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Stacking Wins, Stacking Losses

By Matthew Marczi The 2013 season for the Pittsburgh Steelers can be defined by two key trends: stacking wins, and stacking losses. That trend continued yesterday as the Steelers piggybacked their Thanksgiving Day loss to the Baltimore Ravens with yet another crushing loss to the Miami Dolphins, whom they were battling for the final playoff […]

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Steelers Playoff Chances Took A Hit Thursday Night, But They’re Still Not Dead

The Pittsburgh Steelers loss Thursday night to the Baltimore Ravens was a big one. While it certainly hurt their chances of making the playoffs, they are still not completely out of the picture. They will, however, need some help and that help needs to begin on Sunday. First off, it would probably be wise to […]

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David DeCastro Earned Some Redemption After Recent Struggles

By Matthew Marczi Second-year guard David DeCastro was hitting his stride entering the Oakland Raiders game earlier this season when he suffered an ankle injury, forcing him to miss the following game against the New England Patriots. When he returned to play against the Buffalo Bills, he did not quite look the same, and if […]

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Steelers LB Jason Worilds Continues to Raise His Free Agency Stock With Solid Game Against The Browns

To say Pittsburgh Steelers fourth-year outside linebacker Jason Worilds is on fire right now is understatement, but whatever you want to call it, it couldn’t come at a better time. Worilds, who started again on the left side for the injured LaMarr Woodley, had a game-high 6 quarterback hurries and five tackles Sunday in the […]

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Steelers Dress All Eight Offensive Linemen Against The Browns

The Pittsburgh Steelers get guard Ramon Foster back this week against the Cleveland Browns and he will start at left guard after missing the game last week against the Detroit Lions with an ankle injury. Even with Foster back, the Steelers have decided to dress all eight offensive linemen as center/guard Cody Wallace is active […]

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Hritz: Steelers Versus Browns Preview and Prediction – Week Twelve

By Jeremy Hritz 27 points surrendered in the second quarter against the Detroit Lions last week, and the narrative for the remainder of the 2013 Pittsburgh Steelers season seemed to be headed back to NFL Draft discussions and potential top ten picks. But when the final seconds of the clock ticked away at Heinz Field, […]

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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 replacement for DaMon Cromartie-Smith for […]

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Success Came Only In Glimpses For Healing DeCastro

By Matthew Marczi As I pointed out yesterday, second-year starting offensive guard David DeCastro had a rough game against the front four of the Detroit Lions in what was probably his worst game of the season. He suffered an ankle injury four games ago that caused him to miss the Steelers’ match-up against the New […]

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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 back a little bit but […]

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David DeCastro Had His Hands Full With Ndamukong Suh

By Matthew Marczi Following the last game, some were quick to glance at the official stats sheet and draw hasty conclusions about the game based purely on what was reflected in the numbers, and not the tape itself. The main narrative promoted immediately after the game was the lack of impact of Ndamukong Suh due […]

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Jarvis Jones Becoming More Acclimated To The Defense

By Matthew Marczi Jarvis Jones got his first start in a few weeks since being demoted because LaMarr Woodley was forced to sit out the game with an injury. He only played sparsely, and occasionally in specialized roles, in the interim, so it is difficult to draw conclusions about his progress from that. He played […]

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Inside The Tape: Breakdown Of Steelers Versus Lions

By Alex Kozora Game notes from the Pittsburgh Steelers week 11 victory over the Detroit Lions. CLICK ON ANY PICTURE TO ENLARGE First Half – Jarvis Jones getting subpackage reps at ILB. – Detroit uses a “man beater”, Trips Bunch. Reggie Bush with outside stem then bursts inside. Lawrence Timmons can’t stay with him and […]

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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 completely reshaped the game. When […]

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Steelers Red Zone Execution Still Lacking After Lions Game

By Matthew Marczi As much as the offense seemed to get it together this past Sunday against the Detroit Lions—at least in the passing game—when the Pittsburgh Steelers got into the red zone, their season-long struggles reared their ugly head once again On this day, however, the struggles were clearly down to execution, as can […]

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A Look At The Pressures Surrendered By Marcus Gilbert Against The Lions

By Matthew Marczi The Pittsburgh Steelers changed protocol in their game plan last week more than usual in order to combat the Detroit Lions. In part, they used the no huddle and quick-release passes as a way to counteract Detroit’s defensive front of Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley. As a result, the Steelers’ offensive line […]

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Thursday Interview On The David Todd Show Talking 2014 Salary Cap & Steelers Versus Browns Preview

In case you missed it, I joined David Todd on his show Thursday on ESPN 970 an we talked about the Pittsburgh Steelers 2014 salary cap situation as it looks right now in relation to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and a possible extension. In addition, we got into a brief preview of the upcoming game Sunday […]

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Steelers Injury Report: Brett Keisel And LaMarr Woodley Both Listed As Not Practicing On Thursday

The Thursday injury report for the Pittsburgh Steelers is now in and it includes some pretty discouraging news as far as two defensive starters go. Defensive end Brett Keisel (foot) failed to practice once again and it’s looking like he might very well miss his second consecutive game of the season. Also not practicing on […]

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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 he didn’t register a sack […]

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Skill Position Players Still Have Work To Do Away From The Ball

By Matthew Marczi The difference between the success and failure of a play comes down to the ability of skill position players to block more frequently than many people seem to realize. Since it tends to happen away from the ball, that’s understandable, but I think it’s time to take a look at some plays […]

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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 attempts, six went for negative […]

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Steelers Injury Report: DE Brett Keisel Still Sidelined With Foot Problem

The 4-6 Pittsburgh Steelers will take on the 4-6 Cleveland Browns this Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium and the first injury report for the week has now been released. Not practicing for the Steelers on Wednesday were safety Shamarko Thomas (ankle) and defensive end Brett Keisel (foot). On Tuesday, head coach Mike Tomlin termed Thomas as […]

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Double Explosive Plays Have Been Killing The Steelers Defense This Season

So far this season, the Pittsburgh Steelers defense has only given up 37 explosive plays of 20 or more yards. While that number currently ties them for fourth best in the league, it is a deceptive stat. 11 of those 37 plays that they have allowed have been double explosive or better and five of […]

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The Terrible Podcast – Talking Tomlin Talking Points, No-Huddle & Browns Preview With Nate Ulrich Episode

Season 4, Episode 47 of The Terrible Podcast is up and co-host David Todd and I get right into talking about what Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin had to say Tuesday during his press conference. This includes us covering the injury situation as well as discussing the no-huddle offense that was used quite a […]

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Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger Named AFC Offensive Player Of The Week

As expected, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against the Detroit Lions. Roethlisberger threw for 367 yards with four touchdowns and zero interceptions for a season-high passer rating of 119.4. He completed 29 of his 45 pass attempts and led his team on […]

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Antonio Brown Was Clutch Against The Lions Despite The Drop

By Matthew Marczi Although he was unable to hang on to a couple balls against the Detroit Lions, including one in the end zone, Antonio Brown still finished the day having had one of the best games of his career, with seven receptions for 147 yards and two touchdowns. I think it’s worth taking a […]

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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 read. Detroit plays it smartly […]

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