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    I just want a fast start to sept, no substitution penalties on defense, a game plan that doesn’t let Brady pick us apart and world peace.

    Oh, and a blowout win over that asterisks.
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    I'd feel better if we were at home.

    Going into NE isn't exactly a recipe for us winning games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Lemming View Post
    The “pups” at receiver better be ready cause BB will eliminate Juju.

    They need to strategize for it and Ben needs to be quick to take advantage and go to alternate targets. Juju needs to be more a “decoy” than weapon, especially early on. After other receivers take advantage, Pats will adjust and he can have a big second half.

    One reason that the Pats struggle early is than they aren’t ready for new faces and can’t gameplan their contribution. Think of rookie Kareem Hunt a couple of years ago.

    Ben needs to take advantage of the Pats tendency to overplay your comfort zone.
    BB will remember the Big Play from James Washington last year.
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    Glad some of you are confident. Going into their home, where hotel alarms go off at 4am and sideline radio equipment mysteriously stops working and they're celebrating tying our 6 rings, I'm expecting a rough go of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eich View Post
    Glad some of you are confident. Going into their home, where hotel alarms go off at 4am and sideline radio equipment mysteriously stops working and they're celebrating tying our 6 rings, I'm expecting a rough go of it.
    I don't think it will be easy. But Tomlin should know what to expect. He's been in New England enough to know. He should know how to have the guys prepared.
    From the 2010-2018 season, (An 8 year period that the majority of Cowher's players & coaches had left) Mike Tomlin has only won 3 playoff games. And two of those wins were against back up Quarterbacks. Our history has been defined by what we do in the postseason; not the regular season.

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    We are going undefeated

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    Pittsburgh Steelers 2019 NFL season preview: All eyes on new-look offense

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    The Pittsburgh Steelers are ranked No. 17 in ESPN's preseason Football Power Index. Here's everything you need to know about them heading into the 2019 NFL season:

    The big question: Does the Steelers' offense have enough firepower to win without Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown?

    This question lingered throughout the offseason, and it's one Pittsburgh is eager to answer. The Steelers believe they have a chance in every game with Ben Roethlisberger at quarterback. The next step is discovering whether receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and running back James Conner can turn Pro Bowl seasons into Year 3 greatness. The Steelers are confident the production will be there. Outside of that, expect the Steelers to spread the ball around, with several different receivers posting respectable numbers -- maybe 500 yards here, 700 there -- and the hope a no-huddle attack remains one of the league's best. -- Jeremy Fowler

    Offseason in a nutshell

    This is the time for the defense to make a leap. The draft-day trade for linebacker Devin Bush gives Pittsburgh a legitimate playmaker in the middle. His skill set was obvious in camp. Safety Terrell Edmunds looks comfortable enough in Year 2 to turn freakish athleticism into more splash plays. The Steelers are deeper at corner, have an emerging leader in T.J. Watt and a starting defensive line that can compete with any team. The key is improving that ugly minus-7 turnover margin from last season. -- Fowler

    Inside the Steelers' schedule

    Most important game: Though the playoff stakes are hardly boiling in Week 1, beating the New England Patriots in Foxborough in the first "Sunday Night Football" game of the season would inject serious confidence into the Steelers, who never have defeated Tom Brady in New England. The Steelers like the chemistry in the locker room without the constant drama of the past two seasons, and they'd like to show that matters on a big stage.

    Toughest stretch: Weeks 9-11 feature the Colts, the defending NFC champion Rams and the Browns on Thursday Night Football. At least the Steelers get the first two of those games at home, and have handled the Colts in recent seasons. But Cleveland is a different team now.

    Over or under 8.7 wins? Over. The Steelers are talented enough to win nine or more games and compete for a third AFC North title in four seasons. Pittsburgh can still win with sacks, good line play and steady play from Roethlisberger, who has never had a losing season. Prediction: 9-7. -- Fowler

    Schedule ranking: No. 26

    We almost listed Weeks 1-3 as the Steelers' hardest schedule stretch, but that strength is mostly the opening Sunday night visit to the Pats. Weeks 2 and 3 are Seattle at home and a trip to San Francisco. Like the rest of the AFC North, the Steelers' schedule is going from tough in 2018 (fourth) to easier in 2019. The end of the season gets interesting, because the Steelers have a lot of road games, to visit what we think will be weaker teams. -- Football Outsiders | See the full 1-32 ranking

    Breakout fantasy star: WR James Washington

    The Steelers' history of developing young wide receivers into stars will again be put to the test as 2018 second-round pick Washington looks to help replace Brown. He was limited to 37 targets as a rookie, but has big upside after dominating deep downfield during his time at Oklahoma State. There is room for Washington to take on a big role, with the likes of Donte Moncrief and rookie Diontae Johnson his primary competition for snaps behind Smith-Schuster. -- Mike Clay | More fantasy coverage

    The view from Vegas

    Super Bowl odds: 18-1 (opened 16-1)
    Over/under: 9 (O -145/U +125)
    Playoff odds: Yes -130, No +110

    Odds courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook as of Sept. 2.

    Most interesting player prop

    Over or under 1,290.5 receiving yards for Smith-Schuster:

    ▪ Fowler: Over. The Steelers will try to infuse more balance into the offense with Conner and the running game, but Roethlisberger is at his most comfortable in the no-huddle with four- and five-wide sets. That bodes well for Smith-Schuster, who knows how to get open and has serious chemistry with Roethlisberger.

    ▪ Clay: Over. Smith-Schuster racked up 1,426 yards with a 24% target share last season and that was with Brown and his 161 targets in the picture.

    Bold prediction: Smith-Schuster wins the NFL receiving yards title

    Smith-Schuster has shown a flair for the big play, and he's worked hard this offseason to show he can handle the load as the team's new No. 1 receiver. Getting 1,500-plus yards is very possible for Smith-Schuster, who can parlay a big Year 3 into a potential new contract in the offseason. Without a clear-cut second option taking away 75 to 80 catches, Smith-Schuster will get every opportunity to post big numbers despite double-teams coming his way. -- Fowler

    Where the Steelers landed in NFLRank

    ▪ No. 35: WR JuJu Smith-Schuster

    ▪ No. 38: QB Ben Roethlisberger

    ▪ No. 79: RB James Conner

    ▪ No. 83: LB T.J. Watt

    Speed reads before the opener

    ▪ Washington: Tomlin teaching faith and football

    ▪ Fowler: Steelers build with credit card football

    ▪ Fowler: Pittsburgh facing big salary-cap decisions in 2020

    ▪ Fowler: Inside Al Villanueva's race to 335 pounds

    ▪ Bowen: James Washington a great fantasy pick

    https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/...w-look-offense
    Steeler teams featuring stat-driven, me-first, fantasy-football-darling diva types such as Antonio Brown & Le'Veon Bell won no championships.

    Super Bowl winning Steeler teams were built around a dynamic, in-your-face defense plus blue-collar, hard-hitting, no-nonsense football players on offense such as Hines Ward & Jerome Bettis.

    We don't want Juju & Conner to replace what we lost in Brown & Bell.

    We are counting on Juju & Conner to return us to the glory we once had with Hines & The Bus.

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    I hope I'm wrong, and I often am with these Steelers, but my gut tells me that Brady is going to embarass our defense and it'll be up to our offense to try to keep pace. I think we'll need more than 30 points to win this game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eich View Post
    I hope I'm wrong, and I often am with these Steelers, but my gut tells me that Brady is going to embarass our defense and it'll be up to our offense to try to keep pace. I think we'll need more than 30 points to win this game.
    Sadly, that's a pretty good bet. Especially when we're playing in NE.

    Hoping that more speed in the middle of the field helps the D to look respectable against the defending champs.

    And that Ben can show that we can put up more points by distributing the ball among many weapons instead of feeding AB.

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    I don't foresee a high-scoring first game nor a defensive struggle either.

    I think we'll get something in the range of like 24-17 or so.
    Steeler teams featuring stat-driven, me-first, fantasy-football-darling diva types such as Antonio Brown & Le'Veon Bell won no championships.

    Super Bowl winning Steeler teams were built around a dynamic, in-your-face defense plus blue-collar, hard-hitting, no-nonsense football players on offense such as Hines Ward & Jerome Bettis.

    We don't want Juju & Conner to replace what we lost in Brown & Bell.

    We are counting on Juju & Conner to return us to the glory we once had with Hines & The Bus.

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