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hawaiiansteel
12-06-2010, 12:35 AM
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Iron Shiek
12-06-2010, 12:36 AM
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I could see a rubber match in the AFCC if we can overcome some more injuries.

SteelBucks
12-06-2010, 12:38 AM
I'M EXHAUSTED!

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Flasteel
12-06-2010, 12:39 AM
I'M EXHAUSTED!

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Drained :-)

SteelAbility
12-06-2010, 12:44 AM
Believe it or not we have a decent shot at the #1 seed. The 2 seed is almost a lock at this point. Here's the simplest pathway to #1 ...

1. Jets beat Patriots tomorrow night. Jets would be one game up on the Pats with the season sweep.
2. Steelers win out. Not too unlikely. Three out of the next four are at home. In the process of winning out we would beat the Jets and have the head-to-head on them.
3. Jets ONLY remaining loss is to the Steelers OR the Jets are outdone by the Pats by no more than one game in the final four weeks.

Steelgal
12-06-2010, 12:57 AM
I just want a Bye week. This team needs it with all the injuries they've sustained. Might help get A. Smith back.

sentinel33
12-06-2010, 01:00 AM
couple a bye week with the 10 day break between carolina and cleveland and we could be really set up nicely for so much needed rest and healing.

papillon
12-06-2010, 01:15 AM
The Steelers absolutely have to get Adams better whatever that takes. They simply can't afford to play playoff football with the line that was in at the end of the game. They will not be able to put more than 13 points on the board with that offensive line and I'm not sure who all was playing.

I didn't realize Spaeth wasn't active until Heath went out with the concussion and the announcers were saying the Steelers are down to their last TE (he had a good game by the way).

Pappy

SanAntonioSteelerFan
12-06-2010, 01:19 AM
The Steelers absolutely have to get Adams better whatever that takes. They simply can't afford to play playoff football with the line that was in at the end of the game. They will not be able to put more than 13 points on the board with that offensive line and I'm not sure who all was playing.

I didn't realize Spaeth wasn't active until Heath went out with the concussion and the announcers were saying the Steelers are down to their last TE (he had a good game by the way).

Pappy

Someone on the board said "high ankle sprain" reported by Tomlin in post-game PC. It's gonna be tough to get the big guy back this year ...

hawaiiansteel
12-06-2010, 01:49 AM
The Steelers absolutely have to get Adams better whatever that takes. They simply can't afford to play playoff football with the line that was in at the end of the game. They will not be able to put more than 13 points on the board with that offensive line and I'm not sure who all was playing.

I didn't realize Spaeth wasn't active until Heath went out with the concussion and the announcers were saying the Steelers are down to their last TE (he had a good game by the way).

Pappy

Someone on the board said "high ankle sprain" reported by Tomlin in post-game PC. It's gonna be tough to get the big guy back this year ...


really, OUCH! you never want to hear the term "high ankle sprain"...I had one once from playing soccer and they are very painful and take a long time to recover from.

hawaiiansteel
12-06-2010, 09:17 PM
Ravens believe they handed the Steelers the game

By Mark Kaboly, TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Monday, December 6, 2010

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It will go down in the record books as a 13-10 Steelers win over Baltimore.

But the Ravens will always view it as something else.

“I’m sure they would like to say they took it with the turnover at the end,” receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh said. “We gave them the game. Y’all watched the game. Y’all know that. They know that.”

Troy Polamalu’s strip sack of Joe Flacco on a 2nd-and-5 play with a little more than three minutes left in 10-6 game led to the game-winning touchdown and left the Ravens stunned.

“We gave it to them,” linebacker Terrell Suggs said.

Instead of having control of the division with four games left, the Ravens are now sitting in the sixth and final wildcard spot in the AFC.

“Obviously it is a tough loss,” Baltimore coach John Harbaugh said. “Basically, we gave the game away in the end. We should’ve won the football game and that’s disappointing.”

It’s been an all too familiar sight for the Ravens against the Steelers.

All four of their wins since 2008 over the Ravens have come by four points or fewer. And the one before that prevented Baltimore from going to the Super Bowl.

“We are sick,” linebacker Jarrett Johnson said. “We felt good the whole game and feel confident about the win and all of a sudden it is over and they are kneeling. I am pretty disappointed right now.”

“We shouldn’t have lost the game how we lost it,” Houshmandzadeh added.

With the Ravens clinging to a 10-6 lead late in the game, Polamalu creeped to the line of scrimmaged and blitzed from the right side.

Left tackle Michael Oher slid to the inside and running back Ray Rice crossed the formation to pick up the blitzing Lawrence Timmons.

Polamalu came free and knocked the ball out of Flacco’s hands. LaMarr Woodley picked the ball up and returned it to the 9.

“Is that something new?” Suggs said. “Polamalu at the line of scrimmage? You can’t give their defense opportunities to make plays.”

Suggs had a bad feeling when he saw Polamalu sneaking to the line of scrimmage.

“It was like ‘Man, I hope we have a plan’ because it didn’t feel good when I saw that hair at the line of scrimmage,” Suggs said.

Flacco didn’t see Polamalu coming. He took a three-step drop and was going for a pass in the flat when he was hit.

“I took three steps and raised my arm and just got hit,” Flacco said. “I was pretty shocked to see it myself.”

Oher, who is battling a right knee injury, wasn’t sure what happened on the play.

“I don’t know, we have to go watch film on it,” Oher said. “We have to account for 43 at all times. We can’t let him get out of our sight. We have to see what we did wrong. The guy is a heck of a football player. He is so good at disguising a lot of things.”

Baltimore has games left with Houston, New Orleans, Cleveland and Cincinnati. They have a stranglehold on a wild card spot at 8-4.

“We have to regroup and hopefully we learned something,” safety Chris Carr said. “You can’t gloat after a win and can’t go in the tank after a loss. We are going to lose some sleep over this one but we will be over it on Tuesday.”

The Steelers have games left with Cincinnati, N.Y. Jets, Carolina and Cleveland.

“Hopefully we can get some help,” Houshmandzadeh said.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_712448.html

Shawn
12-06-2010, 09:23 PM
The Steelers absolutely have to get Adams better whatever that takes. They simply can't afford to play playoff football with the line that was in at the end of the game. They will not be able to put more than 13 points on the board with that offensive line and I'm not sure who all was playing.

I didn't realize Spaeth wasn't active until Heath went out with the concussion and the announcers were saying the Steelers are down to their last TE (he had a good game by the way).

Pappy

Someone on the board said "high ankle sprain" reported by Tomlin in post-game PC. It's gonna be tough to get the big guy back this year ...


really, OUCH! you never want to hear the term "high ankle sprain"...I had one once from playing soccer and they are very painful and take a long time to recover from.

True. Bell was never the same after his...always seemed to linger.

hawaiiansteel
12-07-2010, 05:05 PM
On The Steelers: History says title well within reach

Tuesday, December 07, 2010
By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Peter Diana/Post-Gazette
Isaac Redman scoring the winning Steelers touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.


The Steelers now occupy the driver's seat in the AFC North and they are a team that feels more comfortable in that spot than NASCAR's Jimmie Johnson.

Give the Steelers a division lead this late in the season and they pull on the red Nike shirts and make like Tiger Woods used to on a Sunday. They have, in fact, blown fewer leads this late in the season than anyone -- not one since Bill Cowher took over as their coach in 1992 and Mike Tomlin followed in 2007.

The Steelers have come from behind to win division titles and they've followed an unprecedented path to win a Super Bowl, but when they've taken a lead this late in the season, they've never lost a division title, whether they competed in the six-team AFC Central or the current four-team AFC North over the past 18 seasons.

Their comeback 13-10 victory Sunday night in Baltimore thrust the Steelers into a one-game lead with a 9-3 record to the Ravens' 8-4. They also hold the tiebreaker leads with a better record in the division at 3-1 to 2-2, and a better record within the conference at 7-2 to 6-3.

The Steelers' next three games are at home before they finish Jan. 2 at Cleveland. Three of those teams have losing records including Sunday's foe, 2-10 Cincinnati.

The Steelers are in a favorable position both currently and historically for them.

"Basically, we're in control of our own destiny," linebacker James Harrison said. "As long as we do what we got to do, everything will be OK."

They have two division games left and as long as they win those games they would virtually lock up the division title and one of the two seeds in the AFC. With those seeds comes a first-week bye in the playoffs and then a home game. Also on the home schedule is 2-10 Carolina and the New York Jets.

"Four games left, it's in our control and we don't need any help," proclaimed Hines Ward. "We can't ask for anything better than that.

"We like where we're at."

Ward has experienced many of the lock-downs the Steelers put on division titles once they had the lead this late in the season. They did so in 2008, '07, '04, '02, '01, 1997, '96, '95, '94 and '92.

The only time the Steelers have blown a late lead in the division race since Chuck Noll took over as coach in 1969 occurred during the '90 season. Entering the final game, the Steelers were 9-6 and had a game lead over Cincinnati and Houston, tied for second at 8-7. The Steelers lost at Houston in the final game, 34-14, and missed the playoffs. The Oilers went as the division champs and Bengals as wild cards.

Sunday, the Bengals have a chance to return a favor to the Steelers, who knocked them out of the playoffs in 2006 with an overtime victory at Cincinnati. It's not likely the Bengals will knock the Steelers out of the playoffs but an upset victory would deliver a severe blow to their division title chances. The Bengals lost Sunday to the reigning Super Bowl champion Saints, 34-30, on a last-minute touchdown.

"Cincinnati's coming in, they're 2-10 but they still play tough football," Ward said. "We control our own destiny and that's all we can ask for."

It's not as if the Steelers have not experienced collapses through the years; their most notable occurred last season when they began 6-2 and lost five in a row to take themselves right out of the division race. However, once they have grabbed a lead this late, they almost always deliver a division championship.

"We're in a good spot right now but we just have to stay focused," said linebacker James Farrior, who has sacks in three consecutive games for the first time in his career. "There's a lot of football left, a long way to go.

"We have what, four games left? There's no time to relax. It's crunch time right now. We definitely can't rest on our laurels. We have to enjoy this victory for a night or two and get back to work."

Superman is back
A popular refrain on radio talk shows and in e-mails to newspapers through the first half of the season: What's wrong with Troy Polamalu?

The perennial Pro Bowl strong safety was playing like a Pro Bowler but he had set the bar so high, it wasn't enough. Perhaps the past two games might change that perception because Superman is back.

"He came through again!" Ward exclaimed. "That's two weeks in a row."

It was Polamalu's diving interception -- his fourth, twice as many as any other Steelers player -- at the 2 in Buffalo that may have saved the Steelers from losing in regulation Nov. 28. Sunday, the Steelers were losing when Polamalu blitzed and hit Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco from his blind side, karate-chopping the ball out of his hands as he cocked to throw a pass.

The wisdom of throwing that pass while holding a four-point lead on second-and-5 at the 43 with the clock running down is something Ravens coach John Harbaugh will have to address -- not to mention Flacco apparently not seeing Polamalu lining up on the outside with no one to block him if he blitzed.

"I was pretty shocked to see it myself," Flacco said. "But that guy's made that play in his career."

Said Harbaugh: "We tried to stay aggressive. We called it because we thought it would get us a completion."

The Steelers, though, have come to expect such plays from Polamalu.

"He came up with a huge play, like Troy always does," Ward said. "Every game, I always say 'You're going to be special, there's going to be a point in this game where you're going to make a play,' and he came through."

Replacement for Sepulveda
Free-agent punter Ricky Schmitt, who worked out briefly with the Steelers in 2008, will be at the team's South Side facility today and could be signed as a replacement for Daniel Sepulveda.

Schmitt, who has been in various training camps with four other NFL teams, has kicked in just one regular-season game. He was one of the leading punters in college football when he attended NCAA Division II Shepherd College in Shepherdstown, W.Va.

The Steelers brought in Schmitt in October 2008 when they were looking for a replacement for Mitch Berger. That was the year Sepulveda missed the entire season with a torn ACL.

But they signed former Cleveland Browns punter Paul Ernster instead, only to later release Ernster and re-sign Berger, who punted for them in Super Bowl XLIII.

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SteelTorch
12-07-2010, 05:26 PM
Ravens believe they handed the Steelers the game

By Mark Kaboly, TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Monday, December 6, 2010

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It will go down in the record books as a 13-10 Steelers win over Baltimore.

But the Ravens will always view it as something else.

“I’m sure they would like to say they took it with the turnover at the end,” receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh said. “We gave them the game. Y’all watched the game. Y’all know that. They know that.”

Troy Polamalu’s strip sack of Joe Flacco on a 2nd-and-5 play with a little more than three minutes left in 10-6 game led to the game-winning touchdown and left the Ravens stunned.

“We gave it to them,” linebacker Terrell Suggs said.

Instead of having control of the division with four games left, the Ravens are now sitting in the sixth and final wildcard spot in the AFC.

“Obviously it is a tough loss,” Baltimore coach John Harbaugh said. “Basically, we gave the game away in the end. We should’ve won the football game and that’s disappointing.”

It’s been an all too familiar sight for the Ravens against the Steelers.

All four of their wins since 2008 over the Ravens have come by four points or fewer. And the one before that prevented Baltimore from going to the Super Bowl.

“We are sick,” linebacker Jarrett Johnson said. “We felt good the whole game and feel confident about the win and all of a sudden it is over and they are kneeling. I am pretty disappointed right now.”

“We shouldn’t have lost the game how we lost it,” Houshmandzadeh added.

With the Ravens clinging to a 10-6 lead late in the game, Polamalu creeped to the line of scrimmaged and blitzed from the right side.

Left tackle Michael Oher slid to the inside and running back Ray Rice crossed the formation to pick up the blitzing Lawrence Timmons.

Polamalu came free and knocked the ball out of Flacco’s hands. LaMarr Woodley picked the ball up and returned it to the 9.

“Is that something new?” Suggs said. “Polamalu at the line of scrimmage? You can’t give their defense opportunities to make plays.”

Suggs had a bad feeling when he saw Polamalu sneaking to the line of scrimmage.

“It was like ‘Man, I hope we have a plan’ because it didn’t feel good when I saw that hair at the line of scrimmage,” Suggs said.

Flacco didn’t see Polamalu coming. He took a three-step drop and was going for a pass in the flat when he was hit.

“I took three steps and raised my arm and just got hit,” Flacco said. “I was pretty shocked to see it myself.”

Oher, who is battling a right knee injury, wasn’t sure what happened on the play.

“I don’t know, we have to go watch film on it,” Oher said. “We have to account for 43 at all times. We can’t let him get out of our sight. We have to see what we did wrong. The guy is a heck of a football player. He is so good at disguising a lot of things.”

Baltimore has games left with Houston, New Orleans, Cleveland and Cincinnati. They have a stranglehold on a wild card spot at 8-4.

“We have to regroup and hopefully we learned something,” safety Chris Carr said. “You can’t gloat after a win and can’t go in the tank after a loss. We are going to lose some sleep over this one but we will be over it on Tuesday.”

The Steelers have games left with Cincinnati, N.Y. Jets, Carolina and Cleveland.

“Hopefully we can get some help,” Houshmandzadeh said.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_712448.html
I'm sure those clowns weren't complaining about us handing them the win in the first game. :P

Mister Pittsburgh
12-07-2010, 05:43 PM
If you go back and read all douchemanzadeh's quotes for post cincy losses....I think he really believes that no team he has ever played on actually LOST to the Steelers.....they always give the game away....they are always the better team LOL.

fordfixer
12-07-2010, 05:49 PM
If you go back and read all douchemanzadeh's quotes for post cincy losses....I think he really believes that no team he has ever played on actually LOST to the Steelers.....they always give the game away....they are always the better team LOL.


As long as the Steelers keep getting "W" I don't care what he says :tt1

hawaiiansteel
12-08-2010, 03:31 PM
In Command:

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Isaac Redman (AP photo)
By Sports Xchange

Posted Dec 6, 2010


Pittsburgh, which has been chasing Baltimore since the Ravens beat them in the fourth game of the season, now has the inside track on the AFC North Division title with four games to go.

The Steelers play Cincinnati Sunday for the first of three games in a row at Heinz Field with a one-game lead at 9-3 over the Ravens and a leg up on the tiebreaker after their 13-10 comeback victory in Baltimore last Sunday. The path to the division title is totally in their hands.

"We can't look at it like that," quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said. "When you start looking at it that way, you start to get in trouble. All I know is that we have the Bengals this week."

The Steelers have their next three at home and then finish up in Cleveland Jan. 2. They will be favored in at least three of those and maybe all four - they play the New York Jets in Heinz Field Dec. 19. The others all have losing records - Cincinnati, Carolina and Cleveland.

The Steelers have the edge now on the first tiebreaker within the division against Baltimore. They have just one loss within the division compared to the Ravens' two. Provided they beat both Cincinnati and Cleveland, they would maintain that tiebreaker and could lose to the Jets, win the other three and guarantee themselves the division title no matter what Baltimore does over the next four weeks.

At the moment, they also have the inside track on the No. 2 seed with a bye in the first round of the playoffs.

"We have to keep winning ballgames," said defensive end Brett Keisel, who returned to play a full game after missing five of the past six with hamstring/calf problems. "We still have two division games we need to win. We're not going to celebrate too much because we still have a lot of football to play."

The Steelers have won three straight since New England spanked them at home Nov. 14 and are tied for the second-best record in the AFC.

"I like it but it's all where you finish," linebacker LaMarr Woodley said. "We still have four games to go, we have to close them out. We have to go out there and win them at home."

Pittsburgh has come a long way since NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended their quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, for the first four games of the season. The Steelers went 3-0 and then lost their fourth at home to Baltimore.

Roethlisberger beat the Ravens for the sixth straight time to run his personal record against them to 8-2 in 10 starts.

BY THE NUMBERS: 46 - Span of regular-season games in which the Steelers have allowed just one 100-yard rusher. Ray Rice did it last season when he ran for 141 in a Baltimore loss at Heinz Field. Last Sunday, Rice led the Ravens with 32 yards against Pittsburgh's No. 1 rush defense.

LINEUP WATCH: Flozell Adams, who has started all 12 games at right tackle for the Steelers this season, has a high ankle sprain and might not be able to go against Cincinnati Sunday. Adams has been one of the bright spots in their line. Trai Essex likely would replace him.

PLAYER NOTES

* QB Ben Roethlisberger has a broken nose to go with his sore right foot. Roethlisberger was hit in the nose by Baltimore's Haloti Ngata on the first series Sunday. He will play Sunday.

* RB Rashard Mendenhall topped 1,000 yards for the second straight season but it was rough going to get there. He carried 19 times for 45 yards vs. Baltimore and now has 1,007 yards. His average dipped below 4.0 for the first time, to 3.9.

* TE Heath Miller left Sunday's game in Baltimore with a concussion and his status for this week is uncertain. Backup TE Matt Spaeth did not play Sunday because of lingering concussion symptoms.

* P Daniel Sepulveda is out for the rest of the season with a torn ACL in his right plant foot. It's the third time he's torn the same ACL, starting in college. He also missed the 2008 season because of the same injury.

* K Shaun Suisham is a perfect 6-for-6 on field goals since joining the Steelers, including all five from beyond 40 yards. He also punted three times in Baltimore after Daniel Sepulveda suffered a knee injury.

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