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Steelers vs Colts Film Review: Vince Williams

Even though the Pittsburgh Steelers regained the services of rookie starting inside linebacker Ryan Shazier earlier this week against the Indianapolis Colts, the team chose to be cautious in reintegrating him back into the game, and into the lineup. His snaps were divided fairly evenly between himself and Vince Williams, the second-year former sixth-round draft […]

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Steelers vs Colts Film Review: Ryan Shazier

The Pittsburgh Steelers have platooned over the course of the past four and a half weeks at the inside linebacker position with rookie starter Ryan Shazier sidelined with a knee injury. The primary replacement through that period was Sean Spence, who started all four games missed, but Vince Williams also saw a comfortable amount of […]

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Steelers NT Steve McLendon Returns Just In Time To Face Ravens Outside Zone

Sunday night at Heinz Field the Pittsburgh Steelers defense will get a second shot at shutting down the Baltimore Ravens outside zone scheme that blistered them to the tune of 157 yards back in Week 2. While it certainly wont be an easy task, the Steelers run defense has improved over the course of the […]

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Steelers Might Not Need Their Third Cornerback Very Much Against Ravens

There’s a lot of discussion about which Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback may or may not be the first one off the bench Sunday night against the Baltimore Ravens, but if that game goes similar to the way the first meeting between the two teams went back in Week 2, there’s a good chance we won’t see […]

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2014 NFL Week 8 TOX Stats

I now have the TOX stats through Week 8 of the 2014 NFL season compiled and this week we had the plus two or better teams go a combined TOX stat went 8-1 (88.9%). Year to date, teams with a plus two or better TOX stat are now 73-11 (86.9%). Keep in mind that the expected […]

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Kozora Video: Breaking Down The Cortez Allen Breakdowns

By Alex Kozora Although there were countless exciting moments to cover from the Pittsburgh Steelers 51-34 victory over the Indianapolis Colts, we’ll try and tackle one of the most glaring negatives. The plays that led to Cortez Allen’s benching. We’ll break down some technique and mental issues that contributed to his poor performance and why […]

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Future Snap Counts Up To Ryan Shazier To Dictate

Pittsburgh Steelers rookie inside linebacker Ryan Shazier began his first practice in the team’s starting lineup, so it’s no surprise that the coaching staff put him back into the lineup right away despite the fact that he missed four weeks of practices with a knee injury. Not that they just dropped him in the game […]

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Steelers Still Juggling Wide Receivers Behind Antonio Brown

It doesn’t exactly seem as though the Pittsburgh Steelers have an assigned number two receiver right now—let alone an obvious one. That fact has been thrust into the forefront over the past two games as offensive coordinator Todd Haley has looked to get rookie Martavis Bryant involved. It’s certainly been working, with palpable results. In […]

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Steelers vs Colts Second Half Notes And Observations

Below are my notes and observations of the second half of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ victory on Sunday over the Indianapolis Colts. The Steelers opened the second half of the game with the ball, and in a three tight end set. In case it’s not obvious by now, Will Johnson is the third tight end, not […]

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Steelers vs Colts First Half Notes And Observations

Below are my notes and observations of the first half of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ victory on Sunday over the Indianapolis Colts. Despite facing a more potent offense, the Steelers opened in their base defense against Andrew Luck, meaning Cam Thomas in at nose tackle. He missed a tackle on Ahmad Bradshaw up the middle on […]

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Steelers Film Room: No. 7 Gets No. 6 By Going To No. 2

If you were like me, you were quite surprised to see the Pittsburgh Steelers throw the football on the fourth and inches from the Indianapolis Colts eleven yard-line with 5:21 left in the fourth quarter. The play worked, however, as quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hit tight end Heath Miller in the back of the end zone […]

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David Todd: Quick Thoughts: Steelers Versus Colts

The Pittsburgh Steelers took on the Indianapolis Colts in a nationally-televised game on a beautiful late afternoon at Heinz Field and delivered one of the greatest offensive performances in franchise history. Ben Roethlisberger threw for 522 yards and six touchdowns leading the Steelers to a massively-entertaining 51-34 victory over the AFC South leaders. The Steelers […]

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P Adam Podlesh Grateful For Way Steelers Treated Him During Wife’s Life-Threatening Scare

I thought all of you might like to read the story about former Pittsburgh Steelers punter Adam Podlesh, who had to take time away from the team during training camp because of his wife having complications with her pregnancy. Adam’s wife apparently almost died in the delivery room while giving birth to their new son […]

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Steelers Mid-Season Rookie Report Card

The Pittsburgh Steelers are now halfway through their 2014 season, and they stand at 5-3—right where they were at the halfway point of the 2012 season, before it all crumbled with Ben Roethlisberger getting injured the following week. But Roethlisberger hasn’t missed a single snap since returning from that injury, excluding a handful of snaps […]

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Ben Roethlisberger Destroying The Blitz This Season

One of the underrated aspects of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s historic performance against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday is simply how well the 11th-year veteran performed against the blitz, which according to Kevin Seifert for ESPN, the road team brought over 40 percent of the time. The problem for the Colts, however, is that […]

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Steelers Defense On Pace To Give Up 80 Explosive Plays In 2014

In the Sunday win over the Indianapolis Colts the Pittsburgh Steelers defense gave up seven more explosive plays of 20 yards or more and that now brings their total allowed on the season to 40. To put that number into perspective, only the Jacksonville Jaguars (44) have allowed more explosive plays so far this season. […]

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Steelers Film Room: Gay Makes Luck Pay

The second quarter interception Sunday by Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback William Gay that was returned for a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts just goes to show that quarterback Andrew Luck is human. While it was a great play by Gay in reading Colts wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, a quick look at the all-22 shows that Luck […]

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Focus Must Now Turn To A Very Meaningful Ravens Week

Just a few days ago, the Pittsburgh Steelers greatly bolstered their resume for AFC North contention by securing not only a quality victory over a tough opponent in the Indianapolis Colts, they also managed to stack wins for the first time this season. As a matter of fact, the Steelers are two games above .500 […]

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Steelers Must Figure Out How To Take Offensive Show On The Road

Over the past two weeks, the Pittsburgh Steelers have put up 81 points, with 74 coming thanks to the offense. A pair of turnovers did give the Steelers first and goal against the Houston Texans the week prior to last, but the offense still managed to put both of those opportunities into the end zone. […]

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2014 NFL Week 8 Stats: Adjusted Net Yards Per Passing Attempt Differential

With eight weeks of 2014 season now in the books, here are your updated adjusted net yards per passing attempt differential stats (ANY/A) for all 32 teams. Would you look at the jump the Pittsburgh Steelers made this past week? Thanks to career-record performance that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts, the […]

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Mike Tomlin Thinks Antonio Brown Is The J.J. Watt Of Wide Receivers

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown currently leads the NFL with 60 catches and is second with 852 receiving yards. As previously noted, if Brown somehow duplicates those numbers in the second half of the season, he’ll easily set new franchise records in several receiving statistical categories. Brown continues to be one of the league’s […]

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Steelers To Continue Using Different Combinations At Inside Linebacker

Pittsburgh Steelers rookie linebacker Ryan Shazier retuned to the field Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts after missing the previous four games with a right knee injury. However, even though he returned to action, the Steelers first-round draft pick still played five less snaps than Vince Williams did in that game. According to head coach Mike […]

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Steelers Not Expected To Make Trade Before Tuesday Deadline

The NFL trading deadline is at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 28, but don’t expect the Pittsburgh Steelers to make any moves. “We’re open, but not necessarily active,” said head coach Mike Tomlin just prior to the Sunday game against the Indianapolis Colts. “It’s prudent business to be open-minded about opportunities to improve your team, […]

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Jason Worilds Quietly Imposing His Will On Passing Game

On Sunday evening, the Indianapolis Colts made outside linebacker Jason Worilds a virtual non-factor on their opening drive. And that was about it. The Colts went three-and-out on drive number two, after the Pittsburgh Steelers pass rusher was able to pressure Andrew Luck into incompletions on second and third down. For the second straight week, […]

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Steelers Return Units Not Holding Up Its End Of The Bargain

Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ross Ventrone earned himself a spot on the practice squad during the preseason because of his excellent play on special teams. When Shamarko Thomas went down with an injury, the team called him up. Even though that move cost them rookie fifth-round offensive lineman Wesley Johnson, there’s little argument that Ventrone is […]

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Sixth Receiver Could Be Odd Man Out When Jarvis Jones Returns

Pittsburgh Steelers first-year wide receiver Justin Brown was a near constant presence on the field for the team during the first six games of the season. While he served primarily as a blocker, he did catch 12 passes for 94 yards. He and veteran free agent Darrius Heyward-Bey played so well during the preseason that […]

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