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Steelers well represented throughout the NFL’s Top 100 teams list

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sat, 11/09/2019 - 6:29am
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The NFL Network is listing their Top 100 teams, and the Steelers were well represented on the list.

The NFL Network is currently doing a Top 100 teams in NFL history to coincide with the commemoration of the NFL’s 100th season.

This list has been going from 100 to 1, and the Pittsburgh Steelers have been well represented throughout the list to date. There are plenty of plays from the dynasty of the 1970s, but more modern day Steelers have made their mark on the list too.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the show, or you don’t want to sift through all the other plays and just want to see the Steelers plays, you can check out the videos are below. Some are longer than others, but every single play is worth watching.

In fact, some of these plays bring up some tremendous memories as a fan, and some were nightmares which eventually turned out okay for the black-and-gold...I think you know what play I’m talking about.

Check these out:

After defeating the Rams in Super Bowl XIV, the 1979 #Steelers became the first team ever to win four Super Bowl championships.

Our 1979 team comes in at no. 39 on the #NFL100 Greatest Teams countdown. pic.twitter.com/4MSWfQYXN6

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) November 9, 2019

A team comprised of legends.

The 1974 #Steelers take #43 in the #NFL100 Greatest Teams countdown. pic.twitter.com/POLvSEwkAb

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) November 9, 2019

@JoeManganiello: “If you look at the numbers, that ’08 #Steelers defense was arguably the best of all-time.”

The Super Bowl XLIII Champions take #62 on the #NFL100 Greatest Teams countdown. pic.twitter.com/IrVmXtHWcZ

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) November 9, 2019

@JeromeBettis36: “What made us different in 2005 was our unselfishness. Everybody was willing to do whatever it took.”

The 2005 #Steelers take no. 9️⃣0️⃣ on the #NFL100 Greatest Teams countdown. pic.twitter.com/DLDxj396Cs

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) November 9, 2019

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Los Angeles Rams: A History of the Rivalry

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sat, 11/09/2019 - 5:30am
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In the NFL’s 100th season, a look at the Steelers and Rams, now and through history.

With all the NFL 100th Season lists, I’ve been thinking about the histories of various Steeler rivalries. So every week for the rest of the year, I’ll post a retrospective preview, considering the two teams and setting up for the upcoming game.

This week: Los Angeles Rams Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images 2019 Comparison Current Records:

Pittsburgh : 4-4 (2nd AFC North)
L.A. Rams : 5-3 (3rd NFC West)

2019 Off/Def Comparisons:

....................................... Overall ........... Pass ........... Rush ........... Score

Pittsburgh Offense........291 (28th).......202 (27th).......88 (26th).......22.0 (18th)
L.A. Rams Defense.......338 (12th).......241 (19th).......97 (11th).......21.8 (15th)

L.A. Rams Offense........384 (10th)........287 (5th)........97 (20th).......26.8 (8th)
Pittsburgh Defense........335 (11th)........228 (10th)....107 (16th).......21.1 (13th)

Player in Common (current):

Mark Barron (Rams 2014-18 / signed with Steelers 2019)

Barron was brought in as a hybrid ILB/Safety this offseason. His expected role was reduced when the team also drafted Devin Bush. Barron has been a mixed bag but Bush is turning into a star. As a starter, Barron was probably not what the Steelers needed; as a backup who logs a lot of minutes, Barron looks like a decent pickup.

Player in Common (past):

Jerome Bettis (Rams 1993-95, 1st Rd, 10 overall / traded to Pittsburgh 1996 along with a 3rd round pick, for Steelers 2nd and 4th rounders)

Bettis had been rookie of the year with the Rams, and rushed for 3091 yards in three years there. When he went to Pittsburgh he became the centerpiece of the Steelers offense for the next decade, rushing for 10,571 yards and winning accolades up and down, including Comeback Player of the Year, Walter Payton Man of the Year, four Pro-Bowls, two All Pro seasons, and a Super Bowl. He is now in the Hall of Fame.

(Also notable in this category: Kevin Greene. That’s a pretty good pipeline between the Rams and Steelers in the 90s...)

HISTORY: Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images All-Time Records:

Pittsburgh : 664-583-22 (.533)
L.A. Rams : 594-590-3 (.502)

Steelers have the 4th most wins in NFL history; 11th best all time winning percentage.
Rams have the 7th most wins, but are 18th in winning percentage.

Since Merger:

Pittsburgh : 502-315-3 (.614)
L.A. Rams : 395-398-5 (.498)

The Steelers are the winningst team in the NFL since the 1970 AFL/NFL merger.
The Rams are 15th in wins and 17th in winning percentage.

This Century:

Pittsburgh : 212-115-2 (.648)
L.A. Rams : 140-174-1 (.447)

The Steelers are the #2 team in the NFL this millennium.
Despite two Super Bowl appearances this century, the St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams sit at #22.

Coaches’ Records in First 44 games:

Pittsburgh (Mike Tomlin) : 31-13 (.705) – including 3-1 in postseason. Super Bowl 43 Champion (youngest coach to win a Super Bowl)

L.A. Rams (Sean McVay) : 31-13 (.705) – including 2-2 in postseason. Super Bowl 53 Runner Up (youngest coach to reach the Super Bowl)

Best “Chuck” Coach:

Pittsburgh : Chuck Noll, 1969-91. Regular season 212-143-4 (.542). Postseason 15-9 (.680). Super Bowls 4-0 (1.000).

L.A. Rams : Chuck Knox, 1973-77 and 1992-94. Regular season 69-48-1 (.589). Postseason 3-5 (.375). Super Bowls 0-0 (.000).

Best Defensive Line Nickname:

Pittsburgh : Steel Curtain (1972-80)
L.A. Rams : Fearsome Foursome (1963-72)

Best Offensive Stars’ Nickname:

Pittsburgh : Killer B’s (2013-18)
St.L Rams : Greatest Show on Turf (1999-2004)

Best Old Time Player Nickname:

Pittsburgh : Byron “Whizzer” White (1938)
L.A. Rams : Elroy “Crazy Legs” Hirsch (1949-57)

Would-Be Rival?

The Rams were founded in Cleveland in 1936, eleven years before the Browns launched in the AAFC. They stayed in Cleveland until 1945, winning the NFL title in their last year in Ohio, then moved to Los Angeles. This was never a legitimate rivalry because the Steelers (originally Pirates) were so uncompetitive in those years, but also because the teams so rarely played. The Rams led the series in these years 0-2-1.

HEAD TO HEAD: Photo by Nate Fine/Getty Images All-Time Series:

Rams : 15 – 9 – 2

Playoff Series:

Steelers : 1 – 0 (Super Bowl XIV)

Current Streak:

Steelers : 3w

Longest Streak:

Steelers : 3 games (2007-15 and 1980-84)
L.A. Rams : 6 games (1961-78)

First game:

December 4, 1938
Pittsburgh Pirates – 7
Cleveland Rams – 13

Cleveland Rams vs Pittsburgh Pirates. If the score is any indication, this one was not a barn-burner. The Pirates (soon to become Steelers) finished the year 2-9. The Rams (a few years from moving out of Cleveland) finished 4-7. The game was also played at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans for some reason. The Pirates were led by legendary player-coach (and great nickname) Johnny “Blood” McNally, and featured rookie phenom and future Supreme Court Justice, Byron “Whizzer” White, who led the league in rushing and scrimmage yards that season (as well as interceptions thrown). White caught a touchdown in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough on this day, unfortunately, and the Pirates fell to the Rams in the season’s final week.

Most Recent game:

September 27, 2015
Pittsburgh – 12
St.L Rams – 6

This game was a mess. It was Jeff Fisher’s last year coaching the Rams (who would finish under .500 for the ninth consecutive season). The turf in St. Louis caught fire before the game. Josh Scobee was still kicking for the Steelers. And in the end, Ben Roethlisberger was injured (forcing us to watch several weeks of Mike Vick). You might remember Ben’s injury for its effect on a certain unemployed Halloween clown, who posted the second-best receiving season in NFL history, and almost certainly would have broken several single-season records if Big Ben had stayed healthy.

Fun trivia note: the Ram who injured Roethlisberger? Mark Barron.

Biggest Game in the Series:

January 20, 1980 (Super Bowl XIV)
Pittsburgh – 31
L. A. Rams – 19

The Steelers were a dying juggernaut at this point, making one more run at the title. The Rams were 9-7 upstarts playing over their heads. That’s the way it looks on paper anyway. The Rams were actually one of the most successful teams of the 1970s, who just never got past the Cowboys and Vikings. 1979 was their seventh consecutive playoff year, but their first Super Bowl.

This game was closer than the score indicates, as the Steelers, famously, trailed 19-17 in the fourth quarter after the Rams completed a halfback option for the go-ahead points. Then Terry Bradshaw hit John Stallworth with an iconic 73 yard touchdown for the lead. A Jack Lambert interception gave the ball back to the Steelers, and Bradshaw hit Stallworth with a 45 yard gain to set up Franco Harris with the icing points.

Bradshaw took home his second consecutive MVP, though you could make a case for Stallworth as well. It was the last hurrah for the most powerful dynasty in modern NFL history.

Other Memorable Games:

December 20, 2007
Pittsburgh – 41
St.L Rams – 24

A blowout late in Mike Tomlin’s rookie season, this game is mostly only memorable because Willie Parker, who was leading the league in rushing, broke his leg in the second half. Parker’s game was predicated on speed, and though he recovered and helped the Steelers to a Super Bowl victory the next year, he was never really the same back again.

December 20, 1975
Pittsburgh – 3
L. A. Rams – 10

There simply aren’t that many significant Steelers/Rams tilts. This dreadful-looking contest is significant only because it is the final loss the 1975 Steelers suffered before winning out and recording their second consecutive Super Bowl victory.

Black and Gold Links: Why the Steelers defense is proud of being the cornerstone of the 2019 team

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sat, 11/09/2019 - 4:24am
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Time to check on the latest news surrounding the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are moving into Week 10 of the NFL regular season, and as the team prepares for the Los Angeles Rams this week we continue to provide you with features, commentary and opinions to tide you over until the next game starts!

Today in the black-and-gold links article we take a look at how the Steelers’ defense, not the offense, is taking pride in being the main attraction in 2019.

Let’s get to the news:

  • It has been a while since Steelers fans could hang their hat on the fact their defense is the straw which stirs the drink. That time has come...

Steelers defense embraces pressure of ‘being reason why we win’

By: Chris Adamski, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

It was four years ago a Pittsburgh Steelers offense, featuring a litany of Pro Bowl talents and multiple future Hall of Famers, publicly pledged its goal to score 30 points per game.

On Thursday, Steelers defensive coordinator Keith Butler made a similar declaration.

“My thing is,” Butler said, “if we can keep them under 17 points a game, then we have done a decent job.”

It was an offhanded comment similar to the nonchalant ones that former offensive coordinator Todd Haley and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger made in 2015 and ‘16 about aiming to score 30. But that the Steelers’ publicly expressed goals have changed from outscoring opponents to not allowing them to score carries some telling symbolism for an organization that has quickly done an about-face with its identity.

“I just think we have to be catalysts for why we win,” defensive captain Cameron Heyward said of his unit. “We can’t hide behind that we’ve got missing pieces on the other side of the ball. We have to be the ones responsible for getting the job done.

“I don’t think we shy away from letting the pressure be on us and being the reason why we win.”

To read the full article, click HERE (Free)

  • The Steelers’ injury situation is not ideal as JuJu Smith-Schuster pops up on the report Friday.

Foot injury leaves Steelers’ JuJu Smith-Schuster as questionable vs. Rams

By: Chris Adamski, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster was designated as questionable to play in Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams on the official injury report the team released Friday.

Smith-Schuster was listed as limited in Friday’s practice because of a foot injury that had not previously been acknowledged by the team. Smith-Schuster suffered a toe injury during the season-opening loss at the New England Patriots that had him miss practice time the ensuing week and again three weeks later. It is not known if this injury is related to that one.

Smith-Schuster told PennLive.com that the injury was minor and that he expected to play Sunday.

After finishing in the top six of the NFL in receptions (111) and receiving yards (1,426) last season, Smith-Schuster’s production has dropped significantly without Ben Roethlisberger (injured reserve) and Antonio Brown (traded) as part of the offense this season.

Smith-Schuster has 33 catches for 459 yards at the midway point of 2019; during three of the past five games, he’s had fewer than 17 receiving yards.

To read the full article, click HERE (Free)

  • Ulysees Gilbert’s rookie season is over, but he knows it is just the beginning.

Steelers’ Ulysees Gilbert takes injury-aided end to rookie year in stride

By: Chris Adamski, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Ulysees Gilbert showed enough promise during his rookie training camp and preseason that the Pittsburgh Steelers kept him on their 53-man active roster all season. That’s no small feat for a sixth-round pick.

But for all the promise Gilbert showed, and for the value he brought as the Steelers’ most-utilized special teams player, his rookie season ended at its midway point because of a back injury that landed him on injured reserve.

“It’s tough,” Gilbert said, “but at the same time you have to look at the positives from it. I feel like God put me into this situation, and he will get me through it. It does (stink) that my rookie season is over, but at the end of the day the Steelers are going to continue to do what they do. This team is strong, we have a lot of talent, and I am going to continue to stay around as much as I can, continue to learn, take mental reps as much as I can. And still feel like I can be part of the team.”

To read the full article, click HERE (Free)

  • Mason Rudolph Media Session

@Rudolph2Mason: "We know what the challenge is this week and we're going to be ready for it. I think we have a good plan." pic.twitter.com/MMNJSivuGc

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) November 7, 2019

Just two guys trying to wreak as much havoc as they possibly can @missi_matthews sits down with @Bud_Dupree & @_TJWatt to discuss their healthy competition, each other's best pass rush moves, sack celebrations and more. pic.twitter.com/5D7PAbQZnX

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) November 8, 2019
  • Social Media Madness

@_Dbush11: "It's an opportunity for us to go out there and win the game, whether it's on offense or defense."

Minkah Fitzpatrick & Devin Bush talk about the Rams' playmakers, communicating on defense and creating turnovers. pic.twitter.com/tolzwlBqG2

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) November 8, 2019

Almost that time. #HereWeGo pic.twitter.com/ev4QAsuQbp

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) November 9, 2019

Celebrating a special time in #SteelersHistory. pic.twitter.com/4McbJqN4KC

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) November 8, 2019

Friday Night Steelers Six Pack of questions: Rams, Week 10 Edition

Behind the Steel Curtain - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 5:45pm
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There is plenty to talk about regarding all things black-and-gold!

Several people have asked if we could bring back the Friday Night Open Thread. I had moved the event to Saturday morning, but after minimal success, I decided to bring it back to Friday night — with a slight twist.

I liked the Saturday Six-Pack theme, so I decided to just take the six questions and move them to Friday night. Say hello to Friday Night Six-Pack of Steelers Questions and open thread!

The rules haven’t changed...

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.

That’s it! With that out of the way, it’s time to get this party started. Hey, don’t act like you’ve never done a little Friday night drinking. Here goes:

1. Deep thoughts to start...when you think of the greatest Pittsburgh Steelers game you’ve ever witnessed live (can be in person or on TV) what would it be?

2. Jaylen Samuels will be the man again in Week 10, and he likely won’t have a lot of help. What do you see his stat line being against the Rams? Also, which injury will be bigger for their respective teams? James Conner or Brandin Cooks?

3. If the OVER/UNDER is set at 4.5 for Steelers sacks on Rams’ QB Jared Goff, would you take the over or under?

4. I love this question, and I don’t know why. Predict who will get the Steelers’ first tackle from scrimmage (not special teams), and who scores the first Steelers touchdown Sunday.

5. The Steelers are 3.5-point underdogs at home in Week 10. Would you take the Steelers getting points?

6. Assuming you don’t have any Steelers jerseys, which I know isn’t true, what current Steelers defender would you purchase?

Extra Question: Caption the photo below:

Photo by Mark Alberti/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

No matter what, always remember...

HERE WE GO STEELERS!

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Steelers Injury Report: Thee running backs out Sunday, JuJu Smith-Schuster questionable

Behind the Steel Curtain - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 2:21pm
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JuJu was limited in Friday’s practice with a foot injury

The Pittsburgh Steelers held their final practice for Week 10 on Friday as they prepare for the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. According to the Steelers PR Department, four players have been ruled out while another is questionable.

The Steelers had hoped James Conner would be available Sunday especially after he was able to practice in a limited fashion on Wednesday. Unfortunately, Conner was unable to participate the rest of the week and has been ruled out for Sunday. As expected, both Benny Snell Jr. and Roosevelt Nix missed practice again on Friday and are both out against the Rams. Surprisingly, Trey Edmunds was a full participant on Friday with his injured ribs and does not have an injury designation for Sunday.

The new addition to the injury report on Friday was wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster who was limited with a foot injury. He is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game

Ramon Foster suffered a setback with the NFL concussion protocol as he was unable to practice Thursday or Friday after being limited on Wednesday and has been ruled out against the Rams. It was reported Matt Feiler moved to left guard for practice on Thursday and Chukwuma Okorafor came in to play the right tackle position. What is unclear about the situation is if this was strictly to get both players some practice time as they will be the main backups at those positions on Sunday, or if the Steelers decided to go with Feiler at guard over B.J. Finney who started last week against the Indianapolis Colts. According to DKPittsburghSports Dejan Kovacevic, Feiler will get the start at left guard with Chuks getting his first snaps of 2019 as he will be the starter at right tackle.

Matt Feiler's been moved from right tackle to left guard. Chuks Okorafor's starting at right tackle. A gimmick for Aaron Donald? My coverage from Rooney Complex is right here and open to all: https://t.co/BiW4ORtvmn#HereWeGo #Steelers #LARvsPIT pic.twitter.com/hsxrR7y7ag

— Dejan Kovacevic (@Dejan_Kovacevic) November 8, 2019

An addition to the injury list on Thursday was defensive lineman Tyson Alualu who missed practice with a knee injury. Alualu returned as a full participant Friday and carries no injury status. Wide receiver Ryan Switzer has missed Wednesday’s practice with a back injury but was also able to return as a full participant the rest of the week.

As for the Rams injury report, it can be seen below when available. Due to the Rams being a West Coast team, injury reports will come later in the day.

Cam Heyward named NFLPA Community MVP of the Week

Behind the Steel Curtain - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 1:59pm
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Cameron Heyward receives a great off field honor heading into Week 10.

There have been plenty members of the Pittsburgh Steelers who have received honors for their performance on the field this season.

In Week 6, rookie Devin Bush was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance vs. the Los Angeles Chargers. In Week 8, James Conner was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against the Miami Dolphins on Monday Night Football. Last week, Week 9, Bud Dupree was given AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for his great game vs. the Colts.

There are also some weekly awards which don’t revolve around on-field performance, but are equally as impressive. Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward was given one of those rewards recently when he was named the NFLPA Community MVP of the Week last week.

This from ProFootballTalk:

Heyward raised $200,000 for his Heyward House Foundation at a homecoming-themed event in Pittsburgh this week. The money will be used to fund several programs, including giveaways of backpacks filled with healthy food, donations to a closet of suits, ties and other clothing for young men and an annual party celebrating the birthdays of kids without the means for their own parties.

“It’s a true honor to receive NFLPA Community MVP,” Heyward said in a statement. “My motivation is to give back and help the community succeed. Everyone has a part in helping our youth and I look forward to doing my part.”

As a part of Heyward winning this award, the NFLPA will donate $10,000 to the Heyward House to help his foundation. Also, after winning this award, Heyward will now be nominated for the Alan Page Community Award at the end of the season.

What the Steelers, and other members of the NFL, do off the field doesn’t get a ton of publicity, but certainly should. Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black-and-gold as they prepare for the Los Angeles Rams to come to Heinz Field in Week 10 of regular season action.

2019 Steelers Power Rankings: Mid-Season Edition

Behind the Steel Curtain - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 12:30pm
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BTSC ranks the best of the Steelers 2019 season at the midway point of the season.

With the Steelers preparing themselves for the final eight contests of the season, there have been players that have been playing as expected and those that have stepped up out of nowhere. This has inspired me to rank the Steelers that have had the finest eight games of the first half of the 2019 season.

Steelers Power Rankings 1) T.J. Watt

Previous Rank: 1

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Watt hasn’t become just the heart and soul of the defense, he’s possibly the MVP of the team. PFF ranks him as the best edge rusher and second-best pass rusher in the league. Watt is playing at an elite level. On the season, T.J. has 7 1/2 sacks and 20 qb hits in just eight games.

2) Minkah Fitzpatrick

Previous Rank: Not Ranked

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The trade of a No. 1 pick for Fitzpatrick was looked at some in Steeler Nation as a mistake, but the second-year safety has four interceptions in six games as a Steeler, including a pick-six of 96 yards against Indy. Minkah is only ranked 20th by PFF, but No. 39 has been a stabilizing entity for the Steelers defense and is a leader already for Keith Butler’s charges.

3) Cam Heyward

Previous Rank: Not Ranked

Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images

Stephon Tuitt started the season on fire and there was a growing sentiment that No. 91 was seizing the mantle of the stalwart of the defensive line. Whispers were abound that Heyward was slowing down a bit as well. However, when PFF’s seventh-ranked defensive lineman went down for the season against the Chargers...the current third-ranked Heyward stepped up in a huge way. No. 97 has 4.5 sacks, once again resembles his dominant self of the past few seasons and has proved most valuable for the Steelers.

4) Bud Dupree

Previous Rank: Not Ranked

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Dupree took awhile to become “Bud the stud”, but he is fully healthy and has fully arrived in his contract year. It seems like Keith Butler’s presence working with the OLBs has fully benefited Bud. Dropping into coverage way less and no longer overrunning sacks, No. 48 is having a career year as the Steelers are letting him play the way he was meant to. Bud has six sacks so far and is ranked as PFF’s 19th best rusher coming off the edge.

5) James Conner

Previous Rank: 4

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Up until the Miami game, Conner had struggled as a rusher, but that had a lot to do with his line not opening up lanes and missing an injured lead blocker in Roosevelt Nix. PFF ranks him fifth as a receiver out of the backfield and if the Steelers were going to move the chains, it had to be done consistently with Conner’s combat runs after the catch. James has 29 receptions for 236 yards and two scores receiving and 380 yards and four scores on the ground. Conner’s absence due to injury could be a great concern for the fact that the offense relies on No. 30.

6) Chris Boswell

Previous Rank: Honorable Mention

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Last year is starting to seem more like an aberration when it comes to the field goal accuracy of Chris Boswell. No. 9 is back to his Pro Bowl form of 2015-2017 and is kicking with clutch accuracy again. Boz is 17/18 and perfect on point-afters. His only miss was from 54-yards out against Miami. An invigorated Boswell is helping to carry the Steelers offense for stretches and seems to be the only constant scoring option for Pittsburgh.

7) Devin Bush

Previous Rank: 3

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While the rookie from a Michigan still is experiencing growing pains, No. 55 has proven already that the draft day trade to acquire him was a brilliant move. Bush with his great sideline-to-sideline speed does not have to carry the defense right now and merely needs to continue to grow into the role. The rookie is leading the team with 66 tackles and has four fumble recoveries, two interceptions and a score.

8) Vince Williams

Previous Rank: Honorable Mention

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It is no coincidence that the Steelers defense started to emerge when Vince Williams returned from injury. Before the season, the media and fans were hinting that No. 98’s lack of speed was a liability and were calling for his demotion with speedier linebackers on the roster. PFF’s 20th-ranked ILB is a staunch and suffocating run defender and is finally getting recognized as a valuable team presence.

9) Steven Nelson

Previous Rank: Honorable Mention

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Nelson’s signing in free agency last March was not met with a whole lot of fanfare, but the former KC Chief has significantly upgraded the Steelers secondary. Although No. 22 is only credited with two passes defensed and no interceptions, Nelson is being avoided by QBs, not letting receivers get separation and is one of the reasons the Steeler secondary is becoming a team strength.

10) Mason Rudolph

Previous Rank: 5

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Mason Rudolph has not set the world on fire since he replaced an injured Ben Roethlisberger in the second half of Week 2 in the Seattle loss. However, he has been taking steps to get the offense going with a rating of 94.7, a 66.1% completion rate, ten touchdown passes and four interceptions in parts of six games. Mason’s stats are actually superior to Ben’s rookie numbers of 2004 so far. There is still a lot to be desired about Rudolph’s game, but he’s been thrust into the starting lineup and responded quite well.

If the Steelers are to continue to rebound from 1-4 and make the playoffs, the power players need to keep their momentum going strong. At .500, the 4-4 Pittsburgh franchise will need to continue to forge ahead with these ten leading the way. Post your agreements and the opposite in the comments section below.

The 2019 Pittsburgh Steelers, the kings of ‘YAC’

Behind the Steel Curtain - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 10:45am
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Whether by design, or just happenstance, the Steelers are tops when it comes to Yards After the Catch.

The Pittsburgh Steelers offense is a oddity in 2019. Since Ben Roethlisberger was injured in the team’s Week 2 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, fans have watched Mason Rudolph dink-and-dunk the offense to a 4-4 record.

Rudolph’s primary targets have been running backs, and nothing highlighted this more than the 13 receptions by Jaylen Samuels in Week 9 as the team was able to beat the Indianapolis Colts at Heinz Field.

Checking the ball down is one thing, and designing short passes are another. Either way, when the ball is thrown short you have to rely on Yards After the Catch (YAC) to move the football down the field.

When it comes to Yards After the Catch percentage, the percentage of the team’s offensive receiving yards gained after the catch), the Steelers are top in the NFL. Check out the graphic below courtesy of NFL Matchup on ESPN’s verified Twitter account:

These teams have the highest percentage of their receiving yards gained after the catch so far this season. #HereWeGo #TakeFlight #Colts #GoNiners #RaiderNation #BroncosCountry #GoPackGo #Browns #Saints #Skol @gregcosell | @MattBowen41 pic.twitter.com/WvvmdZeXx9

— NFL Matchup on ESPN (@NFLMatchup) November 6, 2019

62.41% is far and away the most in the NFL, and at first when you look at stats like this you see it as awesome your favorite team is leading in any positive offensive category. However, when you look at it from a schematic standpoint this lofty number wreaks of the Steelers settling for check downs and short passes rather than the high-flying offense once deployed weekly by the black-and-gold.

Mason Rudolph is a young quarterback with just a handful of starts under his belt, but if the Steelers are going to be considered legitimate contenders in the AFC North, the AFC or the NFL, the offense is going to have to start pushing the ball downfield at one point or another.

Will it be this week when the Los Angeles Rams come to Heinz Field in a Week 10 showdown? Very little has been seen which would give the vast Steelers fan base much confidence, but if there is one takeaway here it is the Steelers have found ways to win without throwing it deep.

But it is only a matter of time until the league adjusts and forces the Steelers’ hands when it comes to how they handle the passing game.

Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black-and-gold as they prepare for the NFC West Rams on Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET.

Expert Picks: Despite resurgence, experts like the Rams over the Steelers in Week 10

Behind the Steel Curtain - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 8:54am
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The Pittsburgh Steelers will host the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday in Week 10 NFL action, and the experts like the visiting team in a big way.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have resurrected their 2019 season, at least for the time being, after rebounding from both 0-3 and 1-4 starts to make it all the way back to .500. Sitting at 4-4 heading into Week 10, many fans are seeing the playoffs as a legitimate scenario for the black-and-gold once again, but difficult games await.

To finish out the third straight home game in a three game home stand, the Steelers will host the Los Angeles Rams this Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET. Of the three games the Steelers have won in a row, this upcoming game might be the most challenging for Pittsburgh. Unfamiliarity with the Rams’ style of play will be a huge factor, and the team is riddled with injuries heading into this inter-conference matchup.

But enough of what I think about the game, what do the experts think about the game? Can the Steelers pull off another upset in back-to-back weeks? Or will the Rams be able to get a win coming off their bye week.

Let’s take a look...

If you are someone who wants to start your day down in the dumps, just go check out ESPN’s expert picks. The largest expert panel on the internet is all-in on the Rams. Not one experts sees the Steelers winning this Sunday.

A similar, and no surprising, story can be said about the haters here at SB Nation. Of all the experts, only one thinks the Steelers have a legitimate shot of holding serve at Heinz Field this week.

If you are looking for a pro-Steelers site, then look at the CBS Sports panel, where the panel is split 50-50 on the upcoming game between Pittsburgh and Los Angeles. In fact, CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco gave his own description of the game about to go down in the Steel City.

Check out Prisco’s prediction:

The Steelers have made big strides the past few games, but the Rams offense will be a big challenge for their defense. Jared Goff seemed to get it going before the bye. But this will be a tough game for him and that offense. The Steelers will find a way behind their defense.

Pick: Steelers 23, Rams 20

These are just a few websites who produce weekly picks while there are a myriad of others who submit expert picks. What about all those other websites? This is where NFL Pick Watch comes in. NFL Pick Watch takes all expert picks and compiles them into an easy-to-ready chart.

According to them, 80% of NFL experts are taking the Rams in this matchup, but Steelers fans should realize a similar percentage took the Indianapolis Colts last week, and we all know how that game ended.

Will the experts be right and the Rams get the win? Or will the Steelers prove worthy of a fourth straight win, and fifth out of their last six games? Only time will tell, but the experts like Los Angeles in a big way this Sunday.

Film Room: Analyzing Mason Rudolph’s inconsistent play against the Colts

Behind the Steel Curtain - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 7:41am
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The second part of my in-depth film review on the Steelers offense in Week 9 vs. the Colts.

In my previous film room we looked at JuJu Smith-Schuster’s Week 9 game, and now we are following that with a review of Mason Rudolph’s day. Rudolph did not have a good day statistically and the offense struggled mightily because of it.

A good start

First play of the game, JuJu Smith-Schuster is lined up outside at the top of the screen.

It’s a nice short post by Smith-Schuster right into a small gap in the Colts cover-3-esque defense. I wanted to start with this play because Rudolph hits his WR in rhythm and it isn’t a big window. Rudolph can make these throws. That is an NFL window that isn’t too small for Rudolph, and he is capable of making the read and getting the ball out in rhythm.

Once bitten twice shy

After the interception to end the first drive Mason Rudolph didn’t just stop throwing the ball to JuJu Smith-Schuster, he became hesitant and slow to get rid of the ball at all.

Diontae Johnson starts just off the screen to the left, the outside WR in the bunch.

No one is really wide open here, but Diontae Johnson has gotten outside his defender and there’s no one beyond that point. That’s the throw. Mason Rudolph needs to put it out in front of Johnson and let him try to get to it. But Mason hesitates and ends up with a much worse result. Look at the slow motion here.

He pulls the ball back in instead of throwing it out to Johnson and takes a sack fumble that luckily only ended with a safety. If he is going to tuck the ball there (like if he tucked the ball because he thought the DE had a really good chance of deflecting it) he needs to at least go forward and try to get out of the endzone. Fortunately the ST unit bailed the offense out and gave them the ball back with great field position.

Squandering great opportunities

First and 10 at the Colts 17 yard line. A chance for redemption for an offense that nearly gave the game away. On second down the Steelers reach into the bag and go back to a play from the first drive, let’s look at the first time they ran it.

It is important to note that this play is against man defense with a single high safety. James Washington runs up the sideline then blocks his defender. Diontae Johnson runs a drag away from the screen as McDonald takes his defender into the deep middle. This leaves Samuels with both guards creating a nice barrier to the defense as he races for 17 yards.

Now let’s see the second time they ran it.

This is a Cover-2 zone, and the screen is not going to work. Johnson’s drag and McDonald’s post aren’t pulling any defenders away from the screen, just blockers. It ends up with 3 defenders in the area and David DeCastro as the only blocker. A 4-yard loss pulled the Steelers out of the redzone and they ended up settling for a FG.

Watch it again, and look at Vance McDonald. He’s wide open in the soft deep middle hole of the cover-2 zone. You can see him clap his hands in frustration. It looks like Johnson is open too, but that’s at the end of the play as the shallow zone LBs see the screen, and that throw isn’t really there. But Vance is open as soon as he passes the LB, who crashes the screen before Rudolph even moves out of pocket. Lastly, look at Rudolph’s helmet, he starts the play looking right up the middle, he can see the defensive alignment, he can see it is cover-2, but he doesn’t even give McDonald a chance, he throws to the screen that the zone defense has already nullified. This is where reading the defense is so important, the screen is a man beater, McDonald is running a zone counter. As soon as Rudolph realized it was cover-2 McDonald was the throw. Mason Rudolph either didn’t realize it, or went to the check-down anyway. I can’t believe he didn’t recognize cover-2, which would mean he just threw the check-down anyway. A lot of plays were like this, Rudolph just looked scared to throw the ball downfield.

When life gives you lemons. . .

With Rudolph playing poorly and hesitantly, what kind of plays can you even run in the passing game?

McDonald is in line to the bottom of the screen, James Washington is the receiver farthest to the bottom, JuJu Smith-Schuster is in the slot.

This is a great play design, and it picks up a first down. The Steelers attack the Colts zone with a 3-level concept sending JuJu Smith-Schuster deep, James Washington between the zones and Vance McDonald short. Mason Rudolph just needs to read the 2 shallow zone defenders, if they cheat towards McDonald he has Washington behind them, if they are back far enough to stop the pass to Washington McDonald will be open. This play works because the Colts constantly ran a really deep zone on third and long. this third and 13 they run it again and McDonald is wide open underneath. But look at Rudolph on this play.

He sees that McDonald is the right throw, but it still takes him a bit to actually throw the ball. Fortunately while he’s staring down McDonald the LB actually cheats to the middle away from Rudolph’s eyes. You can see Mason Rudolph’s hands starting the motion twice before he actually throws it.

Bouncing back

With the Steelers trailing the Colts by 1 point in the 4th quarter, Mason Rudolph would throw his most productive pass of the game, and his best.

James Washington is the WR to the top of the screen.

Rudolph hesitates even here, you can see he starts to throw as soon as Washington is even with his defender, but clutches the ball once before throwing it. As a result Washington has to come back to the ball, but he is able to make the contested catch for a 40 yard gain. A pass interference call on the next play would give the Steelers a first down at the Colts 7 yard line that they would, of course, turn into a FG. If that throw is made a bit earlier and a bit deeper it is a TD. But it is important that he made this play, and hopefully it helps him strengthen his resilience.

Mason Rudolph has the potential to be a good starter, but he has to stay out of his own head and just play. He was decisive and in rhythm until he threw a bad pass that ended up being intercepted, after that Rudolph was hesitant and reluctant to take any chances. This may be fixable with experience, but it may not. QBs like Ben Roethlisberger and Devlin Hodges have a personality that allows them to throw interceptions and come right back and throw more, and then go back out again and play the exact same way the next drive. Mason Rudolph doesn’t have that kind of personality, he needs to work on putting plays behind him and trusting himself, if he can do that he can succeed, he’s shown the ability. If he can’t get out of his own head, he won’t be an NFL QB for long.

The Steelers offense will likely continue to struggle for the remainder of the 2019 season

Behind the Steel Curtain - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 6:34am
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You can only endure so many personnel losses on one side of the football before that unit really starts to struggle. The Steelers—minus so many key offensive pieces from the recent past—are finding that out in 2019.

It didn’t take long—a little over a year or so—for Steelers offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner to join that exclusive club just about every offensive coordinator who’s ever come through these parts has been a card-carrying member of.

People don't think much of his abilities.

That’s right, Fichtner is now a buffoon, an idiot, clueless. I’ve even seen him referred to as “Sphincter” by a BTSC regular. As far as creativity goes with regards to name-calling, I must say, not bad.

However, blaming the designer for what ails the Steelers offense in 2019 is far from original, and, I’ve got to say, it’s likely way off-base.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying Fichtner is an innovative offensive mind along the lines of a Sid Gillman or Don Coryell, but he’s clearly not the bulk of the reason for the lack of production from his unit this season.

Earlier in the year, I was on board with blaming Fichtner. In-fact, I remember calling him unimaginative or at least agreeing with those who felt that way. After all, I wanted to believe the team could get by without the likes of Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell. I wanted to believe you could actually add success by subtracting distractions (at least in the cases of Brown and Bell). As for Roethlisberger’s season-ending elbow injury? I wanted to believe in Mason Rudolph. I wanted to believe he could step right in and be the next Tom Brady—or, if not that, the next Jimmy Garoppolo.

But after watching the Steelers’ offense perform over the five-plus games without Roethlisberger (and the collective of Ben, Brown and Bell for the entire season), I’ve changed my tune.

Why? To quote Eddie Murphy in the movie, Life, when he’s talking to a frustrated Martin Lawrence, who can’t seem to figure out why he can’t find enough decent players to field a prison baseball team, “What you’re dealing with is a total lack of talent. Ain’t nobody got no talent.”

This isn’t to say Rudolph isn’t talented. It’s that he’s likely not as talented as Roethlisberger—or at least he hasn’t shown himself to be at that level yet. This isn’t to say James Conner isn’t talented. He’s just likely never going to reach the level of success Bell had during his heyday—at least not on a consistent enough basis. This isn’t to say JuJu Smith-Schuster isn’t talented. In fact, of the three current Killer B replacements, he may have the best chance of reaching Brown’s level as an elite receiver. However, can he duplicate Brown’s production? Not likely. And even if that’s not a requirement (and I don’t believe Smith-Schuster has to set an NFL record for a six-year run of production by a wide receiver in order for the Steelers to succeed), the players who make up the remainder of the Steelers receiving corps haven’t shown themselves to be nearly as talented as Smith-Schuster was when he was teaming up with Brown the past two seasons--and as you’ve seen through eight games, that has made for a more difficult road for the third-year man out of USC.

You want to know why preseason games are usually so boring? The backups play the majority of the time. As it pertains to Pittsburgh’s main contributors on offense, you have a whole stable full of skill-position players who may have actually had a hard time cracking the line-up (or even making the roster) if the Killer B’s were all still in the hive in 2019.

You can’t take away two All-Pros and a Hall of Fame quarterback and expect the offense to continue to flourish. Remember two years ago when the defense struggled after its most important cog, Ryan Shazier, was lost to injury? When it comes to the current offense, three players of that caliber have been taken away.

As fans, I think we tend to get caught up in the moment and forget to look at the big picture when there is roster upheaval. We talk about game plans and schemes, but you can only scheme so much to make up for a lack of elite-level personnel. You don’t think the Steelers’ coaches are racking their brains trying to come up with a solution? To quote the late John McKay, “It’s not like we draw a play on the board and then say, ‘Now this will not work.’”

What this all means is that the Steelers will likely continue to struggle on offense for the remainder of 2019. Remember those times as fans that we were confident Pittsburgh had a really decent chance of success based on the fact that the other team was missing so much? That is how every opposing fan base has felt about facing the Steelers this season.

As hard as we may try to wish it away, the Steelers aren’t immune to the war of attrition that is often life in the NFL.

This isn’t to say the Steelers can’t succeed in 2019. It’s just that they’ll have to continue to get by with a little smoke, some mirrors and a lot of field goals by Chris Boswell.

Finally, did you listen to Mike Tomlin’s press conference on Tuesday and his chuckle when a reporter asked him why the Steelers offense has gone from the best in the red zone in 2018 to one of the worst this year?

The coach gets it. I think the fans need to join him in accepting the limitations of the Steelers offense in 2019.

Podcast: Why the Steelers are playing with “house money” vs. the Rams

Behind the Steel Curtain - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 5:31am

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

The 2019 season is upon us!! With the Pittsburgh Steelers now in the regular season, it is time to get back on the airwaves and discuss the Black-and-gold.

Take a look at the rundown for the latest episode of the BTSC podcast The Steelers Preview. On this show Jeff Hartman, Dave Schofield and Bryan Anthony Davis break down all things Steelers leading into the offseason.

Check out the rundown of the show:

  • Around the Horn Segment
  • Steelers Stat Geek
  • Preview of Steelers vs. Rams
  • Keys to victory
  • Fantasy Focus
  • Steelers Q&A
  • and MUCH MORE!

Jeff Hartman, editor of BTSC, Bryan Anthony Davis and Dave Schofield walk you through everything you need to know regarding the Black-and-gold.

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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Black and Gold Links: Will it be JuJu vs. Jalen in Steelers vs. Rams, Week 10?

Behind the Steel Curtain - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 4:29am
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Time to check on the latest news surrounding the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are moving into Week 10 of the NFL regular season, and as the team prepares for the Los Angeles Rams this week we continue to provide you with features, commentary and opinions to tide you over until the next game starts!

Today in the black-and-gold links article we take a look at whether this Sunday’s Steelers vs. Rams games will pit JuJu Smith-Schuster vs. Jalen Ramsey, or if the home team will try to avoid that matchup at all costs.

Let’s get to the news:

  • JuJu Smith-Schuster is realizing now what it means to be a No. 1 wide receiver in the NFL, and he might get a heavy dose of reality going against Jalen Ramsey this Sunday.

Kevin Gorman: JuJu vs. Jalen a marquee matchup that must live up to billing

By: Kevin Gorman, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

JuJu Smith-Schuster has dealt with the difficulty of trying to catch passes while drawing double teams, so the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver welcomes his next challenge.

When the Los Angeles Rams visit the Steelers on Sunday at Heinz Field, Smith-Schuster expects two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Jalen Ramsey to be covering him.

Which does JuJu prefer? That’s a no-brainer.

“Double-teamed is difficult, obviously, because you’ve got a guy inside and out,” Smith-Schuster said, “but also going one-on-one, when you’re going against an elite corner, you want to respect it. You want to respect his game and his craft.”

Smith-Schuster will be shooting for single coverage and a chance to earn the respect of Ramsey. Theirs promises to be a marquee matchup — even if neither one has quite lived up to the hype this season — and Smith-Schuster knows a strong performance against a shutdown corner would give credence to his status as a No. 1 receiver.

And that’s why he’s looking forward to it.

To read the full article, click HERE (Free)

  • The Steelers’ offensive line will be under a microscope when it comes to the matchup with Aaron Donald this Sunday.

Tim Benz: Steelers offensive line must hit right notes against Rams’ Aaron Donald

By: Tim Benz, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Same song. Different musicians.

The Steelers hope the music is just as sweet.

In advance of their looming contest against the Indianapolis Colts last week, we heard both Bud Dupree and Cameron Heyward sing it on the Steelers defensive side of the ball.

“Ones versus ones. Strength on strength. Good on good.”

That was their take on the matchup between their front-seven against the Colts offensive line.

The sack-happy turnover-machine defense against an Indy offense that protects the ball and never allows sacks.

How’d that turn out?

The Steelers defense had five sacks and numerous other pressures, and Indianapolis gave the ball back three times en route to a Steelers victory.

This week against the Los Angeles Rams, the “good on good” is on the other side of the ball. It’s the pass protection of the Steelers — which has allowed a league-low eight sacks — against the pass rush of the Rams.

Namely that of reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald.

To read the full article, click HERE (Free)

  • The Rams are dealing with their own injuries heading into Week 10, and Clay Matthews’ availability will be something to keep an eye on.

Clay Matthews limited in his return to practice

By: Charean Williams, ProFootballTalk

Rams linebacker Clay Matthews returned to practice Wednesday, though he was limited.

Matthews has not played since Week Five when he fractured his jaw in a loss to the Seahawks. Week 10 was his target return date after having his jaw wired shut.

Running back Malcolm Brown also was limited in his return from an ankle injury. He has not played since Week Six.

“Clay, he’s looking good,” Rams coach Sean McVay said. “He’s got a nice beard right now, too. I was just complimenting him on that. He’s feeling good.

“I think the anticipation for both those guys is if they continue to progress the right way throughout the week, you should expect to see them ready to roll.”

To read the full article, click HERE (Free)

  • JuJu Smith-Schuster Media Availability

@TeamJuJu: "We got a huge win. Just got to keep stacking them." pic.twitter.com/t9TFUD5Ous

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) November 6, 2019
  • Social Media Madness

"They're a great team and a great defense."

David DeCastro, Mark Barron, & Jaylen Samuels talk about our upcoming matchup with the Rams, the impact of Aaron Donald and more. pic.twitter.com/P5Sz4BHtoT

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) November 6, 2019

The tape is his storyteller.#UltimateHighlight | @minkfitz_21 pic.twitter.com/GALSdziG7X

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) November 7, 2019

Opposing teams - Bud is not your buddy.@Bud_Dupree pic.twitter.com/4Dqz9ocAzs

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) November 7, 2019

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

Behind the Steel Curtain - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 4:01am
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All the information needed to watch, listen, or attend the Steelers game at Heinz Field on Sunday against Los Angeles.

Buy tickets to Steelers vs. Rams from StubHub HERE

It finally happened. Although this statement can apply to several different things pertaining to the Pittsburgh Steelers, first and foremost it will go to say the Steelers finally defeated an opponent with a winning record in 2019. The other thing which finally happened was the Steelers won an ugly game in a somewhat uncharacteristic manner, often the way they have lost games in the recent past. Regardless of how it was done, the Steelers were able to walk off Heinz Field this past Sunday with a 26–24 victory over the Indianapolis Colts.

Now the focus turns into whether or not the Steelers can continue their three-game win streak which is the second longest in the AFC at the moment. Underdogs against the 2018 NFC Champion Los Angeles Rams, the Steelers have a formidable opponent as they conclude their three-game homestretch. Can the Steelers continue to stack wins? Will the coaches and players take some chances in order to pull off the upset?

This Sunday will answer these questions as the Steelers look to give the home fans three wins in a row. Make sure you get all the information you need below so you can enjoy the Week 10 showdown:

Week 10:

Game: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Los Angeles Rams

Date: Sunday, November 10th

Kickoff: 4:25 P.M. ET

Venue: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh

Weather: Live weather update

TV Channel: Broadcast locally on WPGH-FOX 53 with Chris Myers and Daryl Johnston as commentators and Laura Okmin as the sideline reporter. Check the national broadcast map to see if the game is on in your area. A subscription to NFL Sunday Ticket gives access to all NFL games not otherwise shown in your area.

Online: NFL.com Game Pass offers live games for international viewers and replays of every game during upon conclusion with a paid subscription. A subscription to NFL Sunday Ticket gives access to stream games as well. 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 some areas.

Radio: Steeler Nation Radio with Bill Hillgrove, Tunch Ilkin, and Craig Wolfley. 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.

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 with Jeff Hartman and Lance Williams.

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