Artie Burns Gets Extended Look In First AFC North Game Of 2016

Prior to the start of Sunday’s game, I posed the question of whether or not we would see the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense make greater use of their six-defensive-back sub-package, the dime defense that they call a ‘quarter’, which features three cornerbacks and three safeties. The team used this defensive look…


David Todd: Quick Thoughts On Week 2: Steelers Versus Bengals

The Pittsburgh Steelers opened the home portion of their 2016 schedule at a rain-soaked Heinz Field Sunday with a 24-16 win of the Cincinnati Bengals. Weather conditions were a big factor as both quarterbacks struggled to deliver the football accurately and each team’s star receiver was basically a non-factor. The…


Tackle-Eligible, Fullback Sighted Late In Steelers’ Victory

You may recall that last week after the victory over Washington, I wondered why the Pittsburgh Steelers had chosen to use an inexperienced third tight end over a tackle-eligible option, which seemed to be their preferred method of getting an extra blocker on the field over the course of the…



Steelers Vs Bengals: Sack Breakdown

Another week, another game with just one sack allowed. Let’s take a look. 1. 1st and 10, 10:12 2nd. 11 personnel. Five block vs a four man rush. Bengals are in man coverage with a two deep shell. No one gets open and there’s nowhere immediately for Ben Roethlisberger to go…


Ravens Make Dubious Use Of Online Presence At Cleveland’s Expense

As part of the course of my usual writing, I spend a reasonable amount of time reading the websites of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ AFC North rivalries, and at times I can’t help but notice how much they vary in tone and content. One thing that I have noticed in particular…


Steelers Spread The Ball To Nine Targets Sunday

In the wake of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ victory on opening day, I made note of the fact that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger highly limited himself when it came to distributing the football in the passing game. Over the course of the past few seasons, he has more and more utilized a…


Steelers Defense Controls Third-Down Situations Against Bengals

During the Pittsburgh Steelers’ season-opening victory over Washington, the defense was able to make a stop on seven of 10 third-down conversion opportunities, allowing the offense an efficiency rating of just 30 percent. On Sunday, against the Bengals, the defense did even better, allow just one in four third-down attempts…



Steelers Open As 5.5-Point Road Favorites Over Eagles

Even though it won’t be considered a marquee matchup Monday night, the game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Chicago Bears will certainly be one that fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers might just want to tune in for. The Eagles will host the Steelers next Sunday and even though Philadelphia has…


Steelers TE Ladarius Green: ‘My Ankle Feels Good Running’

Now that the Pittsburgh Steelers have played their first two games of the 2016 regular season, four more will need to be played before injured tight end Ladarius Green is eligible to be activated from the team’s Reserve/PUP list. On Monday, Green updated his health status and was asked if…


Steelers Vs Bengals Positional Grades

It wasn’t pretty by any means, but a win is a win in the National Football League, and the Pittsburgh Steelers sit at 2-0 on the young season following Sunday’s sloppy win over the visiting Cincinnati Bengals, 24-16. Sure, officiating was mostly poor across the board in the rain-soaked game,…


Steelers WR Markus Wheaton Hints He Was A Healthy Scratch Against Bengals

After entering the weekend listed as questionable on the injury report, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Markus Wheaton wound up being one of the team’s seven inactive players for the Sunday home game against the Cincinnati Bengals. However, according to Wheaton on Monday, he was essentially a healthy scratch for the…



Red Zone Defense Key To Steelers Hot Start

On the surface, opposing offenses may look like they’re moving the ball at will. The Steelers have allowed Washington and Cincinnati to go over 375 yards of total offense. But as Mark Twain said, stats can be deceiving, and like Twain also said, the Steelers red zone defense is really…