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Best Tailgating Dips For Pittsburgh Steelers Games

For those who appreciate tailgating snacks as much as a game-winning point, here are three touchdown-worthy dips that are uniquely Pittsburgh....

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The 2012 Jersey Rules: The Best to Buy This Season


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Despite frustrating returns, Randle El always gave his best


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Former Steelers wide out and return man Antwaan Randle El will not be joining the Hall of Fame as he enters retirement. He will not be remembered for having huge games in terms of yardage and return yardage and frankly, when his name comes up, thoughts of his touchdown pass to Hines Ward in Super Bowl XL is what you remember.
It’s hard to imagine a slot receiver and return man being as polarizing as ARE was in his days with the Pittsburgh Steelers. At a time when most people disagree about the quarterback or the head coach or a star running back, Randle El was often a lightning rod for Steelers’ fans.
No one doubted his skills or ability which were somewhat limited due to his smallish stature and you could never deny his work ethic or heart. Often, the guy played much bigger than himself and made many great catches when his team needed them the most but he was never going to be a superstar.
With that said, no one frustrated the Black ‘n Gold faithful more on a punt...

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SB Nation Ranks Steelers Third in Best NFL Linebacking Groups

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According to SB Nation's Ryan Van Bibber, the Steelers have the best safety combination of the league.

He thinks their linebackers do pretty well, too, ranking them third in the NFL, behind the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens.

As is common with these kinds of lists, it's really open to interpretation, but San Francisco's top mark won't be disputed by too many. Between Baltimore and Pittsburgh, arguments could be made for either of them being at No. 1, 2 or 3.

(Warning: You're reading a Pittsburgh Steelers web site, what follows may be considered slanted toward the Steelers).

You can make those arguments if you'd like, and they can be lucid and well-defended. That doesn't change the fact the Steelers have a stronger linebacking group than the Ravens do. A healthy LaMarr Woodley and James Harrison is still the best pair of outside linebackers in football, Lawrence Timmons is a solid player now, and is already better than Jameel McClain will ever be. Between those three players alone, it's the only group that rivals the skill of the guys San Francisco has.

The Washington Redskins are fourth, Dallas Cowboys fifth and Kansas City Chiefs sixth. The Denver Broncos are seventh, the Jacksonville Jaguars eighth and the Houston Texans ninth. The Chicago Bears round it out at 10th.



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Kiper: David DeCastro and Maurkice Pouncey Could Become the Best Guard/Center Combo in the NFL


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ESPN NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper did a summer audit of the AFC North, and had some high praise for the future of the Steelers offensive line.

The selection of RG David DeCastro in this spring's draft gives the team a high-level guard in terms of athleticism, power and intelligence. Playing him next to Pro Bowl C Maurkice Pouncey, in Kiper's eyes, could give the Steelers the best combination of the two positions in the NFL.

That's high praise, and obviously, something every team would want, given the choice.

Injuries have been the main concern around Pouncey. He looked strong at times last year, but at other times, looked like he was off a step or two. After breaking his ankle in the AFC Championship game at the end of the 2010 season, and missing the Super Bowl, it was clear the level of play along the Steelers interior offensive line was down.

DeCastro somehow fell to No. 24, where the Steelers probably beat the commissioner to the podium to submit their pick.

The versatility the two will bring - the ability to pull to either direction - gives the Steelers loads of options in the running game. Add in the move of Willie Colon from right tackle to left guard, you're looking at the interior offensive line going from one of the worst in the NFL to one of the best in one offseason.

Kiper also mentioned the Steelers' big question this season surrounding their younger players.

My question is whether some of the younger personnel [on defense] can make that next step and become dynamic. Lawrence Timmons is already exceptional, but it's time for guys such as Cameron Heyward, Jason Worilds and Steve McLendon to become names.



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Pittsburgh Steelers’ Ryan Clark and Troy Polamalu Best Safety Combination in the NFL

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If Seahawks fans were upset over our tongue-in-cheek evaluation of a recent Pro Football Weekly feature which pitted the Steelers defense against Seattle's in a vote-to-win contest (and believe me, they were), they'll get even more agitated about this.

SB Nation's Ryan Van Bibber ranked the Steelers' safety combination of Ryan Clark and Troy Polamalu as the league's best, edging out Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor of Seattle.

While I'm sure Steeler Nation won't raise the victory flag over this, both teams have excellent safeties heading into 2012.

All four made their respective Pro Bowl teams - Thomas and Polamalu were voted in and Clark and Chancellor were injury replacements.

While Polamalu and Clark represent an older guard among the league's best, Thomas and Chancellor are players on the rise. It just takes a lot to top the anchor points on the league's top scoring defense.

Van Bibber listed the Arizona Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills as third, fourth and fifth, respectively. It's interesting to note Pittsburgh has both the oldest safeties on the list, and was the only team in the top five to make the playoffs in 2011. The other four teams could surprise the league this season, though. The Chiefs get back several players lost to injury last year, Seattle looks to improve their quarterback play substantially by not starting Tarvaris Jackson and Buffalo's addition of DE Mario Williams and the return of stud RB Fred Jackson could help stave off a second-half collapse like they suffered in 2011.




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SB Nation: Steelers Have 10th Best Cornerbacks in the NFL


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SB Nation's Ryan Van Bibber ranked the NFL's best cornerbacks positions by team, and the Steelers finished 10th overall.

His list doesn't break down individuals, but rather, the cornerbacks position top to bottom within the team.

The Steelers had the league's top scoring and pass defense last season, and that was with a maligned pass rush that produced just 35 sacks all season. On the other hand, the defense as a whole produced just 15 takeaways all season, one of the lowest totals for a playoff team in NFL history.

But simply looking at a group of cornerbacks' ability to prevent the ball from moving downfeld through the air, it's tough to say the Steelers had a bad season.

The sum of their whole was greater than the sum of their parts. The marquee cornerback, veteran Ike Taylor, played very well at times and not so great at other times. The youth of the position generated much more positive buzz than negative, as CB Keenan Lewis got on the field often as starter William Gay moved inside to cover the slot. Cortez Allen played a bit in the second half of the year as a rookie, covering well both outside and inside.

The New York Jets are first, with the Baltimore Ravens and Philadelphia Eagles finishing second and third. The Dallas Cowboys are fourth and the Atlanta Falcons round out the top five.

The San Francisco 49ers are sixth, Kansas City Chiefs seventh and Houston Texans eighth. The Seattle Seahawks are ninth and the Steelers come in at 10.

While the list is written based on last year more than where teams are going, it looks pretty solid, top to bottom. I'm not sure I'd place the Steelers behind Seattle or Kansas City, and I'd have Houston much higher than eighth, but I don't think the top three are in question at all.




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Seattle Seahawks Top Pittsburgh Steelers for NFL’s Best Defense, According to PFW Readers


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Pro Football Weekly polled its readers in a tournament-style feature to determine the league's top defense, and according to them, the Seattle Seahawks take home the honors.

No information is present to confirm the mental condition of the readers, but their voices were made loud and clear, the league's seventh-ranked scoring defense was actually the best.

Needless to say, their writers selected the Steelers by an overwhelming margin, and statistics certainly back that up.

But the fans are in the driver's seat in this one (a poll on the side of the PFW web page has the Seahawks up 1,066 to 195, and their Facebook page, which seems to be the official vote, has Seattle ahead 369 to 19), and nowhere is this more evident than the Seahawks gigantic semifinal upset over San Francisco. The Seahawks took 69 percent of the vote over a team that allowed 14.3 points per game.

Apparently they're forgetting the 24-0 beat down the Steelers put on the Seahawks in Week 2, a game in which Steelers WR Mike Wallace put a season's worth of hurting on CB Brandon Browner (who, somehow, made the Pro Bowl in 2011). Add in the fact the Seahawks offense (to be fair, no one's confusing them with the 98 Vikings) didn't reach midfield until the third quarter, and the fact the Steelers allowed five less points per game, it's tough to make an argument a reasonably-minded person wouldn't see the Steelers as the better defensive team.

The Steelers defeated Baltimore in the semifinals, which seems about right.

To give Seattle some credit, they do have a young defense on the rise, and with the selection of the Scourge of Jimmy John's, Bruce Irvin, and the free agent acquisition of DL Jason Jones, they're a team on the rise.

They're just nowhere near the Steelers' level right now.




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Ray Rice Thinks Joe Flacco Should Think He’s the NFL’s Best QB

Ray Rice is yet another Raven that likes to come up with excuses. This time he’s speaking out for his fellow loudmouth QB – Joe Flacco, who as we all know seems to think he’s the best QB in the NFL (insert punchline here).

Flacco is looking for a new deal and in an interview with 790 The Zone in Atlanta, Rice says that Flacco should get the deal – this based on the QB outplaying future Hall of Famer Tom Brady in the AFC Title Game.

Yes, the same title game the Ravens lost.

“It was his show. It was his show on offense and as much credit that I was getting and as much respect I was getting from defenses, all Joe really had to do is prove that we can drive the ball down the field and score, and he did that,” Rice said in the interview. “Quite frankly, he outplayed Tom Brady the last game. He outplayed Tom Brady, and Tom Brady — he’s the trademark for a quarterback. So Joe Flacco feeling the way he feels is only right, because he did it on a high level. He did it on the peak of his performance.”

The Ravens and Flacco have not come to terms as of yet. Then again, what exactly is the “best QB in the NFL” worth these days? I’m sure Flacco will come up with an amount that he feels is worth it, and his buddy Rice will probably back him up on it.

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