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Subject : We’re all aware of the significance of winning vs. losing when the Steelers take the field against Cleveland.
The Steelers were big winners last week without even playing. With still a lot of games remaining Pittsburgh Steelers Hats , the playoff contenders and pretenders aren’t set in stone..but contests will increase in importance by the week. Most of the time, Steelers fans know who to root for. But here’s a guide to significant matchups and whose losses the Steelers would benefit more from this weekend.If the season ended today, the Steelers would be the third seed in the AFC, but there are plenty of teams to root for in other action. Here are the current AFC playoff standings.Kansas City Chiefs 6-1 (Would win AFC West and would earn them a First Round Bye)New England Patriots 5-2 (Would win AFC East and would earn them a First Round Bye)Pittsburgh Steelers 3-2-1 (Would win AFC North and host Wild Card Cincinnati)Houston Texans 4-3 (Would win AFC South and host Wild Card Los Angeles Chargers)Los Angeles Chargers 5-2 (Would earn Wild Card and travel to Houston)Cincinnati Bengals 4-3 (Would earn Wild Card and travel to Pittsburgh)Baltimore Ravens 4-3Miami Dolphins 4-3New York Jets 3-4Tennessee Titans 3-4Jacksonville Jaguars 3-4Denver Broncos 3-4Cleveland Browns 2-4-1Indianapolis Colts 2-5Buffalo Bills 2-5Oakland Raiders 1-5Philadelphia Eagles at Jacksonville Jaguars (London) - Sunday 9:30 AM Jacksonville is struggling. But if they get healthy and should the running game get turned around, they could be dangerous. Fly Eagles...Fly.Who to root for: Philadelphia Baltimore Ravens at Carolina Panthers - Sunday 1:00 PMBaltimore is still the biggest threat to the Steelers in the division. So, of course, it’s got to be Carolina on my mind.Who to root for: CarolinaDenver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs - Sunday 1:00 PMWow, the Chiefs are ridiculously good. Denver is not a threat and the Broncos beating the Chiefs would slide the top seed closer to striking distance for the Steelers.Who to root for: DenverTampa Bay Buccaneers at Cincinnati Bengals - Sunday 1:00 PMRooting for the Bengals is done only when totally necessary, There’s no necessity here. In fact, the decline of Who Dey would be awesome should it continue.Who to root for: Tampa BayNew England Patriots at Buffalo Bills - Monday 8:15 PMIf this was 25 years ago, the Bills would be the big threat and the Patriots would be at the bottom of the conference. However, the Patriots are always a danger these days and a loss combined with a Steeler win would advance the Steelers up the conference ladder.Who to root for: BuffaloAFC Bye-Weekers: Los Angeles Chargers, Tennessee TitansOther games featuring AFC teams:New York Jets at Chicago Bears - Sunday 1 PMIndianapolis Colts at Oakland Raiders - Sunday 4:05 PM The Pittsburgh Steelers have won three straight games and have finally started to “stack wins”. After their 33-18 win over the Cleveland Browns in Week 8, the team has to move on quickly as they prepare to face the Baltimore Ravens Pittsburgh Steelers Hoodie , on the road, in Week 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 the Internet and add them here for your viewing pleasure. I won’t be posting the entire articles, but I’ll link each story and author so that you can read the full article. Today we talk about how, believe it or not, Ben Roethlisberger has never thrown for over 300 yards in Baltimore in his career. Not even once. And in today’s NFL, this is a surprise. The most yards Roethlisberger has ever posted in Baltimore is 280, but that might be due to change this Sunday when the Steelers travel to Baltimore in Week 9.Let’s get to the news:How Ben Roethlisberger can post first 300-yard game in BaltimoreBy: Jeremy Fowler, ESPNThe numbers out of Baltimore aren’t pretty.The Pittsburgh Steelers have averaged 16.1 points per game in M&T Bank Stadium since 2011.Ben Roethlisberger never has thrown for 280 yards in Baltimore, where he has two touchdowns and five interceptions in his past four matchups. Big Ben has two 300-plus-yard games apiece in Cleveland and Cincinnati.A physical Ravens-Steelers clash is rarely an offensive light show, to be sure. But the Steelers’ identity is not to grind out games. Roethlisberger is averaging 327 yards per game through seven games this season. The Steelers are among the NFL’s top five in points and yards per game. This offense is largely considered high-powered.Players are hopeful they can maintain that pace, even in Baltimore.”Most of the time these games are low-scoring games, but hopefully we get a game where we get a whole bunch of points,” center Maurkice Pouncey said.To make that happen, the Steelers are relying on the no-huddle offense Customized Pittsburgh Steelers Jerseys , a better Wi-Fi connection between Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown and a refined pre-snap routine.Sean Davis provides safety valve for Steelers defenseBy: Chris Adamski, Pittsburgh Tribune-ReviewSean Davis will hit the halfway point of his first season at a new position Sunday.
It’s the third position he’s started at during his 2? years in the NFL.And though the job description of free safety in the NFL goes well beyond a simple edict, by one high-profile measure Davis has been a success this season.“I definitely feel as if there is a difference with the (number of) big plays (allowed) compared to last year,” Davis said after Pittsburgh Steelers practice Thursday. “It feels good hearing that, and I guess my presence is playing a small part of that.”Only two teams in the NFL last season gave up more pass plays of 40-plus yards than the Steelers. Through eight weeks this season, only nine teams have given up fewer.Even better, the Steelers have not allowed a play of more than 24 yards during their three-game winning streak.But against the Baltimore Ravens on Sept. 30, the Steelers allowed 71- and 33-yard pass plays to receiver John Brown.As the rematch with Baltimore awaits Sunday, the Steelers defense — capped by Davis at its back end — knows it can’t allow receivers to get behind them.“We’ve got to make sure that as much as we can, if we keep the ball in front of us, the better chance we’ve got to win the game,” Steelers defensive coordinator Keith Butler said. “We can’t give up easy touchdowns.”One of the best means for accomplishing that end is by limiting long passing plays, which is something the defense did not do the second half of last season and the first four games this season. The Steelers allowed a passing play of 39-plus yards in all but one of those 13 games.The Steelers defense has tightened since the Patrick Mahomes/Kansas City Chiefs traveling road show won a 42-37 Week 2 shootout. They’ve allowed an average of 212.7 passing yards per game, down an average of almost 100 yards per game since September.“I’m liking the way we (in the secondary) are going www.authenticspittsburghsteelers.com ,” Davis said. “We are making plays. ??I feel like we are a group on the rise. We are getting better, stacking wins now, shutting offenses down, a lot more three-and-outs. So I feel like we are doing better.”Steelers no longer seeing red when driving inside opposing 20By: Joe Rutter, Pittsburgh Tribune-ReviewArt Rooney II spoke. The Pittsburgh Steelers have listened.In February, the Steelers team president expressed a desire for improved play inside the red zone. As the season nears the midpoint, first-year offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner has delivered results in that area.The Steelers rank No. 2 in red-zone touchdown percentage, finding the end zone on 15 of 20 trips through seven games – a 75 percent success rate. Only the Cincinnati Bengals, at nearly 77 percent, have done better.In 2017, the last year under former offensive coordinator Todd Haley, the Steelers were No. 18 in red-zone touchdown percentage, converting at a 53 percent clip. The top three teams in 2017 all reached the NFL version of the final four — Jacksonville (69 percent), Philadelphia (64) and New England (62.7).“We’ve dedicated time to it Pittsburgh Steelers T-Shirt ,” Fichtner said Thursday. “I’d like to think some offseason study things we’ve done, some thoughtfulness things we knew we had to improve that had been an eyesore at times.”And what were the eyesores?“You can’t have negative plays,” Fichtner said. “We have turned it over two times down there, that’s probably the two times we may not have scored a touchdown.”Interceptions thrown by Ben Roethlisberger against Cleveland in the season opener and against Atlanta in Week 5 – both passes were targeted for Antonio Brown – have accounted for the only times the Steelers haven’t produced points after driving inside the 20. The other three trips resulted in Chris Boswell field goals.“It’s disappointing any time you turn the ball over,” Fichtner said. “When you are taking points off the board, you are not giving a chance to at least kick a field goal, and that’s shame on us. That’s not going to be accepted.“We work hard to try to be better in that area, but without trying to take away the creativity of an established, veteran quarterback who will pull the trigger.”



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