2017 NFL Week 7: Steelers Friday Night Five Questions

Happy Friday and welcome to the weekend. I’m glad all of you made it through another week.

The Pittsburgh Steelers will play the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday at Heinz Field and if they win that game, they will be the new No. 1 seed in the AFC entering Week 8. While the Bengals are currently 2-3, their defense certainly looks great on tape and thus Sunday will be yet another big test for the Steelers offense. While the Bengals certainly won’t be eliminated from the playoff picture should they lose to the Steelers on Sunday, they certainly will have a tough time winning the AFC North if that happens.

The Steelers will be without defensive end Stephon Tuitt on Sunday and that’s a big blow. He really has played well so far this season even though he’s missed nearly half the games due to injuries. At least it looks like the Steelers will have inside linebacker Vince Williams this weekend and hopefully Tyson Alualu can fill Tuitt’s shoes admirably.

It sure would be nice to have at least a few weeks in a row without having to discuss any sort of drama surrounding the Steelers. This past week it was the Martavis Bryant trade request report that needed to be waded through. What in the hell could possibly be in store for us next week? I really cant wait for the bye week to get here and I bet the team feels the same way.

On a personal note, I had four canister lights installed in my office on Thursday and now I can finally see what I’m reading and typing. Do you see how exciting my life is?

Ok, now it is time for the Friday night five questions and hopefully several of you have time to answer all of them in the comments below. I think I have a few good ones for you.

Have a great weekend and peace and love to all of yinz.

Go Steelers!

1 – Is Steelers safety Mike Mitchell a dirty player in your eyes?

2 – Between Steelers cornerbacks Artie Burns and Joe Haden, which one will be tested deep the most during Sunday’s game against the Bengals?

3 – How many total penalties will be called in Sunday’s game between the Steelers and the Bengals?

4 – Will Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell have more rushing yards on Sunday than Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green has receiving yards?

5 – Over or under 40½ total points being scored in Sunday’s game between the Steelers and the Bengals?

Bonus – True or false: The Steelers will be the only AFC North team to win in Week 7.

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

Question 1- We were all over the place after the 5-interception game versus the Jaguars. Anywhere from # 1 to # 32. The mean appeared to be somewhere between 8-10.

Question 2 – James Harrison played 15 of 54 defensive snaps against the Chiefs (27.778%). Our responses ranged from 5-50% with a mean response of 20% – not bad. First time respondent Charles Haines was the closest predicting 26% and gets the point.

Question 3 – 31 yeas to 7 nays on whether the Chiefs would turn over the ball. The nays have it and each receive a point.

Question 4 – 28 folks took the under on Eli Rogers getting 44.5 receiving yards. 9 took the over. The unders have it as Eli was shut out.

Question 5 – The 25 optimists who picked Le’Veon Bell beat out the 12 pessimists who picked Kareem Hunt for most total yards: Bell had 191 total yards to Hunt’s 110.

Bonus – Pittsburgh’s defense did give up a 57-yard touchdown pass to De’Anthony Thomas but the question was a run over 20 yards. According to the Football Reference Alex Smith’s 11-yard scamper was their longest rushing play. Kareem Hunt’s longest run was for 5 yards. Only 4 folks got his one right. Congrats Jaybird, RiversTKO, Josh Cummings & Reader783.

The most points scored this week was 3. Here is the leaderboard after Week 6:

1st Place – Reader783 with 15 points
2nd Place – AlanTman; Jeff McNeil & SJT63 with 13 points (Tman has come company chasing Reader)
5th Place – Darth Blount47 with 12 points
6th Place – Matt Manzo; Chris92021; LucasY59 & Beaver Falls Hosiery with 11 points
10th Place –Jeff Papiernik; SkoolHouseRoxx & Josh Cummings with 10 points

Dropped out of leaderboard: Michael Mosgrove; Marcel Chris Chauvet; & Johnny Loose … for now. A big po9int week will get them tight back in it.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    1. No.Overexuberant at times but not dirty. Remember, he was born in Cincinnati area; it took Steelers time to scrub the dirt off of him.
    2. Burns.
    3. 17
    4. He better. I see Bell over 100. Green receiving less than 89.
    5. Over. Steelers offense finally hits 30 mark. 30-17.
    Bonus – False.

  • Chris92021

    1. No, not dirty. He’s always a step behind though.

    2. Artie Burns because he’s more suspect in coverage than Joe Haden.

    3. 20.

    4. No. Haley will now go to his gameplan, which will be to throw the ball 50 times. Green will get 125 yards, Bell, 80.

    5. Over.

    Bonus: No.

    Enjoy the weekend, y’all. This Sunday is going to be tough.

  • Jaybird

    Beav I can’t remember the question exactly from last week but you said the chiefs didn’t commit a TO last week. Doesn’t snapping the ball out o the end zone count as a TO?

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    I didn’t count it as such since Pittsburgh did not recover the ball but don’t know the correct answer.
    I may have to get a read from Las Vegas if an official protest is filed.

  • Jaybird

    1) Mitchell is more stupid than dirty
    2) Burns. No one throwing at Haden.
    3) 7 bengal penalties, 6 steeler penalties= 13 total
    4) no I think green gets more yards than Bell
    5) going with the over

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Bonus answer is?

  • Guillermo Garcia-Gomez

    1. No. Most of his “dirty” plays happen

    before the whistle and I like the physicality in his game. I might think different if he was twisting ankles after plays or other stuff like that.
    2. Haden because he’s lost a step. However, he does seem to be holding up.
    3. 15 total penalties, 8 by CIN and 7 by PIT.
    4. Yes. Bell gets 117 on the ground and Green has 105 receiving.
    5. Over.
    Bonus: Yes

  • Ted Webb

    1. No not a dirty player to me.
    2. Artie Burns
    3. 9
    4. Yes, Bell will have more yards
    5. I’ll take the Over Steelers Offense finally breaks out
    Bonus. True

  • francesco

    1. Yes
    2. ABurns
    3. 17 penalties
    4. Bell
    5. Over
    Bonus: Cleveland wins too

  • pittfan

    1. meh, the ankle twist on West looks over the line to me. Everything else may be close but I wouldn’t say his game is dirty.
    2. haden, top end speed is not his forte.
    3. I’m going with 14. 8/6
    4. yes 145 to 115
    5. over 46 totaL
    BTW, I know my score sucks but, how bad? Cellar dweller?

  • Kevin Schwartz

    1) Depends how you define dirty. I don’t think he goes out of his way to injure people, but I don’t think he plays particularly “clean” either.

    2) Burns, I’m guessing, just because he’s less experienced.

    3) Hmmm… I think they’ll both be on decent behavior, because this is an important game. So, I’ll go with 13.

    4) Man, I really like this defense, but I’m hesitant to start expecting much out of them. I’ll say Bell by a bit – 123 yards for Bell, 90 for Green.

    5) I’ll go over. I’m still not convinced we don’t have a high-powered offense.

    Bonus: Probably not, but I’ll be optimistic and say yes.

  • Jeff McNeill

    1) no
    2) Burns
    3) 12
    4) bell more
    5) over
    Bonus false

  • Eric Childress

    1. No
    2. Haden
    3. 16
    4. Yes, Bell has 120 on the ground, Green held to 65
    5. Under, good defense and sloppy offense on both sides
    Bonus: True

  • Reader783

    1 – No, 1 borderline play does not a dirty player make

    2 – Joe, since last season, has been careful to not get beat deep. Based on Artie’s performance last week, the Bengals might try to test him out and stretch the field.

    3 – 16

    4 – Yes

    5 – Under

    Bonus – True.

    *knock on wood*

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    1. No, he’s not. He just hits hard and that comes with scrutiny.
    2. Haden is covering Green, correct? I’ll go with that. Haden.
    3. 10 penalties
    4. Bell rushing
    5. Under
    Bonus: Truth

  • PaeperCup

    Hey doesn’t the safety count as a turnover?

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Nope. I thought it did too, but nah!

  • PaeperCup

    1) Yes. point awarded. I don’t think he’s evil, I think Burfict is evil. But I think Mitchell likes to knowingly bend and sometimes break the rules to make a big play. Not to hurt someone.
    2) Mr. Burns
    3) 9. Only 1 personal foul. A borderline roughing the passer. I honestly think the game will be kept in check. The refs will be on top of the dirty stuff, and we will see the usual holding and false starts. Maybe some PI calls.
    4) Yes. I mean I hope so. But I think yes.
    5) Under, another gritty slug fest. Defense, defense, defense. And lots of field goals.

    B) please be true.

  • PaeperCup

    Maybe if we caught the ensuing punt!

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Also I thought turnover on downs was a turnover too since it LITERALLY SAYS TURNOVER!!! Apparently that’s not one either.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    You are in a tie for 31st place with 5 points.

  • PaeperCup

    so they failed to recover the ball on consecutive plays.

  • Paul Barracliffe

    1. In my eyes he is not all that good but not that dirty.
    2. Burns
    4. Yes
    5. Under 39-0 Pittsburgh

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    #2 – Burns or Haden?

  • Alan Tman

    1 Not dirty, but he needs to focus more on football than clapping after making a tackle 15 yds down the field. You can book we draft a QB, FS, TE, and OLB.
    2 AB25
    3 8
    4 Yes
    5 Over
    Bonus False

  • Mister Wirez

    1) NO. MM’s the victim of being labeled a “HITTER” in a current-day -PANSY LEAGUE.

    2). BURNS: I think Artie will see more AJ Green too.

    3). TOTAL PENALTIES = 13

    4). YES. The O-line & Bell is rollin’

    5). UNDER = AFC North football.

    Bonus = TRUE!

  • Josh Cummings

    1. No.
    2. Haden.
    3. 16. About the avg.between both teams… i dont expect anything too egregious
    4. Yes. Even though the offense has been unpredictible on how they will perform so far… especially with the use of Bell week to week… I think we can create enough of a pass rush to disrupt Dalton, and keep a lid on AJ.
    5. UNDER. Both defenses coming to play on Sunday.

    Bonus: Yes.

  • Riverstko

    1. No, but he talks too much trash
    2. Burns
    3. 11
    4. Yes
    5. Under
    B. True

  • JNick

    1. No Mitchell isn’t dirty. He’s an average safety that tries to make up for his lack of coverage skills with big hits. He’s not intelligent enough to adjust his game and is hurting his team in the process. I will be happy when his contract is up.
    2. Burns
    3. 18. It’s going to get ugly.
    4. AJ Green. Bell is going to around 80 this week.
    5. Over, I’m guessing 45. 24-21 Steelers
    6. False.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    Bengals are 2-3 right now.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    This question was interpreted to be about giveaways/takeaways which are interceptions or recovering opponents fumbles. KC Chiefs are credited with only 1 such turnover so far this year.

  • Lambert58

    1. I’ll go with the unpopular opinion and say ‘No” he’s not a dirty player. A hard, aggressive hitter and maybe not always on target but not necessarily dirty.
    2. I’d could see both. Artie gets distracted sometimes and Haden is a bit too lax at times. Fortunately both have good make up speed. I’ll go with Artie. I think he can be fooled more than Haden even though Burns has better speed.
    3. 13 penalties
    4. Most definitely, Bell will have more rushing yards than Green has receiving.
    5. Over 40 but not by much.
    Bonus: True but I give the Ravens a puncher’s chance in Minny. (Factoid: The Ravens have never won in Minnesota)

  • PaeperCup

    Costing us Valuable FNQ points here Beav!

  • J.

    1. no
    2. Burns
    3. 15
    4. Yes
    5. Over
    Bonus: True

  • Jason Campbell

    1) nope
    2) Artie
    3) 18
    4) yes
    5) under
    Bonus: true

  • ginko18

    1. No. I think he (as well as many other DB) need to adjust to new rules. Only clear dirty player is Burfict.
    2. Burns. Inexperience + lapses in judgement = early targets
    3. Without knowing officiating crew, 14.
    4. Bell with more rushing yards
    5. Under. FG fest
    Bonus – True

  • Reader783

    Sorry, to clarify I think they’ll try and stretch Burns out given his performance last week. I think Joe has been playing to not get beat deep.

  • Jaybird

    I’m not going to file a protest lol. But I saw on cbs sports that it was listed as a fumble lost. But on espn sports it was NOT listed as a TO. Does anyone know if a fumble out of the end zone counts as a TO? Just curious.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    1 – Is Steelers safety Mike Mitchell a dirty player in your eyes?

    dirty? no. dumb? yes

    2 – Between Steelers cornerbacks Artie Burns and Joe Haden, which one will be tested deep the most during Sunday’s game against the Bengals?

    burns against the run. haden against the pass.

    3 – How many total penalties will be called in Sunday’s game between the Steelers and the Bengals?


    4 – Will Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell have more rushing yards on Sunday than Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green has receiving yards?


    5 – Over or under 40½ total points being scored in Sunday’s game between the Steelers and the Bengals?


    Bonus – True or false: The Steelers will be the only AFC North team to win in Week 7.

    browns win.

  • WreckIess

    1. Nope. Just extremely aggressive and emotional.
    2. Artie. He needs to rein it in a bit. Too much guessing. Not enough reading.
    3. 14
    4. Yes.
    5. Under. 23-10 good guys.
    Bonus: false. I think Baltimore and Cleveland win actually.

  • pittfan

    Well it sounds like I need to get on the stick. Hopefully there are at least 33 people in the mix!!

  • heath miller

    1 no
    2 burns
    3 14
    4 yes
    5 over 40.5
    Bonus false

  • Matt Manzo

    Happy Friday!

    1: I don’t think he’s dirty, I think he’s old school!

    2: Burns.

    3: 14

    4: Bell! Because I bet against him last week!

    5: Under. I think we’ll still struggle to score, but we will win!

    Bonus: False

  • Mike Lloyd

    1) Reckless aggression and Intemperate. Yes.
    Dirty…I think we all want to give him the benefit of the doubt…but he can be construed as dirty by the opposition. So yeah.
    2) Haden.
    3) 16 penalties total
    4) No. Green will have more receiving yards…The Bengals will throw a lot because they’ll be behind early.
    5) I’m taking the over.

    Bonus. True

  • LucasY59

    1. I dont think he is dirty, but I do think he is good at doing dumb things, way more penalties than I would like to see from him

    2.Haden, I think Ross is going to line up on the right side most of the time and so that will be against Joe, and Ross is going to run more deep routes than Green

    3. the less the better but with players like Confict playing it will probably be more than I want to see, im gonna guess 12 (but it could be more)

    4.yes Bell, I think Green will have a good game (they will force him the ball) but I think Lev has a better game

    5. over, theres a good chance its a defensive game, but a better chance its a shootout, Im taking over

    bonus: yes, clowns arent beating the Titans and if the Vikings can beat the Packers they can beat the ratbirds

  • JohnB

    1. I was down on his play last week but after watching it I’m back to the neutral MM opinion.
    2. Burns will get picked on because he has his lumps. I think he’ll get a pick in this game or next.
    3. I’m going with 8 penalties total because of some people not playing and Steelers cleaning theirs up.
    4. Bell will have more yards than Green
    5. Under 40 points total
    Bonus: False I think the Ravens will get the Vikings.

  • SteelerFanInMD

    1. No. He just showboats too much.
    2. Artie
    3. 10. Penalties won’t be an issue.
    4. Yes as long as he avoids injury from a dirty Bengals tackle.
    5. True. Scoring will be higher than expected.
    Bonus: true

  • SilverSteel

    Ask Siri, tough question. Just wondering if “she” knows.

  • DirtDawg1964

    The only two events that count as a turnover are fumbles and interceptions. Even being stopped on fourth down isn’t a turnover.

  • DirtDawg1964

    1. Stupid. Not dirty
    2. Burns
    3. 15
    4. Bell
    5. Over as the Steelers finally crack the 30 barrier
    Bonus: since I want everyone else to lose, I will say true

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    90 have scored.

  • Marcel Chris Chauvet

    1) Yes

    2) Burns

    3) 14

    4) Bell

    5) Over

    Bonus: Yes

  • Phil Brenneman II

    1. I lean towards no.

    2. Artie Burns

    3. 11

    4. No

    5. Under

    Bonus: True

  • pittfan

    woot woot!

  • 1. No. Emotional, yes. Dirty? Nah
    2. I’m gonna go Haden, since I think he’ll be covering AJ Green.
    3. 8
    4. Yes. Maybe even more receiving yards
    5. Over
    Bonus: False. Ravens will find a way and keep things tight in the North

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    ya didnt finish

  • Ace

    1) No, not dirty. A little reckless and silly at times. There is no tape of him twisting ankles or poking eyes or stomping on guys or anything like that. To me, that’s dirty. His fines are for legit football plays IMO. 10 years ago he would be considered an enforcer. I still think that’s his best attribute. Strikes fear, if you will.
    2) Burns. Depends on who covers AJ which should be Burns right?
    3) 10
    4) No, I’ll go with Green on this one. All it takes is one time of Artie staring in the backfield for Green to break off a 60 yarder.
    5) Under. PGH-20 CIN-16 (yet another road dog cover.)
    B) False. Ravens over Minny because of course.

  • Steel Realist PAul

    1. No, I don’t think so. But he’s right on the line. While that low hit wasn’t intentional, the helmet to helmet is way late these days in still happening.
    2. Both will be tested, but the Ben-gals know Haden better than they do Burns and the whole country saw Burns running around out of position against the Chiefs. Burns gets targeted more and toasted at least once.
    3. 13
    4. Green – Ben-gals will be looking to stop the run first.
    5. Under. Steelers have two linemen out and their offense isnt playing well already. Ben-gals have strong DBs.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery


  • Steel Realist PAul

    Bonus – no. Ravens beat Vikes.

  • Paul Kuhns

    1.i just think he likes to hit. AFtee play stuff is what I consider “dirty”
    3. 15
    4.bell all day

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    5 & bonus?

  • SJT63

    1. Whatever
    2. Burns
    3. 14
    4. Bell
    5. Under
    Bonus. False

  • 1.) I guess not, but I’d still rather have Wilcox out there.

    2.) Artie Burns

    3.) 15

    4.) yes

    5.) over

    Bonus: true

  • Jeff Papiernik

    1. No, but who cares
    2. Whoever is covering Green, so I’m guessing Burns
    3. 14
    4. Green
    5. Under
    Bonus: False (Ravens and Browns will lose, but so will Steelers)

  • Eddy

    1) No, but he’s close
    2) Haden, he’ll follow AJ
    3) 21
    4) No
    5) Under
    Bonus: Yes

  • Darth Blount 47

    Stay tuned….

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    got it.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

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