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When T.J. Watt left the game with a 'minor' injury, backup James Harrison stayed on the sidelines

post-gazette.com - Steelers/NFL - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 5:42pm

Rookie outside linebacker T.J. Watt sustained a groin injury in the first half of the Steelers’ 26-9 victory against the Vikings and did not return. Watt said afterward he does not believe it is a serious injury, but would know more after additional testing is done Monday.

Steelers improve to 2-0 with win over Vikings

Steelers.com News - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 5:30pm
The Steelers defeated the Vikings, 26-9, in their season-opener.

Steelers Report Card: Steelers 26, Vikings 9

post-gazette.com - Steelers/NFL - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 5:15pm

Quarterback: Ben Roethlisberger spent the first half attacking deep, and not with a lot of success, though he did connect with Martavis Bryant on a 27-yard touchdown. But after going 9 for 18 for 81 yards before halftime, he scaled it back in the second half and completed 14 of his next 15 passes for 162 yards. One of those, though, was a 51-yarder to Bryant on a free play to set up a field goal. Grade: B

HIGHLIGHTS: Steelers vs. Vikings Week 2

Steelers.com Videos - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 5:00pm
Check out highlights from the Week 2 matchup between the Steelers and Vikings.

Around the Locker Room - vs. Vikings

Steelers.com Videos - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 4:57pm
Go around the Steelers' locker room following their win over the Vikings.

Around the Locker Room - vs. Vikings

Steelers.com Videos - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 4:57pm
Go around the Steelers' locker room following their win over the Vikings.

Heyward is Digest Player of the Week

Steelers.com News - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 4:56pm
On a day when the heat took a toll on the bigger players, Cam Heyward rarely came off the field.

Heyward: 'We're going to be even better'

Steelers.com Videos - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 4:55pm
Cameron Heyward is the Steelers Digest Player of the Week.

Heyward: 'We're going to be even better'

Steelers.com Videos - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 4:55pm
Cameron Heyward is the Steelers Digest Player of the Week.

On emotional day, Steelers give game ball to Art Rooney II in memory of his late father

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 4:50pm

The Pittsburgh Steelers did more than just play a football game Sunday, they remembered the patriarch of their franchise.

For the team and their fans, Sunday was an emotional day for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Before the game the team showed a touching tribute for the late Mr. Dan Rooney on the jumbotron, and the entire fan base had a heavy heart considering it was the first regular season game at Heinz Field where Dan Rooney wasn’t a part of it in some way.

With that said, after the 26-9 win over the Minnesota Vikings, the team gave the game ball to Art Rooney II, who will give the football to his mother, the late Mr. Rooney’s wife.

Game ball given to Art Rooney II who will give it to his Mother in honor of the late Dan Rooney.. #DMR

— Bob Pompeani (@KDPomp) September 17, 2017

Such a classy move has become commonplace within the organization, but it just goes to show how things are done in Pittsburgh are not the norm around the NFL.

Although the team win was a great way to honor Rooney, there would be no better way for the organization to pay him tribute than winning a seventh Super Bowl this year, and the team is off to a good start. At 2-0, and looking like a contender in the AFC, the Steelers won’t forget who they are playing for every time they put on their jersey and see that ‘DMR’ patch on their upper right chest.

Several players spoke about the loss of Rooney, and their continues to be a hole in the organization which will likely never be filled simply based on just how influential Rooney was not just to the Steelers, but the city of Pittsburgh and the entire NFL.

Crazy not to have Pop Rooney come around and shake hands after a great win. Rip DMR

— Vincenzo Williams (@VinnyVidiVici98) September 17, 2017

At least for a day, the Steelers gave Mr. Rooney exactly what he would have wanted. A suffocating defensive performance in a big Week 2 win.

If you missed the tribute to Mr. Dan Rooney, you can view it HERE.

Roethlisberger: 'We did what we had to do'

Steelers.com Videos - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 4:49pm
Ben Roethlisberger talked after the Steelers' 26-9 win over the Vikings.

Roethlisberger: 'We did what we had to do'

Steelers.com Videos - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 4:49pm
Ben Roethlisberger talked after the Steelers' 26-9 win over the Vikings.

Tomlin recaps victory over the Vikings

Steelers.com Videos - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 4:33pm
Coach Mike Tomlin spoke after the Steelers defeated the Vikings 26-9.

Tomlin recaps victory over the Vikings

Steelers.com Videos - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 4:33pm
Coach Mike Tomlin spoke after the Steelers defeated the Vikings 26-9.

Steelers improve to 2-0 with win over Vikings

Steelers.com News - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 4:30pm
The Steelers defeated the Vikings, 26-9, in their season-opener.

HIGHLIGHTS: Steelers vs. Vikings Week 2

Steelers.com Videos - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 4:28pm
Check out highlights from the Week 2 matchup between the Steelers and Vikings.

Steelers vs. Vikings Week 2: 5 Winners and 3 Losers after the Steelers 26-9 win over the Vikings

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 4:27pm

The Pittsburgh Steelers are now 2-0 after their Week 2 win over the Minnesota Vikings. Time to take a look at who were ‘Winners’, and who were ‘Losers’.

After a game there are players who impress, and some who disappoint. This is where our weekly “Winners and Losers” column was born. Sometimes being labeled a loser is a bit harsh, but ultimately there are players every game who simply aren’t up to “the standard”.

Time to diagnose who falls into which category for the Pittsburgh Steelers after the team’s Week 2 game against the Minnesota Vikings.

WINNERS

Martavis Bryant

You can’t expect Bryant to step onto the field and be the dynamic force he was in 2015, but Sunday’s performance was as close to that player as we’ve seen since his return. Bryant was able to get vertical to make big plays, draw pass interference calls, but also make some catches in traffic. Great to see Bryant show up in a big way on a day the Steelers needed every one of them.

Mike Hilton

I can’t say how awesome it is to see Hilton not just playing, but playing well. From training camp, and preseason, phenom to a regular on the Steelers’ defense, Hilton led the team with 9 tackles, 6 solo, and one quarterback hit. Hilton, who played his college football with Senquez Golson, looks like he is doing all the things his former teammate was supposed to do.

Cameron Heyward

Heyward is back, and if you didn’t see his stellar play last week, you had to notice Sunday as Heyward essentially took residence in the Minnesota backfield. Heyward finished with six tackles, one for a loss, and a quarterback hit, but those statistics don’t show just how awesome he was vs. the Vikings.

JuJu Smith-Schuster

It isn’t always pretty with JuJu Smith-Schuster, but his first NFL catch was a touchdown on a shovel pass screen from Ben Roethlisberger. If that wasn’t enough to earn him a spot on the Winners list, the Hines Ward-esque block he had to spring Le’Veon Bell certainly was. The kid can play, just needs to figure things out.

Steelers Pass Rush

The Steelers only had two sacks on Case Keenum, but they harassed him more often than they didn’t. Keenum made some great throws, often in the face of adversity, and kudos to him for that. However, the Steelers were able to get 7 quarterback hits on Keenum and countless hurries. Haven’t noticed the team’s secondary much through two weeks have you? Not really, and that is because of the pass rush.

LOSERS

Sean Davis

I hate singling out a player like Davis, but this wasn’t his best coverage game of his young career. Sometimes you forget Davis is just a second year player, but he will be able to learn from this effort and be better for it. Davis, who did have 8 tackles on the day, was beaten in coverage, and had several blown coverages, throughout the day.

3rd Down Offense

This losing statistic can be summed up by the following:

  • The Steelers were 3-13 on third downs in Week 2
  • The Steelers are 8-26 on third downs in the first two weeks of the season.

That is more than not good enough, it is borderline pathetic.

Freaking Penalties

For the second week in a row, the Steelers penalty totals hit double-digits. The team was flagged 10 times for 72 yards. There weren’t as many 15-yard varieties compared to last week, but this is a trend the team needs to nip right away.

Heyward is Digest Player of the Week

Steelers.com News - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 4:14pm
On a day when the heat took a toll on the bigger players, Cam Heyward rarely came off the field.

Steelers Injury Report: T.J. Watt groin injury dampens stellar start to NFL career

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 3:38pm

The Pittsburgh Steelers dynamic rookie linebacker left the game with a groin injury, and did not return.

The Pittsburgh Steelers were victorious in Week 2 against the Minnesota Vikings, and despite being 2-0, the team suffered some injuries throughout the contest. None larger than the groin injury to their first round pick T.J. Watt.

Watt, who started the game where he left off in Week 1, departed the game with a groin injury which was first left his return categorized as questionable; however, after failing to return to the game to start the second half the team announced he will be out for the remainder of the game.

Another early injury was Jesse James. After the first play from scrimmage James left the game with an ankle injury, but was able to return to the game and finish the contest with 4 catches for 27 yards.

On top of the pulls and sprains previously mentioned, the Steelers were also dealing with some heat-related issues. Tackle Marcus Gilbert left the game with heat-related cramps, and didn’t return to the game. His fellow offensive tackle, Alejandro Villanueva, was in and out of the game with dehydration, but this was largely due to dealing with an illness the past few days, per Mike Tomlin in his post-game press conference.

When Watt left the game, it was Anthony Chickillo who came in to compete opposite Bud Dupree. As for the tackles, Chris Hubbard was the recipient of a lot of playing time in Week 2. He was deployed as an extra tight end, spelled Villanueva and spelled Gilbert when he was out of the game.

Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest on these injuries, and other story lines surrounding the black and gold, as the team prepares for the Chicago Bears in Week 3.

What went right, wrong vs. Minnesota

Steelers.com News - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 3:18pm
The highs and lows of the Steelers regular Week 2 matchup vs. the Minnesota Vikings.

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