2017 Week 5 Steelers Vs Jaguars Live Update And Discussion Thread – First Half

The Pittsburgh Steelers today play host to the Jacksonville Jaguars, and they are the healthiest they’ve been this season, missing just one player due to injury, though that one player is Marcus Gilbert at right tackle.

Gilbert has been down the past three weeks after suffering a hamstring injury during the fourth quarter of the second game of the season, Chris Hubbard again filling his shoes in his absence. Other notable inactives are James Harrison and Eli Rogers.

The Steelers won the coin toss and deferred. The opening kickoff was fielded mid-deep in the end zone for a touchback. Despite having initial contact in the backfield, Leonard Fournette still managed two yards. On second down, a burst for four yards set up a manageable third-down situation. On the play, Blake Bortles’s pass was incomplete. This was the first opening drive of the season on which they did not score.

Antonio Brown back to receive the punt after a three-and-out called for a fair catch at the 27. Roethlisberger looked for Brown deep on first down and found him for a big gain, getting away with a bit of a pushoff on Jalen Ramsey.

Quickly down to the 23, Roethlisberger pump-faked but threw incomplete. Le’Veon Bell on his first touch showed burst through a hole for 10. On the following play, he pushed the pile ahead for four yards, down inside the 10. Still on the ground, the Jaguars strung out the counter trey to knock Bell out of bounds for a loss of two. Now third and eight, Roethlisberger had to throw. From five wide, he ultimately threw the ball out of bounds. Chris Boswell’s field goal did get them on the board first.

Following another touchback, Fournette was able to shake T.J. Watt on a screen pass to pick up three yards. Javon Hargrave recorded the tackle for no gain to set up a third and long on the next play. Bortles stood tall in the pocket against the blitz, but was able to float the ball down the field to Marquis Lee for a 31-yard gain to the Steelers’ 41.

A short pass looking for Marcedes Lewis was wide and incomplete. Tyson Alualu tackled Fournette for a short gain on second down. Now third and eight, Bortles’ pass was overthrown down the right sideline, incomplete. The Jaguars early just one for three on third down, all throws. The ensuing punt was downed inside the five.

A false start on Bryant packed the Steelers up to the two. He checked out and B.J. Finney came in as eligible. Bell got the ball but for no gain. A checkdown to Bell picked up eight to make it third and four. From the 10, five wide, it was a quick hit to Bell to convert.

Pressure allowed by Hubbard forced Roethlsiberger to scramble for a yard on first down. Bell found space on the left side on second down for 14, his second carry of double-digit yardage of the first period. At the 30, however, he was stuffed for no gain. An end-around for Bryant went for 15, but a hold on the edge by Brown wiped the play out. It was an easy call. Still, it was a spot foul, so it was second and seven. Bell added about four on a screen to the left. Now third and three, the shovel pass to Bell was enough to convert, and he added a little more after a juke.

At the 46, James Conner getting his second snap, he couldn’t get himself open for the screen pass, so Roethlisberger was forced to ground the ball. As he was hit, Roethlisberger tossed an interception to Ramsey looking for Vance McDonald.

With the return, Jacksonville was on the Steelers’ side of the field. Stephon Tuitt made the tackle at the line for no gain, but Allen Hurns was open for 18 over the middle, into field goal range. Fournette closed out the first quarter with a 12-yard burst. After a pair of four-yard runs, Fournette added five to set up a first and goal from the four.

Chris Ivroy was stopped after two yards, but it briefly looked like he would break it. Fournette got in on second down, the Jaguars seizing a 7-3 lead off the Roethlisberger turnover.

Following a poor kick return from JuJu Smith-Schuster, Roethlisberger went back to Brown for 16 yards. From the 33, Bell got the ball, but just a yard for his efforts. After another run stop, Roethlisberger was dealt a third and seven to contend with. He settled for a short crosser to Bryant well short of the sticks. But at least Jordan Berry got off a good punt that pinned Jacksonville deep.

After a false start pinned them back to the four, Fournette only got half the yardage lost back. On second and 12, he picked up another three with physical running, but still only put the Jaguars in a third and nine. Bortles was able to scramble out of the pocket to escape pressure and was tackled just beyond the sticks. A big letdown from the defense there.

Watt did a great job of getting into the backfield and not allowing Fournette to escape him through a spin move, dropping him for a two-yard loss, but a screen to Lewis added 14. Off play action, Bortles was nearly sacked, but was able to check the ball down and pick up four. After a short gain, Bortles connected in front of Artie Burns to convert.

Following an incompletion on a screen pass, Bortles was able to connect after scrambling to his left to Lee in front of Burns. But Vince Williams got home on the sack the following play for a big loss of 10, beating Fournette in pass protection. The back was stuffed for no gain on second down. After burning another timeout, the Steelers allowed an eight-yard run to Ivory, but it did get them off the field, hitting the two-minute warning.

The Jaguars began that drive, after a penalty, at the two. They put the ball on the five for the Steelers with 1:51 to play in the half with one timeout.

Roethlisberger took a deep shot to Bryant on first down, but the ball was a bit long. Bell was stuffed for no gain and the Jaguars used a timeout, looking to get the ball back. On the screen pass to Brown, he was able to get just enough to convert with Jesse James coming over to lead the way.

From the 15, Roethlisberger shook out of pressure to find Bell, who picked up four. He was tackled immediately but before he had control, so he was able to get up and add three more and get out of bounds. A short throw to Bryant was lost. Ramsey defended the third-down pass to Smith-Schuster to force a punt. Berry from inside his own five punted, the ball taking an ugly bounce forward on the Steelers’ side of the field. Bad punt after a good one. The punter has been inconsistent at best during the regular season.

From the 48, Burns buried Hurns after a short pass for three. After a pass to the tight end, Shazier ripped the ball loose. The ruling was an incomplete pass, and hence an interception (I guess?), but the return was negated, leaving them on their own 39.

With one timeout and 41 seconds remaining, Roethlisberger found Smith-Schuster down the field for 21. After clocking the ball from the Jaguars’ 40, he found Brown for a first, who bounced off of a hit to keep running, getting down to the 17. They used their final timeout with 18 seconds remaining. Roethlisberger checked down to Bell for just one yard because he needed to get out of bounds. With 11 seconds to play, he looked into the end zone in empty space, looking for a flag, but no call on the uncatchable pass. Boswell did connect to make it 7-6 with three seconds remaining.

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  • Brian Tollini

    Going all-in on Martavius today despite his sickness and despite facing Ramsey (I assume). 6 catches 142 yards and 2 TD’s.

  • Ike Evans

    Marcus Gilbert out…..I think we taking this “L” today boys

  • Mister Wirez

    Here We Go Steelers!

  • Mister Wirez

    He looked fine when briefly shown on KDKA Steelers pregame show. Let’s do it!!

  • Mister Wirez

    No way! The D is going to punish that backup center!

  • SteelersDepot

    Woooooooooooooooo!

    Welcome and Happy Sunday. Relax and let the great Matthew Marczi entertain you. Please tip your waitresses.

  • Dorian James

    Good afternoon fellow Steeler fans, I hope all you guys listen to the pregame with Tony Boselli as he put it in perspective just how much this game means to the franchise of the Jacksonville Jaguars. This will not be an easy game for the Steelers, and I will not be at all surprised if we lose it

  • DarthYinzer

    Please,please, PLEASE come out of the locker room ready to play football. We should run all over this D.

  • Jaybird

    Not at home ,i think we win by more than two TDs . The Jags have had a rough three game stretch- fly to London, fly to NJ , fly to Pitt. Too much travel.

  • Dorian James

    All my friends back in Jacksonville have been bugging me all morning, they are definitely ready

  • Jaybird

    Good afternoon ladies and gents. Enjoy another Steelers victory.

  • Jaybird

    it will be that much sweeter when you call them at 4:15 pm today to brag how the Steelers kicked the Jags butts.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    I in HEinz Field today so wont commenting. Let’s do it! I saw at least 27 jaguar fans here; need them to be disappointed

  • Jaybird

    The Beav is representing! Enjoy The game man.

  • Jaybird

    Game prediction: Joe Haden gets two picks today.

  • Nathanael Dory

    Enjoy the game! Look foward for your comments after the game!

  • Dorian James

    I sure hope so or else I’ll be ignoring calls all night LOL

  • 6 ring circus

    I couldn’t find a single bet down here. These fans don’t believe.

  • 6 ring circus

    No…It might get ugly over there, but no…

  • Rob

    Remember the name Calais Campbell..I’m sure it’ll come up later lol I don’t we’ll lose (then again I never go in with that expectation), but I won’t be surprised if more than a few drives get stalled because of hurried passes, sacks, and holds

  • alevin16

    All I ask is that the Steelers do not overthink it. “The Jags are bad against the run so they assume we will run so we will pass like crazy”. Just take what they give you and it that means 4 yard runs then take 4 yard runs.

  • MP

    LOL

  • Xclewsive

    Plz ghost of Myron cope let there be a Steelers blowout today.

  • MP

    Alright. Big pot of chili and a tray of corn bread! Here we go!!

  • 6 ring circus

    Now, that is a good perspective.

  • Rob

    Last second fantasy help: Davante Adams (GB) vs Dallas or Martavis Bryant vs Jags

  • Aj Gentile

    I would probably go Adams

  • Chad Sanborn

    enjoy the game!

  • Jaybird

    Mmmmmmmmm!

  • 6 ring circus

    I think Deebo found out what happens when you poke a bear. I think those pic sitting on his helmut didn’t sit well with coach.

  • Jaybird

    Block that area code if we lose!

  • Darth Blount 47

    Deebo inactive. Man, I’ve never been so sad to win a point on the Friday 5 Questions……..

  • MP

    Yeah, cold where I’m at. This is perfect. Just need a side of win.

  • alevin16

    Father time is undefeated

  • Rob

    Seconds too late lol..went with Tay Tay. Him and Ben just have to connect on some of those deep bombs at some point and Devante is coming off that monster hit so maybe these ease him in? We’ll see

  • Chad Sanborn

    Game face on! a defining game for this team. Might be our toughest challenge yet.

  • afrazier9

    Let’s go

  • Darth Blount 47

    Until further notice, I consider that current contest a Draw.

  • Chad Sanborn

    I don’t get this. He should be in there against running teams. bad planning

  • alevin16

    Good play by Tj, that hole looked huge

  • HopeHarveys

    3 & Out!

  • George Kroger

    Solid coverage by Hilton

  • Darth Blount 47

    Great start, boys!

  • alevin16

    I will give Deebo that. So Father time is infinity-0-1

  • Darth Blount 47

    Odds we go deep to Bryant the first play? Again….

  • Aj Gentile

    You’re right I forgot about the hit. Amazing he’s playing today

  • 6 ring circus

    Bortles is not a good QB

  • alevin16

    AB Can do that with punts all day. Just catch it

  • pittfan

    How bout AB???!!!

  • 6 ring circus

    Very good!

  • Chad Sanborn

    Deep ball to start and he makes the grab despite being hit!

  • Darth Blount 47

    BOOMIN’!!!!

  • alevin16

    Was that Landry Jones throwing that? Ben cannot throw long 😀

  • George Kroger

    AB got away with a push-off

  • George Kroger

    Yeah – he’s been struggling with the long throw this year

  • Chad Sanborn

    hahaha got the psychic vibes going already

  • Darth Blount 47

    Ben just tried to kill a squirrel.

  • WilliamSekinger

    Nah, AB slowed down, and the corner ran into him and pushed AB.

  • Jaybird

    That’s what I thought also

  • Aj Gentile

    I don’t think AB catches that without being pushed

  • Chad Sanborn

    he got pushed! probably helped him get to that ball actually

  • Darth Blount 47

    I saw nothing. Lol

  • alevin16

    And that one was not great, but maybe this gives Ben some confidence 🙂

  • Chad Sanborn

    AGREED

  • George Kroger

    F’ing squirrels!

  • 6 ring circus

    I don’t believe we’ve scored 7 on an opening drive…

  • George Kroger

    Did someone say Red Zone Woes?

  • Darth Blount 47

    Come on Red Zone Offense……

  • HopeHarveys

    Whelp…

  • Jaybird

    Jinx!

  • Chad Sanborn

    and… we still havent

  • Darth Blount 47

    I tried not to think of it like Ray Stanz in Ghostbusters.

  • alevin16

    yuck

  • NinjaMountie

    Are we panicking yet?

  • Rob

    My streams conked out..what happened on offense?

  • alevin16

    I start panicking around Thursday 😀

  • pittfan

    Woes R Us

  • 6 ring circus

    I was trying to used some reverse psych…oh well.

  • HopeHarveys

    FG

  • Chad Sanborn

    no but I see some of the same problems on offense. Red Zone Blows

  • NinjaMountie

    I wait until Saturday night. College football can keep me distracted

  • MP

    A red zone choke.

  • Joseph Shaw

    Ben just looks off. Has consistently. Puzzling.

  • 6 ring circus

    Lol, Chicago was a couple weeks ago!

  • Rob

    Thanks

  • George Kroger

    Not complaining, but if you watch that play again (just watched it a few times thanks to the DVR), AB pushes off to get that separation.

  • Rocksolid20

    Red zone play calling sucks !

  • 6 ring circus

    F’in gag.

  • Joseph Shaw

    Happy to be able to watch the game the whole way this week. Missed half of the Ravens win for a wedding. Who gets married on a Sunday? Sheesh.

  • NinjaMountie

    You got that from one long completion, one throw-a-way and what could have been another throw-a-way.

  • George Kroger

    lol…not against the Jags.

  • HopeHarveys

    Run call on 2nd down was the killer.

  • Steve Johnson

    Another Red Zone FG

  • SilverSteel

    Lol

  • Joseph Shaw

    No, I got that from the first four games too. Just not where he usually is.

  • Jeff McNeill

    Unless he would have scored.

  • Chad Weiss

    And just like that defense became my favorite part of football again

  • alevin16

    Is it too much to ask for a bad Center QB exchange for the jags?

  • NinjaMountie

    He hasn’t been great. He hasn’t been terrible. Just kinda meh

  • George Kroger

    Solid run D!

  • Ike Evans

    Wobble

  • Jaybird

    Joe Haden is going to get a pick . BOOK IT!

  • Joseph Shaw

    I don’t live in Pittsburgh anymore, obviously. Nobody there would get married on Ravens Sunday.

  • Chad Sanborn

    gahhh don’t jinx it

  • Joseph Shaw

    Exactly.

  • NinjaMountie

    wow…that shouldn’t happen

  • 6 ring circus

    oops

  • SilverSteel

    True

  • George Kroger

    Wilcox damn slow to react!

  • Michael

    Is Conner not dressed?

  • Ike Evans

    Shazier on marqise Lee? No bueno

  • NinjaMountie

    Man…they drop Watt in coverage a lot so far.

  • MP

    Looks like Shaz tweaked his wrist

  • HopeHarveys

    Alualoooooooo!!!

  • NinjaMountie

    nothing duct tape can’t fix

  • alevin16

    Damn that 27 is a load

  • Darth Blount 47

    Luckily a few times a game, Bortles will forget what team he plays for.

  • George Kroger

    Whew…he was open

  • alevin16

    Whew he looked open

  • NinjaMountie

    and several more times he’ll just miss open wrs

  • Ike Evans

    Whew Sean Davis was late bortles had that

  • Darth Blount 47

    He’s such a sweetheart.

  • 6 ring circus

    Bad pass D so far. I guess they are concentrating on stopping Fournette

  • NinjaMountie

    I appreciate him….I hope I can continue to do so throughout the game.

  • Chad Sanborn

    Run D is great so far! but we forgot to bring the Pass D. 2 3rd downs in a row someone got behind the defenders. That’s gonna be a problem sooner or later.

  • MP

    Yikes, nice punt

  • pittfan

    Did someone order a 97 yard TD Drive? Your order is ready sir!

  • George Kroger

    Either that or it’s impossible for both the run and the pass D to play good in the same game.

  • Danny Porter

    Need 7 right here

  • Ike Evans

    We need to draft a safety high next year

  • Jaybird

    Hold the two pint conversion.

  • pittfan

    LOL

  • Chad Sanborn

    there is only room on the bus to bring one or the other

  • 6 ring circus

    Let alone throw in a special teams touchdown somewhere…

  • SilverSteel

    The service here is spotty

  • Dorian James

    I’m surprised

  • George Kroger

    This comment comes up every game thread.

  • Jeff McNeill

    I will take that with a beer please.

  • 6 ring circus

    lol

  • HopeHarveys

    JJ Wilcox in for Mitch

  • Jaybird

    Lol, yes it does.

  • Ike Evans

    Cuz it’s true

  • alevin16

    81 in the middle

  • George Kroger

    No arguments here!

  • HopeHarveys

    BJ Finney 96 yard TD

  • I4giveSteelers

    safety position is a high cerebral position ….give Davis some more time. He is sharp

  • Darth Blount 47

    Bryant’s DayQuil kicked in.

  • George Kroger

    Looks like they’re rotating – seen both today

  • Chad Sanborn

    I think I got the wrong order

  • Chad Sanborn

    Bengals have suddenly woken up the last 2 games…

  • Darth Blount 47

    Of course I’m playing against AJ Green today… Thanks for the 77 yard TD “highlight” CBS. Ugh. Vomit.

  • Jeff McNeill

    The jags have great helmets

  • George Kroger

    Good 3rd and short call

  • HopeHarveys

    Great call!

  • Jaybird

    Nice little play.

  • alevin16

    Yes, about time you don’t go for 90 yards when you need 4

  • HopeHarveys

    7 shots paying off

  • Darth Blount 47

    Love seeing Bell involved in the passing game!

  • George Kroger

    Wow, Ben sure is speedy, huh?

  • ayub

    If Ben takes what’s given, this offense is lethal.

  • Jeff McNeill

    Bell look dangerous.

  • George Kroger

    You’re talking about the 1 yard scramble?

  • 6 ring circus

    You can find a gear when you’re running for your life…

  • Rob

    haha

  • Chad Sanborn

    I think he can run the 40 in about 7sec

  • Darth Blount 47

    Fresh and healthy. I love it.

  • George Kroger

    1st gear?

  • ayub

    Lol. A game of inches they say.

  • Aj Gentile

    Ian it juju called again

  • HopeHarveys

    AB grabbin

  • Ike Evans

    Damn juju

  • 6 ring circus

    Better than grinding (taking a sack)

  • Aj Gentile

    Nope it was AB

  • Jaybird

    Throw a water cooler now!

  • Rick McClelland

    Feed Finney the rock. LOL.

  • George Kroger

    Good block by AB there and Martavis could have been gone

  • Darth Blount 47

    Bryant already had the gain, that was unnecessary by Brown. Dang.

  • pittfan

    AB thought he was the Gatorade jug

  • 6 ring circus

    But I did miss the sarc!

  • Aj Gentile

    Can you use that to block with?

  • George Kroger

    This site really needs a sarc font

  • I4giveSteelers

    Browns not to sharp is he

  • 6 ring circus

    That jab step is lethal

  • HopeHarveys

    LeVeon juked the jock off that guy

  • Agustin-ARG

    Ready and waiting for booom pass

  • George Kroger

    I really like these quick screens on 3rd and short!

  • Jaybird

    Jesse James looks like a gatoraid jug blocking half the time , so why not?

  • HopeHarveys

    Don’t throw to Vance McDonald anymore

  • Phil Brenneman II

    This is what we need. High percentage plays. Clock possession and rythm.

  • George Kroger

    Man, that was weak throw!

  • Chad Sanborn

    ugh

  • HopeHarveys

    Ben was getting hit

  • Danny Porter

    Exactly

  • alevin16

    Does anything good come from throwing towards 89?

  • Jeff McNeill

    He was getting hit.

  • George Kroger

    Yeah, no fight for that ball at all!

  • 6 ring circus

    Vance has got to knock that down…

  • George Kroger

    No!!!

  • ThatGuy

    Vance sucks

  • Darth Blount 47

    Bada ba ba ba… I’m NOT lovin’ it.

  • Jay Clam

    Yeah maybe don’t throw it to Vance. Like, ever.

  • Ike Evans

    Need to draft another tight end too lol

  • HopeHarveys

    Exactly. I don’t’ think he has a catch other than catching that blocked punt return 🙁

  • Jay Clam

    I miss Heath.

  • 6 ring circus

    Not going to make the thread comment on that…cuz its true…

  • Chad Sanborn

    Why were so many high on VW before the season started?

  • MP

    The Vanimal is squeaking by

  • DAWAARE

    benn suuuxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  • George Kroger

    Yes, but he was set – you can’t float the ball out there like that

  • Darth Blount 47

    You’re right. Arrelious Benn, not very good.

  • ThatGuy

    That was more Vance than Ben imo

  • Jaybird

    Easy there. Sacrildge

  • MP

    People like to believe in quick fixes

  • NinjaMountie

    there it is …knew who would say it too

  • Chad Sanborn

    sometimes the other team just makes plays. like that. Hit Ben as he threw and the defender was there to make a play. *welp*

  • Hyped Up Hypocycloid

    Sigh. Don’t give the other team a break like that. If they go down and score suddenly you’re back in the Chicago game looking up at an inferior team.

  • jsteeler

    Bad Ben at home is revealing today. Ben is holding this team back badly.

  • DSG

    I dont understand why people continue to make excuses for ben. Bortles was getting hit on the previous drive too. He still threw an accurate ball on target and no one is calling bortles and elite hof qb. Call it what it was, an inacurate bad pass. Not something new for ben regardless of the situation

  • L Garou

    California tight ends don’t fit too well in the east, it seems.

  • Chad Weiss

    Poor poor execution on offense.There is no reason this offense can’t execute. Sloppy sloppy sloppy!

  • WreckIess

    That’s a bad decision there. Getting hit in the chest and you throw a duck right at their best DB. Also, we have a few good WRs. Let’s stop taking them off the field every other play.

  • George Kroger

    That was a very good play by Ramsey

  • Chad Sanborn

    he doesn’t suck, he has just been off on his timing and thinking this year

  • jsteeler

    Ben and Haley are a detriment.

  • DAWAARE

    TD coming up

  • Ike Evans

    Where’s the pass rush

  • DSG

    Ben is the weak link on this team. Bell playing well, defense playing well, qb, not so much.

  • Michael

    All targets to Vance TE Have been Junk thus far in 4.5 games. Whut??

  • RJ

    I’m perplexed by how every other team seems to have passes available in the middle of the field, but the steelers never seem to have it.

  • George Kroger

    Vance, Ben and Ramsey…in that order (IMO).

  • Jay Clam

    How is it possible for our secondary to still suck every single year regardless of whatever additions are made?

  • Jaybird

    We have no good TE’s????

  • jsteeler

    this offense shows no excitement or energy. Play calling is too obvious.

  • Chad Sanborn

    Haley I will agree with. I think a different coordinator could put together a great gameplan for all this talent.

  • NinjaMountie

    We’ve lost! Every player sucks! Fire everyone!

  • Jay Clam

    We have sideline and deep route receivers, not middle of the field, slant/curl receivers.

  • Chris92021

    Alright, hopefully the offense will not make any big mistakes like that again. Shazier got suckered by Bortles on that 18 yard pass play.

  • Rob

    Idk if I’m behind but the plays that have been given up so far have been on the backers

  • alevin16

    And slowly we turn Blake Bortles into Joe Montana

  • HopeHarveys

    If you haven’t heard Artie Burns’s name he’s doing his job.

  • Joseph Shaw

    Agreed. Just a nice defensive play.

  • George Kroger

    I would call it a weak-a$# pass that was slightly behind the receiver. A strong throw and that’s a completion!

  • alevin16

    Fire Danny Smith 😀

  • NinjaMountie

    lol

  • MP

    Come on alevin, it was one throw!

  • Chad Sanborn

    The Outlaw, when he is allowed, is usually open in the middle. Bell out of the back field is usually open in the middle. Ben doesn’t like to throw those passes for some reason.

  • Joseph Shaw

    To be clear, I’m not anti-Ben by any means. But I just don’t see the same level of play this year. Wondering if there’s an injury or something in play.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Kind of early for you to be saying that Ninja

  • Jeremy McClurg

    When is Mitchell’s contract up? Only thing he does well is talk and commit penalties. Talking crap after your defense just gave up 15 yards.

  • Darth Blount 47

    We absolutely need to be physical. That last play looked like nobody was eager to attack Fournette.

  • George Kroger

    More than just a nice defensive play – Ben and VW gets some blame too. I was just pointing out that Ramsey made a play that a lesser DB doesn’t.

  • NinjaMountie

    lol…i was joking

  • DAWAARE

    keith butler and haley gotta goooo
    these two are horrible coaches

  • Darth Blount 47

    Leave it to Heyward to set the physical tone. HIT ‘EM!

  • Mr. KnowItAll

    I wouldn’t be eager to tackle him either…but I know what you mean though lol

  • NinjaMountie

    fire everyone

  • George Kroger

    1 year after this one…guessing he’ll be cut after this season though (Steelers will save $5 mill if they do).

  • 6 ring circus

    Re-burn your Steelers gear

  • DAWAARE

    yup another TD thx to been

  • alevin16

    Thanks Ben 🙁

  • NinjaMountie

    lol

  • Michael

    Or may be the age and passion finally shows?

  • Danny Porter

    That’s was hard to watch

  • Mr. KnowItAll

    Don’t forget about that no good waterboy

  • Ike Evans

    Bud

  • HopeHarveys

    You could blame AB’s holding penalty too

  • alevin16

    True

  • pittfan

    Sell the team. Rooney fails at hiring.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Okay. So this needs to be a wake-up.

  • Rick McClelland

    7.5 point favorites everybody. You might as well put the nail in that lid as a Tomlin team is going to play down to the competition.

  • Chad Weiss

    The offense has repeatedly put this defense in bad spots this year

  • Agustin-ARG

    Ball game?

  • DAWAARE

    meltdown meltdown

  • DSG

    I couldnt tell the velocity but he didn’t lead mc Donald enough.

  • pittfan

    Game over already? Shucks

  • George Kroger

    Yeah, this is where the fan ire should be. Tomlin (and most head coaches in the NFL) are CEO types – they don’t do that much on game day. Butler and Haley are the ones calling the game and making adjustments. In Butlers case, adjustments just aren’t made, unlike LeBeau who knew exactly how to tweak the D as the game went on.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Offense getting ready to pick it up

  • jsteeler

    Tomlin isn’t playing.

  • Chad Weiss

    I’m trying not to be negative today but doubt that’s gonna work

  • Mister Wirez

    Steelers
    Run D = Run F

  • Joseph Shaw

    I’m looking hard, squinting, but still waiting to see something more than a “pretty good” team here. I don’t see a Super Bowl level of play. Not even close.

    I’ll keep squinting.

  • alevin16

    I would play man the rest of the game,, load the line and force Bortles to beat you

  • DAWAARE

    home game, and steelers offense still sux,
    bye bye ben, hello kirk cousins

  • Michael Conrad

    Jags are a good team . Pittsburgh is mediocre because of coaching.

  • Rob

    Yup..the game is always over two minutes into the second quarter.

  • George Kroger

    Steelers seem to never cover

  • NinjaMountie

    I’m certain we’ve lost this game in the first quarter. I don’t know how we’ll overcome a 4 pt lead. It’s over..I’m sad.

  • pittfan

    Season over? Lol

  • jsteeler

    Ben looks scared.

  • HopeHarveys

    Steelers have improved each week. Stay +++

  • pittfan

    Sell the team

  • George Kroger

    It’s early…no team is perfect and Steelers certainly fall into that category.

  • Darth Blount 47

    It was fun while it lasted. We gave it a good effort.

  • Mister Wirez

    Jags playing > Steelers playing

    Always have problems with lesser teams

  • NinjaMountie

    for a dollar cause that’s all they’re worth

  • thomas hmmmm

    That jump over the middle is exactly why you need a 6’7 NT.

  • Rob

    Yeah can’t wait for the combine, draft, and training camp

  • Darth Blount 47

    Of what?

  • Kevin Schwartz

    Gotta admit, it was pretty impressive.

  • alevin16

    Ben really seems to be throwing high

  • Mister Wirez

    Blow up Heinz Field & start over…

  • George Kroger

    It’s only week 5 and you could say the same for every team in the AFC except KC (IMO).

  • Douglas Andrews

    Maybe Eli can return kicks the return team is a joke

  • L Garou

    Is that Johnny Football sitting there in the third row! (lol)

  • Evan Eremita

    Bens an idiot

  • Joseph Shaw

    Just need a spark.

  • Chad Sanborn

    and Denver

  • Michel Smiffi

    Can we please get Keith Butler off the play-calling headset?
    How can you give the Jags the run of they have BLAKE BORTLES at Quarterback???
    JUST STOP THE RUN!!!

  • HopeHarveys

    Athleticism

  • pittfan

    Too genorous

  • Darth Blount 47

    Oh look guys…. ANOTHER ONE!

  • alevin16

    Why isn’t Nix in there?

  • George Kroger

    Super Bowl caliber D, yes; offense not so much. KC is complete.

  • Chad Sanborn

    I think we were pretty equal to the Jags coming in

  • SilverSteel

    That’s all we’re asking for…

  • HopeHarveys

    We needed to help the D with a longer drive there.

  • George Kroger

    Bad call…

  • Evan Eremita

    Sorry I was cooking and took me a while to log on, did somebody else call him an idiot?

  • jsteeler

    why is Ben throwing the ball short of the chains? HE’S A VET.

  • Jay Clam

    Lol solid drive

  • Mister Wirez

    Ben always needs a wake up call to “get mad”.

  • Ike Evans

    Bad playcall….again lol

  • DAWAARE

    genius game plan runrun pass punt

  • George Kroger

    Nice punt!!!

  • Darth Blount 47

    A 3 yard route across the middle on 3rd and 7?!

  • Douglas Andrews

    Run game needs to press the edges

  • Michael Conrad

    Time for Ben to have a little comp for the QB job and a new OC and DC.

    Man play call against a zone D.

  • The Sun is Pro-Black

    Ben’s not leading the receivers downfield.

  • Joseph Shaw

    Sigh.

  • Phil Brenneman II

    This offense puts me to sleep. It is unfathomable how you could have so much talent and be this mundane. Going to need some turnovers from the defense.

  • WilliamSekinger

    How do the Steelers make such a poor rushing defense look so stout? This has happened many times, over several years not just today.

  • Mister Wirez

    Steelers need some play action.

  • Hyped Up Hypocycloid

    It really is. I cannot understand how they can be so consistently poor to mediocre.

  • Ike Evans

    Haley

  • melblount

    The offensive misery continues.

  • George Kroger

    So, let’s be real – Ben is not what he once was. But is he still good enough to take us to the Promiseland? Probably…

  • Jamaal Hood

    I’d wish they just let Big Ben utilize the no huddle offense. I feel like that’s when he’s at his best

  • Chad Sanborn

    tomlin doesn’t believe in using a lead blocker.

  • jsteeler

    Nix tells the defense they only have a 2 Man route and the defense can load up the box on Bell.
    No kind of experimentation or trickery with Haley. Weapons gone to waste.

  • I4giveSteelers

    passion

  • Chris92021

    Todd Haley offense, calling a 4 yard crossing route on 3rd and 7.

  • Rob

    I’ve said this the last two years, the defense has carried this team and kept the team alive when the offense has been exactly like this. You can say it’s Ben’s fault, but honestly, idk how Haley still has this job

  • L Garou

    It seems the wrong game plan is chosen a lot.

  • Darth Blount 47

    It is as though we find things that work on Offense, and then immediately go away from them.

  • DAWAARE

    here comes 70 yard rush td by fournette

  • Douglas Andrews

    That’s on the QB…bad read

  • alevin16

    I am sure I will be yelled at for this but I really do feel that if the Steelers do not jump out to an easy lead against teams like this they go into a funk and lose (yes I know there is time but I am just feeling that they have checked out…I hope I am wrong)

  • melblount

    Are we still the best offense on paper? I’d hate to give up that all-important title.

  • Jay Clam

    Oh yeah, on paper.

  • Phil Brenneman II

    Yeah I know. I’d be okay with 10 more shovel passes given todays success rate lol

  • Michael

    Chemistry’s off. We needed Sammie Coates for occasional spark before broken fingers ruined him.

  • Evan Eremita

    3rd and long – short pass, 3rd and short – throw the ball 30 yards down the field.

  • thomas hmmmm

    Hell Yea it was! He flew three yards and over everyone without being touched.
    The run game is coming back to the league and being emphasized by the majority of teams, why the Steelers choose to keep their best run stuffing NT inactive is beyond me.

  • HopeHarveys

    This is funny.

  • George Kroger

    That one could be on Ben – too many short defenders to throw that ball. If the D-men aren’t there, it’s a first down. Ben’s gotta look for someone else on that play.

  • I4giveSteelers

    its takes passion, with born skill to achieve excellence

  • Jeremy McClurg

    I don’t know how this offense is this bad

  • Darth Blount 47

    Exactly, Bell in space. Anything to Brown.

  • Jay Clam

    Haley’s specialties

  • Michael Cunningham

    Offense looks totally predictable

  • HopeHarveys

    On paper translates to last year’s stats. It ain’t 2016.

  • jsteeler

    playcalling

  • Jay Clam

    I honestly feel like Ben is already retired. Once you think about retiring, you’re already retired.

  • I4giveSteelers

    Davis is playing slow

  • Mister Wirez

    No arguments from me. Lesser teams lul them to sleep.

    Every.Damn.Time

  • George Kroger

    Looked like Heyward was held on that play.

  • Rocksolid20

    We can make him look like a HOFer

  • Darth Blount 47

    I swear to God if I hear this one more time……………

  • DAWAARE

    can we put in landry jones?

  • HopeHarveys

    Let’s get off the field.

  • Douglas Andrews

    I see a Turnover coming for Jvile

  • jsteeler

    mike mitchell is hollering on a tackle? Wow

  • John

    The running game is not working but we continue to call run after run until third down. Makes it hard to sustain offense.

  • Jay Clam

    He’s a clown

  • Mister Wirez

    I don’t think Davis is that good, honestly.

  • Jay Clam

    3rd and long. First down lol

  • alevin16

    He did that last drive after the rb got a first

  • capehouse

    Jesus fn Christ!

  • HopeHarveys

    It hurts!

  • Jay Clam

    Every damn time

  • George Kroger

    Heyward looked like he was held again

  • Rob

    God forbid he celebrate and try to keep the crowd in the game

  • George Kroger

    TJ!!!!

  • HopeHarveys

    TJ!! Play Renegade now please!

  • Jay Clam

    Great play

  • Rocksolid20

    We didn’t , there fore

  • I4giveSteelers

    shaizer playing out of control?

  • Mister Wirez

    Why am I hearing a marching band?

  • Douglas Andrews

    These 3rd and long conversions

  • Jay Clam

    Lol

  • Ike Evans

    Great playcall

  • Jay Clam

    Not if that’d been Haley

  • jsteeler

    WTF

  • Jay Clam

    You have got to be kidding me

  • Chad Sanborn

    ugh bad tackling is rearing its head again

  • ayub

    One of those games where the other team has the lead and the clock is churning while the steelers are losing.

  • jsteeler

    I guess this missed tackles is Coach Tomlins fault too.

  • DAWAARE

    fire butler and haley:(

  • HopeHarveys

    Did Deebo get a helmet today?

  • Douglas Andrews

    Chunk plays Chunk plays

  • George Kroger

    Big 3rd down here…need a stop!

  • Ike Evans

    Haley has a ton of great ones…usually between the 20s

  • Jay Clam

    No

  • jsteeler

    No.

  • alevin16

    Why can’t the Steelers sustain a drive anymore?

  • Kevin Schwartz

    The play ended up a bit of a mess, but that’s a perfect situation to do play action.

  • Ichabod

    this offense is awesome… oh wait thats not us!

  • Jeremy McClurg

    We’re a great tackling team

  • Jay Clam

    Lol

  • George Kroger

    Stop celebrating, Artie…it’s a first down.

  • HopeHarveys

    Dang

  • Jay Clam

    Celebrating a first down tackle lol

  • alevin16

    They need 4 so you play 10 yards off

  • Michael

    Ben either hitting the walls or nearly there?

  • I4giveSteelers

    wilcox sighting chic sighting

  • RJ

    Game is unwatchable. Getting driven on by the Jaguars.

  • Jay Clam

    Challenging lol what a waste

  • Icancoach

    Needs to play that far off?

  • Ichabod

    hope Ben is watching…maybe he can pickup some pointers

  • Ike Evans

    Useless challenge

  • Phil Brenneman II

    There goes a timeout.

  • HopeHarveys

    Hard to over turn that either way. I thought he was short though.

  • Jay Clam

    He has the first down. What are you doing, Tomlin

  • Chad Sanborn

    forced to challenge the spot of the ball just to get a break for the D in the 2nd quarter…means you are losing

  • Darth Blount 47

    Burns sold Tomlin.

  • pdupuis

    Even if we win the challenge Jags will go for it.

  • Michael Cunningham

    unwatchable is right
    this in’t on the D tho
    our O should be controlling this game

  • Jay Clam

    I thought Ben was supposed to be good at home

  • MP

    See that camera shot of Haley? He’s thinking, what the hell? We’ve only scored 3 points and its almost the half?

  • jconeoone C

    This…. So much this…. It’s unbelievable really how consistent we are in this

  • Kevin Schwartz

    Kinda random, but did they start measuring first downs electronically? They don’t pull out the physical chains anymore.

  • alevin16

    With 27 absolutely

  • Ichabod

    fire tomlin sit Ben

  • Chris92021

    Cannot overturn that. Awful challenge.

  • Jeremy McClurg

    Great coach… He should be the highest paid

  • Darth Blount 47

    Is it seriously almost halftime already? Where the hell has this game gone?!?

  • Jay Clam

    Yeah, they still do the measurements.

  • HopeHarveys

    Play stands. First down.

  • Michael

    Martayvis not fully 100% part of the reason.

  • Xclewsive

    Ben has regressed?

  • Jay Clam

    Run run run

  • Chris92021

    Jaguars dominating clock and everything else.

  • Jay Clam

    Definitely

  • Kevin Schwartz

    Physically? It’s been a while since I’ve seen them pull out the chains.

  • Edjhjr

    Tell the offense to hold back……

    Another impressive performance

  • MP

    Tomlin is managing Artie’s emotions.

  • Jay Clam

    Yeah, just hasn’t happened in our games much.

  • Michael

    Isn’t every game thus far this season the same?

  • Kevin Schwartz

    Gotcha.

  • Ichabod

    looks like we are getting out played and out coached

  • WreckIess

    There’s nothing dominant about what they’re doing…

  • Chad Weiss

    Lol what a dumb challenge

  • George Kroger

    He’s 35…every athlete regresses at this point in their career…unless their last name is Brady.

  • jconeoone C

    Sadly

  • Douglas Andrews

    Man we need to treat Ben like a rookie dumb down the playbook and just run the ball

  • Jay Clam

    How are we 3-1?

  • Rob

    Idk if I buy that excuse..the offense didnt even look this bad last year most of the time..theres no flow, poor execution, definitely hard to watch

  • Michael

    If our O doesn’t pick up, I’m hittin’ a buffet soon.

  • Nathanael Dory

    danm looks like i missed something

  • thomas hmmmm

    LOL is someone calling for Jones to be inserted? What I havent heard that call since Vick was stinking up the place and I recall I was the only one calling for Jones to replace Vick.

  • T-51b

    They’ve played some horrible QBs

  • Ravens Team Gynecologist

    Is Tomlin making that bad of a call or someone else telling him to throw that red flag?

  • Michael

    Our wins were never convincing.

  • Jay Clam

    LOL

  • pdupuis

    Cleveland, Ratbirds & Minnesota minus Bradford.

  • Timothy Rea

    Can they start freaking playing the game already? Jaguar highlight after Jaguar highlight.. this is disgusting

  • HopeHarveys

    Marquise Lee is back at USC today

  • Jeremy McClurg

    I hate the way this team acts, even when they give up first downs. They could make a big hit on a TD by the other team, and they’d still be jumping around like idiots. Blame Tomlin

  • NinjaMountie

    We look Greeeeaaatttt

  • alevin16

    Wow even Gannon says they should play man to man

  • Darth Blount 47

    Ride him out of bounds, Burns!!!! AAARGH!

  • George Kroger

    Man, Burns went to the Antoine Blake school of tackling.

  • Ike Evans

    But they just were

  • George Kroger

    Thinking the same thing!

  • Phil Brenneman II

    VW needs to blitz more. He has been pretty solid at it.

  • DSG

    Bortles, who is playing on the road and doesnt have the talent at wr or rb is outplaying br

  • DAWAARE

    bud dupree=bust
    artie burns = bust

  • George Kroger

    OK, boys…let’s get off the damn field!

  • Evan Eremita

    Announcer saying we should go to man coverage, ha! Does our team know what that is?

  • Ike Evans

    Good job defense

  • alevin16

    Ugh, 3rd and long

  • Danny Porter

    Need a big play

  • NinjaMountie

    Fire everyone

  • The Sun is Pro-Black

    This comment section is pure cancer.

  • thomas hmmmm

    I want to see no huddle the entire second half.

  • NinjaMountie

    it normally is unless we’re up by 20000000 pts

  • Michael Cunningham

    if we get it back should go to 2 min offense
    might get some life

  • The Sun is Pro-Black

    Sell the team

  • Ike Evans

    You know that’s not happening with control freak haley

  • Douglas Andrews

    Who called TO?

  • Michael

    FYI, Our 3rd down D is worse than a can of foul tuna in 90 degree weather.

  • L Garou

    That’s a rare one.

  • HopeHarveys

    No one would believe it was 7-3 with the only J’ville points coming off a turn over.

  • George Kroger

    You mean it’s a pro sports game thread. I think you want the Pittsburgh Steelers Homer blog comment section, right? You’ll hear nothing negative there.

  • Jay Clam

    There we go, defense

  • ayub

    That’s bad

  • NinjaMountie

    No…it stinks. You’d think we were losing by 30 though

  • L Garou

    Well 3 points 2 minutes before the half is hardly a stroll in the park.

  • Jaybird

    Being that there are two minutes left in the half, you might get your wish.

  • melblount

    If DuPree puts on some weight he will effectively be the 2nd coming of Jarvis Jones.

  • MP

    Is Haley calling plays for Jacksonville, now?

  • Michel Smiffi

    What in the world happended to Big Ben??
    Just throw the fcking ball!!!

  • Jeremy McClurg

    This teams runs off of emotions and you can tell. If we don’t have momentum, we sink and sink fast on both sides of the ball. Wish we were ran more technically, like New England. It works better IMO

  • Dr. DG

    Mm mm mm mm… Gettig hungry!

  • Darth Blount 47

    Forced hurry-up Offense, should actually be a very good thing for us here.

  • Jay Clam

    We don’t want that

  • DAWAARE

    3 and out incoming.. 3…2…1

  • Chad Weiss

    Touchdown here and one to start second half could open this game up

  • melblount

    On pace for 6 points this game.

  • I4giveSteelers

    the only defensive stat I’m concerned about is turn overs and points allowed

  • Michael Cunningham

    with Haley .. you never know lol

  • HopeHarveys

    No huddle often gets Ben going, but Steelers coaches will want ball control. Slow the game down. No huddle with 3 & Outs will kill the D.

  • Chris92021

    Need the hurry up offense for the remainder of the season.

  • melblount

    Dream on, bud.

  • Evan Eremita

    BOOM

  • MP

    T-rolling, t-rolling, t-rolling!

  • alevin16

    OK Dirty Red blocks it, we get a TD then after the half we get the ball back and score another TD. 😀

  • Darth Blount 47

    I’ve already ordered a strong dose of Chemo.

  • pittfan

    AT least there’s hot girls at my bar

  • George Kroger

    When you have a super bowl caliber team, you want them to play like one. We haven’t see that team the entire year. Is the season over? No. But the team is showing no signs of improvement, which I think is what troubles fans (save the idiot that continues to say fire Tomlin, sit Ben).

  • Chad Weiss

    Not even remotely comparible

  • HopeHarveys

    BJ Finney 95 yard touchdown

  • NinjaMountie

    LOL…the football God’s just hate us.

  • alevin16

    Holy moly we are just getting no breaks

  • George Kroger

    Life is never all bad

  • George Kroger

    lol that call

  • Danny Porter

    I knew that was coming

  • WB Tarleton

    The offensive ineptitude will cause the defense to stay on the field too long, get tired, and run over in the second half. We will then see the wailing and gnashing of teeth that the “defense sucks.”

    I hope I am wrong, but that sure looks like the most likely narrative right now.

  • Jaybird

    Just F*cking why? Why deep all the time?

  • pittfan

    Life is always good

  • Ike Evans

    Yes boo them…boo them lol

  • Rick McClelland

    It’s his fantasy mel, he can have it anyway he wants it.

  • Danny Porter

    Sooooooooo
    Predictable

  • alevin16

    Seriously?

  • Jay Clam

    Lol wtf is Haley doing?

  • Michael Cunningham

    This looks like Bruce Arians ..

  • pdupuis

    Fire Haley before we have another lost season!

  • George Kroger

    Glad to hear it!!!

  • L Garou

    Jags are gonna score again before the half..

  • Nathanael Dory

    we run?!

  • Jaybird

    No identity on offense. None.

  • Nathanael Dory

    TF!?????

  • Ichabod

    only 27 in the second half to get to 30

  • Darth Blount 47

    Jacksonville playing essentially penalty free? NOT helpful.

  • DAWAARE

    burn the clock lollll

  • ThatGuy

    Please please please fire Haley. Please.

  • MP

    I’m about to switch it to the Cleveland game.

  • Kevin Schwartz

    Soooo…. predictable. The point is to surprise them with your play calling, not do the thing they’re expecting, especially on high-risk plays.

  • Michael

    Where do you live? I’m driving over now!

  • NinjaMountie

    You know it’s bad when I start to honestly start getting frustrated. And I am now frustrated.

  • George Kroger

    Won’t happen mid season…guaranteed.

  • Kevin Schwartz

    Same, I’m super positive, but the play calling is just inept.

  • Phil Brenneman II

    I don’t mind taking shots but we have to try getting more manageable down plays. High percentage passes. Shovel passes. Come on man.

  • WilliamSekinger

    2nd and 10 from the 5 yard line with less than a minute to play…draw. makes sense.

  • DAWAARE

    wow ben really is horrible this season
    4/20 20+ yard pass 1int lol

  • Michael Conrad

    Butler looks like he should be bailing hay in Tennessee. Haley looks lost in his own self worth.

  • Jeremy McClurg

    This is pathetic

  • George Kroger

    Phew…good thing he got that…AB fighting for that first down.

  • HopeHarveys

    OH what a GRAB by Bell!

  • Ike Evans

    Trash playcall even though it worked

  • George Kroger

    How is that not PI on Bell?

  • Greg Payne

    That spot for AB wqs a gift that I’m glad we were given.

  • Chad Sanborn

    ugh

  • Darth Blount 47

    Where is Justin Hunter?!

  • HopeHarveys

    Jalen Ramsey is awesome

  • Chad Sanborn

    stop throwing toward ramsey dangit

  • George Kroger

    Let’s keep throwing at Ramsey!!!

  • Steel Realist PAul

    Seriously please get Martavis off the field.

  • Jay Clam

    Jesus Christ that was the ugliest two minute offense I’ve ever seen in my entire life. Are you kidding me

  • RJ

    I’m predicting a field goal before half by jacksonville.

  • L Garou

    Jags are gonna score again before the half.

  • Ichabod

    lets keep throwing at ramsey

  • HopeHarveys

    We can’t buy a bounce 🙁

  • alevin16

    Great punt

  • NinjaMountie

    Ball is not bouncing our way at any time. Fun

  • Rick McClelland

    Yep, it looks like the Jags may get a field goal.

  • Darth Blount 47

    This team needs an enema.

  • DAWAARE

    lets keep throwing at ramsey great

  • HopeHarveys

    Bears game was also ridiculous for that.

  • NinjaMountie

    The Purge

  • pdupuis

    Can we buy a new OC?

  • Chad Sanborn

    I smell at least 3 more for the Jags because we can’t manage the clock and our offense is about as good as if I was playing on it.

  • DoctorNoah

    29yd punt?

  • Michael

    They sell Enemas in twin packs. Double dose.

  • melblount

    Face it. Ben pretty much sucks. 4/20 on balls thrown over 20 yards this season. New definition of insanity.

  • Joseph Shaw

    Don’t wake a sleepwalking team. It’s dangerous.

  • Douglas Andrews

    a Colonic!

  • pittfan

    Waiter!! I didn’t order this!!

  • Edjhjr

    Maybe the defense can score

  • Jaybird

    I officially resign my post as the president of the Big Ben fan club.

  • Rick McClelland

    7.5 point favorites everybody. Playing down to the competition. The bookies already decided who would win so the team is going to kneel for the game.

  • Darth Blount 47

    One for the team and one for this thread. Perfect.

  • DAWAARE

    sit ben and play landry jones
    at this point he actually might be an upgrade

  • Jay Clam

    Lol all we can hope for is a TO here. They’re probably gonna kick a FG unless someone blows their assignment

  • ThatGuy

    I’m questionable for the second half, might go check out the local cornhole tournament lol

  • melblount

    So this is our offensive break out game, eh?

  • NinjaMountie

    I’m going to eat some pizza. Maybe that will help them get their crap together.

  • Ike Evans

    Told y’all…this is an “L” unless Haley pulls his head out of his a$$ and we go on our famous 5 quarter hot streaks….this is a loss cuz they are putting our defense in the worst positions …eventually they will get tired

  • WilliamSekinger

    Facing the NFL’s worse rushing defense? So, the game plan is to throw the ball to whomever the league’s best CB is covering. Makes sense.

  • alevin16

    I understand we (mostly me) get down on the team pretty quickly but honestly you have to admit that right now 7-3 feels like 200-3

  • Danny Porter

    Predictable
    Predictable
    Predictable

  • Greg Payne

    Wait, I thought this was a cornhole tournament.

  • Timothy Rea

    The way they are playing results in a big fat L. Someone better fix the steelers run D or we’re going to see this all year long

  • Chad Weiss

    This is the 22 best offense in football damn it! It would be nice if they started playing up too their ranking

  • pdupuis

    I’ll see your 3 & raise you 4.

  • DangZone

    uh can they stop throwing towards Ramsey??

  • Douglas Andrews

    I’m telling you guys we gotta go back to a run heavy offense which limits Ben’s attempts. He just doesn’t have it this year.

  • George Kroger

    Yeah, even if it’s 10-3 at half, we get the ball first and there’s a whole 2nd half to play.

  • Michael

    JuJu did not fake left before running to right on his route, hence the incomplete.

  • Jeremy McClurg

    Jags were getting 7.5. I don’t bet against my team, but I told everyone I know to bet against them. No way we win by 8 I said to them… Hmmmm. Bubble screen on 3rd and 10 is all you need to know, I don’t even care if it worked

  • Jaybird

    I’ll pass – the cornholes are all yours man!

  • ThatGuy

    lol seems like it

  • psteelers

    I’m sure the Haley is killing us crowd is loud and active. In the meantime Ben continues to stink up the joint.

  • Kevin Schwartz

    I almost wonder if the team isn’t suffering from too many options. People keep talking about identity, and, abstract as it may be, there’s some truth to it. Perhaps a better description would be a plan of attack. Honestly, the last 10 or so games, the offense seems to work best as a run-first offense. I get that it might take away a little bit of our explosive potential, but I think they’d be better off just picking a strategy and sticking with it. They’re all over the place.

  • DarthYinzer

    I keep waiting for this offense to show its potential…and waiting
    and waiting
    and waiting
    and waiting
    and waiting
    and waiting….

  • ThatGuy

    Free beer so thanks

  • thomas hmmmm

    Ben throws and hands off in no huddle he is calling plays based on the weaknesses he sees, that is better than what Haley does.

  • WB Tarleton

    No qualms with the D. It’s the offense, as usual.

    I am officially in panic mode. Ben is inconsistent. The line is inconsistent, especially run blocking.

    Everyone is talking about Haley, but he is the least of the problems. Fans are more emotionally invested in players, so they criticize things like “play calling” (which they usually have zero grasp of) rather than their athlete heroes.

  • George Kroger

    WHAT?

  • thomas hmmmm

    Yea, that is same thing I was thinking as to why they don’t do it.

  • HopeHarveys

    How did he do THAT???

  • NinjaMountie

    I wonder if that’ll stand

  • alevin16

    ????

  • Ike Evans

    Needed that…..defense to the rescue again

  • HopeHarveys

    It will stand!

  • Darth Blount 47

    Shazier just stole his lunch money!!!!

  • alevin16

    with our luck today I doubt it

  • Jaybird

    He never touched the ground

  • Edjhjr

    I’m thinking how to say terrible 6 different ways.

    Ben , Brown, Bryant,

    Hey wait I said maybe the defense can score

  • NinjaMountie

    He was down at the spot though

  • Joseph Shaw

    Great friggin’ play by 50.

  • pittfan

    GIMME DA DAMN ROCK

  • Kevin Schwartz

    Nah, the execution might be an issue as well, but the play-calling is awful. I don’t consider myself a football expert, but even I can see the strategic issues.

  • George Kroger

    OK, let’s turn 10-3 into 10-7!

  • NinjaMountie

    We’ll get the ball but not the return yardage

  • HopeHarveys

    The Jags player was on VW’s back.

  • WilliamSekinger

    Thank god for Shazier. On pace for defensive player of the year.

  • George Kroger

    That call will stand!!!

  • Douglas Andrews

    Shazier came to play

  • NinjaMountie

    shazier

  • HopeHarveys

    Oops, you mean Shazier

  • thomas hmmmm

    According to last weeks call that is an INT for Shazier!!!

  • Nathanael Dory

    that is a pro bowler this year

  • WreckIess

    Where would this team be without AB and Shazier?

  • Rob

    D saves the day AGAIN..

  • Jaybird

    Good point. Totally

  • Agustin-ARG

    Shazz mvp!!

  • Rick McClelland

    Make it Finney time. There’s the touchdown right there. I need to drink heavier.

  • Matt Hatchett

    I think the Steelers need a new head coach. They are the biggest underachieving team based on talent. They need someone to light a fire under their butt! The talent is there but not the fire!

  • HopeHarveys

    Where any team would be without their best offensive and defensive player.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Vince Williams played piggyback and Shazier cat burgled it!

  • Douglas Andrews

    Wonder was he down by contact?

  • Michael

    Not the first tyme either.

  • alevin16

    yes

  • HopeHarveys

    I been trying to call it all day LOL

  • WilliamSekinger

    Can the offense score though? I smell 7-6

  • Danny Porter

    Need some points here boys
    Let’s go

  • Chad Sanborn

    similar to the call against AB last week

  • Rick McClelland

    Finney, Finney, Finney, Finney! Drink beer.

  • Darth Blount 47

    “Plays of the Weird.”

  • Michael

    Why suddenly all these talk about BJ Finney?

  • ayub

    Cam and Shazier playing at defensive mvp levels.

  • Ike Evans

    There we go

  • alevin16

    A throw to the middle? That was odd? I did not know we had that play

  • Rob

    these aren’t kids tho..this is their job, and they should want to win regardless. execution, and strategy is another question and the blame for that belongs to a lot of people

  • Darth Blount 47

    It’s a secret.

  • George Kroger

    AB>Ramsey!!!!

  • HopeHarveys

    AB > Ramsey

  • Ravens Team Gynecologist

    Sure could use that timeout we blew on the challenge.

  • alevin16

    Three quick shots to the endzone

  • Rick McClelland

    Because its fun, and unusual, and right now they need some unusual to put some points on the board.

  • WilliamSekinger

    2nd time Ramsey pyshes AB. Terrible results both times.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Nah, Haley just would have called a run.

  • George Kroger

    Gotta look to the endzone

  • alevin16

    JJ in the endzone

  • Ravens Team Gynecologist

    At least we’d have the option to run.

  • HopeHarveys

    Huh?

  • Jeremy McClurg

    Too bad we challenged that Mike..

  • Steel Realist PAul

    This Steeler offense is awful

  • Rob

    weekly “that shouldnt be possible” moment by AB

  • alevin16

    Yeah don’t call that at all, the jag really didn’t mean to do it

  • WilliamSekinger

    7-6. I can’t watch this anymore.

  • Darth Blount 47

    HOLDING!

  • WB Tarleton

    The average fan does not even know what was a Haley play call and a Ben audible.

    The average fan has no idea what WR screens are for.

    The average fan gets PO’d about the second down run play (meant to burn a Jax TO and not gain a ton of yardage) when we were at our 5 with a minute and a half left in the half.

    The average fan is an idiot.

  • HopeHarveys

    7-6 … Jags letting us hang around

  • NinjaMountie

    I’ll take it. At least we moved the ball.

  • Danny Porter

    Bad no call

  • alevin16

    1000 upvotes 😀

  • Chad Weiss

    Thank God for that Tomlin challenge

  • Greg Payne

    That’s better than it could have been. Let’s just come out of here with a W.

  • Darth Blount 47

    We are gonna win this game.

    That is all.

  • Ichabod

    it is sad that the pass interference is now part of the game plan
    all this talent, and no one to lead them

  • Chris92021

    Uncatchable.

  • WilliamSekinger

    A draw

  • pdupuis

    Uh, it would have been a catchable ball had AB been allowed to run the route without being held.

  • Michael

    FYI, NE should’ve been 2-3.

  • melblount

    So if Ben had a brain, he would have thrown the pass to Bell at his feet. We would then have time for one more shot at the end zone.

    This just in – Ben has no brain.

  • Chris92021

    Absolutely awful game plan on offense but what else is new? Lucky to be down by 1 point going into half.

  • ThatGuy

    100% agree

  • pittfan

    By 9 too!!

  • DAWAARE

    final score 7-9 pitsburgh

  • KEN WIL

    How can a player be down if he, by rule doesn’t have possession of the ball?

  • ThatGuy

    That was PI

  • Chad Sanborn

    amen to this comment!

  • Michael

    They play like just show up to collect games checks.

  • WB Tarleton

    ^^^Bingo.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Can’t agree on that one Chris. Ben had one throw he couldn’t step into that ended in a pick but so far gameplan on offense not awful.

  • George Kroger

    Couldn’t tell if AB just got caught up with the defender

  • Darth Blount 47

    Uhhh, there was 6 seconds left. No we would NOT have had another shot AND then been able to kick.

  • Jeremy McClurg

    The main problem with being down only 1, is that we never make 2nd half adjustments. I honestly think they just go in and play Madden

  • DarthYinzer

    Ever since the INT, the offense has been turrible.

  • melblount

    Well, at least we have a real chance now of putting up 12 points this game.

  • Matt Hatchett

    I think firing of Todd Haley my be a good start. Then replace Bell with Conner and replace Bryant with Hunter.

  • Chris92021

    Steelers offensive game plan:
    1st down: throw deep to Bryant, wonder if why the passes are off.
    2nd down: run the ball up the middle to Bell, hope he breaks 7 tackles to get 4 yards
    3rd down: throw the ball to Brown and hope he does something amazing.

    Todd Haley shouldn’t even run a junior high offense.

  • DSG

    This offense is going to average 30 points per game!!

  • Danny Porter

    Because he grabbed him

  • NinjaMountie

    LOL…why not. That’s how everyone on this board has learned about football and they seem to know better. 🙂

  • alevin16

    30 points a SEASON I think they meant 😀

  • WilliamSekinger

    Lolol!

  • thomas hmmmm

    No they don’t play it, Butler and Tomlin just run the simulations over and over and keep the w/l stats to see what their chance of winning is.

  • melblount

    Maybe he read all the anti-Joe Girardi clippings and felt he needed to do something.

  • DarthYinzer

    Steelers down 1, Still have a 64% chance to win the game per ESPN.
    What?

  • Chris92021

    Our QB is not having his bad day either, agreed. However, how come our QB is only in rhythm whenever the team goes into hurry up?

  • Douglas Andrews

    Here comes that 24 pt second half lol. I wish Haley never said that because it’s been a curse every since lol.

  • Evan Eremita

    MY BOY SHAZZIIIIIIEEEERRRR!!!

  • Chad Sanborn

    I said before we kicked off this would be our most challenging game yet. I stick by it. KC will blow us out next game though..

  • WB Tarleton

    And that’s the problem. You just hate bubble screens. You have no clue that it is essentially a run play and 4-5 yards is OK. It also sets up fake bubble screens later in the game that go long and you will have no idea that the unsuccessful play in the second quarter set it up.

    It’s more fun to hate Haley and the vague “play calling” than admit our athletic heroes are not playing as well as they should.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Bortles gonna Bortle.

  • Matt Hatchett

    Mike Tomlin doesn’t appear to be a coach that motivates his players.

  • Kevin Schwartz

    Makes sense – they give one team above 50% odds to start the game, so they clearly include team quality in their odds.

  • NinjaMountie

    factor in possession probability and stuff

  • Douglas Andrews

    Can’t argue on that one. Agreed Team needs some tempo

  • Chad Sanborn

    that’s because we are winning the stat line. Which really means nothing.

  • melblount

    Has anybody seen DuPree actually involved in a play yet?

    Well, if not, at least we know he can dance OK.

  • pittfan

    On to the second half thread! Bring your negative attitude with you! Lol

  • dillon degroot

    Juju worked the middle in college, Eli Rogers works the middle, AB can run any and every route you need him too..We’re not working the middle much because Haley is scared of turning the ball over..So he has Ben throw to the outside where there’s less congestion, instead of just trusting his QB to make the necessary plays.

  • George Kroger

    I think the bomb on first down was the bad call in that drive. Whether that’s on Ben or Haley, you’re right, we will never know. However, I think it’s clear that Ben is making questionable decisions so far this year.

  • Rocksolid20

    Father time

  • thomas hmmmm

    Shaz will be All Pro by end of season and is challenging for the DYOP. He has been a game winner on D, that is hard for a D guy to do.

  • WilliamSekinger

    Pitt always balls out against KC. No matter if they are undefeated, that game is going to be close.

  • Rocksolid20

    Can’t Debo is inactive

  • thomas hmmmm

    I don’t think KC blows the Steelers out. They were better than the Steelers in the past two times they have played and the Steelers still beat them.

  • DarthYinzer

    You know, I’ve got this fragment of “Ride” playing over and over in my head when I’m watching this offense.
    “I’ve been thinking too much(I’ve been thinking too much)
    I’ve been thinking too much(help me)
    I’ve been thinking too much(I’ve been thinking too much)
    I’ve been thinking too much(help me)”

  • Rocksolid20

    Wonder if he will throw a cooler over his holding play ?

  • WilliamSekinger

    Will do!

  • Rocksolid20

    Nor does he have his team ready to play .

  • WB Tarleton

    This post sums it up.

    Fournette has 14 rushes for 39 yards, less than 3 yards per rush.

    Ivory has 3 for 11, about 3.66 yards per rush.

    The Steel Curtain could not live up to your standards.

    The offense has played terrible (again) and is leaving the D out there way too long.

    I am worried about the D getting worn out in the second half. But it was absolutely the very bright spot in the first half.

  • thomas hmmmm

    Calling for Chickillo?

  • Rocksolid20

    Can’t we look ahead to the Chiefs and Patriots games ? All
    the rest are give mes

  • Rocksolid20

    I missed the effort , when was that ?

  • WB Tarleton

    Absolutely. He has been very inconsistent. Not “terrible” or anything, but not the Ben we know and need.

    I am obviously frustrated. Both by the offense and people blaming Haley and the defense (which has played great) when we lose.

    It’s a joke.

  • dillon degroot

    Luckily you don’t need TEs to work the middle of the field…WRs can do that too. Not to mention, Jessie can work the middle of the field, he showed that last year.

  • Rocksolid20

    30 points a game ?!

  • The Sun is Pro-Black

    Ben AND Haley are the biggest problems.

  • Rocksolid20

    No but Debo inactive is !

  • Rocksolid20

    It’s gone all to hell , thats where

  • Rocksolid20

    Aged

  • jsteeler

    Steelers defense is AWAKE!

  • jsteeler

    Offense is asleep in the Red Zone

  • jsteeler

    Ben is BAD

  • Ike Evans

    Hate to say I told you so

  • Ike Evans

    Defense getting tired

  • jsteeler

    I’m done.

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    I blame this on Ben and the coaches you have the best rb going up against the worst run defense and your steady trying to throw it

  • Donald

    So tell me again why I’ve been wrong the past 3 seasons when I’ve said that The Big Dummy isn’t an elite QB.

    Look forward to ur responses. LOL

  • Donald

    Well, when u’re on the field as long as they were, u’d be tired, too.

  • Donald

    U’re just realizing that, huh? Have u been watchin’ him for the past few seasons? I’ve been sayin’ he sux for at least that long.

  • Donald

    Yeah, maybe … if he can stay healthy.

  • Donald

    LOL, didn’t hear his number called the whole game … not really impressed so far this season.