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Standings

  • Ravens 2 - 0
  • Steelers 2 - 0
  • Bengals 1 - 1
  • Browns 0 - 2

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
    4:25pm
  • 10/2 Chiefs
    8:30pm
  • 10/9 Jets
    1:00pm
  • 10/16 @Dolphins
    1:00pm
  • 10/23 Patriots
    4:25pm
  • 10/30 BYE
  • 11/6 @Ravens
    1:00pm
  • 11/13 Cowboys
    4:25pm
  • 11/20 @Browns
    1:00pm
  • 11/24 @Colts
    8:30pm
  • 12/4 Giants
    4:25pm
  • 12/11 @Bills
    1:00pm
  • 12/18 @Bengals
    8:30pm
  • 12/25 Ravens
    4:30pm
  • 1/1 Browns
    1:00pm

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