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Steelers Ground Game Grounded In Frequency And Efficiency

Over the past few weeks, the Pittsburgh Steelers certainly haven’t had much trouble slinging the ball through the air. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has thrown for over 250 yards in each of the last four games—including 340 in the last three, peaking at 522. The Steelers have scored 16 touchdowns on offense in that span. 15 […]

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Building A Roof Beneath A Falling Sky

The sky is falling, or so I’ve heard. The Pittsburgh Steelers lost to a team on the road with a really bad record and are now only 6-4 after 10 games played. All is surely lost. Who knows, maybe it really is, or will be, when the video time capsule of the 2014 season goes […]

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Todd Haley And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Job

In all the world of sports, sometimes it certainly seems difficult to find a job that requires a tougher skin than that of being the offensive coordinator of a football team. Even if you’re excellent at your job, you’re still a slave to the successes and failures of your players executing the plan that you […]

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‘On The Road Again’ Not A Good Theme For Steelers Offense

For the fourth time this season, the Pittsburgh Steelers have scored under 20 points—and under 15 points on offense. In each of those instances, the settings of these sad performances have all been away from Heinz Field. In the second game of the season, the Steelers accumulated a season-low six points against the Baltimore Ravens. […]

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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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Martavis Bryant And The Risk-Reward Pendulum

We have seen instances in every game that he has played so far that rookie wide receiver Martavis Bryant is still clearly raw. Some lazy route running in the red zone on Sunday against the New York Jets caused Ben Roethlisberger to throw his first interception in four games, since before the Pittsburgh Steelers’ impressive […]

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Steelers Need Brown To Recover Quickly Over Lost Fumbles

79 receptions. 1070 yards. Eight touchdowns. By all measures, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown is having himself a stellar season that has him on pace to break many of the franchise’s receiving records, several of which he set himself just last season. But one of the more remarkable facts about his performance this year […]

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Markus Wheaton The Latest Candidate In Kick Return Roulette

One of the most consistently dire areas for the Pittsburgh Steelers this season has been on special teams returns, and, more specifically, kickoff returns. Dri Archer had his chances, and then LeGarrette Blount was given his opportunity. Finally, the straw that broke the camel’s back finally dropped yesterday, and the Steelers chose to put Markus […]

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Lowly Jets Turn The Tables, And the Ball, Over On Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers defense failed to record a turnover in either of their first two games of the season this year. But after that, they went seven straight games with at least one, notching multiple in several games. Two of those went for touchdowns off of interceptions (the special teams unit added another touchdown off […]

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Steelers vs Jets Second Half Live Update And Discussion Thread

As much as many have talked about this game against the New York Jets as potentially dangerous for the Pittsburgh Steelers, nobody in their right mind would have thought they would enter halftime trailing 17-3 thanks to three turnovers, including two fumbles by Antonio Brown. The Steelers did get a late swing as the Jets missed a 45-yard […]

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Steelers vs Jets First Half Live Update And Discussion Thread

The Pittsburgh Steelers are riding a season-best three-game winning streak on the back of Ben Roethlisberger‘s stellar streak, having thrown 14 touchdown passes in the last three games. The team takes on the 1-8 New York Jets with a depleted secondary, and is very much expecting to grab sole possession of first place in the AFC North a […]

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Steelers vs Jets – What To Watch For On Defense

The Pittsburgh Steelers are currently riding a three-game winning streak, with each victory more convincing than the last, against seemingly quality opponents. They are three games over .500 for the first time since the middle of the 2012 season, after which they proceeded to drop 11 out of their subsequent 15 games. But they are […]

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Steelers vs Jets – What To Watch For On Offense

The Pittsburgh Steelers are currently riding a three-game winning streak, with each victory more convincing than the last, against seemingly quality opponents. They are three games over .500 for the first time since the middle of the 2012 season, after which they proceeded to drop 11 out of their subsequent 15 games. But they are […]

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Steelers vs Ravens II Film Review: Ramon Foster

Pittsburgh Steelers left guard Ramon Foster missed two games earlier this season with an injury. He suddenly got healthy after the offensive line paved the way for a massive 250+ rushing yard day against the Carolina Panthers, and he has played pretty well since then over the next four games. That wasn’t quite the case […]

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Steelers vs Ravens II Film Review: Antonio Brown

What exactly can you say at this point about Antonio Brown that hasn’t already been said? What left is there for him to show that he hasn’t yet? He makes highlight reel touchdown catches, is deadly in the open field, and his sharp routes leave cornerbacks dizzy. His 2013 campaign was exceptional, recording 110 receptions […]

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Steelers vs Ravens II Film Review: Sean Spence And Vince Williams

Although it’s certainly not new territory for the Pittsburgh Steelers this season, they will once again be without the services of their sole rookie starter this year, inside linebacker Ryan Shazier, who is missing his fifth game of the season with a new injury. Both injuries that he has gone through during the regular season […]

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Steelers vs Ravens II Film Review: Cam Thomas

Even though the Pittsburgh Steelers defense did manage to hold the Baltimore Ravens offense to just 16 points on Sunday—and one of their two touchdowns came as the result of a fumble recovered at the Steelers’ 33-yard line—I’m still going to take a look at Cam Thomas and his role as a starter, and whether […]

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MMQB Tries To Tackle Reasons Behind Roethlisberger’s Historic Production

Greg Bedard self-describes himself as the “Wet Blanket of Reason”, getting to the heart of matters without emotional bias, leaving behind only the facts and statistics as his guide. Now writing for Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback, Bedard has embarked on a new feature installment called “Settle This”, in which he takes questions from readers […]

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Steelers vs Ravens II Film Review: Maurkice Pouncey

Even though the Pittsburgh Steelers managed to take the ball across the goal line six times once again on offense for the second week in a row, it wouldn’t necessarily be accurate to ascribe that too much to the offensive line as a whole. The guard play in particular was lacking, and the Baltimore Ravens […]

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Steelers vs Ravens II Film Review: Matt Spaeth

When the Pittsburgh Steelers get the chance to play with the lead, they tend to like to use more 12 and 21 personnel. Sometimes they like to use two tight ends in the beginning until they’re trailing as well. But they haven’t been trailing very often recently, and the playing time for Matt Spaeth has […]

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Steelers vs Ravens II Film Review: Martavis Bryant

There’s no contesting the fact that the Pittsburgh Steelers’ offense has benefited greatly with the injection of 6’4” rookie wide receiver Martavis Bryant into the rotation over the past three weeks. The team has produced 15 touchdowns on the offensive side of the ball in that span, and five of them have gone to him. […]

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Steelers Must Answer One Question: Can They Score On The Road?

These past three games have been nothing short of an offensive revelation for the Pittsburgh Steelers, accumulating 15 touchdown drives behind Ben Roethlisberger, all through the air, though one of those 15 touchdown passes was thrown by the man who has eight of them himself, Antonio Brown. In that span, the Steelers have put up […]

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Steelers So Far Getting Away With Playing Nickel Corners Outside

The Pittsburgh Steelers officially unveiled the Munchkin Bunch of cornerbacks in earnest earlier this week in a victory over the rival Baltimore Ravens, in which each of the team’s three corners on the field stood at 5’10 or shorter. How did this come to be, when the Steelers’ two starting cornerbacks at the beginning of […]

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Steelers vs Ravens II Second Half Notes And Observations

Below are my notes and observations of the second half of the Pittsburgh Steelers 43-23 victory over the Baltimore Ravens. The Steelers opened the second half in a three tight end look, something that they turn to more frequently with the lead. Will Johnson caught the ball on first down, but for only a yard. […]

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Steelers vs Ravens II First Half Notes And Observations

Below are my notes and observations of the first half of the Pittsburgh Steelers 43-23 victory over the Baltimore Ravens. On the first play of the game, Cameron Heyward smashed through a double team to make a tackle for loss. A pair of receptions to tight end Owen Daniels, fresh off a minor cleanup on […]

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Antwon Blake Steps Up For Steelers In Sub-Package

After a string of frustratingly inconsistent games from starting cornerback Cortez Allen, the Pittsburgh Steelers made the tough decision to demote him to sub-package duty three games ago against the Houston Texans. The move seemed to make sense at the time. Replacing him in the starting lineup was Brice McCain, who’d spent his entire career […]

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