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Dink And Dunk? Not So Fast

By Matthew Marczi When the Steelers first brought in Todd Haley as the new offensive coordinator, some criticized the decision to install what they pejoratively refer to as a ‘dink and dunk’ offense. As the season progressed and the team started losing games, many more joined in to the chorus….

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Will Allen Fitting Right In Back In Pittsburgh

By Matthew Marczi The Pittsburgh Steelers spent nearly the entire game against the Detroit Lions in their quarter sub-package, with Cortez Allen logging 73 of 76 snaps and Will Allen playing nearly 70 snaps himself. Will Allen, of course, may have been a mid-season signing this year as an injury…


Breakdown Of Steelers NT Al Woods Versus Lions

By Alex Kozora Short breakdown of Pittsburgh Steelers nose tackle Al Woods’ snaps vs the Detroit Lions. CLICK ON ANY PICTURE TO ENLARGE First Drive Snaps: 3 Run/Rush: 2/1 Play-by-Play 1. 1st and 10, 1:59 1st. LE in dime. Lined up as the three tech. Double-teamed by the LG/LT. Blown…

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Late First-Half Stand Was A Momentum-Builder

By Matthew Marczi After the Pittsburgh Steelers got off to a blistering start against the Detroit Lions, with wide receiver Antonio Brown going for two long touchdowns to finish off Pittsburgh’s first two drives of the game, they were forced to withstand a torrid attack in the second quarter that…

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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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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…

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Steelers Versus Lions – First Half Notes And Observations

By Matthew Marczi I found it interesting that the Steelers opened up in the nickel, which they rarely use these days, favoring six defensive backs over five when not in base. That only lasted one play before Vince Williams was substituted for Will Allen. The Steelers moved their outside linebacker…

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Pausing To Reflect On Antonio Brown’s 2013 Season

By Matthew Marczi This past game against the Detroit Lions, wide receiver Antonio Brown had just his second career two-touchdown game—both came this season. And anybody who watched the game knows that it should have been a three-touchdown game, but Brown dropped a ball in the end zone from the…

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Dare We Dream…The Impossible Dream?

By Michael K. Reynolds The Pittsburgh Steelers played Motown this Sunday and what began as early game joy shifted dramatically into the same old broken record in the second quarter. It had Steelers Nation singing Marvin Gaye‘s rendition of “What’s Goin’ On?” and Smokey Robinson‘s “Tracks Of My Tears” as the Detroit Lions imposed their will….

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Steelers Versus Lions Winners And Losers

Sunday, the Pittsburgh Steelers beat to the Detroit Lions 37-27 to notch their fourth win of the season and below is my list of winners and losers from the game. Feel free to add your own in the comments below. Winners: Ben Roethlisberger – 29 completions for 367 yards and four…

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Optimus Prime Came In A Mental Form In Win Over Lions

After being blistered by Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson for six catches for 179 yards and two touchdowns in the first half of Sunday’s win, the Pittsburgh Steelers secondary shut out Megatron in the second half. Surely that meant there were adjustments made at halftime, right? Wrong. “Ain’t nothing…