Daily Archives: January 3, 2012

Woodley, Legursky slated to return for Steelers

Outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley and Doug Legursky are slated to return to action Sunday in Denver. The Steelers, however, could be without cornerback Cortez Allen and running back Mewelde Moore, compromising their depth in the secondary and on special teams.

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Pittsburgh Steelers (No. 5) vs. Denver Broncos (No. 4): AFC Wild Card Weekend Preview

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This week is typically one of my favorites of the year. It's certainly one of the more hectic and exciting weeks. I usually will be returning back to where I live after a nice vacation with my folks in California. With the start of a new year, it's always an exciting time to think about the future and what the new year might hold. And oh yeah, it's the start of the NFL Playoffs. Wild Card Weekend in particular is great because there are four games spread evenly over the course of Saturday and Sunday. I love when the Steelers have the week off as one of the top two seeds, but that's not the case this year, as the Baltimore Ravens staved off the Steelers for the AFC North crown and the No. 2 seed that accompanied the division title. So it's off to Denver for the six-time champions. They'll face a Broncos team this coming Sunday afternoon in the fourth and final game of the weekend that has dropped its past three games, and looked pretty darn atrocious in the process. Dale Lolley agreed with me during last night's podcast -- there's next to no way Denver wins this game unless the Steelers play one hell of a sloppy, mistake-filled football game.

Hopefully that confidence rests only in our minds, and not in those of the players and coaches. Considering how many experienced veterans there are on the squad that want nothing more than a chance to win another Super Bowl as their careers wind down, I don't think that will be a problem.

To begin our preview coverage, here's the game schedule information, a sample of team stats for both squads, and the two teams' series history, which is quite extensive actually considering that they have never played in the same division.

SERIES HISTORY

STEELERS

BRONCOS

LEADER

13-7-1

STREAKS

3 of past 4

COACHES VS. OPP.

Tomlin: 1-1

Fox: 0-3

COACHES PLAYOFF RECORD

5-2

5-3

VS. COMMON OPP.

Pit: 5-0 (Cin. 2-0; KC 1-0; NE 1-0; Ten. 1-0)

Den: 2-3 (Cin. 1-0; KC 1-1; NE 0-1; Ten. 0-1)

PLAYOFF RECORD

33-20

17-15

LAST WEEK

W 13-9 at Browns

L 7-3 vs. Chiefs

LAST GAME

11/9/09: Steelers 28 at Broncos 10. Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger passes for 233 yards & 3 TDs, including 2 to WR Hines Ward, as Steelers improve to 6-2.

LAST GAME AT SITE

11/9/09

LAST PLAYOFF

1/22/06: Steelers 34 at Broncos 17 in AFC Championship Game. Roethlisberger throws 2 TD passes & Pittsburgh defense forces 4 turnovers (2 INTs, 2 FRs) as Steelers advance to Super Bowl XL.

BROADCAST

CBS (2:30 PM MT): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms. Westwood One Radio: Kevin Harlan, Dan Fouts, Steve Tasker (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 92 (Pit.), 86 (Den.). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (Pit.), 226 (Den.).

STAT LEADERS

PASSING

Roethlisberger: 324-513-4,077 (3C)-21-14-90.1 (3C)

Tebow: 126-271-1,729-12-6-72.9

RUSHING

Redman: 110-479-4.4-3

McGahee: 249-1,199-4.8-4

RECEIVING

Wallace: 72-1,193-16.6-8

Decker: 44-612-13.9-8

OFFENSE

372.3

316.6

TAKE/GIVE

-13

-12

DEFENSE

    271.8 (1L)

      357.8

      SACKS

      Harrison, Woodley: 9

      Miller (R): 11.5 (T3C)

      INTs

      3 tied: 2

      Bailey, Goodman: 2

      PR

      A. Brown: 10.8

      Royal: 16.2

      KR

      A. Brown: 27.3 (3C)

      Willis: 20.4

      PUNTING

      Kapinos: 45.0

      Colquitt: 47.4

      KICKING

      Suisham: 105 (36/36 PAT; 23/31 FG)

      Prater: 87 (30/30 PAT; 19/25 FG)



      Source: Behind the Steel Curtain


      Talking Steelers Football – 1/3

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      Tomlin: Ryan Clark Won’t Play in Denver, Anthony Madison Signed To Replace Rashard Mendenhall

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      The injuries are piling up as if the Steelers are playing in Charming, California. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin announced Tuesday FS and team's leading tackler Ryan Clark will not play Sunday in Denver as a result of a blood disorder that nearly cost Clark his life the last time he played there.

      The ailment was aggravated in the high altitude of Denver, and he ended up losing his spleen and gall bladder in 2007. He did not play when Pittsburgh traveled there in 2009.

      Questions have been flying around about what the Steelers would do in the event of a road playoff game against the Broncos. Tomlin said it was "an easy decision," and Ryan Mundy would replace him.

      Mundy has filled in at both safety positions this season, most notably, in the absence of SS Troy Polamalu. While Clark typically plays more of the strong safety position in Polamalu's absence, Mundy stepped in with nine tackles in a tough defensive game.

      RB Rashard Mendenhall was officially placed on injured-reserve Tuesday, and the Steelers signed veteran CB Anthony Madison to take his place. Madison was on last year's AFC Championship team, but wasn't re-signed this off-season. He signed with Detroit, but was released, re-signed and released again by the end of November. He's spent the vast majority of his six-year career with the Steelers.

      The decision to sign a defensive back instead of a running back suggests RB Mewelde Moore will be ready to play Sunday, and will likely be the second RB behind Isaac Redman.

      It also suggests the injuries to CB Keenan Lewis (hamstring) and Cortez Allen (shoulder) could be problematic. Denver is not a strong passing team, and Pittsburgh likely will be able to contain Denver's feast-or-famine passing attack.



      Source: Behind the Steel Curtain

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      Steelers replace Mendenhall on roster with cornerback Anthony Madison

      The Steelers enter the postseason with a season-ending knee injury to their top tailback, Rashard Mendenhall. On Tuesday, the Steelers placed Mendenhall on injured reserve.  His roster spot was filled not by another running back, but by a veteran cornerback. Anthony Madison provides depth for a secondary that will be without one of its primary…

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      Steelers’ Clark won’t play in Denver

      The Steelers safety has the sickle cell trait, and his blood had a violent reaction to the high altitude after a game in Denver in 2007 that almost cost him his life.

      Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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      Wannstedt promoted by Bills, named defensive coordinator

      ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Dave Wannstedt is taking over as the Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator. Coach Chan Gailey maintains his trust in quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. And surprise, surprise, Gailey hasn't entirely shut the door on bringing back receiver Stevie Johnson -- so long as he keeps in check his colorful and oft-questionable touchdown celebrations.

      Source: post-gazette.com - Steelers/NFL


      Steelers on the road again

      The Steelers are in the playoffs and like in 2005 they are on the road again. The Steelers were the sixth seed in 2005, a wild card team that had to play three games on the road before defeating th...

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      Talking Steelers Football – 1/2

      Bob Labriola and Mike Prisuta host Talkin' Steelers Football.

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      Steelers are left with an unheralded backfield

      Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall is lost for the playoffs, but Max Starks isn't worried about a drop-off in the running game.

      Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


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