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

Behind the Steel Curtain - Mon, 10/11/2021 - 6:37am
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The Pittsburgh Steelers were back on the field in Week 5 of the regular season. Take a look and listen to what was said after the game.

The Pittsburgh Steelers were winners for the second time this regular season with their win over the Denver Broncos Sunday.

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

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

Enjoy the content and be sure to stay with BTSC for all things black-and-gold as they prepare for the next game of the regular season. The next game on the docket is the Week 6 game at home vs. the Seattle Seahawks...but first, the post-game sound:

Mike Tomlin Post-Game Press Conference

Coach Tomlin on the win over the Broncos ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/W1ADOTYslQ

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) October 10, 2021

Ben Roethlisberger Post-Game Press Conference

.@_BigBen7 on the win over the Broncos ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/teid9h3gCD

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) October 10, 2021

Around the Locker Room

Hear from Chris Boswell, @The_fridge53, @trai_turner, and @TuneLight1 after our win over the Broncos. @HeinzTweets pic.twitter.com/YIpryWSSzy

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) October 11, 2021

Podcast: Steelers hold on to buck Broncos, 27-19

Behind the Steel Curtain - Mon, 10/11/2021 - 4:30am

Join BTSC for immediate reaction after the Steelers contest with the Denver Broncos

The Steelers once had a 24-6 lead over Denver, but injuries precipitated the Men of Steel watching that lead come close to slipping away. In the end, the Steelers triumphed 27-19. With Dave Schofield reporting from Heinz Field, Join Jeff Hartman, Bryan Anthony Davis as they recap the victory. Jeff Hartman, Dave Schofield and Bryan Anthony Davis break down the game like no one else does on the latest podcast, The Steelers Post-Game Show.

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Bills vs. Chiefs: Sunday Night Football Open Thread

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 10/10/2021 - 7:10pm
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Looks like a pretty good matchup between the Bills and Chiefs.

The Pittsburgh Steelers finally put a notch in the win column Sunday, and not it’s time to settle down for the Sunday Night Football matchup in Week 5. And boy is this looking like a great game.

Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs Chiefs

The Bills are on a roll and have been scoring at will since their Week 1 loss to Pittsburgh. On closer inspection of their wins, the Miami Dolphins, Washington Football Team, and Houston Texans don’t exactly make up murder’s row of teams to face.

The Chiefs’ defense can’t stop anyone, so they keep adding offensive players, makes sense, right? They’ve had a tougher go from a schedule standpoint, and have scored a ton themselves.

Join your fellow Steelers fans for the after party comment thread below!

Who gets the game ball for the Steelers’ win over the Broncos in Week 5?

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 10/10/2021 - 5:51pm
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Finally getting back on the winning side of things, which member of the Steelers gave the most gutsy performance?

The Pittsburgh Steelers were able to get back into the win column as they defeated the Denver Broncos by the score of 27-19 at Heinz Field. The win could be attributed to many factors where the team came through on both sides of the ball. Even though it wasn’t a perfect game, there were some good performances of note from the black and gold.

So who gets the game ball?

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

Since last week was a loss and therefore the “Dud of the Week” let’s recap the results.

Week 4 “Dud of the Week” Winner: Ben Roethlisberger

This vote wasn’t even close as Roethlisberger had 85% percent o the votes. As much as I didn’t want to pile on after Roethlisberger ran away with this award the previous week, he had to be on the list again. Between missing several throws, with as many as two of them being of the touchdown variety, they were moments where it would have made all the difference in the world in the outcome had Ben Roethlisberger made the play. Teams are daring Roethlisberger to beat them and he doesn’t seem up to the challenge. Additionally, the Steelers had two turnovers on the day, a Roethlisberger fumble and a Roethlisberger interception.

I’m very grateful we finally get back to the positive side of things and get to hand out a game ball. So here are the nominations in no particular order:

Najee Harris

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

Ben Roethlisberger

After being the “Dud of the Week” for the last two games, Ben Roethlisberger has his name listed again but in consideration for a game ball. Although he had a couple passes that could have ended up as interceptions, and he did have a fumble lost on a sack, Roethlisberger commanded the offense to 27 points and only had to throw the ball 25 times. With 15 completions, he had 253 yards and two touchdowns.

Chase Claypool

Coming off of injury, it seems Chase Claypool had stretches where he wasn’t on the field. But when he was, he often made the most of it. With five catches on six targets for 130 yards, Claypool also added a touchdown on the day.

Diontae Johnson

Despite being held in check a lot of the day with only two receptions on two targets, Diontae Johnson had 72 yards on the day. Most importantly, he got the Steelers on the scoreboard early with his 50 yard touchdown reception.

Minkah Fitzpatrick

When looking at the defense as a whole, it was tough to decide if any one player stood out more than another. But with Minkah Fitzpatrick notching 10 tackles on the day, his support in the run defense from the safety position was noteworthy to be in the running for the game ball.

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

Steelers suffer two key injuries in Week 5 win over the Broncos

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 10/10/2021 - 5:10pm
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The Pittsburgh Steelers can’t get away from the injury bug.

The Pittsburgh Steelers were a banged up team heading into the Week 5 game vs. the Denver Broncos, and it only got worse after the 27-19 win. During the game the team lost two key players to injury, and another key player to what is hopefully deemed rather minor.

First, after the game Mike Tomlin said inside linebacker Devin Bush injured his groin and was unable to return. Bush had already missed the Week 2 game vs. the Las Vegas Raiders with a groin injury, and it was unknown at the time if it was the same groin injury, or the other leg which was injured.

Second, Tomlin said JuJu Smith-Schuster injured his shoulder, something which was very obvious while watching the game, but also added Smith-Schuster was receiving further treatment at the hospital. This would show the injury is more serious than your typical football shoulder injury.

Lastly, Najee Harris was unable to finish the game and was seen stretching his lower leg on the sideline. Tomlin labeled his issues as cramps and said it shouldn’t hinder him moving forward.

Other than those aforementioned injuries, the only other issues the Steelers injuries were what Tomlin labels “bumps and bruises associated with the game of football.”

When you look at the wide receiver depth chart, the loss of Smith-Schuster means the team will hopefully get James Washington back, who missed Week 5 with a groin injury, to help solidify the depth at the position. In the wake of Bush’s injury, Robert Spillane filled in for the remainder of the game.

The Seattle Seahawks come to Heinz Field in Week 6, and it looks like the defense won’t have to worry about Russell Wilson due to a finger injury on his throwing hand suffered vs. the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday Night Football. With the Week 7 bye week on the horizon, and as banged up as the Steelers currently are, the bye can’t get here soon enough.

Be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black and gold as they prepare for the Seahawks in Week 6 NFL action.

Knee Jerk Reactions to the Steelers 27-19 victory over the Broncos

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 10/10/2021 - 3:20pm
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Knee Jerk reactions to the Steelers big victory over Denver in Week 5.

Knee-jerk Reactions are immediate responses to a situation without taking the time to analyze the situation. That’s something as sports fans that we typically do. Especially if you are a full blood Yinzer, or even just a part Yinzer, who am I fooling it’s more like if you are a Steeler fan in general. As is the custom, I compile my knee-jerk thoughts and publish them immediately after each Steelers game (my son Kyle might have a few things to say as well). It’s my version of running my mouth first and apologizing later. So with that being said, I’m going to employ that philosophy here during Week 5 of the 2021 NFL Season. Let’s get this going, HERE......WE......GO!!!

1st Quarter

  • A gorgeous 74 degree game. I wish I was there. Wait a minute... I am! Therefore, I must hand the ball off to the originator of Knee Jerk, Bryan Anthony Davis.
  • Thanks, Big Bro! Glad to be back for a week.
  • Good Gravy! It seems like every week this team opens the game on offense. Not a big fan of that.
  • Nice return by Ray-Ray. But what’s this, a flag? Of course it is.
  • No. 22 running strong to start this game.
  • Man! If Chase Claypool stays in bounds. He’s gone like Julia Roberts in Runaway Bride. I wish my starter wife saw that movie.
  • Bennie Snell needs cut now. Dropping a pass is unforgiveable when you haven’t done anything positive all season.
  • I hate going for it all on 3rd and short. It rarely works. But it did there. That was absolutely gorgeous there. 7-0 Men of Steel.
  • That was actually pretty good coverage by Kyle Fuller at first. But Diontae Johnson got great separation there.
  • Ben loves Diontae Johnson and the fans should too. To No. 7’s, DJ18 is kind of becoming his No. 84.
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  • The crowd made a difference there for the delay of game. This needs to be a “get right” game for Steeler Nation too.
  • With this series, you kind of get the feeling that the defense is getting real tired of hearing how amazing that the Denver defense is.
  • This second drive is huge for the Steelers. points here and this offense can work on the running game. Dictate!
  • BR=BR. Call Ben Roethlisberger “Betsy Ross”. Because he just thread that needle.
  • Mike Purcell made a huge play on that deflected pass and would have made another if it wasn’t for the big stick by Ray Ray.
  • Did they work on third down conversions all week? That’s what I’m talkin’ bout.
  • Chuks with a false start. He disappoints me like I used to disappoint my parents by bringing home Ds on my report card.
  • This second possession needs to end in six points. Not for the sake of this game, but to establish a run game. It’s everything that we’ve said that we need to see.
  • I like Kalen Ballage better than Harris, but that run is a testament to how good Najee is.
  • Uggh! You gotta protect your quarterback.
  • No. 7 is going to take blame there, but
  • Ben looks hurt. He’s grabbing his ribs. But then again, he turned the ball over. It’s kind of his M.O. to grimace and highlight pain after a fumble or interception.
  • A tackle behind the line of scrimmage just show’s how amazing Trent Jordan Watt is.
  • Play action works, see? Nice battling by Zach Gentry. Misters 3rd and 5th getting busy today.
  • End of Quarter. Steelers 7, Broncos 3.

2nd Quarter

  • Najee is a battler. I think the first 100-yard game could come if they can maintain the lead.
  • That 21-yard gain helps. Wait for flags, though, What? None? Color me shocked.
  • The backups aren’t getting it done, running or catching. Unfortunately, It’s Najee or nothing.
  • Ben not on target there. Bahhhhhhh!
  • Boz to the rescue. 10-3 Steelers.
  • Big dropped pass by the birthday boy, Courtland Sutton. I love how Terrell Edmunds celebrates after he got beat on the play. You do you, Fe’Derius.
  • Decent punt return by Denver. Next to Princess Diana and For Hire, Diontae is my favorite Spencer. Love me some Diontae Spencer. Never should have let that dude go.
  • Just because it worked on 3rd and 1 last time, doesn’t mean you have to do it every time.
  • Defense is swarming. Nice. Minkah is becoming another heart of the defense. No. 39 is a perennial.
  • Ouch! That’s why everybody loved Javonte Williams in the draft. 49 yards.
  • Somebody else other than the Steelers called for a dumb penalty other than the black and gold is a shocker.
  • Devin Bush Jr.!!!!!!! Denver not loving that draft day trade at this particular juncture.
  • Going from the one and then losing 17 yards on consecutive plays is ridiculous.
  • Give James Pierre a hug for saving the touchdown on the Javonte Williams run. Holding them to a field goal is huge. Steelers 10, Yonkos 6.
  • JuJu just got walloped. I might be jumping the gun here, but he’s going to miss some time.
  • Chuks. I’m so done with that guy! Done, I tell you. D-O-N-E!!!!!!!
  • Ben almost gave up a long pick-six there. He’s gotta clean that up.
  • Third down. C’mon. Missed opportunities like crazy.
  • That might be a gift flag on Kyle Fuller. No, good call. I’m surprised that the officials called that.
  • Najee!!!!! I love that cool customer. Steelers 17, Broncos 6.
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  • Just gave up two plays worth a chunk of yards. They are going to let them roll on down the field and score.
  • But at least they tackled. Way to hold on, James Pierre.
  • Arthur Maulet is quietly becoming a very important part of this defense. Great signing that No. 35 was. Two big plays in a row.
  • Teddy B. looks jittery. The defense is in his melon.
  • Garrett Bolles got penalized again. I’ve got a buddy that’s a Broncos Backer, he can’t stand that cat.
  • Forced a punt. I’m glad I spoke too soon.
  • Big Ben with two timeouts and 1:34. Let’s Gooooooooooo! Could put away the game with a touchdown here.
  • C’mon Kendrick. Stay at home. But the broadcast crew kind of stuck up for him there on the ineligible-man-down-field call. So, I’ll let the rookie play the Nell Carter card... and that’s, Gimme a Break.
  • That run by Ballage, again, shows how badly Najee Harris needs to stay healthy. Drafting Harris seems even smarter now.
  • I would have liked them to show a little more urgency on that possession. Don’t take your foot off of the gas. At Halftime, Steelers 17-6.

3rd Quarter

  • The Steelers might not escape this game without Diontae Spencer burning them.
  • In fairness to the Steelers ST unit, they did flag Denver for a hold on the return.
  • Courtland Sutton is quietly having a nice game.
  • Alex Highsmith is oh-so close.
  • Again, Teddy is just getting the ball away,
  • Heyward = Heart
  • That’s huge to get the ball back without giving up points to start the half.
  • Najee with the 100-yard game after the 17-yard dash.
  • A three-yard run from a backup? I’ll take it!
  • After the Dotson hold, gotta get those yards back.
  • And Ben is using the middle of the field for the first down to Claypool. Where has that been?
  • Ben is getting dinged up. If the Steelers score a touchdown here, I’d go to the bullpen.
  • Cody White, c’mon man!!!!! Catch those balls.
  • Muth is becoming a high-percentage option.
  • The bad news is that Chris Boswell just had a 50-yard field goal negated, the good news is that it’s due to a 15-yard leverage penalty on the defense. Sorry Boz, But we’ll take it.
  • Yeah, Chase Claypool loves playing Denver. Sweet pass by Ben for the score and great effort by No. 11. Steelers 24, Denver 6.
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  • Mondeaux with a spin move and an athletic sack. Nice, Henry.
  • The Broncos are definitely going to go for it on fourth down.
  • They don’t get it off in time.

4th Quarter

  • Joe Schobert with the tackle, but it’s coming down to a measurement, I think they got it.
  • The fans don’t like it, but Patrick got it clean. No need to challenge the spot.
  • They are going to capitalize. I can feel it.
  • Monster hit by Minkah.
  • Reports are that Mason Rudolph is warming up. If they score a touchdown, that would be a mistake. That is unless Ben is hurt.
  • JuJu is out for the game and now Devin Bush is as well.
  • Watt is worth the money.
  • Nobody was near Kendall Hinton. Crap! Steelers 24, Broncos 13.
  • Najee is back. Thank goodness.
  • Najee is holding on to his calf. Oh no!
  • Positive yards for Benny Snell? Wow! I must be dehydrated and hallucinating.
  • These injuries are mounting up and could cost them. Defense needs a stop.
  • Big Press with the huge 62-yard punt. Somewhere Jeff Hartman is smiling.
  • Just found out that Harvin III is a gifted piano player. Thanks for the nugget, Fox.
  • James Pierre just got torched. Courtland Sutton with the score. Paul Simon’s “Slip, Sliding Away” is playing in my head.
  • They can not blow this.
  • At least the 2PC failed. 24-19 Steelers.
  • Without Najee, you can’t rely too heavy on the run.
  • Thank you, Diontae Johnson. That’s huge. Keep it going.
  • In field goal range is good, but score a TD and wrap this puppy up.
  • Snell ran better in this possession, but can’t get it done.
  • Boswell converts from 43-out and the Steelers lead 27-19.
  • 2:29 remains for Denver with no timeouts, Defense has got to hold.
  • Big first down for Tim Patrick near midfield. This is scaring me.
  • This is where you need T.J. to come up big.
  • Good defense by James Pierre on that shot in the end zone, but you need to catch that.
  • How in the world are you letting Kendall Hinton burn you?
  • Terrell Edmunds with another big play near the end of a Denver game.
  • Bang!!!! James Pierre with the big pick in the end zone.
  • Final Score: Steelers 27, Denver 19

There you have it, BAD’s knee jerks. What were your thoughts? Be sure to get your opinions heard in the comment section below. Now time for me to process it, do some quick analyzing for the Scho Bro Show, and then put it behind me as the Steelers move on to Week 6 against the Seahawks. I’ll be back next week. CAN’T WAIT!!!!!

Final Score: Steelers hold on to beat the Broncos 27-19

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 10/10/2021 - 3:07pm
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The Pittsburgh Steelers desperately needed a win, and got just that in Week 5 with a win over the Denver Broncos.

The Pittsburgh Steelers entered Week 5 far from where fans expected them as the regular season began. Most would have assumed they would be .500 or better, but their 1-3 record, losing three straight, has black and gold fans around the globe scratching their heads.

Desperately needing a win, the Steelers welcomed the Denver Broncos (3-1) to Heinz Field for a Week 5 showdown between AFC rivals. Denver was able to win the opening coin toss, putting Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers’ offense on the field first.

Last week vs. the Green Bay Packers the Steelers scored a touchdown on their opening drive, and they repeated that vs. the Broncos Sunday. With the offense spreading the ball around, and mixing in the runs by Najee Harris, it was Roethlisberger who found Diontae Johnson for a 50-yard bomb for the touchdown.

A great way to start the game @_BigBen7 | @Juiceup__3 | : FOX pic.twitter.com/7H4cW61oc8

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) October 10, 2021

Chris Boswell’s extra point was good, making the score 7-0 with 12:02 left in the first quarter.

After the Steelers’ defense got an early 3-and-out, Pittsburgh’s offense picked up right where it left off; however, with the offense nearing midfield Roethlisberger was hit from behind and fumbled. The ball was recovered by the Broncos, setting them up in field goal range.

The Steelers’ defense did their job, and didn’t surrender a first down, forcing a Broncos field goal, which was good, to make the score 7-3 with 1:43 left in the first quarter.

To start the second quarter the Steelers were putting together another solid drive, this one was highlighted by Najee Harris running the ball. The rookie running back was getting at least four yards a run, and a 21-yard gain put the Steelers in field goal range. Unfortunately, the Steelers would have to rely on a Chris Boswell field goal to make the score 10-3 with 12:42 left in the second quarter.

After both teams exchanged three-and-outs, it was Denver who struck next. A Javonte Williams 49 yard run got the Broncos inside the 10 yard line. After Williams was flagged for delay of game for spiking the ball out of the field of play, it pushed the Broncos back. On 2nd down Devin Bush came through the line and sacked Teddy Bridgewater for a loss of 12. 3rd down failed, and another field goal made the score 10-6 with 5:50 left in the half.

With JuJu Smith-Schuster leaving the game with a shoulder injury, it was Chase Claypool who stood tall. Claypool, defended by Von Miller, caught a pass over the middle and raced 59-yards for the huge gain. A defensive pass interference call on Denver put the ball at the one yard line, and Najee Harris did the rest.

and in @ohthatsNajee22 | : FOX pic.twitter.com/dkFSaAlPur

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) October 10, 2021

Boswell was good, again, making the score 17-6 with 2:12 left in the first half.

The Broncos took just 35 seconds off the clock, giving the Steelers’ offense another chance with 1:31 left and two timeouts in their back pocket. Starting from their own 10 yard line, but they would be content going into halftime with a 17-6 lead.

The Broncos started the 3rd quarter with the football, and put together a drive which stalled a midfield, giving the ball back to Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers offense. Pittsburgh’s offense continued to put together time-consuming drives. They also continued a balanced approach to their play calling. It was this drive where Najee Harris broke the 100 yard mark for the first time this season, and Chase Claypool continued to be a big play machine with JuJu Smith-Schuster out of the game with a shoulder injury.

When it looked like the Steelers would settle for a Chris Boswell field goal, the Broncos were flagged for a personal foul, giving the Steelers a new set of downs. Facing a 3rd and 10, Roethlisberger delivered a strike to Chase Claypool for the touchdown.

Just a beauty @_BigBen7 | @ChaseClaypool | : FOX pic.twitter.com/gb40voaMWY

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) October 10, 2021

Chris Boswell’s extra point was good, making the score 24-6 with 2:41 left in the third quarter.

Desperately needing an answer, the Broncos turned to an up tempo style of play to get their offense going. After converting on 4th and 5, they converted a 4th and 2 to get the ball inside the 10-yard line. Another 4th down play, this time with goal to gain, was a pass completed to Kendall Hinton for the Broncos’ first touchdown of the game. The touchdown made the score 24-13 with 10:15 left in regulation.

The worst thing the Steelers could do is to give the ball back to Denver’s offense, and that is exactly what they did. A three-and-out gave the Broncos the ball with 7:40 after a 62-yard Pressley Harvin punt. It took just a few plays before Bridgewater hit Courtland Sutton for a 39-yard touchdown. Vic Fangio decided to go for the two-point conversion, but the pass intended for Sutton fell incomplete, keeping the score 24-19 with 5:46 left in regulation.

Roethlisberger took the ball into his own hands and moved the ball into Denver territory after completions to Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool. However, without Najee Harris the drive stalled and Boswell tacked on another field goal to make the score 27-19 with 2:29 left in the fourth quarter.

With no timeouts remaining, Bridgewater was able to move the ball to midfield before the two-minute warning. Bridgewater continued to carve up the Steelers’ prevent defense, and big completions moved the ball inside the Steelers 10-yard line. After a 3rd down incompletion, with 17 seconds left, the 4th down pass was intercepted by James Pierre, icing the game for the Steelers.

The 27-19 score would hold, and be the Steelers second win of the season. The Steelers, now with a 2-3 record, will host the Seattle Seahawks in Week 6 prior to their Week 7 bye week. Be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black and gold as they press on throughout the regular season.

Devin Bush ruled out of Week 5 game with a leg injury

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 10/10/2021 - 2:37pm
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The Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker has left the game with a leg injury.

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ injury issues continue with a lower body injury to Devin Bush. Just a quarter after JuJu Smith-Schuster left the game with a shoulder injury, the Steelers were suddenly turning to Robert Spillane alongside Joe Schobert at inside linebacker.

This was because of a leg injury to Bush, per Burt Lauten:

#Steelers LB Devin Bush has a leg injury and is questionable to return to today's game.

— Burt Lauten (@SteelersPRBurt) October 10, 2021

Bush has already missed some time this season with a groin injury, and everyone knows the time he missed last season due to a torn ACL. Whether this was more precautionary or not has yet to be determined, but the hope is the Steelers are able to hold onto the victory over the Denver Broncos in Week 5.

Spillane has been the primary backup all season, and is taking almost all of the snaps in Bush’s stead since he left the game. This status could change, so be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the Pittsburgh Steelers as they continue through the 2021 regular season.

UPDATE

Bush has been ruled OUT for the rest of the game.

Devin Bush (leg) is OUT for the remainder of the game

— Jenna Harner (@JennaHarner11) October 10, 2021

Steelers vs. Broncos, Week 5: 3rd quarter in-game update

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are back, and we keep you up to date with those who aren’t able to watch the game live.

1st Quarter In-Game Update

2nd Quarter In-Game Update

The Broncos started the 3rd quarter with the football, and put together a drive which stalled a midfield, giving the ball back to Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers offense. Pittsburgh’s offense continued to put together time-consuming drives. They also continued a balanced approach to their play calling. It was this drive where Najee Harris broke the 100 yard mark for the first time this season, and Chase Claypool continued to be a big play machine with JuJu Smith-Schuster out of the game with a shoulder injury.

When it looked like the Steelers would settle for a Chris Boswell field goal, the Broncos were flagged for a personal foul, giving the Steelers a new set of downs. Facing a 3rd and 10, Roethlisberger delivered a strike to Chase Claypool for the touchdown.

Just a beauty @_BigBen7 | @ChaseClaypool | : FOX pic.twitter.com/gb40voaMWY

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) October 10, 2021

Chris Boswell’s extra point was good, making the score 24-6 with 2:41 left in the third quarter.

The Broncos have the ball near midfield at the end of the 3rd quarter.

JuJu Smith-Schuster leaves with shoulder injury, will not return

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 10/10/2021 - 1:49pm
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The Pittsburgh Steelers are without one of their pass catchers heading into the second half.

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ offense might be without one of their more reliable players in JuJu Smith-Schuster for the remainder of the Week 5 game vs. the Denver Broncos. While carrying the football, Smith-Schuster was tackled hard and left the field in pain.

The Steelers are saying the injury is to his shoulder, and his return to the game is listed as questionable. This per Burt Lauten, the Steelers director of Public Relations:

#Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster sustained a shoulder injury. He is questionable to return to today's game.

— Burt Lauten (@SteelersPRBurt) October 10, 2021

It is highly doubtful Smith-Schuster is able to return to the game, but at the moment is still listed as questionable.

Smith-Schuster has yet to truly find his groove in this new Steelers’ offense. There are moments where it looks as if the Steelers are trying to find creative ways just to get the ball in Smith-Schuster’s hands. Nonetheless, at the moment the wonder is how serious is the injury, and how long could he miss.

Be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the Steelers as they try to hold onto victory vs. the Denver Broncos in Week 5.

UPDATE

Smith-Schuster will not return to the game.

INJURY UPDATE: #Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster has been ruled OUT with a shoulder injury. https://t.co/qjXTQctXBE

— Burt Lauten (@SteelersPRBurt) October 10, 2021

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

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 10/10/2021 - 1:40pm
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The Steelers are back on the gridiron! The 2021 season continues with the Steelers and Broncos locking horns in Week 5. Keep tabs on all things Black-and-gold with our updates and open thread.

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

Throughout the game, be sure to check back here for score updates, injury news and any breaking news from those on the sidelines following the team live.

For those wondering, you can enjoy some lively commentary with the best Steelers fans across the globe in the open thread for all BTSC members in the comment section below. Let’s remember to keep it clean, respect everyone’s thoughts and ideas, and ultimately remember we’re all here for the same reason—to root on the Steelers!

So enjoy the game and be sure to follow BTSC for all the latest news surrounding the team throughout the game and afterwards!

HERE WE GO STEELERS!

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Steelers vs. Broncos, Week 5: 2nd quarter in-game update

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 10/10/2021 - 1:31pm
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The Pittsburgh Steelers are back, and we keep you up to date with those who aren’t able to watch the game live.

1st Quarter In-Game Update

To start the second quarter the Steelers were putting together another solid drive, this one was highlighted by Najee Harris running the ball. The rookie running back was getting at least four yards a run, and a 21-yard gain put the Steelers in field goal range. Unfortunately, the Steelers would have to rely on a Chris Boswell field goal to make the score 10-3 with 12:42 left in the second quarter.

After both teams exchanged three-and-outs, it was Denver who struck next. A Javonte Williams 49 yard run got the Broncos inside the 10 yard line. After Williams was flagged for delay of game for spiking the ball out of the field of play, it pushed the Broncos back. On 2nd down Devin Bush came through the line and sacked Teddy Bridgewater for a loss of 12. 3rd down failed, and another field goal made the score 10-6 with 5:50 left in the half.

With JuJu Smith-Schuster leaving the game with a shoulder injury, it was Chase Claypool who stood tall. Claypool, defended by Von Miller, caught a pass over the middle and raced 59-yards for the huge gain. A defensive pass interference call on Denver put the ball at the one yard line, and Najee Harris did the rest.

and in @ohthatsNajee22 | : FOX pic.twitter.com/dkFSaAlPur

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) October 10, 2021

Boswell was good, again, making the score 17-6 with 2:12 left in the first half.

The Broncos took just 35 seconds off the clock, giving the Steelers’ offense another chance with 1:31 left and two timeouts in their back pocket. Starting from their own 10 yard line, but they would be content going into halftime with a 17-6 lead.

Steelers vs. Broncos, Week 5: 1st quarter in-game update

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 10/10/2021 - 12:38pm
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The Pittsburgh Steelers are back, and we keep you up to date with those who aren’t able to watch the game live.

The Pittsburgh Steelers entered Week 5 far from where fans expected them as the regular season began. Most would have assumed they would be .500 or better, but their 1-3 record, losing three straight, has black and gold fans around the globe scratching their heads.

Desperately needing a win, the Steelers welcomed the Denver Broncos (3-1) to Heinz Field for a Week 5 showdown between AFC rivals. Denver was able to win the opening coin toss, putting Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers’ offense on the field first.

Last week vs. the Green Bay Packers the Steelers scored a touchdown on their opening drive, and they repeated that vs. the Broncos Sunday. With the offense spreading the ball around, and mixing in the runs by Najee Harris, it was Roethlisberger who found Diontae Johnson for a 50-yard bomb for the touchdown.

A great way to start the game @_BigBen7 | @Juiceup__3 | : FOX pic.twitter.com/7H4cW61oc8

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) October 10, 2021

Chris Boswell’s extra point was good, making the score 7-0 with 12:02 left in the first quarter.

After the Steelers’ defense got an early 3-and-out, Pittsburgh’s offense picked up right where it left off; however, with the offense nearing midfield Roethlisberger was hit from behind and fumbled. The ball was recovered by the Broncos, setting them up in field goal range.

The Steelers’ defense did their job, and didn’t surrender a first down, forcing a Broncos field goal, which was good, to make the score 7-3 with 1:43 left in the first quarter.

Pittsburgh’s offense was nearing midfield at the end of the first quarter.

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

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 10/10/2021 - 11:50am
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The Steelers are back on the gridiron! The 2021 season continues with the Steelers and Broncos locking horns in Week 5. Keep tabs on all things Black-and-gold with our updates and open thread.

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

Throughout the game, be sure to check back here for score updates, injury news and any breaking news from those on the sidelines following the team live.

For those wondering, you can enjoy some lively commentary with the best Steelers fans across the globe in the open thread for all BTSC members in the comment section below. Let’s remember to keep it clean, respect everyone’s thoughts and ideas, and ultimately remember we’re all here for the same reason—to root on the Steelers!

So enjoy the game and be sure to follow BTSC for all the latest news surrounding the team throughout the game and afterwards!

HERE WE GO STEELERS!

If you have time, and want to check out any of our podcasts, listen in the player below:

Who is the Steelers’ X-Factor in Week 5 vs. the Broncos?

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 10/10/2021 - 11:30am
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Who is the X-Factor for the Steelers in their Week 5 game vs. the Broncos?

The Pittsburgh Steelers are preparing for the Denver Broncos in Week 5. It is the Steelers’ second road game of the season, and, hopefully their second victory.

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

What is an ‘X-Factor’?

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

As a clear-cut example of what an ‘X-Factor’ player would look like, think Troy Polamalu. Polamalu’s skill set made him a force to be reckoned with on every play. So, who are the ‘X-Factors’ for the Steelers Week 5 game vs. the Broncos?

Let’s take a look...

Jeff Hartman

X-Factor: Ben Roethlisberger

Why: Have things ever been this bad for Roethlisberger? Has the fan base ever been this down on the future Hall of Fame quarterback? To be honest, his play this season has been bad, and a large reason for the slow start. Nonetheless, these reasons, and many more, are why he is an X-Factor in the game vs. the Broncos. Fans are expecting, almost waiting, for Roethlisberger to turn the corner and start playing the way he has in the past. Is today the day? If the Steelers want to avoid a 1-4 start, it better be.

Dave Schofield

X-Factor: Devin Bush

Why: The strength of the Broncos offense is the running game. If they are forced to put the ball in the air, there are all kinds of things the Steelers can do both in pressuring the quarterback and in coverage. But to get there, the Steelers simply have to stop the run. To do that, look for the Steelers former first-round pick to step up if they’re going to shut things down.

Joe Rowles (Mile High Report)

X-Factor: Dre’Mont Jones, Malik Reed and Noah Fant

Why: On defense I’d say Dre’Mont Jones and Malik Reed are the two unsung Broncos to keep an eye on. Both look like they should be able to find ways to the quarterback and need to to force Roethlisberger into mistakes. Jones is the Broncos best pass rusher with a very good burst and a refined pass rush repertoire, while Reed is the edge rusher who’s taken over for Bradley Chubb. With the Steelers run game so iffy, I expect Fangio to dial up stunts to try and create one-on-ones for them both. On offense, the player that should have a big day is Noah Fant. He’s an athletic mismatch due to his size and speed, and has shown hints of it through the opening month of the year.

Who would be your X-Factor for the Week 5 game at Heinz Field? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!

How the Broncos defense plans to counter the Steelers offense in Week 5

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 10/10/2021 - 11:00am
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The Steelers and Broncos square off in Week 5, and it is time to look at how the Broncos’ defense will counter the Steelers.

When the Pittsburgh Steelers play a team like the Mile High Report, an AFC rival, there is not a lot of uncertainty surrounding the matchup.

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

With that said, I reached out to Mile High Report’s contributor Joe Rowles and asked him a series of questions about the upcoming game. He was more than generous to provide answers to these questions, and in this article I asked him what the Broncos’ defense plan to counter the Steelers offense in Week 5 will be.

How will the Broncos defense try to slow down Ben Roethlisberger and company?

Check out his answer below, and be sure to follow Mile High Report for the latest news and notes from the other side of the fence leading up to the game at 1:00 p.m. ET.

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

Fangio’s defense plays out of a two high structure and tends to keep a lid on big plays over the top. Philosophically they try to make an opposing offense take a slow methodical march down the field a couple yards at a time, with the belief that a mistake will happen and give them a favorable down and distance. Due to the personnel mismatches up front in the Broncos favor, I expect Denver to mostly send four with some games to create havoc and play coverage.

The prediction for this game is to be a low scoring affair, and this is a large reason why. The Broncos’ defense is similar to the Steelers’ defense, and they will want to make the offense earn every yard. Giving up the big play will be a back breaker for either team, and the offense who is able to connect on a big play might just be the team leaving the stadium with the victory.

Can the Steelers’ offensive line finally put together what would look like a complete game? Will Ben Roethlisberger start to play up to the caliber he set for himself over his 18 year career? These are the questions which will need to be answered before the Steelers can consider their current three-game losing streak nothing but a fluke, and prepare for bigger and better things down the road.

How do you see this game shaking out? Let us know in the comment section below, and be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black and gold as they prepare for the upcoming Week 5 game.

The Steelers Week 5 inactive list against the Broncos has familiar healthy scratches

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 10/10/2021 - 10:38am
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The Steelers have six players on their inactive list after a practice squad elevation.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have released their inactives for their Week 5 matchup against the Denver Broncos. With three players already ruled out due to injury (Rashaad Coward was released on Saturday and lo longer counts), there was a player elevated from the practice squad on Saturday in order to help cover the loss. With six players needed to fill out the list this week, there are three healthy scratches. The Steelers full inactive list comes courtesy of Joe Rutter.

Inactives for Steelers:

No. 3 QB Dwayne Haskins
No. 13 WR James Washington
No. 20 CB Cam Sutton
No. 25 CB Ahkello Witherspoon
No. 45 ILB Buddy Johnson
No. 73 DT Carlos Davis

— Joe Rutter (@tribjoerutter) October 10, 2021

Just like the last two weeks, the Steelers don’t have any players carrying an injury status who were in doubt for Sunday’s game. The difference this week is there was no downgrade of a player, only one of the players ruled out being released. Since the Steelers had already elevated Cody White twice in 2021, they could not elevate him from the practice squad again and signed him to the 53-man roster. In order to help out more in the secondary, safety Karl Joseph was the player called up from the practice squad for Sunday.

The biggest loss among the three players ruled out for the game is cornerback Cam Sutton. Both a starting outside corner as well as sliding into a different role in some of the Steelers sub packages, it is expected it will take multiple players who see extra playing time from the loss of Sutton.

The other two players missing the game due to injury are defensive tackle Carlos Davis and wide receiver James Washington. Davis missed the last three games with a knee injury while Washington popped up on the injury list on Thursday with a groin injury. The absence of Washington is what led to the signing of Cody White.

As for the players who were healthy scratches, Dewayne Haskins is inactive for the fifth-straight week. For the other two spots on the inactive list, the Steelers have cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon inactive for the third-straight game and four of the five games this season. After getting a helmet in Week 2 due to the injury to Joe Haden, Witherspoon is back on the inactive list again as the Steelers elevated Karl Joseph to help in the secondary. For the second-straight week, Buddy Johnson finishes off the inactives list as he will be on the sidelines.

As for the Broncos inactives, they can be seen below courtesy of Steelers.com.

Broncos Inactives

No. 4 QB Brett Rypien

No. 21 CB Ronald Darby

No. 35 CB Kary Vincent Jr.

No. 41 S Jamar Johnson

No. 73 OT Cam Fleming

No. 95 DT McTelvin Agim

Bold and Bizarre predictions for Steelers vs. Broncos

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 10/10/2021 - 10:00am
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Much to the chagrin of most, BTSC’s Nostradumbass predicts the Steelers’ matchup against the Broncos.

After three straight losses, the Steelers are back at home and looking to move to 2-3 to start the season. However, there are many questions to be answered. With inquiries, story lines, and more, I’ve compiled a list of predictions (some basic, and some utterly idiotic) to look for in this opening contest.

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

  • After a rash of arrests the first four weeks of the season, Boujee Smith-Schuster is well behaved and records an NBC-style “The More You Know” public service announcement urging proper fan behavior to be played on the JumboTron or whatever they call it these days.
  • Ben Roethlisberger is only sacked twice on the afternoon and No. 7 throws for 230 yards and one score against no picks.
  • One of those scores is hauled-in by Chase Claypool, who sheds his uniform to reveal a very tight, burgundy wrestling singlet from the fictional Bayside High School on Saved By The Bell starring the incomparable Mario Lopez. The display is in honor of Lopez’ 48th birthday.
  • When the sound system joins in to play the legendary theme song written by Scott Gale and sung by Michael Damian, former Steelers’ RB Le’Veon Bell appears out of nowhere to break-in with his own rap rendition called Saved By The Real Bell.
  • Pat Freiermuth and Eric Ebron combine for 11 catches on the afternoon, as Ben locates the middle of the field early and often.
  • As Matt Canada attempts to go upstairs to call the game, he is accosted by a large man wearing a custom black and gold Kylo Ren helmet. An APB is immediately put out on BTSC Editor Dave Schofield who is in attendance with his family. Schofield is approached by Heinz Field security as he is live on YouTube, there is some resistance and a tasing that does not phase the mountain of an editor, During this scene that would have broken the internet had Big Bro Scho remembered to press record, the real perpetrator is noticed running across the 50 yard line and heading towards the exits. The man is noticed by a visiting James Harrison and body slammed to the turf. In a Scooby Doo reveal, the assailant is revealed to be former Steelers OC randy Fichtner.
  • Unnerved by BTSC editor Jeff Hartman at the game wearing a “Bring Back Berry” t-shirt, Percy Harvin III booms two punts for 50+ Yards, nails three inside the twenty and displays no prison riot behavior...no shankings.
  • Najee Harris has his first 100-yard game rushing, 40-yards receiving and scores a rushing touchdown.
  • Arthur Maulet and Joe Haden get picks of Teddy B.
  • T.J. Watt gets three sacks ion the afternoon.
  • Chris Boswell goes four-for-four on the day, including a 49-yarder that becomes the difference in a 26-24 Steelers triumph.

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

How the Broncos’ offense plans to counter the Steelers’ defense in Week 5

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 10/10/2021 - 9:00am
Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The Steelers and Broncos square off in Week 5, and it is time to look at how the Denver offense will counter the Steelers.

When the Pittsburgh Steelers play a team like the Denver Broncos, an AFC rival, there can be a lot of uncertainty surrounding the matchup.

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

With that said, I reached out to Mile High Repor’s contributor Joe Rowles and asked him a series of questions about the upcoming game. He was more than generous to provide answers to these questions, and in this article I asked him what the Broncos’ plan to counter the Steelers defense in Week 5 will be.

How will Teddy Bridgewater or Drew Lock and company try to move the ball against the stout Steelers defense?

Check out his answer below, and be sure to follow Acme Packing Company for the latest news and notes from the other side of the fence leading up to the game at 1:00 p.m. ET.

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

It probably depends on the quarterback. If Teddy Bridgewater is starting I think they’ll mix in empty sets to make it easier to see where the blitz is coming from and pick on matchups as best they can. If Lock is starting we’ll see a run-heavy game plan designed to set up play action boots to the right. Quick game will be big for both.

The Broncos will likely try to duplicate the game plan set forth by Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers last Sunday. Run the ball efficiently enough to create manageable down and distances. The fact of the matter is the Steelers miss Tyson Alualu more than anyone would have thought, and the reason for that is the absence of Stephon Tuitt.

When Tuitt, Alualu and Cam Heyward were all healthy, they could both stop the run and rush the passer. Without Alualu and Tuitt, the responsibility falls to Isaiah Buggs and Chris Wormley. Not quite the same.

If the Steelers’ defense wants to be dominant, they need to duplicate their performance from Week 1 vs. the Buffalo Bills, and with their current depth chart. Stop the run, force the game to become a aerial attack and get after the quarterback.

Are the Steelers up to the task? It won’t be easy, but will be a tremendous test for a defense many believe is considered to be “elite”.

How do you see this game shaking out? Let us know in the comment section below, and be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black and gold as they prepare for the upcoming Week 5 game.

Podcast: A quarterly business review of the Steelers

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 10/10/2021 - 8:30am

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 a 1-3 record a ‘quarter way’ through the 2021 season, leaving the Steelers’ players, coaches, organization, and fans, wondering can the men of steel turn it around. Join BTSC’s Mark Davison and Bryan Anthony Davis, as they bring a global perspective to the Steelers in 2021, and what to expect as the team look to revitalize 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:

  • A preview this week’s game against the Broncos, and reflecting on the Packers last week
  • A ‘Quarterly Business Review’ of the Steelers’ first quarter of the 2021 season
  • ‘Slingin’ the Slang’
  • Mark & Bryan share their ‘Punts of the Week’ (Bold Predictions)
  • Audience Q&A
  • Plus MUCH MUCH MORE!

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