2017 NFL Week 11: Steelers Friday Night Five Questions

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

Man, what a crazy several days this has been. The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans since last Friday and they are now 8-2 with six games remaining. However, because of the short week, I am now very behind on my site work and thus that’s my excuse for this post being so late.

No time for chit chat this week so let’s get right to the weekly Friday night five questions and hopefully several of you will participate by giving your answers in the comments below.

Have a great rest of your weekend and be on the lookout for more post-game content recapping the Steelers win over the Titans on Saturday and into next week.

Peace and love, peace and love!

1 – What did you think about the heavy usage of SkyCam during the Steelers Thursday night game against the Titans?

2 – On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being perfect, how would rate the play of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger against the Titans?

3 – Voting for the 2018 Pro Bowl opened this past week. Which Steelers players deserve votes from fans?

4 – Finish this sentence: In the Steelers game against the Titans I was most disappointed with __________________________________.

5 – What is your biggest takeaway from this play below?

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

Question 1 – 30 of 39 (77%) definitive answers said Yes, James Harrison truly has a back injury. Most believe that Deebo would not go along with a fib and why would Mike Tomlin make an excuse now when he had made 92 a healthy scratch before. James was inactive. Hmmm.

Question 2 – 33 of 41 (80%) said the Steelers should use the franchise tag on Le’Veon Bell next year.

Question 3 – 28 of 41 (68%) would like to see Vance McDonald appear in personnel groupings with one tight end. Nine (22%) preferred Jesse James with this group citing McDonald’s reputation for drops. While four were comfortable with both splitting time or did not really care. Had McDonald mishandled that TD catch against the Colts surely this opinion would shift. Moot Thursday since Vance was inactive due to his knee injury.

Question 4 – We named five different defensive players that we believe will record the most sacks in the last eight games of the regular season. Cam Heyward led the voting with 17 mentions followed by TJ Watt (11), Bud Dupree (10), Stephon Tuitt (4) and James Harrison (2). We predicted the leader to have anywhere from 4 to 8.5 sacks. The median score was 6. So far, after 2 games the Steelers sack leaders are Vince Williams (no one voted for Vince) with 2, Cam Heyward with 2, Stephon Tuitt with 2, Bud Dupree with 1 & LT Walton with 1.

Question 5 – This is a repeat from Week 9; perhaps a control question so Dave can see how consistent our responses are. This week our predictions for Ben were throwing anywhere from 10 to 20 TD’s and 0 to 9 interceptions in the second half of the season (week 9 it was 8-20 TD’s & 0-18 INT’s). The median response was 15 touchdowns and 5.5 interceptions (week 9 it was 14 TD & 5 INTs). Slightly more optimistic. Ben currently has 6 TD passes and 1 INT putting him on pace for 24 TD’s and 4 INT’s in the second half of the season.

Another week of delayed gratification as questions 4 & 5 won’t be answered until end of season. There are also 5 points yet to be awarded for Week 9 plus there are 7 points yet to be awarded for Week 1. I’ll post an updated leaderboard next week.

  • John

    1. Don’t care about skycam.
    2. 8.5 for Ben.
    3. AB and a couple OL
    4. Giving up a TD 11 seconds into the second half. ABSURD
    5. Cannot remember

  • Chris92021

    1. I loved it. Every interception by Mariota, you can see coming because of the perspective. I also liked that when it went to 3rd down and red zone, NBC changed it to the sideline perspective. I think having the SkyCam on 1st downs and kickoffs would be something to consider doing full time.

    2. 8. He made some great throws but he also got bailed out by JuJu and AB and also Bell on more than a few occasions.

    3. DeCastro, Bell, Brown, Smith-Schuster on offense. Shazier, Vince Williams, Heyward, Haden on defense. Boswell on special teams. Hope none of those gentlemen actually play in the Pro Bowl though, if you catch my drift!

    4. Artie Burns. Something is not right with him.

    5. That blitz pickup by Bell. Holy moly that was something.

    Enjoy the weekend, y’all. It will be relaxing because we are already in the clubhouse with a 8-2 record!!

  • Alan Tman

    1 Should only use on pass plays
    2 8
    3 Brown, Bell,Heyward, Shazier, DeCastro, and Pouncey.
    4 The OLB are not making plays.
    5 Martavis doesn’t understand how to high point a football.

  • Spencer Krick

    1. I liked it, but I think they overused it a bit.
    2. 8, Dilly Dilly.
    3. Nix, DeCastro, Brown.
    4. OLBs
    5. That blitz pick up.

  • Phil Brenneman II

    1. Didn’t like it. Doesn’t give you a good view of a lot of things despite adding a new perspective so that you get a look at some new things you don’t normally see. I think it has value but is more for students of the game and not fans of the game. And students can already get those views after the game with all-22 and such. So they should sprinkle it in games at maybe an 80:20 ratio.

    2. I’d be at about an 8.5. Was fantastic seeing flashes of old Ben and I hope we see more of that going forward. Don’t know where it has been but it needs to stay.

    3. Probowl is kind of competition to get in so as far as league perspective I am not sure who deserves to get in so I will go more on just who I think has played well enough to merit conversation:

    Offense: Brown, Bell, Pouncey, Decastro, and JJSM.
    Defense: Heyward, Hargrave, Shazier, Williams, and Haden Honorable mention: Tuitt if he hadn’t been injured
    ST: Boz

    4. A. Bud Dupree. I am still waiting for him to explode. I said it earlier in the week but he is really starting to feel somewhat like Jarvis Jones to me. Definitely not saying he is Jarvis Jones, but just that tingle of familiarity.

    B. Ben saying “dilly dilly” it is already played out around here and it hasn’t been 24 hours.

    5. This is my main problem with Skycam. I don’t have much of an opinion because the view isn’t great when it comes to Bryant trying to make a play. Good effort from Bell on the blitz pickup. I think people are overhyping it a bit because he still let the guy through pretty quick but it was a nice read and effort in at least slowing the guy up slightly.

  • Michael

    1. I loved the Sky Cam. They should alternate it with previous sideline angle 50-50.

    2. Big Ben 8.5.

    3. no comment.

    4. Artie Burns being burned on every game, his arm tackles and as someone before me said, giving up a bomb TD with no safety help, absurd stupid.

    5. no comment.

    6. BONUS Q: is MB a shadow of himself due to one year away from football? or He’s lost a step permanently.

    6A: Will MB be close to the way he was after a few more games of adjustments or the glorious past is thing of the past?

  • CP72

    Listen I love JuJu….but the pro bowl?

  • Jason Campbell

    1) watched it at Heinz Field, I’ll have to watch it on game pass
    2)8.5 2nd half was vintage Ben
    3) 84, 53, 73, 66, 97, 50
    4) Burns in first half
    5) Bell picking up the blitz

  • jl9744

    1. NBC’s usage of it was nice. Allowed fans to see what players see and see why some plays work and why some don’t. That being said, don’t want it primarily when we play in the Super Bowl.

    2. I’ll give Ben an 8.5. Obviously going away from the no-huddle didn’t help his first half but the receivers didn’t help him on many occasions and he got hit a lot.

    3. Since it’s deserving I’ll go like this: Offense-DeCastro, Pouncey, Foster, Gilbert, Hubbard (see Chiefs and Ravens games), AB, JuJu, Bell (Big Ben and Big Al have to be more consistent in these last six games to be considered for me personally)
    Defense-Shazier, Haden, Heyward, Hilton, Hargrave,
    Williams, Tuitt, Watt, Alualu, Davis (Just like Ben and Al on offense, Dupree and Burns must be more consistent for consideration)

    4. Artie Burns, he’s not trusting his eyes constantly putting them on the Qb instead of playing the receiver

    5. Two: 1) Thank the Lord for Lev Bell!
    2) Size doesn’t prove physicality (See AB v Martavis)

  • NinjaMountie

    1. I liked it. More on some plays than others. I can understand the complaint about not being able to tell yardage gained as easily.

    2. 8. Still some room for improvement. I thought this was a really good game, not a great game. The second half was close to great.

    3. Hmmm. Antonio Brown and Cameron Heyward are obvious. Less obvious are DD, Shazier and possibly VWill. I’m sure a lot of people will scoff at VWill but it’s his sacks. When you look at his sack numbers no one else at 6 or above has as close to as many tackles. Still…he’s a reach imo.

    4.The big plays that we gave up. We need to clean that up.

    5. When is this guy going to learn to catch a contested pass?

  • “Artie Burns, he’s not trusting his eyes constantly putting them on the Qb instead of playing the receiver”

    Watching the QB is exactly what you do when playing zone coverage. He is very aggressive, and that’s his biggest problem. All the aggressive corners are susceptible to double moves. That why our offense always goes after guys like Talib, Marcus Peters, Patrick Peterson, etc. Burns is still learning, he’ll get there.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    1. I liked it, but I liked it only while we were on offense. I know right!? Madden!
    2. 8! He was friggin good! A couple plays were Ben could have moved in the pocket to avoid sacks was needed, but I’m not mad.
    3. Shazier for sure. Can Heyward has been a monster all year! Also Vince Williams! He has exceeded all my expectations!
    4. Art Burns play at times. I think the first reception he allowed he just watched the receiver catch the ball. Gotta do better.
    5. Bell’s blitz pickup shows why he is valuable to this team and why you just can’t plug in a rookie.

  • WB Tarleton

    1 – What did you think about the heavy usage of SkyCam during the Steelers Thursday night game against the Titans?

    Liked it. I posted pros and cons this morning in another thread but will repeat them:

    I kind of liked the Sky Cam. I’d like to see a few games of it to see if they get some of the “cons” worked out and time to decide whether the complaints are just because it’s “different” (for that matter, the compliments too).

    Pros-If you have a little knowledge of how defensive schemes are supposed to work, it’s great for watching plays develop.

    You see what the QB and RB sees. For example, I saw Mariota’s first INT as soon as it left his hands.

    A better sense of line spacing, player movement, and speed of the game.

    Cons-No Outside receivers, although the traditional view often eliminates safeties so there is a weakness in each.

    Judging distance to first. What appears to be an eight yard gain is about 5. It would be difficult, but they should be able to have a better first down line like the traditional view has.

    2 – On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being perfect, how would rate the play of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger against the Titans?

    8.5. He left a little out there but not much.

    3 – Voting for the 2018 Pro Bowl opened this past week. Which Steelers players deserve votes from fans?

    AB, Bell, Pouncey, DD, Cam, Shazier, Vincenzo Williams

    4 – Finish this sentence: In the Steelers game against the Titans I was most disappointed with not eliminating the long pass plays.

    5 – What is your biggest takeaway from this play below?

    Fans/announcers/media call players “complete players” without thinking enough about what that means. Bell IS a complete player. There is literally nothing that he does not do at a high level.

  • WB Tarleton

    Step away from the ballot box! lol

  • Jeff McNeill

    1) like it
    2) 8
    3) AB, cam, Dd
    4) nothing
    5) it might have saved the season

  • DoctorNoah

    1. Loved it. Use it more.

    2. 7/10. A number of bad passes and mediocre decision making. But he got it done.

    3. Offense: Pouncey, DeCastro, Bell, AB. Defense: Heyward, Shazier.

    4. Jesse James. He makes easy catches and fails to handle anything complicated or contested. Blocking is mediocre and he seems undersized. Makes me cry for a Heath.

    5. People are going to fault Martavis, but it was a mediocre pass into double coverage with Bell barely saving Ben’s a$$ from being demolished.

  • Larry Kraus

    This isn’t a reply to the questions but a statement. It’s time to stop comparing brown to other current players. The only receiver he should be ranked against is Jerry rice. I am extremely lucky to have watched two such players. I expect I’ll hear plenty saying I’m wrong but I saw both play and they truly are alone in their own teir.

  • Marcel Chris Chauvet

    You are completely correct. It’s actually a bit comical to me that you bring this up because I made the same point in conversation with my father earlier today. Haha. You are ENTIRELY correct.

  • pittfan

    1. I think it is a nice added feature but should be used more sparingly, ie, obvious passing downs etc. Having the QB’s view of the routes being run was great. Depth perception however was not so good.
    2. 8.5 would be just about right. Not so good 1st half, great second half. Dilly Dilly was a smash hit.
    3. AB, Bell, DEcastro, Shaz, Hilton, Cam, Matt Feiler (haha)
    4. big plays given up in the secondary
    5. incredible pick up by Bell in pass pro.

  • pittfan

    I dont see anything wrong with comparing others. Its not to say that one is better than AB, for example, I think Cris Carter had some of the best hands ever, Larry Fitz too. Ab has great hands. Jerry Rice was never known for exceptional hands, and I saw him play too. Jerry Rice did not have the short space quickness AB has. It’s a compliment being compared to all time greats. If AB stays healthy, he’ll give Rice a run for his record.

  • Riverstko

    1. Don’t like
    2. 8
    3. AB, Pouncey, Watt, Heyward
    4. Burns
    5. Ben throw should’ve been on the outside corner of the end zone

  • Mark T. Balthaser

    1) Ok, but they used it too much
    2) 9
    3) Brown, Bell, Pouncey, DeCastro, Heyward, Tuitt, Shazier
    4) Tackling
    5) Who cares, show the AB helmet catch

  • Zombie Nixon

    Some day.

  • Marcel Chris Chauvet

    1) I don’t like it as well as the traditional side view. I would really love for them to show a game in the “all 22” view. More than anything, though, I like consistency. There was way too much back and forth between 3 or 4 different angles and it made the game more difficult to follow as a result.

    2) 7.5

    3) Brown, Heyward, DeCastro, Shazier and Boswell

    4) Artie Burns

    5) Pouncy slides toward the double-team too quickly and doesn’t pay any mind to the potential blitzer (who in fact blitzes). Bell makes a great pick-up, but he shouldn’t have to.

  • Dan

    1. I was fine with it. The behind the QB angle should be familiar to anyone who has played football videogames in the last 15 years or so.

    2 – 9/10. Vintage. And as someone who has criticised Ben quite a bit this year, it made me very happy.

    3 – Heyward! More people need to know of this monster.

    4 – Tough to have negative feelings after a blowout. I was tempted to fill in the blank with a cards against humanity answer, but if we are nitpicking I’d say…that long pass TD given up by the D. One of the few blemishes during the game.

    5 – Good thing the RB was in to block, and Ben made a classic move. It would have been a tough catch for MB, but that is what seperates the good from the great.

  • Ace

    1. Loved it. Maybe scale it back a little tho. Find a good blend. Makes the game so much more personal. You can actually see lineman movements and see how guys position their hands to make catches. Sideline view has the LOS so muddled together it just looks like 10 guys smashed up. Needs some improvements, but I think they have something here and I hope they continue to improve it and use it.

    2. 8.8 Made some money throws, escaped pressure a few times, good decisions for the most part. Deep ball looked kinda rough still, accuracy was hit and miss, bad decisions on the 2 minute drill to end the half, third down an issue but they were way behind the chains on their first half dozen or so.

    3. Cam, Shazier, Bell, AB, Foster, Pouncey, DD

    4. The 75 yard bomb. It’s still an issue…

    5. I like that Ben is still trying to get him going. I question the decision to throw into double, but he’s still slinging it at MB. We need this guy to get his ish together and this offense will feast., and I guess Ben knows this.

  • heath miller

    1 overused
    2 ben 8
    3 shaz cam ab bell pouncey decatro
    4 tackeling
    5 bell saved ben early retirement

  • 1.) I really liked that sky cam view behind the QB. It was great to see the action from the QB’s perspective. It also gives you a great view of the defense. Watching Ben pass the pall to receivers and watching Bell run from that angle is very cool. I really enjoyed it. Just as long as they show the side view as well afterwards, I’ll be happy. If they are going to continue with this, I hope they’ll eventually add the yellow line at the first down marker like they already do from the side view. That would be great! Yes, It kind of reminds me of Madden Football, only better.

    2.) 8

    3.) OFFENSE: Antonio Brown, JuJu Smith-Schuster, LeVeon Bell, David DeCsatro, Maurkice Pouncey and Ramon Foster. (Would have went with Marcus Gilbert too, but he missed too many games.)

    DEFENSE: Ryan Shazier, Cameron Heyward and Vince Williams. (Just goes to show how many players it takes working TOGETHER as a group to be a top-notch defense. They all work well together, but separately there are only a few stand-out players. I like Watt too. I just don’t think he’s Pro Bowl material yet.)

    SPECIAL TEAMS: Tyler Matakevich 😉

    4.) In the Steelers game against the Titans I was most disappointed with the way we didn’t use a no-huddle offense more.

    5.) Bell pickup and Ben’s flashy cleats. LOL

  • Brenton deed

    1 I wonder if they could use a split screen sky cam/traditional and at some point (say at the point of throwing in a passing play) expand to the traditional view.
    2) 8
    3) DeCastro, Pouncey, Heyward, AB, Shazier… maybe Bell ( reputation outweighs slow start)
    4)Ocassional breakdowns in coverage.
    5)Keep trying with him – after all the drama ( self inflicted immaturity) his head and confidence aren’t right – if he comes out of this funk he’ll probably be better than ever. Persist, at least for this season. If Bell was supposed to split out to the flat or leak into a short central zone but reacted to that blitz then that was awesome.

  • DirtDawg1964

    1. Loved the sky cam. Great views of the entire field, you can see what the QB sees, completely different perspective on the game.
    2. 8.5 sounds right. Lousy first half, great second half
    3. AB is a lock. Bell, DeCastro, Pouncey, Heyward should be a lock, Shazier, Williams.
    4. First half red zone offence
    5. Bell is a heckuva blocker! Connor, take note

  • Kevin Schwartz

    1) I thought it was interesting as a change of pace, but didn’t like it for the whole game. The biggest positive – you can see what the QB sees, and realize how difficult it is to be a QB (how far they’re throwing, how tight the holes are). Biggest negative – you can’t see depth, and you can’t tell where the first-down marker is. It makes it hard to assess the play. I also don’t like that you see worse the further downfield the play is.

    2) I’ll give him an eight. I don’t know that he made any huge mistakes that I noticed. He made the plays he was supposed to, and made some nice deep throws.

    3) 1) Brown, 2) Bell, 3) Heyward, 4) Shazier. I don’t follow OL play well enough to really say, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Pouncey or Decastro were on the list based on reputation.

    4) Bryant not bringing down a deep ball. I don’t think either the ball in the GIF from Question 5 or the PI call were gimmes, but pre-suspension Bryant had a knack for those plays and he just hasn’t made any tough catches. The blatant drop was pretty bad as well, obviously. It kind of looked like he wasn’t paying attention/wasn’t expecting the ball.

    5) So, I have a more in-depth take for Ben and MB, but I’ll save that for the end. First off – Bell is a baller. I love him. Yeah, maybe he’s a diva, and he expects to be paid too much. I don’t care. Nothing about him on the field indicates he’s anything but a beast. I know they’re football players, but just like going up for a ball over the middle, there’s risking your body and there’s risking your body. The defender had a full head of steam and he took a shot.

    As for Ben, one of the announcers said something interesting about what Ben said during their interview about the interception to MB to start out the Colts game. Ben said he told MB that he was going to throw it up to him, that he wanted him on the inside, and he wanted him to go get the ball.

    Generally, you think of interceptions as bad plays, and obviously, they often are. But, to some extent, it’s the result of calculated risk. I have Kirk Cousins on my fantasy team, and there was a blurb about how Jay Gruden said they wanted him to take some risks downfield. Basically, they wanted him to throw some balls up and let their receivers have a chance to go get it. I heard something similar about why Dez Bryant doesn’t mesh as well with Dak Prescott as he did with Romo. Prescott doesn’t make bad throws, and doesn’t take risks, whereas Bryant’s strength is upping the odds on those 50-50 balls.

    Ben likely knows that MB adds a dimension to the offense, and that they have a much better shot at a Super Bowl with a confident and performing MB. So, he’s continuing to give him shots downfield. Generally, I think of it as poor decision making on Ben’s part when he throws balls up for grabs (and, sometimes, it clearly is). But, there’s also an element of intelligence, and, in this case, long-term thinking (as well as selflessness, in that I don’t think he cares about the risk for his stats) involved.

    Also, watching the replay, it was a pretty good throw. Definitely a catchable ball.

  • EdJHJr

    Didn’t care
    Field goals not TD
    Need close up view

  • JohnB

    1. LIked the SkyCam but I dont think it should be the dominate view. especially on 3rd and in RZ.
    2. I give Ben a 7 for the titans. My knocks on him are purely mental and I hope he’s getting out of it.
    3. ProBowlers: AB, Bell, 53, Decastro, Shazier, VWill, Heyward. Our DBs as a whole gets my HM.
    4. Noone celebrates with James when he scored. And how it took too long to start using intermediate passes.
    5. Just on that play…I love Bell a hell of a lot more than Bryant! I was as happy as the guys in the booth.

  • Jaybird

    1) it had its pluses and minuses
    2) second half -10
    Entire game – 9
    3) Decastro , Bell, AB , Cam, Shazier
    4) first half pass protection
    5) Bell is one heck of a blocker for a RB

  • Jaybird

    Your correct- brown is only second to Rice currently. I think AB is actually better than Rice, but I doubt he will last long enough to beat his numbers.

  • SteelerFanInMD

    1. I like mixing it in
    2. 9
    3. AB, deCastro and Heyward
    4. Martavis. He is a shadow of what he once was.
    5. AB would have caught it.

  • ThatGuy

    1. Nope
    2. 9
    3. AB, Cam, JuJu, Boswell
    4. All the drops
    5. MB just isn’t that good anymore.

  • J.

    1. Sadly didnt get to actually watch the game.
    2. 8 for Ben
    3. AB, Boswell, Heyward, Bell
    4. That our lead wasnt bigger sooner
    5. Ben getting that extra second needed because Bell did his job if only MB had done his.

  • NCSteel

    Skycam is great…about 50% of the time. Depending on

    Ben 6.75-7.0, I will have to watch again to be certain.

    Antonio Brown, Cam Heyward

    Most dissapointed with missed tackles.

    Leveon Bell is one heck of a blocker. James Conner better learn how to block like that if he’s ever going to see the field with any consistency. Ben owes Bell a nice Christmas present

  • Lil Smitty

    1. I like it but not all the time. I would prefer the initial play to be viewed from the sideline as it is played, but use Skycam for replays. It really shows the holes opening and routes.
    2. 8 for his play and add one to make it 9 for calling Dilly Dilly for an audible.
    3. AB, Pouncey, Heyward top the list. Lev Bell, DeCastro, Hargrave, and maybe Haden. JuJu because he is so popular.
    4. Tackling!
    5. Bell saved Ben from an injury by picking up the Blitz. Woodyard(?) ran that blitz perfectly, probably made LeBeau smile. Martavis might have caught the ball for a TD, if Ben had been able to step into the throw more.

  • Matt Manzo

    Happy 8-2 Friday!

    1: Sky cam was ok. But I prefer the traditional view.

    2: A hard 8 for Ben! He still seemed a little off after the first drive but made up for it!

    3: AB, duh! Decastro, Heyward, Shazier, Bell and VW as an alternate!

    4: …the ground game

    5: Bell doing his job(and taking a shot!) and MB not doing his!

  • Matt Manzo

    Maybe not by stats, but he’s a national celebrity!

  • Bill

    1. Nice view but used too much, can’t see receivers at times
    2. 8 – but 10 in 2nd half.
    3. AB, DeCastro, Heyward & Shazier if he didn’t miss so many tackles.
    4. Tackling
    5. Should have been caught but defense was excellent. MB just needs to relax and let the game come to him

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    1. Don’t know. I was at the game so made no difference to me. I’ll watch a recording of the game Saturday.

    2. 8

    3. I only vote for Steelers players. Most deserving at this point – Antonio Brown, Ryan Shazier, Cam Heyward, maybe Vince Williams. Note, I don’t name any offensive linemen; too many penalties not dominating line of scrimmage enough on running plays.

    4. Roger Goodell making the call from NYC to overturn Bell’s touchdown; referees calling a phantom push off on Bryant; and referees allowing Titan defenders to hang of Steelers receivers like cheap suits.

    5. Nice pick-up by Le’Veon Bell gave Ben enough time to pass and not get smeared on the turf.

  • Doug Andrews

    1, I like having the different angle. Gives a nice perspective on what Big Ben’s was seeing. I also like it for kickoffs also. Having said that I’m not opposed to seeing the Sky cam angle as long as it’s mixed in with the conventional side line angle.

    2. 9 for Ben. Drops are a part of the game but he made some really nice throws.

    3. AB LB Shazier and i’d add Cam Heyward who’s making a big push for a spot. Maybe a few of the OL Pouncey and DeCastro

    4. TD to start the second half…unbelievable

    5. First that was a superb block by L Bell giving himself up to protect the QB. Secondly MB did everything right on the play except come down with the ball which he should have done. Looked like he ran a good route. He uses his body to get into position to bring down the football but just doesn’t do it. That was disappointing

  • Rocksolid20

    All I heard all pre-season , was how hard MB had trained
    and in the best shape of his life and how fast he was and he’s a beast .
    I am yet to see any of it ?!

  • Michael Mosgrove

    1 – What did you think about the heavy usage of SkyCam during the Steelers Thursday night game against the Titans?

    didnt bother me.

    2 – On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being perfect, how would rate the play of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger against the Titans?


    3 – Voting for the 2018 Pro Bowl opened this past week. Which Steelers players deserve votes from fans?

    tough one. mike hilton. maybe tuitt and heyward if they continue. ab. thats about it. no one else is consistent.

    4 – Finish this sentence: In the Steelers game against the Titans I was most disappointed with

    artie burns. god awful.

    5 – What is your biggest takeaway from this play below?

    ab and grimble both WIDDDDDDDEEEEE open.

  • Rocksolid20

    Heath was a once in a life time TE , the man that
    follows the man is never good enough .

  • Rocksolid20

    Add Boswell and you have a great list .

  • Darth Blount 47

    1. Wasn’t a fan. I think they needed to use a high-cam more. Hard to judge depth and also they said pre-game they’d have a fairly robust graphic presentation to go with the skycam. I hardly paid any attention to any graphic-overlay. But watching a Steeler game and participating in the thread, is a tricky balancing act as is. Would have no problem if they could find a very happy-medium, as far as working it in more to a normal broadcast, and therefore an expanded use of the skycam. Just not thrilled as the primary viewing means.

    2. (7.) But I expect more from Big Ben than most. Half the people think he’s some combo of: “mentally retired, washed-up, and are looking towards our future without him.” I, on the other hand, would hold onto his cape like a screaming infant, begging him incessantly to play year after year after year. Even as these new “hot-shot QB’s” burst onto the scene each season.

    3. Le’Veon Bell. Antonio Brown. Maurkice Pouncey. David Decastro. Cameron Heyward. Ryan Shazier.
    (Vince Williams is right on the cusp for sure)
    Chris Boswell (I don’t think people realize he’s currently a top-3 AFC Kicker, and may be the number 2. 24 FG’s made and 19 EXP’s)
    And Kameron Canady. (Do they send LS’s to the Pro Bowl?) We haven’t heard a peep out of him and we ARE 8-2 so things must be going rather smoothly. Lol.)

    4. The Zebras.

    5. Bell making a good but not great block (A great one would have totally knocked the defender out of the play). Brown being single-covered on the left but Ben sticks with that first read because of the lack of time to see him. Martavis tries to high-body catch the ball, and doesn’t use his arms to extend and hand catch the pass. James does an adequate job of running his man up. Gilbert getting beat by his guy.

  • Ted Webb

    1. I liked it let you see the passing lanes and also how quick LBers closed those running lanes.
    2. 8 made some great throws best I’ve seen all season in 2nd half
    3. AB,Decastro,Cam,Shazier,Boswell
    4 missed tackles
    5. Ben almost died if Bell didn’t get a piece of rusher.

  • michael young

    1. Totally dig it.
    2. 9 (rating on the curve this year)
    3. AB, DeCastro, Heyward, Shazier and Javon Hargrave. Hargrave has been a beast this year. Tuitt if he wasn’t injured for a few games. Our D-Line is stacked.
    4. Dominating the beginning of the game but having little points to show for it.
    5. Bell is an unbelievable smart and tough football player. That wrap around blitz pickup was a thing of beauty. he knew he was going to get trucked, and he did it anyway. That’s toughness!

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Great point; he really only has one missed FGA; the blocks aren’t is fault.

  • Steel Realist PAul

    I dunno, man. His coverage was the good part until the past few games. He gets blocked off of the field on run plays and usually can be seen running near the play until it ends. He’s just not making a difference in a positive way. Not sure that’s a short term thing, as in this year.

  • WreckIess

    1. I liked it more as the game went on. The picks looked great from that view.

    2. 8. He made some excellent throws, but we still had some lapses in execution. Good, but room to be better.

    3. AB, Bell, Pouncey, Shazier, Cam,

    4. Artie Burns.

    5. Great blitz pickup, TD to AB if Ben looks his way, and Martavis will continually hold himself back from being a consistently good receiver during his career because of his inability to maximize his physical skills.

  • Christopher Poknis

    1. Liked the skycsm.
    2. 8 for Ben. Played well but forced the ball downfield too much when check downs were open.. Luckyba few weren’t picked.
    3. Brown, Bell, DeCastro, Shazier, Hayward, Tuitt.
    4. Coverage over the middle. Was open all night for Mariota.
    5. Either mix up with o-line call, or great blitz pick up by Bell.

  • Eric Childress

    1. I thought the skycam was pretty cool. Need to use it occasionally as opposed to full game though
    2. 8
    3. AB, Bell, Decastro, Pouncey, Foster, Shazier, Heyward
    5. Bells willingness to take on blitzer knowing he was gonna get rocked, plus Bryant has to make that catch if he wants to prove he is as good as he thinks he is.

  • PittShawnC

    1. Wasn’t as bad as I thought, could certainly live with further periodic usage.

    2. Ben’s play was a 7

    3. I voted for Bell, Brown, DeCastro, Heyward and Shazier

    4. Missed tackle’s

    5. Biggest takeaway is effort. With Bell, you see one player doing everything they can to help his team win. With MB, you see someone doing as little as possible.

  • SJT63

    1. Loved it
    2. 8, maybe 9 (but see answer 4)
    3. I really couldn’t give a crap about the Pro Bowl
    4. That after getting a quick 10-0 lead, the offense didn’t kill the game off before half time.
    5. Bell’s speed & movement to make the block

  • Reader783

    1 – Good and bad. Nice to see run lanes, but just bad depth perception. 3 yard runs looked the same as 10 yard runs.

    2 – 7.5/8; pretty darn good, but just needed to score TDs on those early picks thst we had. Put it away late though.

    3 – everyone 🙂

    4 – The first play of the second half

    5 – Good job LB

  • Josh Cummings

    1. I liked it I have the All22 pass… but welcome as many views as they can give us. Love seeing the plays develop. There is def. some refinement needed in the usage..but overall this is a good thing.

    2 – 7.5… limited his mistakes and made some splash plays. I’ll take this version of Ben for the rest of the year, please!

    3 – Cam Heyward. Shazier, AB, Decastro. Boswell.
    I think Haden had a chance because of playing well and having a resurgance type of season.
    Sean Davis has a chance. Just like last year, he has really started to come on and make splash plays mid-season. He will have some more Nationally televised games to add to it.
    Of all these guys, i feel Cam is finally getting the national media praise he deserves. Absolute monster this year.

    4 – Artie Burns. He has inconsistent this year and was hoping to see with Haden down, him take anoter step forward.

    5 – What a great question… I went through a whole series of thoughts as it happened… then getting to review, i questioned even more. the FIRST thing was for sure Bell’s huge blitz pick up. Then i wonder if Ben pre determined this throw. He seems to do a look off to the left… But had a AB in 1-1 compared to Marty being doubled.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Great job folks. No scoring for these questions but everyone that did answer will get a participation point.Will keep this open through turkey day