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Miller Doubful

Pittsburgh Steelers pro bowl tight end is still doubtful for the game against the Cincinnati Bengals this week.

Miller suffered a concussion last week against the Baltimore Ravens in a helmet to helmet, defenseless receiver collision. Although not penalized, the Ravens McClain was fined 40k for the play on Miller.

Ravens fined for illegal hits

Jameel Mclain was fined $40,000 for his illegal hit on Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Heath Miller.  Mclain was not penalized on the play but league officials contacted NBC to inform the announcers that the play should have been penalized.

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Haloti Ngata was fined $15000 for his hit on Ben Roethlisberger.  Obviously unintentional, Ngata's hand sneaked into Roethlisberger's face mask essentially breaking Big Ben's nose.  Roethlisberger never missed any snaps the rest of the game.

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Roethlisberger to Undergo Surgery for Broken Nose

According to reports, Ben Roethlisberger will undergo surgery to fix his broken nose that he suffered in the first quarter of a hard earned 13-10 victory over the division rival Baltimore Ravens.

During the game, the Pittsburgh Steelers sideline reported Big Ben did NOT break his nose but all reviewers including the announcers could see Roethlisberger’s nose and it most certainly looked broken regardless of the sideline reports.  After the game, Roethlisberger confirmed that he had a broken nose.

Roethlisberger broke his nose on Pittsburgh's first series when Baltimore’s Haloti Ngata fist hit Roethlisberger in the face.  Ngata was not penalized on the play which again begs the question on whether the league has targeted the Pittsburgh Steelers and don’t apply the same standard to other teams.

"Someone just came through and a hand got through my facemask," Roethlisberger said after the game. "The next thing you know, I feel blood running down my face."

He spent much of the following series trying to stop the bleeding, and his jersey was soon spattered with blood.

Roethlisberger, already playing with a broken bone in his foot, still went 22 for 38 for 253 yards.

STEEL CURTAIN RADIO: RAVEN 21 – STEELERS 9

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Steelers – Ravens Preview

Joe Platania of Baltimore PressBox provides a Steelers - Ravens Preview.  See below for the complete article:

Ravens, Steelers Play Hard, But Trash Talk Will Flow

RIVALS BRING INTENSITY TO THE FIELD

By Joe Platania

OWINGS MILLS -- The insults, hate and trash-talking will be flowing at Heinz Field faster than the facility's namesake ketchup.

There's just no getting around it. The Ravens and unbeaten Pittsburgh Steelers will try to outplay each other during Sunday's key AFC North Division showdown. But at the same time, they will attempt to out-talk each other as well, no matter how head coach John Harbaugh likes to downplay it.

Last season, both the Ravens' games against the Steelers were decided by three points. The Ravens defeated the Steelers, 20-17, in overtime in Week 12, while the Steelers edged the Ravens, 23-20, in Week 16. (Sabina Moran/PressBox)

"The game is played on Sunday," he said wearily during his Monday press conference at The Palace at Owings Mills. "They won't talk as much as is going to be said throughout the week. We've played them too much and they've played us too much. If something gets said, it gets said."

Sunday's game will mark the 29th regular season meeting between the Ravens and Steelers, tying Pittsburgh with the Cincinnati Bengals for the opponent Baltimore has met most often since it came back into the league in 1996.

The two teams have also met twice in postseason play, the Steelers taking home both wins at home: a 2001 divisional playoff round game and the 2008 AFC championship game.

The Steelers have won four AFC North titles to the Ravens' two and have taken home two Super Bowl championships in the decade elapsing since Baltimore won Super Bowl XXXV.

But despite the long, antagonistic history between the two fan bases, Harbaugh is quick to note all NFL games have a violent, nasty aura about them.

"Every game is pretty heated in this league," the coach said. "There is a little more history [with these two teams]. We just have to focus our energy and challenge ourselves to just play the next play."

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TRADES WORKING OUT: Let's take a little inventory on how some of the Ravens' high-profile trades have worked out:

- When the Ravens traded their 2007 third- and seventh-round picks to the Buffalo Bills for Willis McGahee, the Bills then used the third-rounder to take Stanford quarterback Trent Edwards, released by the Bills Monday after an unspectacular career.

- When Baltimore dealt its 2008 fourth-round selection to the Oakland Raiders for cornerback Fabian Washington, the Silver and Black used the pick to take Richmond running back Arman Shields, currently out of football.

- When the Ravens traded this year's third- and fourth-round picks to Arizona for receiver Anquan Boldin and a fifth-round pick, the player the Ravens took with the extra selection turned out to be promising defensive tackle Arthur Jones.

The Cardinals traded the fourth-round pick to New Orleans and with the third-round selection, the Cardinals tabbed Citadel receiver Andre Roberts, who has touched the ball on just two punt returns so far.

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STOVER SIGHTING
(This item is dedicated to the late, great George Blanda, a longtime kicker and quarterback for Houston and Oakland who passed away Monday at the age of 83.)

Many years ago, Matt Stover kicked for Louisiana Tech. He's heading back to the Bayou State to tryout for the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints.

If you saw all or part of the Saints' overtime loss to the Atlanta Falcons, you know why this tryout is taking place.

Garrett Hartley, the man who will go down in history as the one who kicked the Saints into their first Super Bowl, missed a 29-yarder that would have beaten the Falcons in the extra session.

Stover is the oldest player to appear in a Super Bowl, playing in one for Indianapolis last year. Ironically, the youngest Super Bowl participant is also someone with Ravens ties -- running back Jamal Lewis.

When Stover kicked for the Colts last year, he showed up in Baltimore and kicked what proved to be the winning points midway through the fourth quarter. If he sticks with the Saints, he'll return to Charm City Dec. 19.

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PURPLE EVENING: Purple, the Ravens' women's group, is holding its annual "Purple Evening" at M&T Bank Stadium Oct. 11 at 5 p.m.

Wristbands for player autographs will be distributed at 4 p.m. outside Gate A. All ticketholders to the event are automatically entered in a drawing for a 10-day Bahamas cruise.

Fan forums, on-field activities, stadium tours and player appearances will all be part of the fun. Some concession stands and the Team Store will be open as well.

Posted September 27, 2010

Steelers vs Ravens: Overtime rewind

  • The Steelers won the coin toss and chose to receive to start overtime
  • Mendenhall on two carries gets the first down.
  • Dennis Dixon throws the ball deep to Mike Wallace but out of bounds
  • Steelers punt the ball out of bounds to the Ravens
  • The Ravens go three and out and punt to the Steelers
  • Dennis Dixon throws an interception on 3rd down and the Ravens return the ball 20 yards.  Ravens are already in field goal range and are about ready to kick a field goal to win the game in overtime.
  • On 3rd down, Ray Rice runs for a 1st down.  The Ravens have only a 32 yard field goal to win the game.
  • Ray Rice runs the ball again for another first down
  • The Ravens kick a field goal to win the game.

Score: Ravens 20 Steelers 17

Steelers vs Ravens: 4th quarter rewind

  • c has really struggled so far in the 4th quarter
  • The Steelers punt coverage unit almost gave up a touchdown.  According to the reply, it looks like several blocks in the back occurred.
  • Lawrence Timmons blitzed up the middle and caused a Flacco fumble
  • Steelers have very good field position
  • Rashard Mendenhall has run very, very hard in this game.  He has shown a great burst of speed, power, and a nice spin move.  Very impressive considering the Ravens run defense.
  • With 7 minutes left, Dennis Dixon scores a touchdown on a QB draw.  Dennis Dixon was in the shotgun formation and make a reverse to Mike Wallace.  Dixon ran the ball to the right side and received a very nice block from Mewelde Moore that led him to the end zone.  Very nice call by Bruce Arians.
  • Ray Rice called for tripping on 2nd down.  The Steelers accepted and made it 2nd and 19.  The Steelers then held on 3rd down by stopping Ray Rice on a screen pass.
  • Ravens just converted a huge 4th down by Ray Rice.  For some reason James Farrior was 1:1 with Ray Rice and it was a complete mismatch.  Ray Rice caught the pass and ran it 60 yards to the Steelers 10 yard line.  Several Steelers missed tackles.  Lawrence Timmons tackled one of his own players who was in great position to make a tackle.
  • The Steelers hold on 3rd and goal.  The Ravens kick a field goal and tie the score 17-17 with 2 minutes left in the 4th quarter.
  • Dennis Dixon almost threw an interception on 2nd down.  Consequently, the Steelers run the ball on 3rd down.  A 3 and out for the Steelers
  • Steelers punt the ball and the Ravens almost return it for ANOTHER TOUCHDOWN.  Will MIKE TOMLIN OR THE ST COACH EVER FIX THE SPECIAL TEAMS.  This is getting a bit ridiculous.
  • A 24-yard pass interference call on Ike Taylor with 1 minute remaining in the game.
  • The Steelers caused a last second fumble. The Ravens field goal unit and rushed a last second field goal which comes up about 2 yards short.

Score: 17-17

Steelers vs Ravens: 2nd quarter rewind

  • Dennis Dixon has play well thus far with limited opportunities.  Dixon throw a nice roll-out pass and the followed up with a nice play action TD pass to Santonio Holmes
  • Steelers continue to have success with running the ball with both Rashard Mendenhall and Willie Parker
  • Ravens are giving the Steelers a heavy dose of McGahee, Rice, and fullback McClain
  • William Gay continues to get abused
  • William Gay and Ryan Clark get beat on a 50 yard pass play
  • Ike Taylor gives up a touchdown on a fade pattern
  • Steelers coaching staff goes overly conservative with 1:45 left in the 2nd quarter with consecutive running plays.  The offense gets close to the 50 yard line and runs out the clock.  The Steelers had plenty of time to try to gain around 30 yards to try a field goal.  A very disappointing decision by the Steelers coaching staff.

Steelers vs Ravens: 1st quarter rewind

  • William Gay got torched several times on the Ravens' first drive
  • Willis McGahee scored the opening touchdown for the Ravens
  • Bruce Arians is being overly conservative with Dennis Dixon
  • Timmons caught out of position on a long Ray Rice run
  • Ziggy Hood getting a good pass rush
  • Steelers having success running the ball with Rashard Mendenhall

Score: Ravens 7 Steelers 0W

Fantasy Focus: Steelers vs Chargers

This week kicks off another entry of our fantasy football prediction blog.  The Pittsburgh Steelers play at home for the first time since the NFL opener against the Tennessee Titans.  This is a must-win for the Steelers in order to keep up with the division leaders, Baltimore Ravens.  The Ravens are currently up 2 games on a struggling Steelers team and the Steelers are looking to rebound against a very talented San Diego team after losing two close games in which they should have won convincingly.  Here is a list of fantasy football matchups that you may want to consider:

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Ben Roethlisberger - Big Ben is going to have to come through against San Diego's solid defensive front.  Even with the loss of Jamal Williams, the Chargers defense is loaded with playmakers.  However, Ben plays his best against good competition in prime time moments.  I expect more of the same from Big Ben.  Ben will put up 30 points on this

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Mike Wallace

Chargers defense, at home, in primetime and display to the NFL why he is an elite quarterback in this league

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Mike Wallace - Wallace has been the only pleasant surprise for the Steelers this year.  He caught the most passes of any Steelers receiver last week totaling over 100 yards.  Wallace is a mismatch waiting to happen at the #3 spot.  He's got amazing speed and quickness and hasn't dropped a pass this season.  During the NFL draft, Wallace's stock fell because scouts said his hands were suspect at best.  I don't see that with this young kid, however I can't say the same for Limas Sweed.

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Heath Miller - Miller is "Mr. Dependable".  He always seems to do his job and do it well.  He has great hands and is a good blocker.  He "seals the edge" when lined up as a tight end and does surprisingly well when lined up as a fullback.  Last week, he was dominant on the first couple of drives as a receiving tight end.  But for some reason, offensive coordinator, Bruce Arians stopped designing plays to go to Miller.

Arians has been heavily criticized by Steelers fans and rightfully so.  Why would he not get Miller more involved in

Heath Miller

Heath Miller

this offense?

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Rashard Mendenahll - This is a "dark horse" pick.  Per Mike Tomlin, Mendnenall didn't play one snap last week because he didn't feel comfortable that Mendenhall knew his assignments (i.e. he failed the weekly written game plan test).  We need Mendenhall to step up now and I think he'll show-off some of his talent this week (IF HE ACTUALLY RECEIVES PLAYING TIME).

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San Diego Chargers

Philip Rivers - Rivers was expected to be an MVP candidate this year.  He has loads of talent and is surrounded by talent. This could be a shootout-type game resulting in a classic Rivers vs Big Ben show down.  I expect both quarterbacks to put up good numbers this game.  With the Steelers pash rush less than desirable, Rivers could be in for a big game.

Antonio Gates -  Gates is in for a big game against this struggling defense.  With Polamalu out with an injury, the Steelers don't have a good solution for the All-Pro tight end.  Lawrence Timmons has the speed and athleticism to cover Gates but it will be a challenge as is for any linebacker in the NFL.

Darren Sproles - Sproles is the type of running back the Steelers always have trouble with.  He has great cutback ability (i.e. Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew) and has acceleration through the hole.  He's also difficult to find behind a massive San Diego offensive line at 5-8 185 pounds.  Sproles might be most dangerous as a kick-off returner.  The Steelers special teams and defense must stay in their lanes and play disciplined football or Sproles could take one to the house on any given play.

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