2017 NFL Week 12: Steelers Friday Night Five Questions

Happy Black Friday to all of yinz and welcome to the weekend.

If you’re like me, you sat around Thursday on Thanksgiving and gorged yourself with ham, turkey and all appropriate side items and deserts. I ate entirely too much and am now paying for it on Friday. I also sat around all day and watched football and overall the games were disappointing, in my honest opinion. Even so, a full day of watching bad football games is better than a lot of other things I can think of.

Sunday night the Pittsburgh Steelers will host the Green Bay Packers at Heinz Field and that’s a game that many predict should result in a big win for the home team. The Steelers opened up as 14-point home favorites and that line hasn’t budged since. It would be nice to see the Steelers have a game well in hand by halftime for a change. Maybe Sunday night we’ll be treated to such an occurrence.

As usual, I have five questions for yinz to answer on this Friday night and if you’re not out doing your early Christmas shopping, I hope several of you will take some time to do just that.

Have a great holiday season and we look forward to covering the Steelers Sunday night game against the Packers for you.

Peace and love, peace and love!

Go Steelers!

1 – On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being very critical, how would you rate the loss of Steelers starting right tackle Marcus Gilbert for the next four games due to his suspension for violating the league’s PED policy?

2 – Will Steelers wide receivers Martavis Bryant and Eli Rogers combine to have more than 100 receiving yards Sunday night with rookie wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster sidelined with his hamstring injury?

3 – Now that he’s on the 53-man roster, will rookie cornerback Cameron Sutton be given an opportunity to return a punt in any of the Steelers final six regular season games?

4 – Besides punter Jordan Berry, which Steelers player would likely be the team’s best option to kick an extra point should the need ever arise?

5 – Besides maybe the New England Patriots, which other AFC team do you hope the Steelers don’t ultimately have to face in the playoffs and why?

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

Question 1 – Overall, it seemed that respondents liked the heavy usage of the SkyCam during the game. Over 72% of the respondents said they either liked/loved it (18) or liked it but wanted it limited a bit (16). Only 10.5% (5) were against it preferring the traditional camera angles.

Question 2 – As a group, we were happy with Ben’s performance Thursday. On a scale of 1-10; the lowest rating was 6.5 with a high of 9. The median score was an 8 which is very good for a normally hard to please crowd.

Question 3 – 44 of 47 respondents submitted ballots for the Steelers they believe deserve votes from fans. 22 different players were named some for special teams. Here they are with the percentage of ballots they were named on: Antonio Brown (93.18%); Cam Heyward (93.18%); David DeCastro (72.73%); Ryan Shazier (72.73%); Le’Veon Bell (56.82%); Maurkice Pouncey (43.18%); Vince Williams (27.27%); Chris Boswell (18.18%); JuJu Smith-Schuster (13.64%); Stephon Tuitt (13.64%); Ramon Foster (11.36%); Joe Haden (9.09%); Mike Hilton (6.82%); Javon Hargrave & TJ Watt (4.55%). Bringing up the rear with 2.28% of vote were Roosevelt Nix, Chris Hubbard, Marcus Gilbert, Tyler Matakevich; Tyson Alualu, Sean Davis, & Kameron Canady.

Question 4 – As good citizens of Steelers Nation; almost all of us could find something to be disappointed in from a 40-17 victory over a team that had been a division leader. It’s our civic duty. Only one person came away from the Titans game with no disappointments. Our disappointments ranged from singling out players; different phases of the game or the referees. Artie Burns was singled out the most with 11 mentions. That was closely followed by 10 votes for giving up big plays or specifically the 75-yard touchdown pass to start the 2nd half that Artie, ironically, was not involved in. 7 voters cited poor tackling while 5 were concerned that the Steelers did not score enough early on – still trading too many field goals for touchdowns.

Question 5 – As for the incomplete end zone pass targeting Martavis Bryant; the biggest takeaway by far was Le’Veon Bell’s pick-up of the blitz (29 or 69%). Also in the glass half-full crowd were three folks who think it is good that Ben continues to target Martavis Bryant; he is due for a break out game. In the glass half-empty side six felt Martavis either does not know how to high point the ball or his skills have gone. 3 others pinned the blame on Benn for making a poor pass or missing AB and Xavier Grimble who were open on the other side of the field.
There was no scoring for any of the questions in Week 11; but everyone that answered the questions gets a participation point.

Leaderboard after Week 11:
1st Place – Alan Tman with 22 points
2nd Place – Reader783 with 21 points
3rd Place – (tie) Jeff McNeil & Darth Blount 47 with 19 points
5th Place – (tie) LucasY59, SJT63 & Marcel Chris Chauvet with 18 points
8th Place – (tie) Chris92021 & Josh Cummings, with 17 points
10th Place – (tie) Beaver Falls Hosiery, Matt Manzo, SkoolHouseRoxx, DirtDawg1964 with 16 points
14th Place – Phil Brennenman II with 15.5 points
15th Place – (tie) J. & Jaybird, with 15 points
17th Place – (tie) Johnny Loose, Michael Mosgrove & heath miller with 14 points
20th Place – (tie) RiversTKO & Kevin Schwartz with 13 points

  • Spencer Krick

    1. 6, I think Gilbert is a better pass protector. Please don’t make me back that up with evidence.
    2. Yes.
    3. lolno
    4. James Harrison
    5. Jags, that pass defense is brutal.

    Happy Leftovers Day!

  • Chris92021

    1. 7 because McDonald is out again as well, which means our run blocking is taking another hit. Hubbard is a good backup, key word being backup. I just hope he can hold down the fort for us for four weeks. We need Marcus Gilbert healthy and ready to go in January and February.

    2. More yes.

    3. Yes, in week 17 against the Browns.

    4. I bet Antonio Brown can do it. He seems like he is a well-rounded athlete.

    5. No one else really. I’ve been on record saying I have no faith in the Jaguars. Good for them for being relevant at this time of the season for the first time in a decade. Their owner is also likable too. If I am pressed for an answer, it would be the Ravens just because for the most part, they give us a hard time.

    Enjoy the rest of the Thanksgiving weekend, y’all. Time to put it on the Packers this Sunday night!

  • Paul Van Buskirk

    1. 4. They should be able to compensate for the loss, and Hubbard is decent.
    2. Yes. I look for Martavis to go over 100 alone.
    3. No. Tomlin will not change anything here because he’s just stubborn.
    4. Joshua Dobbs. He has the most free time to work on that type of stuff.
    5. Baltimore Ravens. They always play us tough, despite the early season win.

  • Jeff McNeill

    1) 5
    2) yes
    3) no
    4) Deebo
    5) we have to get past everyone so I don’t care who we play including New England.

  • SJT63

    1. 5 – the next 3 games should all be winnable without him, so it’s just him missing the Pats game that worries me
    2. Under 100
    3. No
    4. Landry Jones
    5. Anyone not worried about meeting the Jags has got a very short memory

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    1. A 5. Better that he is suspended now and available for the playoffs. Mother Hubbard will have to step it up. My grade would change if any other injuries to offensive line but right now Gilbert’s suspension bearable.

    2. No. But looking at Bryant getting a TD or 2. *

    3. Yes. Browns game.*

    4. James Harrison. He has a kick return and a long snap to his credit. But would rather they just go for two-point conversions and pooch punts when a FG would normally be attempted. *

    5. Baltimore Ravens – their offensive linemen will be diving at defender’s knees to hurt them. If they keep the game close at all their punter/kicker can affect a game.

  • Riverstko

    1. 3
    2. No
    3. Yes
    4. Ben
    5. ravens, our rival

  • PaeperCup

    1) 4. Out of all our lineman, I think he’s the most easily replaceable at the moment. He’s good and important, but we go this.
    2) No. I can see Ben and Bryant finally hitting a big one for 60-70 yards, but I don’t see Eli making up the remaining 30.
    3) Yes. In some blowout win. I hope we have one of those.
    4) Please not JH. I can see Brown doing it. I bet Watt is talented enough to do it. I want to see Mcullers do it.
    5) Honestly, there isn’t a team outside the division that I don’t have confidence in the Steelers to beat. What I would fear is another AFCN team getting in there. I say it every division game, anything goes when playing the AFCN, and that goes for playoffs as well, if not more so.

  • PaeperCup

    I know that the PED rulings are pretty cut and dry, but I suspected that there was no appeal for Gilbert because it’s not worth fighting only to lose him later down the line when we need him more.

  • Cinko123

    1.) 7, Gilbert is a huge loss to run and pass blocking.
    2.) Yes, but Bryant will have more yards.
    3.)Doubtful. It’ll most likely be Brown or Rogers again.
    4.) Mike Hilton
    5.) Jags, we lost to them at home so they will think they can do it again. Also, they beat us before at home in the playoffs.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Agree. he probably would not win an appeal; get it over with.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    1. 5. Not to worried even tho I’d rather have him in than Hubbard. Hubbard has been pretty good.
    2. No. MB will get about 80yds and Hunter may take Eli snaps.
    3. Yes. Hope so anyway.
    4. Lol maybe Ben.
    5. Maybe the Ravens. Their defense is scary good.

  • LAD

    1. 5. My biggest concern with Hubbard is pass protection, and I have the impression he has allowed many hurries but not sacks.
    2. Yes, I expect MB to have more than 100 alone, maybe is more a hopeful though than an expectation.
    3. The only possibility is if the Browns game week 17 means nothing to steelers and AB does not dress.
    4. No idea, but seems that TJ Watt can do a lot of things.. He would be my choice. I really would hope he would not miss the practice net on the sideline like the chargers punter.
    5. I guess I live in my fears, but the Jags for their defense, Ravens for history, and I have a feeling that the chargers will end up winning their division… I dont know if Dallas is that bad or the chargers are good, but the defense looked solid and Phillip “weird motion” Rivers can really put up some points.

  • Reader783

    1 – 6

    2 – I have to answer yes, for optimism’s sake.

    3 – Yes

    4 – Whoever did it in high school.

    5 – Ravens

  • Nolrog

    1: I would say 6. Packers, Bengals, Ravens should be winnable without him, though I think his loss will really be felt against the Pats.

    2: No. They will rely on Brown and Bell more than Bryant and Rogers.

    3: Sure, why not. Will give him a chance to contribute and see some game action.

    4: I have no idea.

    5: We can beat anyone else in the AFC. No other team really worries me besides the Pats, which we will almost certainly need to beat twice to make the SB.

  • Nolrog

    The mistake that Elliot made.

  • Josh Cummings

    Thanks for the great content this long holiday weekend! Here We GO!

    1. 7.5 – It is signifigant because of the effect it could have across the roster. TE McDonald is still banged up, no help there. Will we see more of Finney as extra TE? If so, thats our top 2 backups getting more and more reps, more chance at injury (PPG had a good writeup of this today). The stat discussion from the podcast, as well as the breakdown article from early this week were great.. and help put the thought at ease on performance though. Hopefully Hubbard continues his above the line play, especially being on audition for his UFA status next year.

    2. Yes. Martavis showed some poise after another rough start last week (heads up play to cover the fumble)… I think he and Ben finally hook up for a big one this week.

    3. Yes. Those Tennesee highlight clips are sure fun to watch and have me brainwashed. my guess is it will happen in the season finale.

    4. Sean Davis…. that athletism is ridiculous and he would look bad ass with that dark visor, kicking the ball.

    5. It has to be the Ravens because of the familiarity. Jags have an amazing defense and run game, but lack experience. Chargers would be a sneaky pick for this, but let’s see them get another division win before penciling them in. All 3 of these teams can cover the pass… i think jags and chargers pose biggest threat getting to the QB

  • SteelerFanInMD

    1. 5, should always have some concern when starter goes down, but Steelers showed they can win with hubbard.
    2. No, it will be AB’s show again.
    3. no. If someone besides AB returns punts, it will be Rogers getting a second chance.
    4. Villaneuva! He is very athletic for a big guy, having previously playing OL, DL, TE & WR. It would not surprise me to see him try and make the kick.
    5. Jacksonville. They have a psychological edge after beating the Steelers 30-9.

  • Eric Childress

    1. 5, definitely hurts to lose him but plenty of more important positions/bigger drop off in talent with backup.
    2. Yes
    3. Nope
    4. DHB. i feel like he can do anything on the football field except for catch a pass
    5. No one else in the AFC scares me

  • WB Tarleton

    1 – On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being very critical, how would you rate the loss of Steelers starting right tackle Marcus Gilbert for the next four games due to his suspension for violating the league’s PED policy?

    A 6 with the caveat that there are no OL injuries in the next four games. It would then become critical (10).

    2 – Will Steelers wide receivers Martavis Bryant and Eli Rogers combine to have more than 100 receiving yards Sunday night with rookie wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster sidelined with his hamstring injury?

    Yes. Ben cannot pass to AB every down.

    3 – Now that he’s on the 53-man roster, will rookie cornerback Cameron Sutton be given an opportunity to return a punt in any of the Steelers final six regular season games?

    I’ll say no. However, I do not rule out a late season (or late game blowout) cameo when the stakes are low if the game or seeding are decided.

    4 – Besides punter Jordan Berry, which Steelers player would likely be the team’s best option to kick an extra point should the need ever arise?

    No idea. I would find a guy on the team who kicked in high school or played soccer. My dream is to see James give it a go. It would be hilarious. So, yes, James Harrison. lol

    5 – Besides maybe the New England Patriots, which other AFC team do you hope the Steelers don’t ultimately have to face in the playoffs and why?

    Sacksonville. They have a D that can be the difference. Run game, keep it close, and have a chance at the end. Like so many Cowher Steeler and Coughlin Jaguars teams from the past.

  • Ted Webb

    1. 7 always sucks to lose your starting OL
    2. Yea over 100 MB Finally gets a bomb
    3. Yes maybe week 16 or 17
    4. AB
    5. Really no team scares me except for the team up north Jags D is solid but QB doesn’t scare me, But if somehow Chargers made it in they could be a threat Rivers likes slinging that ball around.

  • Kevin Schwartz

    1) About a 3, I suppose, but I’m not great with O-line analysis. We don’t have the strongest schedule over the next four weeks.

    2) I wanna say yes, but my gut says no. I’ll say they combine for 80-90.

    3) Sure.

    4) Didn’t Ben used to punt or something? I doubt they’d let him risk it, though. I don’t know – AB seems like he’d be limber and versatile.

    5) Probably Jacksonville. They beat us once, and the team starts to tank if Ben gets rattled and starts throwing balls up for grabs. No one else really stands out.

  • Alan Tman

    1 6
    2 Yes
    3 No
    4 AC56
    5 Tennessee Titans

  • Roberto Vaquero Bazán

    2-yes 120 total
    4-Watt The kid can do it all
    5-The jaguars, just not a good fit for us!

  • Lambert58

    1. 7 – it’s a big loss, but I think the OL will hold pretty steady without him.
    2. Less. (though I hope it’s more) MB 67, ER 22
    3. Yes, Sutton gets a crack at PR, but only with a big lead.
    4. James Harrison – he would LS, hold & kick. Much like Chuck Norris.
    5. Jaguars. Ben is 4-4 against the Jags all time and has thrown 11 INTs.

  • Jason Campbell

    1) 6.5 it’s never a great thing to lose an all pro caliber player, though Hubbard has performed quite well
    2) over
    3) maybe vs Brownies
    4) Been, he used to pooch punt
    5) Ratbirds, just because

  • DoctorNoah

    Tyler F’in’ Matakevich #DirtyRedHOF #BronkoNagurskiDonie

  • PittShawnC

    1. 3. Gilbert is prob 8/10 rating, Hubbard a 5/10. 8-5 = 3

    2. No. Bryant prob gets his usual 30-35, Eli will have another 40-60. Hunter adds a few to go along with AB’s 120+

    3. Yes

    4. AB or Shazier strike me as the best all around athletes

    5. Jax. Ben’s 4-4 lifetime against them including arguably 2 of his 5 worst games, Jax hasn’t sacked any other QB more since Ben came in the league (28x in 8 games), we’ve never beaten them by 2 scores. Oh yeah, their D is lights out this year. Fournette. Beatable, but no thanks if possible.

  • JohnB

    1. I’d give the importance a 6. I wish he was out there but Hub aint too bad.
    2. Yes. MB and Eli will combine to have over 100.
    3. Hmmm that’s a hard one but I say yeah they’ll give Sutton a shot at PR. Obviously they’re looking.
    4. Ben would be my pick for a kicker in a pinch.
    5. I don’t want to face the Jags. More than the Pats. They are a thorn going back years.

  • Jaybird

    1) 6
    2) yes over 100
    3) yes he will return punts the last game when AB sits out because we have locked up home field.
    4) go for Two! I guess I’ll go with DHB
    5) Not scared of any other team but I guess the Jags would be the toughest. But I do think we beat them in a rematch.

  • 1.) Seeing as Hubbard has done well filling-in in the past, I’ll say 5 out of ten. He’s actually done a bit better than Gilbert when it comes to giving up sacks and Le’Veon Bell’s numbers are a little higher when Hubbard is in the mix. I would have given this a higher number because of Gilbert’s game experience compared to Hubbard’s, but Hubbard has shown he can get the job done. However, should Hubbard allow a sack or sacks within the next four games that gets Big Ben cringing on the ground and injured badly enough where he misses future games, I’ll change that number to 10. LOL But for now, I’ll keep it at 5.

    2.) I’m one of those who keeps the glass half-full when it comes to Martavis Bryant. I prefer to stay optimistic when the subject concerns a guy who has already shown us all how talented he is. He hasn’t shown much of that talent lately, but I’m still waiting for that train to get all the way back on the tracks. Eli Rogers is a guy who I, like David Todd, had hope would really turn into something special out there on the field, but I just don’t know about him anymore. With Schuster’s new role in the offense, this may be one of Eli’s last chances to show he still belongs wearing Black & Gold next season.

    That being said, I think if Le’Veon Bell manages to get at least 120 yards from scrimmage, and A.B. has a 100+ yard receiving day, it may be hard for Martavis and Eli to combine for 100 yards or more. We’d really have to torch Green Bay through the air. Well, I’m going to say we DO torch them through the air and that they will both combine to get over 100 yards. It may turn out that Martavis has two long receptions that equal 90 to 100 yards and Eli may have a few catches barely adding up to over 30 – 40 yards. When it comes to Bell in this one, it’s very hard to predict. If Matthews is out for the Packers, Bell may be able to catch more short passes and gain more yards that way than he would have if Matthews was to play, but I don’t think we’ll do much of that. I think Bell will rush for over 100 yards, but probably won’t have many yards receiving. This game is very hard to predict when it comes to how we’ll attack Green Bay’s defense.

    So again, yes. Both Bryant and Rogers will combine to have over 100 yards, but most of the yardage should weigh-out on the side of Martavis Bryant.

    3.) I’ll keep this one short. Yes.

    4.) I think I’m remembering a time when I saw A.B. kicking? Then again, we’ve seen Ben kick in the past as well, although never an extra point. I’ll say A.B..

    5.) JACKSONVILLE! I’d like to play them at Pittsburgh in the playoffs to get some payback, but you know the old saying, ‘Be careful of what you wish for.’ Their defense still scares me a little bit.

  • heath miller

    1 … 5 you cant really answer this question … if another OL gets hurt the number moves up .. if no one gets hurt and hubbard can finish the season unhurt a anotther position is not hurt that hubbard could have filled in for .. then it goes down .. so if no other injuries its not that high ..
    2 yes over 100
    3 yes maybe in the browns game if it is meaningless but i dont see it as meaninlesss this year..
    4 landry jones
    5 jags

  • Phil Brenneman II

    1. I would give it a 1. I think the answer depends on the angle with which you attack the question. You never want to lose a pro bowl level player but Hubbard has handled himself well and more importantly, 3 of our 4 games are at home where line communication is much easier. Ultimately what it comes down to for me is that I don’t think the loss of Gilbert will be a major factor in any losses we may have.

    2. I am tempted to go with the Dave Bryan mantra of “I’m not predicting it until they do it” here but man, it seems like it just has to happen by default. That being said, things never seem to happen by default for the Steelers so I will say no.

    3. Yes. Final season of the game shouldn’t matter and that would be the time to try it.

    4. Big Ben. He was a basketball player in HS, NFL football player, and hasn’t he had success in the team HR Derby? He just seems like a guy who can do it all on at least an average level.

    5. Everyone picking the same teams so I will say the Bengals if they manage to sneak in. Always have to fear dirty play and resulting injuries.

  • LucasY59

    been away for awhile (last 2 weeks) but looks like I didnt fall too far…

    1. 4, its not good to be missing a starting RT, but Gilbert has already missed quite a bit of time and Hubbard has filled in well enough

    2. hope so, MB is definitely due for a big game, Im not super confident in Bryant and Rogers, but there arent a lot of other options and I expect the O to continue to put up big #s so I am saying yes they get over 100

    3. No, I dont think he will return a punt (Tomlin is conservative with his PR’s and Sutton is a rookie and a Defensive player so thats 2 strikes against him) I personally wouldnt object to giving him a shot (especially in the clowns game to finish up the regular season where they can do a lot of things differently than they normally do)

    4. AB, what cant Brown do? (could say the same with Bell, but I dont want him to get an idea that he needs to be paid as a RB, WR and Kicker…)

    5. Chiefs, Im not really worried about the Steelers facing them, but if the Steelers dont play KC there is a good chance that the Hateriots would have to play them and if the Chefs can knock the Cheaters out of the playoffs so the Steelers dont have to face them, then it makes the path to the SB easier

  • Michael Mosgrove

    1 – On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being very critical, how would you rate the loss of Steelers starting right tackle Marcus Gilbert for the next four games due to his suspension for violating the league’s PED policy?


    2 – Will Steelers wide receivers Martavis Bryant and Eli Rogers combine to have more than 100 receiving yards Sunday night with rookie wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster sidelined with his hamstring injury?


    3 – Now that he’s on the 53-man roster, will rookie cornerback Cameron Sutton be given an opportunity to return a punt in any of the Steelers final six regular season games?

    yes. since juju is out he will have a shot to take his spot on special teams until he returns

    4 – Besides punter Jordan Berry, which Steelers player would likely be the team’s best option to kick an extra point should the need ever arise?

    ben may get a shot though from what i have seen i would hope anyone but harrison.

    5 – Besides maybe the New England Patriots, which other AFC team do you hope the Steelers don’t ultimately have to face in the playoffs and why?


  • Michael Mosgrove

    the bungals are not going to make it.

  • Darth Blount 47

    1. I’d say a 7. Ravens and Bengals D-Lines/Front 7 are no joke. And he misses the Pats game. All in all, NOT COOL. This is the home stretch. We gotta keep Ben totally clean and open holes for Bell. Line was just starting to gel with their starting 5 intact. I know most don’t think it’s all that big a deal, but it could be. The only golden lining, is that Gilbert gets to totally heal up, and should be a beast for the playoffs.

    2. The Martavis Bryant comeback game?! Sure, why not?! So… YES.

    3. No. Defensive guys are not allowed to touch the returns anymore. Silly gooses.

    4. You just know Ben would be lobbying so hard to let him kick it.

    5. Jaguars. Would love to avoid them if possible. Would also like to see if New England could handle that team.

  • LatrWildcat

    1. 6. We’ll need every edge we can get against Pats. Getting home field advantage over them in playoffs could potentially mean the difference between making the Super Bowl or going home, and home field could hinge on the outcome of that game, assuming Gilbert’s absence doesn’t factor into an unexpected loss before then, which it could. Yes, the outcome of games so far hasn’t been affected by his absence, but to my eye Hubbard has allowed a significantly higher percentage of pressures than Gilbert. Just feel like the odds of Ben getting injured are sightly higher with Hubbard at RT, and of course that absolutely cannot happen if they are to make the Super Bowl.

    2. No
    3. No
    4. Big Ben? He has shown the ability to punt before.
    5. Jaguars. Steelers looked horrible vs. that defense. Jalen Ramsey had the best performance by a CB against the Steelers that I can think of in at least the past 5 or 6 years. And Steelers’ unresolved tackling issues would again be magnified vs. Fournette.

  • Phil Brenneman II

    I don’t think so either but a lot of people named the Ravens who might not make it either along with the Titans.

  • DirtDawg1964

    1. 8. Gilbert is under appreciated. We’ve managed without him but he will be missed.
    2. Over
    3. They won’t mess with “success”. I say no.
    4. Antonio Brown. But as a side note, remember when Ben pooch punted every now and then?
    5. I can’t stand the Ravens. So I’d say them because a loss to them is just misery.

  • Kevin Reich

    1. 6 for these next games.
    2. No won’t need to.
    3. Yes.
    4. Ju Ju does it all.
    5. Ravens.

  • Marcel Chris Chauvet

    1) 6 and a half. The team is noticeably better with Gilbert in there, but they are not crippled by his absence.

    2) Under. Defense shows up big and controls the game. Pass attempts are limited.

    3) Yes

    4) It’s easily Ben. I doubt they’d never take the chance if getting him hurt so he won’t get an opportunity to prove it, but you never know…

    5) Jags

  • pittfan

    1. 6-7, so, 6.5. Week 4 being the most important.
    2. Yes
    3. No
    4. Ben, for the game winner.
    5. Jagwads. Big time defense and grind out run game.

  • Steel Realist PAul

    Happy Holidays all 🙂
    1. 5 – I think anytime your starter isn’t playing it’s at least somewhat concerning.
    2. No. The Steelers will look to get multiple people involved, particularly the RBs (yes, plural) and TEs.
    3. Yes. Week 17, when the Steelers sit multiple players, such as AB.
    4. I’m going with McCullers and the old fashioned toe-boot. He’ll kick it out of the stadium 😉
    5. First, I WANT to play the Patriots. “In order to Be the best, you’ve got to Beat the best.”
    However, I think the matchup the Jaguars present is unfavorable for the Steelers (just as NE has been, but in a different way).

  • Steel Realist PAul

    For your #5.. it would be interesting to see how NE would break down the Jags. The Jags aren’t special. They’re using the age old (Steelers) formula of tough running and strong D attacking up front. They’ve got a couple of nice players and a weak QB.

    But that formula works when a team does it right, and they’re doing it right.

  • jl9744

    1. 5- Chris Hubbard has done admirably in the place of Gilbert before and we only have to play one on the road in a familiar place before Gilbert gets back

    2. Yes
    3. Don’t fix it if it’s not broken 🙂
    4. Let’s try Deebo! He was a very good long snapper ya know haha!
    5. Ravens- Other than Belichick, Harbaugh has somewhat had the Steelers number in recent years as well and if it came down to a game winning field goal, they argueably have the best kicker in football.

  • Darth Blount 47

    I think they have just enough offensive firepower, now that Dede Westbrook is back, to scare you some. Marqise Lee, Allen Hurns, and Westbrook… Marcedes Lewis at TE, and then Fournette, Yeldon, and Ivory. Their skill players aren’t shabby at all. But you are right, can an inconsistent Bortles, ever get them the ball or keep them ahead of the chains? That D they have is absolutely legit.

  • Matt Manzo

    Happy Friday!

    1: 7. Not having your starting RT is a big deal.

    2: No. I think they just get 100.

    3: Yes. Maybe the last game.

    4: Dobbs

    5: Chargers!