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Steelers Special Teams Shows Opening Day Promise

The Pittsburgh Steelers may have an issue here and there to clean up on special teams, but the unit had a solid debut performance overall. Rookie punter Brad Wing punted six times during the game, averaging a distance of 43.7 on his kicks. More noteworthy was the 40.3-yard net average,…


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Steelers vs Browns Second Half Notes And Observations

Below are some notes and observations from the second half of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 30-27 victory over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. The second half is not nearly as fun to review as the first half. I have to keep writing? Fine. On first down, the Browns ran play action…


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Steelers vs Browns First Half Notes And Observations

Below are some notes and observations from the first half of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 30-27 victory over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. It shouldn’t be surprising, based on what we’ve seen during the preseason, but the Steelers opened up with three receivers on the field, including Justin Brown in his…



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2014 NFL Week 1 TOX Stats

As usual, I will once again be tracking the TOX stats throughout the 2014 NFL season. This is simple stat, but its 80% win track record is certainly hard to ignore. In case you need a refresher, the TOX stat is a measure of how many explosive plays (20-plus yards)…


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Ravens Have Other Issues At Running Back Heading Into Steelers Game

The Baltimore Ravens sure have a lot on their plate right now heading into their Thursday night game against the Pittsburgh Steelers and at some point they’ll have to decide which running back will start that game. The Ravens forthcoming decision has nothing to do with running back Ray Rice…


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Ravens Release Ray Rice Following Release Of Elevator Footage; Indefinitely Suspended By NFL

Celebrity news website TMZ earlier today released footage that they obtained showing the elevator altercation that took place between Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice and then-fiancée Janay Palmer, during which the latter was rendered unconscious. The video is graphic and calls into question some of the supposed arguments that…



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Steelers Vs. Browns: Player Snap Counts Week 1

Below are the player snap counts for the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday regular season opener against the Cleveland Browns, according to the gamebook. We will see if any of these differ in our game charting. OFFENSE PLAYER POS OFF SNAPS % ST SNAPS % A.Brown WR 71 100% 7 19% R.Foster…


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Justin Brown Gets A Full Workload In First NFL Game

The first game of the 2014 season was much different for second-year Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Justin Brown, who, rather than being on the practice squad, found himself on the field for the first snap of the opening game.   The team needed him with free agent signing Lance Moore…


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Steelers Versus Browns: An All-22 Primer

By Alex Kozora Unfortunately, the way NFL Rewind is set up, I’m not able to watch the All-22 of the Pittsburgh Steelers 30-27 victory over the Cleveland Browns until Wednesday at noon. With the Steelers playing on Thursday, the timetable is not kind. Dave is going to need to get…


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Markus Wheaton Steps Up In Debut Starting Role For Steelers

When the Pittsburgh Steelers lost both Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery in free agency—two of their top three wide receiver targets, and 16 of Ben Roethlisberger’s 28 touchdown passes—the front office didn’t panic. They’d planned for this. A big part of that plan was the drafting of Markus Wheaton in…


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Antonio Brown Still Invaluable On Special Teams Returns

The Pittsburgh Steelers were reminded yesterday afternoon why wide receiver Antonio Brown is such a deadly return man, and it had nothing to do with fly kicks to the face. On the Cleveland Browns’ first punt of the game, Brown fielded the ball at his own 25-yard line. He took…


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Rapid Fire Conclusions: Game One vs. Browns

By Michael K. Reynolds What a difference a half makes! Just when it seemed the Pittsburgh Steelers were going to put together a perfectly played season opener, they decided instead to toy with one of the greatest collapses in recent history. As always there was much to learn from the…


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Steelers Follow Le’Veon Bell’s Lead To Victory Again

The Pittsburgh Steelers waited 15 games into the 2013 season before they finally got their first 100-yard rusher. Le’Veon Bell didn’t have them waiting very long in his second season, rushing for 109 yards on opening day. He did so on 21 carries, including an impressive 38-yard touchdown run, his…