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Report Card: Grading the Steelers OT win over the Seahawks

Behind the Steel Curtain - Mon, 10/18/2021 - 8:00am
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The Steelers won on the field but did they get the passing grade?

The Pittsburgh Steelers were successful on Sunday Night in a roller coaster affair against the Seattle Seahawks. A game that seemingly would go down without much of a fight from the visiting team at half time turned out to be a 60-minute-plus overtime thriller. There were heroes all over the field for the Pittsburgh Steelers as well as a couple scapegoats. But at the end of the day, the Pittsburgh Steelers were successful and have evened their record heading into the bye week. Below you will find the game grades for the Pittsburgh Steelers 23-20 OT victory over the Seattle Seahawks.

Offense

The offense was pretty consistent throughout the entire evening. Ben Roethlisberger was cautious with the football and, although he made a number of poor throws, was fairly dialed in throughout the game. The Steelers quarterback did everything that was needed from him to get the job done despite a pretty suspect fumble call late in the game. The veteran quarterback played the kind of game the Steelers will need from him throughout the remainder of the season if they want to be successful.

The running game was okay early on, but dialed in late in the game— especially in the fourth quarter and overtime. Najee Harris continues to prove he is one of the best rookies in all of the National Football League. He is a hard, physical runner who can make something out of nothing and, when he does have the appropriate blocking, can do something truly special with the football.

The receivers were nothing more than adequate on this day. Diontae Johnson looked pretty good except had his first drop of the season which was in a brutal spot late in the game. Chase Claypool had perhaps his worst game as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers as he seemed off page with Ben Roethlisberger on a number of throws. Simply beat on 50-50 throws he should be winning, Claypool also made a very costly offensive pass interference penalty late in the game.

The tight ends were very good. Pat Freiermuth looks like a star in the making, catching seven of seven targets and running with a physical style behind him. Despite a lack of targets, Eric Ebron was noticeable both scoring a touchdown on the ground and a handful of receptions. Zach Gentry is carving out a nice spot for himself in the team as a physical blocker and really rounds out this group.

The offensive line was fine , Perhaps not as good as a week ago, but they continue to show signs of growth. This group has come a long way from the start of the season and are playing better football. Because of this the Steelers are a better team on offense.

Final Grade: B- Defense

The defense started off the game unbelievably. Shutting out the Seattle Seahawks through 30 minutes and making it look very easy, the third quarter hit and the Steelers weren’t able to stop anything. Alex Collins and the Seahawks run game were running down the Steelers throats at will. Even Gino Smith looked pretty good for a stretch of the game while the Steelers defense looked like they couldn’t stop anything.

Then the middle of the fourth quarter hit and the Steelers defense once again dialed it back up and played great football. T.J. Watt was the star of overtime, and really the game, for the Steelers defense as he registered a pair of sacks including the game-winning sack/fumble. Surely, Watt will be the AFC’s Defensive Player of the Week.

Tre Norwood and Cam Heyward were also very noticeable in this game. The veteran D-lineman was pushing everyone back, getting tackles all over the field, and looked like a beast. The seventh-round pick rookie defensive back continues to make plays despite his minimal years in the NFL and his low pedigree entering the league. Both guys should be proud of what they put on the game tape and should be recognized for their efforts.

Final Grade: B Special Teams

Chris Boswell needs his recognition as one of the best kickers in the NFL. If it wasn’t for Justin Tucker, he would easily be the best kicker in the game has he once again was perfect in the game where most of the NFL‘s kickers have been absolutely putrid this season. Boswell continues to be one of the most clutch and accurate kickers the Steelers have ever had.

Aside from one shanked punt, Pressley Harvin III was also excellent booming the ball all over the field and flipping field position for the Steelers throughout the entire night. If he can remove that bad play that seems to pop up once a game, he may grow into one of, if not the best, punters in football.

Final Grade: A Overall

This was a roller coaster affair, especially in the fourth quarter. Despite the ups and downs, the Pittsburgh Steelers were victorious, evened up their record, and enter the bye week in a pretty good position. The offense was fine, the defense was great, then bad, then great again, and the special teams won the day for the Steelers.

Offensive coordinator Matt Canada also deserves some praise as he called a great game for the Steelers offense. All in all, the Steelers got the job done despite playing against some back ups and keep their lofty aspirations alive. It was a fun game as a fan watching the Steelers win on the very last play the game, and it doesn’t get much better than that before the bye week.

Final Grade: B+

But what do you think? Do you agree with these grades? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Steelers players take to social media to talk about their win over the Seahawks in Week 6

Behind the Steel Curtain - Mon, 10/18/2021 - 7:00am
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Members of the Pittsburgh Steelers take to social media after their win over the Seahawks in Week 6.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have won their third game of the regular season! After their win moves their record to 3-3 for the 2021 regular season after beating the Seattle Seahawks at Heinz Field in Week 6.

Following the Steelers’ win, players took to social media to celebrate the big win over the NFC 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.)

BIG WIN!!! #HereWeGo

— Minkah Fitzpatrick (@minkfitz_21) October 18, 2021

Heart on my sleeve! #steelersWin pic.twitter.com/AWv6yeCB9E

— Joe Haden (@joehaden23) October 18, 2021

Heinz field was rocking tonight!!! Thank you #SteelersNation !!!

— TJ Watt (@_TJWatt) October 18, 2021

This Guy!! @_TJWatt #TakeOver pic.twitter.com/ff26ECbcDB

— Derek Watt (@DerekWatt34) October 18, 2021

Let’s Gooooooooooo!!!! #HereWeGo

— JuJu Smith-Schuster (@TeamJuJu) October 18, 2021

Official @_TJWatt fan page.

— Chase Claypool (@ChaseClaypool) October 18, 2021

#HereWeGo

— Arthur Moats (@dabody52) October 18, 2021

What a way to head into the bye week. Nice

— Charlie Batch (@CharlieBatch16) October 18, 2021

Looking at all them got damn @steelers wit them gold jackets name a better organization…at it’s about 30 more suppose to be in…

— . (@Ike_SwagginU) October 18, 2021

Post-Game Sound: Hear from Steelers coaches and players after the win over the Seahawks

Behind the Steel Curtain - Mon, 10/18/2021 - 6:00am
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The Pittsburgh Steelers were back on the field in Week 6 of the regular season. Take a look and listen to what was said after the game.

The Pittsburgh Steelers were winners for the third time this regular season with their win over the Seattle Seahawks 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 8 game on the road vs. the Cleveland Browns after a Week 7 bye week...but first, the post-game sound:

Mike Tomlin Post-Game Press Conference

Coach Tomlin speaks to the media about our win over the Seahawks ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/LH066ax4vG

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) October 18, 2021

Ben Roethlisberger Post-Game Press Conference

.@_BigBen7 speaks to the media about our win over Seattle ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/mKJ2hcdh7z

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) October 18, 2021

Podcast: The Steelers get “Watt” they needed in OT to survive the Seahawks

Behind the Steel Curtain - Mon, 10/18/2021 - 4:30am

Join BTSC for immediate reaction after the Steelers’ 23-20 overtime win vs. the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday Night Football.

The Steelers and Seahawks started off slow on Sunday Night Football, but the Steelers came alive in what seemed to be dominant fashion and a Halftime lead. But the Seahawks made adjustments and the Steelers did not. In Overtime, the Steelers got a big play on defense and a Chris Boswell field goal clinched the 23-20 win. With Jeff Hartman and Bryan Anthony Davis out on assignment, join Dave Schofield, Michael Beck and Kyle Chrise break down the game like no one else does on the latest podcast, The Steelers Post-Game Show.

If you haven’t heard, we have a YouTube channel, and the main reason for this is to increase the sound quality on our shows. But if you’re a visual learner you can watch the show below. Be sure to subscribe to our channel.

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Who gets the game ball for the Steelers’ win over the Seahawks in Week 6?

Behind the Steel Curtain - Mon, 10/18/2021 - 12:30am
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Pulling out the overtime victory, which member of the Steelers gave the most gutsy performance?

The Pittsburgh Steelers were able to get back to .500 heading into their bye week as they defeated the Seattle Seahawks by the score of 23-20 in overtime at Heinz Field. The win could be attributed to many factors where the team came through on both sides of the ball. Even though it wasn’t a perfect game, there were some good performances of note from the black and gold.

So who gets the game ball?

Each Steelers win this 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.

Coming off of a win last week, let’s recap the Week 5 game ball.

Week 5 Game Ball Winner: Najee Harris

This vote once again wasn’t even close as Harris had 72% percent of the votes. Despite exiting the game early with cramps, rookie running back Najee Harris had his first 100 yard rushing game of the season with 122 yards on 23 carries and a touchdown. Harris also added another 20 receiving yards on two receptions. Despite not being able to be on the field to run out the clock at the end of the game, it was Harris’ performance which put the Steelers in their good situation in the fourth quarter.

I’m very grateful we finally get back to the positive side of things yet again and get to hand out a game ball. I will remind everyone of the rules that it is individual players who will be in the running. Although it could be applicable, it will not be either position groups or coaches who are eligible for this designation as they are more in line for Jeff Hartman’s Winners and Losers article. Also, with it being an overtime game, we will have an extra nominee. So here are the nominations in no particular order:

Najee Harris

After having his first 100-yard game, Najee Harris followed it up with 127 all-purpose and a receiving touchdown. Also, he had 48 rushing yards in the fourth quarter and overtime along with a 12-yard reception to set up the Steelers late field goal in regulation.

T.J. Watt

Although he was likely still going to be nominated at the end of regulation, what an overtime for T.J. Watt! Ending the first OT drive with a sack as well as forcing the takeaway on the second drive to set up the game-winning kick. This week Mr. Watt showed how much he earned his big contract.

Chris Boswell

How great is it to not have to worry about kicking? First Boswell nails the 52-yard field goal late to take the lead and followed it up with the 37-yard game winner. I had no doubt.

Pat Freiermuth

The Steelers rookie tight end came through with catching at seven of his targets for 58 yards. The Steelers need to get him more involved in the offense, and in Week 6 he showed he is up to the challenge.

Tre Norwood

The Steelers 2021 seventh-round pick made some big plays when he was on the field. It was three main plays the stand out more than others. On the night, Norwood had three tackles, one of which was for a loss, and a pass defensed as well as a big third-down tackle of D.K. Metcalf.

Cam Heyward

The Steelers defensive captain can be in the running for a game ball every week. This week Heyward had a sack and nine tackles with two of them being for a loss. More than anything else, he is constantly disrupting the offense.

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.

Knee Jerk Reactions to the Steelers 23-20 overtime win over the Seahawks

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 10/17/2021 - 11:10pm
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The Steelers get the takeaway in OT to set up the game-winning field goal.

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 6 of the 2021 NFL Season. Let’s get this going, HERE......WE......GO!!!

1st Quarter

  • The game hasn't even kicked off yet and I'm already ticked off at Collinsworth. He said the Steelers couldn't lose a third straight home game. I guess he didn't realize that they won at home last week. What a jaggo.
  • Seahawks win the coin flip, so the Steelers to receive the ball.
  • Good return there by Ray-Ray McCloud. Oh wait, is there a flag on the play I think Joe Haden was offsides.
  • Ugly looking opening drive. A couple short runs by Najee, followed by a false start and then they come up short on third and long.
  • The defense holds Seattle to three and out. Seeing a lot of pressure and I liked it as they got a hit in on Geno Smith by Highsmith.
  • I still feel like Ben's putting too much air under his deep throws.
  • After one first down the Steelers can only gain about 6 yards and will punt.
  • Nice tackle by Benny Snell, but looks like he could have injured his arm on that play.
  • Watt hits Smith's arm as he goes to throw. Boy that guy is fast.
  • The Steelers make them check it down on third down and then four guys managed to miss the running back and let him gain 20 yards. Are you kidding me?
  • After all those missed tackles, the defense is now letting them move the ball right down the field. Should have been off the field.
  • Norwood with a nice pass break up on third down.
  • Muuuuuuttttthhhhh.
  • The Steelers throw it on first and 10, throw it on second and one, had a penalty, then decide to run on second and 11. That didn't make a lot of sense to me.
  • Third and six and Ben does another lob it up deep kind of throw that wasn't anywhere close.
  • End of the first quarter, Steelers 0, Seahawks 0.

2nd Quarter

  • Watt! Batting down the 3rd down pass!
  • Ebron making the catch and not a drop on third down.
  • R-O-C-K to the N-A-J!!! Najee with the touchdown catch. Steelers 7, Seahawks 0.
  • Cam Heyward sack!
  • Nothing doing for the Seattle offense, time to punt.
  • Steelers are methodically moving the ball down the field.
  • Najee just made a couple of Seahawks look like complete fools trying to tackle him.
  • On third and three the Seahawks jump off sides. Ben takes a shot in the end zone and Diontae just missed coming up with it, but it's a first down.
  • A couple of tough runs by Najee takes it down to the 2-minute warning.
  • Ebron with a touchdown RUN! I think that play surprised everybody. I know it's surprised me. Steelers 14, Seahawks 0.
  • Wormley with the pass knockdown.
  • Highsmith getting in on Smith for the sack!
  • Steelers get the ball back, and on third and seven Diontae gives up yards to get out of bounds when there's no point to get out of bounds because now it's fourth down.
  • At the half the score is Steelers 14, Seattle 0.

3rd Quarter

  • The Steelers are getting gashed by the run to start the second half.
  • The defense looks nothing like it did in the first half. The Seahawks are almost to the red zone in just a few plays.
  • Seattle's not disguising much in their runs either. Basically they are running at T.J. Watt.
  • Not real sure that I understand the penalty they called on T.J. because he's trying to punch the ball out.
  • The defense ends up letting Seattle come right down the field to score to start the second half. Steelers 14, Seattle 7.
  • Ben and Chase were not on the same page for that throw.
  • Back to back nice throws from Ben to Diontae Johnson.
  • Boswell ends up having to come in to kick a field goal. Steeler 17, Seattle 7.
  • The defense is definitely not playing very well right now. They have not been tackling well; they have not been covering well.
  • Touchdown Seattle. The defense better figure this out. Steelers 17, Seahawks 14.
  • The run plays out a shotgun are getting Najee hit behind the line of scrimmage all the time.
  • The offense now goes three and out. I expect that the defense will let Seattle come right down score touchdown and take the lead.
  • Not a very good punt there by Big Press.
  • Steelers give up a 13-yard run on first down. Again the Seahawks running towards the right side of their line.
  • On 3rd and 7th the Steelers give up a 25-yard run.
  • End of the third. Steeler 17, Seahawks 14, but I don't expect it to be like this for long.

4th Quarter

  • Highsmith gets in for another sack on 3rd down.
  • Seattle hits a field goal. Steelers 17, Seahawks 17.
  • Back-to-back runs for first down by Najee and then by Kalen Ballage.
  • Ben loses that football and it initially it is called an incomplete pass, but I have a feeling that if when this challenge happens that the Steelers are going to lose this football.
  • And as I thought, it was a fumble. The Steelers had this game totally in control in the first half, and now are on the verge of losing it in the second half.
  • The Steelers got lucky with a holding call on that first downplay for Seattle that went for 16 yards.
  • The defense continues to get absolutely gashed by the running game.
  • Tre Norwood with the tackle for the loss on third down. Norwood has had an excellent game tonight.
  • The fumble does not hunt the Steelers as the Seahawks have to punt. Talk about dodging the bullet.
  • Not looking good as Dan Moore Jr is down hurt. Luckily he gets up and walks off the field on his own power. Joe Haeg into the game.
  • Big 3rd down and 9 here for the Steelers. And Roethlisberger overthrows Claypool. The offense was clicking good in the first half but has been out of sync in the second.
  • I'm just not having a great feeling about this game. The Seahawks have had all the momentum in the second half.
  • The defense shows up on that series and holds Seattle to three and out. Was Renegade played before that series?
  • Muth with his 6th catch of the game.
  • Never like seeing the medical staffs having to come out and work on getting someone off the field with a possible neck injury. Hope it is not too serious for that young man.
  • Najee with another 10-yard run on first down.
  • 2 minute warning. Pittsburgh driving trying to win this ball game.
  • Hated seeing that penalty on Claypool.
  • Najee almost was able to complete that long third down.
  • Boswell on to try 52 yard field goal. GOOD! Steelers 20, Seahawks 17.
  • Seattle picks up a first down. Is anybody nervous? I'm nervous.
  • Seattle has it down to the Pittsburgh 35. 18 seconds to play. Nothing like a good heart attack game late on a Sunday night.
  • I have no idea why they stopped to look at the previous play. That was definitely a catch and then the ball was punched out. Now this is just made a mess of everything.
  • See I don't now get the chance to tie it up and they do. Steelers 20 Seahawks 20, we are looking at overtime.
  • Seattle will get the ball to start the overtime.
  • Big throw on second and long by Geno Smith gets Seattle near midfield.
  • Cameron Hayward with the TFL.
  • Huge third downplay for the Steelers right here. Someone needs to make a play.
  • Watt with the sack!!! Talk about making a play when it was needed.
  • Big third down and four here for the Ray-Ray McCloud gets stopped short and Steelers go three and out.
  • Now it's on the defense to do it again. I don't like that the offense puts them in this position.
  • Watt with the strip of Geno Smith! Bush recovers! Yes, Yes, Yes!
  • Boswell wins it!!!!
  • Steelers 23, Seachickens 20.

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 for me to process it, do some quick analyzing for the Scho Bro Show, and then put it behind me as the Steelers move on to Week 7 against ............NOBODY. Time for the Steelers to get some rest and get healthy during their bye week, at least it looks like they will get a real bye week this year. I’ll be back the next week. CAN’T WAIT!!!!!

Final Score: Steelers survive the Seahawks 23-20 in overtime

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 10/17/2021 - 11:04pm
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The Pittsburgh Steelers have won back-to-back games after beating the Seahawks in overtime on Sunday Night Football.

The Pittsburgh Steelers entered Week 6 of the 2021 regular season in a state of flux. After winning their season opening game vs. the Buffalo Bills, the Steelers lost their next three games before beating the Denver Broncos in Week 5.

With the Seattle Seahawks coming to town for a prime time matchup on Sunday Night Football, Pittsburgh had the chance to win back-to-back games before heading into their bye week. On top of that, it would be a chance for the Steelers to reach .500 after their losing streak.

The Seahawks won the opening coin toss and elected to defer their possession to the second half. After a nice return by Ray-Ray McCloud, the Steelers offense failed to muster enough yardage for a first down.

After the Pressley Harvin punt, Geno Smith and company couldn’t muster a first down before giving the ball back to Roethlisberger and company.

Although the Steelers offense was able to get a first down, the end result was the same, a punt. Smith and the Seahawks put their best drive in the game together, but when nearing field goal range were forced to punt.

A new Steelers drive ended in the same result as the ugly offense continued throughout the first quarter.

The Seahawks had the football to start the second quarter, but a T.J. Watt pass defense ended the drive early and resulted in yet another punt.

Starting with their best field position of the night, their own 45-yard line, it was a 25-yard Diontae Johnson run which sparked the offense and moved the unit into the red-zone. A pass to Pat Freiermuth set the offense inside the 10, and another rookie, Najee Harris, caught his second touchdown pass of the season for the first score of the game.

Let Najee cook pic.twitter.com/dJtRgrm00R

— PFF Fantasy Football (@PFF_Fantasy) October 18, 2021

Chris Boswell’s point after was good. Making the score 7-0 with 10:01 left in the first half.

DK Metcalf gave the Seahawks’ a jump start on their next drive, but a Cam Heyward sack ended the drive on the next series.

The Steelers’ offense remained hot, and a good mix of run and pass moved the ball into Seattle territory. When the Steelers hit the red-zone it was creativity which got the offense into the end-zone. Facing a 3rd and goal, it was Eric Ebron who ran it in for the touchdown.

Look away Najee Harris managers pic.twitter.com/1uDLdM4Yqi

— PFF Fantasy Football (@PFF_Fantasy) October 18, 2021

Boswell was good, making the score 14-0 with 1:04 left in the 2nd quarter.

A Seattle three-and-out gave the Steelers the ball back with 36 seconds remaining in the half and one timeout. However, the drive went nowhere, keeping the score 14-0 at halftime.

The Seahawks started the second half with the football, and it looked like a completely different team came out of the locker room in the third quarter. Alex Collins nearly single-handedly drove the Seattle offense down the field, and punched it in for the first Seahawks touchdown. After the point-after, the score was 14-7 with 9:55 left in the third quarter.

Needing an answer, Roethlisberger took to the air and hit Ray-Ray McCloud and Diontae Johnson for big gains to move the ball into Seattle territory. Once in the red-zone, the drive stalled and Pittsburgh settled for a Chris Boswell field goal, making the score 17-7 with 5:46 left in the third quarter.

The Steelers defense turned to what most consider their better half, the defense, to preserve the 10 point lead. However, the Steelers’ second half defense was anything but elite, giving up big play after big play. The end result of the drive was a Geno Smith touchdown pass to Will Dissly which made the score 17-14 with 3:02 left in the quarter.

Desperately needing a drive, the Steelers offense went three-and-out, giving the ball right back to the red-hot Seahawks offense. To end the third quarter it was more of the same, Seattle gashing the Steelers’ defense on the ground. Once in the red-zone, facing a critical third down, Smith was sacked by a host of defenders, forcing a Josh Myer field goal, making the score 17-17.

On Pittsburgh’s ensuing drive, Ben Roethlisberger attempted one of his patented pump fakes, but fumbled the football. After it was initially ruled incomplete, it was challenged and overturned, giving the ball back to Seattle. A holding call on first down doomed the Seattle drive, and they were forced to punt the ball right back to Pittsburgh with 9:42 left in regulation.

Pittsburgh’s drive stalled near midfield, and the defense was able to get a three-and-out. Ben Roethlisberger and company took over at their own 15-yard line with 5:19 left in the fourth quarter. Najee Harris took over the drive, and moved the ball into Pittsburgh territory. After a scary injury stopped the game, the Steelers continued to lean on Harris, getting the team to the Seattle 36-yard line, at the 2 minute warning.

An offensive pass interference call pushed the Steelers out of field goal range, but a Najee Harris catch and run set up a 52-yard field goal, making the score 20-17 with 1:30 left in regulation.

Not about to go down without a fight, Geno Smith was able to orchestrate a drive to at least get Seattle into field goal range. Facing a 2nd and 3, with 18 seconds left, Smith hit DK Metcalf on the sideline, who fumbled the ball and was recovered by Seattle. The Seahawks were able to clock the play with one second left. The Myer 43-yard field goal was good, sending the game to overtime.

Seattle won the coin toss, and elected to take the ball. After Geno Smith hit Tyler Lockett to move the ball into Pittsburgh territory, Seattle started to go the wrong way. A Cam Heyward tackle for loss and T.J. Watt sack forced a Seattle punt.

Roethlisberger and the offense took over at their own 20 yard line, and after three plays punted the ball back to Seattle. But on Seattle’s first play of their second drive, T.J. Watt delivered a strip sack which was recovered by Devin Bush at the 16-yard line. After moving the ball to the middle of the field, Boswell was called on for the game-winning field goal. The 37-yard kick was good, giving the Steelers the 23-20 overtime win.

The win moved the Steelers’ record to 3-3 heading into the Week 7 bye week. After the bye the Steelers will be making their annual trip to play the Cleveland Browns. Be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black and gold.

Steelers vs. Seahawks, Week 6: 3rd quarter in-game update

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 10/17/2021 - 9:44pm
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The Pittsburgh Steelers are back on the gridiron! See what is happening during the team’s late game.

1st Quarter In-Game Update

2nd Quarter In-Game Update

The Seahawks started the second half with the football, and it looked like a completely different team came out of the locker room in the third quarter. Alex Collins nearly single-handedly drove the Seattle offense down the field, and punched it in for the first Seahawks touchdown. After the point-after, the score was 14-7 with 9:55 left in the third quarter.

Needing an answer, Roethlisberger took to the air and hit Ray-Ray McCloud and Diontae Johnson for big gains to move the ball into Seattle territory. Once in the red-zone, the drive stalled and Pittsburgh settled for a Chris Boswell field goal, making the score 17-7 with 5:46 left in the third quarter.

The Steelers defense turned to what most consider their better half, the defense, to preserve the 10 point lead. However, the Steelers’ second half defense was anything but elite, giving up big play after big play. The end result of the drive was a Geno Smith touchdown pass to Will Dissly which made the score 17-14 with 3:02 left in the quarter.

Desperately needing a drive, the Steelers offense went three-and-out, giving the ball right back to the red-hot Seahawks offense.

The Seahawks offense was nearing the red-zone at the end of the third quarter.

Steelers vs. Seahawks: Second-half live score updates, injuries and news

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 10/17/2021 - 9:00pm
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The Steelers are back on the gridiron! The 2021 season continues with the Steelers and Seahawks locking horns in Week 6. Keep tabs on all things Black-and-gold with our updates and open thread.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are back on the field for the fifth time in the 2021 regular season as they prepare to face off against the Seattle Seahawks.

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. Seahawks, Week 6: 2nd quarter in-game update

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 10/17/2021 - 8:48pm
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The Pittsburgh Steelers are back on the gridiron! See what is happening during the team’s late game.

1st Quarter In-Game Update

The Seahawks had the football to start the second quarter, but a T.J. Watt pass defense ended the drive early and resulted in yet another punt.

Starting with their best field position of the night, their own 45-yard line, it was a 25-yard Diontae Johnson run which sparked the offense and moved the unit into the red-zone. A pass to Pat Freiermuth set the offense inside the 10, and another rookie, Najee Harris, caught his second touchdown pass of the season for the first score of the game.

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Chris Boswell’s point after was good. Making the score 7-0 with 10:01 left in the first half.

DK Metcalf gave the Seahawks’ a jump start on their next drive, but a Cam Heyward sack ended the drive on the next series.

The Steelers’ offense remained hot, and a good mix of run and pass moved the ball into Seattle territory. When the Steelers hit the red-zone it was creativity which got the offense into the end-zone. Facing a 3rd and goal, it was Eric Ebron who ran it in for the touchdown.

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Boswell was good, making the score 14-0 with 1:04 left in the 2nd quarter.

A Seattle three-and-out gave the Steelers the ball back with 36 seconds remaining in the half and one timeout. However, the drive went nowhere, keeping the score 14-0 at halftime.

Steelers vs. Seahawks, Week 6: 1st quarter in-game update

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 10/17/2021 - 8:01pm
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The Pittsburgh Steelers are back on the gridiron! See what is happening during the team’s late game.

The Pittsburgh Steelers entered Week 6 of the 2021 regular season in a state of flux. After winning their season opening game vs. the Buffalo Bills, the Steelers lost their next three games before beating the Denver Broncos in Week 5.

With the Seattle Seahawks coming to town for a prime time matchup on Sunday Night Football, Pittsburgh had the chance to win back-to-back games before heading into their bye week. On top of that, it would be a chance for the Steelers to reach .500 after their losing streak.

The Seahawks won the opening coin toss and elected to defer their possession to the second half. After a nice return by Ray-Ray McCloud, the Steelers offense failed to muster enough yardage for a first down.

After the Pressley Harvin punt, Geno Smith and company couldn’t muster a first down before giving the ball back to Roethlisberger and company.

Although the Steelers offense was able to get a first down, the end result was the same, a punt. Smith and the Seahawks put their best drive in the game together, but when nearing field goal range were forced to punt.

A new Steelers drive ended in the same result as the ugly offense continued throughout the first quarter.

The Seahawks had the football inside their own 20 as the first quarter came to an end.

Steelers vs. Broncos: Second-half live score updates, injuries and news

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The Steelers are back on the gridiron! The 2021 season continues with the Steelers and Seahawks locking horns in Week 6. Keep tabs on all things Black-and-gold with our updates and open thread.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are back on the field for the fifth time in the 2021 regular season as they prepare to face off against the Seattle Seahawks.

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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Zach Banner inactive for the Steelers in Week 6 against the Seahawks

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Even though Banner returned from the Reserve/Injured List on Saturday, it was unlikely the Steelers would dress four tackles.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have released their inactives for their Week 6 matchup against the Seattle Seahawks. With one player already ruled out due to injury and no players elevated from the practice squad on Saturday, there are four healthy scratches of the five players on the list. The Steelers full inactive list comes courtesy of Steelers.com.

Steelers Inactives

No. 3 QB Dwayne Haskins
No. 25 CB Ahkello Witherspoon
No. 45 LB Buddy Johnson
No. 72 OT Zach Banner
No. 73 DT Carlos Davis

Just like the last three weeks, the Steelers don’t have any players carrying an injury status who were in doubt for Sunday’s game. Defensive tackle Carlos Davis was ruled out on Friday and will miss his fifth-straight game. Davis did practice in a limited capacity each day this week but will look to return following the Steelers Week 7 bye week.

As for the players who were healthy scratches, Dewayne Haskins is inactive for the sixth-straight week. Others on the inactive list are familiar names as the Steelers have cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon inactive for the fourth-straight game and five of the six games this season. After getting a helmet in Week 2 due to the injury to Joe Haden, Witherspoon is back on the inactive list again. For the third-straight week, Buddy Johnson finds himself on the inactive list as he will be on the sidelines.

The final player on the Steelers inactive list came due to the Steelers placing JuJu Smith-Schuster on IR on Saturday and activated Zach Banner to the 53-man roster. With for offensive tackles on the roster, the Steelers chose to keep Banner out this week despite being eligible to play. It will be interesting to see how the Steelers utilize Banner following the bye week.

As for the Seahawks inactives, they can be seen below courtesy of Steelers.com. Both quarterback Russell Wilson and running back Chris Carson were placed on the Reserve/Injured List on Saturday, hence why they are not on the list.

Seahawks Inactives

No. 29 CB John Reid
No. 64 C Dakota Shepley
No. 70 T Cedric Ogbuehi
No. 78 T Stone Forsythe
No. 85 TE Tyler Mabry
No. 91 DE LJ Collier

How the Seahawks defense plans to counter the Steelers offense in Week 6

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 10/17/2021 - 3:45pm
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The Steelers and Seahawks square off in Week 6, and it is time to look at how the Seahawks’ defense will counter the Steelers.

When the Pittsburgh Steelers play a team like the Seattle Seahawks, an NFC West team, there can be a lot of uncertainty surrounding the matchup.

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

With that said, I reached out to Field Gulls’ contributor John Gilbert 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 Seahawks’ plan to counter the Steelers defense in Week 6 will be.

How will Geno Smith and company try to move the ball against the stout Steelers defense?

Check out his answer below, and be sure to follow Field Gulls for the latest news and notes from the other side of the fence leading up to the game at 8:20 p.m. ET.

When the Steelers have the ball, how will the Seahawks’ defense try to slow them down?

Honestly, I have no idea. They haven’t really slowed down opposing offenses so far this season. Their opponents have gained at least 450 yards of offense in each of the last four games, a streak which ties an NFL record, and if the Steelers are able to move the ball Sunday night, they could easily move into sole possession of that record. I expect they’ll try to switch things up by using the blitz more, particularly Jamal Adams from his strong safety spot and Ugo Amadi from the nickel. Outside of that, at this point I think most fans are kind of in the camp of just hoping there is a defensive back in the picture when the ball is thrown to wide receivers.

When you think about the defenses the Steelers have faced so far this season, this might be the easiest challenge of them all. Buffalo, Las Vegas, Cincinnati, Green Bay and Denver all have good, to above average, defenses in the league. Now the Steelers face a bottom feeder in Seattle. Can they make the plays necessary to win? Or is this a game where the offense actually how a breakout game?

If the Steelers want to continue gaining confidence, having a big game against a sub-par defense like Seattle would be a great step in the right direction.

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 6 game.

Week 6 Late Games Open Thread: Keep tabs on all the late NFL action

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 10/17/2021 - 3:00pm
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The Steelers don’t play until Sunday night in Week 6 so time to keep tabs on the other games going on in the late window.

The Pittsburgh Steelers don’t play until Sunday night, so it is time to keep tabs on all things NFL/AFC North throughout Sunday.

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 listen to the talking heads during games, you can always watch the games on mute and listen to some of our great Steelers podcasts. Check out the playlist below:

So enjoy the games as you wait for the Steelers to play the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday night in Week 6, and be sure to follow BTSC for all the latest news surrounding the team throughout the game and afterwards!

HERE WE GO STEELERS!

Who is the Steelers’ X-Factor in Week 6 vs. the Seattle Seahawks?

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Who is the X-Factor for the Steelers in their Week 6 game vs. the Seahawks?

The Pittsburgh Steelers are preparing for the Seattle Seahawks in Week 6. It is the Steelers’ latest home game of the season, and, hopefully their third victory.

When looking at the matchup between inter-conference foes, 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 6 game vs. the Seahawks?

Let’s take a look...

Jeff Hartman

X-Factor: Ben Roethlisberger

Why: I had Najee Harris’ name typed in as my X-Factor, and then I thought about it more. The more I thought about it, Harris is the lone steady force on the Steelers’ offense. He is going to bring it every week. But the real deciding factor in a tight game will be Roethlisberger. Can he deliver when it matters most? He did it in Week 5 vs. the Broncos, but until Roethlisberger’s game turns the corner, he will be both the boom, or the bust, of the Steelers. If he plays well, there is a good chance they win. If he struggles, expect the same from the offense. Let’s hope we see more of Week 5 Roethlisberger, and less Weeks 2-4.

Dave Schofield

X-Factor: Minkah Fitzpatrick

Why: The Seahawks two biggest offensive threats in this game look to be D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Locket. The biggest thing with either player would be hitting on a splash play, and the earlier it is done the more it could impact the game. If Minkah Fitzpatrick can help keep those guys from springing lose in the secondary, the patch to victory becomes a much easier road. Additionally, if Fitzpatrick can make the splash play himself, it’s icing on the cake.

John Gilbert (Field Gulls)

X-Factor: Geno Smith

Why: The answer to this has to be Geno Smith. He’s spent the past five plus seasons backing up Ryan Fitzpatrick, Eli Manning, Philip Rivers and Russell Wilson. Now he gets his first shot to start since he ended Eli’s consecutive games streak in 2017, and it comes in a primetime game on the road against a defense that has been very good so far this season. The Pittsburgh defense has been able to generate pressure without blitzing a lot so far this season, and that could mean problems for a quarterback who historically hasn’t been great at dealing with pressure and hasn’t played regularly since 2014.

He certainly has the weapons around him in DK Metcalf, Tyler Lockett, Gerald Everett, Chris Carson and others to lead Seattle to victory. However, if he does not play well or if he gets injured, it looks like the only depth at the position behind him is likely to be second year man Jake Luton, who started three forgettable games for Jacksonville last season.

Who would be your X-Factor for the Week 6 game at Heinz Field? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!

How the Seahawks’ offense plans to counter the Steelers’ defense in Week 6

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 10/17/2021 - 12:30pm
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The Steelers and Seahawks square off in Week 6, and it is time to look at how the Seattle offense will counter the Steelers.

When the Pittsburgh Steelers play a team like the Seattle Seahawks, an NFC West team, there can be a lot of uncertainty surrounding the matchup.

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

With that said, I reached out to Field Gulls’ contributor John Gilbert 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 Seahawks’ plan to counter the Steelers defense in Week 6 will be.

How will Geno Smith and company try to move the ball against the stout Steelers defense?

Check out his answer below, and be sure to follow Field Gulls for the latest news and notes from the other side of the fence leading up to the game at 8:20 p.m. ET.

When the Seahawks have the ball, how will they try to move the ball?

My guess is that Seattle will come in looking to alleviate the stress on Smith by using the ground game to move the ball and then try to hit the big play once the offense is outside the 35 or 40. How well they will be able to execute that strategy will be the key question. Starting running back Chris Carson missed Week 5 with a neck injury, starting left guard Damien Lewis missed practice Wednesday with an illness and starting center Kyle Fuller was limited Wednesday due to illness. So, how well will the team be able to execute in the run game or to protect Smith in obvious passing situations? Those are the questions that feel like they will be the most important as Seattle tries to handle the Steelers defense, which is statistically one of the best units they have faced so far this season.

The Steelers defense won’t have to worry about players like Russell Wilson or Carson, both who were placed on Injured Reserve (IR) this week, but it doesn’t mean Geno Smith and targets like DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett can’t make plays.

If Pittsburgh’s defense is as elite as many think, they will have to do their job by putting pressure on Smith early and often, all while stopping the run. Making the Seattle offense one-dimensional will be the key to victory for the home team. Do that, and you should be on your way to victory. Struggle and be in for a fight till the end.

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 6 game.

Week 6 Early Games Open Thread: Keep tabs on all the early NFL action

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 10/17/2021 - 11:55am
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The Steelers don’t play until Sunday night in Week 6 so time to keep tabs on the other games going on in the early window.

The Pittsburgh Steelers don’t play until Sunday night, so it is time to keep tabs on all things NFL/AFC North throughout Sunday.

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 listen to the talking heads during games, you can always watch the games on mute and listen to some of our great Steelers podcasts. Check out the playlist below:

So enjoy the games as you wait for the Steelers to play the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday night in Week 6, and be sure to follow BTSC for all the latest news surrounding the team throughout the game and afterwards!

HERE WE GO STEELERS!

Bold and Bizarre predictions for Seahawks vs. Steelers

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 10/17/2021 - 11:30am
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Much to the chagrin of most, BTSC’s Nostradumbass predicts the Steelers’ matchup against the Seahawks.

With inquiries, story lines, and more for the Steelers’ Week 6 contest with Seattle, I’ve compiled a list of predictions (some basic, and some utterly idiotic) to look for in this primetime contest.

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

  • Sad that his dad is on IR, Boujee Smith-Schuster suits up wearing his family name and No. 19 in an attempt to play in JuJu’s stead. When Wide Receiver’s Coach Ike Hilliard kindly tells him that he won’t be in the lineup, let’s just say there’s an incident and bail isn’t posted until the second half.
  • Former Steelers OC Randy Fichtner tries to enter Heinz Field via the personnel entrance. When denied by stadium security, Randyland bellows, “Don’t you know who I am, I’m Randy “Freaking” Fichtner!”. When the guard informs him that he’s aware of the former OC’s identity and that’s precisely why he is not gaining entrance, let’s just say that JuJu posts his bail as well.
  • Ben Roethlisberger is not sacked at all on the evening, but No. 7 throws a pick to go with his 270 yards and three scoring passes, one each to Pat Freiermuth, Chase Claypool and Diontae Johnson.
  • Chase Claypool catches one of those TD passes from Ben and celebrates by treating every fan in the 100 section of the end zone to a Primanti Brothers Sandwich in honor of Mother Theresa winning the Nobel Peace Prize on this date in 1979.
  • Pressley Harvin III booms a punt for 71 yards in his SNF debut and nails one inside the ten.
  • Ben Roethlisberger finds Pat Freiermuth seven times, including a touchdown.
  • Najee Harris gains 110 yards on the ground and another 50 as a receiver out of the backfield and scores on a 33-yard run.
  • Cam Sutton and Minkah Fitzpatrick get interceptions of Gino Smith.
  • T.J. Watt earns himself another sack, but it’s Alex Highsmith having the big day with 2.5.
  • Seattle fans file protest, not for anything that happened in this game, but for Super Bowl XL, the game they are still convince they won.
  • Definitely not a blowout, but the Steelers clip the wings of the Seahawks 31-23.

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.

Trying to pinpoint the weaknesses with the Seahawks heading into Week 6

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The Steelers and Seahawks go head-to-head Sunday, and there are weaknesses to exploit within the Seahawks’ offense and defense.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have another tough test ahead of them in Week 6 of the 2021 regular season when they host the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks are 2-3 after a Week 4 loss to the Los Angeles Rams last Thursday night, and with players like DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, the Steelers will have their hands full.

With all the talk about the big name players for Seattle, it isn’t as if their roster is perfect. In fact, there are plenty of issues on both sides of the ball. Every unit has their weaknesses. This week I was able to ask John Gilbert of Field Gulls several questions leading up to the Week 6 matchup. One of those questions was where he thought the weakness on the Seahawks’ offense resided.

Here is what he said about the offense:

The biggest weakness on offense so far this season has been an inability to sustain drives and string together multiple first downs. The offense has scored enough to have the team currently as the 13th highest scoring team in the league, but that has largely come on the back of explosive plays rather than consistently working their way down the field. Obviously, the goal of the game is scoring, so points are points, but the teams that have defeated the Seahawks so far this season have largely done so by limiting or eliminating the big play. However, the biggest possible weakness heading into the game against the Steelers could be having a quarterback other than Russell Wilson under center. The Seattle offense so far this season had been just above average with future Hall of Famer Wilson at the helm, so having a quarterback who has started just two games since 2015 is concerning.

The Seahawks’ offense, in general, is in flux and will have their hands full with the stout Steelers’ defensive front, but what about the Seattle defense? Where are the kinks in their armor?

As far as weaknesses on the other side of the ball, so far this season the entire defense has been a weakness. The pass rush hasn’t rushed the passer, the defensive line hasn’t been able to really slow down opposing running backs and the secondary has been awful, particularly on third and long. This defense is not going to be mistaken for the Legion of Boom, and it could be an opportunity for Big Ben to have a second consecutive get right game.

Steelers fans likely will read this description of the Seahawks defense and get excited, but the fact is this Steelers offense is still one which is as inconsistent as they come. If the offense can duplicate the success they had in Week 5, it could be a route. If they put a performance on the field like they did in Weeks 2-4, it could be a close game that comes down to the very end of the game.

Be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black and gold as they prepare for Week 6 of the 2021 regular season.

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