Andy Dalton

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…


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…


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…


Film Room: Keith Butler Brings The Thunder

You have to tip your hat to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense. Facing two tough-on-paper offenses to start the season, with an underwhelming pass rush, they’given up a pair of 16 point performances. That meets Keith Butler’s goal of holding teams under 17. Butler has to be credited with calling two…



Gut Reactions: Steelers Vs. Bengals

7 gut reactions from the Pittsburgh Steelers Week 2 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. 1 – If the season ended today, the Steelers team MVP would most likely be running back DeAngelo Williams. One could make the case that after two weeks, he would be in the conversation for league…


Roethlisberger, Steelers Fight Through Mistakes, Hold Off Bengals

The Pittsburgh Steelers welcomed the Cincinnati Bengals to Heinz Field for their 2016 home opener. Although many thought it would quickly turn into yet another cage fight, both teams kept their emotions in check, and truthfully, produced quite the opposite of a firework display in a 24-16 Steelers victory. The…


Late Officiating Calls Go Steelers’ Way In Victory Over Bengals

The Pittsburgh Steelers were able to come away with a victory over the Cincinnati Bengals just a short while ago by a margin of 24-16, allowing the opposing offense to score only 16 points for the second straight week. In both instances, however, the defense yielded more and more in…


Week 2 Steelers Vs Bengals: What To Watch For

Although it is a bit early in the year to describe any matchup as ‘pivotal’, every game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals in recent years has held the potential to bear significant implications for later on in the season in terms of playoff seeding and appearances. The…


Steelers Film Room: Not Much Blitzing Last Year Against Dalton

The Pittsburgh Steelers will host the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday at Heinz Field and the team’s defense will be looking to control quarterback Andy Dalton during the game. Last week in the Bengals regular season opener against the New York Jets, Dalton was sacked a total of seven times and mostly by…


Steelers CBs Pay Due Respect To A.J. Green

There may be those who are making light of Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis for getting beaten deep two games in a row, insisting that he is finally hitting the downward curve of his career in a hurry, but the Pittsburgh Steelers cornerbacks who will have to defend one of those…


2016 NFL Week 2: Steelers Friday Night Five Questions

Happy Friday to all of you and Happy Bengals week as well. The Pittsburgh Steelers will have their home opener Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals and it figures to be a doozy of a game at Heinz Field. Personally, I don’t have a great read on this game heading into Saturday…



Film Room: Bengals’ Offensive Scouting Report

This year, Josh Carney and I will break down the opposing team’s offense in our weekly scouting report. Like last year, I will be looking at the opposing team in a more broad, scheme-approach. Josh will have a closer eye on the individual players. Alex’s Scheme Breakdown Bengals’ Run Game…