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Steelers vs Ravens Film Review: Lawrence Timmons

With inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons taking upon a greater leadership role in his eighth season, shifting from the mack to the buck linebacker position, the Pittsburgh Steelers are depending on him more than ever. The Steelers are transitioning on defense, starting younger players, letting older players go, and even adding…


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Steelers vs Ravens Film Review: Cortez Allen

Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Cortez Allen was signed to a new contract on the eve of the start of the 2014 season in a move no doubt prompted by the very real concern that they had virtually no cornerbacks signed through the 2015 season. Both Ike Taylor and William Gay are…


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Steelers At Risk Of Becoming Plain Wrap

By Michael K. Reynolds As has been well documented by the recent salutes to former head coach Chuck Noll and team legend Joe Greene, the Pittsburgh Steelers earned their reputation through defensive domination. Although you’ll see the highlights of Terry Bradshaw and Lynn Swann in Super Bowl clips, the team’s…


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Steelers vs Ravens Second Half Notes And Observations

Below are my notes and observations upon reviewing the second half of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 26-6 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Further evidence to support the Steve McLendon Is a Nose Tackle support group. On the first play of the half, he beat center Jeremy Zuttah to put pressure on…


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David Todd: Quick Thoughts: Steelers Versus Ravens

By David Todd It was an unusual week leading into Thursday’s nationally televised Steelers-Ravens game. The build-up had nothing to do with what has been one of the NFL’s best rivalries and everything to do with Ray Rice, a video released by TMZ, the Ravens ultimate decision to release Rice…


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Steelers Defense Allowed 223 Self-Inflicted Yards To Ravens In Loss

Thursday night against the Baltimore Ravens, the stat sheet says the Pittsburgh Steelers defense allowed 323 net yards of total offense. When you factor in the defensive penalties, however, the Ravens moved the football a total of 376 yards in the game. After the game, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin…


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Lack Of Pressure Putting Pressure On Steelers Defense

For the second straight game, in back-to-back efforts to begin what was supposed to be a new start from this new look Pittsburgh Steelers defense, the team gave up more than 25 points to an opponent. They also failed to record a turnover for the second straight game, while the…


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Steelers vs Ravens – Second Half Live Update And Discussion Thread

The Pittsburgh Steelers opened the game with a long drive that ended with a Justin Brown fumble. The Baltimore Ravens proceed to embark on an 85-yard touchdown drive that remains the difference, as the Steelers trail 10-3 heading into the second half. The Ravens received the ball to begin the second half after…


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Steelers vs Ravens – First Half Live Update And Discussion Thread

Even though the Pittsburgh Steelers came out of Week One with a victory and Baltimore Ravens with a loss, they both turned in performances they’d like to forget and move on from. The Steelers relinquished a 24-point halftime lead to the Cleveland Browns before eking out a last-second victory on a field goal, while the…


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Steelers vs. Ravens Final Pregame Thoughts, Prediction

The Pittsburgh Steelers will attempt to start the 2014 season 2-0 Thursday night on the road against the Baltimore Ravens. Below are a few of my final thoughts heading into the game along with my final score prediction. Both teams should be able to run on one another in this…


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Ravens Open Up As Three Point Favorites Over Steelers

After opening the 2014 regular season at home with a 30-27 win over the Cleveland Browns, the Pittsburgh Steelers will now go on the road to play the Baltimore Ravens Thursday night. Despite dropping their home opener Sunday to the Cincinnati Bengals 23-16, the Ravens open as three points favorites…




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2012, 2013 NFL Game Opening Drive Study

By Alex Kozora This past weekend, Dave Bryan posted an article containing Ben Roethlisberger’s career numbers on opening drives.  And as he wrote and a reader posted, a more full-fledged idea came out of it. Statistics are all relative. On the surface, it’s difficult to gauge how impressive Roethlisberger’s performance…


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Steelers Film Room: Reading Hats On The Goalline

By Alex Kozora Throughout the rest of the offseason, we’ll examine specific plays from the Pittsburgh Steelers 2013 season. We won’t be focusing so much on individual play, though that inevitably comes with any breakdown, but instead, we will focus on concepts used in the pro game to show not just what…



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Albert Breer: Lessons Learned On The New Salary Cap Realities

The monetary landscape for players and teams has changed a fair bit since the lockout a few seasons ago. The uncapped year created opportunities for some, and problems for others—even later on down the road. When the new Collective Bargaining Agreement was reached, the salary cap was kept low for…



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The Pessimist’s Take – More Quarters?

For a team facing so much adversity in the past season and heading into the next with a litany of questions to address, it’s natural to consider the issues and how they can either go right or wrong, as well as how they will affect  the broader dynamics and future…



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Steelers Super Bowl Grief Kit

By Michael K. Reynolds I am not a fan of the Super Bowl. At least not when the Pittsburgh Steelers aren’t in the big game. Truth be told, I’m not much of a football fan. I am a Steelers fan. Many years ago I had a friend who swore he was the…


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The Salary Cap And The Decline Of The Meritorious Contract

By Matthew Marczi Yesterday, I utilized a quick study from the salary cap specialist website Over the Cap to discuss the nature of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ financial roster-building philosophy and how it was altered, understandably, following recent Super Bowl success over the past decade, which includes two championships in three…


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Ravens Hire Gary Kubiak To Be Their New Offensive Coordinator

Just like the Pittsburgh Steelers this offseason, the Baltimore Ravens are also making changes to their offensive coaching staff and on Monday they announced the hiring of former Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak as their new offensive coordinator. Kubiak replaces Jim Caldwell, who left to become the head coach…