Week 14 Recap: The Chicago Pittsburgh Way

 Posted by at 5:04 am  AFC North, Circle of Hate, Defensive Line, Recaps, Secondary, William Gay  Comments Off on Week 14 Recap: The Chicago Pittsburgh Way
Dec 142015
 

Last time the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals met, Cincy put one of ours in the hospital. Yesterday, we may have put their Super Bowl chances in the morgue. Le’Veon Bell ended up on season-ending IR after our first meeting. Now there’s a chance Andy Dalton is about to join him.

Oh and by the way, the Steelers won the game 33-20 to keep their shot at a Wild Card alive. Continue reading »

Know Thy Enemy: Cincinnati Bengals

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Dec 112015
 

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When last we met the Bengals, our star running back was being carted off the field with a season ending knee injury while the team itself saw it’s division title hopes vanish with a 16-10 loss. This Sunday, the Pittsburgh Steelers face the Cincinnati Bengals in a pivotal week 14 match-up for vastly different reasons. The Bengals have the AFC North all but clinched while the Steelers find themselves in a fight for a Wild Card that currently sees them on the outside looking in. Unfortunately, the Bengals also have something to play for. Continue reading »

NFL 2015 – The Season Of Crippling Injuries

 Posted by at 5:45 am  AFC North, Circle of Hate, Ginger Dictator, Injury Report, Pitt Panthers  Comments Off on NFL 2015 – The Season Of Crippling Injuries
Nov 252015
 

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When the story of the 2015 NFL season is written, there will a number of narratives. The excellence of the Patriots and the sudden emergence of the Panthers. Peyton Manning finally tapping out to Father Time. The huge gape in parity between the league’s elite teams and the ones struggling to get above .500.

However, the overriding story of the 2015 NFL season will be how it’s been marred by major injuries to a host of star players. NFL 2015 – the Season of Crippling Injuries.

Of course, we don’t have to tell fans of the Black and Gold. I’ve been watching the Pittsburgh Steelers since the late 80s and I’ve never seen a year remotely like this. Every year you lose guys but never at the level or rate we’ve lost them this season. It’s to the point every game I expect another shoe to drop. Continue reading »

LOL Bengals and Ravens Are Endangered Species

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Nov 232015
 

Thank you Bruce Arians.

Despite the Flying Circus leaving town four years ago, BA continues to do his former team favors. Earlier in the year, he thoughtfully brought his typical “Pile up a ton of yards but settle for field goals” style of offense to Pittsburgh and let Landry Jones beat him with a series of big plays. Last night, he did us another solid by guiding the Cardinals to a last second victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. After starting the season 8-0, the Bungles have suddenly lost two in a row.

Which means the Pittsburgh Steelers are officially back in the hunt for the AFC North. Continue reading »

Week 10 Recap: Big Ben To The Rescue

 Posted by at 5:22 am  AFC North, Antonio Brown, Big Ben, Circle of Hate, Landry Jones, Martavis Bryant, Recaps  Comments Off on Week 10 Recap: Big Ben To The Rescue
Nov 162015
 

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With all due respect to Charlie Batch and Terry Hanratty, this Roethlisberger guy is the best backup quarterback the Black and Gold have ever had. He might even have a future as a starter.

Ah, it’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt. Except in this case, the fun started when someone got hurt. Landry Jones left the game six plays in and Ben Roethlisberger came off the bench to lead the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 30-9 shellacking of the Cleveland Browns. It was the first time Big Ben rode to the rescue since that fabled day back in 2004 when he stepped in for an injured Tommy Maddox and ripped off thirteen straight wins. Continue reading »

Week 8 Recap: When It Rains, It Pours

 Posted by at 7:17 am  AFC North, Big Ben, Circle of Hate, DeAngelo Williams, Le'Veon Bell, Recaps, Secondary  Comments Off on Week 8 Recap: When It Rains, It Pours
Nov 022015
 

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Cursed. The Pittsburgh Steelers are f*cking cursed.

Le’Veon Bell suspended the first two games, Martavis Bryant the first four. Bell comes back just in time for Ben Roethlisberger to miss four games with a knee injury. Ben comes back and a little over a quarter later, Bell falls to the ground clutching his knee in agony.

Cursed.

The really sad part is that by every right the Steelers should’ve beaten the Bengals yesterday. Instead, Steelers star running back Le’Veon Bell is lost for the season in team’s 16-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. The loss drops the Black and Gold to 4-4 and all but ends any hope of winning the AFC North. Of course, the team has more immediate concerns. Continue reading »

Big Ben Returns…But Too Late?

 Posted by at 5:21 am  AFC North, Circle of Hate, NFL Playoffs  Comments Off on Big Ben Returns…But Too Late?
Oct 282015
 

NFL: SEP 11 Bengals at Browns

Barring any unforeseen setback, Ben Roethlisberger is set to return this Sunday. That’s the good news. The bad news is it may be too late for the Pittsburgh Steelers to compete for the AFC North. I always hate to declare a game “must win” before mid-season but this weekend’s match-up with the Cincinnati Bengals is about as must win as it gets.

The Bengals are currently one of a half dozen undefeated teams littering the NFL. This season has been a weird one as far as parity goes. In recent years, there wasn’t a huge clear cut gap between the haves and have nots. This year there seems to be a huge gulf between the teams on the top tier and the perennial bottom feeders. Then again, even the so called “elite” teams come with their share of warts. Continue reading »

Ravens Lose Suggs, Bengals Crush Raiders…

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Sep 142015
 

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…and the Browns are still the Browns.

With the Pittsburgh Steelers idle after playing on Kickoff Thursday, the first Sunday of football season was a good chance to put on Red Zone, agonize over your fantasy team, and do a little scouting of our AFC North opponents. Last year, the once mighty North was a bastion of mediocrity. Record-wise it may have looked impressive in sending three teams to the playoffs with the Steelers taking the division crown with an 11-5  record but that was somewhat misleading. Four other AFC teams finished 9-7 and probably would’ve won ten or eleven games had they enjoyed the soft schedule gifted to the North. Continue reading »

Know Thy Wild Card Enemy: Baltimore Ravens

 Posted by at 5:42 am  AFC North, Injury Report, Le'Veon Bell, NFL Playoffs, Ratbirds, Running Backs  Comments Off on Know Thy Wild Card Enemy: Baltimore Ravens
Jan 022015
 

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The Baltimore Ravens.

Of course it had to be the Baltimore Ravens.

After a two season absence from the NFL Playoffs, the Pittsburgh Steelers return this Saturday night when they host the Ratbirds at Heinz Field. If you’re going to return to post-season, why not make it another chapter in what is undoubtedly one of the best rivalries in football. This will be the fourth time since 2000 that the Black and Gold have faced the Ravens three times in the same season. The first time, they were quarterbacked by Kordell Stewart in his last grasp at greatness, the last two they were led by Ben Roethlisberger on his way to a Super Bowl appearance. Continue reading »

Week 17 Recap: Winning The Battle, Losing The War

 Posted by at 2:21 pm  AFC North, Antonio Brown, Circle of Hate, Injury Report, Le'Veon Bell, Recaps  Comments Off on Week 17 Recap: Winning The Battle, Losing The War
Dec 292014
 

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It’s Black Monday for the twenty teams that didn’t qualify for the NFL Playoffs. It’s “cross your fingers and pray” Monday for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

For the first time since 2010, the Black and Gold are your AFC North champions thanks to a resounding 27-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. The game itself was another solid performance by the Steelers in all three phases. The win catapulted them to the #3 seed and the privilege of hosting a playoff game at Heinz Field this weekend. However, every bit of good news was overshadowed when superstar running back – and team MVP – Le’Veon Bell left the game after taking a vicious hit to the knee early in the second half. Continue reading »