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Steelers vs Falcons – Things to Look For

The Atlanta Falcons will face the Pittsburgh Steelers tonight at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.  This will be the Steelers third preseason game and you’ll see the starters play the 1st half and the roster will begin to finalize for those on the “bubble”.

Tonights game will be broadcasted by the NFL Network at 7:30 EDT. Also be sure to check out the Planet Steelers Forum and participate in our popular Game Day Chat during all games.

Here are a few players to pay special attention to during tonight’s game:

Tony Hills – The tackle from the University of Texas in now a 4th year player and it’s now or never for him.  Hills came into training camp in great shape and has played inspired during practice and the last 2 preseason games.  Hills can play tackle as displayed against the Philadelphia Eagles or guard.  Hills has been so impressive that he appears to be the front runner for the RG position. Tonight, Hills is starting at RG.

Antonio Brown – What else can you say about the youngster?  The guy has seized every opportunity in training camp and preseason.  He is continuing right where he left off last year but now he may be in the process of wrestling the 3rd wide receiver spot from Emmanual Sanders.  Sanders has been sidelined with a foot injury.

Cornerbacks – How will our cornerbacks Keenan Lewis, Crezdon Butler, William Gay, Donovan Warren, Bryant McFadden (questionable), and Cortez Allen (questionable) fair against the highly talented and explosive Atlanta Falcons offense.

Ramon Foster and Chris Scott – Will they allow Tony Hills to steal their spot at RG?  At the start of training camp, it was Foster’s job to lose.  Apparently, he is starting to lose it.

Marcus Gilbert – The rookie LT from the University of Florida had a rough start to training camp reportedly showing up out of shape.  He has turned things around recently and is getting his first start due to Jonathan Scott’s injury (hyperextended knee).  He will have a tough matchup against Atlanta’s 4-time Pro Bowler, John Abraham.

Steelers top ESPN Power Rankings

For the past 2 weeks, the Pittsburgh Steelers have topped the ESPN power rankings thru Week 8.  The only NFC team in the top 5 is the Atlanta Falcons.  The only other NFC teams in the top 10 are the New York Giants at #9 and the Green Bay Packers at #10.  Here are the top 5 teams represented in the Week 8 ESPN Power Rankings:

1 (1)    Steelers 5-1    It turns out the Steelers are both lucky and good. (Walker)

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2 (2)    Jets    5-1    Jets are rested coming off their bye week. They seem like the No. 1 team in football. (Clayton)

3 (3)    Patriots    5-1    The Patriots are quietly moving toward division title without Randy Moss, who visits Sunday. (Clayton)

4 (4)    Ravens    5-2    The Ravens narrowly avoided embarrassment by beating the Bills at home in OT. (Walker)

5 (7)    Falcons    5-2    Roddy White nearly made MVP Watch list a week ago; no doubt now. (Sando)

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