Daily Archives: December 18, 2011

Steelers Set to Take Over First Place if Chargers can Handle Ravens at Home on Sunday Night Football

An interesting day, to say the least, in the National Football League. I'll share my thoughts on the Week 15 action after the completion of the day's final game, a huge AFC clash between the San Diego Chargers and Baltimore Ravens. I love the Chargers tonight. Let me get that one on the record before kickoff here in 15 minutes or so. With the Oakland Raiders and Denver Broncos both losing, the Chargers could find themselves just one game behind Denver for first place in the AFC West. Would it really be all that wacky to see the Chargers come back and win the division given all the crazy things that we've seen through the first 15 weeks of the 2011 season? Not really.

Let's use this thread to comment on the day's action, and as an open thread for tonight's pivotal game between San Diego and Baltimore. With a Chargers win, the Steelers would be in first place in the AFC North for at least 24 hours or so before taking on San Francisco Monday night. Were the Ravens to lose, perhaps the Steelers decide to sit Ben Roethlisberger tomorrow night. Who knows though, maybe Big Ben would play if there's an opening to control their own destiny for a first round bye and potential top overall seed in the conference.

Go Chargers!



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Pittsburgh Steelers 2011 Review: Top 5 Stories of The Year

The Pittsburgh Steelers faced much adversity in their 2011 season. A four-game suspension to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, along with many injuries, especially on the offensive line. Still the Steelers sat with a record of 12-4 in the regular season heading in to the playoffs where they would win their games against the Baltimore Ravens, and the AFC Championship game against the New York Jets. Which brings us to our first top story:

Pittsburgh Steelers defeat New York Jets in AFC Championship game.

The Steelers beat the New York Jets at home 24-19 on January 23rd, 2011. This win sent the Steelers to their 8th franchise Super Bowl appearance against the Green Bay Packers.

Steelers lose to Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl

(February 6th, 2011) The Green Bay Packers were the second team in NFL history to make it to the Super Bowl as a 6th seed in the playoffs. The only other team to do that? The 2005 Steelers, who won the Super Bowl that year. The Packers would do the same as...

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Mike Tomlin Press Conference – 12/13

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Steelers Qualify for the 2011 NFL Playoffs

The first win of the 2011 Indianapolis Colts' season means the Pittsburgh Steelers will be at worst a wild card in the post-season.

One of a few playoff-clinching scenarios for Pittsburgh was a Tennessee loss. Considering how poorly Indianapolis has played the last few weeks, it seemed a Colts win was very unlikely.

And somehow, it happened. Pittsburgh will advance to the post-season for the fourth time coach Mike Tomlin's five-year reign as the Steelers head coach. They can win a second consecutive AFC North championship by winning out and a Baltimore loss at some point in the next three games. The Ravens are in San Diego for tonight's prime time game.

On the same day the league lost its last undefeated team - Kansas City scored a 19-14 upset over visiting Green Bay - the Colts avoided becoming the first winless team since the 2008 Lions.

The Steelers were the AFC's 5th seed heading into Week 15. The Ravens are in control of their own fate for the AFC North title, but Pittsburgh hasn't faltered despite two losses to the Ravens this season.

Pittsburgh will be short-handed for Monday Night's game with San Francisco, but the question now becomes whether today's postseason berth and tonight's Ravens game will change the Steelers personnel strategy.



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James Harrison apparently hasn’t gotten the message yet

With Steelers linebacker James Harrison suspended for one game after his latest illegal hit, the question becomes whether the latest step in the system of progressive discipline will prompt Harrison to change his behavior. Harrison’s public statements suggest that he won’t.  Most recently, he posted on Twitter the following reaction to his suspension:  “17 games,…

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Batch getting ready if needed

With Ben Roethlisberger missing practice and still hobbling on Wednesday, Charlie Batch is preparing in case he is called upon to start against the San Francisco 49ers on Monday night.“At least I k...

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BTSC Steelers Six Pack: Out-of-Conference Monday Night Showdown Edition

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IX - The Pittsburgh Steelers play the San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football in Week 15, but there's a number of important games with playoff implications slated for Sunday. Here's your NFL Week 15 TV Distribution Map.

X - Unsurprisingly, the NFL denied James Harrison's appeal of the one-game suspension he received for his hit on Colt McCoy two Thursday nights ago. Former Steelers great, Jerome Bettis doesn't think Harrison has seen the last of being disciplined by the league for his brand of play. For better or worse, I don't disagree.

XIII - Still have some Christmas shopping to do? Consider buying what I believe is one of, if not the best history books about the Steelers written by one of our own, Tim Gleason, aka maryrose. The book, which was published in July of '10, has received rave reviews from many places, including the Post Gazette, Jim Wexell, myself, and Art Rooney Jr., who enjoyed the manuscript so much that he penned the foreword. For a more recent review of the book, check out Hombre de Acero's review on his site Steel Curtain Rising. I will say that the book's website is currently down, so to purchase a copy, email Gleason at fromblacktogold@gmail.com

XIV - Catch up on the 49ers practice and injury reports over at Niners Nation. As bad as the injury situation may appear for the Steelers, the 49ers potentially missing Patrick Willis and Joe Staley for Monday's game is an even bigger loss. David Fucillo, the founding editor of the site, does a great job with the site, so browse around the site while the 49ers are at the forefront of our mind this weekend.

XL - Those pesky Harbaughs. Sounds like Jim is leaning on John for any help he can get preparing his team for the Steelers. Smart move, obviously.

XLIII - I have been on the East Coast traveling for work all week, but on Monday, Bill Priatko and Dave Villiotti conducted a two-man version of Terrible Towel Talk without me. Sorry so late on the post, but I've just now had a chance to get to it.



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Agree to Disagree – at 49ers

This week's arguments include who should start at quarterback if Ben can't, which remaining team on the Ravens regular season schedule has the best chance to beat them, and whether 20 points will be enough to win on Monday night in San Francisco.

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On the Steelers: No tears shed for Todd Graham

The embarrassment, pain and anger the people at Pitt are feeling isn't shared by those who share the building and indoor practice field on the South Side with them. The Steelers practically threw a party when they heard that Pitt coach Todd Graham quit.

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Harrison & Farrior Point Out Steelers Bias In Regards To Elam Hit On Spurlock

The Dallas Cowboys game Saturday night against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was pretty much a laugher from the get-go, but two Pittsburgh Steelers players did not get a laugh out of the Cowboys final defensive play of the game. On 4th down and 12 from the Buccaneers 18 yard-line, Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman threw a pass down the right sideline to wide receiver Michael Spurlock, who had a step on Cowboys cornerback Terence Newman. The ball seemed to be slightly overthrown and Spurlock let up when he caught Cowboys safety Abram Elam closing out of the corner of his eye. The pictures below show Read more [...]

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