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Pittsburgh Steelers 2011 Schedule

2011 PITTSBURGH STEELERS SCHEDULE

Preseason
Friday, Aug. 12 at Washington           7:30 p.m. KDKA-TV
Thursday, Aug. 18 PHILADELPHIA 8 p.m. FOX/WPGH-TV
Saturday, Aug. 27 ATLANTA 7:30 p.m. KDKA-TV
Thursday, Sept. 1 at Carolina 8 p.m. KDKA-TV
Regular Season
Sunday, Sept. 11 at Baltimore 1 p.m CBS
Sunday, Sept. 18 SEATTLE 1 p.m. FOX
Sunday, Sept. 25 at Indianapolis 8:20 p.m. NBC
Sunday, Oct. 2 at Houston 1 p.m. CBS
Sunday, Oct. 9 TENNESSEE 1 p.m. CBS
Sunday, Oct. 16 JACKSONVILLE 1 p.m. CBS
Sunday, Oct. 23 at Arizona 4:05 p.m. CBS
Sunday, Oct. 30 NEW ENGLAND 4:15 p.m. CBS
Sunday, Nov. 6 BALTIMORE 8:20 p.m. NBC
Sunday, Nov. 13 at Cincinnati 1 p.m. CBS
Sunday, Nov. 20 Bye
Sunday, Nov. 27* at Kansas City 8:20 p.m. NBC
Sunday, Dec. 4* CINCINNATI 1 p.m. CBS
Thursday, Dec. 8 CLEVELAND 8:20 p.m. NFL Network/KDKA
Monday, Dec. 19 at San Francisco 8:30 p.m. ESPN
Saturday, Dec. 24* ST. LOUIS 1 p.m. FOX
Sunday, Jan. 1* at Cleveland 1 p.m. CBS

* Times and TV network may change due to flexible scheduling

** All times are Eastern
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Looking back at the Super Bowl

Looking back at the 2011 Super Bowl, the matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers, there was one thing evident: The Steelers made way too many mistakes.

The matchup from a talent perspective was even but the Packers without a doubt, played the better game. The Steelers got outcoached on offense and defense and the Packers players executed better and made less mistakes.

There was no excuse for Ben Roethlisberger to force that pass which resulted in a pick six. But the absolute back breaker was Rashard Mendenhall fumbling on the 30 yard line when the Steelers had the momentum heading towards the go ahead score. Talk about stupidity, how did David Johnson completely whiff on Clay Matthews who caused the Mendenhall fumble. He's horrible and shouldn't even be using up a roster spot. Arians got rid of John Kuhn (FB for the Packers) because he doesn't believe in a FB in favor of the worthless David Johnson.

And how about Keyaron Fox? The Steelers would have had 2 minutes to score on the 32 yard line but instead he got a personnal foul on the kickoff essentially pushing the Steelers back to the 17. A critical penalty at a critical time.

Dick Leabeau's secondary looked confused and out of position. Take for example the game winning touchdown by Greg Jennings. Jennings was matched up against the aging James Farrior. How does that happen?

Shall we touch on the horrible lack of adjustments by Bruce Arians? The Packers lost their two pro bowl cornerbacks and the Steelers didn't even attempt a no huddle offense to catch them out of position. Nice work Arians, no wonder everyone except Big Ben wants you fired.

All in all, you can't be upset about the Packers winning. The Steelers beat themselves.

Big Benny Beat the Jets

Watch the below YouTube.com clip made about Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers beating the New York Jets to advance to the Super Bowl in Dallas.  The Clip is based around the song Benny and The Jets.

STEEL CURTAIN RADIO #118: 7 UP

Listen to this weeks episode of the Steel Curtain Radio.  In this episode, they discuss Big Ben and his status amongst the NFL's "elite" quarterbacks.  They also analyze last weeks game against the New York Jets and much more!

Show Topics:

  1. Why Big Ben is Elite?
  2. Why this team is Special?
  3. My Game Thoughts
  4. Mike Tomlin Post Game Press Conference
  5. Big Ben Post Game Press Conference
  6. Mendenhall Post Game Press Conference
  7. More Steelers Post Game Press Conferences

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Awesome Steelers & Pittsburgh Skyline Photo

I'm not sure who created this image but it's awesome. It features the Pittsburgh Skyline, Steelers players, the Terrible Towel and many special effects. If you created this photo, please comment on this post.

The players featured in this photo are:

1) Hines Ward

2) Troy Polamalu

3) Heath Miller

4) Ben Roethlisberger

The link to the photo is below for credit reasons:

http://www.6magazineonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/steelers.jpg

Happy Birthday Myron Cope

Today is the birthday of legendary Pittsburgh sportscaster / journalist  Myron Cope.  Myron Cope was the creator of the Pittsburgh Steelers Terrible Towel.  Watch the below Myron Cope video being interviewed about the story of the Terrible Towel and it's creation.

Planet Steelers Q&A With JetsFan.com

1.The Steelers came back last week after being down two touchdowns.  What did they do differently in the second half that allowed them to come back against the Ravens?

Most people think the Ravens lost the game due to the 2 turnovers that resulted in 14 points and another that resulted in 3.  However, those same people forget the Steelers basically gave the Ravens 14 points in the first half with turnovers deep in their own territory.  This was the main difference between the 1st and 2nd half.  The Steelers defense and offense alike were very opportunistic.

2. Ben Roethlisberger always seems to convert key 3rd down plays.  What is it about him and their passing game that allows him to be successful in these key situations?

That's a really difficult question.  I think certain players just have a knack for making clutch plays and he's one of those guys.  I compare him to a Derek Jeter in this aspect.  Jeter, like Big Ben, has historically made big plays in clutch moments.

For example, if I need a run to win the World Series and there is a runner in scoring position, Jeter is the guy I want at the plate regardless if he's in a slump at the time.  I can say the same thing for Big Ben.

3. Troy Polamalu has been hindered by Achilles and ankle injuries late in the season and does not appear to have his normal burst.  Is that still the case and do you think he is healthy enough to make an impact in this game?

I think the Achilles and ankle injury is still bothering Troy Polamalu.  He missed a few tackles last week and wasn't a huge factor against the Ravens.  With that being said, I always think Troy makes an impact on the game.  He's a guy that must be accounted for on every play regardless of if he's 100% healthy.  When offensive players get fixated on where Troy's at, this opens up plays for Harrison, Timmons, Woodley and our other playmakers.  In that instance, Troy isn't actually making the play but he's still having an impact.

4. There are some good match ups in this game.  Which one would you rate as the most critical in determining the outcome of this game?

There are several great match-ups in this game.  I see the following as the most critical:

1)Steelers offensive line vs. your defense line and linebackers
2)Steelers secondary vs. the Jets solid wide receiving corp
3)Steelers young receivers vs. Cromartie and Revis
4)Sanchez vs. Polamalu
5)Steelers outside linebackers vs Jets tackles
6)Special Teams

5. Break down this game for us.  What does each team need to do to prevail?

I think turnovers and penalties are going to have a big effect on the outcome of this game.  Ben Roethlisberger and Sanchez will need to protect that ball.  Aside from that, the Jets could see a huge advantage in the special teams and offensive lines area.  I'm very interested in seeing how the Steelers passing attack matches up to the Jets defense.  Most people aren't giving the Steelers WR's any credit but they have 3 young, fast players in Mike Wallace, Emmanual Sanders, and Antonio Brown.  Let's not forget veteran WR Hines Ward and TE Heath Miller.

PART B:Defensive Analysis w/Dutch Wydo of Postgameheroes

Show Topics:

1. Interview with Dutch Wydo of PostGameHeroes.com
2. Defensive Game Keys
3. Why the Steelers must stop the Jets running Game?
4. Why Lebeau must attack Mark Sanchez?
5. Dutch Wydo's Prediction
6. Lance Williams Prediction

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SCR #117 PART 1: OFFENSIVE ANALYSIS

Show Topics:

  1. Interview with Michael Bean of BehindTheSTeeelCurtain.Com
  2. Why the Steelers Offense will be more successful?
  3. Why Heath Miller is the X-Factor?
  4. Why Rex Ryan vs Bruce Arians is a Mismatch?
  5. Why the Steelers can score 28 points?
  6. Offensive Game Keys

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STEEL CURTAIN RADIO #116: BIG BEN > FLACCO: WEXELL INTERVIEW

Show Topics:

  1. BIG BEN > FLACCO
  2. JIM WEXELL INTERVIEW
  3. OFFENSIVE GAME GRADES
  4. DEFENSIVE GAME GRADES
  5. TOMLIN: POST GAME INTERVIEW
  6. BIG BEN: POST GAME INTERVIEW
  7. HINES WARD: POST GAME INTERVIEW
  8. JAMES HARRISSON: POST GAME INTERVIEW
  9. RYAN CLARK: POST GAME INTERVIEW
  10. HAPPY MLK DAY

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