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The Jets troubled receiver (a former Steelers troubled receiver) is at it again and this time on an airplane. According to reports, the New York Jets new receiver and former Super Bowl MVP, Santonio Holmes had to be escorted off a a plane because he refused to turn off his iPod.
Two Pittsburgh TV stations had reported that Holmes was escorted from the plane, but not arrested, for being a “disruptive passenger,” after refusing to turn off his iPod as the plane began its descent into Pittsburgh.
This week kicks off another entry of our fantasy football prediction blog. Steelers face off against the 1-4 Cleveland
Browns today at 1pm at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA. The Steelers have the opportunity to win its 3rd straight game against a struggling Cleveland Browns team. Last week, the Browns somehow pulled out a 6-3 victory against the Buffalo Bills which was one of the most painful games I had to watch in a long time. Starting Browns quarterback, Derek Anderson went a miserable 2-17 in passing, but somehow the Browns were victorious.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are coming off a 28-20 win against the Detroit Lions. The Steelers offense looked impressive again with Rashard Mendenhall averaging over 5 yards a carry and Ben Roethlisberger distributing the ball nicely to a wide range of his weapons including Santonio Holmes, Hines Ward, Heath Miller and rookie, Mike Wallace.
Not so impressive was the Steelers defense. Again, the defense allowed an inferior team to come back in the first quarter until a streak of sacks by LaMarr Woodley and James Harrison ended the game. From the defensivie perspective, the good news is that all-pro safety, Troy Polamalu is returning to action for the first time since the season opener against the Tennessee Titans. The bad news is standout defensive end, Aaron Smith, who is critical to the Steelers 3-4 is out for the rest of the season with a torn rotator cuff.
And now for our Predictions:
Ben Roethlisberger – Big Ben is off to one of his best starts in his already very successful career from a statistical perspective. Roethlisberger is 1st in the league in completion percentage and second in total yards only behind Peyton Manning. Roethlisberger is being considered a league Most Valuable Player (MVP) by most and I expect his numbers to only get better especially against a struggling Browns team. Big Ben is a strong pickup this week amongst fantasy owners.
Heath Miller – Miller is on pace for his first Pro Bowl appearance and has been exceptional for the Steelers passing game so far this season. Miller is second on the team with 29 receptions and 235 yards. He also leads the receiving corps with 3 TD’s. Expect about 60 yards receiving and another touchdown for Heath Miller this week.
Hines Ward – Ward is the Steelers leading receiver thus far this season with 33 receptions and 440 yards receiving. With Holmes wrist injury continuing to be a nagging problem, Ward will see more balls thrown his way. However, it’s concerning to fantasy owners that Ward only has 1 touchdown so far this season. With all things considering Ward is still a good play this week against the Browns.
Rashard Mendenhall – Mendenall has looked real impressive the past couple of weeks with Willie Parker being out due to a turf toe injury. In two games, Mendenhall is averaging over 5 yards a carry and has 3 touchdowns. Against the league’s worst running defense Mendenhall is expected to start and will see the majority of all carries with Fast Willie being the change of pace back as he recovers from his injury.
Joshua Cribbs – Unfortunately for the Browns, based on their play thus far this season, Cribbs is the only guy I would consider as a fantasy owner this week. With Braylon Edwards being traded to the Jets, Cribbs should see some increased action as a 3rd WR. Aside from that, Cribbs is well known to be an extremely dangerous kick-off returner and has had prior success against the Steelers special teams unit.
This week kicks off another entry of our fantasy football prediction blog. Steelers face off against the 1-3 Detroit Lions at Ford Field at 1pm today. The Steelers will be visiting Ford Field for the first time since capturing their fifth Lombardi Trophy during Super Bowl XL.
Unlike previous versions of our fantasy focus articles, this one will only feature Pittsburgh Steelers players.
Ben Roethlisberger – The Detroit Lions have given up more points than any other team in the NFL to opposing quarterbacks in fantasy football. Roethlisberger should be in for a big game today against a struggling Lion’s defense. However, if the Steelers jump out to a big lead early, Roethlisberger could be pulled or you’ll see a heavy dosage of Rashard Mendenhall. The Steelers won’t run up the score and pad stats.
Rashard Mendenhall – With Willie Parker out with a turf toe injury, second year pro Rashard Mendenhall could be in for another huge day against the 20th ranked Lion’s run defense. Last week, Mendenhall had his breakout game against the Chargers totaling 165 yards and 2 touchdowns against the San Diego Chargers defense. Mendenhall will receive the majority of the carries except on certain 3rd down situations where he’ll be relieved my Mewelde Moore.
Heath Miller – On pace for 96 receptions, Heath Miller is on pace for his best season of his career. Miller is underrated in most NFL circles, but he’s in for his first pro bowl season of his career. Miller has been getting open in the middle of the field and is an obvious mismatch for many teams. With Santonio Holmes receiving double coverage, Miller is seeing more balls thrown his way. Last week against the San Diego Chargers, Miller had 70 yards receiving and 2 touchdowns.
Santonio Holmes – He has been targeted by Roethlisberger more than any other player, Holmes is due for a big game. Even though Holmes has been seeing double coverage as the Steelers #1 receiver, he’s got the speed to beat those double teams and make plays deep down field. Outside of week 1, Holmes has been quiet thus far this year; expect him to have close to 100 yards and a TD today against a weak Lion’s secondary.
This week kicks off another entry of our fantasy football prediction blog. The Pittsburgh Steelers travel to Cincinnati to take on the Bengals. This may be a more difficult game than what most Steelers fans are anticipating. The Bengals have 3 straight division games starting with the Steelers so expect them to try to set the tone against the Steelers.
Ben Roethlisberger – Big Ben will rebound just fine against the Bengals defense. The offense struggled last week to put points up on the board but they were able to move the ball against a solid Bears defense. I see Big Ben and company putting up 27 points against the Bengals this week.
Hines Ward – Historically a Cincinnati killer (just ask Keith Rivers). Ward is closing in on his 10,000 yards receiving mark and it very well could happen this week against the Bengals.
Santonio Holmes – Holmes had one of his worst performances in recent memory last week. 3 dropped balls including a tough but catchable winning TD catch capped off a disappointing day for Holmes. Even though the weather was less than desirable and the field was messy, Holmes dropped several catchable balls that ended up as “drive killers”. I expect Holmes to rebound and post a solid overall performance with over 100 yards and a TD.
Parker / Mendenhall – Parker has been the most disappointing player on the team so far this season. He’s not running the ball with any authority and he’s been “tip toeing” to the line of scrimmage. Mendenhall might steal some of Parker’s opportunities and rightfully so. It’s time for one of these two to step up and provide some sort of rushing attack. The Bengals run defense has struggled so this might be a good game to get this offense going.
Heath Miller – Miller continues to be one of Roethlisberger’s favorite targets. He’s consistent, has great hands, and picks up first downs. With the offensive line struggling, Miller is a nice safety net for Big Ben.
Steelers Defense – Although the Steelers defense hasn’t necessarily struggled, they do have some flaws. For one, the Steelers outside linebackers including Defensive Player of the Year (DPOY), James Harrison and emerging star LaMarr Woodley only have a combined 2 sacks on the year. Lawrence Timmons appears to be healthy which should hopefully add to the pass rush this week. This is a shocking statistic that no one would have guessed going into the 2009-2010 season. With the loss of Polamalu, Tyrone Carter was exposed by Jay Cutler last week being responsible for 2 touchdowns.
Carson Palmer – If last game was any indication, Palmer appears to be healthy. Palmer has one of the best deep balls in the game and is typically very accurate. If the Steelers defense doesn’t get a pass rush against Palmer, it will be a long day for the Steelers and their fans.
Chad Ochocinco – Ochocinco has had just one 100-yard game and three touchdowns against the Steelers since Ike Taylor’s rookie season in 2003 so don’t expect much out of him today. He talks a good game and is being outspoken against Steelers cornerbacks William Gay and Ike Taylor but until he produces on the field against the Steelers, I would steer away from picking Ochocinco.
Cedric Benson – Benson has been one of the bigger surprises this year for Cincinnati. However, like most other running backs, expect Benson to struggle against the Steelers stellar run defense. Don’t start Benson this week on your fantasy team.
Fantasy Football Pick of the Day: Santonio Holmes (WR, Pittsburgh Steelers)
Ben Roethlisberger – Expect Roethlisberger to put up solid players against the Bears defense today. I don’t see the
Steelers being able to run against this defense (again). Our o-line is simply outmanned and not talented enough against most defenses of the Bears caliber. Roethlisberger will throw over 30 passes and display why he’s an elite quarterback in this league.
Santonio Holmes – With Roethlisberger throwing 30+ passes, Holmes will be the primary target of many of those. Holmes has been “lights-out” since the playoffs started last year. Holmes will have over 100 yards and a touchdown against the bears.
Hines Ward – Ward only needs 117 receiving yards to reach 10,000 for his career. What an accomplishment for a receiver in a run-oriented offense! I could foresee both Ward and Holmes going for over 100 yards yet again.
Heath Miller – While Miller won’t have huge stats, he’s one of Roethlisberger’s favorite targets. I expect around 50 yards receiving and a touchdown this week. It’s also possible that given the Steelers offensive line struggles especially against good defenses, Miller may see more action as a “safety net” for Big Ben.
Matt Forte – Even given the Steelers great defense, Matt Forte would be a solid pick this week because he does so many things in both the passing and rushing attacks. Forte is a very underrated back with a good combination of speed and power. However, don’t expect Forte to get 100 rushing yards this week against arguably the best running defense in the league. I would say that he will have 100 all-purpose yards
Jay Cutler – Cutler is “hit or miss” in this matchup. Last week he struggled with 4 interceptions and had an overall poor performance. If he plays like that again, the Steelers defense will make it a miserable day. If Cutler is on target, he could pose some challenges for the Steelers secondary. Cutler torched the Steelers defense before and he could do it again.
Devin Hester – He’s a big play waiting to happen. The Steelers secondary must respect his speed and athleticism. If he gets behind the secondary, Cutler has the arm and accuracy to take advantage of it. As proven, Hester’s punt return ability is off the charts. Special teams could play a big role in the outcome of this game.
The Pittsburgh Steelers dropped their first preseason game 13-17 of the year last night to the Washington Redskins. The game gave us a good opportunity to see the first team for the first couple of series. However more importantly it gave the youngsters an opportunity to showcase their skills in hopes of making the 53 man roster.
On a side note, starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger did not play due to an injury to his achillies heel from starting left tackle, Max Starks (6-8, 340 pounds) stepping on it. Initial tests confirmed that the injury does not appear to be serious. I really worry about the health of Big Ben this year. He may get sacked 50+ times this year if Max Starks & Co. continue to perform at this level. This offensive line looks to be just as bad as last year if not worse. They’re pass protection was subpar and they have not gotten any push in the run game.
The preseason record does not really matter. It’s the analysis of the players, and the “sharpness” of the game. It was good to see of the rookies such as Ziggy Hood do well. As a team though, the Steelers looked flat. They didn’t seem to have a sense of urgency outside of a few players, and they certainly weren’t “sharp” (13 penalties). Below are some quick notes from what I’ve observed from the game:
Lawrence Timmons – Excels in “search and destroy” mode but I still don’t think he’s strong in the run game. Once these guards get their hands on him, he really struggles to fight through blocks. Everytime the Redskins ran to his side, they gained positive yardage, somtimes in huge chunks too. I do not think I have ever seen Timmons read a run play, fight through a block inside, and stop a running back at or behind the line of scrimmage. It’s obvious to me that 3-4 ILB is not his ideal position during run plays at this point in his career. To be honest, if this becomes a consistent problem, I wouldn’t be opposed to seeing Keyaron Fox on 1st down.
Limas Sweed – Similar to last game, Sweed dropped a very easy first down catch. However, he made a very nice sliding catch for 17 yards.
Mike Wallace – The “speedster” continues to impress. He has good hands and isn’t afraid to go across the middle.
Rashard Mendenhall – Did not play with the first team offense at all. When given the opportunity, he did well averaging 5.2 yards a carry (5 carries for 26 yards). He looks a little hesitant out there though.
Offensive Line – In defense of the OL, they were down 2 starters if you consider Darnell Stapleton a starter. Overall, they played poorly. On the first play of the game, Max Starks almost got Charlie Batch killed. The DE ran right around Starks like he wasn’t even there. I swear, a lawn chair would have done a better job blocking than Starks did on that particular play. They hardly gave Batch any time to throw and Batch being very immobile doesn’t help matters. Wow, we are very lucky to have Big Ben as our quarterback especially behind this OL. The OL also got very little push in the run game.
Daniel Sepulveda – It’s great to have a solid punter again. He is really going to help out our defense (not like they need much help). Sepulveda had 5 punts averagine 47.8 yards.
Hines Ward, Santonio Holmes – Both had 2 very nice catches for 1st downs. Hines’ was spectacular in a leaping grab on a post pattern with LaRon Landry on the coverage.
Dennis Dixon – 8/16 for 68 yards. He also had a few nice runs. He definitely has his hot and cold streaks. At this moment, I would not feel comfortable with him as our #2 QB.
Joe Burnett – Allowed the ball to be stripped on a punt return. He may have a hard time making the 53 man roster if he doesn’t progress with special teams. He needs to protect the ball better.
Ziggy Hood – Another strong performance for the first rounder with 4 tackles and 2 sacks. I see him getting immediately involved in the rotation to keep our starters fresh. On a side note, he is very quick for a big man.
Ra’Shon Harris – Another rookie with a strong performance. Seems to hold his ground well and gets a little push into the backfield. If Harris can make the 53 man roster, this would be a great injection of youth to the Steelers defensive line. Could he possibly progress to our future NT?
Troy Polamalu – In typical Troy fashion, he looks like he’s in mid season form
William Gay – Looks solid both in coverage and run support. I don’t think we’ll miss McFadden much as a starter. I just hope one of the young guys such as Burnett or Wallace step up to provide added depth to our secondary.
Keyaron Fox – Overall, solid ILB. Last night, he was particularly strong in run defense and led the team with 5 tackles. Very good to have a quality backup at ILB.
Other Backup LB’s – Arnold Harrison and Donovan Woods looked solid. Some of our backups could probably start on other teams which is a good problem to have. I’m also seeing Bruce Davis progress as well.
Stefan Logan – Did very well in both kick and punt returns. Averaged 40 yards a kick return (60 yarder in the 3rd quarter).
STEEL CURTAIN RADIO #4: MAX STARKS INTERVIEW
Check out the 1 on 1 Interview with Max Starks
1. Max Starks talks About Free Agency and his Long Term Plans
2. Max talks about what makes Big Ben so Special?
3. Max gives his thought son Albert Haynesworthss Deal
4. Max speaks on the media’s focus on contracts?
5. Max gives his thoughts on Demarcus Ware
6. Max gives his thoughts on the differences between Tomlin and Cowher
Interview Provided by: whatchatalkinbout.com
Nate Washington Signs with Tennessee Titans
Former Steelers wide receiver, Nate Washington has signed with the Tennessee Titans for a 6 years, 27 million dollar payday. 9 million of that money is guaranteed.
Nate Washington has seen incredible growth over the past several years and was a solid contributor the past two years. He especially came up with a few first down plays on the road to the Steelers 6th Super Bowl victory.
Washington was an undrafted free agent from the tiny division 3 school, Tiffin in 2005. Washington showed flashes of his speed and deep threat ability when given the opportunity. He possesses great straight-line speed that opposing secondaries must respect. In fact, Jeff Fisher said exactly that when asked about the signing of Washington. He notes that he worried about Washington’s speed when facing the Steelers and now other teams will now other opponents will have to worry.
This was an expected move by the Steelers front office especially with 2nd year pro from Texas, Limas Sweed pushing for playing time next year. Sweed will be the Steelers #3 wide receiver next year behind both Hines Ward and Super Bowl MVP Santonio Holmes. Dallas Baker will likely be the #4 wide out. Sweed, like Washigton, also posses’ great speed combined with a bigger frame at 6-4 and 200+ pounds. While Sweed needs to improve on his concentration and game awareness, he has the potential to be a game changing wide out and a solid deep threat for opposing defenses with an ability to make the big play.
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