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Steelers vs Bengals II Second Half Notes And Observations

Below are my notes and observations of the first half of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 27-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in the season finale on Sunday. The Bengals opened up the second half from the 30 after a good return. The Steelers were able to clamp down on the run,…


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Replacing Le’Veon Bell In Pass Protection

If Le’Veon Bell can’t go Sunday, his loss will be felt in several ways. What he offers the Pittsburgh Steelers outside of being a runner can’t be overstated. Without Bell, serious concerns – legitimate ones – have been raised about making up for his ability to pass protect. As Mike…



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Focus Turns To Josh Harris For Steelers In Running Game

Based on eyewitness reports, it doesn’t look all that encouraging. That Le’Veon Bell will be able to play on Saturday night for the Pittsburgh Steelers, that is. Dale Lolley, for example, wrote earlier yesterday that he seemed he could barely walk. Of course, he’s 22-years old, and naturally in excellent…


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Steelers vs Chiefs Film Review: Maurkice Pouncey

Even though the Pittsburgh Steelers as a whole struggled to run the ball on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs, not everybody had a rough day working in the ground game. Newly minted Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey, in fact, put in some good work in that department working against…


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Steelers Vs. Chiefs Game Rewind – Second Half

Week 16 game observations from the Pittsburgh Steelers 20-12 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. Second Half – Darrius Heyward-Bey with a tackle on the opening second half KO. Again, great day from him and a big reason why the Chiefs’ dangerous kick returners were held in check. – Nice…


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Steelers Vs. Chiefs Game Rewind – First Half

Week 16 game observations from the Pittsburgh Steelers 20-12 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. First Half – Kick return. Front five: Arthur Moats, Vince Williams, Robert Golden, Terence Garvin, Shamarko Thomas. Michael Palmer/Stephon Tuitt (replacing the injured Matt Spaeth), Cody Wallace/Will Johnson, with Josh Harris serving as the upback…


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Steelers vs Chiefs Second Half Notes And Observations

Below are my notes and observations of the second half of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 20-12 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. On the Chiefs’ third play, they just missed a home run hitter to Albert Wilson, who got behind Antwon Blake in the middle of the field. Alex Smith was…


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Steelers vs Chiefs First Half Notes And Observations

Below are my notes and observations of the first half of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 20-12 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. The Steelers opened with the power counter run on their opening play, with David DeCastro pulling to his left, even without Matt Spaeth, Michael Palmer took his place. On this…


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Steelers Make Do Without Matt Spaeth Using Tackle Eligible Mike Adams

Third-year Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Mike Adams had spent three straight weeks in the starting lineup filling in for the injured Marcus Gilbert at right tackle, and he certainly didn’t win any awards for his efforts. With Gilbert returning, Adams would have ordinarily returned to the bench, but because tight…


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Steelers Film Room: Kansas City Chiefs Scouting Report

Scouting report on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Week 16 opponent, the Kansas City Chiefs. OFFENSE – Alex Smith leads the bunch. You can call him a “game manager” and it’s true this isn’t a vertical offense but he’s still been a good QB. After throwing three picks in Week One, he’s…


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Steelers vs Falcons Film Review: Counter Power

The Pittsburgh Steelers found great success against the Bengals using the counter power with the pulling guard two weeks ago. Of course, it’s a play that they’ve run throughout the season, but it took on a greater stature following its clinical application on the field in Cincinnati. The offensive line,…


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Steelers Vs. Falcons Game Rewind – Second Half

Breakdown of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 27-20 win over the Atlanta Falcons in Week 15. Second Half – 46 yard completion to Devin Hester to begin the second half. Eight in the box for the Steelers with a safety blitz. Only two defenders to the screen side on the catch. Schematic…


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Steelers Vs. Falcons Game Rewind – First Half

Breakdown of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 27-20 win over the Atlanta Falcons in Week 15. First Half – Kick return unit. Front five: Arthur Moats, Vince Williams, Robert Golden, Sean Spence, Antwon Blake. Matt Spaeth/Michael Palmer, Cody Wallace/Will Johnson form the wedge, and Josh Harris served as the upback for Markus…


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Steelers Showing Versatility In Offensive Personnel, Usage

The Pittsburgh Steelers may still pass more than they run the ball, the offense still feels as though it has been more balanced than it has in recent years. Offensive coordinator Todd Haley has done of good job of varying personnel packages and being multiple from those packages, in addition…


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Steelers vs Falcons First Half Notes And Observations

Below are my notes and observations of the first half of the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-20 victory over the Atlanta Falcons. The Steelers opened the game in a running set, with three tight ends on the field, and threw a completion for nine yards. The same formation stayed on the field…


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David Todd: Quick Thoughts: Steelers Versus Falcons

The Pittsburgh Steelers continued their December playoff push with a 27-20 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday in the Georgia Dome. The win raised their record to 9-5 and means the team could clinch their first playoff berth in three seasons with a home win over Kansas City this…



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Steelers vs. Falcons: Player Snap Counts Week 15

Below are the initial player snap counts from the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday win over the Atlanta Falcons, according to the NFL official gamebook. As usual, we will see if any of these differ in our weekly game charting as the week progresses. These snaps do not include plays wiped out…


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A Look Ahead At The Steelers Free Agents In 2015

With three regular season games now remaining in the Pittsburgh Steelers 2014 season, it’s a perfect time to take a look at the players that will be free agents during the offseason. We will revisit this list in a few more weeks but I doubt there will be many changes…


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Steelers Vs. Bengals Game Rewind – Second Half

Game notes from the Pittsburgh Steelers 42-21 win over the Cincinnati Bengals last Sunday. Second Half – Jarvis Jones replaced Will Johnson on kick coverage to start the second. – Like Stephon Tuitt’s finish on the play, winning inside, but a poor punch that barley moves the RG off his…


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Steelers Vs. Bengals Game Rewind – First Half

By Alex Kozora Game notes from the Pittsburgh Steelers 42-21 win over the Cincinnati Bengals last Sunday. First Half – KR unit. Front five. Darrius Heyward-Bey, Robert Golden, Vince Williams, Terence Garvin, Antwon Blake. Michael Palmer/Matt Spaeth, Cody Wallace/Will Johnson. Josh Harris served as the upback for Markus Wheaton. –…


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Steelers vs Bengals I Film Review: David DeCastro

If there is one thing that the Pittsburgh Steelers have gotten out of David DeCastro consistently this season, it has been his work as a pulling run blocker. I’ve found that he has shown a number of inconsistencies in other areas, including on interior runs and in pass protection. Of…


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Steelers vs Bengals I Film Review: Matt Spaeth

Over the course of the past few games, Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Matt Spaeth has been given more playing time recently as the offense has exploited the success that they have found running one of their staple running plays, the power counter with right guard David DeCastro pulling to the…