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Jerricho Cotchery Is The Most Valuable Receiver In The NFL

By Matthew Marczi Would you believe me if I told you that Jerricho Cotchery is the most valuable wide receiver in the league on a per-play basis? That’s what Football Outsiders thinks. According to their statistics, the veteran slot receiver ranks first in the league among wide receivers in their…


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Cameron Heyward Disrupted The Lions In A Variety Of Ways

By Matthew Marczi The Steelers played nearly the entire game without a nose tackle—Steve McLendon and Al Woods both came in as defensive tackles in sub-packages throughout the game—but that didn’t limit Cameron Heyward, who played 66 of the Steelers’ 76 snaps on defense with Brett Keisel sitting out. Though…



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Steelers Running Backs Had Nowhere To Run Against The Lions

In the Sunday win over the Detroit Lions, the Pittsburgh Steelers rushed for a whopping 40 yards on 27 attempts. When you subtract out the four kneel downs and two scrambles by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the game, you’re left with 28 yards rushing on 21 attempts. Of those 21…





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Steelers Versus Lions Sack Breakdown

By Alex Kozora Breaking down the sacks allowed and recorded by the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Detroit Lions. 1. 3rd 10, 8:11 2nd. Empty, four man rush vs five blocking. Smash concepts on each side of the field with Ben looking at the top of the screen as his first…



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Jason Worilds Puts A Positive Spin On His Pass Rush

By Matthew Marczi The Detroit Lions’ offensive line has done well versus the pass this season, despite starting two rookies on the right side of the line. It just so happened that Jason Worilds was lined up over there in place of LaMarr Woodley for this game, and it just…



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What If Ike Taylor Could Visit The Wizard Of Oz?

By Michael K. Reynolds Who was the most relieved guy in Pittsburgh last Sunday? Without a doubt it was Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor. Because had the Black and Gold failed to roar back against the Detroit Lions he would have been wearing the longest goat horns. Not so much for struggling in his efforts…



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Steelers Versus Lions – Second Half Notes And Observations

By Matthew Marczi The Steelers could not have gotten off to a worse finish in the first half, giving up 27 unanswered points and shooting themselves in the foot on offense. A three-and-out to open the third quarter did not ease the tension. Unlike in the first half, however, Mat…