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  • "Man, the Pittsburgh Steelers need a new (bleep)ing offensive coordinator, this guy sucks. Coach Tomlin, this is Snoop Dogg, man, fire that mother (bleep)er and get us a real offensive coordinator. We ain't won a playoff game since we had this mother (bleep)er, man. (bleep)."
    - Snoop Dogg
  • Standings

    • Bengals 9 - 4 - 1
    • Steelers 9 - 5
    • Ravens 9 - 5
    • Browns 7 - 9

    Schedule & Recap

    • 9/7 Cleveland
      30 - 27 : W

      The Steelers hold off the Browns in the season opener, and Antonio Brown picks up a $8200 fine for the Karate Kid Crane Kick during a punt return. Read More.

      STATISTICS

      Ben Roethlisberger:
      23/34, 365 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT

      LeVeon Bell:
      109 yards rushing, 1 TD, 6 receptions, 88 yards

      Antonio Brown:
      5 receptions, 116 yards, 1 TD

      Defense:
      183 rushing yards allowed, 206 receiving yards allowed, 3 sacks

    • 9/11 @Baltimore
      26 - 6 : L

      The Steelers defense looked older than ever. The lack of a stout defensive line could continue to cause problems, not to mention only scoring 9 points in their last 6 quarters of play. Read More.

      STATISTICS

      Ben Roethlisberger:
      22/37, 217 yards, 1 INT

      LeVeon Bell:
      59 yards rushing, 5 receptions, 48 yards

      Antonio Brown:
      7 receptions, 90 yards

      Defense:
      166 rushing yards allowed, 157 receiving yards allowed

    • 9/21 @Carolina
      37 - 19 : W

      Bell and Blount ran wild in the second half to carry the Steelers to victory on the road vs. Carolina. Read More.

      STATISTICS

      Ben Roethlisberger:
      22/30, 196 yards, 2 TDs

      LeVeon Bell:
      147 yards rushing, 2 receptions, 10 yards

      LeGarrette Blount:
      118 yards rushing, 1 TD

      Antonio Brown:
      10 receptions, 90 yards, 2 TDs

      Heath Miller:
      4 receptions, 51 yards

      Marcus Wheaton:
      4 receptions, 35 yards

      Defense:
      42 rushing yards allowed, 330 receiving yards allowed, 3 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 TD

    • 9/28 Tampa Bay
      27 - 24 L

      The game against Tampa Bay was a tale of missed opportunities and a lack of discipline. Between the dropped balls, missed tackles, penalties, poor throws, unable to run out the clock and what seemed to be a team that started the game thinking this was an easy win was Louis Murphy, the man who was out of a job last week. The same Murphy who helped the Raiders stun Pittsburgh back in 2009 as a rookie with 128 yards and two touchdowns had another career performance yesterday against Pittsburgh including setting up the Bucs with the go ahead score with seconds left on the clock. It only takes one player out of eleven in any phase of the game to effect that group. Seemed yesterday that there was more than one player that missed on opportunities or had a lack in discipline that enabled Tampa Bay to capitalize, thus putting the Steelers at 2-2 to start the first month of the season. Read More.

      STATISTICS

      Ben Roethlisberger:
      29/40, 314 yards, 3 TDs

      LeVeon Bell:
      63 yards rushing, 6 receptions, 46 yards

      LeGarrette Blount:
      25 yards rushing

      Antonio Brown:
      7 receptions, 131 yards, 2 TDs

      Heath Miller:
      10 receptions, 85 yards, 1 TD

      Marcus Wheaton:
      4 receptions, 57 yards

      Defense:
      63 rushing yards allowed, 287 receiving yards allowed, 1 sack, 1 interception

    • 10/5 @Jacksonville
      17 - 9 W

      Some say in the NFL any win is a good win. Masked behind the win was an offense that didn't wake up until 14 minutes left in the first half, a defense who allowed a rookie quarterback making his home debut throwing to two rookie wide receivers and handing off to a rookie running back to hang around until there were 4 minutes left when the Steelers offense took control finally showing that they could run out the clock, on one of the worst defenses in the league (ranked 31st overall). Behind Dick Lebeau's 18-2 record against rookie quarterbacks is a defense that looks very vanilla and were fortunate to go up against a Jags O that was ranked the same as their D (31st). Gone are the corner blitzes, middle lb stunts and the shear fear that the Steelers defense once held throughout the NFL. Ben Roethlisberger may be the best player on the Steelers, but I believe the two headed monster of B squared (Bell and Blount) will prove to be a bigger factor in aiding the defenses success than Ben. The running game has proven to score, run the clock, provide the defense with rest, and keep opposing offenses one dimensional. So if not for a poor throw by a rookie quarterback that turned into 6 for the Steelers we could very easily be looking at another loss. Yes the Steelers were able keep up in the AFC North with a much needed win, but the win revealed that the Steelers still have a lot of work to do on both sides of the ball. Read More.

      STATISTICS

      Ben Roethlisberger:
      26/36, 273 yards, 1 TD

      LeVeon Bell:
      82 yards rushing, 5 receptions, 36 yards

      LeGarrette Blount:
      29 yards rushing, 3 receptions, 17 yards

      Antonio Brown:
      5 receptions, 84 yards

      Heath Miller:
      3 receptions, 46 yards

      Marcus Wheaton:
      1 reception, 17 yards

      Michael Palmer:
      1 reception, 1 yard, 1 TD

      Defense:
      56 rushing yards allowed, 187 receiving yards allowed, 1 sack, 2 interceptions, 1 Defensive TD

    • 10/12 @Cleveland
      31 - 10 L

      If you watched the Browns/Steelers games over the past decade you would have thought the two teams swapped uniforms yesterday, however unfortunately for Steeler nation they did not. Although the total yardage and time of possession favored the Steelers, the Browns were in control of the game due to many offensive "splash" plays in which Steeler defenders were either out of position or simply couldn't cover or tackle the tight ends, wide receivers or anyone else wearing a Browns jersey. Yesterday's game once again showed the talent and age of the defense, but most people wanted to talk about the offenses inability to score in the red zone, dropped passes, lack of effort on some parties and proving that Ben is not on the same page with his receivers. There is not a better example of that then his day attempting to connect with wide receiver Markus Wheaton, the same Markus Wheaton that Ben hosted in California in the offseason for throwing sessions. Markus was targeted 11 times with just 4 of those being completed. Most experts believed in the beginning of the season that the defense was going through a transition period with both new acquisitions through free agency and rookies that would need to step into the spotlight, so the onus lied on the offense to pull out games as the defense was able to do years ago. With the Browns taking a 23-3 lead into the half it all but made the Steelers offense one dimensional, and that dimension proved to be lacking in detail and execution. With the offseason activities, preseason and 5 regular season games under their belt one would think those details would be worked out. The game got to a point where you saw a veteran leader in Brett Kiesel walk off the field with an apparent knee injury with two minutes left instead of staying in the sideline to ensure that the team, especially the younger players gave 100% until the clock ran out, and an alleged comment made by the opposing quarterback that he was "a little bored". Coach Tomlin stated after the game that they would have to swallow this one. I would think that after taking it to the chin against Baltimore, losing to the hapless Buccaneers at home in the final seconds and now taking yet another chin shot yesterday, he and the team would be full. The bottom line is that this team is sloppy, undisciplined, and lacking the overall talent to win consecutive games. If this continues, coach Tomlin and/or parts of his staff may be contacting real estate agents by seasons end. Finally, for Todd Haley and his offense, many in Steeler nation think it's a shame that Bruce Arians had to "retire". No Need To Read More.

      STATISTICS

      Ben Roethlisberger:
      21/42, 228 yards, 1 TD

      LeVeon Bell:
      82 yards rushing, 4 receptions, 23 yards

      LeGarrette Blount:
      27 yards rushing

      Antonio Brown:
      7 receptions, 118 yards

      Heath Miller:
      2 receptions, 19 yards

      Marcus Wheaton:
      4 receptions, 33 yards

      Lance Moore:
      1 reception, 26 yards, 1 TD

      Defense:
      158 rushing yards allowed, 210 receiving yards allowed

    • 10/20 Houston
      30 - 23 W

      What is the definition of "soft"? Easily penetrated, divided, not tough or hard. Soft was the topic of discussion all last week leading up to the game last night. Ray Lewis chimed in on what ex-Steeler coach Bill Cowher and ex-Steeler 86 had described this years group as soft and finesse. Lewis stated that when you played the Steeler teams he went head to head with, you needed to bring two chin straps. With the Steelers team today you don't even need one. Those words looked to be proven yet again last night as the Texans ran all over the Steelers in the first quarter on their way to a 13-0 lead. Ben and the offense looked like they were picking up right where they left off last week along with J.J. Watt seeming to be primed to make another case for player of the year consideration with a sack and fumble recovery. Just when you thought this was the beginning of the end not only for the game but maybe the season, the myriad of Boos began to fade as the Steelers reignited themselves and the Heinz Field crowd with maybe the best quarter they have played all year. In a span of 2:54 the Steelers were able to score 24 unanswered points by playing anything but soft on defense as well as finesse on offense. With two turnovers, pressuring Fitzpatrick, corralling Foster and some much welcomed hard hitting, the defense was able to put the offense in position to finally exercise their touchdown demons. The offense led by Roethlisberger, was a vertical, hard running and physical unit that showed what happens when they execute and are on the same page. With touchdown passes to much needed spark in Martavis Bryant and LeVeon Bell, Ben left the other touchdown pass up the man who is usually on the end of them. Brown's pass to Lance Moore in the end zone wasn't as surprising as to realize that he's a southpaw. The Steelers defense was able to hold Foster to 29 yards the remaining three quarters and the offense muscled three field goals in the second half to provide enough cushion to reach win number 4 on the season and extend their Monday Night home game winning streak to 16. Last night has Steeler Nation wondering if this was a turnaround of a season or simply one night. With their next two games, albeit at home, are against division leaders with offenses ranked in the top 5 of the NFL. I would call that two game stretch anything but "soft". Read More.

      STATISTICS

      Ben Roethlisberger:
      23/33, 265 yards, 2 TDs

      LeVeon Bell:
      57 yards rushing, 8 receptions, 88 yards, 1 TD

      Antonio Brown:
      9 receptions, 90 yards, 1 passing TD

      Martavis Bryant:
      2 receptions, 40 yards, 1 TD

      Lance Moore:
      2 receptions, 12 yards, 1 TD

      Defense:
      132 rushing yards allowed, 261 receiving yards allowed, 1 sack, 1 interception, 2 fumble recoveries

    • 10/26 Indianapolis
      51 - 34 W

      Efficient is the staple of the Colts offense in what has defined them thus far this season. With Andrew Luck averaging 336 yards per game and ringing up 31 points per game, one would think that the Steelers offense would need to produce a record day to have any chance to become victorious in yesterday's game. The offense did just that. Led by Ben the Steelers manufactured a startling 639 yards of total offense, 522 of those coming from the strong and very accurate arm of number 7. On his way to what may be his best game ever past, present and future, Ben completed an astounding 81 percent of his passes. His passes landed in the end zone 6 times while utilizing nine different receivers to move up and down the gridiron with ease all afternoon. With the defense holding their own and only allowing Luck and company to score 3 points above their game average, they were able to make some splash plays of their own with a pick six and forced safety. You can see that both 99 and 92 are getting into "football" shape as the season goes on, which should help bolster this defense with the return of Shazier and development of Mitchell in this his first year under the Legend of Dick LeBeau. Moving forward the Steelers will need this type of performance from the offense if they want to have an opportunity to reach the tournament at seasons end. One might say the Steelers resembled the Colts of yesteryear when 18 was winning in shootouts. With the Ravens coming to town next week, the Steelers will need to show the same "efficiency" they played with in yesterday's game. Read More.

      STATISTICS

      Ben Roethlisberger:
      40/49, 522 yards, 6 TDs

      LeVeon Bell:
      94 yards rushing, 6 receptions, 56 yards

      Antonio Brown:
      10 receptions, 133 yards, 2 TDs

      Heath Miller:
      7 receptions, 112 yards, 1 TD

      Martavis Bryant:
      5 receptions, 83 yards, 2 TDs

      Lance Moore:
      2 receptions, 33 yards

      Defense:
      63 rushing yards allowed, 385 receiving yards allowed, 2 sacks, 2 interceptions - 1 for a TD, 1 safety

    • 11/2 Baltimore
      43 - 23 W

      It was the game that Joe Greene chose to retire his jersey. A game that everyone knew was going to resemble a back alley brawl pitting the Ravens against the Steelers. A game fitting for the era that #75 dominated. The game itself and more importantly the Steelers did not disappoint. It was hard hitting, penalty laden and at times bone crushing. In the midst of the chaos last night were two special performances by players that at the beginning of the season were heading in opposite directions. How does #7 follow up a 6 touchdown game against the colts you may ask? Well he throws 6 more to five different receivers. In a game where the running game could not budge arguably the best front seven in football, Ben took the offense, tossed it like a sack filled with some very talented young wide receivers over his shoulder and ventured through the Ravens secondary as if he were on vacation in the Alps. He was in such a zone that not even a cheap shot by Upshaw or trash talking by Suggs was going to impede the rhythm he had found in the second quarter that carried he and the offense throughout the balance of last night's showdown with the NFL's top five ranked defense. Then you have a guy who at the beginning of the year was sitting on a couch until just after week three, of the regular season. James Harrison not only showed flashes of his former MVP self, he also had Joe Flacco seeing flashbacks of earlier years when 92 wreaked havoc on his blind side. His two sacks does not come close to the impact he had on Flacco and the Ravens offense. A night where Pittsburgh, not just the Steelers, were celebrating one of the greatest defensive players of all time. Flacco began looking rattled with a minute left to go in the first half where James and company carried that wave of terror into the third quarter and beyond. With Cortez Allen eating popcorn, watching on the sidelines and 43 out with a knee injury, the younger guys and backups proved their mettle and held Steve Smith to 36 yards receiving. In fact, no Ravens receiver was able to capture the century mark against this spunky secondary which was helped by a relentless pass rush led by 36 year old James Harrison. The Steelers sit in second place of the division at 6-3. The next two weeks of games scheduled within the division could prove beneficial for the Steelers to leap over Cincinnati. If they continue to play the way they have as of late, it will make even "Mean" Joe, well... happy. Read More.

      STATISTICS

      Ben Roethlisberger:
      25/37, 340 yards, 6 TDs

      LeVeon Bell:
      20 yards rushing, 5 receptions, 38 yards, 1 TD

      Antonio Brown:
      11 receptions, 144 yards, 1 TD

      Marcus Wheaton:
      2 receptions, 62 yards, 1 TD

      Heath Miller:
      1 reception, 14 yards

      Martavis Bryant:
      3 receptions, 44 yards, 2 TDs

      Matt Spaeth:
      1 reception, 33 yards, 1 TD

      Defense:
      63 rushing yards allowed, 269 receiving yards allowed, 4 sacks, 1 interception, 1 Defensive Fumble Recovery

    • 11/9 @NY Jets
      20 - 13 L

      Expectations are a common trend in the NFL. We as fans expect good food and fun at the tailgate festivities, high prices inside the stadium, a loud and frenzy crowd, NO Justin Bieber, and arguably the hottest team in football to be victorious against a 1 and 8 team who had lost 8 straight. All but two happened in yesterday's sad portrayal that was the Steelers and Jets. The Steelers started off slow which was expected since they have done so for the better part of the season. The Jets were able to grab a 17-0 lead by the end of the first quarter by controlling the ball for just under 11 minutes and capitalizing on an Antonio Brown mishap at the Steelers 20. We expected the Steelers O to arise from their sleep in the second quarter but those hopes fell into the waiting arms of Jaiquawn Jarrett at the 2 yard line thus ending what looked to be a momentum changing drive for the Steelers. From that point on the Steelers simply couldn't recover the swag they had displayed over the past three weeks. Giving the ball away 4 times to a team who was able to swipe it a mere 3 times all season proved to be too much for this Steelers team to overcome, against a 1-8 team. With missed opportunities on defense as well as the shortest field goal of the season (23 yards), one could have suggested that the Steelers believed they could simply show up and the Jets would roll over. That didn't happen. Michael Vick looked like his old self rushing for 39 yards and providing just enough in the passing game to help his Jets shock not only the Steelers but also every analyst that called this win for the Steelers a lock, which by happenstance was every analyst in the business. We expected Ben to take advantage of the worst secondary in the NFL giving way to 24 TD passes this season but that was not to be. The Steelers have had their issues against Teams they were expected to beat and that formula doesn't change next week as they go head to head in Nashville against a 2-7 team with ties to Pittsburgh in Ken Whisenhunt. So blame yesterday's game on parity, the Steelers preparation, their lack of execution, Mike Tomlin, Haley's hat or the Steelers offense. I blame "The Biebs". Read More.

      STATISTICS

      Ben Roethlisberger:
      30/43, 343 yards, 1 TD

      LeVeon Bell:
      36 yards rushing, 8 receptions, 33 yards

      Antonio Brown:
      8 receptions, 74 yards

      Marcus Wheaton:
      4 receptions, 41 yards

      Heath Miller:
      3 receptions, 29 yards

      Martavis Bryant:
      4 receptions, 143 yards, 1 TD

      Defense:
      150 rushing yards allowed, 125 receiving yards allowed, 4 sacks

    • 11/17 @Tennessee
      27 - 24 W

      The Steelers were desperate to wash away the taste of last week's sickening loss that left many in Steelers nation queasy with the knowledge that a defeat such as this could come back to haunt them when the tournament comes calling. Facing a 2-7 Titans team still looking for an identity and quarterback posed yet another opportunity for the Steelers to prove that they could overcome their difficulties against not only teams with subpar records but also playing away from the comfort of Heinz Field. Steeler Nation did their part by exhibiting once again why they are the best fans in football, or any sport for that matter. The amount of terrible towels amidst the sea of blue was a tribute to the belief still left in this years squad. How would the Steelers show their affection? By kicking....or should I say running it old school. Le'Veon Bell stole the show by surpassing 200 yards running along with the first running touchdown this offense had produced since September 21, yes I said September 21. The Steelers were able to get an early lead by a heavy dose of 26 and a misguided pass by the rookie QB that fell into the arms of William Gay who saw nothing but open green on his way to music row and a 10-0 lead. The Titans were able to settle down with the coaching of Ken Whisenhunt and Ray Horton, once up and coming coaches within the Steelers organization. With the rookie QB playing anything like a rookie coupled with the never ending blitz packages imposed by Horton and his group of no names, the Titans were able to capture the lead just before half on a play that they knew would work against an aggressive Steeler who had given his team a pick six on the Titan's first offensive series. William Gay stepped in front of Nate Washington on a Hook pattern with 44 seconds left in the half, only problem was that 85 did not run a hook. The double move allowed Mettenberger to throw the pigskin anywhere along the left sideline since Gay was too busy looking for his jock strap to recover. The end result was an 80 yard touchdown for the ex-Steeler that changed the momentum and pulse of the game. The Titans offense lead by Mettenberger followed up with an impressive second series in the third quarter when they drove seamlessly down the field, connecting with Chase Coffman three times including a four yard touchdown that increased the lead to 11. How would the Steelers respond? With 3:51 left in the third quarter they were able to exercise their demons and go on a rampage that saw the offense score 14 unanswered points, all coming in the fourth quarter. Ben Roethlisberger may not have had his best game statistically, but with his third down scramble to keep the scoring drive alive, constant recognition of the blitz packages and his ability not only to locate his "hot" reads but also run 26 away from the overloaded blitzes, he captained the offense around and over the Titans defense. That left one Le'Veon Bell, the light footed bulldozer that didn't need to go around or over the Titans defense, he simply went through them. Bell ran for a Steeler Monday Night record 204 yards and was the catalyst behind one of the most impressive and imposing clock killing series fans have seen since the rough and tumble days of the bus. With 6:58 left in the game, Bell handles the ball 8 times and dozed his way to providing his team with their seventh win of the season. The Steelers go into a well needed bye week and hope to have 5 defensive starters back on the other end heading into a week 13 matchup against the Saints. The days of the "Bus" are gone forever, but I like the present and future of the "Bulldozer". Read More.

      STATISTICS

      Ben Roethlisberger:
      21/32, 207 yards, 1 TD

      LeVeon Bell:
      204 yards rushing, 2 receptions, 18 yards, 1 TD

      Antonio Brown:
      9 receptions, 91 yards, 1 TD

      Marcus Wheaton:
      1 reception, 6 yards

      Heath Miller:
      5 receptions, 71 yards

      Martavis Bryant:
      2 receptions, 11 yards

      Defense:
      49 rushing yards allowed, 263 receiving yards allowed, 1 interception, 1 defensive TD

    • BYE Week 12 Bye *
      * * * *

      Seems like many in Steelers Nation wanted to talk about Blount's release. The rumors went rampant about his childish antics and selfish attitude. With his New England acquisition just hours after clearing waivers raised several questions. Did he plan this? Did his agent have conversations with Patriots' management prior to his tantrum in Nashville? In any case Blount found his way into the end zone twice today and showcased yet another childish move that had marked him ever since he became a Steeler. He portrayed an end zone dance perfected by 84 that was anything but. He stated after that the celebration was a tribute to Antonio although it seems that he disgraced the dance rather than pay homage to it. His apology via Twitter seemed to be influenced by the PR team of the Patriots than that of someone who was fed up with the Steelers thus turning his back on teammates who trusted him. He didn't leave due to money. He didn't leave because he was such a competitor. He left because he was selfish. This situation forced me to pose a question.

      So what is a Steeler? A Steeler is a man Tried and true, A man who carries the job all the way through. Men who leave their ego behind, Men who stand side by side. Men who believe in one another, Men who will fight for their brother. A Steeler wants for just one thing, and that is only to win a ring. A Steeler will never fold or kneel, for they are men made of Steel.

    • 11/30 New Orleans
      35 - 32 L

      "That would seem unlikely to happen"

      A phrase all too familiar for Steeler fans as they had to endure those words with losses to a Tampa team who can't seem to get out of their own way to win and a Jets team with their QB carousel and poor coaching, both whom are bottom feeders in their respective division. Yesterday provided multiple examples as the 4-7 Saints limped into Heinz field, losers of three straight with all three losses coming in the bayou. The Steelers on the other hand came into the game after a bye week that saw some key players becoming healthy at the right time for the push down the stretch. They were riding high after being victorious against the Titans, a win that saw the emergence of the "bulldozer" as Bell dozed his way to 204 yards on the ground. One would have thought that the Steelers would gas up the dozer and allow him to beat his mark from the previous game considering New Orleans was ranked 31 in total defense along with issues stopping the run in the recent weeks. While the Saints started out the game the way many expected, the Steelers were able to move the ball early with 26 but managed only a couple of field goals for their efforts. Things turned in the middle of the second quarter when Brees and the Saints caught fire. Number nine connected with 9 different receivers on his way to a 5 touchdown day. With two leaders back on defense for the Steelers, the expectations of adding that spark to that side of the ball were imminent, so we thought. The spark soon fizzled as Brees led two impressive drives before the half to take a 14-6 lead. The Saints defense provided their own spark early in the second half. What does a defense do to improve their chances of winning? Hope that Mike Adams starts at right tackle. He looked like a football sled most of the day as the defensive ends continuously pushed Him back into Ben. On this particular play they were able to get close enough to 7, bat his pass up in the air and bear hug it before it landed onto the turf of the ketchup bottle. That led to a touchdown pass to Al Toon's son Nick, who scored his first career touchdown in the span of three years. Yes I said three years. That wasn't the most disappointing moment of that touchdown. He was able to escape both of the defensive sparks in Taylor and Polamalu. Taylor couldn't corral the young receiver as Troy whiffed on the play. This defense has the philosophy of bend don't break. It was apparent today that the defense was broken far too many times for the Steelers to overcome. They were playing catchup (no pun intended) the whole second half, thus unable to get the dozer going on the ground the way one would have anticipated. Ben was off when it counted as his passes soared a bit too high for receivers seemingly open with the opportunity to extend multiple drives. Brees' impressive performance was aided by his top offensive weapon, wait no it wasn't. 80 had zero catches with no yards or touchdowns. In fact he wasn't even targeted all game. The closest he came to catching the ball was during the onside kick as the ball whizzed pass his mitts. On this day it was a 2013 fifth round pick out of Oklahoma. Kenny Stills had a career day and assisted in ending the hopes of the Steelers recording their eighth win of the season. With four games to go, including two against the Bengals, one of which is scheduled for next week the Steelers had better find a way to play consistent, "cohesive" football. If they cannot, Steelers Nation will be uttering another all too familiar phrase. Report Card.

      "No playoffs again this year"

      STATISTICS

      Ben Roethlisberger:
      32/58, 435 yards, 2 TDs, 2 Interceptions

      LeVeon Bell:
      95 yards rushing, 1 TD, 8 receptions, 159 yards

      Antonio Brown:
      8 receptions, 97 yards, 2 TDs

      Heath Miller:
      8 receptions,82 yards

      Marcus Wheaton:
      5 receptions, 61 yards

      Defense:
      143 rushing yards allowed, 250 receiving yards allowed, 1 sack

    • 12/7 @Cincinnati
      42 - 24 W

      With the Steelers having a 2-4 record when playing 1 o'clock games, Steelers Nation was hoping this team would not get off to a slow start against a Bengals team that can light up the scoreboard with both the run and pass, thus forcing the Steelers to play catchup yet another week. The first 6 series of the game combined for 0 points and barely a first down. The Bengals, attempting to spark their O by faking a punt, saw their hopes fumble back to the Steelers who were not fooled by the smoke and mirrors. The defensive grip finally began to loosen in the second quarter. Ben lead an impressive drive ending when the chant of "H-e-e-e-a-a-a-t-h" could be heard after his 1 yard touchdown catch.

      The Bengals then went on a 14-0 run of their own aided by their top wide out in A.J. Green, who past the century mark with over 4 minutes left to go in the first half. The Steelers were able to net a field goal just before the clock ran out on yet another impressive 12 play drive. Going into the half the Bengals had the edge 14-10 and were ready to pounce on the Steelers knowing they were getting the ball first to start the second half. The third quarter though saw both teams trade touchdowns, but it was the Bengals touchdown that made the Bengal fans roar and gave the Steelers fans on hand a cause of great concern. A.J. Green was able to blow by the secondary on his way to an 81 yard touchdown and 200 total yards on the afternoon. The score was now 21-17. This was a point in the game that you ask yourself if this team can stick together and pull out a road win that they were expected to lose. I go back to what defines a Steeler. These men proved they were made of steel. They may have bended a bit, but they never broke. The offense led by number 7 hooked up the dozer, relied on 84 and capitalized on the talents of a rookie wide receiver to go over and through the jungle on their way to a crushing 25-0 run in the fourth quarter. Part of the surge was a 94 yard touchdown pass to that rookie wr Martavis Bryant who showed he has some wheels to go along with his size. The offense line also played a significant role in keeping 7 clean this afternoon. Mike Adams redeemed himself from last week's performance. The defense, without the likes of 99 and 92 showed their mettle by capitalizing on a shaky hand off while shutting down Dalton and his array of weapons in the 4th quarter to preserve the 42-21 skinning of the cats. Hopefully this team can use the momentum as they head south for a confrontation against the man with two first names (Matt Ryan) and his Falcon team who have had their own Jekyll and Hyde type of season. The Steelers know that they need to take one game at a time but understand that the season could come down to the game on the 28th against the same team they handled today, only this time I expect these cats won't go down without a fight. At least for today and this victory I can sense a certain chin protruding with pride in a CBS studio while whispering under his breathe as his team provides the highlights to this game, "Who Dey? We Dey!" Report Card.

      STATISTICS

      Ben Roethlisberger:
      25/39, 350 yards, 3 TDs

      LeVeon Bell:
      185 yards rushing, 2 TDs, 6 receptions, 50 yards, 1 TD

      Antonio Brown:
      9 receptions, 117 yards

      Martavis Bryant:
      4 receptions,109 yards, 1 TD

      Marcus Wheaton:
      2 receptions, 31 yards

      Defense:
      86 rushing yards allowed, 322 receiving yards allowed, 3 sacks, 2 recovered fumbles

    • 12/14 @Atlanta
      27 - 20 W

      The Dome in the ATL was rocking as the Steelers visited Matt Ryan and company. Both teams needed a win to remain in the hunt for postseason play. Steeler Nation had a large presence as a sea of Terrible Towels could be found throughout the stadium. Mike Tomlin stressed during the week the need to start fast, especially playing away from home against a team that has proven to have the ability to light up the scoreboard. That's exactly what the Steelers did, well at least faster than Atlanta. The Steelers tallied two field goals in a first quarter that saw a total of three possessions. The start of the second quarter provided what might have been the pivotal moment of the game. William Gay, a man who is known for gambling came up with a full house as he turned a Ryan pass into six points for the Steelers who were able to jump to a 13-0 lead. The Falcons were able to answer with a little over four minutes left in the half with an 85 yard drive that was aided by a roughing the passer penalty and a dart thrown to Devin Hester who was filling in for a hobbled Julio Jones. The Steelers had their own response with an impressive drive of their own. They went 12 plays for 80 yards and a goal line rushing TD by the dozer that was set up by an acrobatic catch by one of the best in Antonio Brown. The Steelers took a 20-7 lead into the locker room. The Falcons needed to make a statement offensively with the first possession of the second half but could only muster 3 as the Steelers defense bowed their necks and forced their hand to kick close to the end zone. After stiffening again on Atlanta's next possession to force a second field goal of the third quarter, the Steelers offense went back to work at the beginning of the fourth quarter ending with a 13 yard TD run by the dozer on a counter power play that has seemed to be the bread and butter of this offense in recent weeks. Ryan and company were able to find the end zone again to diminish the lead to 7 with ten minutes left to go. That's when Ben and the offense were able to own the time of possession and run the clock out with a four minute drive finished by a gutsy 3rd and 1 pass play to Heath Miller to seal the deal. Berger was efficient completing close to 80 percent of his passes with the majority soaring to 84 who had yet another stellar performance. What Bell couldn't do on the ground he did through the air proving he just might be the best all around back in the NFL today. Although Matt Ryan was not sacked, the Steelers D were able to get ample pressure on the savvy vet and force poor passes and choices throughout the afternoon. The Steelers were a focused team with the postseason on their minds. With the Chiefs headed to the ketchup bottle next week, losers of 3 out their last 4 and an eye on the tournament, the Steelers will need to be focused to get off to a fast start in order to have an opportunity for win number 10 and a shot at the division title. Report Card.

      STATISTICS

      Ben Roethlisberger:
      27/35, 360 yards

      LeVeon Bell:
      47 yards rushing, 2 TDs, 5 receptions, 72 yards

      Antonio Brown:
      10 receptions, 123 yards

      Martavis Bryant:
      4 receptions,109 yards, 1 TD

      Heath Miller:
      4 receptions, 68 yards

      Marcus Wheaton:
      5 receptions, 66 yards

      Defense:
      86 rushing yards allowed, 322 receiving yards allowed, 3 sacks, 2 recovered fumbles

    • 12/21 Kansas City
      1:00pm
    • 12/28 Cincinnati
      1:00pm

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