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Ben Roethlisberger Looks To Start A New Touchdown Streak Sunday Night

The Pittsburgh Steelers were soundly beaten by the Baltimore Ravens last Thursday night in a game in which Pittsburgh only scored six points on a pair of Shaun Suisham field goals. It didn’t help that three of the Steelers’ possessions ended in turnovers, with two of them occurring deep in Ravens territory. Somewhat lost in […]

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Steelers vs Ravens Film Review: Cam Thomas

The Pittsburgh Steelers, at this point, are basically starting Cam Thomas at left defensive end because they are waiting for either Stephon Tuitt to be ready mentally or for Brett Keisel to be ready physically to be a starter. That’s my working theory, anyway, because he would certainly be of better service to this unit […]

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Steelers vs Ravens Film Review Steve McLendon

Membership numbers of the Steve McLendon Is Not A Nose Tackle support group may have taken a hit following last Thursday’s loss by the Pittsburgh Steelers, who fell 26-6 to the Baltimore Ravens in a game in which the second-year starter was most certainly the defense’s best player. Suffice it to say that the Ravens’ […]

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Steelers vs Ravens Film Review: Maurkice Pouncey

During his rookie season in 2013, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell averaged just 3.5 yards per carry. Through two games into his second season, he’s been accumulating yardage at a rate of 5.3 yards per clip. One logical assumption would be that the Steelers’ offensive line has made great strides in its run-blocking from […]

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Steelers vs Ravens Film Review: David DeCastro

For the Pittsburgh Steelers, most of the offensive line had a fairly quiet evening in pass protection against the Baltimore Ravens, excepting Marcus Gilbert and Ramon Foster. The rest gave up a pressure here and there, but otherwise were solid. Yet even though the Steelers managed to average 5.5 yards per carry—four of which came […]

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Steelers vs Ravens Film Review: Markus Wheaton

Markus Wheaton may have only gained 38 yards on his five receptions against the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night, but the second-year Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver continued to show that he has the potential to be a serious weapon for Ben Roethlisberger and the offense, both now and in the future. Through two games, the […]

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Steelers vs Ravens Film Review: Justin Brown

With Lance Moore sidelined with a groin injury for the first two weeks of the season, Pittsburgh Steelers first-year wide receiver Justin Brown has gotten the opportunity to log over 100 snaps through the first two games of his career. Against the Cleveland Browns in the season opener, the 6’3” Brown caught three of four […]

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Steelers Boast A Top 10 WR Tandem According To Pro Football Focus

In his first four seasons in the league, Antonio Brown has already gone to the Pro Bowl twice. Last season, he was named to the All-Pro team after storming past the Pittsburgh Steelers’ single-season record for receiving yards, and nearly tying the franchise single-season record for receptions in the process. The only reason, perhaps, that […]

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Only Uncharted Territory In Recent Domestic Violence Cases Is Public Scrutiny

The National Football League has long been able to turn a blind eye to many of its athletes’ moral and ethical indiscretions in the past. It certainly wasn’t much of an issue to avoid before the advent of social media. It has become increasingly difficult to do so since then, but, by and large, the […]

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League’s Fumbling Of Ray Rice Punishment Puts NFLPA In An Awkward Position

Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice and the NFL Players’ Association have filed an appeal against the indefinite suspension that the league has imposed upon him following the release of footage showing him striking his now-wife Janay Palmer in a hotel elevator back in February. Some might question how the NFLPA could ever stand […]

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Steelers vs Ravens Film Review: Le’Veon Bell

I can’t imagine anybody arguing against the fact that second-year running back Le’Veon Bell has been the Pittsburgh Steelers’ best weapon on offense through the team’s first two games. He is averaging over five yards per carry, and nearly 10 yards per reception, totaling over 300 yards in total offense thus far. Bell only got […]

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Steelers vs Ravens Film Review: Darrius Heyward-Bey Blocking

The Pittsburgh Steelers didn’t use Darrius Heyward-Bey often in last week’s games, though he did manage to log 16 snaps between the two. He played nine snaps on Thursday night against the Baltimore Ravens, the majority of which came toward the end of the first quarter and into the second quarter of the game. Of […]

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Steelers vs Ravens Film Review: Kelvin Beachum

Even with 13 starts now to his name as the starting left tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers, there are still question marks about third-year offensive lineman Kelvin Beachum, at least in regards to his potential as a franchise player. His strength has not, and likely never will be, the running game—although left tackles rarely specialize […]

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Marcus Gilbert In Need Of A Rebound After Slow Start

Like Maurkice Pouncey, Shaun Suisham, and Cortez Allen, right tackle Marcus Gilbert was signed to a new long-term deal tying him to the Pittsburgh Steelers for the next several seasons. Gilbert’s deal came after two strong efforts in the first two preseason games. He was perhaps the team’s best lineman during the exhibition efforts. Since […]

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Steelers vs Ravens Film Review: The 4-6-1 Look

Last Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, the Pittsburgh Steelers surrendered three red zone touchdowns in five red zone trips, including two touchdowns in both goal to go situations en route to giving up 27 points. Perhaps in response to that poor showing, the Steelers broke out a new look on Thursday against the Baltimore Ravens […]

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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 pieces in free agency. With […]

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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 in the final years of […]

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WR Runs Prove Effective For Steelers Offense

When it came to the ground game, the Pittsburgh Steelers remained fairly traditional in attacking the Cleveland Browns’ front seven in the season opener. Even on Dri Archer’s one carry of the game, there was little trickery involved, with a simple toss on an inside zone run that went for four yards. Excluding a couple […]

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Steelers, Brown, Should Benefit From Return Of Lance Moore

Over the course of the first two weeks of the 2014 regular season, wide receiver Justin Brown has logged 112 of a possible 132 snaps for the Pittsburgh Steelers, a year after spending all of his rookie season on the practice squad. For his efforts, he’s caught four of eight targets for 44 yards, including […]

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Lack Of Touches For Le’Veon Bell Comes In Another Steelers Defeat

During the Pittsburgh Steelers’ season-opening squeak-by victory over the Cleveland Browns, the team managed to extend its record to 6-0 whenever running back Le’Veon Bell receives 20 or more carries or 25 or more total touches. After Thursday night’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens, the Steelers are now 3-6 when his totals fall below those […]

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FB/TE Will Johnson Struggling To Get On The Field

One of the big story lines during spring practices and training camp for the Pittsburgh Steelers, at least to me, was the coaching staff’s decision to use fullback Will Johnson as a tight end, having him attend tight end meetings and work with the group during practice. The idea was that the Steelers would be […]

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Steelers Throwing Different Players, Looks At The Problem

Traditionally, Dick LeBeau’s Pittsburgh Steelers defense has not often deviated far from standard personnel looks, nor engaged in an excessive amount of rotation outside of the defensive line during a game. The veteran defensive coordinator seems to be relying on switching up looks and personnel more frequently these days. No doubt that has a lot […]

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Defensive Left Side Falling Behind Against The Run

Few people had much positive to say when the Pittsburgh Steelers signed free agent Cam Thomas, even back when the assumption was that he would inherit Al Woods’ role as a swing backup defensive end and nose tackle. It was believed at the time that the Steelers would pursue a starting alternative in free agency. […]

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Lawrence Timmons’ Struggles Tied To Defensive Woes

For two straight weeks, one of the biggest issues plaguing the Pittsburgh Steelers defense has been a seeming inability to tackle the ball carrier, whether it was either a result of missing a hole or missing a tackle. Although Cortez Allen has given him a run for his money, no individual player has been more […]

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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 Joe Flacco, forcing him to […]

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Steelers vs Ravens First Half Notes And Observations

Below are my notes and observations upon reviewing the first half of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 26-6 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Fullback Will Johnson played one snap—the first snap—for the entire game. He has three snaps for the season now. The going was tough for Le’Veon Bell early in the game. Most of his early […]

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