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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

LOL Bengals and Ravens Are Endangered Species

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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.Read More »LOL Bengals and Ravens Are Endangered Species

Week 10 Recap: Big Ben To The Rescue

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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.Read More »Week 10 Recap: Big Ben To The Rescue

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

Dri Archer Needs Better Blackmail

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When the Oakland Raiders kicked off last Sunday, a strange and unfamiliar sight stood back at the goal line for the Pittsburgh Steelers. It wasn’t Dri Archer. No, he wasn’t benched for abject failure. Dri Archer was actually released last week to make room for the new kick returner, Jacoby Jones.

Guess whatever incriminating photos he had of Mike Tomlin and/or Kevin Colbert have finally been destroyed.Read More »Dri Archer Needs Better Blackmail

Life Without Big Ben: Part 2

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Sometimes I feel like Bill Murray in “Groundhog Day.” Except instead of reliving the same day over and over, I keep typing the same “What are the Steelers gonna do with Joe Schmokowski injured?” post every other week.

This week’s edition concerns Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. As we all saw last Sunday, he was carted off the field for the second time this season, this time with an unspecified ankle injury. Well, the good news was the MRI was negative. It’s being called a mid-foot sprain which takes an unspecified amount of time to heal – basically, you can play as soon as the pain subsides enough to be manageable.Read More »Life Without Big Ben: Part 2

Week 9 Recap: Another Sunday, Another Injury

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Cursed I tell ya. This team is f@#king cursed.

In my thirty odd years of watching football, I have never seen a run quite like the Pittsburgh Steelers are on. The good news is their first outing since losing superstar running back Le’Veon Bell for the season was a success. The bad news is they lost their superstar quarterback in the process. Hey, at least we had him for two weeks!

Yesterday, the Pittsburgh Steelers edged the Oakland Raiders 38-35 as quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was injured yet again, this time a foot sprain that preliminary reports say will sideline him for three weeks. I suppose as injuries go this was a mild one and the timing couldn’t be better. The Steelers have the hapless Browns next week then a bye. Just the fact we’ve lost our star QB for the second time this season, though, is absolutely mind-blowing.Read More »Week 9 Recap: Another Sunday, Another Injury

Know Thy Enemy: Oakland Raiders

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Their starting quarterback is banged up. The head coach is an idiot. Their most dynamic offensive player was just lost for the season. And they’ve lost two straight games.

What a perfect time to play the Oakland Raiders!

Bad things tend to happen for the Pittsburgh Steelers whenever they play the Raiders. Whether it’s losing to a team that wins only two games all season or Big Ben getting his nose broken from a sucker punch, the Silver and Black have been a thorn in our side since the 70s. If there’s one small grace it’s that the game is being played at Heinz Field and not the Black Hole. Still, this is not the ideal time to be playing someone who traditionally gives us fits.Read More »Know Thy Enemy: Oakland Raiders

Mike Tomlin Doesn’t Understand Time

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What the hell was Mike Tomlin thinking at the end of Sunday’s game?

I was too shellshocked by the loss of Le’Veon Bell to really talk about it in my game recap but the end of last weekend’s Steelers-Bengals game featured some of the worst clock management in football history. Even for a coach known as terrible at managing clocks, this was a whole new level of absurd. All season long, the Pittsburgh Steelers have snatched defeat from the jaws of victory by shooting themselves in the foot. Last thing they need is their head coach joining in on the sabotage.Read More »Mike Tomlin Doesn’t Understand Time