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Steelers Enter Their Bye Weekend As 5th Seed In AFC

The Pittsburgh Steelers are on a bye this week, but they’ve managed to move up to the fifth seed in the AFC thanks to the Oakland Raiders beating the Kansas City Chiefs Thursday night. The Steelers and Chiefs currently have identical 7-4 records, but the Steelers are now the higher seed entering the weekend thanks […]

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Steelers Will Benefit From Further AFC North Cannibalism

The Pittsburgh Steelers find themselves in the unfortunate situation of being in arguably the toughest—and certainly the closest—division in football right now, with the AFC North being the only division in the league in which no team has a losing record. In fact, all four teams in the division have at least a .600 winning […]

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Numbers Crunch: Steelers vs Titans

By Alex Kozora A statistical analysis of the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-24 victory over the Tennessee Titans Monday night. – We have to start with the star of the show – Le’Veon Bell. His 33 rushes are the most by a Steeler since Rashard Mendenhall. His 204 yards rushing the most since Willie Parker in December […]

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Steelers Staying Afloat In Historically Competitive AFC North

We are now 10 weeks into the 2014 NFL season, meaning that, when it comes to the AFC North, it’s already long been a two dog race—wait, what? The Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals are 1-2 in the division? That’s right, with all teams having played at least nine games already, the Browns, at 6-3, […]

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Steelers Film Room: New York Jets Scouting Report

By Alex Kozora Brief scouting report of the New York Jets as they take on the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday afternoon. OFFENSE – Michael Vick certainly isn’t the elixir but he appears to be a stabilizing force that Geno Smith wasn’t. He’s still a threat with his legs and has gotten smarter with age, avoiding unnecessary […]

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Steelers Currently 4½ Point Road Favorites Over Jets

Now that they’ve won three straight games at home, the Pittsburgh Steelers will go on the road this week to play the 1-8 New York Jets. After initially opening up as 2½ point road favorites, the Steelers are currently favored by 4½ heading into Tuesday. The Jets will start Michael Vick at quarterback Sunday and […]

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Steelers Defense On Pace To Give Up 80 Explosive Plays In 2014

In the Sunday win over the Indianapolis Colts the Pittsburgh Steelers defense gave up seven more explosive plays of 20 yards or more and that now brings their total allowed on the season to 40. To put that number into perspective, only the Jacksonville Jaguars (44) have allowed more explosive plays so far this season. […]

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Texans Defense Stingy So Far This Season When It Comes To Giving Up Explosive Plays

When the Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Houston Texans Monday night at Heinz Field, they’ll face a defense that has done a good job at not giving up the explosive play through their first six games. According to Pro Football Reference, the Texans defense has only allowed 18 plays of 20 yards or longer so […]

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Haley Set To Face The Man He Hired To Run His Defense In Kansas City

When the Pittsburgh Steelers play the Houston Texans Monday night at Heinz Field, there will be two coordinators going against each other that know one another very well. When Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley was the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs from 2009-11, Texans defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel held that same position with […]

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2014 NFL Season Prediction Records & Standings

The 2014 NFL season is finally here as it kicks off Thursday night with the Seattle Seahawks hosting the Green Bay Packers on NBC. As I do every year, below are my record and playoff predictions for the 2014 season, but first, have a little fun by looking at my predictions from last season. While […]

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Pittsburgh Steelers 2014 Season Game Predictions

The 2014 NFL season will get underway Thursday night and before I release my predictions for what I believe will happen around the league this year, here is my game by game prediction for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Week 1 – Cleveland Browns (home) – Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has owned the Browns over the years and […]

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Roethlisberger Expecting To Play Entire First Half Against Eagles

The Pittsburgh Steelers have a short week to prepare for their Thursday night game against the Philadelphia Eagles but quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is readying himself to play the entire first half, according to Scott Brown of ESPN.com. Roethlisberger wll likely be surrounded by the rest of the first-team offense on the road against the Eagles […]

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Steelers Invest In Special Teams Stability With Shaun Suisham Deal

Coming into training camp, the Pittsburgh Steelers faced a situation in which they had five current starters slated to hit free agency after this season was over, following extensions given to center Maurkice Pouncey, safety Troy Polamalu, and tight end Heath Miller. With their starting right tackle, their best pass rusher, and both starting cornerbacks […]

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Future HOF TE Tony Gonzalez Believes Position-Based Pay Is Backward

Former Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez is widely credited with helping to revolutionize the position, incorporating it more into the production of the offensive machine, rather than as an extension of the offensive line. Consequently, he holds, or has held, just about every conceivable tight end record of meaning. One […]

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Steelers Todd Haley Talks Four-Down Mode Communication, Rushing Number Targets

During a recent interview with Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley talked about the importance of him knowing from head coach Mike Tomlin before a drive starts whether or not he would have the luxury of going for it on fourth down. “As a play caller, when I was […]

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Free Agent CB Brandon Flowers Signs With Chargers

As expected, free agent cornerback Brandon Flowers has found a new team to play for and it’s not the Pittsburgh Steelers. According to several Twitter reports, Flowers has agreed on a one-year contract with the San Diego Chargers after visiting with them last week. Flowers was released a few weeks ago by the Kansas City […]

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Report: Free Agent CB Brandon Flowers Has No Plans To Visit Steelers

Free agent cornerback Brandon Flowers remains unsigned following his Thursday visit with the San Diego Chargers, but according to a Friday report, he isn’t currently scheduled to visit with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Scott Brown of ESPN.com reports Friday that according to a source of his, the former Kansas City Chiefs cornerback has no plans to […]

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In Need Of Cornerback Depth, Ravens Sign Veterans Aaron Ross, Dominique Franks

In an effort to strengthen their depth at the cornerback position, the Baltimore Ravens signed two veteran free agents on Friday. Signed to the Ravens roster were cornerbacks Aaron Ross and Dominique Franks and the two are expected to push Chykie Brown and Asa Jackson for the No. 3 and No. 4 spots on the […]

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Steelers Film Room: Running The Mesh

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 happened, but why it happened. […]

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A Look Back At The Injury History Of Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey

You knew as soon as Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey was signed to a contract extension that there would be people wanting to throw the injury prone tag out as a reason why the team shouldn’t have locked him up. It is true that during his first four seasons in the league that Pouncey has […]

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Steelers Film Room: The Steve McLendon Myth

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 happened, but why […]

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Steelers UDFA OLB Howard Jones Possesses Speed And Chip On Shoulder

As evidenced by their selections of inside linebacker Ryan Shazier, running back/wide receiver Dri Archer and wide receiver Martavis Bryant in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers had a need for speed. That need for speed also carried over to the undrafted free agents that they signed as well with the addition of Shepherd […]

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Steelers CB Ike Taylor Thinks He Knows How New RB/WR Dri Archer Will Be Used

When the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted running back Chris Rainey in the fifth-round of the 2012 NFL Draft, many envisioned then-new offensive coordinator Todd Haley using the Florida product much in the same way that he used Dexter McCluster as a rookie in Kansas City in 2010. That didn’t work out so well as Rainey only […]

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Scat Back 3.0 – How Will Dri Archer Succeed Where Others Had Failed?

I think it’s safe to call it now. Todd Haley likes himself some scat backs. The Pittsburgh Steelers used their third-round compensatory pick to select former Kent State RB/WR/KR Dri Archer, a 5’8”, 170 lbs. bullet with 4.2 speed. Initial opinions on Archer seem to be split down a divide based primarily on whether or […]

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Observations On The Steelers’ 2014 Schedule

The NFL is continually stretching out its offseason, despite the new cycle already being 365 days a year, by turning casual news and dates into significant events. From extending the draft to three days, to turning the opening of the free agency period into a circus, to, most absurdly, making the schedule release a spectacle, […]

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Breakdown Of New Steelers NT Cam Thomas

By Alex Kozora Using the All-22 Coaches Tape, an evaluation of nose tackle Cam Thomas. Beginning with individual game breakdowns and notes. I watched four games of Thomas in 2013. For each, I did a pre and post snap tally. Looked at the following categories. Pre-Snap Snaps at Zero or One Tech Three Tech Five […]

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