josh Cummings – 6 points

5-way tie for 6th place with 5 points (Jeff McNeil, SJT63, Marcel Chris Chauvet, Luneth Gardens & Michael Mosgrove)

  • Spencer Krick

    1. Judging by his play in the preseason, No.
    2. Toughie. Says Bryant practiced in full on Friday. So DHB?
    3. No, my guess is they lean on Bell and the run game on Sunday. Especially with Williams out.
    4. Yes.
    5. Under.

  • Chris92021

    1. Yes. He will catch one long pass for 40 yards.
    2. Yes. And sit Eli Rogers. He is meh at best and downright helpless at worst. I would love to see Rogers in practice because the players and the coaching staff love that guy but on game day, he’s isn’t anything special.
    3. No. Big Ben will struggle in Baltimore like he always does. I just hope he doesn’t throw 3 or more interceptions.
    4. No. Koch will make sure Brown does not return any one of them. Longest return will be about 7-8 yards.
    5. Over. Ravens 31, Steelers 16.

    Enjoy the weekend, y’all. We are going to need all the luck this weekend in Baltimore.

  • SJT63

    1. No
    2. Rogers
    3. No
    4. No
    5. Under

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    🙏1. Yes
    2. Eli Rogers
    3. Yes
    4. Yes
    5. Over

  • Brad Wealand

    1) No, he might even score a red zone TD, but not more than 39 yards.
    2) DHB, but it will cost us in special teams.
    3) Yes, unfortunately. He’ll have to for us to have any chance after another slow start.
    4) 1, either the first or a late one.
    5) I hope I’m wrong, since I don’t think the Ravens can score that many points (but I didn’t think the Bears could either) but I’ll take the under in another defensive batter.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    1. Yes, but not much more. I’d still say fewer than 60.
    2. Hey-Bey
    3. No. The HOPE is that the Steelers successfully run the ball so he doesn’t have to throw for more.
    4. Yes. But not by much. 23? 24?
    5. Under. (Steelers 23, Ravens 17)

  • Jaybird

    1) yes over 40 yards
    2) Rogers
    3) yes Ben throws cover 244
    4) no- all fair catches
    5) since I think it will be the under – I’m going with the over. I don’t think I have been correct one time this year on anything so I’m using the old reverse psychology trick.

  • Rod Hedrick

    1 – Steelers wide receiver Justin Hunter claims he’ll dress Sunday against the Ravens. Assuming that’s ultimately the case, will he register more than 39 yards receiving in the game? Yes 2 catches 80 yards and a TD

    2 – Should Hunter indeed dress on Sunday, which wide receiver is most-likely to be inactive? I think they sit martavis bryant

    3 – In the eight games that he’s started against the Ravens in Baltimore during his career, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has averaged 244 yards passing. Will he exceed that average Sunday in Baltimore? Yes

    4 – It sounds like Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown will return punts Sunday against the Ravens. If he does, will his longest return be greater than 20 yards? No

    5 – The over/under for total points scored on Sunday in the game between the Steelers and Ravens is 42½. Are you taking the over or the under? Still excited for the 30 point game!

  • Ted Webb

    1. Yes 2 catches for for around 50 yds
    2. Easy DHB
    3. Yes he’ll throw for a little over 300 🙏🏽
    4. Yes he’ll return 2 over 20
    5. Under 24-14 Steelers

  • J.

    1. No
    2. Rogers
    3. No
    4. No
    5. Over

  • Riverstko

    1. Yes
    2. Heyward Bey
    3. Yes
    4. No
    5. Under

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    I think you have scored some points. When I get home will check and give you your ranking

  • Lil Smitty

    1. Yes. I don’t see them using him for combat catches. Each catch he makes will be for good fir over ten or fifteen yards.
    2. Eli Rogers
    3. Yes, I don’t think the running game will be that efficient. IF it is that efficient, then Ben can exploit it for big yard
    4. No.
    5. Over

  • Jeff McNeill

    1) no
    2) Rodgers
    3) no
    4) no
    5) under

  • Marcel Chris Chauvet

    1) Yes

    2) Eli Rogers

    3) No

    4) No

    5) Over

  • Robbie

    1 No. 2 for 28.
    2 Eli Rogers
    3 Yes
    4 No
    5 Under

  • PaeperCup

    1) No. Maybe a one 10 yard reception.
    2) Rogers in the Doghouse? No Receptions, muffed punt….But Hunter doesn’t play that same role. Hmm, might be a good game for JuJu.
    3) Yes, 245
    4) No, He’ll fair catch a few, and run out of bounds on the others.
    5) Under. Gonna be a low scoring bruiser.

    Bonus: yes, but only on Tuesdays.

  • DirtDawg1964

    1. No, he will be lucky to see more than 10 plays
    2. DHB
    3. I’m going out on a limb and say he gets his first 300+ yard game in Baltimore. 4. No
    5. Under. But we win big. 28-10. A guy can dream, right?

  • will

    1-no
    2-Rogers
    3-Yes
    4-No
    5-Under

  • Reader783

    1 – If he gets the same reps that Eli does, no. I see him as the red zone fade guy, so I say under.

    2 – Eli; DHB adds too much value on special teams, he truly does cover every punt pretty darn well.

    3 – Every week we get asked his question (an over/under for Ben’s passing yards) and I’ve taken the over every time, with no overs so far….I’ll keep taking the over. Yes, over 244.

    4 – Tough and good question, Koch is one of the best in the NFL. I say no; 20 yards is pretty tough, at that point it’s probably a TD return.

    5 – Under

  • Michael Mosgrove

    1 – Steelers wide receiver Justin Hunter claims he’ll dress Sunday against the Ravens. Assuming that’s ultimately the case, will he register more than 39 yards receiving in the game?

    yes

    2 – Should Hunter indeed dress on Sunday, which wide receiver is most-likely to be inactive?
    rogers

    3 – In the eight games that he’s started against the Ravens in Baltimore during his career, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has averaged 244 yards passing. Will he exceed that average Sunday in Baltimore?

    no.

    4 – It sounds like Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown will return punts Sunday against the Ravens. If he does, will his longest return be greater than 20 yards?

    no

    5 – The over/under for total points scored on Sunday in the game between the Steelers and Ravens is 42½. Are you taking the over or the under?

    under. way under.

  • Shane Mitchell

    1. No, but could see action in redzone package
    2. Rogers, but undeserved
    3. No
    4. No
    5. under

  • Bryan

    1. No
    2. Heyward-Bey
    3. Yes
    4. No
    5. Under, 24-17 Steelers win

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Jaybird – checked and you have been credited with one point for predicting Javon Hargrave would get a sack against the Bears in Week 3. You are currently in a tie for 42nd place.

    Let’s see where you are at after this week!

  • Jaybird

    42 place!!!! – I think Cam Thomas has a higher ranking on your all time Steeler list than I have on the Friday Night Five!

  • pittfan

    1. Yes. On 1 catch alone.
    2. DHB has to sit.
    3. Yes. 275.
    4. No.
    5. Under. 24-14

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Cam Thomas is currently ranked # 486 out of 1,484 players. You are 42nd out of 194. Your arrow is pointed up; Cam has peaked.

  • David Henderson

    1-yes and scored
    2-Rogers
    3-more but barely
    4-no
    5-under

  • Phil Brenneman II

    1. No

    2. Rogers. Especially with the news that AB will be returning punts. With JJSS logging way more snaps Rogers seems a bit redundant. I will add that I think it is unfortunate because I like Rogers in the slot.

    3. Yes

    4. No

    5. Under

  • Darth Blount 47

    1. No
    2. Rogers
    3. Yes.
    4. No.
    5. Under

  • heath miller

    1 NO’
    2 ELI
    3 NO
    4 NO
    5 UNDER

  • Carlos Ortega Fernández

    1. Yes

    2. Yes. Maybe Rogers

    3. No. I guess Ben will throw 225 yds but the star will be the running Game

    4. No

    5. Under. Steelers 23 Rats 17

  • WreckIess

    1. No
    2. Rogers. DHB is going to play for ST reasons and Juju seems to have taken over in the slot.
    3. Yup.
    4. Yes, but just barely.
    5. Under

  • Alan Tman

    1 Yes
    2 None
    3 Yes
    4 No
    5 Over

  • Paul Kuhns

    1. No
    2.DHB
    3.No
    4.No
    5. Under easy

  • 1. No
    2. Eli
    3. No
    4. No
    5. Under

  • LucasY59

    1. No, im not confident in the O right now, I hope Hunter helps , but I dont think hes gonna get 40+

    2. Rogers, he was in Tomlins doghouse last season at one point and Eli hasnt been that impressive so far this season

    3. I incorrectly called for Ben to finally have a big game last game, it didnt happen, but Im going to keep hoping, so Yes I think (hope) he will throw for 245+

    4. No, but at least with AB returning there is a a threat for him to break one for 20+ (which isnt the case with Rogers returning)

    5. even though I am wanting the O to finally breakout I am again not confident they will so I am taking under (both teams wont score much)

  • Steel-on-Target

    I almost watched the game against the Bears, but after the national anthem debacle, I turned off the tv. I won’t be watching the game against the Ravens, and I won’t be doing business with any known sponsors of the NFL for the time being. And please don’t take it personally, but I won’t be coming to this website much longer unless drastic changes come quickly. I don’t want anyone to profit from my website traffic or to claim that everything is fine judging from internet traffic. One of your moderators made it perfectly clear to me the other day by stating that players don’t have to stand, that it’s not in their contract, and it’s protected free speech. Just to be clear Mr. Marzi, we ALL have rights. Players have the right to express themselves, and I have the right to tune out of games and discontinue doing business with anyone or entity that supports the NFL.

    The Steelers have an opportunity to set an example for the league by honoring our country and veterans (by standing for the national anthem). They can always observe a moment of silence before or after the anthem to recognize victims of violence, police brutality, etc. Heck, they could even start the game with a timeout to recognize victims if the league is hellbent on making a political statement.

    The bottom line is that there are plenty of folks prepared to shun America’s favorite pastime if we need to. We tune in to the NFL to be entertained and tune out of politics for a few hours each week. Please don’t bite the hand that feeds you since after a certain point, apologies and promises to mend your ways will fall upon deaf ears.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    As an average Steelers fan; just do what you gotta do. The Steelers did nothing wrong other than to poorly execute a plan to avoid making a political spectacle of the Star Spangled Banner. If you listened to what Alejandro Villanueva had to say and respect his word; you would know that.

    That said, you have the right to boycott whatever you want. If you decide to come back; no hard feelings from me. Just don’t pull a Kaepernick or Trump on me by using the anthem to push your own particular social justice or political agenda.I ain’t in the market; just want to enjoy Pittsburgh Steelers football.

    PS – no points for you if no answer to the questions. 😉

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    1. Under. 28 yds
    2. Rogers
    3. Under
    4. Yes
    5. Under.

  • michael young

    1. No. Not unless he gets it on 1 catch. Ben’s deep ball has been off and he might only get 1 opportunity to make it happen.
    2. DHB. Although I have this odd feeling Rogers could be the guy. With Brown returning punts and JuJu coming along, maybe his playing time is at risk. Ps. I still wish we kept Ayers for this exact reason. I know he couldn’t stay healthy, but I felt he was a better version of Rogers when he did. YAC potential.
    3. I say, yes. I have a feeling that Ben will take what the D gives them this week after his remarks and takes a few shots deep. I’m thinking 275+ is the mark. Also, they will get Bell going better this week and that will open some things up off play action (which has curiously been absent. Could be because the line has played so poorly and they aren’t trying to get Ben killed.)
    4. No. Baltimore always wins the ST game against us……because Harbaugh. They will intelligently not punt to him and if they do, they will pin him to a side.
    5. Under. Unless both offenses wake up this week, it’s unlikely. Also, Baltimores D got smoked. Our D got run all over. I have a feeling both D’s will come to play.

  • Steel-on-Target

    Thanks man. I listened to the press conference with AV, and read remarks from Roethlisberger and Tomlin. Wholeheartedly agree that the plan was poorly executed. Just want things to get back to normal. Where players stand for the national anthem, play football and stick the politics in their back pocket. I hope the Steelers aren’t waiting for Goodell to make his first positive contribution to the NFL 😉 Get out in front of this problem! Don’t let it tarnish the shield!

    No points for no play? You’re tough 😉 Hey, I wouldn’t want to be called out for a total threadjack, so here are my picks:

    1) No. I just don’t think it will be a big passing day.
    2) Eli Rogers
    3) No. As much as I’d love to hear about Ben lighting up the Ravens, Haley will lean heavily on the running game.
    4) No.
    5) Under.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    So far, no Steelers have taken a knee. We will see on Sunday.

    For what it’s worth, Art Rooney II stated, “I expect our team will be on the field like they were prior to last Sunday…. Last Sunday was the first time, you know, we ever had any kind of incident with regards to the anthem. It’s over, as far as I’m concerned.”

    As for the rest of the NFL; I don’t really care. I am a Pittsburgh Steelers fan.

  • scott redmond

    who cares boycott is on till every player stands with hand over heart for the anthem. the knee crap and locking arms must be stopped till then BOYCOTT NFL AND THE ADVERTIZERS

  • Kevin Reich

    1. No.
    2. Rogers.
    3. Yes. If not Haley should be relieved of his play calling duties.
    4. No.
    5. Under.

  • Jason Campbell

    1) yes, the first play of the game, 75 yd TD, his only catch
    2) Eli
    3) yes
    4) yes, the winning TD
    5) under 21- 13

  • 1.) Hmm, if he does indeed dress, I’ll be optimistic and say yes.

    2.) Well, for his bone-headed play last week, I’d like it to be Eli Rogers. Just to teach him a lesson.

    3.) I’m on the fence about this one. I mean, Bell hasn’t had much success running the ball in the past at Baltimore, and as-of-late, he’s shown us all just how rusty he is from missing training camp and the entire preseason. I think Ben may have to pass a lot more, but then again, Ben’s numbers on the road so far this season are nothing to gloat about either. This is a tough one. I’ll still have to say no.

    4.) ABSO-FRIGGIN’-LUTELY!

    5.) Just barely under.

    This could be a long day for our team, my friends. I hope the change to A.B. returning punts makes a difference. Also, NO INJURIES! I’m a bit worried.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    yoi.

  • NCSteel

    Yes
    Eli ( although he is more suitable as An MB replacement)
    Yes
    No
    46 points scored.

  • Matt Manzo

    Happy Friday!!!

    1: No. He gets just under at 38 yards!

    2: I think Rodgers sits cuz he’s in Tomlins doghouse for at least a week.

    3: No. Bell will bust out during this game.

    4: No. Brown won’t get a 20 yarder get.

    5: Way under! Tie breaker for 10 points…. I say it’s a 23 point game.

  • pittfan

    positive mental attitude brings positive results.

  • Steel-on-Target

    Hanging in the tunnel was slightly better than kneeling during the anthem, but still unacceptable for me.

    Thanks for pointing out Art’s statement. I decided to turn on the game, and was pleased to see a return to normalcy. Sure hope that it continues. Just want to be able to watch my Steelers!

  • I was right about this –

    Tomlin: Eli Rogers didn’t dress because he put the ball on the ground. Gave him a week off to think about it.