2017 NFL Week 8: Steelers Friday Night Five Questions

Happy Friday, Steelers fans, and welcome to the last weekend of October.

The Pittsburgh Steelers will play the Detroit Lions Sunday night and that means we’ll all get a chance to sit back and watch a lot of football prior to that contest getting underway. It will make for a late evening for us on the site, but I look forward to the nationally televised night game just the same.

The Steelers bye week will follow the game against the Lions and that probably couldn’t have come at a better time. Here’s to hoping that defensive end Stephon Tuitt, tackle Marcus Gilbert and tight end Vance McDonald are ready to return to the field in Week 10.

How many of you are geared up to watch Saturday’s game between Penn State and Ohio State? That figures to be a good one for sure and I’m looking forward to watching it.

With not much happening this week in my life, let’s get right to this week’s five questions and as usual, I hope several of you can take some time to answer each of them in the comment section.

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

Go Steelers!

1 – Is the Thursday night hit to the head and neck area of Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco by Miami Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso a suspendable offense, in your opinion?

2 – The Lions defense has only allowed 6 total deep passes (longer than 15 yards past the line of scrimmage) to be completed to opposing wide receiver in their first 6 regular season games. How many will Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger complete to his wide receivers Sunday night in Detroit?

3 – Former Steelers tackle Brian Mihalik is expected to make his first career start Sunday night for the Lions. How many total sacks and penalties will he be charged with during the game?

4 – Should Steelers rookie wide receiver JuJu-Smith-Schuster ultimately score a touchdown Sunday night against the Lions, will his post-score celebration somehow be related to a bike?

5 – Will the Sunday night combined receiving yardage of Smith-Schuster, Eli Rogers, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Justin Hunter be greater than or less than 99.5?

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

Question 1 – Mike Mitchell is not a dirty player in the eyes of 38 of 43 respondents to this question. Overexuberant maybe but not dirty compared to Vontaze Burfict. The clips of Burfict kicking and then swatting at Roosevelt Nix after the whistle seemed to confirm the majority view at least for this game. Just for comparison’s sake; Burfict has played less than half the games that Mitchell has through the 2016 season: 58 to 124. Burfict has been penalized 32 times (13 for unnecessary toughness; 1 roughing the passer; 2 personal fouls). Mitchell penalized 26 times (6 unnecessary roughness; 2 taunting; 1 personal foul; 2 face masks & 2 illegal blocks). So, Burfict is roughly penalized twice as often as Mitchell. Another measure is fines. Mitchell has been fined 5 times for $95,463 (2013 for taunting; 2015 for unnecessary roughness & hitting defenseless receiver; 2017 helmet to helmet on West & being pushed/tripped by Anthony Chickillo). Burfict has been fined 10 times and suspended twice for 3 games each forfeiting $2,187,018 (2013 for striking a groin; hitting defenseless player & spearing; 2014 for ankle twisting; 2015 combo of unsportsmanlike conduct plays vs Steelers; late hit vs Ravens; late hit on AB 2nd game that season; 2016 stepping on player & flipping bird at fans; 2017 illegal hit). I’d say Burfict wins the title of dirty player over Mitchell who is nowhere close to his league.

Question 2 – I only counted five deep passes attempted by Andy Dalton. Inexplicably only one in the 2nd half – or maybe that is why the Steelers started to collect sacks. I have Burns & Haden both defending two apiece with Mike Hilton the CB defending the 5th one. Everyone who responded Burns or Haden to this question got a point.

Question 3 – Wow. Only 6 penalties called in a Bengals game? Our answers ranged from 8-21 flags being thrown. The mean response was 14 although a number if folks thought this would be a relatively clean game. Kudos to Alan Tman; Johnny Loose & JohnB for having the low-ball answers; you all get a point.

Question 4 – The vote was 34 for Bell gaining more rushing yards to 9 for Green receiving more yards. That’s 3.77 times more for Bell than Green. Bell had 134 yards rushing to Green’s 41 yards receiving. That’s 3.27 times more yards for Bell. In fact; Bell even outgained Green in receiving – 58 yards to 41 yards.

Question 5 – For a while there; it appeared that Todd Haley had taken the Under on this question (what is his handle on Steelers Depot?) The score did not go over 40.5 until 5:14 left in the game.

Bonus – Tennessee & Minnesota helped Pittsburgh. The Steelers just had to do their business and they did. 24 folks called it and got a point. Very nice when the Steelers are the only team in the AFC North to win.

13 folks scored 4 of 5 possible points. Congrats to pittfan, Alan Tman, SteelerFaninMD, DirtDawg1964, Ted Webb, Johnny Loose, Guillermo Garcia-Gomez, Marcel Chris Chauvet, Lambert58, J., Wes Lee, LucasY59 & Kevin Schwartz for being the week’s high-scorers.

Leaderboard after Week 7:

1st Place – Reader783 with 18 points (4 weeks in a row in first)
2nd Place – Alan Tman with 17 points (4 weeks in a row in second)
3rd Place – Jeff McNeil with 16 points
4th Place – (tie) SJT63, Darth Blount 47, LucasY59 with 15 points (the pack)
7th Place – Beaver Falls Hosiery Company with 14 points
8th Place – (tie) Matt Manzo, Chris92021, J., SkoolHouseRoxx, Marcel Chris Chauvet, Josh Cummings, DirtDawg1964 with 13 points (the second pack)
15th Place – PaeperCup & Johnny Loose with 12 points

Dropped out of leaderboard – Jeff Papiernik

  • Jaybird

    1) flaccid slid late- no suspension
    2) what is considered a deep pass ? Over 20? Over 40?
    If it’s over 20 then I’ll say three
    If it’s over 40 I’ll say two
    3) 1 sack, two penalties
    4) no
    5) over 100 yards for all four combined

  • SteelersDepot

    (longer than 15 yards past the line of scrimmage)

  • Jaybird


  • Chris92021

    1. No. Most of the player safety issues are due to the players who don’t know how to protect themselves (QBs who hang their receivers out to dry when throwing those deep ins and crossing routes, QBs who don’t know how to slide properly and in a timely fashion like last night, RBs who don’t keep their heads up, etc.). It was an unfortunate situation but this was not suspension worthy like Danny Trevathan on Davante Adams.

    2. Over 20 yards I will say 2 (one to Brown and one to Heyward-Bey)

    3. 2 penalties, 0 sacks.

    4. No. Leave that for the Heinz Field crowd who will appreciate it more.

    5. Greater.

    Enjoy the weekend, y’all. This one in Detroit is going to be tough.

  • Alan Tman

    1 No
    2 4
    3 4
    4 Yes, but it maybe about Mia Khalifa
    5 More

    Nothing about Bob McNair?

  • francesco

    1. No
    2. 1
    3. 0
    4. Yes
    5. Less

  • S.T.

    1. Absolutely. None of you can honestly say that if that play had happened to Ben that any of you would say “no.” Late slide or not, the hit obliterated Flacco’s head, separating his chinstrap from his helmet and his helmet from his head.
    2. 3
    3. Two penalties, zero sacks.
    4. Yes
    5. Greater

  • Phil Brenneman II

    I would say no. I almost always side with the defense. You are trained to play a certain way and giving up on plays can cost you. Nobody can reasonably expect these guys to start half stepping during plays to make sure they might not hit someone too hard.

    I am not a fan of the kicking in the face after plays, twisting ankles, etc etc….I have never been hard on guys for hitting at high speeds.

  • pittfan

    1. No. Flacco didn’t give himself up nearly as quick as he needs to if he wants the protection.
    2. 4. 2 to Ab, 1 to J2S2, 1 to Hunter.
    3. 1 sack, 2 holds. he’ll get attacked. at least he should, if anyone knows what he’s weak at its Munch.
    4. if he scores….no.
    5. greater…balance will be the watch word

  • Phil Brenneman II

    1. I would say no. I think if it is a player with a history you could probably change that (does Kiko have a history?) but in general I think it is hard to tell what is going through a players mind. I am sure every defensive player wants to “kill” the QB any chance they get but I think you only suspend a guy for repeated violations or a clearly dirty act. I don’t see where this was clearly dirty.

    A lot of people are too caught up in the world of slow motion and still frames and forget that these guys move at 4.3 40 speeds and have a job to do. Our whole lives we are taught to never quit, don’t stop until the whistle blows, hustle off of the field, give it 100%, or give maximum effort. So how can we ask these guys to start pulling up, second guessing, re-directing, etc etc…..

    2. 2

    3. 4

    4. No

    5. Greater than.

  • 1.) It was pretty obvious Flacco was already sliding feet-first when he came in for the hit. He didn’t seem to let-up at all. If that had been James Harrison, Goodell would already have him hanging from a tree somewhere by now, but this guy? I don’t know what will happen. You’re asking me if, in my opinion, I think it’s a hit worthy of a suspension. I’ll say yes, but it will probably only result in a heavy fining. I’ve seen dirtier plays in the past by players known to be dirty, and some of them only received a fine as well. I don’t remember hearing anything dirty about this Alonso guy, but then again, I don’t follow the Miami Dull-fins.

    2.) I’ll say two, but it may have been more if Martavis Bryant were to play. This may have been a good time for Martavis Bryant to shine. Tomlin may not just be ‘punishing’ Bryant, but he may be unknowingly punishing the team as well by keeping Bryant out of this of this one. Oh well. We’ll see.

    3.) Two sacks and three penalties.

    4.) LOL Did he say something along those lines about him doing so? I wouldn’t know because I don’t do the whole Twitter thing. I guess I’ll have to start getting into it if I really want to hear everything these guys say all day and night long. I’ll say no he doesn’t do anything in the endzone having to do with a bike.

    5.) Yes.

    No Bonus Question?!?! What’s the world coming to?!?! LOL

  • Lambert58

    1. Yep. Suspend his butt.
    2. 3
    3. 3 sacks & 2 holding calls
    4. I’ll say yes just because I want to see him get another TD and see another entertaining celebration.
    5. Yes, over 99.5 yards for non-AB, non-Bell WRs.

  • Reader783

    1 – The NFL is pretty wishy washy nowadays with suspensions. Brady and Zeke get suspended with no evidence, Burfict no suspension with a kick to the head, but does get a suspension for a hit to the chest of Sherman? So YES, he COULD get suspended for this hit, I honestly don’t think it was THAT dirty.

    2 – 4

    3 – 4

    4 – Yes haha

    5 – I sure hope so, yes.

  • On question 2.

    (…….out of this of this one.)

    LOL I’d edit my typing error, but I don’t want folks thinking I cheated on my answers. Are the edits dated so the moderators know when the edits are made?

  • Jason Campbell

    1) no way
    2) 5, 2 to AB, 1 to Eli, 1 to JuJu, and 1 to Hunter
    3) 2 sacks, 2 penalties
    4) I hope so
    5) under

  • Matt Manzo

    Happy Friday!

    1: No. QB slides are too close to call for a suspension. A fine, sure. But no suspension.

    2: 3 deep completions for Ben!

    3: 2 sacks, 2 penalties for Mihalik.

    4: Yes! Because he should.

    5: Under. I think we’ll be conservative in the passing game.

  • Jeff McNeill

    1) no just a fine
    2) 3
    3) 5 3 sacks 2 penalites
    4) yes
    5) less

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    I say he do the pee wee Herman dance

  • Kevin Schwartz

    1) I’ve heard about 12 people talking about it. I’m gonna go with no. He went down late, and the guy wasn’t head-hunting. Fine is fine, but no suspension.

    2) I’ll go with 3. I’m hoping the offense gets on track.

    3) 3? Again, optimistic.

    4) I hope so, so, I’ll go yes.

    5) Lower. Somewhere around 75-80.

  • Marcel Chris Chauvet

    1) No question, the answer is YES!

    2) 4

    3) 3

    4) Absolutely

    5) Yes (I sure hope so)

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Happy Stranger Things 2 fellas!
    1. No. Flacco slide hella late and Kiko was mid flight.
    2. 8 passes of 15 yds or more.
    3. 5: 3 sacks 1 holding 1 false start
    4. No. (Would be funny as hell if he went and got it tho)
    5. Yes!

  • Riverstko

    1. No
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. No
    5. Less

  • Michael Mosgrove

    the ratbirds obliterated the phins last night. 40-0.

    1. yes, as was the blatant eye gouge and the choke throw.
    2. 2.
    3. 2 sacks 2 penalties.
    4. yes and they will play queen! the penguins played queen and juju mimiced riding a bike.
    5. over

  • Ted Webb

    1. No, no suspension fine yes
    2. 2
    3. 4 total 2 sacks and 2 penalties
    4. 💯% yes!!!
    5. Less

  • Dan

    1. Yes.

    2 – Let’s go with 3.

    3 – 2 sacks, but tons of pressures.

    4 – Nah, too obvious. What else is he into?

    5 – Less.

  • J.

    1. No because Flacco mad a late slide. Yes it was a penalty but no it was not dirty and he does not deserve to be suspended.
    2. Three
    3. 2 sacks 2 penalties
    4. No
    5. Less than

  • DirtDawg1964

    1. It is borderline. He slid late. But the hit was vicious and the consequences were brutal. It’s suspendable.
    2. Two
    3. One of each
    4. Heck yeah! “Bicycle, bicycle, bicycle. I want to ride my bicycle, bicycle, bicycle”
    5. Less than

    Good luck everyone. My son is getting married Sunday. I can’t say I’m happy to miss a game too often, but this time I am.

  • JohnB

    1. No I don’t think the hit on Flacco is worth a suspension. It was a good hit but what do I know anymore?
    2. Big Ben will get three deep passes but he’ll try for more.
    3. I say Mihalik gives up a sack but no flags.
    4. man I hope so (yes)
    5. Our non-AB WRs will have more than 100 yards combined.

  • Lambert58

    flaccid lol

  • heath miller

    1 yes
    2 2
    3 2
    4 hell yeah love ju ju
    5 greater

  • Mike Lloyd

    1) Yes. When a QB goes into a slide as Flacco did, contact should resemble two hand touch.
    QBs are being protected as much as possible-allowing that hit to stand without punishment will embolden others.
    2) Ben will throw for 4 over 15 yards.
    3) Mihalik will surrender 1 sack and have 2 penalties called-a false start and a holding call.
    4) No.
    5) Under

  • Jeff McNeill

    It is 15 yards in the air.

  • 1. Yes
    2. 3
    3. 2 sacks, 1 penalty
    4. Yes
    5. Less than

  • LucasY59

    1. i dont like that QBs can run and then at the last second be safe from contact, but in this incident it looks like Alonso couldve avoided hitting him so I expect him to be in trouble, I am not sure if he should be suspended though

    2. I want at least 2, but if the Lions have been able to stop the longer passes I cant expect more than that, I think Bell and Brown will get one each

    3. 2, one of each, I think Harrison does well against taller LTs so he could be the one that beats Mihalik, but I dont know how much he play, Watt could get a hustle sack against him if Deebo has limted snaps

    4. probably, there has been a lot of attention paid to the bike so a celebration related to it would make sense

    5. yes, I hope all the other WRs can combine for that much

  • Hard Row

    1. No Way. Flacco slid late. He created that unsafe situation. He’s running toward the 1st down line. If Alonso pulls up, Flacco keeps going and gets that first down. QBs can’t have it both ways. They can’t run aggressively and then also not want to get hit. Flacco would have been safer going head first.

    If you go frame by frame on the video, you will see Flacco starts his slide around the 12 or so and that Alonso plants at the 10 and does not actually take another step after Flacco starts his slide. He just lowers himself and Flacco comes to him. Is Alonso just supposed to let Flacco take out his knees?

    2. I’ll say 2. With Martavis benched, i think one of the WRs, maybe DHB or Hunter, will get a deep ball or two because the defense underestimates them.

    3. I think 4 is about right.

    4. No – he should break out some Motown moves

    5. Greater – without Martavis, i think AB gets even more coverage attention and that leaves lot of opportunities for the secondary targets.

  • Paul Kuhns

    1.flacco sucks at sliding you should drop your top half at the same time and suck backwards, not sideways. Penalty yes, suspension no.
    2. 4 but to be specific put me down : two to AB 17,30 yards), 45 yard TD to juju, and a 20 yarder to James on a blown coverage.
    3.No sacks, but 2 penalties: 1 hold, 1 false start.
    4. Yes he is all in on the bike lol
    5. No way they go over IMO lol

  • SJT63

    1. Yes
    2. One
    3. Two – one sack & one penalty
    4. Lol, I’ll say he doesn’t get a TD. (But if he does get one then yes for sure!)
    5. Under

  • Jaybird

    A couple of years ago I tried to type “Flacco” but my IPhone autocorrected to Flaccid. I thought it was hilarious , and I’ve called him that ever since.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    I’m not a mod so dont see whem mods made. So, but record responses prior to kickoff.

  • Lambert58


  • Darth Blount 47

    1. Suspendable? Heck, in the not-too-distant past, he’d have been collecting a check for a “bounty,” instead of surrendering one for a fine. But, I guess this just ain’t Kansas anymore, is it, Toto? Of course the hit was egregious. You could tell that Alonso purposefully aimed for the head and made sure to use his elbow to full effect and cause maximum carnage. Was it bang-bang? A bit. But he saw that Flacco was about to slide. We all did. Now is that worth a suspension? I don’t think so. I mean, I’ve seen hits like that happen and guys not get suspended. But in this case, because it was a franchise QB, it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if the fine was severe and the suspension soon followed.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    1. I don’t think it should be but the forearm to the head will likely result in a suspension.

    2. I’m going to say 3 because they wont have to pass deep.

    3. 2 penalties and 2 sacks

    4. Naturally.

    5. Less.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    for 2. its actually 15 yards in the air

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    how many penalties how many sacks for #3

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    what’s the split for answer 3.

  • Eric Childress

    1) No suspension but definitely a fine, late slide but still gotta protect the QB
    2) 3
    3) 2 sacks 2 penalties
    4) No
    5) Yes

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    what is your split for question 3?

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    what is you split for question 3?

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    what is your split for question 3?

  • Kevin Schwartz

    I’ll go 2 sacks and 1 penalty.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    what is your split for quest?

  • Phil Brenneman II

    Lets say 3 sacks and 1 penalty

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    what is split for question 3?

  • Reader783

    I’ll say 2, 2

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    what is your split for #3?

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    you just answering the 1st question?

  • Darth Blount 47

    I figured I’d start with the easy one and keep the masses in suspense.

  • Alan Tman


  • Eddy

    1) No, it was a good flag though
    2) 3
    3) 2 sacks, 2 penalties
    4) No, he’s had something else planned
    5) Yes, I’d guess 120

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery


  • Marcel Chris Chauvet

    2 sacks, 1 penalty

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    3 more hours for your responses to count, three folks on the leaderboard still not responded.

  • Josh Cummings

    Running late this week, but happy to get these done before gametime HERE WE GO!!

    1. No. While it is a pretty bad shot…. SLow motion makes this look way worse… Its a bang bang play and i dont think it was malicious.
    2. 2… but dont ask me who catches them.
    3. 2 sacks, 3 penalties.
    4. ABSOLUTELY HE WILL!! Loved the Pens game shot of him on the big screens.
    5. Over.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

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