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Know Thy Enemy: Denver Broncos

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In honor of the quarterbacks playing Sunday, it’d be a shame if this game wasn’t sponsored by Campbell’s.

The Pittsburgh Steelers limp into Mile High Stadium to face the top seeded Denver Broncos in the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs. The Broncos have been something of a quiet rival for the Black and Gold over the years. While playoff games between AFC North teams are naturally heated affairs, we’ve seen the Patriots as our post-season nemesis over the years. In reality, the Broncos are right there with them.Read More »Know Thy Enemy: Denver Broncos

Should Michael Vick Suit Up For Steelers?

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What’s left of the Pittsburgh Steelers practiced on Wednesday. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was obviously not among them as he continues to nurse an injured throwing shoulder. Ben is expected to give it a go in the Divisional Playoff against the Denver Broncos on Sunday. Reports are his availability will only be limited by his pain tolerance – and perhaps the effectiveness of whatever painkilling injections he takes prior to kick off.

In Ben’s absence, the offense is being run by Landry Jones. Jones assumed the role of back up this season after coming off the bench to lead the Steelers to a win against the Arizona Cardinals. He followed that with a solid if unspectacular performance in a loss against the Chiefs. Jones was supposed to start a couple weeks later in Cleveland but was hurt on the opening drive, allowing Ben to enter as the “emergency back up” and proceed to torch the hapless Browns for 379 yards and 3 TDs. Read More »Should Michael Vick Suit Up For Steelers?

Big Ben Has Torn Ligaments, Brown Is “Hopeful”

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When Ben Roethlisberger returned to lead the Pittsburgh Steelers to a game winning drive against the Cincinnati Bengals, it was thought he had some sort of sprain to his throwing shoulder but no significant damage. Well, on his weekly radio show, Ben now says he did indeed tear some ligaments in addition to spraining his AC joint (basically your shoulder socket). While that sounds dire, he claims to be fine reaching back to throw with all the pain coming during the follow-through. Where that leaves him for Sunday’s Divisional Round game against the Denver Broncos is anyone’s guess.Read More »Big Ben Has Torn Ligaments, Brown Is “Hopeful”

Know Thy Enemy: Cincinnati Bengals

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It just wouldn’t be the playoffs without a good old fashioned AFC North slobberknocker.

On Saturday night, the Pittsburgh Steelers face the Cincinnati Bengals in the rubber match in the Wild Card round of the NFL Playoffs. As with seemingly every season, the post season will once again feature a third game between AFC North rivals. And, as usual, the game promises to be a heated affair. The last time we played, Roger Goodell‘s piggybank was overflowing with $150,000 in total fines.Read More »Know Thy Enemy: Cincinnati Bengals

Dalton’s Thumb and DeAngelo’s Ankle

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In the run up to Saturday’s playoff rubber match between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals, two key injuries that will bear watching. First is the ankle injury suffered last Sunday by Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams. Second is the broken thumb that cost Bengals starting quarterback Andy Dalton the last month of the season. Either one could very well tip the balance between these two closely matched teams.Read More »Dalton’s Thumb and DeAngelo’s Ankle

Big Ben Was Concussed Unless He Wasn’t

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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger returned to practice yesterday after clearing the league’s concussion protocols. He entered those protocols after self-reporting symptoms from an illegal helmet-to-helmet hit during Sunday’s loss to the Seahawks. That’s what we know for sure. What we don’t know is if Ben even had a concussion.

On his weekly Tuesday radio show, Ben said the tests indicated he didn’t suffer a concussion. About an hour later, coach Mike Tomlin said he was concussed and would remain under the league’s concussion protocols for the time being. When reporters caught up with Ben, he explained that he hasn’t suffered any of the classic symptoms associated with a concussion and was told his test “looked fine” before somebody went to Tomlin and told him the opposite. Yesterday, he took another test and this time everybody was on the same page as he passed it before returning to practice.Read More »Big Ben Was Concussed Unless He Wasn’t

Week 12 Recap: Sum Of All Fears

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At halftime, Mike Tomlin was asked about his decision to try a risky fake punt/pass which resulting in an interception that set up the Seahawks’ first touchdown. “We aren’t going to live in our fears. We’re going to live in our hopes” was his classic response. Unfortunately over the next three quarters, Steeler Nation saw all their worst fears come to life. And in the end we watched the Seattle Seahawks defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers in a wild 39-30 shootout.

Since it was a national game I assume 99.9% of you watched it so there’s no need for a play-by-play recap. Instead, I’ll just give some random thoughts about yesterday’s costly loss. Let’s start with our defense. Although what we saw from them yesterday might barely qualify as such.Read More »Week 12 Recap: Sum Of All Fears

Know Thy Enemy: Seattle Seahawks

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Hope everybody had a great Turkey Day!

Surely the Pittsburgh Steelers did. After a brutal season filled with injury after injury, the Black and Gold finally had a week off to rest and recover. Good timing, too, since the Pittsburgh Steelers face the defending NFC Champion Seattle Seahawks this Sunday. Even though they’ve struggled, the Seahawks will be by far the team’s biggest test thus far.

It helps that all hands should be back on deck. When last we saw Ben Roethlisberger, he was taking every snap from the shotgun to compensate for his limited mobility. He still played insanely well in relief of Landry Jones but that was against the Browns. Ben will have to be a helluva lot better if they have any hopes of beating the Seahawks in Seattle.Read More »Know Thy Enemy: Seattle Seahawks

NFL 2015 – The Season Of Crippling Injuries

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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.Read More »NFL 2015 – The Season Of Crippling Injuries

Know Thy Enemy: Cleveland Browns

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Ah, Cleveland. In a weird NFL season where there are a bunch of teams that are really good and a bunch that are really bad while everybody else is aggressively mediocre, it’s nice to have one constant. And that constant being that the Browns suck. As they move into year 16 of their perpetual rebuild, let’s take a look at what’s going on with the Factory of Sadness.

When the Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Cleveland Browns in the latest chapter of one of the NFL’s most storied rivalries, we still don’t know who’ll be under center. For either team actually. The Browns are choosing between journeyman Josh McCown and woman-beating drunkard Johnny Manziel. Meanwhile, it was assumed Landry Jones would be making his second career start for the Black and Gold but Mike Tomlin left “the door slightly ajar” for Ben Roethlisberger. Big Ben practiced yesterday which means that door might still be open.Read More »Know Thy Enemy: Cleveland Browns