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    • Ravens 7 - 5
    • Steelers 7 - 5
    • Bengals 4 - 7 - 1
    • Browns 0 - 12

    2016 Schedule & Recap

    • 9/12 @Redskins
      38- 16 W

      The Steelers traveled to the nation's capital to take on a rather mediocre team in the Washington Redskins. The Skins playoff berth a season ago was a farce given their division and the disappointment throughout. Moving forward to free agency followed by the draft, Dan Schneider didn't provide much of an upgrade for this team to take the next step. So it was a great opportunity for Tomlin's bunch to shake off the demons of years past and defeat a team they were expected to. Not only did they accomplish this task but they dominated. They imposed their will on a team that appeared to look defeated early on. It felt like I was witnessing the first week of college football with a Power 5 team going up against the FCS. The Steeler defense for the most part showed that they had improved from last year and that is a positive sign. The offense simply wore down the Skin's D, with the signature moment coming on a 15 yard scamper into the the end zone with DeAngelo Williams slicing through Breeland and Bruton who wanted NOTHING to do with tackling at that moment, maybe not at all tonight. Both should donate their game checks to charity, take two weeks off and retire. Of all the good that happened for the Steelers on this night I want to shine a light on one player. Yes Ben threw for 300, Williams stepped in for Bell and ran for a buck forty-three, but how about Antonio Brown. Dos Equis may want to give AB a call to advertise their product because in my opinion he is the most interesting man in the NFL. He took Norman and company to school all game and they had to fight the urge to thank him after. Brown is so interesting that he dropped a pass just to see how it felt. Tonight was a great warmup for next week as the Bengals come to town. I want to ask Kirk Cousins one question about tonight's contest, "YOU LIKE THAT?"

      STATISTICS

      Ben Roethlisberger:
      27/37 300 passing yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT

      DeAngelo Williams:
      143 yards rushing, 2 TDs

      Antonio Brown:
      8 receptions, 126 yards, 2 TDs

      Eli Rogers:
      6 receptions, 59 yards, 1 TD

      Jesse James:
      5 receptions, 31 yards

      DeAngelo Williams:
      6 receptions, 28 yards

      Defense:
      55 rushing yards allowed, 329 receiving yards allowed, 2 INTs

    • 9/18 Bengals
      24 - 16 W

      The Bengals came to the steel city "Burfictless" as they had their eyes set on getting a leg up within the competitive AFC North. The weather unfortunately put a damper on what many expected to be an offensive show with Adriel Jeremiah Green wanting to showcase his talents against the most interesting man in the NFL. That was not meant to be. What this contest came down to was which team could run the ball and provide one or two splash plays required to edge it's opponent. Fortunately for Steeler Nation, their team was on the receiving end. Big Ben didn't have his best day, however it certainly wasn't his worst as he threw for 259 with 3 TDs and 2 INTs. Two of those touchdowns finding the hands of their tight ends. Both Grimble and the "outlaw" Jessie James filled in nicely for the absence of Heath and it looks as though that utilizing a tight end by committee theme can make the transition a success following 83's retirement. The ageless wonder provided another performance that debunks the theory that you cannot have success as a running back after the age of 30. At 33, DeAngelo is leading the league albeit after only two weeks in rushing. He was the catalyst in the offense's strategy as the rain continued to fall onto Heinz Field. I believe however that the defense should receive as much credit as the offense. Butler's sophomore season at the helm has lifted this organization to new heights given the play of the young secondary and relentless pressure applied to the quarterbacks. The Steel D only had one sack with no interceptions but as I've said in the past, you only need to pressure the QB early and often to yield "shaky feet" syndrome which it seems Big Red had for much of the afternoon. His leading receiver was Bernard thus forcing 14 to dinking and dunking his way to a 300 yard day. AJ Green was non existent and their running game produced a poverty-stricken 46 yards on the ground. This stingy D forced 2 fumbles with the second sealing the game. So the Steelers at 2-0 head to Philly for an interstate showdown. As we move on from this contest I think both teams should be commended for keeping their poise and not allowing today to turn into what happened last January, however I can't help but think that maybe the sole reason lies with one player that wasn't on the field today and thus believe that the NFL might be better off "Burfictless".

      STATISTICS

      Ben Roethlisberger:
      19/37 259 passing yards, 3 TDs, 2 INT

      DeAngelo Williams:
      94 yards rushing

      Antonio Brown:
      4 receptions, 39 yards

      Sammy Coates:
      2 receptions, 94 yards

      DeAngelo Williams:
      4 receptions, 38 yards, 1 TD

      Jesse James:
      3 receptions, 29 yards, 1 TD

      Xavier Grimble:
      2 receptions, 26 yards, 1 TD

      Defense:
      46 rushing yards allowed, 366 receiving yards allowed, 1 Sack

    • 9/25 @Eagles
      34 - 3 L

      As the Steelers entered the city of brotherly love it appeared they gave much more than they received taking what appeared to be an additional bye week. Maybe they felt that they needed this week to relax and think a rookie QB would bow down and fold at the heels of this team's legacy. The only energy the Steelers D produced was magnetic as they were stuck to the Eagles Oline all afternoon. If the NFL is fixed then this is textbook. I don't believe a professional team with this much talent can head into a game and puke up a performance such as this. Don't care about stats, turnovers or excuses. I won't even bore you with the offense's performance. It simply seemed as though this Steelers team forgot to take the Steel mentality with them. This team should be completely motivated the remainder of the season after this embarrassment. As a competitor how can you hang your hat, look at your kids and say,"I gave it my all." I have a quote for coach Tomin, don't "own it"........FIX IT!"

      STATISTICS

      Ben Roethlisberger:
      24/44 257 passing yards, 1 INT

      DeAngelo Williams:
      21 yards rushing

      Antonio Brown:
      12 receptions, 140 yards

      Sammy Coates:
      3 receptions, 50 yards

      Defense:
      125 rushing yards allowed, 301 receiving yards allowed

    • 10/2 Chiefs
      43 - 13 W

      Tonight was tagged "Redemption Sunday" by Steeler's head coach Mike Tomlin as the "Godfather of the screen" came to the Steel city. Andy Reid's disciple utilized Reid's scheme's to thrash the Steelers D for 34 points a week ago while the defense pressured Ben and shut down the running game. One could only wonder how the defense would fare against a veteran QB at the helm along with Jamal Charles returning after a year on IR. I said last week that I didn't want to hear Tomlin own the Eagles' debacle but fix it. A special film session with the Steelers reviewing last week's performance as a team and setting their egos aside, Tomlin and his bunch of "renegades" did just that. They busted out of the locker room with a controlled energy that Kansas City simply would not be able to handle. Big Ben had as many TD passes as he did incompletions tossing the pigskin to DHB, "Buck-Wheaton", "the outlaw" and finally two in the direction of the most interesting man in the NFL. A big boost as if this offense needed it tonight was the return of the "Bell dozer" who had a ho hum 144 yards rushing with an 8 yard per carry average. As far as the defense handling the Chiefs' O, they bullied Alex and the Chiefs all night recording 4 sacks, 1 INT and countless "business" decisions made by what seemed to be every receiver and running back the Chiefs employ due the physical play that was led by backup Vince Williams who was all over the field. Smith was a non factor as the Steelers jumped to a big lead early and forced KC to go one dimensional which they are not very successful at doing. Tonight was a great response to last week's let down. One positive I took from the Eagles' game was the way the Steelers stuck together through the week leading up to tonight and did not point fingers. It reminds me of a great quote from the Godfather movies, "Confidence is silent. Insecurities are loud." This team is riding their quiet confidence into next week's showdown with the J-E-T-S in which I quote the great Al Pacino, "Hoo ah!"

      STATISTICS

      Ben Roethlisberger:
      22/27 300 passing yards, 5 TDs

      Le'Veon Bell
      144 yards rushing

      Antonio Brown:
      4 receptions, 64 yards, 2 TDs

      Sammy Coates:
      6 receptions, 79 yards

      Le'Veon Bell
      5 receptions, 34 yards

      Darrius Heyward-Bey
      1 reception, 31 yards 1 TD

      Marcus Wheaton
      1 reception, 30 yards, 1 TD

      Jesse James
      2 receptions, 15 yards, 1 TD

      Defense:
      87 rushing yards allowed, 287 receiving yards allowed, 4 Sacks, 1 INT

    • 10/9 Jets
      31 - 13 W

      The Jets hopes to turn around their season crashed and burned today at the ketchup bottle as the Steelers set the tone early when Big 7 hit Coates for a 72 yard bomb that saw Sammie "Jet" past the entire defense on his way to paydirt. This Steelers O didn't need a running attack today as Ben went for almost 400 with Coates leading the way with 139 and 2 scores. Ben spread the ball all over the field. There was even an "outlaw" sighting in the end zone as Jesse James continues to escape the grips of defenders. No Shazier? No Golden? No problem. The Steelers continued their "next man up" mentality and got to Harvard 3 times and held the running game of the Jets to under 100. Today was another good example of this Steelers team not just winning a game they should but winning in convincing fashion. Let's hope they take this performance down to sunny Miami next week and take care of the fins.

      STATISTICS

      Ben Roethlisberger:
      34/47 380 passing yards, 4 TDs

      Le'Veon Bell
      66 yards rushing, 9 receptions, 88 yards

      Antonio Brown:
      9 receptions, 78 yards, 1 TD

      Sammy Coates:
      6 receptions, 139 yards, 2 TDs

      Darrius Heyward-Bey
      1 reception, 31 yards 1 TD

      Jesse James
      6 receptions, 43 yards, 1 TD

      Defense:
      72 rushing yards allowed, 244 receiving yards allowed, 3 Sacks, 1 fumble recovery

    • 10/16 @Dolphins
      30 - 15 L

      The Steelers performance today fell through #94 as they puked all over Hard Rock Stadium. Same old story under Tomlin as a 1-4 team revived their season. The fins were ranked 31st in rushing yards per game, however it Seemed as though they ran for 1,000 today. There was just enough lethargic effort from the Steelers on both sides of the ball to enable a breakout day for the fins. Their lone win? A squeaker against the Browns. Steeler Nation was waiting for this team to wake up, but it never happened. It felt like they headed to South Beach for a vacation instead of playing a football game. There was no AB, no pressure on Tannehill, no timely takeaways, no overall energy, all in which spells NO WIN. How does this happen? When the Steelers were out of sync on offense in the past what was the answer? NO HUDDLE. Didn't happen. Deep passes? I believe just one. Pressure on Tannehill? Blitz and Blitz often. Didn't seem to happen. This once again shows that you cannot waltz into a game and think a 1-4 team is going to bow to you, especially in their Stadium. The Dolphins "Rocked" the Steelers "Hard" this afternoon and with the Pats coming to town next week with an injured Ben Roethlisberger coupled with a loss in the AFC, I'm feeling a little sick to my stomach as well.

      STATISTICS

      Ben Roethlisberger:
      19/34 189 passing yards, 1 TD

      Le'Veon Bell
      53 yards rushing, 6 receptions, 55 yards

      Antonio Brown:
      4 receptions, 39 yards

      Eli Rogers:
      4 receptions, 35 yards

      Darrius Heyward-Bey
      60 yards rushing, 1 TD

      Defense:
      222 rushing yards allowed, 252 receiving yards allowed

    • 10/23 Patriots
      27 - 16 L

      E-F-F-O-R-T
      This word is the difference between the Steelers sitting in the drivers seat within their division and where they stand today, just one game ahead. As the Patriots entered Heinz Field this afternoon they brought along a healthy team poised to take full control of the entire AFC. Head Coach Mike Tomlin has not fared well against these pesky Pats racking up a record of 2-4 with one win coming against Matt Cassel. His Steelers were banged up and without Big #7, giving Steeler Nation serious reason for concern. Let's break down this word EFFORT as we recap today's contest. Mike Tomlin stated he hoped his team would play this game with high "E"nergy. Hoped? These are professionals not children. In my opinion the level of energy was inconsistent throughout the Masses as Tom Brady led his team to an early lead. The Steelers had a chance to strike first after a turnover but that ship sailed into the arms of Butler as Landry under threw AB. The Steelers lost their "F"ocus as it was a necessity to prevent Gronk from ...... well going Gronk as he has in the past. The Pats lulled this D into complacency before unleashing Gronk who made two key catches. One for a touchdown and another to set up one for Lagarrette Blount. "F"ortitude was required to overcome the adversity of a long list of key players that were either on IR or a snap count which seemed to be the case for Ryan Shazier. In my opinion Landry Jones for the most part made his case in replacement of Ben by engineering drives that could have and should have resulted in points however fell short or wide of the mark due to players not performing at their "O"ptimum potential. Chris Boswell who has enjoyed success while wearing the black and gold uncharacteristically missed not one but two field goals that could have made the difference in how the Steelers approached the waning minutes of today's contest. Stopping the run takes "R"esilience and the Steelers didn't provide enough as Blount pounded his way to 127 yards with 2 touchdowns and a 5.3 yard per carry average. In order for any team to win they need to work "T"ogether, both within and outside the white lines. With all of the missed tackles, blocks and field goals, dropped passes, poor game management, inconsistent play calling on both sides and failure to pressure Tom Brady simply spelled DOOM for this Steelers bunch who now limp into an off week licking their wounds and trying to figure out how to turn this around. I have an idea, give more all around EFFORT!

      STATISTICS

      Landry Jones:
      29/47 281 passing yards, 1 TD, 1 INT

      Le'Veon Bell
      81 yards rushing, 10 receptions, 68 yards

      Antonio Brown:
      7 receptions, 106 yards

      Darrius Heyward-Bey
      3 receptions, 30 yards, 1 TD

      Defense:
      140 rushing yards allowed, 222 receiving yards allowed, 2 defensive fumble recoveries

    • 10/30 BYE
    • 11/6 @Ravens
      21 - 14 L

      Awful spilled all over M&T Bank Stadium as the hapless Steelers with two weeks off entered today's contest the only way they knew how, fully unprepared. The Crows, coming off a four game skid fell into a perfect spot against the perfect opponent, the Pittsburgh Steelers. This team under Mike Tomlin seems to love restoring the season of woeful organizations, even their inner division rivals, although it didn't feel, look or resemble a typical black and blue matchup we expect to take in and enjoy. The Steelers were emotionless, lethargic and down right unfocused all afternoon. Seems like a theme the past 3 contests. Their first 11 drives went no where as their 3rd down conversions were nonexistent. The Ravens O wasn't any better as Flacco had a pedestrian type of performance however enough of one with a "splash" play that saw the longest TD reception in Baltimore Ravens history fall into the hands of ex-Steeler Mike Wallace who turned what should have been a short completion into a 95 yard scamper after breaking what seemed to be an attempt of a tackle by Mitchell. Ben was extremely rusty as many of his passes fell to the turf with his receivers holding their hands in the air. Their was a lot of blame to go around as it wasn't all on Ben. Sammie Coates deciding not to run out a go route in which he could have made a splash play to ignite this team to dropping an even bigger opportunity in the end zone was an effort and focus issue. Special teams was atrocious as they missed blocking a punt thus causing a penalty for roughing the punter as well as completely missing an assignment on the other end allowing the Ravens to rush untouched and turn a blocked punt of their own into 6 points. The most interesting man in the NFL hasn't been interesting since September. When was the last time AB tried to gain extra yards after the catch or return a punt? Contract year??? The sidelines were emotionless thus crossing the white lines with the same attitude. Even when a positive play occurred, the Steelers ho hummed their way back to the huddle. Might be time to bring back "the chin" if only to inspire the troops along the sideline by spitting and cussing out lack luster performances. The Steelers were a laughing stock today as the play of the game was an attempted onside kick towards the end of the game which turned into an epic failure. Not only were the Ravens chuckling but so too were the referees as they huddled to hide their grins and giggles. I have 4 words for Todd Haley, "Jim Kelly's Buffalo Bills." Spread them out and go no huddle. Nobody put up statistics worth mentioning since the end result was a loss. There are many questions that reside with this Steelers team. Where's the passion? Where's the pride? Where are the leaders of this team? Is Ben at this stage of his career truly a better option at whatever percentage he played at today versus a healthy Landry Jones? Is Mike Tomlin's rhetoric falling on deaf ears within the confines of the Steelers meeting rooms? All of these questions should have been answered following the bye week for this team is not playing like men of steel, rather they are playing like men of straw.

      STATISTICS

      Ben Roethlisberger:
      23/45 264 passing yards, 1 TD, 1 INT

      Le'Veon Bell
      32 yards rushing, 6 receptions, 38 yards

      Antonio Brown:
      7 receptions, 85 yards, 1 TD

      Eli Rogers
      6 receptions, 103 yards

      Defense:
      50 rushing yards allowed, 224 receiving yards allowed, 2 sacks, 1 INT

    • 11/13 Cowboys
      35 - 30 L

      No accountability or discipline

      That was the cry from Big Ben after their 4th straight loss, this one falling to Dallas' team (not America's), the Cowboys who are trending upward in many experts eyes. They brought arguably the best O-line in football along with two rookies vying for post season hardware as both Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott are both mid season favorites to win rookie of the year, offensive player of the year as well as talk of league MVP. They both definitely made a case for themselves today. Steelers Nation was "up in the air" on what Steelers team would reveal itself as they have been inconsistent all season. The game began on a positive note for the Home town team as a turnover quickly produced 6 points as the Steelers 2 point attempt failed as would be a trend in today's affair. The Steelers were in control it seemed as they lead 12-3 with momentum on their side. That's when everything changed, which would be a theme throughout for both teams. With 27 seconds left in the opening quarter, Elliott took what appeared to be a simple screen on a 2nd and eighteen 83 yards to pay dirt outrunning the entire defense including ex-buckeye teammate Ryan Shazier. Poor angles and zero recognition of the screen seemed to be the culprit on this season long play for Dallas. After exchanging field goals the Steelers took a 2 point lead heading into the half. The Steelers received first dibs to start the second half and what looked liked a promising drive resulted in just 3 points after failing to increase their lead significantly with a first and goal from the seven yard line. Three straight passing plays with none going in the direction of 26. Still this Offense provided their D with a 5 point lead. When this D needed to come out and get a stop they simply couldn't respond as the Cowboys worked their way methodically down field and was able to pull within 2 again. That's when the special teams got involved. Late in the third, Berry attempted to change field position when Lucky Whitehead, yes Lucky Whitehead returned the boot 39 yards into Steelers territory. 4 plays later after a hold that put Dallas in another long down and distance, Dak Prescott threw his second touchdown of the day hooking up with Dez Bryant who seemed to be manned up by the rookie Burns who ironically got burned on the play with no help over the top. In looking at the replay, Dak could have thrown to either of his three receivers as they were all open for scores which tells you about the coverage ability of the Steelers secondary. With little to no pressure provided upfront, this secondary albeit young will continue to be exposed for splash plays such as these that can turn the tide and confidence of a visiting team with a rookie quarterback. As the last frame began the Steelers who trailed by 5 traded possessions with the Cowboys with nothing to show from their efforts. With just under 8 to go the Steelers with an impressive drive stormed down the field which ended in a 1 yard TD reach by Bell. Needed to go for two to extend the lead to 3 their efforts failed yet again as Ben's impressive flip fell out of the arms of Toussaint. With a one point lead and thoughts of "Renegade" on Steelers Nation's mind, Dak and Elliott looked like seasoned vets as they utilized that massive O line which had worn down the Steelers D and grunted their way on a 10 play 75 yard drive that resulted in melting six minutes off of the clock and producing a 14 yard TD run by Elliott. So with 1:55 left it was up to Big Ben. What ensued might have been the most impressive drive of the season resulting in what should have been the greatest game winning toss (a la Dan Marino) of the season thus far when number 7 hooked up with AB on a fake spike that put the Steelers ahead with 42 seconds left. It wasn't meant to be. This was to be the moment the rookies showed their inexperience and the Steelers D capped off a game as in the past with their signature turnover or sack to end things, this was to be the turning point after a horrific effort against Baltimore a week ago. Instead the Boys calmly and confidently marched down the field with the help of a face mask to set up what was the final score of the game as the Steelers D as Elliott put it, "parted like the Red Sea" as it seemed the defense for the Steelers didn't to be gap savvy on the play as what was the case much of the night for what seemed to be a 1,000 yard rushing night for the young scamper from The Ohio State University. When discipline and accountability was most crucial this team failed to show their mettle this falling below .500 after a 4-1 start to the season. Many questions remain within this team and a shake up of some sort is needed if they have serious considerations about tournament play. We'll see as the Steelers head to Cleveland who haven't won a game since December 13th of last year. I don't know about you but I'm definitely nervous about this one given this teams track record. The result could lead to a different form of crying.

      STATISTICS

      Ben Roethlisberger:
      37/46 408 passing yards, 3 TDs

      Le'Veon Bell
      57 yards rushing, 1 TD, 9 receptions, 77 yards, 1 TD

      Antonio Brown:
      14 receptions, 154 yards, 1 TD

      Eli Rogers
      4 receptions, 42 yards, 1 TD

      Jesse James
      4 receptions, 59 yards

      Defense:
      127 rushing yards allowed, 295 receiving yards allowed, 2 sacks, 1 INT, 1 defensive fumble recovery

    • 11/20 @Browns
      24 - 9 W

      The Steelers headed to Cleveland for an unprecedented second bye week of the season. The Steelers treated this contest like it was a scrimmage as the Stadium was empty and most of the Browns players seemed to simply try to survive the game. This group punished their opponent with 8 sacks, knocking out one QB as well as almost knocking out his backup, recording an INT and pounding out 146 yards on the ground while possessing the ball for almost 34 minutes. Much has been made about Ben's total number of wins at First Energy as the starter since the Stadium's opening in 1999. Bottom line is that the Steelers handled their business against maybe the worst NFL team in a decade. It was a blessing for this struggling organization to recapture some of what made them great during their 4-1 steak early on. However, to say that this team is back to post season prominence is a serious stretch. They have been inconsistent at best and many questions continue left to be unanswered. This week's question, will this team give us anything to be thankful for?

      STATISTICS

      Ben Roethlisberger:
      23/36 167 passing yards

      Le'Veon Bell
      146 yards rushing, 1 TD, 8 receptions, 55 yards

      Antonio Brown:
      8 receptions, 76 yards

      Eli Rogers
      4 receptions, 20 yards

      Defense:
      33 rushing yards allowed, 176 receiving yards allowed, 8 sacks, 1 INT, 1 defensive fumble recovery

    • 11/24 @Colts
      28 - 7 W

      The Steelers traveled to Indy on Thanksgiving Day Night to increase their win streak and end up with a turkey leg bite. What good fortune they had as Andrew Luck could not play and the Steelers took full advantage on this Thanksgiving Day. Three-eth by air and oneth by ground, the Steelers O sure looked sound. Big Ben stood in there like a huge oak tree and tossed all three to his friend AB. Let us not forget about the other side of the ball for they are the ones who needed to answer the call. With bone crushing hits and tackles galore, this D had Steeler Nation screaming for more! Two INTs to go along with 3 sacks, the Colts backup QB spent much of the night flat on his back. Have the Steelers recovered from their mid season drown? I guess we'll find out as New York comes to town. Back to tonight, a special game MVP for the Steelers had not one but three. And as tradition goes they must each eat a leg of turkey, however the way they reacted it must have tasted like beef jerky. The Steelers gave it their all and chewed with all their might to provide a special win for Steeler Nation on this Thanksgiving Day Night!

      STATISTICS

      Ben Roethlisberger:
      14/20 221 passing yards, 3 TDs

      Le'Veon Bell
      120 yards rushing, 1 TD, 4 receptions, 22 yards

      Antonio Brown:
      5 receptions, 91 yards, 3 TDs

      Eli Rogers
      2 receptions, 36 yards

      Ladarius Green
      2 receptions, 67 yards

      Defense:
      91 rushing yards allowed, 219 receiving yards allowed, 3 sacks, 2 INT

    • 12/4 Giants
      24 - 14 W

      The Steelers continued their upward rise as the New York Football Giants came to town riding a six game winning streak along with a QB who has two Super Bowls under his belt and a flair for the dramatic. His poise along with their D playing "above the line" was going to be a true test. With both teams needing the win it was Steeler football as we had come to expect (not the mid October to mid November stretch) that owned this contest in every way as the Steelers O dominated and the D suffocated the Giants into submission. The offense finally reaped the reward of Ladarius Green as he had quite a day with 110 and 1 TD in his fourth game coming off of ankle surgery. Bell added to the dominance with 118 on the ground along with 64 thru the air as the screen game came back in full force, helping to complete a 3rd and 17 as well as setting up touchdown pass as the fake screen fooled the Giants D. Speaking of D, the Steelers stepped up yet again in a big way. The INTs and two sacks wasn't the full story as Manning was pressured most of the afternoon which forced many passes that fell of the mark. Butler called a great game as the DBs got "handsy" with Odell Beckham, frustration the talented WR and not allowing the splash play that would have only added to his ESPN highlights. It was clear Manning wanted 13 but with help over the top from Mitchell and Davis, it made things difficult for Eli who could only manufacture 195 yards and wasn't receiving much of anything from the running game. The Steelers showed focus, spunk and effort required to win in this league. It's the type of performance that both excited Steeler Nation and is very frustrating for they could only imagine "what if" during the 4 game losing streak. Whether it was a modification of Tomlin's message, an individual look in the mirror or a resurgence in accountability, this team is playing well enough to make a claim as the final stretch is upon us. Let's hope the final four games produce the same result as the previous three.

      STATISTICS

      Ben Roethlisberger:
      24/36 289 passing yards, 2 TDs

      Le'Veon Bell
      118 yards rushing, 6 receptions, 64 yards

      Antonio Brown:
      6 receptions, 54 yards, 1 TD

      Eli Rogers
      1 reception, 18 yards

      Ladarius Green
      6 receptions, 110 yards, 1 TD

      Jesse James
      3 receptions, 32 yards

      Defense:
      56 rushing yards allowed, 178 receiving yards allowed, 2 sacks, 2 INT, 1 Safety

    • 12/11 @Bills
      1:00pm
    • 12/18 @Bengals
      8:30pm
    • 12/25 Ravens
      4:30pm
    • 1/1 Browns
      1:00pm

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