2017 NFL Divisional Round Weekend: Steelers Friday Night Five Questions

Happy Friday, yinzers, and welcome to the weekend.

There are now 8 teams left in the annual NFL tournament and that means four Divisional Round playoff games will take place over the weekend. The Pittsburgh Steelers will host the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday in what figures to be a game played in very cold conditions. If things go right for the home team on Sunday, they’ll play in the AFC Championship game next weekend and likely against the New England Patriots.

On the surface, the Steelers will have a very healthy team on Sunday and that includes wide receiver Antonio Brown returning to the field for the first since he injured his left calf in the Week 15 home loss to the Patriots. The team should be well-rested as well thanks to their bye last week.

On Saturday, we’ll get to sit around and watch the Atlanta Falcons play the Philadelphia Eagles and the Tennessee Titans play the Patriots. After the Steelers play the Jaguars on Sunday, the New Orleans Saints will play the Minnesota Vikings. I plan on eating 100 wings over the course of the next two days and perhaps a bowl of chili or three.

As usual, I have five questions for yinz to answer in the comment section below this post and I hope to see several participants. Have a great and safe weekend and we look forward to covering a full weekend of NFL playoff football for you on the site.

Peace and love, peace and love and Go Steelers!


1 – True or false: Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell and wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster will combine to have more total yards from scrimmage than Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles has passing yards. – 5 points

2 – Without going over the actual number, how many total combined individual snaps will fullback Roosevelt Nix, tight end Vance McDonald and backup tackle Chris Hubbard all play Sunday against the Jaguars? First place gets 10 points, second place gets 5 points.

3 – The over/under for total points scored in Sunday’s game between the Steelers and Jaguars is 41. Will it go over, under or push? – 5 points

4 – Two-parter: Will Bell get the franchise tag from the Steelers during the offseason and will he ultimately sign a long term extension prior to training camp opening?

5 – Correctly pick the winners of all four Divisional Round playoff games this weekend for 10 points.


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

Question 1 – Wildcard weekend is over & there are only four NFC teams left. The 9 votes for the Rams and 1 for the Falcons are now void. If we use the votes as a guide; Steelers Depot respondents, consider the Falcons (1) as least favored to make it to the Super Bowl. Then 2 seed Eagles (4) who must go with Nick Foles at quarterback. The 1 seed Vikings (6) are the runner up with the Saints (14) the overall favorite. The Vegas Insider differs making the Vikings a 27/20 favorite to win NFC championship followed by Saints 11/4; Falcons 15/4 & Eagles 4/1. Note to the hedgers who picked two teams. You will get half a point if one of your selections win the NFC.

Question 2 – Two of the six coaching vacancies have been filled. Mike Munchak’s name was associated with the Arizona Cardinals. As I type, reports are coming out that Pat Shurmur is the favorite to be named their head coach. 29 (88%) of respondents predicted that Munchak would not land a head coaching position this season. This seemed to be as much about the wish to retain him as the offensive line coach right and the feeling that he may not really desire the spot as anything else. In any case; no points for this question.

Question 3 – The Jaguars 10 -3 victory over the Bills threw most folks in a tizzy. The median response was 177 points – 25 points off. 28 of 33 respondents were eliminated for being over the 152 points scored on wildcard weekend. A first-time respondent to the Friday Night Questions, kakello34 took honor by predicting 151 points and the whopping 10 points for this question. The five points for next closest but under was defender4040 at 146. Kakello34 leaped from the 140th person to score a point this season to 37th place. Defender4040 climbed from 60th to 35th place.

Question 4 – 28 of 33 respondents do not view the ESPN story about discord among the Patriots to be a major story. The main take away was that this was a minor distraction at most that will not affect the Patriots play on the field. However, there was mainly wishful thinking that it was signal that the evil empire era was coming to an end soon.

Question 5 – 28 of 33 respondents would give Le’Veon Bell the $14.54 million franchise tag. Some conditioned it on whether Ben Roethlisberger was coming back or winning the Super Bowl this year. Others pointed out the need to restructure other contracts to afford Bell.  Yoi, I’m more worried about this coming Sunday at the moment.

Bonus – The 10 folks that took Georgia probably could taste victory when Tua Tagovailoa was sacked out of field goal range in overtime. But no. The NCAA’s version of the evil empire prevailed as a freshman back-up quarterback completed a 41-yard touchdown pass to give 20 Steelers Depot respondents a point on the 2017 Friday Night Questions scoreboard.

With the Chiefs loss in the wildcard game; no one scored a point in Week 17’s question about who was most likely to beat the Patriots. The Titans were not named by anyone. Just Weeks 1 (q5 teams in AFC championship) & 12 (q5 team most scared of to be answered Sunday either Jaguars or none if Steelers win by spread or more) have answers still to be determined.

Leaderboard after Wildcard Week:

1st Place – Alan Tman with 39.5 points (see no worries)

2nd Place – Darth Blount 47 with 36.5 points (lost ground but still close)

3rd Place – DirtDawg1964 with 36 points (creeping up on Darth)

4th Place – (tie) Jeff McNeil, Marcel Chris Chauvet & Josh Cummings with 33.5 (who in this pack is going to make a move)

7th Place –LucasY59 with 33 points

8th Place (tie) Reader783, SJT63 & Matt Manzo with 32 points (snowmen)

11th Place – Chris92021 with 31.5 points (slips behind the snowmen)

12th Place – (tie) heath miller & Jaybird with 30.5 points (slid by Pittfan)

14th Place – (tie) Pittfan & Phil Brennenman II with 30 points (Phil gaining; Pitt lagging)

16th Place –  J. with 28.5 points (steady no change; losing time to make a move)

17th Place – Kevin Schwartz with 27.5 points (trading places with the horse with no name)

18th Place – NONAME with 27 points

19th Place – Beaver Falls Hosiery with 26 points

20th Place – Ted Webb with 25.5 points (Keeping SkoolHouseRoxx off leaderboard … for now)

  • Chris92021

    1. True.

    2. Nix: 15…McDonald: 35….Hubbard: 12.

    3. Over.

    4. Yes he will. Except this time it will not be exclusive, allowing other teams to negotiate with Bell and allowing the Steelers to receive two 1st round picks if he does sign an opposing offer sheet. Bell is going to find out that despite his talents, no one is going to give him 17 million dollars a season for multiple years nor does a team want to give us two 1st round picks. Imagine if the Browns signed him to an offer sheet and we get the 1st overall pick….

    5. Patriots, Falcons, Steelers, Saints.

    Enjoy the weekend, y’all. Time to put Jacksonville away and get back to the AFC championship game. Oh and if you go to Jeff Reed’s party, please take lots of videos and post them here!!

  • Eric Childress

    1. True
    2. 38 combined
    3. under
    4. Neither will happen, Bell walks away as a free agent
    5. Falcons, Patriots, Steelers, and Saints

  • Ted Webb

    1. True. Bell and Juju will combine for more then 200 yards Bortles throws for less then 150
    2. 16 snaps total
    3. Under 27-10 Steelers
    4. Yes you’ll get tag, No he won’t sign extension by camp
    5. Falcons
    Patriots
    Steelers
    Saints

  • SJT63

    1. True
    2. 57
    3. Under
    4. yes the tag, no deal
    5. NE, PIT, ATL, MIN

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    🙄😣😭
    1. True
    2. 49 snaps totally total.
    3. Over
    4. Yes and yes
    5. Steelers, Patriots, Falcons, and Saints.

  • Jaybird

    1) true
    2)65
    3) under -Steelers 30-9
    4) Yes he gets tagged. I’m going to say the Steelers make another offer but Bell turns it down. He ends up signing the tag after missing all of camp again.
    5) Falcons, Vikings, Pats , Steelers

  • Jaybird

    No one is picking the Eagles so far. No love for Foles!

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Good defense, but Falcons defense is pretty good too.

  • CoachCot

    1 – True

    2 – 60

    3 – Under- Steelers win 27-13

    4 – Two-parter: Yes and yes

    5 – Falcons, Saints, Pats, Steelers

  • Michael Mosgrove

    stupid jax game had to combine for 20 points. lame.

  • DirtDawg1964

    1. Yes they will. Bell could do it on his own.
    2. 43
    3. Barely over. Because the Jags will be lucky to score more than 14 points.
    4. Yes and yes. No one is retiring with a $14 million offer in front of them. Play for one more year at that rate or retire? No brainer.
    5. Patriots, Steelers, Falcons, Saints

  • Steel Realist PAul

    1) True – Bortles is really struggling and Bell alone should be close.
    2) 42 (does this include ST?)
    3) Under – I’ve got 23-16 Steelers
    4) Bell does not sign a long term deal with the Steelers and plays for another squad next season – I have no idea how it will go down now that Bell is openly saying he won’t play if tagged. I’m hoping for a sign and trade type of deal so the Steelers benefit the most.
    5) Steelers, cheating lying Bostonians, Saints, Falcons

  • Jeff McNeill

    1) true
    2) 25
    3) under
    4) no no
    5) Steelers Patriots Saints falcons

  • Jason Campbell

    1) true
    2) 50
    3) under
    4) double no – I agree with your assessment on the podcast, similar production from 2/3 guys for a fraction of the $$
    5) NE, Pittsburgh, Philly, NO

  • Brian Tollini

    1. False.
    2. 32 combined
    3. Under
    4. Yes. 4a. No.
    5. Eagles Patriots Saints Steelers

  • pittfan

    1. Way true! Bell by himself will beat Bortles.
    2. 46. Here I come!!
    3. Under. 21-6. My score and I’m sticking to it.
    4. No, no. I don’t see us being able to satisfy everyone else and his demands too. Team First.
    5. Falcons, Steelers, Pats, Saints.
    Thanks for all the hard work of putting this together each week. Its a lot of fun and I look forward to it. You’ll have 3 more weeks after this one where the bonus will be, “Which Steeler will win Super Bowl MVP”?

  • Riverstko

    1. True
    2. 24
    3. Under
    4. No, Yes
    5. Steelers, titans, saints, falcons

  • LucasY59

    1. True, Bortles wont have a ton of passing yds (or if he does its garbage stats, because as long as the game is close they wont be using him in the passing game much)…and hopefully Bell and S-S have big games (I really expect Lev to have a lot of yds, and Juju might be used more as they gradually get AB back from injury)

    2. is this offensive snaps? 50 (or are STs counted also? …65 if they are) 15 snaps for Nix (add another 15 if its STs) 30 for McDonald (dont think he is playing much STs since his most recent injury) and Hubbard only gets about 5, they might use him as an extra OL and maybe on the goal line, but he shouldnt get many snaps (his 5 could include ST as well since I dont think he will be switched out on FGs or PATs either…he really becomes the wildcard, if someone is hurt he could get a lot more than expected)

    3. over, I think the Steelers O is motivated to show they are much better than the 9 pts they got in the last matchup, and the Jags will get enough pts trying to play catchup that they go over 31-14 (…either that or its a Defensive grudge match and its way under, like the Jags-Bills game)

    4. Yes the Steelers tag him, they have the leverage (even if Bell is trying to use sitting out as leverage, it wont work, the Steelers FO doesnt cave) and because Bell will ask for too much there will be NO long term deal worked out

    5. Eagles, Vikings, Pats, Steelers (boring picking the higher seeds, but I think thats how its gonna go, biggest surprise of the playoffs already happened with KC and LA losing)

  • Matt Manzo

    Happy Playoff Friday!!!

    1: False! I think Borttles will get about 200. And Bell and Juju are going up against a good D. I hope I’m wrong, but Im going for the point!

    2: 40 snaps (not including ST)

    3: Under! It’ll take a few drives to shake the rust off!

    4: Yes and No!

    5: Falcons, Saints, Steelers, Pats! Though I’m tempted to take the Titans!

    HERE WE GO STEELERS!!!

  • Phil Brenneman II

    1. True but I still caution those who are so sure of victory to remember how good we have made QB’s like him look in the past, including just this season. I am saying true because that is the smart money but I wouldn’t be shocked to be wrong either.

    2. 63 including ST, 40 without ST

    3. Under

    4. Yes and no

    5. Eagles, Steelers, Patriots, and Saints

  • Kevin Schwartz

    1) True – wouldn’t be shocked if Bell did it by himself.

    2) 40? I’m not great with snap counts.

    3) I’ll take the over.

    4) I dunno, but I’ll go with no. I have a bad feeling Bell gave his quote on-purpose to send a message to the organization. Long-term deal is possible, but I just don’t see the Steelers going that much higher than their offer last year, so, sadly, no.

    5) Pats, Steelers, Saints, Falcons.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    i need to come up big here.

    1 – True or false: Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell and wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster will combine to have more total yards from scrimmage than Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles has passing yards. – 5 points

    true.

    2 – Without going over the actual number, how many total combined individual snaps will fullback Roosevelt Nix, tight end Vance McDonald and backup tackle Chris Hubbard all play Sunday against the Jaguars? First place gets 10 points, second place gets 5 points.

    23.

    3 – The over/under for total points scored in Sunday’s game between the Steelers and Jaguars is 41. Will it go over, under or push? – 5 points

    over

    4 – Two-parter: Will Bell get the franchise tag from the Steelers during the offseason and will he ultimately sign a long term extension prior to training camp opening?

    no. and no.

    5 – Correctly pick the winners of all four Divisional Round playoff games this weekend for 10 points.
    pats. steelers. saints. falcons

  • Michael Mosgrove

    titans over pats? how much have you drank tonight?

  • Alan Tman

    1 True
    2 66
    3 Over
    4 Yes, No
    5 Steelers, Falcons
    Pats, Vikings

  • BurghBoy412

    1. True
    2. 50
    3. Over
    4. No tag, Yes long term
    5. Eagles, Patriots, Steelers, Saints

  • Spencer Krick

    1. True
    2. 55
    3. under
    4. False and False
    5. Saints, Patriots, Steelers and Falcons

  • pittfan

    I’d take titans if I got a few points!

  • PittShawnC

    1. True
    2. Nix-10, Vance-25, Hubbard-10
    3. Under
    4. Yes, No
    5. Eagles, Vikings, Steelers, Patriots (gotta shoot for points… everyone picking Saints, Falcons)

  • heath miller

    1 true
    2 61 hope this means O snaps not total with ST or this guess will suck low
    3 under
    4 yes no
    5 pitt ne saints eagles

  • Marcel Chris Chauvet

    1) True

    2) 49

    3) Under

    4) yes; no

    5) Falcons, Patriots, Steelers, Vikings

  • John Phillips

    Eagles missing their LT almost as much as Wentz.

  • Lambert58

    1 True
    2 68
    3 Over
    4 Yes and (hopefully) Yes
    5 Atlanta, NE, Pittsburgh, New Orleans

  • Michael Pennant

    TRULY AMAZING – STEELERS WEBSITE AND ON PLAYOFF WEEKEND, NOT ONE POSITIVE ARTICLE ABOUT STEELERS PLAYERS OR TEAM. EVERYTHING EITHER STARTS OR ENDS NEGATIVE. AT 13-3 AND AT HOME MOST ARTICLES SHOULD BE POSITIVE START AND END. WE HAVE TO KEEP THE POSITIVE VIBES GONG BECAUSE WE ARE GOING TO NEED THEM IN N.E.

  • Defender 4040

    1. True.

    2. Nix: 13…McDonald: 38….Hubbard: 12.

    3. Under.

    4. Yes he will. Except this time it will not be exclusive, which will allow other teams to negotiate with Bell and allowing the Steelers to receive two 1st round picks if he does sign an opposing offer sheet.

    5. Patriots, Eagles, Steelers, Saints.

  • John

    1. True.

    2. 32 total.

    3. Under. Even if it is 30-9 the other direction, it is under.

    4. Who care but no. Yes to second part as to long term extension but if the club cannot get him any their price they should let him go as being too expensive

    5. Winners: Steelers. Pats. Saints. Falcons.

    Enjoy the weekend everyone.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    1. True – 5 points

    2. 77 – 5 points but under

    3. Under – 5 points

    4. Yes, No – None

    5. Steelers; Patriots; Saints; Falcons – up to 4

  • 1.) true

    2.) 67

    3.) My first guess was under, but after thinking about it for a while, I’m going with over.

    (Jaguars 23 Steelers 27)

    4.) yes / yes

    5.) FALCONS @ EAGLES: I had the Eagles going to the super bowl this year up until Wentz went down. Foles is a very good backup QB, and I like their defense. Man, this is a tough one. I’m going to stick with the Eagles in this one. Probably a mistake, but I’m going with my gut.

    TITANS @ CHEATRIOTS: Cheatriots in a blowout.

    JAGUARS @ STEELERS: Steelers in a tight one.

    SAINTS @ VIKINGS: In the end, I think the Vikings’ defense is going to be too much for the Saints.

  • kakello34

    1. True
    2. 71
    3. Over
    4. Yes/No
    5. Steelers/Patriots/Falcons/Saints

  • Alan Tman

    Changing mine

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    got it

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Window is open until Eagles-Falcons kickoff (Saturday)

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Offensive snaps only

  • Kevin Reich

    1.True
    2.35
    3.Over
    4.Yes Franchised, No long deal.
    5. ATL,NE,PIT,SAINTS

  • Josh Cummings

    1. True

    2. 65 total snaps … I think we see a BIG dose of BIG formations to help power the run and play action game. Hubbard should see a lot of extra TE snaps (we missed this in the first matchup with Gilbert out). McDonald another full week of rest, i full expect him to get the majority of FFF snaps over JJ. Rosie, good for 10-15 snaps on OFF.

    3. Under. 27-13 Steelers

    4. Begining February 13th, teams can sign players who’s contracts are up… i think this reopens the window for them to work out a deal with Bell too??? I think the Steelers have a long history of not reoffering a deals, or redrawing up deals… BUT, i dont remember a scenario like this playing out before. Ultimately, it would be nice for them to strike a lucrative deal for him him in this timeframe. If that doesnt happen… I think he WILL get some kind of tag. I dont think it will be Exclusive like he got last year… and i feel like they could even place transition tag on him. I think we DO get a deal done eventually.

    5. Eagles, Patriots, Steelers, Saints. – Not feeling great about the Eagles, but cant see 2 home losses this weekend and going bold.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Whew! I see the points are being awarded fast and loose now during the tourney. All righty then, I guess I’ll have to open up the throttle a bit and go for it! Conservatism be damned! Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride!!

    1. Hmm. Home Blake has thrown for 223+ passing yards EVERY single game. Road Blake? Not so much. Only twice. With multiple games under 155. I think this answer could be close. I’ve been going back and forth. Give me the home team by a slight margin. The weather should serve to tamp Blakey down appropriately.
    — “TRUE.”

    2. OOOOoh, tough call. I’ll say: 58.

    3. Under.

    4. Yes, Tag. No, not before.

    5. E – A – G – L – E – S. Disrespected.
    I said Titans vs. Steelers AFC Championship in the pre-season. Why change? Al Riveron? Probably. But screw it. TITANS shock the world.
    Steelers. Burning Terrible Towels?! Ha. DONE.
    Toughest game to call. Been saying Saints Super Bowl appearance since November. However, this matchup is the worst possible one for them in Minnesota. I’ll stick with the Saints in an absolute squeaker. But I DON’T feel good about this pick anymore. At all.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    The window is closed

  • Alan Tman

    If it’s anywhere near your mouth you will win by a landslide!!! LOL