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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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LaMarr Woodley Continues Career-Best Pace As Pass Rusher

By Matthew Marczi LaMarr Woodley did not register a sack for the second straight week after reeling off one per game for five straight weeks, but that doesn’t mean that he failed to bring the pressure when presented the opportunity. In fact, he probably would have had a sack had Cameron Heyward not gotten to […]

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Steelers Defensive Woes Against The Patriots Can Be Traced Back To First Downs

In the Pittsburgh Steelers 55-31 loss Sunday to the New England Patriots, the defensive woes can generally be traced back to their poor play on first down. The Patriots offense ran 38 plays on first down for a 10.71 average per play and 15 of those plays produced 10 first downs and five touchdowns. Per […]

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Breaking Down The Breakdown By Polamalu On The Patriots First Touchdown

On the New England Patriots first touchdown of the game Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers, safety Troy Polamalu was worked over pretty good by quarterback Tom Brady and below is a breakdown of the breakdown. On the first down play, the Patriots are in 11 personnel with two wide receivers to the left and one […]

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With The Steelers Season In Flames – Ten Questions That Demand An Answer

By Michael K Reynolds Not only have the Pittsburgh Steelers thinned their playoff chances down to a mathematical miracle over the weekend, they did so with historic flare. With the worst defensive effort in Black and Gold history, the team is not only out of it, but appears to be drifting in the wrong direction. […]

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The Terrible Podcast – Talking Steelers Patriots Recap & More Episode

Season 4, Episode 41 of The Terrible Podcast is up and co-host David Todd and I get right into recapping the Pittsburgh Steelers 55-31 loss Sunday to the New England Patriots. We spend a lot of time talking about both sides of the football and go over the poor play by several individuals in the […]

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Cotchery, Foster, Heyward And Woodley Receive Top Grades From PFF For Play Against Patriots

The grades are in from Pro Football Focus and according to their breakdowns, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery and guard Ramon Foster were the top offensive players in the Sunday loss to the New England Patriots while defensive end Cameron Heyward (3.0), linebacker Lamarr Woodley (2.7), defensive end Brett Keisel (2.1), linebacker Vince Williams […]

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Steelers Offensive And Defensive Snap Counts From Week 9 – Patriots

Below are the snaps counts from the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday 55-31 loss to the New England Patriots along with some observations Backup tight end Michael Palmer saw three snaps on offense and David Paulson saw zero. That certainly tells you what they think of Paulson right now. Even though he was demoted, Jarvis Jones played […]

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Steelers Versus Patriots Winners And Losers

The Pittsburgh Steelers lost to the New England Patriots 55-31 on Sunday and below is my list of winners and losers from the game. Feel free to add your own in the comments below and I do expect a ton of them. Winners: Jerricho Cotchery – Seven catches for 96 yards and three touchdowns makes […]

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Roethlisberger Says They Were Going To Have To Drag Him Out Of The Game

After the New England Patriots scored their final touchdown to go up 55-31 with 2:49 left in the game, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger returned to the field for the final offensive series instead of backup Bruce Gradkowski. After the game, head coach Mike Tomlin was asked about the decision to let his veteran quarterback, […]

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Polamalu: “When Tom (Brady) Is On Fire It Doesn’t Really Matter Who’s Out There”

Following the Pittsburgh Steelers 55-31 loss Sunday to the New England Patriots, you can bet that there will be several notable player quotes that surface and safety Troy Polamalu has already weighed in with a few of his own. After giving up a franchise record 610 yards of offense, Polamalu was asked if he knew […]

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