7:47 PM EDT, Tue October 16, 2018
4 hours ago
James Conner continues to prove his pass-catching skills are not a weakness in his game

James Conner continues to prove his pass-catching skills are not a weakness in his game

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ running back is defying the narrative written about his coming into his sophomore season. The Pittsburgh Steelers are a team, or more specifically an offense, which asks a lot out of their running back. This is by design, considering Le’Veon Bell, the NFL’s most versatile running back, has been the one in the backfield since he was drafted in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. However, when Bell elected to sit out regular season games and not sign his franchise tag tender, it opened the door for second year running back James Conner to step in, and step...
5 hours ago
Stephon Tuitt is the Pittsburgh Steelers’ invisible man

Stephon Tuitt is the Pittsburgh Steelers’ invisible man

The Pittsburgh Steelers may need to file a missing person report on DE Stephon Tuitt. The man has been MIA this season. Growing up I used to love the TV series Lassie. It was about a beautiful collie dog that lived on a farm and belonged to a little boy named Timmy. Each week they would experience another adventure and there would be another happy ending. I wanted Lassie to be my dog, she was so smart and brave. Truthfully, she had to be, because little Timmy repeatedly proved he was an idiot. Each episode a random adult had a conversation with Lassie concerning the whereabouts of little...
6 hours ago
Analyzing the Steelers’ Week 6 win over the Bengals, by the numbers

Analyzing the Steelers’ Week 6 win over the Bengals, by the numbers

The percentage of drives ending in a punt and the lack of sacks surrendered headline the positives from Sunday. 128 The Steelers have had 128 offensive snaps (including two-point conversions) over more than two games since the last time Ben Roethlisberger has been sacked. Of those 128 plays, 80 have been drop-backs by the quarterback which have resulted in 52 completions. Additionally, Ben has scrambled and rushed for a first down on two different occasions. Over the last 13 quarters played, the Steelers have only given up one sack. During this time, the Steelers have run 202 offensive...
7 hours ago
NFL Power Rankings, Week 7: Steelers rise up into the Top 10 after huge win over Bengals

NFL Power Rankings, Week 7: Steelers rise up into the Top 10 after huge win over Bengals

The Pittsburgh Steelers were a unanimous Top 5 team heading into the regular season, but not anymore. These days, they’re just trying to stay near the Top 10. The only consistent aspect of the Pittsburgh Steelers are their inconsistencies, but maybe this is a trend about to change. 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...
9 hours ago
Steelers Stock Report: See whose stock is rising, and falling, after the win over the Bengals

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

Time to check in with the Stock Report after the Steelers’ 28-21 win over the Bengals in Week 6. The Cincinnati Bengals’ hopes of defeating the Steelers at home died suddenly on Sunday afternoon, surrounded by 60,000 zealously-loyal but consistently snake-bitten fans. Those hopes lasted exactly one minute and eight seconds on the game clock. With 1:18 left in fourth quarter, Joe Mixon bulldozed his way into the south end zone at Paul Brown Stadium to tie Sunday’s proceedings at 20-all, and moments later Randy Bullock nailed the extra point to give the Bengals a 21-20 lead. The home...
10 hours ago
Report: NFL to investigate plays where Vontaze Burfict tried to injure members of the Steelers

Report: NFL to investigate plays where Vontaze Burfict tried to injure members of the Steelers

Mr. Burfict might be hearing from the league office for his antics vs. the Steelers. The Pittsburgh Steelers, and their fans, know all about Vontaze Burfict’s antics. They have seen it on display on more than one occasion. No, it isn’t always the brutal hit to Le’Veon Bell, or Baltimore Ravens tight end Maxx Williams, but the plays which often go unnoticed. Stepping on players when getting out of a pile, twisting ankles and showing intent to injure. After a very questionable hit to the head of Antonio Brown during the Week 6 showdown at Paul Brown Stadium, the NFL is reportedly going...
11 hours ago
Steelers continue to build momentum while leaving the Bengals in a funk

Steelers continue to build momentum while leaving the Bengals in a funk

Once again, the Black-and-gold demonstrated the crucial difference between confidence and overconfidence in their last-minute, 28-21 win. It was another one of those Twilight Zone moments in the Queen City. Just at that marvelous second with the clock winding down in the final quarter — when Antonio Brown grabbed a perfect Ben Roethlisberger pass in full stride and split the Bengals’ defensive seam for the game-winning touchdown — you almost expected Rod Serling to walk out and deliver one of his deadpan monologues about the uncanny twists of fate. A Cincinnati crowd — which only a...
12 hours ago
Report: Steelers not expecting Le’Veon Bell to return during the bye-week

Report: Steelers not expecting Le’Veon Bell to return during the bye-week

It should come as no surprise to learn that the Steelers are unlikely to see the return of their star running back in Week 7. It’s hard to imagine that anyone really expected Le’Veon Bell to return to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday, but that didn’t stop local sports scribes or the national sports media from providing updates throughout the day about his continued absence. If the Steelers’ star running back ever intended to return this week, it was never going to be earlier than Saturday — but now it seems even that might not be happening. This just in from Steelers source :...
13 hours ago
Podcast: Have the Pittsburgh Steelers FINALLY turned the corner?

Podcast: Have the Pittsburgh Steelers FINALLY turned the corner?

After the Steelers turned in a thriller on Sunday against Cincinnati, BTSC’s Anthony Defeo and Bryan Anthony Davis recap the game and wonder whether the offense can continue covering for the defense. The Pittsburgh Steelers had a thrilling win yesterday in Cincinnati. Have they finally turned the corner, or is the defense still too much of a liability? BTSC’s Bryan Anthony Davis and Anthony Defeo took a day to recover from their joy and asked your opinion of the terrain ahead in the latest edition of Steelers Hangover. Take a look at the rundown for the latest episode of the call-in...
14 hours ago
Black and Gold Links: Joe Haden thankful for the win, but knows he left a lot on the field

Black and Gold Links: Joe Haden thankful for the win, but knows he left a lot on the field

Time to check on the latest news surrounding the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Pittsburgh Steelers are back-to-back winners for the first time in this 2018 season after a solid performance vs. the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium in Week 6. With the team now able to relax on their bye-week in Week 7, they will hope to improve on their 3-2-1 record by beating the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens in Weeks 8 and 9. Something I did last season and I’m going to start again is the Black-and-gold Links article. This is an article where I take stories from quality news sources across...
Oct 15, 2018
AFC North Roundup: Steelers find themselves right in the thick of the division race

AFC North Roundup: Steelers find themselves right in the thick of the division race

Taking a look around the AFC North heading into Week 7. With Week 6 of the NFL schedule officially in the books, at least for the AFC North, it’s time to take a look back at those teams who call the AFC North home to see how they fared and what the standings look like after this week’s action. The first goal for each team in the NFL is to win its division. Doing so guarantees both a playoff spot and a home playoff game, so even these early-season games are important when it comes to divisional rankings. Let’s take a spin around the AFC North to check on the Baltimore Ravens,...
Oct 15, 2018
Ben Roethlisberger and Steelers teammates paint ugly picture of Vontaze Burfict

Ben Roethlisberger and Steelers teammates paint ugly picture of Vontaze Burfict

The Pittsburgh Steelers were able to pull out a remarkable win in Week 6, and the stories told about Vontaze Burfict after the game might be even more remarkable than the win itself. There is no denying the talent Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict possesses. From a strictly performance standpoint, Burfict is one of the most talented linebackers in the game. But there is something which separates him from the rest of the talent at the position across the NFL. The cheap shots. The suspensions. The trash talk. The malicious activity after the whistle. For all the adjectives to...
Oct 15, 2018
If Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson is available via trade, the Steelers should be calling

If Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson is available via trade, the Steelers should be calling

With the Arizona Cardinals reportedly open to trading many of their players, Pittsburgh should be enquiring about the price of their star cornerback If the rumors coming out of Arizona are to be believed, the Cardinals are preparing for a fire sale in the coming weeks. With reports emerging of numerous names on the trading block ahead of the October 30 deadline, the list of talent potentially available appears to be growing with every defeat. Sitting at 1-5 after dropping their Week 6 matchup with the Minnesota Vikings, Arizona is apparently looking to clean house with the 2018 season...
Oct 15, 2018
Winners and Losers after the big win over Cincinnati in Week 6

Winners and Losers after the big win over Cincinnati in Week 6

After a game, we take note of certain players who performed well and others who didn’t. This is where the Winners and Losers column comes in. The Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals took part in a huge game at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday, and the Steelers presented their loyal fan base with their first division win of the regular season. The 28-21 victory was the most complete performance by the team to date, and there were some good, and bad, performances worthy of recognition. During the game, some perform well, while others fall short of the standard. This is where the Winners...
Oct 15, 2018
Report Card: Grading the Steelers win over the Bengals in Week 6

Report Card: Grading the Steelers win over the Bengals in Week 6

BTSC breaks out the red pen and assigns grades to the Steelers after their jubilee in the jungle. The time has come, once again, for the grand disclaimer. You know the story. I’m not a football coach, or a teacher, but I play one in blogs and podcasts. I had mixed emotions regarding the Steelers chances to get back in the AFC North Division race with a possible win over the team they’ve beaten in six straight contests. I was cautiously optimistic that things can continue to go in the right direction and that the Steelers could build on the momentum of last week’s big win over the ATL....