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Post-Game Sound: Hear from Steelers coaches and players after the loss to the Raiders

Mon, 09/20/2021 - 6:00am
Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Steelers were back on the field in Week 2 of the regular season. Take a look and listen to what was said after the game.

The Pittsburgh Steelers were losers for the first time this regular season with their loss to the Las Vegas Raiders Sunday.

After the game, there was plenty of video/audio to take in from the locker room and down at field level. Here at BTSC we try to gather as much information as possible for those fans who might not be on social media and see this on a weekly basis.

Therefore, in the post-game sound article you will hear from head coach Mike Tomlin, and a myriad of other players as the Steelers official Twitter account goes around the room to hear from all who participated on Sunday.

Enjoy the content and be sure to stay with BTSC for all things black-and-gold as they prepare for the next game of the regular season. The next game on the docket is the Week 3 game at home vs. the Cincinnati Bengals...but first, the post-game sound:

Mike Tomlin Post Game Press Conference

Coach Tomlin speaks to the media about the game against the Raiders, provides an update on player injuries and more. pic.twitter.com/jLUGd0Qhes

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) September 19, 2021

Ben Roethlisberger Post-Game Press Conference

Ben Roethlisberger speaks to the media following the game against the Raiders. pic.twitter.com/fnifIkNfh9

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) September 19, 2021

Around the Locker Room

Jamir Jones & Chase Claypool spoke to the media following the game against the Raiders. @HeinzTweets pic.twitter.com/GQel5hsPxd

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) September 19, 2021

Podcast: Decimated Steelers get beat up on both sides of the ball, 26-17

Mon, 09/20/2021 - 4:30am

Join BTSC for immediate reaction after the Steelers 26-17 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders

The Steelers injury report did them no favors before the game by losing Joe Haden and Devin Bush, but it got worse early as Tyson Alualu and T.J. Watt went off in the first half with injuries. The Steelers defense couldn’t stop Derek Carr and were defeated 26-17. Jeff Hartman, Dave Schofield and Bryan Anthony Davis break down the game like no one else does on the latest podcast, The Steelers Post-Game Show.

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Ravens vs. Chiefs, Week 2: Sunday Night Football open thread

Sun, 09/19/2021 - 7:00pm
Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

An AFC North rival in prime time in Week 2!

The Pittsburgh Steelers were losers in their Week 2 game vs. the Las Vegas Raiders, and while the team recovers and prepares for next week, they will be watching the Sunday Night Football game closely.

Why? The Baltimore Ravens will be hosting the Kansas City Chiefs in prime time.

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 for the Steelers!

If you don’t want to hear the talking heads babble on about the two teams playing tonight, you can always watch the game on mute and listen to some of our great Steelers podcasts. Check out the playlist below:

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!

Who gets the BTSC game ball for the Steelers loss to the Raiders in Week 2?

Sun, 09/19/2021 - 5:46pm
Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

Despite a losing effort, which member of the Steelers gave the most gutsy performance?

The Pittsburgh Steelers were unable to overcome a multitude of injuries as they fell to the Las Vegas Raiders by the score of 26-17 at Heinz Field. The loss could be attributed to many factors where the team came up short on both sides of the ball. Even though the Steelers came up short, there were some good performances of note from the black and gold.

So who gets the game ball?

Each game of the NFL season, I will set forth nominations to receive the BTSC game ball. It does not necessarily have to be the best player on the field, but who really stepped up their game this particular week. It may not even be their best performance, but perhaps overcoming some adversity will also put someone in consideration. After the case is been made, you all decide which player takes home the honor.

Week 1 Winner: T.J. Watt

With 2.0 sacks, 3 tackles, 5 quarterback hits, and a forced fumbled, T.J. Watt silenced those who questioned if he would be ready to start the season after working out his contract. Watt just edged out Cameron Heyward who had 12 quarterback pressures against the Bills.

So here are the nominations in no particular order:

Robert Spillane

Having to fill in as a starter once Devin Bush was deemed inactive for the game, Spillane saw his first action of the season as he was a last-minute scratch in Week 1 due to injury. For the game, Spillane had 10 tackles and several hard hits with one of them unfortunately being flagged for a penalty.

Cam Heyward

The Steelers defensive captain continues to fight on the defensive line and is a nuisance to the opposition. This week, Heyward had seven tackles, one of which was for loss, as well as a pass defensed as he is the only remaining healthy starter on the defensive line from who was expected for the 2021 season.

Melvin Ingram III

It’s only his second game with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Melvin Ingram registered his first sack in two years. He also added four tackles and three quarterback hits.

Chris Boswell

Dispite not getting much of a chance throughout the game, Boswell came in clutch for the Steelers to keep their hopes alive as he kicked a 56-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. Even though it wasn’t enough to give the Steelers the victory, it was the longest field goal in Heinz Field history.

Najee Harris

Although the Steelers running game is continuing to struggle, it’s not from a lack of effort from the Steelers first-round draft pick. With 38 yards on 10 carries, Harris also got involved in the passing game where he had 43 yards on five receptions and his first NFL touchdown.

So what do you think? Who deserves the game ball for the Steelers this week? Make sure you vote in the poll as this is how the winner will be determined. And of course, feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Steelers fear Tyson Alualu lost for the season, other injuries piling up

Sun, 09/19/2021 - 4:57pm
Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports

The injury bug has bitten the Pittsburgh Steelers in a big way heading into Week 3.

The Pittsburgh Steelers were unable to pull off a second straight comeback after they dropped their first game of the season to the Las Vegas Raiders 26-17 at Heinz Field in Week 2. While the Steelers entered Week 2 relatively healthy, that all changed on Friday when two starters ended up on the injury report.

After Friday’s practice, both Joe Haden (groin) and Devin Bush (groin) were listed as questionable heading into Sunday. After pre-game warm ups, they were deemed not ready to play, and were inactive for the game.

But it got worse once the game started. First, it was Tyson Alualu who left with a fractured ankle, and then it was T.J. Watt who exited with a groin injury of his own. To make matters worse, on the final play of the game, Diontae Johnson injured his knee on a meaningless play.

After the game, Mike Tomlin spoke about the injuries and said Haden and Bush had “soft tissue” injuries. Tomlin said Alualu’s ankle injury will force him out of the lineup for a “significant amount of time”, and Watt’s groin will be monitored.

Tomlin says Haden and Bush had soft tissue injuries, Tyson Alualu had an ankle injury and will be out for a significant amount of time. TJ Watt has a groin injury.

Diontae Johnson has a knee injury, being evaluated.

— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) September 19, 2021

After the game, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Alualu will have surgery on his ankle Monday, and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.

Tyson Alualu having surgery tomorrow for fractured ankle and expected to miss remainder of season.

— Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) September 19, 2021

With the injuries piling up, the Steelers will have to prepare for their first AFC North divisional contest with the Cincinnati Bengals coming to Heinz Field next Sunday for a 1 p.m. ET kickoff.

Unfortunately, the status of these players won’t be known until at the earliest Wednesday when the players return to the practice field and the first practice report is released. In the meantime, be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the Steelers as they prepare for the Bengals in Week 3.

Steelers vs. Raiders, Week 2: Knee Jerk Reactions to the Steelers’ 26-17 loss to the Raiders

Sun, 09/19/2021 - 3:25pm
Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

The Steelers drop their home opener as the injuries piled up throughout the day.

Knee-jerk Reactions are immediate responses to a situation without taking the time to analyze the situation. That’s something as sports fans that we typically do. Especially if you are a full blood Yinzer, or even just a part Yinzer, who am I fooling it’s more like if you are a Steeler fan in general. As is the custom, I compile my knee-jerk thoughts and publish them immediately after each Steelers game (my son Kyle might have a few things to say as well). It’s my version of running my mouth first and apologizing later. So with that being said, I’m going to employ that philosophy here during Week 2 of the 2021 NFL Season. Let’s get this going, HERE......WE......GO!!!

1st Quarter

  • Raiders win the tossing defer, Steelers to receive the kickoff.
  • Steelers face their first third down of the game, this needs to be converted.
  • Pass complete to JuJu Smith-Schuster for the first down pick up. Offense has a little bit of rhythm to start.
  • Second and 11, the throw only goes as far as the line of scrimmage. The Steelers have to throw the ball down the field more.
  • Is anyone surprised that Ebron didn't make that catch?
  • The defense is already playing without Devin Bush and Joe Haden, and now Tyson Alualu is down on the grass. Not good.
  • Defense holds Raiders to punt. That's two decent returns already for Ray-Ray McCloud. But he follows it up with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, so not so good.
  • Najee Harris with a big run up the middle. Let's see some more of that.
  • Third down and 10, Roethlisberger under pressure just heaves one up and ends up being an interception. That was an extremely poor decision by Ben. And a poor job by Diontae Johnson not finishing his route to try to make a play on the ball.
  • WATT! Strip sack! But Raiders won the scrum.
  • Raiders convert the interception into three points. Raiders 3, Steelers 0.
  • That stiff arm by Najee looked very Vanimal-like.
  • Benny Snell snails his way back to the line of scrimmage.
  • Steelers got lucky on that third and eight. Throwing three yards behind the line of scrimmage and JuJu was able to make somebody miss and pick up the first.
  • End of the first. Raiders 3, Steelers 0.

2nd Quarter

  • Ben throws deep for Claypool, but the Raiders player made a nice play to knock it away.
  • Steelers go for it on 4th down, but the pass falls incomplete. Of all the times I would have thought the Steelers would be looking for short routes on 4th and 4 they were looking for more intermediate routes there.
  • I could not believe they flagged Spillane for that hit on Carr. He led with his shoulder and Carr was a running back.
  • Pierre looked terrible on that play.
  • The defense stiffens and holds the Raiders to a field goal. Raider 6, Steelers 0.
  • Open up with a nice pass to Diontae, followed by a beautiful run by Najee. Let's keep it going offense.
  • Big play over the top to Diontae on third down. Love it. 1st and goal Steelers.
  • JuJu with the run for the touchdown! Steeler 7, Raiders 6.
  • Was nice to see the Steelers not go another entire first half without a score.
  • Defense is now getting picked apart by Derek Carr.
  • Justin Layne wasn't able to keep the receiver from powering through for the first down on a third downplay. He needs to drive harder and keep him from making that first.
  • Just came in T.J. Watt is questionable to return with a groin injury. With Alualu now out, the defense is running shy on bodies.
  • Raiders convert a fourth and one and now have a first and goal. Not feeling good about this.
  • Pierre looked like he was burned badly on that touchdown throw, but got bailed out by a penalty on the Raiders.
  • Raiders go from second and goal on the two, to having several penalties and settling for a 41-yard field goal. Raiders 9, Steeler 7.
  • That's the half. Raiders 9, Steeler 7. I hope the defense is actually able to make some adjustments with all the people they've lost for this game.

3rd Quarter

  • The defensive given up a few yards to start the third quarter, but has a chance to get off the field here with a third long. Need to hold.
  • Defense holds forces a punt. Let's get down the field and retake the lead here.
  • Muuuuttthhh. Converts the 3rd down.
  • The problem with Ben is that when he holds the ball, he really holds it for a long time.
  • On 3rd down and 12 the Steelers throw the ball three yards. Not going to convert that way.
  • Thicc Kicc with a 58 yard punt. Nice.
  • The Raiders aren't even trying to run the football, but the Steelers are allowing them to throw for seven or eight yards on every play.
  • Ingram! First sack with the Steelers.
  • On a third down and nine, they give up a 20-yard pass. I'm really starting to question whether the Steelers have enough to win this game.
  • Pierre looking bad again in the secondary. This guy was to make a huge jump in year two and we are really missing Joe Haden today.
  • Raiders throw for a touchdown. I hate to say it right now but you might be able to stick a fork in this one. Raiders 16, Steeler 7.
  • Seems like every time the Steelers start to get something going they shoot themselves in the foot.
  • Pressley Harvin pins the Raiders inside the 5-yard line with his punt. If there's a time that the defense needed to come through it would be now.
  • That first down swing pass by the Raiders was just too easy to get 12 yards.
  • The Steelers are getting no pass rush, and are just dropping into soft zone and Derek Carr is picking it apart.
  • End of three. Raider 16, Steeler 7.

4th Quarter

  • Allowing the Raiders to complete short throws definitely doesn't work when you can't make a tackle.
  • Cam Heyward knocks down the 3rd down pass to force a punt.
  • Deep pass to Claypool! Then Ben drops the snap on the very next play.
  • Najee!!! Touchdown!!! On the downside, Turner with a penalty after the play and gets ejected from the game.
  • Raider 16, Steelers 14.
  • Just heard Renegade before the kickoff.
  • I'm so sick of seeing this soft zone right now from the Steelers defense.
  • The defense needs to get off the field on this third down play.
  • And instead they give up the huge play for a touchdown. Great call there Keith Butler. Raiders 23, Steelers 14. This one is done.
  • And the Steelers go three and out and decide to punt. I like to call that wave the white flag, with the decision to punt on 4th and 1 down 9 points with less than 9 minutes to play.
  • The defense then on the very first play lets the Raiders run for 11 yards, when everybody in the stadium knew it was going to be a run play.
  • The offense has it back and has moved slowly down the field, where the Raiders seem content to let them take time off the clock.
  • Sending Boswell out to try a 56-yard field goal to keep the Steelers in the game. Boswell goes right down the middle, to keep the Steelers in it. Raiders 23, Steelers 17.
  • I called the throw on second down before the ball was even snapped. That should end it. Don't see the Steelers coming back from that one.
  • Last week's win a lot of credit was given to the coaching staff on the play calling. I think I have to take this loss and put the same onus onto the coaching staff. They did not come with their best game today.
  • Raiders tack on a field goal. Raiders 26, Steelers 17. 20 seconds to play.
  • And on the last play of the game when we really should have just taken a knee to get out of there Diontae Johnson gets hurt. Bad call coaching staff. Raiders 26 Steelers 17.

There you have it, my knee jerks. What were your thoughts? Be sure to get your opinions heard in the comment section below. Now time to process it, some quick analyzing for the Scho Bro Show, and then put it behind me as the Steelers move on to Week 3 at home. Bring on the Bungles! CAN’T WAIT!!!!!

FINAL: Steelers stumble in home opener, lose to Raiders 26-17

Sun, 09/19/2021 - 3:10pm
Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Steelers were losers in Week 2 when the Las Vegas Raiders came into Heinz Field and spoiled the Steelers’ home opener.

The Pittsburgh Steelers were coming off a huge upset win over the Buffalo Bills on the road in Week 1, and their Week 2 game saw them back in the friendly confines of Heinz Field for their home opener vs. the Las Vegas Raiders.

Prior to the game the team received some bad news when it was announced both Joe Haden and Devin Bush were inactive with groin injuries. This news put a stress on the Steelers’ defense, but if there is a side of the ball which can withstand these injuries it is the Pittsburgh defense.

Nonetheless, Derek Carr and company made the cross country trip on a short week after beating the Baltimore Ravens on Monday Night Football in hopes of starting their season 2-0.

After Las Vegas won the opening coin toss, they elected to defer their possession to the second half, giving Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers’ offense the football to start the game. The offense was able to do nothing more than flip the field after just one first down on the drive before Pressley Harvin III was called on to punt for the first time of the game.

Starting at their own 15-yard line, the Raiders, like the Steelers’ first drive, was nothing more than a field-flipping drive. On the Steelers’ next drive it was Roethlisberger who was intercepted, giving Las Vegas the ball on the Pittsburgh 41-yard line. The Raiders were able to turn the interception into points, but just a Daniel Carlson 46-yard kick. Las Vegas took a 3-0 lead with 3:10 left in the first quarter.

After big plays to Najee Harris and JuJu Smith-Schuster, the Steelers had the ball at the Las Vegas 44 to start the second quarter. Getting the football on the cusp of field goal range, the Steelers elected to go for it on 4th and 4, but Ben Roethlisberger’s pass fell incomplete, turning it over on downs.

A questionable personal foul call on Robert Spillane hitting Derek Carr put the Raiders right back in field goal range. As Las Vegas worked their way into the red-zone, the Steelers’ defense stiffened and forced another Carlson field goal. The kick was good, making the score 6-0 with 9:34 left in the first half.

The Steelers’ offense turned to the no-huddle offense on their ensuing drive to jump start their production, and it worked. Two straight plays resulted in two first downs, and a 41-yard completion to Dionate Johnson moved the ball inside the 5-yard line. Two plays later the Steelers capped off the drive with a JuJu Smith-Schuster rushing touchdown, the first of his career, to take the lead.

That's some good JuJu‼️@TeamJuJu | : CBS pic.twitter.com/LYbPErNSus

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) September 19, 2021

The Chris Boswell point after was good, making the score 7-6 with 6:25 left in the second quarter.

Derek Carr and the Las Vegas offense matched the Steelers’ 75-yard drive with one of their own. Carr mixed up his targets as he had the offense in the red-zone at the two-minute warning of the first half. After a QB sneak on 4th and 1, the Raiders started moving in the wrong direction. A false start, holding and illegal man downfield penalty were forced to turn to Carlson again for a field goal. The kick made the score 9-7 at halftime.

The Las Vegas Raiders started the second half with the football, and both teams failed to do anything with their first drives of the third quarter. The Las Vegas second drive was the drive the offense was starting click on all cylinders. After being put in tough spots on critical downs, big completions to Hunter Renfrow and Henry Ruggs moved the ball into the Steelers’ red-zone. Once there, it was a perfect pass from Carr to Foster Moreau. The extra point was good, making the score 16-7 with 5:02 left in the third quarter.

All the Steelers’ offense could muster in the third quarter were field flipping drives, but their rookie punter was able to bail them out with big punts on more than one occasion. Harvin’s third quarter punt was for 42 yards and pinned the Raiders inside their own 5-yard line.

The Raiders were finally stopped without scoring points in the second half, and the Steelers had an opportunity to add to their point total. A 52-yard pass completion from Roethlisberger to Chase Claypool put the Steelers in scoring range, and it was the rookie, Najee Harris, putting an exclamation point on the drive with a nice catch and run for the touchdown.

First time in the end zone for @ohthatsNajee22!

: CBS pic.twitter.com/W4wvAuZ6JW

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) September 19, 2021

The point-after by Boswell was good, making the score 16-14 with 11:15 left in the fourth quarter.

Needing an answer, Derek Carr continued to remain red-hot. The Raiders almost completely ignored the run, and relied on picking apart the Steelers’ secondary. On 3rd and 10 Carr hit Henry Ruggs for a 61-yard touchdown reception, making the score 23-14 after the extra point with 9:35 left in regulation.

Desperate for a drive, the Steelers were able to gain just 9 yards on their next drive. Facing a 4th and 1, Mike Tomlin elected to punt the ball instead of go for it on 4th and 1. The Harvin punt put the Steelers’ defense back on the field, and kill valuable time off the clock. After just one first down, the Raiders punted the football back to Pittsburgh with 5:51 remaining in regulation.

Roethlisberger connected on big conversion plays to Diontae Johnson and Najee Harris, which moved them into field goal range. After failing on 3rd and 10, Mike Tomlin elected to go for the 56-yard field goal. Chris Boswell nailed it to make the score 23-17 with 3:41 left in the fourth quarter.

The Raiders put the icing on the cake when Carlson made a 45-yard kick to make the score 26-17. The score would stand as the final.

The Steelers’ loss was the first of the season, moving their record to 1-1 on the season. The team now prepares for their first AFC North divisional game next Sunday when the Cincinnati Bengals come to Heinz Field.

Steelers vs. Raiders, Week 2: 3rd quarter in-game update

Sun, 09/19/2021 - 2:13pm
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

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

2nd Quarter In-Game Update

The Las Vegas Raiders started the second half with the football, and both teams failed to do anything with their first drives of the third quarter. The Las Vegas second drive was the drive the offense was starting click on all cylinders. After being put in tough spots on critical downs, big completions to Hunter Renfrow and Henry Ruggs moved the ball into the Steelers’ red-zone. Once there, it was a perfect pass from Carr to Foster Moreau. The extra point was good, making the score 16-7 with 5:02 left in the third quarter.

All the Steelers’ offense could muster in the third quarter were field flipping drives, but their rookie punter was able to bail them out with big punts on more than one occasion. Harvin’s third quarter punt was for 42 yards and pinned the Raiders inside their own 5-yard line.

The Raiders had back to back first downs to dig out of their own endzone to end the third quarter.

UPDATE: T.J. Watt now out for the remainder of Week 2 with a groin injury

Sun, 09/19/2021 - 1:42pm
Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

The injuries are stacking up on the Steelers defense.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are dealing with a plethora of injuries on their defense as they continue to battle against the Las Vegas Raiders at Heinz Field in Week 2 of the 2021 NFL season. With Joe Haden and Devin Bush inactive for the game with groin injuries, the Steelers also lost starting nose tackle Tyson Alualu to an ankle injury.

This time, just before the end of the first half, the Steelers have an announced outside linebacker T.J. Watt has a groin injury and is questionable to return. This per Steelers spokesperson Burt Lauten:

#Steelers LB T.J. Watt has a groin injury and is questionable to return to today's game.

— Burt Lauten (@SteelersPRBurt) September 19, 2021

So far in the game, T.J. Watt already had a strip sack as well as four tackles.

With outside linebackers Alex Highsmith and Melvin Ingram III already in the rotation at outside linebacker, it will be rookie Jamir Jones who will also take on snaps should Watt not be able to return.

UPDATE: T.J Watt has now been downgraded to OUT for the remainder of the game. This per Steelers spokesperson Burt Lauten:

INJURY UPDATE: #Steelers LB T.J. Watt has been downgraded to OUT for today's game with his groin injury. https://t.co/QojvHplgZW

— Burt Lauten (@SteelersPRBurt) September 19, 2021

Stay tuned to Behind The Steel Curtain if the Steelers as they take on the Las Vegas Raiders at Heinz Field in Week 2 of the 2021 NFL season.

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

Sun, 09/19/2021 - 1:30pm
Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports

The Steelers are back on the gridiron! The 2021 season continues with the Steelers and Raiders locking horns in Week 2. Keep tabs on all things Black-and-gold with our updates and open thread.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are back on the field for the second time in the 2021 regular season as they prepare to face off against the Las Vegas Raiders.

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.

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

Sun, 09/19/2021 - 1:23pm
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

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

After big plays to Najee Harris and JuJu Smith-Schuster, the Steelers had the ball at the Las Vegas 44 to start the second quarter. Getting the football on the cusp of field goal range, the Steelers elected to go for it on 4th and 4, but Ben Roethlisberger’s pass fell incomplete, turning it over on downs.

A questionable personal foul call on Robert Spillane hitting Derek Carr put the Raiders right back in field goal range. As Las Vegas worked their way into the red-zone, the Steelers’ defense stiffened and forced another Carlson field goal. The kick was good, making the score 6-0 with 9:34 left in the first half.

The Steelers’ offense turned to the no-huddle offense on their ensuing drive to jump start their production, and it worked. Two straight plays resulted in two first downs, and a 41-yard completion to Dionate Johnson moved the ball inside the 5-yard line. Two plays later the Steelers capped off the drive with a JuJu Smith-Schuster rushing touchdown, the first of his career, to take the lead.

That's some good JuJu‼️@TeamJuJu | : CBS pic.twitter.com/LYbPErNSus

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) September 19, 2021

The Chris Boswell point after was good, making the score 7-6 with 6:25 left in the second quarter.

Derek Carr and the Las Vegas offense matched the Steelers’ 75-yard drive with one of their own. Carr mixed up his targets as he had the offense in the red-zone at the two-minute warning of the first half. After a QB sneak on 4th and 1, the Raiders started moving in the wrong direction. A false start, holding and illegal man downfield penalty were forced to turn to Carlson again for a field goal. The kick made the score 9-7 at halftime.

Steelers vs. Raiders, Week 2: 1st quarter in-game update

Sun, 09/19/2021 - 12:35pm
Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

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 were coming off a huge upset win over the Buffalo Bills on the road in Week 1, and their Week 2 game saw them back in the friendly confines of Heinz Field for their home opener vs. the Las Vegas Raiders.

Prior to the game the team received some bad news when it was announced both Joe Haden and Devin Bush were inactive with groin injuries. This news put a stress on the Steelers’ defense, but if there is a side of the ball which can withstand these injuries it is the Pittsburgh defense.

Nonetheless, Derek Carr and company made the cross country trip on a short week after beating the Baltimore Ravens on Monday Night Football in hopes of starting their season 2-0.

After Las Vegas won the opening coin toss, they elected to defer their possession to the second half, giving Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers’ offense the football to start the game. The offense was able to do nothing more than flip the field after just one first down on the drive before Pressley Harvin III was called on to punt for the first time of the game.

Starting at their own 15-yard line, the Raiders, like the Steelers’ first drive, was nothing more than a field-flipping drive. On the Steelers’ next drive it was Roethlisberger who was intercepted, giving Las Vegas the ball on the Pittsburgh 41-yard line. The Raiders were able to turn the interception into points, but just a Daniel Carlson 46-yard kick. Las Vegas took a 3-0 lead with 3:10 left in the first quarter.

The Steelers had the ball for their third drive, and were driving, at the end of the 1st quarter.

Tyson Alualu leaves Steelers’ Week 2 game, will not return

Sun, 09/19/2021 - 12:28pm
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The veteran nose tackle went down on the first defensive drive of the game.

The Pittsburgh Steelers defense looks to be down another starter early in their Week 2 matchup against the Las Vegas Raiders. With linebacker Devin Bush and cornerback Joe Haden inactive for the game with groin injuries, the Steelers starting nose tackle Tyson Alualu have left the game with a right leg injury and has been ruled out. This per Steelers spokesperson Burt Lauten:

#Steelers NT Tyson Alualu sustained a right ankle injury and will not return to today's game.

— Burt Lauten (@SteelersPRBurt) September 19, 2021

On the play, Alualu was making a tackle when teammate T.J. Watt rolled up onto his right leg. Allualu needed help off the field by teammates and was taken to the locker room on a cart.

On the defensive line, the Steelers were only carrying five players for the game with Carlos Davis ruled out on Friday with a knee injury. In Alualu’s absence, the Steelers defensive line will be relying on Cameron Heyward, Chris Wormley, Isaiah Buggs, and rookie Isaiahh Loudermilk playing in his first regular-season NFL game.

Stay tuned to Behind The Steel Curtain for continued coverage as the Steelers take on the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 2 in their 2021 Heinz Field debut.

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

Sun, 09/19/2021 - 11:45am
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The Steelers are back on the gridiron! The 2021 season continues with the Steelers and Raiders locking horns in Week 2. Keep tabs on all things Black-and-gold with our updates and open thread.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are back on the field for the second time in the 2021 regular season as they prepare to face off against the Las Vegas Raiders.

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.

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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How the Raiders’ defense plans to counter the Steelers’ offense in Week 2

Sun, 09/19/2021 - 11:30am
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The Steelers and Raiders square off in Week 2, and it is time to look at how the Raiders’ defense will counter the Steelers.

When the Pittsburgh Steelers play a team like the Las Vegas Raiders, an AFC rival, there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the matchup.

Sure, fans know the big name players from their conference foe, but a lot can change from one year to the next.

With that said, I reached out to Silver and Black Pride’s contributor Matt Holder and asked him a series of questions about the upcoming game. He was more than generous to provide answers to these questions, and in this article I asked him what the Raiders’ plan to counter the Steelers offense in Week 2 will be.

How will Maxx Crosby and company try to stop Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers’ offense?

Check out his answer below, and be sure to follow Silver and Black Pride for the latest news and notes from the other side of the fence leading up to the game at 1 p.m. ET.

When the Steelers have the ball, how will the Raiders try to slow them down?

“Well, hopefully, Yannick Ngakoue will be able to play. He was limited in practice on Tuesday which is positive after fearing he might miss an extended period of time after the game. If Ngakoue suits up, I’d expect a very vanilla and boring game plan from new defensive coordinator Gus Bradley.

Bradley is known for having a pretty simple scheme and preferring to sit back in coverage rather than blitz. That’s what we saw on Monday night, however, to do that you must be able to put pressure on the quarterback with just four guys. So if Ngakoue isn’t healthy, that could change things a bit.

Now, Maxx Crosby was the AFC Defensive Player of the Week while playing the second half with Ygankoue sidelined, and Carl Nassib played while Ngakoue was out so the Raiders do have some depth there. Given the way the Steelers’ offense is built, a strong receiving corps and a shaky offensive line, I think Bradley will want to keep as many guys in coverage as possible”

The Raiders’ pass rush will be the latest test for the Steelers’ inexperienced offensive line. With injuries nagging Ygankoue and Nassib, it will be interesting to see how much, or how long, they play in Week 2. If the Steelers can protect Ben Roethlisberger, it will open up the entire offense, which could mean a big day not just for the franchise quarterback, but also running back Najee Harris.

How do you see this game shaking out? Let us know in the comment section below, and be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black and gold as they prepare for the upcoming Week 2 game.

Who is the Steelers’ X-Factor in Week 2 vs. the Raiders?

Sun, 09/19/2021 - 11:00am
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Who is the X-Factor for the Steelers in their Week 2 game vs. the Raiders?

The Pittsburgh Steelers are preparing for the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 2. It is the Steelers’ first home game of the season, and, hopefully their second victory.

When looking at the matchup between AFC rivals, there are players who can be viewed as ‘X-Factors’.

What is an ‘X-Factor’?

I would describe an ‘X-Factor’ as a player who can truly alter the outcome of the game, single-handedly. Not just a plug and play type player, but a player who always has to be accounted for, no matter what.

As a clear-cut example of what an ‘X-Factor’ player would look like, think Troy Polamalu. Polamalu’s skill set made him a force to be reckoned with on every play. So, who are the ‘X-Factors’ for the Steelers Week 2 game vs. the Raiders?

Let’s take a look...

Jeff Hartman

X-Factor: Najee Harris

Why: The Steelers’ clearly want to be able to run the football, but against Buffalo it was tough sledding for Najee Harris and the running game. Will that change vs. Las Vegas? It should, but having Harris as my X-Factor goes beyond yards on the ground. I feel this is the game the Steelers can feature Harris in the passing game. In Buffalo Harris was deployed out wide several occasions, but Ben Roethlisberger never looked his way. In fact, Roethlisberger misfired on several passes intended for Harris. This is the game where Harris settles in, and shows off his versatility and play-making ability. Harris can take over a game, and hopefully he does just that at Heinz Field Sunday.

Dave Schofield

X-Factor: Terrell Edmunds

Why: I was really tempted to go away from the Steelers here and pick tight end Darren Waller. Instead, I decided to go with a player who will be part of the plan to defend Waller this week. Whether he will be matched up on him directly or have to cover other places in order to send more attention to Waller, I think Terrell Edmunds will be key in making sure the Raiders tight end does an absolutely torch the Steelers as he has been doing to other NFL teams throughout the last year. If Edmunds is up to the challenge in both coverage and other responsibilities, I think that Steelers can at least limit Waller which will be key to stopping the Raiders offense.

Matt Holder (Contributor, Silver and Black Pride)

X-Factor: Hunter Renfrow

Why: Knowing that the Steelers have some question marks at nickel, makes me think Renfrow is due for a big day. He was one of the few receivers to consistently create separation for Derek Carr against the Ravens and even forced the Ravens to put Marlon Humphrey on him. I’m hoping Pittsburgh will have to do something similar, i.e. put Minkah Fitzpatrick on Renfrow, so that can take some of the attention and pressure off Darren Waller.

Who would be your X-Factor for the Week 2 game at Heinz Field? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!

Joe Haden, Devin Bush inactive for the Steelers in Week 2

Sun, 09/19/2021 - 10:49am
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The Steelers will be taking on Las Vegas with two key defenders on the sidelines.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have released their inactives for their home opener against the Las Vegas Raiders. With Carlos Davis already ruled out due to injury, there were three players also listed as questionable for the game. With two of those players inactive in Joe Haden and Devin Bush, the list is made up of only two healthy scratches. With new roster rules which began in 2020, teams will only need to have five players inactive each game unless they elevate any players from the practice squad. With no elevations coming from the Steelers on Saturday, the five-man list comes courtesy of Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Steelers inactives for the Raiders game: QB Dwayne Haskins, CB Joe Haden, LB Devin Bush, DL Carlos Davis and OL Rashaad Coward.

— Ray Fittipaldo (@rayfitt1) September 19, 2021

The most notable item from the inactive list is that cornerback Joe Haden and linebacker Devin Bush are both inactive after being questionable for the game with groin injuries. Neither player showed up on the Steelers injury report until Friday, and many Steelers’ fans were hopeful both players would be available. Seeing both of them on the sidelines will test the depth of the Steelers smothering defense they had in Week 1. While there has been no official announcement made as to who will be the replacements to start for both of these players, the likely candidates are Robert Spillane at linebacker and James Pierre at cornerback.

Tight end Zach Gentry is active even though he was questionable with an ankle. The fact that Steelers did not elevate Kevin Rader from the practice squad on Saturday was a good indication that Gentry was going to be available.

As expected, the Pittsburgh Steelers only dress two quarterbacks on game day. With Dwayne Haskins still the third man on the depth chart, he is one again on the inactive list as will be expected each week barring an unfortunate circumstance.

Carrying nine offensive lineman, the NFL rules allow 48 players to be active as long as eight of them are on the offensive line. Therefore, the additional lineman who is inactive for the Steelers is once again guard Rashaad Coward.

The final member of the inactive list was already known on Friday as Carlos Davis was ruled out with a knee injury.

With Joe Haden inactive, cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon will get a helmet for the first time after the Steelers traded for him on September 3rd. With Haden working out in pre-game warm ups to see if he could go, it will be interesting to see if Witherspoon is utilized as he may not have been a part of the original game plan.

As for the Raiders inactives, they can be seen below courtesy of ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez. The Raiders already had five players ruled out for the game on Friday and promoted two players from the practice squad on Saturday. This is why their inactives include seven names.

Raiders inactives at Pittsburgh: RB Josh Jacobs, LG Richie Incognito, LB Nick Kwiatkoski, S Roderic Teamer, TE Nick Bowers, G Jordan Simmons, DT Damion Square. https://t.co/xgkIARvfQd

— Paul Gutierrez (@PGutierrezESPN) September 19, 2021

Matchups the Steelers can exploit vs. the Las Vegas Raiders

Sun, 09/19/2021 - 10:00am
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The Steelers will find success in these to matchup battles.

When the Steelers take the field on Sunday, they will have an idea of what players and plays will be successful in any given situation vs. the Las Vegas Raiders. Some route concept could perfectly gash them on the third and long, or maybe a blitz will have a 100% success rate when the Raiders are in the red zone. It could be anything, but NFL coaches are always dialed in when it comes to scouting opponents.

One of these areas for game planning that is also widely seen by fans is the one-on-one battles between mismatched players. Below are the offensive and defensive player mismatches the Steelers will find the most success in.

T.J. Watt vs. Alex Leatherwood Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images

T.J. Watt was a one man wrecking crew against the Buffalo Bills, he was in Josh Allen’s face all game and recorded a pair of sacks. Alex Leatherwood on the other hand was systematically pulled apart by the Baltimore Ravens, giving up sacks to the likes of Justin Houston and others. Simply put, the Raiders starting rookie tackle struggled in pass protection.

Having a talent like T.J. Watt should also mean that Watt should dominate his one-on-one matchups, but also see a ton of double teams and chip blocks on obvious passing downs. When an offense has to shift multiple blockers to stop a defender it usually means one-on-one matchups will open up across the board. This would mean Cam Heyward and Alex Highsmith could have monstrous games. Leaving Leatherwood on an island however might just get Derek Carr killed. Bottom line is Watt should be extending his sack numbers again on Sunday.

Najee Harris vs. Raiders defensive interior Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images

Najee Harris struggled to a degree against the Bills front seven. Most of the reason for that was a slow start by the offensive line, but Harris showed flashes of excellence throughout the game. Taking on the Raiders should be an entirely new page for Harris however. Najee will face a noticeably weaker front, in a friendly environment. Add the fact that the offensive line should improve week to week, Harris’ breakout game could be on the upcoming horizon.

One of the things the Steelers need to do against the Raiders is establish the run and Harris should get a healthy percentage of the work load. Getting this kid going and getting the offensive line’s confidence heading in the right direction is extremely important for the early portion of the season, and they could find some of that here in Week 2.

But what do you think? Will T.J. Watt and Najee Harris have big games against the Las Vegas Raiders? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Bold and Bizarre predictions for Raiders vs. Steelers

Sun, 09/19/2021 - 9:05am
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Much to the chagrin of most, BTSC’s Nostradumbass predicts the Steelers’ matchup in the Week 2 vs. the Raiders.

After an epic road win to open the season, the Steelers are back at home and looking to start 2021 at 2-0, but there are many questions to be answered. With inquiries, story lines, and more, I’ve compiled a list of predictions (some basic, and some utterly idiotic) to look for in this opening contest.

Last week, I came close, but ultimately whiffed on most of my predictions. Let’s see if I can rebound this week.

  • Boujee Smith-Schuster gets arrested for theft and destruction of property in the Heinz Field tailgate lot when he spots a visiting Darth Raider, absconds with his lightsaber and chews it beyond recognition.
  • In honor of his appearance two years back on HBO’s Hard Knocks, Raiders Coach Jon Gruden searches feverishly for a piece of wood so his players can knock two times if they indeed hear him.
  • Without Josh Jacobs, Vegas struggles on the ground and gain a mere 45 yards on the ground.
  • The Steelers’ fail to hold onto the football only once, as the defense intercepts Derek Carr three times with Minkah Fitzpatrick, Devin Bush and James Pierre all getting black-and-gold picks.
  • Pressley Harvin III booms a punt for 60+ in his home debut and nails one to pin the Raiders’ offense inside the five.
  • Ben Roethlisberger is sacked three times on the afternoon by Maxx Crosby, but No. 7 holds on to the ball and throws for 290 yards and three scores against one pick.
  • Ben establishes even more of a rapport with his duo of tight ends. Eric Ebron catches six of Big Ben’s balls and makes a key grab late in the game to move the chains. but it’s Pat Freiermuth who finds the touchdown zone twice in front of his hometown crowd.
  • On one of those TD grabs from Ben, Freiermuth joins in on a celebration orchestrated by JuJu Smith-Schuster as the Steelers receivers lift MUTHHHHHHHHH up and onto the crossbar and encourages the rookie to execute the same reverse somersault dive that Greg Louganis executed on this very day in the preliminaries of the 3-meter springboard competition in the 1988 Seoul Summer Olympics. Unlike the famed Gold Medalist, No. 87 was wearing a helmet and did not sustain a bloody concussion after bonking his head during the dive.
  • Speaking of the tight ends, Darren Waller again sees more than 15 targets and catches 10 for 122 yards and two scores.
  • Najee Harris gains 105 yards on the ground and 42 as a receiver out of the backfield and scores once on a reception in his Heinz Field debut.
  • T.J. Watt does not get a sack on the day, but the sack streak stretches as Alex Highsmith, Melvin Ingram III, Chris Wormley and Cam Sutton all do.
  • Former Steelers OC Randy Fichtner keeping tabs on his old team, eats a plate of fajitas (in honor of the Raiders almost originally being named the Oakland Senors) and proceeds to unbutton his pants and fall asleep during the second half. Randyland is rudely awoken by the manager of Applebees and the local fuzz and is asked to vacate the premises.
  • The Steelers prevail in the home opener over the Raiders by a score of 27-23.

Will any of this actually happen? I’ll bet at least one or two. Heck, maybe every one of them. Be sure to post your predictions — basic or bizarre — below.

Podcast: Can the Steelers sink the Raider’s ship?

Sun, 09/19/2021 - 9:00am

Check out our latest weekly venture with an international flavor. Put another shrimp on the barbie and check out Steelers Touchdown Under with two blokes from Australia, Matty Peverell and Mark Davison.

Here we go! The Steelers have been prepping for their home opener all week, but was beating Buffalo an abberation or the start of something big in 2021? Can the Steelers stay on course and sink the Raiders ship? Filling in for Matty Peverell this week will be Geoffrey Benedict and Kevin Tate joining Mark Davison, as they bring a global perspective to the Steelers in 2021, and what to expect as the team kickoff their campaign for a seventh Lombardi.

This is what will be discussed on the latest episode of Touchdown Under, the Australian sensation from the BTSC family of podcasts that’s now moved over to its live YouTube home.

Check out the rundown of this week’s show:

  • The boys preview this week’s game against the Raiders and surprises to look out for
  • Audience Q&A
  • Plus MUCH MUCH MORE!

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