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Steelers CB Antwon Blake Expects To Play Ahead Of Cortez Allen Sunday Night

While Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that he still has confidence in cornerback Cortez Allen after benching him late in the Sunday game against the Indianapolis Colts, it appears as though the struggling defensive back has lost his spot in the nickel sub package for the upcoming game Sunday night against the […]

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Ravens Injury Report: TE Owen Daniels Returns To Practice Wednesday

The Baltimore Ravens have now released their first injury report for the game Sunday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field and it shows that several players failed to practice Wednesday. Sitting out Wednesday were wide receiver Michael Campanaro (hamstring), running back Justin Forsett (ankle), defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (shin), cornerback Jimmy Smith (foot), […]

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Steelers Injury Report: Gilbert, McLendon, Thomas All Practice Fully Wednesday

The Pittsburgh Steelers have now wrapped up their Wednesday practice as they prepare to play the Baltimore Ravens Sunday night at Heinz Field and the first injury report of the week has now been released. Not practicing Wednesday were tight end Matt Spaeth (hamstring) and safety Ross Ventrone (hamstring). Ventrone is not expected to be […]

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The Terrible Podcast – Talking Steelers Ravens With John Eisenberg, Tomlin Recap & More Episode

Season 5, Episode 37  of The Terrible Podcast is now up and David Todd and I get started in this episode by talking about the NFL trade deadline and ways to possibly encourage more moves to be made in the future. Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin had his weekly press conference Tuesday and we talk about him praising […]

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Mike Tomlin Thinks Antonio Brown Is The J.J. Watt Of Wide Receivers

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown currently leads the NFL with 60 catches and is second with 852 receiving yards. As previously noted, if Brown somehow duplicates those numbers in the second half of the season, he’ll easily set new franchise records in several receiving statistical categories. Brown continues to be one of the league’s […]

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Steelers To Continue Using Different Combinations At Inside Linebacker

Pittsburgh Steelers rookie linebacker Ryan Shazier retuned to the field Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts after missing the previous four games with a right knee injury. However, even though he returned to action, the Steelers first-round draft pick still played five less snaps than Vince Williams did in that game. According to head coach Mike […]

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Steelers Think Ike Taylor Can Help Cortez Allen Bounce Back From Benching

Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Cortez Allen played so poorly Sunday in the win over the Indianapolis Colts that it resulted in him being benched late in the fourth quarter in favor of Antwon Blake. During his Tuesday press conference, head coach Mike Tomlin was asked whether or not he still has confidence in his struggling cornerback. […]

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Steelers Injury Report: Team Likely To Get Thomas, Gilbert, McLendon Back For Ravens Game

The Pittsburgh Steelers will host the Baltimore Ravens Sunday in a key AFC North matchup and it looks like the team will get several key players back this week from injury. During his Tuesday press conference, head coach Mike Tomlin said he expects safety Shamarko Thomas (hamstring) to return this week from the hamstring injury […]

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Steelers Open Week As Slight Favorites Over Ravens

As the NFL enters Week 9 of the 2014 season, several online betting sites currently have the Pittsburgh Steelers favored by one point over the Baltimore Ravens. The Sunday night game at Heinz Field matches two teams both sporting 5-3 records and two divisional loses against each other. If the Steelers lose Sunday night they […]

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Ravens CB Jimmy Smith To Miss Steelers Game With Foot Sprain

When the Baltimore Ravens line up to play the Pittsburgh Steelers next Sunday night at Heinz Field they will be without their best player in their secondary. During his Monday press conference, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh told the media that starting cornerback Jimmy Smith will be sidelined “for a few weeks” with a foot […]

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Guy Whimper Against The New England Patriots

By Matthew Marczi Considering the fact that both Marcus Gilbert and Mike Adams are questionable to play today, there is a strong possibility that we will be seeing even more of Guy Whimper. Although he had a fairly quiet game against the New England Patriots—in the good sense—he did have some issues at guard. The […]

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Vince Williams Against The New England Patriots

By Matthew Marczi Outside of coming up short on a tackle at the goal line that helped allow a Stevan Ridley touchdown, Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Vince Williams played a solid game against the New England Patriots. Much of the damage that New England inflicted on the ground—as well as through the air—came against the […]

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Inside The Tape: Breakdown Of Steelers Versus Patriots

By Alex Kozora Game notes from the Pittsburgh Steelers loss to the New England Patriots. CLICK ON ANY PICTURE TO ENLARGE First Half – Kick return unit: Vince Williams, Shamarko Thomas, Will Allen, Antwon Blake, Terence Garvin, Michael Palmer, David Paulson, Al Woods/Cam Heyward forming the wedge, and Jonathan Dwyer/Felix Jones as upback/kick returner. – […]

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Jason Worilds Productive Against The Pass In New England

By Matthew Marczi Even though the Pittsburgh Steelers were soundly beaten by the New England Patriots in their last game, not everything is worth scrapping for the sake of starting over from scratch. Within that terrible collective effort were some individual performances worth taking a look at to see what it holds for the future, […]

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Ramon Foster Developing Into An Asset In Pass Protection

By Matthew Marczi Because of his unheralded entrance into the team and his lack of pedigree, left guard Ramon Foster has by and large gone unnoticed amidst the attention and scrutiny paid the other linemen, whether it is due to their draft positions and expectations or the fact that they are expected to step in […]

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Patriots Exploited Coverage Mismatches With Rob Gronkowski

By Matthew Marczi Pretty much every armchair defensive coordinator watching the Pittsburgh Steelers take on the New England Patriots this past Sunday was probably scratching his head watching the Steelers and their attempts to defend All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski. For much of the game, it was small defensive backs like William Gay and Shamarko […]

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Cameron Heyward’s Impact Lost Amidst Historic Beating

By Matthew Marczi It is no secret that Pittburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward has really blossomed in his third season. This began before his promotion to starter; in fact, it is what led to the promotion. With the increased snaps, however, he has gotten the opportunity to make a bigger impact on games. It […]

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Steve McLendon Not The Issue In Run Defense

By Matthew Marczi Despite the fact that the Pittsburgh Steelers have given up a wealth of yardage on the ground over the course of the past two weeks—nearly 400, in fact—it is my belief that the primary culprit behind this issue is not Steve McLendon and the defensive line. The inside linebackers this season have […]

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Breakdown Of Steelers LB Jarvis Jones Versus Patriots

By Alex Kozora This week, a look at the performance of Pittsburgh Steelers rookie outside linebacker Jarvis Jones against the New England Patriots. CLICK ON ANY PICTURE TO ENLARGE First Drive Snaps: 1 Run: 0 Rush/Drop: 1/0 Play-by-Play 1. 3rd and 14, 6:50 1st. Lined up at ILB with Lawrence Timmons outside. Jones and Cameron […]

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2013 NFL Week 9 TOX Stats

Week 10 begins Thursday night and below are your weekly TOX stats from Week 9 along with the year to date numbers. The weekly plus two TOX stat or better number finished 8-2 (80.0%) in Week 9 and that of course is the expected percentage. The year to date record for the plus two teams […]

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A Look At The Patriots Six Play Surgical Scoring Drive Against The Steelers

When going back through the all-22 tape of the Pittsburgh Steelers 55-31 loss Sunday to the New England Patriots, I keep finding myself going back to the Patriots six-play scoring drive early in the second quarter as it really set the tone for the rest of the game. The scariest thing about this drive is […]

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Heath Miller Was Exploited In The Running Game By The Patriots

By Matthew Marczi After tight end Heath Miller had a terrific game in the run-blocking department against the Minnesota Vikings earlier this season, I elected to work under the false assumption that he was able to round into form earlier from his knee injury than anticipated. Since then, however, much of his blocking performance has […]

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Steelers Versus Patriots – Second Half Notes And Observations

By Matthew Marczi For as awful a first half as he had, Troy Polamalu made a splendid effort to separate Stevan Ridley from the ball to first off the second half. When you run wide receiver screens, it opens up the defense for screen fakes. The Steelers ran that after the fumble and it got […]

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Steelers Versus Patriots – First Half Notes And Observations

By Matthew Marczi Returner Felix Jones got things rolling by taking the opening kickoff out to the 40-yard line, but that was courtesy of some quality blocking from Vince Williams, Al Woods, and Jonathan Dwyer. The man who made the tackle escaped from Antwon Blake on the opposite side of the field and traveled a […]

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Steelers Versus Patriots Sack Breakdown

By Alex Kozora A breakdown of the five sacks the Pittsburgh Steelers allowed against the New England Patriots. 1. 3rd and 2, 12:12 1st. Shotgun, empty set. Five blocking vs a four man rush. The play was designed for the ball to come out quick, hitting Felix Jones on an “in” route (why Jones was […]

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2013 NFL Week 9 Stats – Adjusted Net Yards Per Passing Attempt Differential

You don’t need the ANY/A stats to know just how bad the 2013 season is going for the Pittsburgh Steelers, but just in case you do, below are the differential stats through the week nine games. The Steelers have been trending in the wrong direction the last few weeks and are now in jeopardy of […]

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