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An impact Seahawks player who no one is talking about vs. the Steelers in Week 6

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 10/17/2021 - 8:30am
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The Pittsburgh Steelers and Denver Broncos square off in Week 5, and this player is slated to play a big role in the outcome.

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Seattle Seahawks renew their rivalry at Heinz Field Sunday in Week 6, and the battle of these NFL teams certainly has a lot of headlines swirling around it.

Will the Steelers’ be able to duplicate the offensive success they experienced in Week 5?

Can T.J. Watt being fully healthy help the Pittsburgh defense continue to be dominant?

Are the Seahawks a team ripe for the picking, or a team ready for the primetime upset on the road?

Among those story lines are players who aren’t talked about often, but can certainly play a role in the outcome of the game. This week I was fortunate enough to ask Field Gulls’ contributor John Gilbert several questions leading up to the big game Sunday.

One of those questions was if he could give me a player who isn’t being talked about, but could play a big role in who wins and loses the game. He didn’t disappoint and gave a player Steelers fans should become acquainted with heading into Week 6. Here is what he had to say:

Rookie fourth round cornerback Tre Brown could be a wild card heading into the game. Tre Flowers was a starter at outside cornerback in Week 1, but was benched prior to Week 4 and then waived on Wednesday. Flowers’ replacement, Sidney Jones, came in to high expectations from Seattle fans as a local kid who had played his college ball at the University of Washington, but he’s been about as bad as Flowers was. The communications mistakes and wide open receivers have continued in each of the two games Jones has started, and if Tre Brown is activated from injured reserve Saturday afternoon, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him earn significant snaps at left cornerback Sunday.

Considering the Seahawks’ issues in the secondary, Brown was reinstated off Injured Reserve (IR) and should be a factor in this game. If Roethlisberger is able to get time, the weapons he has at his disposal, even without JuJu Smith-Schuster, should put a tremendous amount of stress on the thin Seahawks’ secondary.

This will certainly be a matchup to watch as the Steelers hope to start a two game winning streak, and get some mojo back heading into their Week 7 bye week.

Be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the upcoming game between the Steelers and Seahawks this Sunday on Sunday Night Football.

Podcast: The Steelers need to simply take care of business every game

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 10/17/2021 - 8:25am

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.

The Steelers have kick-started a new winning streak, albeit one game on the trot, led by their rookie running back and 1st Round pick, Najee Harris, and an offensive line that didn’t offend Steelers fans or their team-mates’ efforts. So how do the Steeler progress through the 2021 season from here?

Join Matty Peverell and Mark Davison, as they bring a global perspective to how the Steelers can achieve success in 2021, and what to expect from the team (or be hopeful for) as they continue 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.

Check out the rundown of this week’s show:

  • Mark & Matty share their reflections on last week’s game against the Denver Broncos
  • An update on the BTSC and TDU ‘Iron Heart’ Awards
  • Preview Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks
  • ‘Slingin’ the Slang’
  • The boys share their ‘Punts of the Week’ (Bold Predictions)
  • Audience Q&A
  • Plus MUCH MUCH MORE!

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The Steelers have no excuse not to beat the Seahawks Sunday

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 10/17/2021 - 7:30am
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The Seahawks are badly injured and, will have to take to the road

The Pittsburgh Steelers have the Seattle Seahawks coming to town at the perfect time. You would like to have your opponent at 100% health as to best gauge your team’s competitiveness and get the best matchup possible. But for the Pittsburgh Steelers, you desperately need them to get back to a .500 record before they hit the bye week. So, when the Seahawks placed both Russell Wilson and Chris Carson on injured reserve, despite not receiving the most exciting matchup, the Steelers caught a massive break.

The Seattle Seahawks will now leave its offense in the hands of Geno Smith throwing to two very good wide receivers in DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. But without the talents of their franchise quarterback, and their number one running back, the Steelers’ defense shouldn’t have any problems stopping what remains. Let’s face it, the Seahawks offensive line is still one of the worst units in football and without the hyper mobile Wilson and bruising Carson, the Steelers defense should be smacking around the supporting cast behind the line of scrimmage.

If the Steelers can build any decent lead, I anticipate this to be the week where the pass rush goes off. Force Geno Smith to deliver in the pocket and just unleash the dogs on him. You can’t double team all the Steelers’ defenders so someone should have themselves a day. The Seahawks are so undermanned on offense the Steelers could possibly get away with double teaming both Metcalf and Lockett on possession type downs. This would mean Geno Smith would have to target secondary players whom he has likely had minimal time building chemistry with.

All this will be for nothing if the Steelers offense can’t get going against one of the worst, if not the worst, defenses in the NFL. Seattle struggles against stopping the run, and defending the pass really is no better. Ben Roethlisberger and company are sitting in a very nice position to replicate what they did against the Denver Broncos to the Seahawks. Let Najee Harris pound the rock, limit Roethlisberger’s attempts, and march the field controlling the clock. The recipe is right in front of them and they are facing a defense the offense should be able to assert their wills over. If all goes according to plan, the Pittsburgh Steelers shouldn’t have to face any tough sledding on Sunday night. This game SHOULD be an easy Steelers victory, but it wouldn’t be a Pittsburgh Steelers game if there wasn’t any drama…

But what do you think? Will the Pittsburgh Steelers actually take of business and handily take care of the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday night? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Steelers fan confidence starts to rebound after Week 5 victory over Denver

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 10/17/2021 - 6:30am
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The Pittsburgh Steelers fan base is starting to believe again, but there is plenty more work to be done.

The Pittsburgh Steelers fan can be a fickle bunch. Every season is Super Bowl or bust for the fan base, and despite a huge Week 1 win over the Buffalo Bills, the three game skid which ensued had Steelers fans in a downward spiral.

However, the Week 5 win over the Denver Broncos has the fan base starting to believe again. It was just one win, and moved the team’s record to 2-3 on the season, but it gave the fans a taste of victory which had avoided them for almost an entire month.

The Steelers fan confidence in their favorite team is starting to climb again, but more work needs to be done until the fan base will view them as an actual contender. How were the fans feeling about the team moving forward? Well, you can probably guess the roller coaster ride the fans have been on since the season began.

Here at SB Nation we poll fans every week in our SB Nation “Reacts” polls, and one of the questions asked is whether you have confidence in your team moving forward. As you can see, the confidence of the fan base is “trending up”.

If you want to know just how the fan confidence has changed, you can see the percentages below:

Post NFL Draft: 75%
Week 1: 89%
Week 2: 79%
Week 3: 38%
Week 4: 13%
Week 5: 18%
Week 6: 36%

With the Steelers now entering a Week 6 matchup with the Seattle Seahawks Sunday Night Football, the world will be watching to see what happens. Win, and move into the Week 7 bye week with a 3-3 record. Lose, and limp into the bye week 2-4 and nearly already under water with 11 games remaining.

Will the team bounce back, or will this most recent success be nothing more than a flash in the pan? Only time will tell...

Be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black and gold as they prepare for the Seahawks.

How to watch Steelers vs. Seahawks: Time, TV Schedule, and game information

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 10/17/2021 - 6:00am
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All the information needed to watch, listen, or follow the Steelers game on Sunday against Seattle.

The 2021 regular season is chugging on. The Pittsburgh Steelers find themselves coming off of a win for only the second time this season, and perhaps a new kind of streak can begin. As they head into their bye week, the Steelers are once again to Heinz Field for their first prime time game this season.

Will the Steelers defense be able to confuse Geno Smith in his first start since 2017? Can the offense put together two solid weeks in a row? Will the Steelers get some much needed momentum going into their bye?

This Sunday will hopefully answer all these questions as the Steelers look to get their 2021 season back on track. Make sure you get all the information you need below so you can enjoy the Week 6 showdown:

Week 6:

Game: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Seattle Seahawks

Date: Sunday, October 17th

Kickoff: 8:20 P.M. ET

Venue: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA

Weather: Live weather update

TV Channel: Broadcast nationally on NBC with Mike Tirico and Chris Collinsworh as commentators and Michele Tafoya as the sideline reporter. (If you want to know the availability of other games on Sunday, check the national broadcast map to see what game is on in your area.)

Online: NFL.com Game Pass offers live games for international viewers and replays of every game upon conclusion with a paid subscription. A subscription to NFL Sunday Ticket does not gives access to stream games that are nationally televised. fuboTV also allows you to stream NFL games online with a subscription. NFL Game Center will update the action on a play-by-play basis. The game is also available on the Yahoo! Sports App in most areas.

Radio: Steeler Nation Radio with Bill Hillgrove, Craig Wolfley, and Max Starks. The broadcast will be live on WDVE 102.5 FM and WBGG 970 AM in the Pittsburgh area or check the list of Steelers Radio Affiliates. Viewers can listen anywhere in the world online via Steelers.com, but the Steelers Official Mobile App does have geographical restrictions. The Steelers broadcast is also available on Westwood One radio, XM Radio on channel 225, and Sirius Radio on channel 211.

You can also follow Behind the Steel Curtain on Twitter or in the game thread article to catch all of the highlights. Be sure to check back with BTSC after the game for our post-match roundup, and subscribe to BTSC Steelers Radio on YouTube to catch The Steelers Post Game Show.

Podcast: Steelers continue to try and find their sea legs vs. the Seahawks on SNF

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 10/17/2021 - 5:30am

There is plenty to discuss on the latest episode of the popular podcast Steelers Friday Night Six Pack w/ Tony.

The Steelers are looking to continue their winning ways against the Seahawks on Sunday Night Football. Is the fervor and excitement for football back to a black and gold intensity in the Steel City? Hear all of that and more on this edition of Steelers Friday Night Six Pack! Join Tony Defeo on those those subjects, engaging in Pittsburgh pro football talk, answering your questions and much, much more.

Check out the rundown of the show below, and be sure to comment what you think in the comment section.

  • Steelers News and Notes
  • Steelers Q&A
  • and MUCH MORE!

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Saturday Night Open Thread: The Long Run

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sat, 10/16/2021 - 6:00pm
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Come and join this merry band of Steelers’ faithful for some lively debate about our Steelers, good food and the merits of the odd cold beverage.

I can’t tell you why but Mrs. Canuck and the oldest child are off to celebrate another life milestone. As I write this they are standing in front of Niagara Falls, smack dab In the city. However, this also means that the boy and I get to eat whatever we want as Mrs. Canuck has certain dietary “likes” that are not shared by the rest of the household. There will be no heartache here tonight!

Tonight I am trying wings in the air fryer and tomorrow it’s shake n’ bake style pork chop. If life were fair, 300lbs would be a perfectly healthy weight, sigh...

On to the questions...

  1. So now that the Steelers have shown the potential to actually run the ball, do we get Najee his second 100+ yard game? Give us your thoughts as to why or why not. Oh, and regarding the long run, what distance will he cover?
  2. Based on question No. 1, given that we are looking to continue running the ball and that hopefully the Steelers get up early, who ends the day with more throwing yards, Ben or Geno/Seattle? Again, please explain.
  3. Last week, we saw several more teams use the ‘prevent defense’ to almost lose their games. What are your thoughts on this type of defense?
  4. We all know DK Metcalf is a mismatch nightmare for opposing defenses. Outside of using my father’s defense for Tony Dorsett, “Break that man’s legs”, we likely aren’t going to completely stop him. What will his stat line be and can our DB’s safely assume that Geno will try to rely on DK a bit too much and will they have multiple opportunities for an interception?
  5. With JuJu now gone for the season what are his chances of wearing a Steelers uniform next season?

Steelers activate Zach Banner, place JuJu Smith-Schuster on IR

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sat, 10/16/2021 - 3:02pm
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Banner officially joins the Steelers 53-man roster from the Reserve/Injured List.

In the roster move many Steelers fans were expecting to come soon, offensive tackle Zach Banner has been activated from the Reserve/Injured List to the Steelers 53-man roster. In order to make room for Banner, the Steelers have officially placed wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster on Injured Reserve.

We have placed WR JuJu Smith-Schuster on the Reserve/Injured List and activated OT Zach Banner off the Reserve/Injured Designated for Return List to replace Smith-Schuster on the 53-man roster. @BordasLaw https://t.co/CSGYH1pqAq

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) October 16, 2021

It’s still not clear exactly where Zach Banner will fit into the Steelers offensive line. While the return of Banner could jolt a spark in this young group, it is not that Banner comes in with overwhelming experience. Starting only two career games, one of which was at tackle, Banner was injured in Week 1 of the 2020 season after winning the starting right tackle job.

Regardless of his playing time, Zach Banner has been called the vocal leader of the position group even while he has been on the Reserve/Injured List. Hosting weekly meals at his house for the offensive linemen, Banner has even been seen in abundance on the sidelines during Steelers games encouraging his teammates.

As for JuJu Smith-Schuster, he underwent shoulder surgery this week which will keep him on the sidelines for what is expected to be the rest of the season. While the rules do not prohibit Smith-Schuster from joining the Steelers at some point later in the season, expecting his return in black and gold in 2021 is highly unlikely.

In five games this season, Smith-Schuster had 15 receptions on 28 targets for 129 yards. Despite not finding the end zone on a reception, Smith-Schuster did have a rushing touchdown in Week 2 against the Las Vegas Raiders.

A free agent following the 2021 season, it’s uncertain whether or not Smith-Schuster will ever put on a Steelers uniform again. With 26 career receiving touchdowns and nearly 4,000 yards in his five seasons, Smith-Schuster had a Pro Bowl selection in 2018.

Stay tuned to Behind The Steel Curtain for breaking news, player updates, and all things Pittsburgh Steelers as they prepare to take on the Seattle Seahawks Sunday night at Heinz Field.

Have a BAD Week: A look back at the Steelers week from a black-and-gold mind

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sat, 10/16/2021 - 2:00pm
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BTSC’s random thought renegade is back with his bizarre look at the Steelers week that was.

BTSC continues their recap of the past week’s events for our readers. But where they went wrong was asking the one narcissistic writer that would put a bizarre spin on it to do it. So let’s all take a look at a BAD week in the Burgh together.

Sunday 10/10
  • Good news as the Steelers won again finally since the opener against Buffalo nearly a month earlier. The entire team seemed to make strides in the victory and Najee Harris performed his first 100-yard rushing game. However, the Steelers suffered the loss of JuJu Smith-Schuster in the game. So, there’s some bittersweet-ness involved. It’s like finding out you get unlimited Beef ‘N Cheddars for the rest of the year, but no Arby’s Sauce.

Steelers snap losing streak, beat Broncos 27-19. https://t.co/OiKU7TzT3h

— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) October 10, 2021 Monday 10/11
  • So JuJu was confirmed to need shoulder surgery and (even though sources disputed each other on the fine details) lost for the season.
  • So the Jacksonville Jaguars got burned by the Burgh again. All set to sign Anthony Miller, the Jags suffered deja vu from earlier in the year when Tyson Alualu decided not to go through with his verbal agreement to sign with the moribund franchise. This time around, Anthony Miller accepted an invitation to Pittsburgh for a workout due to the pending vacancy created by the JuJu injury, despite exclaiming “Duval” on social media. It seemed Insta-official when the former second rounder of the Bears posted only a black and gold set of hearts on the social media website. In related news, my 12-year old daughter posted those same two hearts on Instagram. So either she’s signing with the Steelers as well or she’s expressing her crush for John B. from Outer Banks.

Anthony Miller (@AnthonyMiller_3) just posted this on IG. Following JuJu’s injury, Miller is set to visit the team and take a physical. All things go well and we will have an addition to the WR room. #HereWeGo pic.twitter.com/I6dr4YQKXm

— Around The 412 (@AroundThe412) October 11, 2021
  • I’m usually wrong when it comes to a lot of things, but I’ve well-documented my disdain for Jon Gruden over the years. I hate being right here, I hate that there’s so much hate in the world and Gruden’s discovered emails further confirm this disgusting truth.

Source: Jon Gruden just informed his staff that he plans to resign as #Raiders coach.

— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 12, 2021 Tuesday 10/12
  • Practice squad players, CB Mark Gilbert and OL Rashaad Coward, were poached from the Steelers Practice Squad by the Detroit Lions and Jacksonville Jaguars respectively. Losing Gilbert stinks, but I guess the local kid wasn’t ready for Prime Time. As for Coward, Duvall... looks like we’re even.
  • The Anthony Miller signing is official. Eli Ankou, we hardly knew you.

We have released NT Eli Ankou from the practice squad and signed WR Anthony Miller and DT Isaiah Mack to the practice squad.

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) October 12, 2021 Wednesday 10/13
  • The Steelers signed former Miami and Seattle CB Linden Stephens to the PS. What’s this , like 17 corners now in the organization. I have less packets in my emergency condiment drawer than it seems like Pittsburgh has defensive backs.
  • Sean Davis is employed again, this time with the Evil Empire up North after signing on to the Patriots’ Practice Squad. Don’t worry, the former second rounder from Maryland will probably end up back in black and gold again.

The #Patriots signed DB Sean Davis to their practice squad, source said. The former 2nd round pick for the #Steelers worked out yesterday in New England.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 13, 2021 Thursday 10/14
  • A most-encouraging injury report for the Steelers will be even more favorable on Friday with Chase Claypool and James Washington seemingly ready to go. But the Ahkello Witherspoon situation is ponderous. That experiment may be ending soon. Getting the “DNP-Coaches Decision” designation is damning. I don’t really know what’s going on with the recent arrival via trade for the Steelers, but I’m having flashbacks from when I was issued a similar designation from the starter wife... DNP/WSWOD-Wife’s Decision in 2003. That stands for “Did Not Participate/Wife Sleeping With Other Dudes”.

James Washington (groin) and Chase Claypool (hamstring) both limited again today.

Interesting addition is Ahkello Witherspoon not practicing with a coaches decision designation. He hasn’t been active much since the Steelers traded for him earlier this season. pic.twitter.com/XpmRy94scp

— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) October 14, 2021 Friday 10/15
  • Seattle QB Russell Wilson and RB Chris Carson have been ruled out for the Sunday Night Football contest against the Steelers. Don’t get too comfortable Steelers. If you don’t remember, BTSC’s Geoffrey Benedict reminded us with this second degree murderers row of backup QBs that stunned the Steelers this decade.

Matt Cassel Vikings 2013

Mike Glennon Bucs 2014

Michael Vick Jets 2014

Ryan Mallett Ravens 2015

Mike Glennon Bears 2017

RGIII Ravens 2019

Ryan Finley Bengals 2020

  • Jerry O is a class guy and a long-time member as a player and coach for the Steelers. If I can speak for BTSC and Steelers Nation, our hearts ache for the Olsavsky family. Rest in Peace, Rayme.

This was the significant week that was for the Steelers, mixed-in with my black-and-gold loving life. I’m sure next week will be full of Steelers happenings as well, so we’ll have to do this again. Have a great week, but better yet have a BAD one.

If you want to take a deeper dive into this, join BTSC for the Have A BAD Week podcast on the player below.

Matt Canada explains why replacing JuJu Smith-Schuster’s production is a weekly challenge

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sat, 10/16/2021 - 12:30pm
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The Pittsburgh Steelers have to replace JuJu Smith-Schuster, and it won’t be just one player taking on that responsibility.

As the Pittsburgh Steelers prepare for the Seattle Seahawks in Week 6 on Sunday Night Football, the offense is faced with another challenge. No, not Jamal Adams, but trying to figure out what they will do without JuJu Smith-Schuster in the lineup.

It is a well-known fact Smith-Schuster hasn’t had his best statistical season of his career, but don’t confuse that with not being a huge part of the team’s offense. Thursday offensive coordinator Matt Canada spoke about the Steelers’ offense heading into Sunday’s game, but also about all that Smith-Schuster does to help the offense.

“My feelings for JuJu are so off the charts, and they have been because we need somebody to block, he says, “I’ll do it.” We need somebody to do it, he says, “I’ll do it.” It would be unfair to compare anybody else because it would sound like it was a negative about somebody else.” Canada said about the veteran receiver. “We’ve got guys that can do certain things. We’ve got to find who can do that. Trust and all those things. The years with him and Ben [Roethlisberger] that come over time, we’ve got to work to find that.”

The million dollar question for Steelers fans everywhere has been wondering who will take Smith-Schuster’s reps in the slot, as well as who will get his targets moving forward. Canada was quick to suggest the Steelers won’t be replacing Smith-Schuster.

“We’re not going to replace him at all. What he brings to our team and the intangibles he has—I’ve talked about him before— it’s a huge loss to us, non-football-wise to me: everything he does, everything he is, how hard he plays. As far as his catches and those things, we’ll spread those out throughout personnel sets, throughout game plans over the course of the season. We’ll just see how that goes.”

After that answer Canada was pressed about who might line up in the slot. Will it be Chase Claypool? James Washington? Diontae Johnson? Tight ends or running backs? According to Canada, every game is different.

“Every game’s a little bit different. It’s all about matchups, which is nothing new.” Canada said. “You guys all know that in football at any level and certainly at this level. However, we get to that, we’ll try to find it.”

The Steelers have two tight ends in Pat Freiermuth and Eric Ebron who are certainly capable of catching the football, and when you throw in Zach Gentry as a blocking tight end, the possibilities are endless.

“Two tight ends are certainly effective.” Canada said about the offensive approach. “It could happen based on who we play, based on what we’re trying to do, and based on JuJu being out. I think our tight ends have come along.

“[Zach] Gentry, obviously, has improved. Had a nice catch, had a nice play. Everybody wants the ball more; everybody wants to be more involved. That’s part of what happens when you have as much talent as we have on the edge. Pat [Freiermuth]’s coming on, doing a great job. [Eric] Ebron’s a guy that’s done a lot where he’s been and here in the past. We’ll continue to try to use everybody the best way we can, but all that matters is winning. We’ve got a really good offensive staff who work really hard each week to come up with what we think’s gonna do the best job. That’s what we’re trying to do.”

Speaking specifically of Gentry, a player who completely rebuilt himself, figuratively and literally, he has become an important part of the Steelers’ offense in many ways.

“Well, I think he’s a big guy who can block. We think he can also be a threat in the passing game. You saw what he did when he got down the field, so we’re obviously using his skill set and trying to create matchups with all our guys in different roles. I think he’s improved. I think he’s a guy that’s put a lot of time in here long before I came around, and you can see what that work has done.” Canada added.

The Steelers will have to get creative to help cushion the blow of not having Smith-Schuster, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be impossible. In fact, keeping their plans under wraps is the best approach for Canada and his crew. Will the results pay off? Will the Steelers miss Smith-Schuster to the point where it is a detriment to the offense?

That will be evident in Week 6 when the Seahawks come to Heinz Field, so be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the Steelers as they prepare for the upcoming matchup with the NFC West foe.

College Gameday: Steelers 2022 Potential NFL Draft Prospects and Open Thread

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sat, 10/16/2021 - 11:05am
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College football is back and so we start the look into the 2022 prospect watch list.

Welcome to Week 7 of the college football season!

There are a couple of unfamiliar faces in the Top 4 of the college football AP poll, and I like it. The Georgia Bulldogs are ranked No. 1 in the country for the first time since 1982. If not mistaken that was the Herschel Walker Heisman campaign. They were ranked No. 1 in the 2008 preseason poll, but were bumped in the rankings after Week 1 despite winning.

Rounding out the Top 4, an impressive defensive football team in the Iowa Hawkeyes #2, a non-Power 5 school Cincinnati Bearcats #3 and an Oklahoma Sooner team hanging around despite juggling quarterbacks are ranked #4. There are still a bunch of football to be played, and even if the rankings stayed as is I still think the CFP committee puts Alabama in over the Bearcats.

There are only a couple of Top 25 matchups this week so I will be highlighting a couple of possible upsets or at least potentially good games. However there is one game that has a Top 11 matchup featuring top ranked Georgia Bulldogs hosting the 11th ranked Kentucky Wildcats. If you believe the game is won or lost in the trenches, then this game is for you. Georgia has the best defense in the nation and it is led upfront by a possible first round Nose Tackle, Jordan Davis. That’s right a nose tackle.

Kentucky boasts a very solid Offensive Line and despite better play last week, I don’t think that position group should be put on the back burner. Darian Kinnard is having a solid season at Right Tackle and is joined by transfer Dare Rosenthal(LT) and Center/Guard Luke Fortner to help continue what has been affectionately known as the Big Blue Wall. They will have their hands full this week, but they will not go quietly.

Kentucky Wildcats #11 at Georgia Bulldogs #1 CBS 3:30pm Kentucky

Darrian Kinnard #70 OT 6’5” 340lbs

Dare Rosenthal #51 OT 6’7” 327lbs

Wan’Dale Robinson #1 WR 5’11” 185lbs - keep your eyes on this play maker

Luke Fortner #79 C/G 6’6” 300lbs

Georgia

Jamaree Slayer #69 OT/OG 6’4” 325lbs

Adam Anderson #19 EDGE 6’5” 230lbs

Jordan Davis #99 IDL 6’5” 330lbs

George Pickens #1 WR 6’3” 200lbs - Injured with an ACL but the conversation needs started about the talented pass catcher.

Ole Miss Rebels #13 at Tennessee Volunteers SEC Network 7:30pm

I have already highlighted the Ole Miss squad but the Volunteers have quietly put together a solid season. Some feel that they should already be ranked but a win against Mississippi more than likely puts them back into the Top 25. I expect an entertaining game with plenty of points being scored.

Tennessee

Cade Mays #68 OT 6’6” 321lbs - versatile offensive lineman versed in a couple of different systems playing at UGA and now Tennessee. If he gets his hands on you he will own you, not great as far as movement but can make pulls. Has the demeanor you want with a lineman. Gets caught with his head over his feet at times, meaning he loses his balance and power.

Trevon Flowers #1 FS 5’11” 200lbs

Matthew Butler #94 IDL 6’3” 290lbs

Alontae Taylor #2 CB 6’ 192lbs - A hard hitting corner with decent intangibles and size. I like his down field play and he is scheme versatile.

Velus Jones Jr. #1 WR - 5’11” 202lbs

Arizona State #18 at Utah ESPN 10pm

Let us know what games you are watching and who you would like to see in the Black and Gold

As always Stay Safe and Go Steelers!

Podcast: 5 reasons the Steelers and Pittsburgh are better than the Seahawks and Emerald City

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sat, 10/16/2021 - 11:00am

Join BTSC’s newest podcast, the Steelers Power Half Hour for weekly Steelers Power Rankings in may a black-and-gold category

Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks are limping into Heinz Field on Sunday Night Football this weekend and some may argue that Pittsburgh is way better than the Emerald City. Welcome to the Steelers Power 1⁄2 Hour. Join BTSC’s Chris Pugh, Joe Frost and Paul Yanchek for weekly power rankings as it pertains to the Pittsburgh Steelers. This time it’s a tongue-in-cheek look at Steelers Week 6 opponent, the Seattle Seahawks.

Check out the rundown of the show:

  • Ranking the reasons that Seattle pales in comparison to the Steel City
  • and MUCH MORE!

Chris, Paul and Joe of BTSC walk you through everything you need to know regarding the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Predicting the Steelers’ inactive list for Week 6 vs. the Seahawks

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sat, 10/16/2021 - 10:00am
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Once again, a roster move on Saturday afternoon could change everything.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are as healthy as can be expected heading into Sunday night’s matchup against the Seattle Seahawks. With the exception of Carlos Davis who will miss his fifth-straight game, all other players not available are because they are either on the Reserve/Injured List, or about to be placed there. Otherwise, no players carry an injury status this week. With the possibility of bringing Zach Banner or Anthony McFarland off of the Reserve/Injured List, there is still the question of when JuJu Smith-Schuster will be placed on IR. These questions make the inactive list for Week 6 mostly certain until the roster changes.

The rules in the 2021 season when it comes to the players active on game day have been carried over from last season. As long as a team has eight offensive lineman who will be dressing for the game, they could have 48 players on their active roster rather than the 46 in previous seasons. If the Steelers elevate any players from their practice squad, their inactive list would increase by the same number of players. Until the Steelers announce an elevation, we will assume it is only five players but will also add more choices in case a player is called up.

Game Status

Out:
WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (shoulder)
DT Carlos Davis (knee)

Here are the possibilities to end up inactive for the Steelers against the Seahawks on Sunday night:

Definitely:

WR JuJu Smith-Schuster- The only question which remains is if Smith-Schuster will still be on the roster for Sunday. Knowing that he had a season-ending surgery this week, the only reason JuJu wasn’t already placed on IR is probably because the Steelers weren’t sure exactly who, or what position, they wanted on the roster in his place. With no other key injuries, anyone else may simply be inactive and the Steelers may just wait another week.

DT Carlos Davis- Different week, same story. At least Davis practiced in a limited capacity every day this week. Perhaps he’s the guy who would have been inactive anyway if all the defensive tackles were available.

Most Likely:

QB Dwayne Haskins- Unless something crazy happens before the game, Haskins will once again be on the sidelines in street clothes.

LB Buddy Johnson- There are just too many inside linebackers on this team to dress them all unless injuries make it otherwise. Therefore, Johnson is out yet again.

CB Ahkello Witherspoon- Especially since missing a day for a coaches decision, does anyone think Witherspoon is going to crack the lineup in place of one of the other cornerbacks? I don’t think it’s going to happen yet, if at all.

Possibly:

OT Joe Haeg- I have to list Haeg here in case Zach Banner is added to the active roster this week. If so, there has got to be another tackle on the list and Haeg is the one who’s not starting.

RB Kalen Ballage- Basically take everything said about Joe Haeg and apply it to Ballage if Anthony McFarland is the player added to the roster. If both Canner and McFarland are added, Bellage may not even be on the roster.

Unlikely:

A New Roster Addition- I don’t understand why the Steelers would bother to make a move, even if it was to put JuJu Smith-Schuster on IR, and then have that player inactive. They’re better off waiting to the bye week if whoever is added doesn’t get a helmet.

Projected Inactive List:
  1. JuJu Smith-Schuster
  2. Carlos Davis
  3. Dwayne Haskins
  4. Buddy Johnson
  5. Ahkello Witherspoon

This is pretty straightforward if the Steelers don’t make a roster move. The only thing that would make things change is if Smith-Schuster goes to IR and another player is added to the roster. We assume it would be Zach Banner or Anthony McFarland, but it could be somebody else. If it is Banner, I believe Joe Haeg goes on the inactive list. If it is McFarland, then I believe it’s Kalen Ballage on the list. If it’s both players, I believe Haeg would be inactive and Ballage would be released. If it’s an entirely different player, then it all depends on what position they play. If it’s nobody, I think you’re looking at the list above as the likely players.

As always, feel free to list your projected inactives in the comments below.

Letting Najee Harris carry the offense is the key to the Steelers’ success

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sat, 10/16/2021 - 9:00am
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Limiting Roethlisberger’s attempts and giving them to Najee is the best way for the offense to reach its potential

Steelers rookie running back, Najee Harris, has quickly proven why the Steelers deemed him worthy of a first round draft selection. The talent is obvious even when the offensive line struggled most early this season. The kid has a litany of moves and some of the best vision I have ever seen from a running back. He also has power unseen from a Steelers running back since Jerome Bettis. His combination of talents make him one of the best backs in the NFL despite his young age.

The Steelers have also appeared to have found the recipe for success for this offense. Against the Denver Broncos the team kept Ben Roethlisberger’s throws to a minimum and dialed up the rushing attack. This hid a lot of Roethlisberger’s flaws in his advanced age, as well as chewed up a lot of the game clock keeping the defense fresh. In the game, the Steelers rushed the ball more than they threw it, and any time they can manage this type of balance this year I would expect them to have won the game. Having 34 total rushes compared to just 25 passes also forced the defense to crowd the box and worry about the run, allowing Roethlisberger to hit open receivers all day long.

The key here is for the Steelers to get into the driver’s seat early in games and not be forced to abandon the rushing attack. Starting games off with touchdowns, like they did the past two weeks, is a major key for this team. Having a lead means the Steelers can play the game they are built to run. Even if the Steelers find themselves in a hole in the first half they cannot allow themselves to get frustrated and start throwing the ball every play. Ben Roethlisberger even played his best game of the year, by far, when his throws were limited. A rating of 120.9 is Roethlisberger’s highest of the year, and he was only averaging a quarterback rating 79 through the other four weeks.

If the Steelers want to win football games, the offense will have to do it differently than how they have in recent years. Getting back to Steelers smash-mouth football means everything to them. They have the back to get the job done, now it just comes down to executing. The Steelers need to put the ball in the hands of their rookie running back and let Najee Harris carry this offense all year long.

But what do you think? Do you agree that the offense now needs to run through Najee Harris? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Fan Rooting Guide: Who to cheer for in other games in Week 6

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sat, 10/16/2021 - 8:00am
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Steelers fans know who to root against week in and week out. They usually know to root against Baltimore, Cleveland and New England. But sometimes, you have to look at the bigger picture—the playoff picture. Here are potential teams to put on your foam finger for.

Each game that the Steelers take the field, it’s about winning and not losing. That doesn’t always occur, but with the goal always being the playoffs... the other games become about seeding and matchups. Even though it’s not the black-and-gold playing and the playoffs still seem unlikely, other contests besides Pittsburgh vs. Seattle still matter to Steelers Nation and we assume the Steelers will start winning more for the sake of this exercise. Here’s a guide to other significant matchups, and whose losses the Steelers would benefit from more.

Here are the current Power Rankings:

  1. Buffalo Bills 4-1 (Last Week: 1 - No change)
  2. Los Angeles Chargers 4-1 (Last Week: 4 - Up 2 spots)
  3. Baltimore Ravens 4-1 (Last Week: 4 - Up 1 spot)
  4. Cleveland Browns 3-2 (Last Week: 3 - Down 1 spot)
  5. Kansas City Chiefs 2-3 (Last Week: 6 - No change)
  6. Cincinnati Bengals 3-2 (Last Week 7: Up 1 spot)
  7. Tennessee Titans 3-2 (Last Week: 9 - Up 2 spots)
  8. Denver Broncos 3-2 (Last Week: 8 - Down 1 spot)
  9. New England Patriots 2-3 (Last Week: 10 - Up 1 spot)
  10. Las Vegas Raiders 3-2 (Last Week: 5 - Down 5 spots)
  11. Pittsburgh Steelers 2-3 (Last Week: 12 - Up 1 spot)
  12. Indianapolis Colts 1-4 (Last Week: 11 - Down 1 spot)
  13. Miami Dolphins 1-4 (Last Week: 13 - No Change)
  14. New York Jets 1-4 (Last Week: 14 - No Change)
  15. Houston Texans 1-4 (Last Week: 15 - No Change )
  16. Jacksonville Jaguars 0-5 (Last Week: 16 - No Change)
WEEK 6

Sunday, Oct. 17

Miami Dolphins at Jacksonville Jaguars (London) - Sunday 9:30 AM (CBS)

Urban Meyer takes his party across the pond and his Jaguars aren’t an A-list event. The Dolphins are a mess as well, but they actually have more upside than their Northern Florida counterparts. With Tua possibly coming back, they could be reemerging. For rooting guide sake, you go against the team that could eventually be the bigger threat to your playoff chances.

Who to root for: Jacksonville Jaguars

Los Angeles Chargers at Baltimore Ravens - Sunday 1 PM (CBS)

Some teams are cursed and some are charmed. The Ratbirds seem to have a horseshoe firmly inserted up the 53 collective rectums. The Chargers are really good and look to be the surprise favorites in the AFC West. The Steelers and the rest of the AFC North need the Ravens to plummet back down to Earth and I frankly want to see that free fall happen in embarrassing fashion at home. If the Chargers are indeed for real, they need to show it this weekend.

Who to root for: Los Angeles Chargers

Cincinnati Bengals at Detroit Lions - Sunday 1 PM (FOX)

Detroit almost helped out the Rooting Guide before but got hosed by the officials and an epic Justin Tucker Field Goal against Baltimore in Motown. Cincinnati is another team that needs to be embarrassed to bust their momentum. It’s not likely to happen, but the Rooting Guide challenges you to will it to happen.

Who to root for: Detroit Lions

Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts - Sunday 1 PM (CBS)

The Colts came close to appeasing the Rooting Guide Gods last week against Baltimore, but could not kick their way out of a paper bag. Rodrigo Blankenship, you have angered the RG powers that be. The struggling Colts are capable of getting it together and could emerge as a threat to the Steelers.

Who to root for: Houston Texans

Kansas City Chiefs at Washington Football Team - Sunday 1 PM (CBS)

Do any of us really think that the Chiefs are done at 2-3? If we have any hope for a Steelers rebound, you have to think that the two-time defending AFC Champs will get it together as well. But for Steelers’ sake, Go Team!

Who to root for: Washington Football Team

Arizona Cardinals at Cleveland Browns - Sunday 4:05 PM (FOX)

Just like the Chargers traveling across country, I worry about the Cardinals doing the same thing. But the fact that it’s a 4:05 PM game helps the birds. The Browns have fire power and look like they can score at will at times. The Cards are 5-0 and the hope is that they can keep it going. Should the Steelers win and the Browns lose, they could be even at 3-3.

Who to root for: Arizona Cardinals

Las Vegas Raiders at Denver Broncos - Sunday 4:25 PM (CBS)

The Raiders were beginning their descent before the Jon Gruden email scandal. The Broncos might not be as good as their 3-0 start either. But the head-to-head loss against Vegas means that the Steelers lose a tiebreaker for postseason admission, so root for Mile High here.

Who to root for: Denver Broncos

Dallas Cowboys at New England Patriots - Sunday 4:25 PM (CBS)

This game is tough for Steelers fans because of their loathing for the Cowboys, but the Pats need to slide deeper down the AFC and remember that you loathe the Massh#&$s even more.

Who to root for: Dallas Cowboys

Buffalo Bills at Tennessee Titans - Monday 8:15 PM (ESPN)

Here’s where the RG gets interesting and goes against typical fan wisdom. The Bills are likely running away with the East. But even though the Titans are the favorites in the South, the Colts could still challenge them. The biggest threat to a playoff spot or seeding could be the Titans. So as much as it stinks to cheer for the circlers of the wagons and Bills Mafia, the Rooting Guide says so.

Who to root for: Buffalo Bills

Who do you like in these games for yinzer’s sake? Let us know in the comment section in this article or on BTSC social media. If you want more explanation to these picks check out the new Rooting Guide podcast below:

Steelers 2022 NFL Draft Stock Report: Projected No. 1 QB gets benched

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sat, 10/16/2021 - 7:00am
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Breaking down which NFL Draft prospects improved, or worsened, their stock during Week 6 of college football, and determining which players could make sense for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

After witnessing some of the craziest games of the college football season last weekend, the NFL Draft landscape is becoming clearer. Which standouts from last week’s college football games helped themselves the most when it comes to their draft projection? You are about to find out.

During the college football season, I will have weekly “stock reports,” breaking down everything that transpired in the previous week of college action. We will look at players at any position that either helped or hurt their stock based upon that week’s performance, but we will give a more extensive look at players that play a position the Steelers will be in need of next offseason. Those positions may fluctuate as the Steelers’ 2021 season unfolds and we learn more about what this team truly needs to address in the offseason.

As it stands right now, cornerback, safety, guard, wide receiver, and quarterback seem to be the most likely needs. Thus, a noteworthy performance by a player at one of those positions is more likely to be recognized in these articles than an impressive showing by a player at a position the Steelers are already loaded at.

Here are the highest of highs and lowest of lows from the sixth full week of college action.

Stock Up Jaquan Brisker / S / Penn State

Brisker has been making plays on a weekly basis for the Nittany Lions, but his performance this past week against a top-five team will make scouts take him more seriously. In Penn State’s 23-20 loss to Iowa, Brisker added 9 tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss, and 1 pass defended to his season totals. Known for his physicality against the run, Brisker brings a nice combination of size and toughness to the defense, and while he may not be a finished product in coverage, he has made impressive strides in that area of his game. Brisker may very well be one of the top five safeties in next year’s draft and could go inside the top fifty picks.

Jarrett Patterson / OL / Notre Dame

The Irish were ever so close to falling to Virginia Tech on Saturday, but the stellar play of the offensive line allowed Jack Coan to make enough plays to lead Notre Dame to a comeback victory. Patterson is one of the best centers in all of college football, and his on-field play is only confirming it before our very eyes. I love Patterson’s lateral mobility and consistent pad level, as these traits make him one of the most consistent run blockers in the nation. I have also been surprised by the amount of physicality he plays with. The man loves football and always has a team-first mindset, as evidenced by the effort he shows on a weekly basis. Tyler Linderbaum is still my top center in the 2022 class, but Patterson is closing the gap.

Jack Jones / CB / Arizona State

In case you were not aware, Jones was a five-star athlete coming out of high school who had committed to USC. After a breakout 2017 season, Jones’ was declared ineligible to participate in football for academic reasons. It did not end there, however. During the summer of 2018, Jones was arrested for burglary, and his football career was in jeopardy. To make a long story short, Jones transferred to Arizona State, got his life into some sort of order, and actually made the Dean’s List for the 2020 spring semester. He has matured greatly during his time at Arizona State, and he is now in the process of regaining his footage as a draft prospect.

Jones definitely helped his cause against Stanford last Saturday, accumulating four solo tackles, two passes defended, and one interception. There is no denying Jones’ talent, and the production was there in both 2017 and 2019. The biggest issue with him was all the drama off the field, and hopefully those issues are in the rearview mirror. It will be interesting to see how high his stock can rise before draft time.

Others who improved their stock

Grayson McCall / QB / Coastal Carolina (18-23, 365 YDS, 4 TD)
Drake London / WR / USC (16 REC, 162 YDS, 1 TD)
Isaiah Likely / TE / Coastal Carolina (8 REC, 232 YDS, 4 TD)
Jesse Luketa / EDGE / Penn State (5 TCKL, 2.5 TFL, 2 QB HUR)
Demani Richardson / S / Texas A&M (7 TCKL, 0.5 TFL, 1 INT)
B.J. Foster / S / Texas (8 TCKL, 1 TFL, 1 INT)

Stock Down Spencer Rattler / QB / Oklahoma

Rattler was one of the Heisman favorites and consensus number one quarterback in the 2022 NFL Draft, but two months later, he could not be any further from that. While Rattler has shown a few flashes this season, he has failed to consistently play mistake-free football. Oklahoma came out of the Red River Showdown victorious, but it did not look optimistic for the Sooners early on. In fact, it looked bad enough for Lincoln Riley to bench Spencer Rattler in favor of freshman Caleb Williams.

The decision turned out to be a good one, as the play of Williams rejuvenated the offense and led Oklahoma to a 55-48 win over Texas. It will be interesting to see how their quarterback situation plays out in the coming weeks, but no matter what happens, Rattler has gone from the potential number one pick in the draft to a guy who may need to enter the transfer portal and hold off on the draft until 2023.

Malik Willis / QB / Liberty

Just one week after I was saying how Willis had made improvements as a passer, he showed us why he is not a lock to be the first quarterback off the board. Willis’ stock had been trending up the entire season, but this past week’s game against Middle Tennessee State was one of the worst of Willis’ career, as he completed 17 of 30 passes for 222 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions. Liberty still won in blowout fashion, but Willis made several key mistakes, exposing some areas that he is still raw in.

One concerning, but fixable, issue with Willis is his struggle to eye off the safety. I feel as if he looks his receivers down too long and gives the safeties too many opportunities to close in on the receiver and make a play on the ball. If he can be more unpredictable as a passer and get through his progressions quicker, he is going to be a special prospect. This game will bring his stock back down to earth, but keep very close tabs on Willis despite this poor performance.

C.J. Verdell / RB / Oregon

Verdell had enjoyed a solid start to the 2021 season, including a 160 yard game against Ohio State. Unfortunately, Verdell will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a leg injury against Stanford last week. Verdell was working his way toward becoming a potential day two pick at one point, but this injury likely drops him to late day three.

For an in-depth look at the biggest games and most notable prospects in action this weekend, check out Pittsblitz56’s College Game Day article, which can be seen each Saturday right here on BTSC.

Which prospects caught your eye this past week? Could any of them be in play for the Steelers? Be sure to light up the comment section with your thoughts on this and all things NFL Draft!

I’m so thankful the Ravens didn’t break the Steelers NFL team rushing record

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sat, 10/16/2021 - 6:00am
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The Ravens tried their best, but they couldn’t break the Steelers record of 43-straight games with 100 rushing yards or more. For that, I’m truly grateful.

I was just as incensed as Denver’s head coach, Vic Fangio, as I watched the tail-end of the Ravens’ rather easy victory over the Broncos in Week 4.

The reason for my anger had to do with Ravens head coach John Harbaugh’s brazen attempt to continue his team’s streak of games with 100 rushing yards or more. Despite having the contest in hand at 23-7 with just three seconds left, Harbaugh called a running play for his quarterback, Lamar Jackson, who scampered for five yards as time ran out to put his team over the 100-yard mark for the 43rd straight game.

So why was I so angry at Harbaugh? Did I think he was being disrespectful to a defeated opponent? Yes, but I didn’t really care about that so much. No, my anger had to do with Harbaugh doing everything in his power to tie a record that had belonged to my Pittsburgh Steelers for 44 years.

That’s right, the Steelers were the team that had solely owned the record for consecutive games with 100 rushing yards or more at 43 straight, a streak that began in 1974 and ended in 1977.

I was just a little boy in 1977 and don’t know this for sure, but I’m guessing the Steelers’ 43rd-straight 100-yard rushing performance was achieved with honor and glory. It wasn’t contrived. It wasn’t convoluted. Only a Ratbird head coach would do what Harbaugh did to tie Pittsburgh, an organization that’s obviously living rent-free in his head.

But the more I thought about it, the more I agreed with Harbaugh’s decision. After all, that team rushing streak is a sacred one in the NFL, held in the same esteem as Emmitt Smith’s all-time rushing mark or Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record. Heck, it’s up there with Barry Bond’s (or Hank Aaron’s) all-time home run record.

Why wouldn’t Harbaugh want his team to tie and then break that streak? Heck, if I were him at the end of that game in Denver, I would have told Lamar to do whatever he had to do to get to 100 yards. A naked bootleg? Taking on multiple Broncos’ defenders? Not running out of bounds? Not sliding? Whatever it took to get the job done.

Harbaugh knew how much Steelers fans and Pittsburgh sports fans clung to that team rushing yards streak. We put it in the same class as Bill Mazeroski’s home run in Game 7 of the 1960 World Series. Old-timers remember where they were the moment the 43rd consecutive 100-rushing yards game was secured just like they talk about where they were during the Immaculate Reception. The time Mario Lemieux scored five goals in five different ways in the same game? The rushing-yards streak is on par with that to us yinzers.

Heck, we are as much in love with that rushing streak as we are the Steelers' six Super Bowls and Antonio Brown’s five catches for 55 yards thing.

And this is why I was so thankful when the Ravens were prevented from breaking the mark in their 31-25 come-from-behind overtime win over the Colts on Monday Night Football.

I don’t have a whole lot going for me at the moment. I’m 49 and still searching for my next career move. I’m single. I have thinning hair. I live in a one-bedroom apartment. I have Netflix and Paramount Plus but not Amazon Prime or Apple.

The Steelers' 100-yards rushing streak has been keeping me going through everything.

The Ravens tried their best to take that from me, from us, but they just couldn’t do it.

The Steelers may no longer be alone at the top of the 100-yards-rushing-as-a-team-streak mountain, but they haven’t been pushed off.

Nice try, Harbaugh, but not nice enough.

Podcast: Steelers searching for Even Steven against the visiting Seahawks

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sat, 10/16/2021 - 5:30am

Get ready for the Steelers’ home opener against Las Vegas with pregame analysis from BTSC’s Bryan Anthony Davis and K.T. Smith

The Steelers are looking to even their record at 3-3 and the wounded Seahawks stand in there way. Join Bryan Anthony Davis and Kevin Smith for Here We Go, the Steelers Pregame Show. The BTSC duo break down the contest like no one else does to get you ready for the game.

Check out the rundown of the show:

  • News and Notes
  • Steelers vs. Seattle league rankings
  • Seahawks players to watch
  • Keys to a Steelers victory
  • Predictions

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Friday Night Steelers Six Pack of questions and open thread: Week 6 Edition

Behind the Steel Curtain - Fri, 10/15/2021 - 5:45pm
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There is always something to talk about when it comes to the black-and-gold!

It’s Friday again, so it’s time for the six pack of questions. It seems as if Jeff and Dave come to a consensus in cutting to the chase...

This week, I, Jeff, will be tasked with the questions up for discussion.

The rules are still the same...

Quick rundown of the ground rules.

  • I’ll ask at least four questions strictly related to the Steelers.
  • The rest of the questions could be about anything.
  • Be respectful.
  • Have fun talking about the Black-and-gold.

Procedural Note: Since the title feature has gone away, please feel free to leave your usual title as the first line of your response and even bold it if you can for the ease of others.

So here we go! With the formalities out of the way, it’s time to jump on in. Hopefully this party is exactly what you’re looking for on a Friday night. Here goes:

1. I think we all know it is a matter of when, not if, Zach Banner returns. I also think we can all assume when Banner returns the team will insert him at right tackle. The question is, who do you play at left tackle? Keep the rookie Dan Moore Jr. there, or move Chuks Okorafor to the position he was slated to hold before the season started?

2. Sticking with Injured Reserve (IR) players, when Anthony McFarland returns to the lineup, who do you think will be leaving the roster, it doesn’t have to be a running back.

3. The Steelers are 0-1 in AFC North action with five games remaining. If you were to predict their division record for the season, what will it be?

4. With JuJu Smith-Schuster being out for the season, who do you think will see more snaps in the slot moving forward?

Diontae Johnson
Chase Claypool
James Washington
Ray-Ray McCloud
Pat Freiermuth
Eric Ebron

5. There are still a large contingent of the Steelers fan base who hate the fact Roethlisberger rests every Wednesday. Which side of the fence do you stand on? Ben should practice every day, or give the veteran some rest?

6. The NHL and NBA seasons have started, which gives fans of multiple sports plenty to watch. Is there another team in another sport you have a similar passion for, like you do for the Steelers? If so, who/what is it?

Stay safe out there!

And it wouldn’t be a Friday night unless we said...

HERE WE GO STEELERS!

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Steelers Injury Report: Steelers are nearly at full strength for Sunday’s game

Behind the Steel Curtain - Fri, 10/15/2021 - 2:55pm
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Only Carlos Davis and JuJu Smith-Schuster, who still remains on the roster at this time, are out for Sunday.

The Pittsburgh Steelers finished their preparation to take on Seattle Seahawks on Sunday night and look to have just about every player they expected to be available. In the final injury report of the week courtesy of the Steelers PR department, two players have been ruled out for Sunday while no others carry an injury status.

Steelers PR Department

A name that is still on the Steelers injury list because he has yet to be placed on Injured Reserve is JuJu Smith-Schuster. Until he officially gets put on the Reserved/Injured List, which is likely to occur when the Steelers have a specific player they want to put on the roster, Smith-Schuster will continue to appear on the injury report and has threrefore been designated as out for Sunday’s game.

The other player who is out on Sunday due to injury is defensive tackle Carlos Davis. After missing four-straight games, Davis was able to practice in a limited capacity with his knee injury each day this week. Even though he has been back on the practice field, Davis has been ruled out Sunday night.

While some thought it was news that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger did not practice on Wednesday, it was merely his scheduled day off. As expected, Roethlisberger returned as a full participant while being listed as having a pectoral/hip injury and carries no injury status for Sunday.

Devin Bush left Sunday’s game with a groin injury. It was not reported if it was a really aggravation of his previous injury or a new issue. Regardless, the good news is Bush was a full participant in practice every day this week and has no injury status for Week 6.

Two key players who missed Sunday’s game due to injury were James Washington and Cam Sutton both with groin injuries. Hoping to get back on the field this Sunday, Sutton was a full participant in practice all week while Washington was limited the first two days while being full on Friday. Neither player has an injury designation for Sunday.

What may have been a little bit of a surprise was Chase Claypool being limited to start the week on both Tednesday and Thursday with his hamstring injury. Fortunately, Claypool was a full participant on Friday and is good to go on Sunday.

Much like last week, Cameron Heyward showed up on the injury report as a limited participant with a neck injury. Much like Melvin Ingram IIII and Trai Turner, who were given the day off on Wednesday, they all returned to practice as a full participant on Thursday. With all players being fine on Friday, none of them have an injury status for Sunday.

A new player added to the injury list on Thursday was Ahkillo Witherspoon who was listed as not practicing due to a coach’s decision. By having this designation rather than “not injury related” could mean that Witherspoon had some sort of absence excused by the team. Regardless of the reason, Witherspoon was back on Friday and has no designation for Sunday’s game, although whether or not he gets a helmet on game day remains to be seen.

As for the Seahawks’ injury report, you can see the names below when available.

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