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NFL Power Rankings, Week 8: Without even playing the Steelers fall in some rankings

NFL Power Rankings, Week 8: Without even playing the Steelers fall in some rankings

Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports The Pittsburgh Steelers have plenty of work to do before they are even considered a Top 15 team in 2019. The Pittsburgh Steelers are now 2-4 after Week 7 of the 2019 regular season, but how they got to this record has been a roller coaster ride. After a 33-3 drubbing by the defending champion New England Patriots, the Steelers followed it up with a close 28-26 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 2 at Heinz Field. The loss was more than just another loss on the record, but the team lost Ben Roethlisberger in the process. With Mason Rudolph under center in Week...
Point/Counterpoint: Devlin Hodges should be the starting quarterback against the Dolphins

Point/Counterpoint: Devlin Hodges should be the starting quarterback against the Dolphins

Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports BTSC writers Tony Defeo and Bryan Anthony Davis offer differing opinions on whether or not the Steelers should stay with Devlin Hodges over Mason Rudolph. Since Ben Roethlisberger went down in Week 2 against Seattle, the Steelers have had solid play from two quality backups. But since Devlin “Duck” Hodges won his first start last week subbing for a concusses Mason Rudolph, some have felt that the UDFA from Samford should be the QB1, while others support Mike Tomlin’s decision to go with Rudolph when he returns. BTSC’s resident heels, The Steeler...
Steelers’ snap count leaders through their first 6 games

Steelers’ snap count leaders through their first 6 games

Photo by Joe Sargent/ While some positions constantly rotate players, other positions are poised to have players on the field for every snap With some positions it matters a lot, but others it may not be as important. Looking at the snap counts on offense, defense, and special teams can tell a lot about the state of the 2019 Pittsburgh Steelers. Case in point, Ben Roethlisberger is usually one of the top leaders in offensive snaps for the Steelers. But with Ben’s season over as of half time of Week 2, the snaps by any quarterback have not reached the 50% mark. Leading the way on...
Pro Football Focus sheds light on how good T.J. Watt and the Steelers defense is becoming

Pro Football Focus sheds light on how good T.J. Watt and the Steelers defense is becoming

Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports The Steelers have had a disappointing season to date, but it doesn’t mean every aspect of the team has been bad. In fact, PFF shows how T.J. Watt and the defense is becoming one of the league’s better units. Pittsburgh Steelers fans aren’t used to not having an offense that ranks near the top both in individual statistics as well as team stats. But, in 2019 without Ben Roethlisberger under center, the Steelers have struggled offensively and stumbled out of the gate to a 2-4 record. While 2-4 isn’t a good start for a team with the history of the...
Steelers Nation, and BTSC, spoke, and it seems the Steelers listened

Steelers Nation, and BTSC, spoke, and it seems the Steelers listened

Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports Changes in strategy (finally) reflect what fans prescribe. We’ve all blown off steam after a Steelers loss spent yelling at the television by going online and venting about the coaches that need fired, players that need cut, and strategies that are so common sense it is baffling that nobody in the NFL bothers to try them. This season, after Ben Roethlisberger was hurt and the Steelers were winless some familiar calls erupted. The defense was giving up big plays, even while they showed signs that they could be much better than their numbers and the offense was...
Despite the lack of a running game, Steelers James Conner has been a focal point in passing game

Despite the lack of a running game, Steelers James Conner has been a focal point in passing game

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports The Pittsburgh Steelers have struggled to run the football effectively, but it doesn’t mean James Conner has been ineffective overall. The Pittsburgh Steelers have struggled offensively in 2019, and likely for many reasons. First, the loss of Ben Roethlisberger in Week 2 put a huge damper on the offense in the short term, but the offensive line just hasn’t had the push up front fans are accustomed to seeing. While James Conner hasn’t been as productive on the ground throughout 2019, it doesn’t mean he has been ineffective as a player. He has been...
NFL Power Rankings: Steelers begin to climb out of the cellar after big road win

NFL Power Rankings: Steelers begin to climb out of the cellar after big road win

Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports The Pittsburgh Steelers have plenty of work to do before they are even considered a Top 15 team in 2019. The Pittsburgh Steelers are now 2-4 after Week 6 of the 2019 regular season, but how they got to this record has been a roller coaster ride. After a 33-3 drubbing by the defending champion New England Patriots, the Steelers followed it up with a close 28-26 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 2 at Heinz Field. The loss was more than just another loss on the record, but the team lost Ben Roethlisberger in the process. With Mason Rudolph under center in Week...
Black and Gold Links: In 2019, teams are proving you can continue to win without your starting QB

Black and Gold Links: In 2019, teams are proving you can continue to win without your starting QB

Photo by Katharine Lotze/ Time to check on the latest news surrounding the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Pittsburgh Steelers are moving into Week 7 of the NFL regular season, and as the team prepares to rest and recover during their bye week we continue to provide you with features, commentary and opinions to tide you over until the next game starts! Today in the black-and-gold links article we take a look at how teams in the NFL are proving they can win without their starting quarterbacks. Let’s get to the news: The Pittsburgh Steelers might not have won a lot without Ben Roethlisberger,...
ClutchPoints Oct 14, 2019
Steelers’ Maurkice Pouncey claims Devlin Hodges looked like Ben Roethlisberger

Steelers’ Maurkice Pouncey claims Devlin Hodges looked like Ben Roethlisberger

Devlin Hodges started the season on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ practice squad. He is now the Steelers’ starting quarterback. Following injuries to Ben Roethlisberger and Mason Rudolph (not to mention a trade of Josh Dobbs), Hodges got the call under center this past Sunday, leading Pittsburgh to a 24-17 road victory over the Los Angeles Chargers. […] The post Steelers’ Maurkice Pouncey claims Devlin Hodges looked like Ben Roethlisberger appeared first on ClutchPoints.
Steelers run all over the Chargers in 24-17 prime time win

Steelers run all over the Chargers in 24-17 prime time win

Photo by Katharine Lotze/ The Pittsburgh Steelers go into Los Angeles and get their first road win of the season to head into the bye with some much needed momentum. When the NFL put together their 2019 regular season schedule, they thought Week 6 of Sunday Night Football would have a matchup of 2004 NFL Draft class quarterbacks between Ben Roethlisberger and Philip Rivers. What they got was a 1-4 Steelers team with third string quarterback Devlin Hodges at quarterback against a 2-3 Chargers team. Nonetheless, the Steelers were playing to keep their season alive, and head into the bye...
Steelers vs. Chargers, Week 6: 1st quarter in-game update

Steelers vs. Chargers, Week 6: 1st quarter in-game update

Photo by Katharine Lotze/ The Pittsburgh Steelers are back, and we keep you up to date with those who aren’t able to watch the game live. When the NFL put together their 2019 regular season schedule, they thought Week 6 of Sunday Night Football would have a matchup of 2004 NFL Draft class quarterbacks between Ben Roethlisberger and Philip Rivers. What they got was a 1-4 Steelers team with third string quarterback Devlin Hodges at quarterback against a 2-3 Chargers team. Nonetheless, the Steelers were playing to keep their season alive, and head into the bye week with some semblance of...
ClutchPoints Oct 13, 2019
Steelers news: Ryan Switzer is Pittsburgh’s emergency quarterback

Steelers news: Ryan Switzer is Pittsburgh’s emergency quarterback

The Pittsburgh Steelers are already on their third quarterback of the season and they’re hoping they don’t have to make it four. Going into Sunday night’s game versus the Los Angeles Chargers, Ryan Switzer is Pittsburgh’s emergency quarterback. Of course, Ben Roethlisberger suffered a season-ending injury in Week 2, while Mason Rudolph is ruled out […] The post Steelers news: Ryan Switzer is Pittsburgh’s emergency quarterback appeared first on ClutchPoints.
With Steelers QBs dropping like flies, the emergency QB is...Ryan Switzer

With Steelers QBs dropping like flies, the emergency QB is...Ryan Switzer

Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports The Pittsburgh Steelers have a plan in place if both Devlin Hodges and Paxton Lynch go down, but the hope is it doesn’t have to get to Ryan Switzer at QB. The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback depth chart has been decimated since the start of the 2019 regular season. Ben Roethlisberger left the Week 2 game vs. the Seattle Seahawks with an elbow injury, giving way to Mason Rudolph. Rudolph started three games, but in the third quarter of his third start vs. the Baltimore Ravens he was knocked out of the game with a high hit from safety Earl Thomas. Now...
Steelers Film Room: Devlin Hodges vs. the Ravens was impressive, but far from perfect

Steelers Film Room: Devlin Hodges vs. the Ravens was impressive, but far from perfect

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports Time to dive into the brief debut of Devlin Hodges, who will make his first career start in Week 6. Since sitting down and writing a bio on Devlin Hodges in May, I have been impressed with the former Samford quarterback. I wanted to see what he brought to the table in the preseason, but because of Mason Rudolph and Josh Dobbs, that did not happen. The injury to Ben Roethlisberger forced the Pittsburgh Steelers to promote Hodges and backup Rudolph. Last Sunday Hodges was forced into action against the Baltimore Ravens because of a vicious hit that knocked...
Earl Thomas fined for high hit on Mason Rudolph

Earl Thomas fined for high hit on Mason Rudolph

Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports The Ravens’ safety has been docked a big chunk of his Week 5 game check for his illegal hit on Mason Rudolph. The Pittsburgh Steelers are heading into a Week 6 showdown with the Los Angeles Chargers with their third string quarterback, Devlin Hodges, thanks to a high hit delivered by Baltimore Ravens’ safety Earl Thomas on quarterback Mason Rudolph. In Week 5, the Steelers came into the divisional game vs. the Ravens with the thought Rudolph was just starting to settle in as the new starter of the Steelers with Ben Roethlisberger out for the season...

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