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Steelers/Broncos X Factor: Todd Haley And Keith Butler

When you think of X-factors for a football game, you usually think of players on the field that could have a significant impact in the game one way or another. Not this week. Heading into Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field in Mile High Stadium, I…


Steelers Vs Broncos: Three Matchups To Watch

The Pittsburgh Steelers offense was dealt a big blow Friday as Antonio Brown was ruled out for Sunday’s AFC Divisional round matchup with the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field in Mile High Stadium. Brown has been the best receiver in football over the last three years as a member of the…



Front Seven Focus: Steelers Vs Bengals

The Steelers front seven is coming off of a great performance where they accounted for four sacks and a forced fumble. However they would be playing a much better offense than they did against Cleveland. The Steelers would need to generate pass rush to knock quarterback A.J. McCarron out of…



Steelers Film Room: Broncos’ Penny Defense

Ben Roethlisberger referenced it. Everyone accepted it. I had no idea what he was talking about. The Denver Broncos “penny” defense that Roethlisberger said made it very difficult to run on in the previous matchup in Week 15. “We did that because of the type of defense they were in….


Loss Of Fullback Results In More Multiple Tight End Sets

The Pittsburgh Steelers ran from run-heavy looks with surprising frequency during the Wildcard game despite being short-handed at the running back position. 22 of 74 offensive snaps came with multiple tight ends on the field, with eight of those plays involving three tight ends on the field. Curiously, rookie tight…



Steelers Used 4WR Sets To Give Toussaint, Todman Rest

Over the course of the 16-game regular season, the Pittsburgh Steelers ran just 13 plays from either 10 or 01 personnel—that is, either one running back or one tight end on the field along with four wide receivers. All but three of those plays came from Week Nine on, after…


Steelers Film Room: Ryan Shazier Vs Bengals

Ryan Shazier played a good game for the Pittsburgh Steelers during the Wildcard game, that much is no secret. It’s likely that the team would have lost had he not played, given his 13 tackles, two passes defensed, and two forced fumbled, with one recovery. But while it was not…


2015 NFL Divisional Round Weekend: Steelers Friday Night Five Questions

I would wish you all a Happy Friday but I know it’s not a very joyful day now that we know Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown won’t be playing in Sunday’s playoff game against the Denver Broncos. At least it’s sounding like quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will give it a go,…


Ask Alex: Steelers’ Mailbag

Hey everyone. I’m an idiot and totally forgot about doing my weekly chat yesterday. My bad. So we’ve just shifted it to today with it returning to its previously scheduled day and time next week. And in honor of my favorite movie villian from my favorite movie, here’s to remembering Alan…


Bengals Killer B Stung Steelers Killer B’s Quite A Bit In 2015

If Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict isn’t currently the most-hated player in the city of Pittsburgh right now, I don’t know who is. Even though Burfict only played in a total of 11 games this year, including the post-season, three of them came against the Pittsburgh Steelers and he certainly…



Steelers Film Room: Todd Haley Packaged Plays

I wrote about it briefly in my game notes yesterday and want to touch on it again for a moment today. Before the Cincinnati Bengals’ game, I wondered aloud – and hoped – if Todd Haley would bring back some of his packaged plays. Run pass options that ideally, put…