11:46 AM EST, Wed December 19, 2018
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10 Things I Think I Thought about watching the only mostly dead Steelers beat the Patriots

10 Things I Think I Thought about watching the only mostly dead Steelers beat the Patriots

Watching the Steelers finally beat the Patriots had me thinking all sorts of thoughts after the game. Another home game for me, but I didn’t get to wear a color rush jersey. I don’t have one. Wish I had a Joe Haden jersey. Here are ten thoughts I thought along the way to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ improbable victory. Chris Hogan. Has anyone ever been more open in the history of the NFL? Now that’s a good question. I half expected Hogan to stop running, assuming the play must have been whistled dead. Heck, I think for a moment there he must have thought the rapture happened and...
1 hour ago
Joe Haden wins AFC Defensive Player of the Week honours for game against Patriots

Joe Haden wins AFC Defensive Player of the Week honours for game against Patriots

Joe Haden became the fourth Pittsburgh player to win player of the week honors in 2018 for his performance in Week 15. He may not have been honored with an invitation to the Pro Bowl when the official list was confirmed on Tuesday, but it appears Joe Haden will still have something to celebrate this week after it was announced he had won the AFC Defensive Player of the Week award for Week 15 on Wednesday. Joe Haden has been named AFC Defensive Player of the Week. MORE: https://t.co/uXKYeuVgqA pic.twitter.com/55YsczVpul— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) December 19, 2018 On a day...
2 hours ago
Mike Tomlin discusses the difficulty the Steelers will have with the Saints’ run defense

Mike Tomlin discusses the difficulty the Steelers will have with the Saints’ run defense

Ranking at the top of the league in several statistics, the Saints have excelled against the rush in 2018 In his weekly press conference, Mike Tomlin made a special note of the New Orleans Saints league rankings in run defense for 2018. “I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that there are number one in football versus the run. Part of that, obviously, is being a 12-2 football team. I understand that having leads and so forth, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that their number two in the league versus the run in terms of yards per carry. So they’re probably not getting a lot of...
3 hours ago
Did Mike Tomlin out-coach Bill Belichick in the Steelers 17-10 victory over the Patriots?

Did Mike Tomlin out-coach Bill Belichick in the Steelers 17-10 victory over the Patriots?

According to many, Mike Tomlin out-coached Bill Belichick in the Steelers 17-10 victory over the Patriots at Heinz Field on Sunday. I’m no football expert, so I don’t know for sure that, as the title of this article suggests, Mike Tomlin out-coached Bill Belichick in the Steelers 17-10 victory over the Patriots at Heinz Field on Sunday—but that’s what the people have been saying. Ever since Pittsburgh’s epic, exciting and very necessary (and let’s not forget cathartic) Week 15 win, I’ve been hearing phrases like “got the best of” and “got the better of” and (and this...
4 hours ago
Analyzing the Steelers’ Week 15 win over the Patriots, by the numbers

Analyzing the Steelers’ Week 15 win over the Patriots, by the numbers

The scoring numbers were low, but there were plenty of notable numbers to go around. 0:00 One of the major keys to the Steelers pulling out the victory over the Patriots was keeping them from holding a lead at any point if the game. I have always been someone who likes the notion of deferring when given the option and taking the ball in the second half. I did it every time as a coach. But by taking the ball and executing a touchdown drive, the Steelers put themselves in the driver seat to dictate what they wanted to do in the game. 18 The Steelers had an average starting position of their...
5 hours ago
Ben Roethlisberger has little respect for Ian Rapoport - ‘nothing of what he says there is any truth to’

Ben Roethlisberger has little respect for Ian Rapoport - ‘nothing of what he says there is any truth to’

Big Ben questioned the credibility of Ian Rapoport on Tuesday when asked about his report saying he had cracked ribs. If you were watching the pre game build up to Week 15 on the NFL Network last Sunday, you may have seen seen a breaking news segment from Ian Rapoport revealing some “insider” information about the true extent of the rib injury Ben Roethlisberger suffered at the hands of the Oakland Raiders. Detailing a scoop no one else in the media was privy to, Rapoport informed viewers that Big Ben was actually dealing with a much more significant injury than Pittsburgh was letting...
6 hours ago
Black and Gold Links: How the Steelers’ defense outsmarted Tom Brady and Bill Belichick

Black and Gold Links: How the Steelers’ defense outsmarted Tom Brady and Bill Belichick

Time to check on the latest news surrounding the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Pittsburgh Steelers are a very inconsistent team, and nothing showed this more than the team rebounding from losses to the Broncos, Chargers and Raiders with a huge home win vs. the New England Patriots in Week 15. It doesn’t get any easier for the Steelers though, as the New Orleans Saints await in Week 16. Today in the Black-and-gold links article, we take a look at how Keith Butler and Mike Tomlin, every Steelers fan’s favorite scapegoats, out-schemed, and out-smarted, the great Tom Brady and all-knowing Bill...
14 hours ago
Cam Heyward and James Conner among six Steelers voted to the Pro Bowl

Cam Heyward and James Conner among six Steelers voted to the Pro Bowl

Cam Heyward has finally been voted to his first Pro Bowl and will be joined by another first time selection in James Conner. The NFL revealed the rosters for the Pro Bowl on Tuesday evening and only one team in the league saw more players honored than the Pittsburgh Steelers this year. Cam Heyward and James Conner are two first time selections in a group that includes Antonio Brown, David DeCastro, Alejandro Villanueva and Maurkice Pouncey, with only the Los Angeles Chargers sending more representatives in 2019. Representing Pittsburgh at the 2019 #ProBowl: Cameron Heyward Antonio...
20 hours ago
NFL Power Rankings: Steelers’ big win over Patriots moves them up the rankings

NFL Power Rankings: Steelers’ big win over Patriots moves them up the rankings

The Steelers were a unanimous Top 5 team heading into the regular season and after a big win in Week 15 they start to move back into the Top 10. The only consistent aspect of the Pittsburgh Steelers early in the season were their inconsistencies. After an opening week tie with the Cleveland Browns, followed by a loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, the Steelers had shown it all — amazing offense, head-scratching play calling and shoddy defense, among others. Needless to say, the Steelers experienced a precipitous drop in the weekly NFL Power Rankings because of their poor play which resulted...
21 hours ago
Terrell Edmunds placed in concussion protocol as Cam Heyward and Bud Dupree battle knee injuries

Terrell Edmunds placed in concussion protocol as Cam Heyward and Bud Dupree battle knee injuries

The Steelers could see some defensive players limited in the portions of the week after they picked up new injuries in Week 15. The Pittsburgh Steelers will have a number of new injury concerns to worry about this week as they prepare to face the New Orleans Saints after Mike Tomlin detailed a list of the walking wounded at his press conference on Tuesday. But while practice participation could be limited for some names on defense initially, there appears to be a degree of optimism that James Conner might be able to resume training as early as Wednesday. “On the injury front, Cam...
22 hours ago
Patriots CB Stephon Gilmore complains about a ‘super dirty’ move by Antonio Brown

Patriots CB Stephon Gilmore complains about a ‘super dirty’ move by Antonio Brown

Antonio Brown has been called many things over the years, but dirty is not one of them. In a moment many of us probably missed in the Pittsburgh Steelers win over the New England Patriots, it would seem that Antonio Brown had a bit of a shoving match with cornerback Stephon Gilmore. Needing to be separated by officials, tempers reportedly flared in response to an alleged cheap shot by Brown. Speaking to the media after the game, Gilmore told Zac Cox of NESN what had caused the two players to clash. “He did a little dirty move, grabbed my helmet, threw me down. That was super dirty. But...
23 hours ago
Steelers Stock Report: See whose stock is rising, and falling, after the win over the Patriots

Steelers Stock Report: See whose stock is rising, and falling, after the win over the Patriots

Time to check in on the Steelers Stock Report after their Week 15 win over New England. Stock report! Stock Down: Demons and Travails On October 30, 2011, the Steelers defeated the Patriots 25-17. That day, Deion Branch and pre-conviction Aaron Hernandez scored touchdowns for the Patriots, Shaun Suisham kicked three field goals for the Steelers, and the proceedings concluded when Troy Polamalu punched LaMarr Woodley’s strip-sack outta the back of the endzone. I, then in my sophomore year of college, was in the crowd, adorned in a Mike Wallace jersey that I bought for $25 as part of a...
Dec 18, 2018
AFC Playoff Scenario: On paper, the Steelers’ road to an AFC North title is simple

AFC Playoff Scenario: On paper, the Steelers’ road to an AFC North title is simple

The Pittsburgh Steelers could clinch their third straight AFC North crown this weekend, but it won’t be easy. The Pittsburgh Steelers’ Week 15 win over the New England Patriots was huge for many reasons. One of those reasons was it kept Pittsburgh’s slim half-game lead in the AFC North in tact. Another reason the win over the Patriots was huge was how it made the team’s clinching scenario for the AFC North simple — at least on paper. If the Steelers are able to beat the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans in Week 16, and the Baltimore Ravens lose to the Los Angeles Chargers, the...
Dec 18, 2018
Steelers open as 6.5-point underdogs vs. the Saints in Week 16

Steelers open as 6.5-point underdogs vs. the Saints in Week 16

Pittsburgh will be underdogs for the second week in a row when they take on the New Orleans Saints in a must win matchup. While the Pittsburgh Steelers may have exorcised some demons with a win over the New England Patriots on Sunday, there is little time to celebrate with the New Orleans Saints up next on the schedule. Arguably the best team the Steelers will face in 2018, the contest is another must win game for a team fighting for their playoff lives. However, much like they did last week, the bookmakers seem unconvinced the Steelers will be able to get the job done when they travel to...
Dec 18, 2018
Randy Fichtner brought his ‘A’ Game in Steelers’ win vs. Patriots

Randy Fichtner brought his ‘A’ Game in Steelers’ win vs. Patriots

The Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator called a beautiful game vs. the New England Patriots in Week 15. Given the fact the Steelers offense scored just 17 points against New England on Sunday, it might be tempting to suggest offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner did not call his best game. Don’t be tempted. His play designs and use of formations were excellent and he found creative wrinkles to disguise some of the Steelers’ base concepts, thereby keeping New England off balance. In short, the first-year coordinator called one of his best games when the team needed him most....