2017 NFL Week 15: Steelers Friday Night Five Questions

Happy Friday to all of yinz and welcome to the weekend that most of us have been waiting for since last year’s AFC Championship game ended.

The Pittsburgh Steelers will host the New England Patriots Sunday at Heinz Field and the winner of the game will more than likely ultimately finish as the No. 1 seed in the AFC. This is a much different Steelers team than the one that lost to Patriots last year in the playoffs. It figures to be a great game and certainly one that the Steelers can win.

Also, don’t forget that this weekend will include a few Saturday NFL games in addition to several college bowl games. In short, we have plenty of content on the way for you.

As usual, I have five questions for yinz to answer in the comments below this post on this Friday night and I hope several of you have time to do just that.

Have a great weekend and we look forward to seeing you on the site the next several days and especially on Sunday.

Peace and love, peace and love.

Go Steelers!


1 – If I could promise you that Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski would have a stat line on Sunday of 7 receptions for 94 yards and zero touchdowns with a long of 23 yards, would you take that, or would you bet that the Steelers defense could limit him to better than that?

2 – Do the Steelers need to win time of possession on Sunday in order to win the game? Predict their total time of possession without going over the ultimate number.

3 – What will the combined total of interceptions thrown by Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and times he is sacked on Sunday?

4 – How many total touchdown plays will the Patriots have on Sunday longer than 20 yards?

5 – Will the Steelers total defensive sack yardage combined with the total receiving yardage of wide receiver Antonio Brown be greater than or less than the total yards from scrimmage of running back Le’Veon Bell combined with the team’s total punt return yardage?

Bonus – Did former Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams go a little too far Thursday morning during his appearance on ‘Good Morning Football’?


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

Question 1 – Surprisingly, only half (18) believe the upholding of JuJu Smith-Schuster’s suspension was more egregious than the dismissal of George Iloka’s suspension (11). Four cited Gronk’s physical assault on a defenseless player. The NFL’s inconsistency on this issue is notorious. In the Ravens game Artie Burns is fined for removing his helmet while the NFL remained silent on a headshot to Jesse James and a helmet to helmet hit on Vance McDonald who were in the act of catching the ball which by definition by the NFL is a defenseless posture.

Question 2 – Kevin Reich, Michael Mosgrove, Alan Tman & newcomer John Hinton pegged Arthur Moats defensive snaps at 30%. The median response was 41% with answers ranging from 15-65%. It will be interesting to see how Mike Tomlin adjusts the snaps between Moats, Sean Spence & L.J. Fort against the Patriots. The loss of Ryan Shazier is looming large.

Question 3 – 20 of 36 correctly pointed out that Sean Spence would not record a solo special teams tackle. He did play 14 special teams snaps but was only credited with an assist which came from one of his 34 defensive snaps.

Question 4 – The Ravens almost doubled 82 rushing yards with the 152 they ran on Sunday night. 26 of 36 respondents got a point for taking the over. The Steelers linebackers looked slow in comparison to Alex Collins.

Question 5 – For a while, it looked like the four people who picked neither were going to win a point. The Steelers offense caught fire so the 19 folks who picked them to score over 30 eventually picked up the point thanks to four scores in the 4th quarter. More importantly, the Black & Gold picked up the win and another AFC North championship.

I was asked about pending questions from previous weeks. There are over 20 points available that have not been determined yet from previous weeks:

Week 1: 1. Will Jesse or Vance play more offensive snaps? Top %? (2 pts). 2. Combined sacks of Heyward, Tuitt, Hargrave & Alualu. 3. Patriots regular season record. 4. Steelers regular season record. 4. Name teams in AFC championship (2 pts)
Week 2: Number of wins for Cleveland Browns.
Week 9: 1. How many TD passes & INT’s will Ben throw in 2nd half of season (2 pts). 2. Steelers record in 2nd half of season. 3. # TD’s caught by Martavis Bryant 2nd half of season. 4. Which QB’s other than Brady are scary in 2nd half of season.
Week 10: 1. Who will have most sacks 2nd half of season. 2. TD’s/INT’s thrown by Ben (duplicate from previous week) (2 pts)
Week 11: Which Steelers will be named to Pro Bowl. (Hopefully they will not be able to play)
Week 12: 1. Will Sutton be used as punt returner? 2. Who should be emergency kicker (only scored if used) 3. Which teams scary in playoffs (only scored if played and lose or very close)
Week 13: Will Deebo play 20 defensive snaps in last 5 games.

Leaderboard after Week 13:
1st Place – Alan Tman with 27 points (just a point separating the leaders)
2nd Place – Reader783 with 26 points
3rd Place – Marcel Chris Chauvet with 24 points (broke ahead of the pack)
4th Place – (tie) Darth Blount 47 & SJT63 with 23 points
6th Place – (tie) Jeff McNeil, Chris9202, Matt Manzo & DirtDawg1964 with 21 points (the Dawg climbed 5 places to join this pack)
10th Place – (tie) LucasY59 & Beaver Falls Hosiery with 20 points
12th Place – Phil Brennenman II with 19.5 points
13th Place – (tie) Josh Cummings, J., SkoolHouseRoxx & heath miller with 19 points (2nd tier pack)
17th Place – (tie), Jaybird, Pittfan & Michael Mosgrove with 18 points (time to get serious boys)
20th Place – (tie) Kevin Schwartz, PaeperCup & RiversTKO with 17 points (welcome back to the leaderboard PaeperCup)

  • Chris92021

    1. Yes. You had me sold at no touchdowns.

    2. Yes we do. 34:30.

    3. 0 interceptions and sacked once.

    4. 2

    5. Steelers’ total defense and AB’s numbers will be greater.

    Bonus: No. I think he held back. I am still trying to figure out why the NFL Network continues to have that sorry excuse for a show. They would be better off doing replays of NFL Total Access and a replay of a good football game that week instead of having that sorry show on air.

    Enjoy the weekend, y’all. This is gut check time. Time to slay the dragon!

  • Ace

    1) I would take that.
    2) No they don’t need to win the TOP to win the game. But they will. 31:00
    3) 3
    4) 2
    5) Let’s go with Bell on this one.
    B) No, I loved it. I actually like that show a little. Nate is good, the girl does nothing but looks hot, Shrager is a fun guy to make fun of and Brandt is actually super funny imo. I like it when athletes are allowed to speak their minds to the media. Media does is all week long and the athletes have to try and tune it out. Bout time the athletes are allowed to spit some on their own. Although, what Sherman did was a little over the top.

  • LucasY59

    1. pretty sure that was Gronks stat line when the Steelers beat the pats in 2011, so YES, I would take that (limiting Gronks big plays and TDs will be IMPORTANT, they cant eliminate him from the game, but containing him as much as possible will help them win)

    2. ABSOLUTELY need to win the TOP battle, again referring to 2011, Steelers were a bit over 39 mins to the pats not quite 21, my over/under for the Steelers to get the W is 35

    3. getting at least 2 sacks and 1 pick would really help get a W, so I will say 3 (want more)

    4. Hopefully 0, need to make them really earn their points, so if they keep them out of the RZ, pats should be kicking FGs, I do think they will score 2 TDs but none longer than 20 yds out

    5. Ha, another this, this, and this = this & that? Im going with Bell/PR (he needs to have a big game for the Steelers to win, and the Pats biggest strength on D is their CBs/Secondary)

    Bonus: havent watched it yet (maybe tomorrow) but from what Ive heard he went a little too far, but I dont mind him calling out the guys that talk for a living, so IMO its OK

  • Jaybird

    1) I’d take that stat line
    2) yes they need to win TOP. 34 mins
    3) 4
    4) 1
    5) this question is slightly less confusing than the GOP’s new tax plan. I’ll go with Bell
    Bonus: yes too far.

  • ThePointe

    1 – To hold the best TE in the game to under 100 yards and no TDs? I’ll take that this Sunday please.

    2 – They don’t necessarily need to win the time of possession to win the game, but I will predict that they win it anyway 34 minutes to 26 minutes.

    3 – Combined total will be 3. I think Tom Brady will be extra careful this game to not have a repeat performance like against Miami, so I’ll break it down as 0 Interceptions and 3 sacks. The 3 sacks are obviously because along with being careful comes holding onto the ball slightly longer.

    4 – 1 long TD play of 20+ yards. Probably to Gronk not because he is wide open, but because he’s great at contested catches.

    5 – Bell’s yardage from scrimmage will be about 170ish and the punt return yardage will be about 30. Antonio Brown will be limited to 80 receiving yards, and the defensive sack yardage about 25. So, we will go with the combined total of Bell’s yardage from scrimmage + the punt return yardage.

    Bonus – Please don’t misunderstand me, I loved myself some DWill when he was on the team, but I think he took things a little too far. He pressed too much and ended up sounding like a 4 year old arguing with a teenager with him being the 4 year old. His inane laughter at his own snarky comments hurt my brain.

  • Jeff McNeill

    1) yes I would take it
    2) no
    3) 4
    4) 2
    5) less

  • Phil Brenneman II

    1. Would definitely take that. If you hold Gronk without a TD that is great. So key for me is definitely the no TD.

    2. No they don’t. 31:44

    3. 4 total. 3 sacks and 1 INT

    4. 1

    5. Less than

    Bonus – Didn’t watch it

  • Riverstko

    1. Yes
    2. Yes 36 mins
    3. 4
    4. 1
    5. Less than Bell more yards
    B. No, tired of reporters showing no love to the Steelers when compared to n.e.

  • WeWantDaTruth

    1. Yes, take it and run
    2. Yes; 34 minutes
    3. 4
    4. 1
    5. Going with Bell; Bellicheat is going to take AB away; other WRs must step up
    Bonus: Yes, I think so. At first, it was kind of cool. But he kept on pushing and came across jerky at the end IMO.

  • WeWantDaTruth

    Regarding #5, IKR? Too much thinking on a Friday night after a long week.

  • pittfan

    1. I’d take the deal. He may go off us but if it’s only him
    2.Yes. 34:30
    3. 5 – 4 sacks 1 pick
    4. 1
    5. Less than
    Bonus: Yes. He could have made his point without getting so personal. Everyone but Cutiepie Kay came off as a little butthurt.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    1. Yes. No touchdowns

    2. No. I think they have won 4 games this season without winning time of possession. That said, I predict Steelers TOP will be 32:03

    3. 4

    4. 3 (hope Steelers score 30 and its enough.)

    5. 116 + 29 = 145 129 + 9 = 138 AB & sacks will be More

    BONUS: I don’t watch ‘Good Morning Football’ Hope DeAngelo said something good.

  • Eric Childress

    1. Under 100 and no touchdowns. Absolutely yes
    2. Yes they need to win time of possession to win. unfortunately they wont. 25:00
    3. 0 interceptions, sacked twice
    4. 3
    5. AB & Sacks < Bell & punts
    Bonus: Yeah he took it a little too far

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    that was his 2011 stat line. long reception 23 yards. 7 receptions in 9 targets

  • Marcel Chris Chauvet

    1) It’s tricky to answer without context. If 5 of those 7 receptions are on 3rd down, that would hurt us a lit. I’m gonna go ahead and say yes I’d take it though.

    2) Yes. Keeping Tom Brady off the field and our D fresh is paramount. Steelers TOP will be 32:07

    3) 3

    4) 2

    5) No. Brown won’t see 19 snaps of single coverage in the whole game. He’s the guy that most scares Belichik. I suspect Bell will have a big game.

    Bonus: He wasn’t exactly ‘objective.’ He was correct. It’s hard to say he went too far when his point was valid, but he probably was too harsh.

  • 1.) I don’t want ANY New England receiver to get anywhere near the 100 yard mark. If that happens, we’ll probably end up on the losing end of this one. But what I WANT to happen and what WILL happen are two different things. I’m not glad he’s injured, but I am happy with the fact that Coty Sensabaugh may not play. He’s just not who I’d like to see out there getting picked-on all night by Brady. With that being said, I guess I’ll have to take ‘Gronk’ having 7 receptions with 94 yards and no TDs. If that is indeed the case, hopefully, he has one long reception and the other 6 are all short yardage ones. I just like the whole “no TDs” thing. It has a nice ring to it. Because our linebacking situation has weakened our defense a bit due to the unfortunate injury to Shazier, and our secondary situation was already somewhat of a mess, ‘Gronk’ leaving Heinz Field without a TD sounds very nice to me.

    I don’t think Haden is going to play. It could be a looooooong night for our secondary. We need to get pressure on Brady up the middle and get him out of that pocket! Come on, Hargrave!

    2.) They don’t have to, but I’ll say 32:00.

    3.) 4 (3 sacks, 1 INT.)

    4.) 2

    5) Less. I think they may do a decent job of double-teaming A.B., and when (if) we sack Brady, it probably won’t be for much of a loss. Lining up Bell at WR seems like a good move to me. Miami thinks so too.

    Bonus: I think he did go overboard just a bit, but I also have to admit…….I’m glad he did. LOL

  • J.

    1. Yes in a heart beat Id take that
    2. No we do not need to win TOP we end up around 28 minutes
    3. 4 (3 sacks 2of them by Watt and 1 interception)
    4. 1
    5. Bell because he is going to win the game for us
    Bonus: Beats me haven’t heard it

  • Josh Cummings

    1. Give me that stat line!

    2. No they don’t need to…. but i think they will. They just need to be effective when they do have the ball, and limit the explosive plays on Defense. Ultimately, 30 Minute even split, T.o.P.

    3. 3 sacks. Hard to guess an INT after the stats you have gone over on the podcast. TB12 has been near flawless.

    4. 2.

    5. Bell and Team Punt return yards.

    Bonus – NOPE. Someone like Warren Sapp went too far. D Will…right or wrong, also a fun guy to listen to from a fan’s view. Wish more players wouldnt give PC answers.

  • Alan Tman

    1 I would be happy if Gronk had those numbers.
    2 Steelers 35:00
    3 3 sacks 2 Ints
    4 1
    5 Le’Veon Bell and punt return yardage.

  • Kevin Schwartz

    1) I’d take it in a heartbeat, especially the long of 23 yards.

    2) I don’t know that they have to, but it’ll definitely help. If they lose, I get the feeling it’s going to be because the Pats carve up the D. If they’re winning time of possession, that’s not a great sign. I dunno 32 minutes for Steelers.

    3) I’ll go 3 sacks and an Int.

    4) I’ll be optimistic and say 1.

    5) Kind of a random comparison, but I’ll go with Bell.

    Bonus: A little – it was a bit obnoxious, and his point wasn’t really relevant. It’s not unreasonable, or a sign of bias, to pick the Pats, and it doesn’t take having played in the NFL to know that. Either way, D Williams’s bias towards Pittsburgh is far more obvious than the commentators bias towards New England.

  • heath miller

    1 take that line. the NO TDs is a no brainer
    2 no dont need to obviously not .. but 31:02
    3 3
    4 2
    5 less .. bell higher

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    1. I’d take it. No tds.
    2. Keeping Brady on the sidelines is the best way. 36min Steelers.
    3. 5: 4sacks and 1int.
    4. 2
    5. AB and sack yardage. AB is going to have a big game!
    Bonus: I have no problem with what Deanglo Williams said. Those guys talk about how the Patriots always annihilate us, but they can’t take someone telling it like it is. Then they try to throw shade because DWill doesn’t have a show and DWill snapped back so quick! I loved every second of it!

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Beav they made an article yesterday with the video! Check it out!

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Lol! I read that question 3 times!

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    will do. thanks

  • Michael Mosgrove

    1 – If I could promise you that Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski would have a stat line on Sunday of 7 receptions for 94 yards and zero touchdowns with a long of 23 yards, would you take that, or would you bet that the Steelers defense could limit him to better than that?

    i would take that easily. he is a td machine vs us. i dont care about giving up a hundred yards if he doesnt score. i doubt they will do better.

    2 – Do the Steelers need to win time of possession on Sunday in order to win the game? Predict their total time of possession without going over the ultimate number.

    hmmm. yes. steelers need to win. but im going with 29 minutes of possession or less.

    3 – What will the combined total of interceptions thrown by Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and times he is sacked on Sunday?

    0 interceptions <4 sacks. probably 3 at most.

    4 – How many total touchdown plays will the Patriots have on Sunday longer than 20 yards?

    at least 2.

    5 – Will the Steelers total defensive sack yardage combined with the total receiving yardage of wide receiver Antonio Brown be greater than or less than the total yards from scrimmage of running back Le’Veon Bell combined with the team’s total punt return yardage?

    more.

    Bonus – Did former Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams go a little too far Thursday morning during his appearance on ‘Good Morning Football’?

    yes. he was fine until he pulled up that you didnt play nonsense. that is a fallacy and a weak cop out. use better arguments d will.

  • DirtDawg1964

    1. No TDS sells it for me. I take the deal
    2. We will need to. And hopefully we will. 32 minutes
    3. Combo of 3.
    4. One.
    5. Good night with Bell. Much greater chance he puts up big yards than AB.

    Yes. He did. You don’t know football unless you played the game? Plenty of SB winning coaches that tell you otherwise. Still like him though. D-Will is chill.

  • Kevin Reich

    1.No
    2.No
    3.2
    4.5
    5.Bell
    Bonus.Yes

  • PittShawnC

    1. Yes
    2. Yes, 31:17
    3. 2
    4. 2
    5. <

  • Matt Manzo

    Happy Friday! Patriots Week, baby!!!

    1: I was thinking 87 yards and 2 TDs. So, yes! I would take 94yds and 0 TDs!

    2: I don’t think we need to, but I do think we will, at 31:00 min.

    3: 1 int and 2 sacks!

    4: 3 over 20. 2 passing and one rushing.

    5: Less than. I think we’ll have more pr yardage than sack yds.

    Bonus: Just a little.

  • PaeperCup

    1) No TDS, yes please. That endzone is where he is most dangerous, and of course I like the part about not scoring.

    2) Yes, keep the ball out of Brady’s hands. They’ll need at least 35 minutes.

    3) 2 sacks, 0 ints. …..Oh geez we’re gonna lose if that’s what it is.

    4) 1. Someone will be undoubtedly left wide open. Probably on Burns side.

    5) I can see Lev having a big game. 65 in the air, 78 on the ground.

    B) Nah….he just sounds like any other fan. I like it when the players are real like that. It’s never the smartest sounding conversation, but it’s pretty down to earth.

  • WreckIess

    1. I’ll take it.
    2. Nope. If they’re driving and getting big plays they’ll be fine. With that said, I think the game plan goes through Bell this week so I say we have 32 minutes of possession.
    3. 4. Three sacks(Watt, Heyward, and Dupree)
    4. Two.
    5. Less. Bell is going to be getting runs and checkdowns all day.

  • Reader783

    1 – I think I’d take that…keep him out of the endzone.

    2 – I don’t think we HAVE to, but it certainly wouldn’t hurt. I’ll say we keep it for 32 mins.

    3 – 5

    4 – 0

    5 – Sacks + AB = ~100
    Punt + LB = ~110

    I think it’s close, but I’ll go with punt returns and LB. I guess all it takes is 1 big return.

    Bonus – I think he was right in everything he was saying, but he was definitely riding that “You didn’t play professional football so you don’t know what you’re talking about” wagon too hard. *kow*

  • Steel Realist PAul

    Happy Holidays Yo!!

    1) I don’t like the 7 receptions averaging over a 1st down, but that seems like a good over/under – I’ll take it.
    2) tough one – Steelers 29:00
    3) 1 sack total
    4) 5 plays over 20 yards with three of them going for TDs – not having Haden and Shazier is too much against the Patriots approach to offense. Also expect Burns play to begin 2018 draft calls for yet another CB in the 1st round.
    5) really gets to which player the Pats focus on taking away more. But I think they’ll look to take away the potential league MVP in Brown, so Bells number higher.

    I only heard about the DWill comments, so can’t respond

  • Jason Campbell

    1) absolutely
    2) no, but it wouldn’t hurt
    3) 1 int + 3 sacks
    4) 2
    5) Bell
    Bonus: I was with him until he brought his bank account into it.

  • LucasY59

    thought so

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    no prediction on TOP?

  • Jason Campbell

    Totally missed that second part. 29:08

  • SJT63

    1. Yes, that will be a start, but Belichick will doubtless have one of the others ready to have the game of their life
    2. Not necessary, and I don’t think the Steelers will win TOP unless they have a 10+ point lead for a long period in the game. I’ll predict 26:54.
    3. Three
    4. Two by the offence, three in total
    5. Bell+
    Bonus. Haven’t and won’t be watching it

  • Darth Blount 47

    1. I understand the temptation because of a lack of TD. My answer: No, thanks! Automatically giving him 7 for 94? PASS. We can do better.

    2. No. Helpful, but NOT necessary. I think we do get it though, 31:36.

    3. 4. (Though I’d like to say 9)

    4. Total TD’s? Including then, D and ST’s? I’ll say 2. Unfortunately.

    5. Give me Bell. Big day for him.

    Bonus: Nope. LOVED IT ALL.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

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