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Podcast: ‘Steelers Hangover’ returns tonight at 9:30 p.m. EST

Behind the Steel Curtain - 2 hours 10 min ago

BTSC recaps the Steelers last second win in Jacksonville and opens the phones to you, the listener, to join in.

Join Bryan Davis and Anthony Defeo from BTSC for the day after extravaganza known as “Steelers Hangover”. The Steelers improved their record to 7-2-1 in a non-dominant fashion and a second half comeback not seen since 2007 with their 20-16 victory over Jacksonville. Tony and Bryan will discuss the game and look to hear from you.

Check out a rundown of the show:

- Reactions

- Grades/Valedictorian and Honor Roll

- Calls

- Did Jacksonville give away the game or did the Steelers take it?

- Looking ahead to Denver

- and MUCH MORE!

You can listen to the show live by logging onto our BlogTalkRadio page at 9:30 p.m. EST but WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! What did you think about the game, the upcoming regular season or whatever you want to talk about Steelers related. Simply dial (347) 850-8581 anytime during the show to make your voice heard!

Roosevelt Nix is a “Glue Guy” for the Pittsburgh Steelers

Behind the Steel Curtain - 7 hours 26 min ago

Every successful football team has a player or two that is universally respected by the other players and can be counted on to help hold things together when the proverbial crap hits the fan. Roosevelt Nix fits that description for the Steelers.

There is one in every kindergarten class. That one kid who would rather eat paste than use it to glue the pieces of macaroni to the paper in the shape of a turkey so his parents could stick it on the fridge proudly for the whole family to admire for Thanksgiving. "Little Timmy is so talented the other kids call him Elmer", his parents joyously proclaim, not realizing the nickname was short for Elmer's Glue. I always wondered if that nickname stuck with him his whole life.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have their own glue guy, and his name is Roosevelt 'Rosie' Nix. As the starting fullback for the Steelers powerful offense, Nix is often left standing on the sidelines for large portions of the Steelers offensive snaps, but he always finds a way to make his presence felt.

A fullback gets paid to have violent, full speed collisions with other individuals. Not a job for the faint of heart. Rosie does his job better than most, seeing how he represented the AFC in the Pro Bowl last season. He displays a certain zest for his job. He understands the leverage required to move an opponent, many larger than himself, in a direction against their will. His high school wrestling background undoubtedly proves invaluable in this endeavor. The running backs for whom he has lead the way may have changed, but their production has not, in no small way the result of his blocking prowess.

A exceptional fullback has to display incredible versatility, and that description fits Rosie Nix quite well. He is, all at the same time, a mini offensive lineman, a short yardage back, a QB protector, and a H back out of the backfield. He is also outstanding on special teams because of his all out effort and determination. It would be impossible to tell Nix's story without mentioning his unbelievable determination and perseverance.

Rosie doesn't even stand six feet tall but he was an all conference player for Kent State as a defensive lineman. Realizing the need for undersized defensive lineman in the NFL is miniscule, Rosie lost almost twenty pounds after graduation and worked out as a linebacker at his pro day. After predictably going undrafted in the 2014 NFL draft, Nix signed as a UDFA with the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons asked him to switch positions yet again, this time to fullback. Nix agreed, hoping it would give him a better chance to make the team. Sadly, he was released before the start of the season.

Undeterred, Nix even looked into the Arena League in hopes of keeping his professional football dreams alive. Then in January 2015 his persistence finally paid off and fate intervened. He signed a reserve/futures contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers as a inside linebacker, but was quickly moved to fullback again. He didn't care, he was determined to take advantage of this opportunity. He initially excelled on special teams, before earning the starting fullback position. Now he is performing at a Pro Bowl level at both.

While Rosie Nix is no where near the most talented player on the Steelers offense, he is no doubt one of the most well respected by his teammates. They all know his story and realize how he sacrifices his body on the field each week so they can revel in the glory. You will see them acknowledge his contributions with a pat on the back or a slap of the helmet, and it seems extra special for all involved when they get to celebrate a touchdown or big play with him. In a league were most of the participants were being told how great they were by the eighth grade, Rosie Nix refused to take no for an answer.

It is a blessing to have so many superstar players like the Steelers possess, but it takes a well respected glue guy to help mesh all the eccentric personalities together and keep everyone focused and humble. That is the kind of young man we can all be happy to root for, and young people can look up to as a role model.

Rosie Nix is the definition of a glue guy.

Before or After? When to use timeouts with the 2-minute warning?

Behind the Steel Curtain - 9 hours 25 min ago

Are valuable seconds ticking away the only concern?

For the second straight game against the Jaguars, Steeler fans are wondering why Mike Tomlin elected to use his timeouts after the 2-minute warning rather than before. In this case, it’s much more forgivable because the Steelers walked away with a victory. But there are definitely pros and cons to either way a coach plays it. Is one way better than the other? Perhaps. It depends on several factors within the game, so the use of timeouts before or after the 2-minute warning could vary from game to game.

To break down the numbers, we’ll look specifically at the example from Sunday’s game in Jacksonville. The Jaguars received the ball on a touchback with 2:23 remaining in the game. An average running play of less than five yards takes about five seconds. The Jags began their drive by running the ball for four yards on first down. If the Steelers called an immediate timeout, the most time remaining on the clock could have been 2:18. A second-down run would have resulted in a second timeout with 2:13 at the very best. After a third-down run, the Steeler’s could have used their last timeout to save eight seconds or keep the timeout for their final drive by using the 2-minute warning to stop the clock.

Of the 15 punts in Sunday’s game, three of them were plays which only lasted seven seconds, while nine of the punts took ten seconds or more. This number is important for two reasons. One of which shows how it would have been very unlikely the Steelers could run a play on offense before the two minute warning. Therefore the Steelers would have been better off keeping their timeout. The other reason will be addressed shortly.

So if the Steelers chose to use two timeouts before the 2-minute warning, they would have began their drive with 1:52 and one timeout. Since their actual drive began with 1:42 remaining, it would have saved the Steelers 10 seconds on the clock. Inside of two minutes, 10 seconds is a significant enough amount of time to matter. If a head coach were to let 10 seconds run off the clock at the end of the game before calling a timeout, they wouldn’t be keeping their job too long.

So is there a benefit to waiting to call the timeouts after the 2-minute warning? Absolutely. If we were to retrace those plays with the Steelers using their timeouts immediately, notice the third-down snap would have occurred with about 2:13 on the clock. At this point, the Jaguars could have passed the ball on third down with minimal consequences. Even with an incompletion, it would have only cost them, and most, eight seconds. The fourth-down punt on next play would have absorbed enough time to get to the 2-minute warning.

So using two timeouts before the 2-minute warning could have saved 10 seconds on the clock. But waiting until after the 2-minute warning forced the Jaguars to run the ball every play. If not, they ran the risk of giving the Steelers a chance to have an additional timeout. So when Jacksonville faced a 3rd & 5 from their own 30 yard line, the Steelers kept their run-heavy personnel on defense because an incompletion by Jacksonville was too risky of a move, especially with how ineffective their passing game was throughout the game.

So there is a rationale with using the timeouts either way. Could those 10 seconds have come back to haunt to Steelers? Maybe. Could the Jaguars have decided to throw on third down anyway and convert? Maybe. It’s all a calculated risk. This is why NFL head coaches get paid millions of dollars to make these decisions, while the average Steeler fan doesn’t get paid a dime to question these decision after-the-fact.

AFC North Roundup: The Steelers’ lead in the division continues to grow entering Week 12

Behind the Steel Curtain - 10 hours 27 min ago

Taking a look around the AFC North heading into Week 12.

With Week 11 of the NFL schedule officially in the books, it’s time to take a look back at those teams who call the AFC North home to see how they fared and what the standings look like after this week’s action.

The first goal for each team in the NFL is to win its division. Doing so guarantees both a playoff spot and a home playoff game, so even these early-season games are important when it comes to divisional rankings.

Let’s take a spin around the AFC North to check on the Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers.

Week 11 Results

Baltimore Ravens - 24
Cincinnati Bengals - 21

The Ravens win a game they just had to have, and with Lamar Jackson at quarterback. I will say this, if they think Jackson will survive in the NFL running the ball 20+ times, they might want to re-consider this approach. They could always just ask Robert Griffen III what it feels like to literally have the wheels run off him. Nonetheless, the Ravens’ win moves both teams to 5-5, and in a race for the final spot in the AFC Playoff Picture.

Pittsburgh Steelers - 20
Jacksonville Jaguars - 16

It seemed improbable. Even when trailing by 10 points, it seemed like a hill to steep for the Steelers to climb. Yet here we are, Pittsburgh winners of the last 6 games and sporting an overall record of 7-2-1 heading into Week 12. It was ugly, but I’ll take an ugly win over a pretty loss any day of the week.

Week 12 Schedule

Oakland Raiders at Baltimore Ravens - 1:00 p.m. ET
Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals - 1:00 p.m. ET
Pittsburgh Steelers at Denver Broncos - 4:25 p.m. ET

AFC North Standings

Pittsburgh Steelers - 7-2-1
Baltimore Ravens - 5-5
Cincinnati Bengals - 5-5
Cleveland Browns - 3-6-1

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Let us know what you think about the division after Week 11 in the comment section below. Do you see this being a powerhouse division? Which teams are contenders and which ones are nothing more than pretenders?

Winners and Losers after the Steelers’ 20-16 win over the Jaguars

Behind the Steel Curtain - 11 hours 31 min ago

After a game, we take note of certain players who performed well and others who didn’t. This is where the Winners and Losers column comes in.

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Jacksonville Jaguars took part in a big prime time game in Florida in Week 11, and the Steelers presented their loyal fan base their sixth straight with after a 20-16 win over the Jaguars.

During the game, some perform well, while others fall short of the standard. This is where the Winners and Losers column comes in. After the game, when the dust settles, we decipher who falls into which category.

As always, feel free to comment on the list in the comment section below. Be part of the conversation!

Winners

Ben Roethlisberger
Stat Line: 27/47, 314 yards, 2 TDs, 3 INTs, 1 Rushing TD, 2 sacks

It wasn’t pretty, but Big Ben showed up when he was needed. Did anyone wonder how in the world he ended up throwing for over 300 yards like I did? Nonetheless, Roethlisberger’s 4th quarter heroics earn him a spot with the winners this week.

JuJu Smith-Schuster
Stat Line: 8 receptions, 104 yards, 10 targets, 13.0 average

There might be some hiccups with Smith-Schuster, like the drop he had vs. the Ravens, but he is as clutch as they come. The back shoulder catches against both stellar Jaguars’ cornerbacks showed just how good he is, and can be. He might not have gotten into the end zone, but JuJu earned this spot in Week 11.

Vance McDonald
Stat Line: 3 receptions, 27 yards, 1 TD, 6 targets

The legend of the Vanimal lives on as McDonald had another impressive performance, capped by his second straight game with a receiving touchdown. McDonald is a unique type of tight end. He isn’t the fastest, but he can essentially do it all. Block, catch and run over helpless defensive backs in the process.

T.J. Watt
Stat Line: 6 total tackles, 6 solo, 2 sacks, 1 TFL, 2 QB Hits, 2 forced fumbles

Watt did something in Week 11 many wondered if it would ever happen in the near future. He hit the double-digit sack total (10) for 2018. The last OLB to do that? James Harrison in 2010. Yeah, it’s been that long. Watt played a great game, and regardless of how it looks, he gets the job done.

Javon Hargrave
Stat Line: 4 tackles, 4 solo, 2 sacks, 2 TFL, 1 PD, 2 QB Hits

He might not be Casey Hampton, but Hargrave made a strong case for him to see the field more down the stretch. He filled in for Stephon Tuitt on occasion, and took advantage of his opportunities with a two sack day. Hargrave had the best game of his young NFL career on Sunday in Jacksonville.

Jordan Berry
Stat Line: 6 punts, 306 yards, 1 TB, 1 inside the 20, 63 yard long, 51 average

I have beaten up on Berry’s play this season a lot in the weekly feature, and I will give him praise when it is due. On Sunday, when the Steelers’ offense was stalling left and right throughout the first three quarters, Berry had a tremendous game to help flip the field and bail out the struggling offense. Kudos to Berry for his performance, now if we all can see some consistency on his part...

Losers

Ben Roethlisberger
Stat Line: 27/47, 314 yards, 2 TDs, 3 INTs, 1 Rushing TD, 2 sacks

It is rare, but every now and then a player will be on both the Winner and Loser list. Big Ben finds himself in rarefied air after Week 11. Roethlisberger’s play early in the game was atrocious. His passes were off, he was seeing ghosts due to a good pass rush and was turning the ball over. He definitely righted the ship, but lets not forget just how bad he played early in the game.

James Conner
Stat Line: 9 rushes, 25 yards, 6 catches 24 yards, 9 targets

I love James Conner, but today wasn’t his day. While the Steelers abandoned the run, and rightfully so, early, Conner finds his way on the loser list for his play as a receiver. Dropping a critical 4th down conversion, and a would-be game winning touchdown were back breaking plays. The hope is the young back learns from it, and improves down the stretch. I bet he will bounce back in a big way next week.

Matt Feiler
Stat Line: Roethlisberger sacked twice, 6 QB hits surrendered

The fill-in for Marcus Gilbert has been tremendous the past two games, but the Jaguars’ defensive front was a different beast for the man they call “The Anchor”. Feiler learned a few things on Sunday in Jacksonville, and his play looked like a backup. The standard was set high for Feiler, but I think we all saw the team needs Gilbert healthy when they face Von Miller next week in Denver.

1st Half Rush Defense
Stat Line: Over 100 yards surrendered in 1st half

The Steelers allowed just over 90 yards on the ground, on average, entering Week 11, and they surrendered more than that in the first half to Leonard Fournette, Carlos Hyde and T.J. Yeldon. They buttoned things up in the second half, but the first half was dreadful. I know they missed Stephon Tuitt, but that much? Not so sure. The hope is teams haven’t found the blueprint for success against the Pittsburgh defense.

3rd Down Offense:
Stat Line: 3-for-11 on the day

The Steelers came into Week 11 sporting the top ranked red-zone offense, and third in the league when it came to third down efficiency. After the Jaguars game this ranking could drop. The Steelers’ offense never got into anything resembling a rhythm on those key conversion

Report Card: Grading the Steelers’ epic 20-16 win over the Jaguars

Behind the Steel Curtain - 12 hours 32 min ago

BTSC breaks out the red pen and assigns grades to the Steelers after their road trip against a familiar foe.

The Steelers and the Jaguars Despite my less than prestigious BTSC teaching certificate, I have to issue the necessary disclaimer. You know the story; of course, I’m not a football coach, or a teacher, but I play one in blogs and podcasts. Before the Steelers traveled to Northern Florida, I found myself noticing just how equal the two teams actually are despite the disparity in records. And then I realized that these teams both usually battle in tight contests. Then the game happened and the judgements followed.

Grading games is an extremely difficult and somewhat thankless task. While the coaches’ grades, of course, are what count the most, the media and fans can’t help but evaluate as well.

So let’s take a look at BTSC’s early perceptions:

Offense:

I find it hard to fault James Conner for his mere 25 yards on nine carries, because the early deficit made the run game obsolete. But his two key drops at crucial junctures almost cost the Steelers dearly. The receivers can’t be blamed either. Antonio Brown would’ve been gone on the first pick by Ben, but No. 7 couldn’t get the wide-open AB the Ball. He missed Vance McDonald a few times too. The offenses main issues were due to Ben Roethlisberger, but one it came down to the comeback...the legendary Steeler led the way. It was ugly girl prom date pretty, The nice thing for Ben was his chaperones down the stretch (JuJu, AB, Vance and Switz) were clutch.

Overall Offense Grade: C-

Defense

The defense was definitely impressive and won the game for the Steelers. While the run defense was getting shredded early and gave up 4.2 ypc, they held Leonard Fournette to just 20 of his 95 yards for an average of 1.43 ypc.Blake Bortlesonly completed ten passes, four more than the six times he fell victim to sacks, two each by T.J. Watt and Javon Hargrave and one each by Vinny Williams and Cam Heyward. The secondary didn’t let one deep ball get completed as well.

Overall Defense Grade: A-

Special Teams

Missed tackles, unnecessary and way too many penalties and very little return on returns...Danny Smith Jr.’s unit was subpar. But Jordan Berry averaged 51 ypp, his best performance of the season.

Overall Special Teams Grade: C

Overall Team Grade: C-

They did what it took to get the job done. The ending was awesome and gives Steeler Nation great hope, but the first 45 minutes were rough.

Valedictorian: Trent Jordan Watt

Honor Roll: JuJu Smith-Schuster, Antonio Brown, Vance McDonald. Comeback Ben, Jordan Berry, Ryan Switzer, Cam Heyward, the secondary, Vince Williams, Tyson Alualu, Javon Hargrave

Detention: James Conner, 1st Quarter Ben, 2nd Quarter Ben, 3rd Quarter Ben, Matt Feiler

Steelers rally to beat Jaguars despite their worst effort of the season

Behind the Steel Curtain - 13 hours 42 min ago

By almost every index of football excellence, the Steelers fell down in Jacksonville, yet still somehow managed to come home with their sixth-straight win.

While plenty of excuses can be cited for the performance we witnessed by the Steelers on Sunday at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, the harsh truth is that this undoubtedly was their worst overall effort of the season, despite escaping with a 20-16 victory. Todd Haley might be gone, but the Steelers’ offense wasn’t any more creative — and even less effective — against the Jaguars’ offense on Sunday than they had been during their two costly defeats by Jacksonville last season. In fact, if not for the absolutely abysmal Jaguars’ offense led by Blake Bortles (10/18, 104 yards, 28.3 QBR), Jacksonville would have won this game handily.

As he sometimes appeared last season, Ben Roethlisberger looked totally rattled by the Jaguars’ defense. He misfired on a number of easy throws to his receivers and nearly matched his five-interception debacle during the 2017 regular season at Heinz Field — throwing three interceptions, while having two more nullified by Jacksonville penalties. Ben also missed some wide-open receivers, throwing instead into heavy coverage. After notching a perfect quarterback rating last week versus the Carolina Panthers, Ben finished the game in Jacksonville with a pathetic 37.7 QBR, along with taking two sacks and averaging only 6.7 yards per completion.

While Ben’s play during the closing minutes of the fourth quarter — plus his game-winning lunge over the goal line with only three seconds remaining — was somewhat redeeming, it hardly washed away the smell of what we had witnessed through nearly three quarters of the game. How bad was the Steelers’ offense? They converted only three of 11 third-down situations and were 0-2 on fourth-down attempts. James Conner finished the day with only 9 carries for 25 yards (2.8-yard average). Conner also dropped a couple of passes that Ben tossed right into his hands, including one that looked like a sure touchdown and a second one that stalled a drive and forced a punt. While both Antonio Brown (117 yards) and JuJu Smith-Schuster (104 yards) broke the century mark in receiving yardage, they generally had lots of difficulty getting open during the game — with the exception of some deep passes which padded their totals.

The Steelers’ defense looked a bit suspect during the first half, but they kept the game close and still had enough left in the tank to stuff the Jaguars on crucial possessions late in the final quarter. They sacked Bortles six times and pressured him continually throughout the game. Vince Williams had another solid game, leading the defense with 10 tackles including six solo stops, one sack and one tackle for loss. T.J. Watt and Javon Hargrave chipped in two sacks apiece.

Lost Momentum

After the Steelers’ huge win over Carolina at Heinz Field, it seemed that the team had finally hit its stride. And considering the two embarrassing defeats Pittsburgh had suffered at home to the Jaguars last season, the expectation was that the Black-and-gold would come out strong in Florida and take the game to Jacksonville. But through nearly three quarters of football, the Steelers were totally listless and never got untracked. Only the Jaguars’ utter incompetence in taking advantage of scoring opportunities spared the Steelers an embarrassing defeat.

It’s tempting — and probably wrong — to simply claim that Pittsburgh doesn’t match up well against Jacksonville. We might also use the excuse that we were playing a desperate team on the verge of losing any chance it had to reach the playoffs. But in reality, the Steelers were pretty darned awful in some key phases of their game — shortcomings which very well might haunt them later this season.

Perhaps most obvious is the offense’s lack of creativity in situations where the opposing defense takes away their preferred plays. For a large portion of the game in Jacksonville, Ben looked quite jumpy in the pocket because the Jaguars were covering the very same pass routes that had worked like a charm against Carolina’s depleted secondary in the previous week.

Even in victory, this game demonstrates quite plainly that the Steelers continue to suffer from a couple of negative tendencies that could really hurt them in the playoffs. First is their tendency to start games sluggishly and not find their offensive rhythm until late in the first half, or even the second half. This tendency is what cost them the playoff game in Pittsburgh last January and it also could be fatal when playing teams with high-powered offenses. Secondly, the aforementioned inability of the Steelers to adjust their offensive game plan when their primary weapons are taken away could be equally dangerous in January football. It was especially troubling to see Big Ben looking feverishly downfield throughout a large portion of Sunday’s game before he chucked the ball into heavy coverage. When Ben is having his better games, you generally don’t see that.

Of course, given the win, they say you’re never supposed to look a gift horse in the mouth. But at least Steelers Nation ought to realize it was largely the work of the football gods — not so much anything the Black-and-gold did on the gridiron — which enabled the Steelers to return from Florida riding a 6-game winning streak. And lest we forget, we were matched up against a 3-6 (now 3-7), last-place Jaguars team which these days is only a shadow of their 2017 selves. So while I’m as pleased as anyone with the fortuitous outcome on Sunday, this game represents a definite step backward for the Black-and-gold. The kind of collective lapse we witnessed throughout nearly three quarters in Jacksonville simply cannot be repeated when January rolls around, if this team is to have any hope for securing a Super Bowl berth. If there’s anything positive to be gleaned from this game (besides, of course, the win), maybe it will provide a much-needed dose of humility, plus a reminder that everyone in the organization needs to work harder to reach their ultimate goal.

7 Takeaways from the Steelers’ thrilling comeback win over the Jaguars

Behind the Steel Curtain - 14 hours 44 min ago

The Steelers certainly had a rocky game, but still pulled off the comeback.

The Steelers played about three and one-half quarters of bad football, at least offensively. It might be slightly more accurate to say that Ben Roethlisberger played three and one-half quarters of bad football but, against all odds, the Steelers pulled out a huge win. Jacksonville has been one of their “kryptonites,” and overcoming them in this fashion really bolsters a team.

So, what can we take away from this game? Here are seven takeaways from the Steelers’ win over the Jaguars:

Vance McDonald is worth it, and more

Goodness, I can’t believe some of us wanted to release this guy before the season started. They weren’t unjustified at the time, because he just couldn’t stay healthy, but McDonald’s been fantastic this season. Multiple times, Vance McDonald has been a huge difference maker, including the difference between winning and losing.

Boy, was he ever today.

That TD catch was insane and he’s one of the most complete TEs in the NFL. It isn’t just the blocking, the stiff arms, or the contested catches, it’s everything he brings to the table. He embodies what a Steeler is, and he’s been the key to really unlocking this offense as an unstoppable force.

Colbert turns out another fantastic trade.

Matt Feiler is good, but he isn’t Marcus Gilbert

Matt Feiler is a starting-level right tackle — I have no doubt about that. But today against Yannick Ngakoue, Feiler was hung out to dry. This was the toughest test he’s faced since he stepped in for Gilbert, and he have some ugly reps. It doesn’t reflect too badly on Feiler, but he’s just not an elite RT.

I like Matt Feiler, but I do feel the #Steelers missed Marcus Gilbert today. Ugly rep here from Feiler. pic.twitter.com/jrI78uUsHz

— Nick Farabaugh (@FarabaughFB) November 18, 2018

This is just an ugly rep from Feiler. His base is wide and his punch timing is off — thus Ngaukoue can chop, rip, and spin right through to the inside. Gilbert doesn’t do this and, while Feiler has done a great job filling in, Gilbert will make this line even better.

Stephon Tuitt makes a difference

The Steelers locked down the running game after the first half, but Tuitt’s absence was notable. The middle wasn’t as chaotic, although it certainly was due to a man I will get to in a second, and Tuitt’s run-stuffing abilities were missed today.

For however many times Tuitt has gone invisible, his gap discipline was nevertheless incredibly strong. The running game was shut down thanks to Tuitt, and his absence showed a good deal today.

Still, Hargrave is very good

I’d say Javon Hargrave isn’t a one-technique NT — he’s way too athletic for that. He’s much better suited as a 3- or 5-technique in this defense, but Heyward and Tuitt hold those positions down nicely. Now, you also see the value of Dan McCullers. With one of the two pro bowlers on the DL out, McCullers can fill Hargrave’s role quite nicely.

Hargrave had a great day. He was getting sacks, run stops, and all that you could want from a guy who was filling in for Stephon Tuitt. Hopefully Hargrave gets more snaps, because he’s quite underrated.

Crown him King JuJu

JuJu caught back shoulder fades against both Ramsey and Bouye today. Guy is a STAR, period. #Steelers pic.twitter.com/WYUZm5z5L5

— Nick Farabaugh (@FarabaughFB) November 18, 2018

All hail king JuJu! The Ben TD was huge but this was the play of the game! Kid is a star and keeps coming up huge! #Steelers pic.twitter.com/dGYlS1YHhi

— Nick Farabaugh (@FarabaughFB) November 18, 2018

JuJu Smith-Schuster is a monster — and a clutch one at that. He really was kept quiet until the end of the game when he finally made two huge plays. His route-running and contested-catch skills are a sight to behold. JuJu likely won Pittsburgh the game to a large extent with his two huge catches. The guy continues to progress and show that he’s a genuine star.

Praise King JuJu!

It’s time to give praise to Coty Sensabaugh

I only heard Sensabaugh’s name one time today, and that was when he made a tackle in run defense. Sensabaugh was certainly active in that role and, quite frankly, he shut down his side of the field today. He has really stabilized the CB2 slot with some solid play. He might never be great, but he certainly has been good enough.

Who would have thought the unsung hero of the secondary would have been Coty Sensabuagh? Not me, but I’m okay with it. Against better teams, he might be exposed, but Keith Butler’s scheming has really helped him out a ton.

Give a ton of credit to Mike Tomlin

This team has been through some drama, with Antonio Brown’s antics, and especially that unnamed RB. But Tomlin has kept this team sharply focused on the games and that’s enabled them to persevere through it all.

They’ve won some tough games and have really been spectacular since the Atlanta game. Tomlin’s adjustments and impact in the locker room cannot be shortchanged. He’s in the conversation for Coach of the Year honors, and rightfully so. Coach T is worth it for all of us, and boy did I ever overreact earlier in the year for thinking about maybe moving on from him.

Ben Roethlisberger didn’t shy away from Jalen Ramsey, got burned, but got the last laugh

Behind the Steel Curtain - 16 hours 3 min ago

Jalen Ramsey got the best of Ben Roethlisberger, but Big Ben got the last laugh.

One of the marquee matchups for the Pittsburgh Steelers coming into the Week-11 game vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars was Antonio Brown vs. Jalen Ramsey.

These two arguably are the best of the best in the NFL at their respective positions, but maybe the true matchup should have been Ben Roethlisberger vs. Ramsey.

Ramsey has gotten the best of Roethlisberger before, and prior to the game was asked if he might shy away from throwing Ramsey’s way.

“With respect. He’s, like I said, a great football player. He’s got all the tools. He’s a guy that you have to understand where he is and who he’s covering and be smart. I am not going to fear anybody. I don’t care who they are, but you respect it for sure.”

In the Week-11 showdown between the two teams and the two players, Ramsey got the best of Roethlisberger on more than one occasion — two interceptions to be exact. But it was Roethlisberger who would get the last laugh.

While Ramsey wasn’t burnt on multiple occasions as the Steelers put up 20 points in the final 17 minutes of the game, he was the closest defender when it mattered most.

Take a look at these statistics, via Jeremy Fowler of ESPN:

Ben Roethlisberger struggled mightily targeting Jalen Ramsey through three quarters but went 5-of-6 passing in the fourth with Ramsey as the nearest defender, per NFL Next Gen Stats.

— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) November 18, 2018

Again, Ramsey wasn’t the lone defender who was beat, but as the Jaguars went into their zone-defense schemes, trying to prevent the Steelers from putting points on the board, it was Ramsey’s zone/area which was exploited.

Say what you want about last year, but the Steelers were the team who walked off the Jaguars’ home field victorious, and they most likely got more than just a win — they also stole the Jaguars’ playoff hopes in the process.

Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the Steelers as they now turn their attention to the Denver Broncos in Week 12.

Podcast: A Steelers comeback for the ages vs. the Jaguars in Week 11

Behind the Steel Curtain - 16 hours 46 min ago

In the latest episode of “The Steelers Post-Game” show, we break down all the news you need to know surrounding the Black-and-gold from the game that was.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have now passed the midpoint of their 2018 season. With a surge of Steelers news, it’s time to get back on the airwaves and discuss the Black-and-gold.

Take a look at the rundown for the latest episode of the BTSC podcast The Steelers Post-Game Show. On this show Jeff Hartman and co-host Lance Williams break down all things Steelers from the game that was!

Check out the rundown of the show:

  • News and Notes
  • Injuries
  • Most complete win of the season?
  • What does this tell us about the Steelers?
  • Talking what’s ahead
  • and MUCH MORE!

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Steelers players take to social media to talk about their big win over the Jaguars

Behind the Steel Curtain - 17 hours 35 min ago

Members of the Pittsburgh Steelers take to social media after their 20-16 win over the Jaguars in Week 11.

The Pittsburgh Steelers had won five games in a row heading into their Week 11 matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars in Florida. With revenge on their minds, the Steelers stepped up big time against their conference rivals in come from behind fashion.

Following the Steelers’ 20-16 win, players took to social media to celebrate the big win over the NFC South opponent.

Take a look at what was said on different platforms following the game! I also added some interesting video which I felt fans might enjoy.

(Editor’s Note: This article may be updated as more players take to social media to talk about the team’s victory.)

Gotta have it! Appreciate #SteelersNation pic.twitter.com/YCOfGDbo23

— Vance Coman McDonald (@VMcDonald89) November 18, 2018

unwavering faith #callgod pic.twitter.com/774YvtRCvW

— Antonio Brown (@AB84) November 18, 2018

BIG WIN ❗️ DON’T BLINK #HereWeGo pic.twitter.com/urjtCA7foo

— L.J. Fort (@i_Serve24) November 18, 2018

How about them @steelers tho

— Zach Banner (@ZBNFL) November 18, 2018

Week 11 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. What else would I pull up in? Have a good night ladies and gentlemen! pic.twitter.com/SspIJTitwt

— JuJu Smith-Schuster (@TeamJuJu) November 18, 2018

6 in a ROW!! Keep stacking!!

— Joe Haden (@joehaden23) November 18, 2018

#Mood HATERS GONE SAY ITS PHOTOSHOPPED THOUGH pic.twitter.com/sbLfikhneA

— Ramon Foster (@RamonFoster) November 18, 2018

Lmao we crazy man for real ..... I love this shit and I love my team so glad to be a steeler ......

— 5⃣Roosevelt nix (@Dat_Dude_Nix) November 18, 2018

Keep stackinggggg ❗️

— Terrell Edmunds (@rell_island6) November 18, 2018

What. A. Win. Felt like Heinz today! #HereWeGo

— Ryan Switzer (@Switz) November 18, 2018

Big time players make big time plays in big time games! Part 2 LITTYYYY!!! pic.twitter.com/REv7BzwhLI

— JuJu Smith-Schuster (@TeamJuJu) November 18, 2018

Big time players make big time plays in big time games! Part 1 pic.twitter.com/afBqupCLE2

— JuJu Smith-Schuster (@TeamJuJu) November 18, 2018

This is the kind of game that launches you into playoffs! Ben overcame a tough start and still secured the W!

— Jerome Bettis (@JeromeBettis36) November 18, 2018

Is there a better ending to the game? Touchdown by @_BigBen7 and sack by @_TJWatt!!

— Jerome Bettis (@JeromeBettis36) November 18, 2018

Jaguars’ continual trash-talk inspires Ben Roethlisberger in Steelers comeback victory

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 11/18/2018 - 6:27pm

After hearing from the Jacksonville defense all game long, Big Ben has the last laugh when he leaves with the game ball.

If Ben Roethlisberger was motivated by the trash-talk coming from players like Jalen Ramsey since the last meeting between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Jacksonville Jaguars, it did not show through the first three quarters on Sunday afternoon. Indeed, the Pro Bowl cornerback seemed to be proving his point early in the game, recording two interceptions before the Steelers had even managed their first points of the day.

With Roethlisberger’s struggles obvious to everyone, it appears the Jacksonville defenders were not shy about piling on the beleaguered quarterback with a barrage of trash-talk. However, it seems their words may not have had their desired effect after all. Rather than get in his head, it turns out their smack-talk actually inspired him, as Roethlisberger told reporters after the game.

“They had a linebacker, number 50, we’ll just use numbers so we don’t say any names, that wanted to let me know every time I threw an interception. He found me and told me how many interceptions I threw. It’s a little motivation too, to try and win the game.”

Lighting a fire under any NFL quarterback is never really a good idea, let alone a future Hall of Farmer with an army of weapons at his disposal. Whatever was said somehow helped flick a switch heading into the fourth quarter and Steelers’ fans can ultimately thank linebacker Telvin Smith (#50) for he part he played in the win.

“They’re a really good defense. They like to talk a lot, before the game, during the game, but I’m carrying the game ball home.”

While the rest of his teammates are not adverse to some verbal-sparring of their own, Roethlisberger does not normally indulge in this type of banter. Preferring to do his talking on the scoreboard, Big Ben clearly had the last laugh this time.

#LIVE: Ben Roethlisberger addresses the media following today’s game in Jacksonville. https://t.co/0N3m3fSaW2

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) November 18, 2018

Steelers Injury Report: Anthony Chickillo ankle injury will make for some tough decisions

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 11/18/2018 - 5:22pm

The Steelers have only 3 OLBs on their roster, and one of them was listed with an ankle injury after their Week 11 win over the Jaguars.

The good news for the Pittsburgh Steelers is how they were able to get out of their physical Week 11 game vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars without any huge injuries. In fact, after the game head coach Mike Tomlin had only one name to name in regards to injuries.

This would be the bad news. The injury was to outside linebacker Anthony Chickillo.

Chickillo is a special teams player, and backup pass rusher, but what complicates this injury is the Steelers’ decision to go into the season with only three outside linebackers on their roster. Tomlin didn’t know the severity of the injury, but said he will be evaluated leading up to the Week 12 game against the Denver Broncos.

Check out the post-game press conference here:

#LIVE: Coach Tomlin addresses the media following today’s win over Jacksonville in the @IronCityBeer Postgame Press Conference. https://t.co/B63yvhjKxZ

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) November 18, 2018

If Chickillo isn’t able to play, the team would have to make some tough decisions, considering there are no other natural 3-4 outside linebackers on the roster. Asking T.J. Watt and Bud Dupree to play 100% of snaps would be a tall task for even the best book end pass rushers; however, it doesn’t mean the Steelers don’t have options.

Ola Adeniyi is currently on injured reserve, and could be brought off that list to help the team at the pass rusher position, but the Steelers would have to release someone to make room for him on the team’s roster.

This could turn out to be nothing, but Chickillo’s injury will be something to keep an eye on this week considering there could be a ripple effect within the roster if he is unable to play in Week 12.

Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black-and-gold as they turn the page and try to win their 7th game in a row vs. the Broncos in Denver next Sunday.

Knee jerk reactions to the Steelers 20-16 Week 11 win over the Jaguars

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 11/18/2018 - 3:43pm

One BTSC writer shares his real-time, initial thoughts of the Steelers’ jaunt in Jacksonville.

The Steelers win over Carolina was easily the most dominant in decades. But following up a statement game like that is most difficult, especially against a team that owned them twice a year ago. While all games are crucial this time of year, beating the Jags means something to the Steelers. Outside of the AFC North, Doug Marrone’s team may be their biggest rival.

Nonetheless, a simple reminder, a knee jerk reaction is an immediate and unthinking, emotional reaction. It’s basically shooting first and apologizing later. I can safely say that’s a true definition of your’s truly and a good lot of Steeler Nation. Here’s my real-time reactions during the Steelers’ most recent battle.

Quarter 1
  • I’m a big fan of deferring the kickoff. Glad to see Mike a Tomlin do that.
  • Not a three-and-out, but that is a promising defensive stop.
  • That QB sneak was a very peculiar call on third down after a timeout.
  • Berry with a 51-yarder. Nice.
  • I chuckle thinking about Steeler fans trying to pronounce the name Yannick Ngakoue.
  • Ben is looking antsy and today so far. That needs to clear up quick.
  • Berry again looking sharp. They need to take advantage of this pinback.
  • A one-two-three punch of Leonard Fournette, Carlos Hyde and T.J. Yeldon is not an easy task to defend.
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  • Fort missed a chance to get Bortles, but with the illegal contact on Joe Haden...it doesn’t matter.
  • That was a cheap call on Haden.
  • First Quarter is over. Maybe things will get better.
Quarter 2
  • That hold on Shatley is huge.
  • Bud Dupree got mauled. Flowers could have been called for that.
  • Nice tackle by Hilton.
  • That first quarter was my fault, I was wearing my new, black, Vance McDonald jersey. Switched to my white JuJu jersey.
  • Well defended? More like James Washington was well mugged.
  • This Jax defense is looking fired up.
  • So is their patch work offensive line.
  • And their stable of rushers.
  • They have to hold them to a field goal. You can’t get too far behind these guys.
  • Tuitt’s absence is looms large.
  • Okay, this needs to be the drive.
  • Dammit. No steam on that pass. That was TD to AB.
  • That kind of looks like a catch to me.
  • This is bad.
  • Do I need to take of my jersey and just go shirtless.
  • You’re kidding me. Even when it goes wrong for Jax, it goes right.
  • Wonder if No. 80 is related to Principal Oh-Shag-Hennessy.
  • Huge by Hargrave.
  • They really need a TD on this drive to get things closer to fine.
  • Why am I elated by an eight-yard completion.
  • They’re more likely to go to Conner on third and short than other backs in recent history.
  • Show us some form of points here...anything.
  • Dont blame AB. He’s been open.
  • Ben is scared of this defense.
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  • Hargrave against a backup center, reels him in again.
  • Brown had no chance to catch that ball. And I started Ben in my FanDuel league.
  • Cmon Davis!
  • I wish I drank.
Quarter 3
  • This is the drive that can get the Steelers back in the game.
  • Got lucky. That roughing penalty was questionable
  • Ben had no business throwing that ball. Great pick by Jalen Ramsey.
  • He was down in the end zone.
  • They’re just shredding the Steelers D now.
  • 16-0. Gross.
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  • Yes! AB is wide open.
  • Wait! Washington is going to get nailed fo a hold.
  • Thank goodness. Touchdown. That was pretty.
  • They really need this 2PC.
  • That hurts.
Quarter 4
  • Ben is just not throwing right.
  • AB is livid on the sidelines.
  • Coverage sack? JuJu was wide open.
  • Huge sack by Williams. Defense is trying to win this game.
  • Bad ball by Ben. Great grab by Switzer.
  • Feiler whiffed there.
  • Ngakoue should have got roughing on that play.
  • Four down territory here. Ben with a vintage scramble and completion.
  • Conner just dropped the first down.
  • Heyward sack, nice.
  • Didnt first notice the facemask. I thought they were going to nail Jax with a late hit, which would have been ridiculous.
  • Great throw to JuJu.
  • Vance McDonald is a combat-catch genius.
  • Wonder why Tomlin didn’t call time out before the 2MW.
  • Great three and out,
  • Beautiful to JuJu.
  • Just don’t do anything stupid.
  • Oh my God, Conner!
  • AB is loose.
  • Can’t throw a pick here. This is too reminiscent of the Pats game last year.
  • And he did.
  • Wait. Switzer got his head torn off.
  • He’s in! Yesssssssssssss!!!!!!!!!
  • Cam and Watt close it out.
  • Heartstopping win

...

So...now as I replay the game more and more in my head, my perceptions and maybe my prescriptions will alter. But for now, you just got a glimpse of the first thoughts that popped in my mind while I was watching this game. Feel free to get your knee jerks on in the comments section.

Steelers pull off improbable comeback win by beating Jaguars 20-16

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 11/18/2018 - 3:17pm

It looked bleak, but the Steelers did the improbable and came back to beat the Jaguars 20-16 in Week 11.

The Pittsburgh Steelers entered their Week 11 game vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars on a five game winning streak. Conversely, the Jaguars entered this home contest on a five game losing streak. Would one of the two streaks end? Or would it be more of the same for these two AFC teams?

After winning the opening coin toss, the Steelers elected to defer their possession to the second half, giving Blake Bortles and company the football to start the game. After Chris Boswell slipped on the kickoff, the Jaguars’ offense was only able to muster one first down before punting the football to Pittsburgh.

After failing to do anything with their first possession, a series of punts by both teams ensued before the Jaguars put together an impressive drive, all driven by the running game. Whether it was Leonard Fournette, T.J. Yeldon or Carlos Hyde, the Jaguars were averaging well over 4 yards per carry, and eating up the clock.

To start the 2nd quarter the Jaguars were well within Pittsburgh territory, but an untimely holding penalty pushed the drive backwards, and forced a 48-yard Josh Lambo field goal to give Jacksonville an early 3-0 lead.

Near midway through the second quarter, the Steelers’ offense had yet to achieve a first down without the assistance of a penalty. On the other side, the Jaguars continued to gash the Pittsburgh defense in the running game. However, the bend, but don’t break, defense was able to hold Jacksonville to another field goal to make the score 6-0 with 8:34 left in the second quarter.

The next possession was more of the same for the Steelers’ offense, as Roethlisberger’s first pass was intercepted by Jalen Ramsey giving the ball right back to the Jaguars. However, Blake Bortles and company still hadn’t hit pay dirt yet, and another Lambo field goal made the score 9-0 with 3:35 left in the second quarter.

Jordan Berry continued to have a tremendous day, but it also meant more and more failed conversions by the Steelers’ offense. After a three-and-out by Jacksonville, the Steelers got the ball back with 1:16 left and no timeouts trying to put up their first points of the game before halftime.

Rather than putting up points, Ben Roethlisberger threw his second interception of the game when Barry Church nabbed the pass intended for Antonio Brown. Nonetheless, Jacksonville wasn’t able to convert the turnover into points, instead punting the ball back to the abysmal Pittsburgh offense.

Despite a dominant performance by Jacksonville, they led only 9-0 heading into halftime, and the Steelers followed suit with their first possession of the third quarter. A three-and-out gave the Jaguars the ball back, but the Steelers’ defense led by T.J. Watt pushed Jacksonville back giving the offense their best field position of the game.

James Conner moved the Steelers inside the red-zone for the first time of the game, but the result was more of the same — a Roethlisberger interception...again by Jalen Ramsey. It was Roethlisberger’s third interception of the game, and took points off the board when the team needed them the most.

How did the Jaguars respond? Try with an 80 yard drive down the field which was highlighted by Bortles moving the ball through the air, and Fournette leaping into the endzone from the 4 yard line to give the Jaguars a 16-0 lead — which felt insurmountable for the dead Pittsburgh offense.

With just under 2 minutes remaining in the 3rd quarter, Pittsburgh’s offense found life when Roethlisberger threw a 78 yard touchdown to Antonio Brown for the first touchdown of the game.

7️⃣ to 8️⃣4️⃣ for 7️⃣8️⃣. pic.twitter.com/Uwx7MBR6SY

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) November 18, 2018

Pittsburgh, down 16, chose to go for the two-point conversion, and failed making the score 16-6 with 1:17 left in the third quarter.

A series of punts eventually led to the Steelers facing a fourth and four on the outskirt of Chris Boswell’s field goal range, and the pass intended for James Conner went through his finger tips giving the ball back to Jacksonville on downs with just under 7 minutes left in the fourth quarter.

Roethlisberger and the offense started to warm up, albeit under 5 minutes left in regulation, and the team was able to put together a drive which resulted in a Vance McDonald touchdown with 2:28 left in the game.

Tremendous throw.
Tremendous effort. #Vanimal pic.twitter.com/QHuHYBcySl

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) November 18, 2018

The Boswell point-after made the score 16-13, and the Steelers had the choice to kick an onside kick, or to kick the ball deep after the McDonald score.

They elected to kick it deep with 2:23 left on the clock, and the Steelers having all three of their timeouts remaining. After forcing a three-and-out, and only using two timeouts, Roethlisberger and company got the ball back with 1:43 left in the game with one timeout and a field goal needed to send the game to overtime.

On second down, Smith-Schuster went up and made a beautiful catch down the sideline to put the Steelers inside field goal range. After James Conner dropped what would have been an easy touchdown, Antonio Brown caught a pass taking the team down to the two yard line. With one timeout remaining, the Steelers ran two plays which were negated by Jaguars’ penalties, leaving the team with just 8 seconds left on the clock.

The Steelers ran a read option, and Roethlisberger kept the ball and was able to reach the ball over the goal line for the game-winning score.

not a cell phone in sight. just living in the moment. absolutely beautiful. pic.twitter.com/K7JVko1qTg

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) November 18, 2018

There were just five seconds left on the clock, and it would be too little too late for the Jaguars. The final score would be 20-16 in favor of Pittsburgh.

The win gives the Steelers their sixth straight win, making their record 7-2-1, as they prepare for the Denver Broncos in Week 12. Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes regarding this exciting game and what ensues after.

Steelers vs. Jaguars, Week 11: 3rd quarter in-game update

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 11/18/2018 - 2:24pm

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1st Quarter In-Game Update

2nd Quarter In-Game Update

Despite a dominant performance by Jacksonville, they led only 9-0 heading into halftime, and the Steelers followed suit with their first possession of the third quarter. A three-and-out gave the Jaguars the ball back, but the Steelers’ defense led by T.J. Watt pushed Jacksonville back giving the offense their best field position of the game.

James Conner moved the Steelers inside the red-zone for the first time of the game, but the result was more of the same — a Roethlisberger interception...again by Jalen Ramsey. It was Roethlisberger’s third interception of the game, and took points off the board when the team needed them the most.

How did the Jaguars respond? Try with an 80 yard drive down the field which was highlighted by Bortles moving the ball through the air, and Fournette leaping into the endzone from the 4 yard line to give the Jaguars a 16-0 lead — which felt insurmountable for the dead Pittsburgh offense.

With just under 2 minutes remaining in the 3rd quarter, Pittsburgh’s offense found life when Roethlisberger threw a 78 yard touchdown to Antonio Brown for the first touchdown of the game. Pittsburgh, down 16, chose to go for the two-point conversion, and failed making the score 16-6 with 1:17 left in the third quarter.

The quarter would end with the Jaguars leading 16-6 and facing a 3rd and 11.

Steelers vs. Jaguars: Second-half live updates, injury news and open thread

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 11/18/2018 - 1:35pm

The Steelers are back on the gridiron! The 2018 regular season is here with the Steelers and Jaguars locking horns in Week 11. Keep tabs on all things Black-and-gold with our updates and open thread.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are back on the field in the 2018 regular season as they prepare to face off against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 11.

Throughout the game, be sure to check back here for score updates, injury news and any breaking news from those on the sidelines following the team live. You can also follow along in the Twitter feed below.

For those wondering, you can enjoy some lively commentary with the best Steelers fans across the globe in the open thread for all BTSC members in the comment section below. Let’s remember to keep it clean, respect everyone’s thoughts and ideas, and ultimately remember we’re all here for the same reason—to root on the Steelers!

So enjoy the game and be sure to follow BTSC for all the latest news surrounding the team throughout the game and afterwards!

HERE WE GO STEELERS!

Steelers vs. Jaguars, Week 11: 2nd quarter in-game update

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 11/18/2018 - 1:31pm

The Pittsburgh Steelers are back, and we keep you up to date with those who aren’t able to watch the game live.

1st Quarter In-Game Update

The Jaguars had put together an impressive drive, all driven by the running game. Whether it was Leonard Fournette, T.J. Yeldon or Carlos Hyde, the Jaguars were averaging well over 4 yards per carry, and eating up the clock.

To start the 2nd quarter the Jaguars were well within Pittsburgh territory, but an untimely holding penalty pushed the drive backwards, and forced a 48-yard Josh Lambo field goal to give Jacksonville an early 3-0 lead.

Near midway through the second quarter, the Steelers’ offense had yet to achieve a first down without the assistance of a penalty. On the other side, the Jaguars continued to gash the Pittsburgh defense in the running game. However, the bend, but don’t break, defense was able to hold Jacksonville to another field goal to make the score 6-0 with 8:34 left in the second quarter.

The next possession was more of the same for the Steelers’ offense, as Roethlisberger’s first pass was intercepted by Jalen Ramsey giving the ball right back to the Jaguars. However, Blake Bortles and company still hadn’t hit pay dirt yet, and another Lambo field goal made the score 9-0 with 3:35 left in the second quarter.

Jordan Berry continued to have a tremendous day, but it also meant more and more failed conversions by the Steelers’ offense. After a three-and-out by Jacksonville, the Steelers got the ball back with 1:16 left and no timeouts trying to put up their first points of the game before halftime.

Rather than putting up points, Ben Roethlisberger threw his second interception of the game when Barry Church nabbed the pass intended for Antonio Brown. Nonetheless, Jacksonville wasn’t able to convert the turnover into points, instead punting the ball back to the abysmal Pittsburgh offense.

Despite a dominant performance by Jacksonville, they led only 9-0 heading into halftime, with Pittsburgh to get the ball to start the third quarter.

Steelers vs. Jaguars, Week 11: 1st quarter in-game update

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 11/18/2018 - 12:37pm

The Pittsburgh Steelers are back, and we keep you up to date with those who aren’t able to watch the game live.

The Pittsburgh Steelers entered their Week 11 game vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars on a five game winning streak. Conversely, the Jaguars entered this home contest on a five game losing streak. Would one of the two streaks end? Or would it be more of the same for these two AFC teams?

After winning the opening coin toss, the Steelers elected to defer their possession to the second half, giving Blake Bortles and company the football to start the game. After Chris Boswell slipped on the kickoff, the Jaguars’ offense was only able to muster one first down before punting the football to Pittsburgh.

The entire quarter featured more punts than explosive plays, and the Jaguars had the ball, and were moving, as the first quarter came to a close.

The score: 0-0

Steelers vs. Jaguars: First-half live updates, injury news and open thread

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 11/18/2018 - 11:46am

The Steelers are back on the gridiron! The 2018 regular season is here with the Steelers and Jaguars locking horns in Week 11. Keep tabs on all things Black-and-gold with our updates and open thread.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are back on the field in the 2018 regular season as they prepare to face off against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 11.

Throughout the game, be sure to check back here for score updates, injury news and any breaking news from those on the sidelines following the team live. You can also follow along in the Twitter feed below.

For those wondering, you can enjoy some lively commentary with the best Steelers fans across the globe in the open thread for all BTSC members in the comment section below. Let’s remember to keep it clean, respect everyone’s thoughts and ideas, and ultimately remember we’re all here for the same reason—to root on the Steelers!

So enjoy the game and be sure to follow BTSC for all the latest news surrounding the team throughout the game and afterwards!

HERE WE GO STEELERS!

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