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Ryan Clark makes a lofty comparison for the 2019 Pittsburgh Steelers defense

Behind the Steel Curtain - Mon, 11/11/2019 - 1:01pm
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The former Steelers safety sees a massive amount of potential in the current Steelers defense.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have won four games in a row, and five of their last six. But it isn’t just the winning, it is how they are winning.

With defense.

The Steelers’ defense has already tallied 26 takeaways through nine games, and has been causing havoc in the opposition’s backfield the entire season. On top of that, the defense as a whole is bringing the Steelers fan base back to their roots...

Defense.

For those old enough to remember even the Blitzburgh defenses of the 1990s, the Three Rivers crowd going nuts chanting “DEE-FENSE” with the movable seats on the sideline literally shaking with every sack tallied by the imposing group.

This team, and this fan base, has always loved their defense, and this current crop of defenders has made fans fall in love with defense all over again.

When you talk about the best defenses in Steelers history, of course most point to the groups which dominated the 1970s, some will discuss the aforementioned units of the 1990s, but the 2000s had some pretty intimidating groups to their record.

In fact, one of the players on those defenses made a pretty lofty comparison for the current defense. None other than former safety Ryan Clark.

See what he had to say, via his verified Twitter account:

Steelers defense feels really familiar..Big time dog in the middle, two boys on the outside that rush w/ hair on , vet at backer that is down hill, 1 that covers & runs, great vet corner, safeties that’s play really well together with 1 being a SUPER ⭐️. Seen it b4?

— Ryan Clark (@Realrclark25) November 11, 2019

Comparing this defense to the defenses with James Harrison, LaMarr Woodley, Troy Polamalu, Ike Taylor, Casey Hampton, Aaron Smith, Brett Keisel, James Farrior, Larry Foote and others seems a bit premature.

But is it?

This Steelers defense is doing things which haven’t been done in decades, and Minkah Fitzpatrick alone is achieving heights not seen since the Tazmanian Devil wearing No. 43 roamed the defense for the black-and-gold.

I think it is safe to say almost everyone reading this article would say this comparison isn’t justified, yet. If we all agree on that, what would this defense need to do, outside of winning a Super Bowl, to stack up with those 2000s defenses, and those who came before them?

Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below, and be sure to stay tuned to BTSC as the Steelers prepare for the Cleveland Browns in Week 11 on Thursday Night Football.

Mike Tomlin states James Conner would have practiced fully for the Steelers on Monday

Behind the Steel Curtain - Mon, 11/11/2019 - 11:25am
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Tomlin acknowledged the difficulties of dealing with injuries on a short week

The Pittsburgh Steelers have now won four straight games after going undefeated in their three game home stand. Going above .500 for the first time in 2019, the Steelers currently find themselves in the sixth spot in the AFC playoff picture. After a hard fought game against the Los Angeles Rams at Heinz Field on Sunday, the Steelers have a little time to celebrate their victory if they must prepare for the Thursday game against the Cleveland Browns.

On the short week, Coach Tomlin held his weekly press conference on Monday in preparation for Week 11. Knowing the Steelers have very limited work this week before their game against the Browns, Coach Tomlin outlined how players will not have much of a chance to progress from an injury standpoint as the week goes on. For the most part, the players who are available for the team’s first practice on Tuesday will most likely be the same players available for the game Thursday.

One of the biggest takes from Coach Tomlin‘s press conference was the statement that James Conner would have been a full participant in practice Monday if the Steelers were taking the field. Tomlin is optimistic that both Conner and Ramon Foster will be available this Thursday. Players in which Tomlin is less optimistic about their return are running back Benny Snell Jr. and fullback Roosevelt Nix. In essence, Tomlin believes neither player will be available for Thursday.

As for the injuries sustained in game on Sunday, Ryan Switzer is dealing with a back injury and Olasunkanmi Adeniyi is dealing with a hip. Another player not mentioned in the post-game press conference was Anthony Chickillo who is dealing with an issue with the cartilage in his ribs. At the time of Monday’s press conference, the players were currently being evaluated and their status for the week is still unknown.

Even though they do not practice on Monday, the Steelers are expected to release a hypothetical injury report later in the day in order to have the three required by the NFL.

AFC North Recap: Steelers refuse to go away as they move winning streak to four

Behind the Steel Curtain - Mon, 11/11/2019 - 10:47am
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Steelers continue to hang around after winning their 4th game in a row in Week 10.

The tenth week of NFL football is behind us, and it was quite the week in the AFC North division. With that said, it is time to see how the Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers, Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns all did in the week that was.

Time to take a look...

Baltimore Ravens - 49
Cincinnati Bengals - 13

The Baltimore Ravens made the Cincinnati Bengals look like a High School Junior Varsity team. Then again, that might be a slap in the face of JV teams across the land. The Ravens are scary right now, but plenty of challenges await them in the coming weeks. On the flip side, will Cincinnati win a game, or are they in tank mode?

Cleveland Browns - 19
Buffalo Bills - 16

In one of the more unwatchable games of the weekend, the Browns were able to win the game. It wasn’t pretty, but in a must-win situation the Browns were able to hold serve at home leading up to the huge divisional game with the Steelers on Thursday Night Football. As for the Bills, their offense leaves a lot to be desired, and their playoff hopes could be dashed in the near future if they don’t right the ship sooner than later.

Pittsburgh Steelers - 17
Los Angeles Rams - 12

The offense in this game was not noteworthy, but the Steelers’ defense was. Holding the Sean McVay offense to just three offensive points is downright impressive. Say what you want about the Rams not being the same team as they were in 2018, the Steelers defense didn’t just hold them to three points, but scored 7 of their own. This unit is becoming legitimate right in front of our own eyes.

AFC North Standings

Baltimore Ravens - 7-2
Pittsburgh Steelers - 5-4
Cleveland Browns - 3-6
Cincinnati Bengals - 0-9

Week 10 AFC North Schedule:

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns - TNF
Baltimore Ravens vs. Houston Texans - 1 p.m. ET
Cincinnati Bengals at Oakland Raiders - 4:25 p.m. ET

A look ahead...

Next three opponents for all AFC North teams:

Baltimore Ravens: vs. Texans, at Rams (MNF), vs. 49ers
Cleveland Browns: vs. Steelers, vs. Dolphins, at Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers: at Browns (TNF), at Bengals, vs. Browns
Cincinnati Bengals: at Raiders, vs. Steelers, vs. Jets

Don’t look now, but the Steelers are 5-4 and legitimate playoff contenders

Behind the Steel Curtain - Mon, 11/11/2019 - 9:45am
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

After their 1-4 start, the Steelers are currently 5-4 and sit in the sixth and final playoff spot in the AFC. Kind of amazing.

Like most years, the NFL’s playoff picture is a bit muddled and complicated as the 2019 regular season inches closer and closer to Thanksgiving.

After their horrendous 1-4 start, the Steelers didn’t figure to be in the mix of the playoff race, and if they were to make the postseason, the general consensus was that the best route would be as AFC North champions.

Unfortunately, the Ravens are now 7-2 and look like they may have a strangle-hold on their second-straight division title.

So much for the playoffs, right? Not unless you don’t consider a wildcard spot to be a decent consolation prize. That’s right, not only are the Steelers one of three teams with a 5-4 record after Sunday’s thrilling 17-12 victory over the Rams at Heinz Field, with a 4-2 mark in the AFC, they are currently in the sixth spot, meaning, if the postseason began today, they’d be in Houston to take on the Texans.

Who would have thought that was even possible as recently as five weeks ago?

And thanks to some AFC North help by the Browns, who beat the Bills in Cleveland on Sunday, Pittsburgh is only one game behind Buffalo for the top wildcard spot in the AFC.

It’s kind of amazing.

True, it’s a tad bit early to be talking about the standings and the race for the two wildcard spots. Heck, even with a two-game deficit behind the Ravens in the fight for the AFC North crown, it may be a bit premature to be conceding the division title.

But isn’t it crazy that Pittsburgh now sits in a playoff spot? Isn’t it nuts that just five or six weeks ago, we were talking about a double-digit-loss season?

It seems weird to be talking about the playoffs, but this is what happens when a team refuses to die. These are the types of articles one excitedly writes after a team earns a couple of victories over opponents that were perceived to be superior.

The Steelers now enter the softer portion of their schedule. They have games remaining against the Browns (twice), Bengals, Cardinals and Jets over the last seven weeks. They have what currently looks like a five-star match-up vs. Buffalo at Heinz Field in mid-December.

For that matter, the Steelers close out their season at Baltimore on December 29.

At this point, it seems like a pipe-dream to suggest that Week 17 match-up will be for AFC North supremacy.

But, not even two weeks ago, the thought of the Steelers sitting in the sixth spot in the AFC after nine games seemed far-fetched.

Prepare yourself, because this season of no expectations is now turning into one that could give you something to hope for in January.

Winners and Losers after the Steelers’ 17-12 win over the Rams in Week 10

Behind the Steel Curtain - Mon, 11/11/2019 - 8:33am
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

After every game there are players who play well, and those who don’t. This is where the ‘Winners and Losers’ column comes from.

The Pittsburgh Steelers were back on the field Sunday when they hosted the Los Angeles Rams in Week 10 of the regular season. After the big time game, it is time to see who performed well, and who left a lot to be desired.

Improvement was evident in some ways, and hopefully will continue, but the judgement process must go on. Players who play well can be considered ‘Winners’, while those who left plays on the field can be deemed ‘Losers’. It may sound harsh, but it is the crux of this exercise.

Let’s check in to see who fell on which side of the ledger after Week 8...

Winners

Minkah Fitzpatrick
Stat Line: 4 tackles, 3 solo, 2 pass defenses, 1 Fumble Recovery, 1 INT, 1 TD

I think it is safe to say there is no one in Steelers Nation who doesn’t like the trade for Minkah Fitzpatrick. There was a lot of grumbling at first, but the man has done nothing but make big time plays in big time situations to help this team win football games. The team now has a pure superstar in their deep secondary, something that hasn’t been said since Troy Polamalu played.

T.J. Watt
Stat Line: 5 tackles, 4 solo, 2 sacks, 2 TFL, 2 QB hits

What a monster T.J. Watt is becoming. Every game he seems to get better and better in every facet of his game. His 2 sacks on Sunday bring his total to 9.5 on the year, and he has only played 9 games so far. Remember when double-digit sacks was a big deal for a Steelers OLB? Watt is projected to have almost 17 sacks this year. Think about that...

James Washington
Stat Line: 6 receptions, 7 targets, 90 yards, 1 TD, 1 Fumble

Many wondered if Washington’s game in Week 9 vs. the Colts was his coming out party. Well, if that game wasn’t, his performance against the Rams was. If not for a really bad fumble, Washington would have been considered a top winner for the game. Nonetheless, his performance could be just what the offense needs moving forward.

Mike Tomlin
Stat Line: Successful challenge, gutsy call, righting the ship

There are, and always will be, Mike Tomlin haters in the Steelers fan base, but you have to give credit where credit is due. At 0-3, and 1-4, many thought the season was lost. The trade for Fitzpatrick didn’t make sense...at the time. Now, at 5-4, the Steelers are the 6th team in the AFC Playoff Picture. That is called controlling your own destiny. Tomlin won a challenge in Week 10, made an extremely gutsy call on the biggest drive of the game going for it on 4th down. If the Steelers make the playoffs, it will be one of his finest coaching performances of his career.

Joe Haden
Stat Line: 7 tackles, 6 solo, 5 pass defenses, 1 INT

Many thought Haden was washed up. Too hold to really stick to receivers anymore. Well, think again. The Rams have an extremely deep receiving corps, and Haden played arguably is best game as a member of the black-and-gold. It was his pass defense on the final drive for the rams which resulted in the game-winning interception. Haden proved he can still play.

Defensive Pass Rush
Stat Line: 4 sacks, 9 QB Hits, 7.5 TFL

When Jared Goff was in obvious passing situations, the Steelers defensive front was able to impose their will on the Rams’ offensive line. They do this to a lot of teams, but the Steelers were winning on Sunday without sending a lot of exotic blitzes. They were winning with their front four, and that is what allowed their secondary to do their job in the back half. Outstanding game from Cameron Heyward, Javon Hargrave, Wattt, Bud Dupree and Tyson Alualu.

Takeaways
Stat Line: 4 more takeaways, 26 on the year

Is it safe to say fans can almost plan on having at least one turnover a game at this point? The team has 26 on the year, one behind the Patriots for the league lead, and 10 more than the third place team on the takeaway leaderboard. The defense is playing at such a high level they find unique ways to create turnovers every week. No one is complaining as long as they keep coming.

Losers

Wide Receiver Drops
Stat Line: 4 drops total

With a young quarterback like Mason Rudolph, you can’t waste opportunities, and you have to help out the young signal caller. The Steelers didn’t do that at all Sunday with 4 drops. Rudolph’s stat line, and the game itself, likely would have looked drastically different if those four passes had been hauled in.

Fumbles
Stat Line: 4 times the ball was on the ground

I believe the count is now 16 games in a row where the Steelers have some sort of turnover in a game, and it seems the trend is fumbling the football. The Steelers fumbled the ball four times Sunday, and were lucky to only lose two of them, Maurkice Pouncey’s snap is considered a fumble. If this team wants to go far, they can’t keep turning the football over.

Penalties
Stat Line: 13 penalties for 107 yards

Some of these penalties were extremely ticky-tacky, but it is frustrating to watch the team shoot themselves in the foot over and over again. At least 5 of these penalties were on Special Teams alone, including Chris Boswell’s false start on a field goal attempt. Inexcusable all around.

Running Game
Stat Line: 27 carries for 42 yards, 1.6 yards per carry

I was hesitant to put the Steelers’ running game in the losers category because I didn’t expect much going into the game. However, 1.6 yards per carry is embarrassing. The Rams’ defense is legit, but this hasn’t been a one game thing, in fact it is becoming a trend. James Conner’s return should help the running game, but it certainly won’t be a magic elixir. The Steelers need to get creative and find new ways to run the football more efficiently to take pressure off Mason Rudolph.

Report Card: Grading the Steelers 17-12 win over the Rams in Week 10

Behind the Steel Curtain - Mon, 11/11/2019 - 7:21am
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BTSC breaks out the red pen and assigns grades to the Steelers after Week 10 of the 2019 season.

The Steelers are winners of four straight and are sitting at 5-4 after beating last year’s NFC champions, the Los Angeles Rams. The Steelers would need a dominant defensive effort, and a lot of luck, to defeat the visitors and rise to being the current sixth seed in the AFC.

They got both.

For some reason, I’ve been given the responsibility to rate the performance of the squad. It’s not easy, but I’ll give it a whirl. Despite my less than prestigious BTSC teaching certificate, I have to issue the necessary disclaimer. You know the story; of course, I’m not a football coach, or a teacher, but I play one in blogs and podcasts. All week, I had certain expectations of this contest, then the game happened and judgments abound.

Grading games is an extremely difficult and somewhat thankless task. While the coaches’ grades, of course, are what counts the most, the media and fans can’t help but evaluate as well. All letter grades are simply based on the eye test of somebody watching at home. In this case, it’s my idiotic opinion.

So let’s take a look at BTSC’s early perceptions:

Offense: C-

The offense out scored the Rams offense 10-3 and that’s the only reason this unit wasn’t graded worse. However, the offense still gave up nine points. That was six more than what the defense gave up. That’s unacceptable. Maurkice Pouncey released an errant snap on the first series that led to a Rams TD. The play calling was average at best, but below average for not running the ball on the safety. The running game looked abysmal and there were way too many drops by the wideouts. I didn’t find Mason Rudolph too objectionable. No. 2 was 22/38 for 242 yards and is progressing by the week. Timely grabs by Diontae Johnson (4/64), JuJu Smith-Schuster (3/44) and the offensive MVP for the day, James Washington (6/90/1 TD), greatly aided Rudy’s effort. But truth be told, the defense bailed out the offense and they just did not score as much as they needed to.

Defense: A+

This defense is rapidly becoming something to shout, sing and brag about. Minkah Fitzpatrick was the MVP again with the alert fumble recovery for the score and the game-sealing pick. The defense had four sacks (2 by TJ Watt) and gave up three points. From top-to-bottom this was a phenomenal effort from the dee-fence.

Special Teams: C

Berry had to punt the ball nine times for a 42.6 average, but landed four inside-the-20. Boswell has remained clutch with a 33-yard field goal. Kick coverage was pretty blah. The return game continues to be invisible. Switzer may be sure-handed, but he wears cement shoes.

Overall: B

The defense was spectacular and the offense did enough to win. I thought Mason Rudolph (4-2) is finding ways to win and converting in crucial spots. But Mike Tomlin won a challenge and went for it on fourth down on his team’s 34 late in the game. Crazy, but it worked. This team is believing and neat a decent team for their fourth straight victory.

Valedictorian: Minkah Fitzpatrick

Honor Roll: Mark Barron, Joe Haden, T.J. Watt, James Washington, Cam Heyward, Steven Nelson, Mason Rudolph, Mike Tomlin, Javon Hargrave, Bud Dupree, Jordan Berry

Requires Improvement: Jaylen Samuels, Maurkice Pouncey, Vance McDonald, Robert Spillane

Now it is your turn to play teacher. Use the polls and the comments section below. We can compare notes in the teachers lounge.

Steelers players take to social media to talk about their win over the Rams in Week 10

Behind the Steel Curtain - Mon, 11/11/2019 - 6:33am
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Members of the Pittsburgh Steelers take to social media after their win over the Rams in Week 10.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have won their fourth straight game of the regular season! The win moves their record to 5-4 for the 2019 regular season after beating the Los Angeles Rams in Week 10.

Following the Steelers’ 17-12 win, players took to social media to celebrate the big win over the NFC West opponent.

Take a look at what was said on different platforms following the game! I also added some interesting video which I felt fans might enjoy.

(Editor’s Note: This article may be updated as more players take to social media to talk about the team’s victory.)

That was fun!!!! Thank you #SteelerNation for bringing the energy tonight!!

— TJ Watt (@_TJWatt) November 11, 2019

Best team I’ve ever played on love y’all boys no cap

— Steve Nelson (@Nelson_Island) November 11, 2019

Steelers nation you were amazing tonight !!! Thank you

— Steve Nelson (@Nelson_Island) November 11, 2019

Bro the stadium was literally rocking tonight ❗️❗️❗️

— Steve Nelson (@Nelson_Island) November 11, 2019

BIG WIN!!! Steelers Nation was UNBELIEVABLE!!! #HereWeGo pic.twitter.com/pygjhWgzPO

— JuJu Smith-Schuster (@TeamJuJu) November 11, 2019

DEFENSE FULL OF SAVAGES!!!!! @CamHeyward @VinnyVidiVici98 @Nelson_Island @rell_island6 @_Dbush11 @joehaden23 @minkfitz_21 @_TJWatt @Bud_Dupree @M_B_24 @MikeHilton_28
WHOLE SQUAD WENT CRAZY!! pic.twitter.com/kKLUt1ip8v

— JuJu Smith-Schuster (@TeamJuJu) November 11, 2019

Great Team Win!!! Keep Stacking!! #SteelersNation #HereWeGo

— Mike Hilton (@MikeHilton_28) November 11, 2019

Great Win tonight!!! Hienz field was on

— Joe Haden (@joehaden23) November 11, 2019

Pittsburgh Steelers

— James Conner (@JamesConner_) November 11, 2019

Podcast: Steelers win 4th in a row, in spite of their offense

Behind the Steel Curtain - Mon, 11/11/2019 - 5:23am

In the latest episode of “The Steelers Post-Game” show, we break down all the news you need to know surrounding the Black-and-Gold from the most recent contest.

The Pittsburgh Steelers 2019 season is well underway, and the Steelers stayed in the win column after a big 17-12 win over the Los Angeles Rams in Week 10.

Take a look at the rundown for the latest episode of the BTSC podcast The Steelers Post-Game Show. On this show Jeff Hartman and co-host Lance Williams break down all things Steelers!

Check out the rundown of the show:

  • News and Notes
  • Recap after beating the Rams
  • Winners and Losers
  • Steelers Q&A
  • and MUCH MORE!

Jeff Hartman, editor of BTSC, and Lance Williams 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!

If you missed the live show, be sure to check out all episodes on the following platforms:

Apple Users: CLICK HERE
Spotify: CLICK HERE
Google Play: CLICK HERE

If you’re old-school and just want the audio, you can listen to it in the player below.

Analyzing the Steelers Week 10 win over the Rams, by the numbers

Behind the Steel Curtain - Mon, 11/11/2019 - 4:30am
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The defense rose to the occasion to give the Steelers their fourth-straight win

The Pittsburgh Steelers kicked off the second half of their 2019 regular season with a huge win over the Los Angeles Rams at Heinz Field on Sunday. After about the worst start possible in giving up a turnover for a touchdown 0:14 into the game, the Steelers defense rose to the task at hand in order to secure the 17-12 victory. To help but the win into perspective, here are some of the other numbers from the Steelers performance against the Rams in Week 10.

1

The Steelers held the Rams to one single third or fourth down conversion on the game. The Rams converted one out of 14 third-down conversions and zero of two fourth-down conversions. The single conversion came in the first drive of the second-half. The Rams moved the chains on a 3rd & 10 when they caught the Steelers with too many men on the field and took a shot for a 20 yard completion. Ironically, the very next play Joe Haden intercepted Jared Goff to get the ball back for the Steelers.

0

The Steelers held the Rams leading receiver, Cooper Kupp, to zero catches on four targets on Sunay. Kupp came into Week 10 third in the league in receiving yards with 792 and sixth in receptions with 58. Additionally, The Steelers held running back Todd Gurley to zero catches out of the backfield.

13

The Steelers were all over the field on defense getting their hands on passes all game. In total, the Steelers had 13 passes defensed against the Rams from seven different players. Joe Haden led the way for the Steelers with five passes defensed, including the final defensive play which led to the Minkah Fitzpatrick interception to seal the game.

4

Speaking of Mikah Fitzpatrick, he was involved with two of the four takeaways the Steelers had in the game, including returning the Javon Hargrave forced fumble for a touchdown in the second quarter. Fitzpatrick also added the interception to the end of the game. Joe Haden had an interception of his own, and Trey Edmunds was the other unlikely recipient of an interception as he picked off the errant pass on the Rams attempted fake punt.

6 for 90

While Steeler fans may not have known that in Week 9 James Washington set career highs in receptions and yards with four catches for 69 yards, he was able to better those numbers in Week 10. Catching six of the seven balls thrown his way, Washington had 90 yards receiving as well as the games only offensive touchdown. Unfortunately, on Washington’s longest reception of the game for either team, he had the ball knocked out and the Rams recovered the fumble for their second turnover of the game.

17

Coming from someone who was in the stadium for this game, it lasted a very long time! Part of the reason the game time was so long was due to the fact there were a combined 17 punts in the game. The Steelers punted the ball nine times for an average of 42.6 yards while the Rams punted eight times for an average of 47.4 yards. Combined, the two teams had 762 punting yards which was 183 more yards than the the two offenses collectively.

1.56

One of the most disappointing stats on the night was the Steelers inability to run the football. Rushing the ball 27 times for 42 yards gave the Steelers only in 1.56 yards per carry in the game. The longest run for the Steelers against the Rams was 8 yards.

8:00

The most important series of the game was the Steelers 14 play, 60 yard drive which began with 10:46 remaining in the fourth quarter and lasted exactly 8 minutes. The drive ended with a 33 yard Chris Boswell field goal which increase the lead from two points to five points, making a field goal insignificant for the Rams. It was the longest drive since the Steelers Week 6 game against the Los Angeles Chargers.

So there are some numbers to help evaluate the Steelers’ performance Sunday against the Rams. While many of these numbers are encouraging, the most important number is getting the win. Do these numbers accurately describe what transpired at Heinz Field on Sunday? Were there any other numbers not listed which really stood out to you? Please leave your answers in the comments below.

Steelers head into short week with no further injury after Week 10 win over the Rams

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 11/10/2019 - 9:06pm
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The Pittsburgh Steelers were not just winners in Week 10, but also were able to leave the game relatively healthy.

The Pittsburgh Steelers were able to beat the Los Angeles Rams 17-12 in Week 10 action at Heinz Field, and the win was their fourth straight on the 2019 season. It seems unfathomable, but the once winless Steelers are now sitting at 5-4 heading into a critical three-game stretch of divisional games.

Pittsburgh has been ravished with injuries, especially on offense, and the team was fortunate to leave the Week 10 game relatively unscathed. The only injuries listed from head coach Mike Tomlin after the game were as follows:

Ryan Switzer (back)

Ola Adeniyi (hip)

Tomlin said both players are being evaluated, and they will know more in the coming days. The kicker for any player who sustains injury on a short week, the likelihood of them playing is slim.

The Steelers head on the road for back-to-back weeks starting with Week 11’s Thursday Night Football showdown with the Browns in Cleveland. Depending on the severity of Switzer and Adeniyi’s injuries, there are other injuries to keep an eye on while the team quickly turns the page to the Browns.

James Conner has missed the last two games with a shoulder injury, and having him back would be a big burst for an anemic running attack. Another player who could help the running back would be fullback Roosevelt Nix, who missed the Rams game after re-aggravating his knee injury which had him out the majority of the regular season.

Guard Ramon Foster is still working his way through the NFL’s concussion protocol, and getting him back in the lineup would equate in all five starting linemen healthy and active for the big game against the Browns.

JuJu Smith-Schuster, who was listed on the injury report with a foot injury, made it through the game Sunday without any setback, per Tomlin.

With the upcoming Thursday night game, Mike Tomlin will address the media tomorrow, Monday, and will likely have an update on these injuries as the team prepares for just their third divisional game of the 2019 regular season. Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes heading into Week 11.

Knee-Jerk Reactions after the Steelers’ 17-12 win over the Rams

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 11/10/2019 - 7:10pm
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One BTSC writer shares his real-time, initial thoughts of the Steelers home clash with the Rams.

The Steelers are beat up, but at 4-4 have a chance to be over .500 for the first time in 2019. The Rams represent a real tough test and a win would really feel pivotal. Join me, won’t you, as we relive the game in real time.

Nonetheless, a simple reminder, a knee jerk reaction is an immediate and unthinking, emotional reaction. It’s basically shooting first and apologizing later. I can safely say that’s a true definition of your’s truly and a good lot of Steeler Nation. Here’s my real-time reactions during the Steelers’ quest for a record of .500 after starting off 1-4.

Quarter 1
  • Like last week, looks like another gorgeous day to be at Heinz.
  • The throwbacks look awesome. The 1979 team is in the house. Let’s go.
  • Horrendous snap and a Rams touchdown just like that.
  • 7-0 Rams.
  • What’s wrong with Pouncey?
  • Pouncey with the trip of Tony Brooks-James. Not a good start for No. 53.
  • That looks like a backwards pass. They should challenge.
  • A challenge win. Nice!
  • Gurley hasn’t had a 100-yard game in nine contests. He’s running well already.
  • Goff looks like he has the yips.
  • Defense looks good.
  • Johnson with a couple yards on the return. Is that a record for 2019?
  • The offense looks stagnant.
  • That third down pass to Johnson was pretty.
  • I think DJ is going to be a star.
  • These dumpoffs on third and long are not productive.
  • Pinned them back with the punt. Berry is having a good year.
  • Gurley is heating up. That can’t be good.
  • Defense is fired up though.
  • Vince Williams is a run-stopping demon. Nice.
  • Forced a punt. The defense is keeping them in this.
  • Free play!
  • Ugly pass. Nice catch by JJSS.
  • Gotta prove that you can move it here.
  • DIontae Johnson can’t drop those. Help your quarterback.
  • They can’t run.
  • Good third down pickup for Rudolph to a redemptive DJ.
  • Dammit Chuks!
  • That INT can’t stand. DJ was held by Ramsey.
  • That challenge flag is confusing.
  • Now convert!
  • Washington with a huge grab. He has fantastic hands.
  • TD! JWash! 7-7.
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  • Heyward with a nice deflection.
Quarter 2
  • Stop them on Third and 8.
  • Heyward and Watt with the big sack.
  • Scary dancing by DJ. Gotta clean that up.
  • Vinny with the penalty. I didn’t see it.
  • Fans love Banner.
  • Samuels with a nice first down.
  • Edmunds needs to just go forward. Bad choice.
  • Another huge first down. Thought he would be short after the hesitation.
  • Almost an interception. Bad decision.
  • Vance saved the pick as a DB.
  • Crap. Couldn’t scramble for the first.
  • Who is offsides?
  • On us.
  • Almost a devestating punt block.
  • It was deflected. But not in a bad way.
  • Can’t let Goff heat up.
  • Yeah. That’s a PI on Edmunds. Looked innocent at first, but no.
  • Big stop. Gurley was wide open, but the heat from Watt and Dupree caused it,
  • Gotta do something here.
  • Thats a huge wad of gum in Danny Smith’s mouth. Yuck.
  • Great YAC for JuJu. Huge.
  • That’s a forward pass, not a fumble. Shovel.
  • Good catch by Vance.
  • Uggh! JSam can’t drop those.
  • Aaron Donald helped that get rushed.
  • Poor tackling. Don’t let them get points before the half.
  • T.J. is amazing. Could have been a strip.
  • Bad punt. Now let’s move the ball.
  • Beautiful run after the catch by James Washington. But gotta hold on to it. That could be a killer.
  • C’mon. Need another big third down stop.
  • Really? Is that a Minkah touchdown? I think it’s getting reversed.
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  • Yessss!
  • How do you like that trade now?
  • He didn’t assume. Huge awareness by No. 39.
  • Goff looks like Napolean Dynamite.
  • Alomst a pick by Joe.
  • Haden with a nice push out.
  • Defense is fired up. Lets get it back again.
  • Let’s get more points before the half?
  • Where’s the penalty on Aaron Donald.
  • Sutton went for the pick and missed.
  • They are ball hawking.
  • That was unfortunate. You can’t give a receiver that much room.
  • Hold? Nice.
  • Back in range. Zuerlein is good enough to get it.
  • No dice.
  • Halftime. 14-7...good guys.
Quarter 3
  • Stopping them on the first possession would be huge.
  • Huge tackle by Barron.
  • 12 players didn’t help the Steelers on that third down.
  • Yes! Joe Haden with a huge pick. Now take advantage.
  • Like the effort by Brooks-James.
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  • He’s fast.
  • Nice run by Samuels too.
  • Jalen Ramsey with the PI on JuJu.
  • Ouch. Hold on Vannett. Definitely a hold.
  • What a crappy series by the offense.
  • Man. That was amazing pressure and a great tackle.
  • Blake Bortles. Great.
  • Trey Edmunds with the huge pick on trickery.
  • Trey has more interceptions than his brother.
  • Didn’t think that was reviewable.
  • Terrible penalty on Big Al.
  • That’s a shame. Nice run by TBJ negated.
  • What the hell was that? Vanimal with the run.
  • Vanimal with a bad drop.
  • Wow! Gurley with a big gain.
  • The Rams are heating up.
  • Huge hole again.
  • Penalty on LA.
  • Big third down.
  • Really need to hold them here.
  • And a huge stop by Minkah.
  • FG. 14-10.
  • End of three.
Quarter 4
  • Good defense.
  • That was a great catch by Woods. Gave up too much on third down.
  • Don’t love being that deep back with Mason.
  • This could be a pivotal drive.
  • Safety. That was my concern.
  • Why didn’t he hand that off?
  • Haden is really balling out.
  • Hargrave is having nice impact too.
  • Nelson with an impressive sound tackle.
  • Decent return by Diontae.
  • That was a sweet catch by Washington.
  • I can’t believe they went for that first down. I love that they moved the chains, but got lucky.
  • Vance is scaring me.
  • Washington is clutch again.
  • They can not run.
  • Okay, that was a good run by No. 38. Too bad he got tripped up.
  • That Cowboy connection is heating up. Big conversion.
  • Nice catch by the juje.
  • Oh my. That was scary.
  • Looked like a pass attempt.
  • Lets’s go Boz.
  • False start on the kicker? Okay.
  • Big FG. 17-12.
  • Lets go defense.
  • Bad ST coverage. Ridiculous.
  • They are going to get a bad penalty and blow this.
  • Nelson with a huge stop on Everett.
  • Heyward with a big bat.
  • Edmunds with a huge play. That could have been interference.
  • Three Rams timeouts. Can’t do anything stupid. But you gotta convert at least one.
  • I agree with the play calling. The punt will need to be huge. Nothing dumb on defense.
  • Another sack for Watt.
  • I’m worried about a PI.
  • Pass interference. Wow.
  • Minkah! I love you.
  • Haden with the tip.
  • Huge win. 17-12.

Once again, I just shot first and I’ll apologize later. All reactions were in real time. Basically, it is the equivalent of watching me do the highlights if I hadn’t been blacklisted by the major networks. Now time to watch it again and see what really happened. Make sure you get your voice heard in the comments below.

Steelers defense stands tall, beat the Rams 17-12

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 11/10/2019 - 6:57pm
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The Pittsburgh Steelers hold on to beat the Los Angeles Rams for their fourth straight win and move their record to 5-4.

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Los Angeles Rams went head-to-head in Week 10 at Heinz Field. The Steelers came into the game winners of their last three games, and four of their last five games. This game was the last of a three game home stand at home for the black-and-gold, and they would need a big performance from both sides of the ball to extend their winning streak to four games.

Pittsburgh’s offense, led by Mason Rudolph, took the field first with the Rams deferring their possession to the third quarter, and on the third play from scrimmage Maurkice Pouncey snapped the ball over Rudolph’s head and Dante Fowler scooped up the football and ran it into the end zone for the first score of the game.

In the blink of an eye, the Steelers’ offense took the field again down 7-0 with just 20 seconds gone from the first quarter. On third down a Rudolph pass sailed through JuJu Smith-Schuster’s hands and what would have been a first down turned into a Jordan Berry punt.

Both teams shared several punts, Pittsburgh was the first offense to move the ball into the red-zone. After a defensive pass interference call on Jalen Ramsey, Rudolph hit James Washington twice, the second a back shoulder throw for the team’s first touchdown of the game.

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— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) November 10, 2019

Chris Boswell’s point-after was good, tying the game 7-7 at the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter saw more punts than points scored, but the Steelers looked to strike for the first time in the second frame when Rudolph hit Washington for a huge catch and run. On the run after the catch Washington fumbled the football and it was recovered by Rams, it was the Steelers’ second turnover of the game.

With 2:15 left in the first half, Jared Goff dropped back on 3rd and 7 to deliver a pass and his throwing arm was hit by Javon Hargrave. The ball squirted forward, and was picked up by Minkah Fitzpatrick for the touchdown. The call on the field was a touchdown, and after review the call stood as called.

.@Jay_MostWanted with the sack.@minkfitz_21 with the score. pic.twitter.com/V4sB0dTmz7

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) November 10, 2019

After Boswell’s point after, the Steelers took their first lead of the game, 14-7.

The Rams failed to convert a third down the entire first half, and the Steelers got the ball back with 1:24 left in the half and all three timeouts remaining. After a three-and-out, Los Angeles moved the ball quickly into Pittsburgh territory and were able to attempt a 56-yard field goal by Greg Zuerlein, but the kick sailed wide left keeping the score 14-7 heading into halftime.

Los Angeles received the ball to start the third quarter, but after converting their first third down of the game Goff was intercepted by Joe Haden to get the ball back to the Steelers’ offense. Pittsburgh was unable to do anything with the extra possession, and put the game back into their defense’s hands.

With Jared Goff on the sideline with an apparent injury, the Steelers defense forced a fourth and short. Sean McVay elected to try and fake the punt, but the pass was intercepted by Trey Edmunds, giving Pittsburgh prime position to add to their lead. But a holding call and another dropped pass resulted in another Jordan Berry punt.

Goff and company moved the ball into Pittsburgh territory with relative ease, but once in the red-zone things tightened up and the Pittsburgh defense forced a field goal attempt. Zuerlein’s 30 yard kick was good, making the score 14-10 at the end of the third quarter.

Both the Rams and Steelers seemed determined to win the battle of most punts in the game until the Pittsburgh was backed up in their own end and Aaron Donald sacked Mason Rudolph for the safety. The two points made the score 14-12 with 12:34 left in regulation.

Pittsburgh’s defense got a three-and-out after the Jordan Berry free kick, Mason Rudolph and the offense woke up. Huge third down conversions to Trey Edmunds and James Washington moved the ball into the red-zone. But, like has happened so often this season, the offense settled for a 33-yard Chris Boswell field goal. The kick made the score 17-12 with 2:46 left in the fourth quarter.

The Rams offense moved quickly into Steelers’ territory, and while facing a 4th-and-10 a pass into the end zone was broken up by Terrell Edmunds with no flag. The Steelers’ offense just needed one first down to ice the game, but had to punt the ball back.

Another Minkah Fitzpatrick interception on a tipped pass ended the game.

The Steelers win moves their record to 5-4 on the season, the first time above .500 this season, and their fourth straight victory. They now have a quick turnaround as they have to prepare to travel to Cleveland to play the Browns on Thursday Night Football in Week 11. Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black-and-gold moving forward.

Steelers vs. Rams, Week 10: 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

Los Angeles received the ball to start the third quarter, but after converting their first third down of the game Goff was intercepted by Joe Haden to get the ball back to the Steelers’ offense. Pittsburgh was unable to do anything with the extra possession, and put the game back into their defense’s hands.

With Jared Goff on the sideline with an apparent injury, the Steelers defense forced a fourth and short. Sean McVay elected to try and fake the punt, but the pass was intercepted by Trey Edmunds, giving Pittsburgh prime position to add to their lead. But a holding call and another dropped pass resulted in another Jordan Berry punt.

Goff and company moved the ball into Pittsburgh territory with relative ease, but once in the red-zone things tightened up and the Pittsburgh defense forced a field goal attempt. Zuerlein’s 30 yard kick was good, making the score 14-10 at the end of the third quarter.

Steelers vs. Rams: Second-half live updates, injury news and open thread

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The Steelers are back on the gridiron! The 2019 regular season continues with the Steelers and Rams locking horns in Week 10. Keep tabs on all things Black-and-gold with our updates and open thread.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are back on the field, and this time for the ninth time in the 2019 regular season as they prepare to face off against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 10 at Heinz Field.

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. You can also follow along in the Twitter feed below.

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. Rams, Week 10: 2nd 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

The second quarter saw more punts than points scored, but the Steelers looked to strike for the first time in the second frame when Rudolph hit Washington for a huge catch and run. On the run after the catch Washington fumbled the football and it was recovered by Rams, it was the Steelers’ second turnover of the game.

With 2:15 left in the first half, Jared Goff dropped back on 3rd and 7 to deliver a pass and his throwing arm was hit by Javon Hargrave. The ball squirted forward, and was picked up by Minkah Fitzpatrick for the touchdown. The call on the field was a touchdown, and after review the call stood as called. After Boswell’s point after, the Steelers took their first lead of the game, 14-7.

The Rams failed to convert a third down the entire first half, and the Steelers got the ball back with 1:24 left in the half and all three timeouts remaining. After a three-and-out, Los Angeles moved the ball quickly into Pittsburgh territory and were able to attempt a 56-yard field goal by Greg Zuerlein, but the kick sailed wide left keeping the score 14-7 heading into halftime.

Steelers vs. Rams, Week 10: 1st 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.

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Los Angeles Rams went head-to-head in Week 10 at Heinz Field. The Steelers came into the game winners of their last three games, and four of their last five games. This game was the last of a three game home stand at home for the black-and-gold, and they would need a big performance from both sides of the ball to extend their winning streak to four games.

Pittsburgh’s offense, led by Mason Rudolph, took the field first with the Rams deferring their possession to the third quarter, and on the third play from scrimmage Maurkice Pouncey snapped the ball over Rudolph’s head and Dante Fowler scooped up the football and ran it into the end zone for the first score of the game.

In the blink of an eye, the Steelers’ offense took the field again down 7-0 with just 20 seconds gone from the first quarter. On third down a Rudolph pass sailed through JuJu Smith-Schuster’s hands and what would have been a first down turned into a Jordan Berry punt.

Both teams shared several punts, Pittsburgh was the first offense to move the ball into the red-zone. After a defensive pass interference call on Jalen Ramsey, Rudolph hit James Washington twice, the second a back shoulder throw for the team’s first touchdown of the game. Chris Boswell’s point-after was good, tying the game 7-7 at the end of the first quarter.

Steelers vs. Rams: First-half live updates, injury news and open thread

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The Steelers are back on the gridiron! The 2019 regular season continues with the Steelers and Rams locking horns in Week 10. Keep tabs on all things Black-and-gold with our updates and open thread.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are back on the field, and this time for the ninth time in the 2019 regular season as they prepare to face off against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 10 at Heinz Field.

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. You can also follow along in the Twitter feed below.

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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JuJu Smith-Schuster active for Steelers vs. Rams in Week 10

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After being limited in practice on Friday, JuJu’s questionable status had many fans concerned over his availability on Sunday

The Pittsburgh Steelers have released their inactives for their game against the Los Angeles Rams. With four players ruled out before the game and wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster listed as questionable, the list is made up of three healthy scratches and the four players out due to injury.

Inactives for the Steelers: QB Lynch; RBs Nix, Conner, Snell; TE Gentry; G Foster; DL Walton. No surprises other than Justin Layne gets a helmet instead of Gentry.

— Joe Rutter (@tribjoerutter) November 10, 2019

James Conner is dealing with a sprained AC joint in his shoulder sustained late in the Steelers’ Week 8 game against the Dolphins. While the Steelers were hopeful Conner could return this week, especially after returning to practice on Wednesday in a limited capacity, his Week 11 status will also be up in the air as the Steelers will have a short week of preparation for Thursday Night Football against the Cleveland Browns.

Benny Snell Jr. was also ruled out on Friday after having knee surgery last week. As to when Snell will be able to return is still unknown. Roosevelt Nix had another setback with his injured knee which will cause him to miss his sixth game of the 2019 season. Another player who was ruled out on Friday was guard Ramon Foster as he is still in the NFL’s concussion protocol after failing to practice either Thursday or Friday.

As for the rest of the inactive list, third-string quarterback Paxton Lynch is inactive yet again as the Steelers are not dealing with any injuries at the quarterback position. The other players filling up inactive list are TE Zack Gentry and DT L.T. Walton. Re-joining the active roster is CB Justin Layne. Also, linebacker Robert Spillane who was just activated from the practice squad this week will get his first regular-season helmet for the Steelers in 2019.

As for the Rams, their inactives can be seen below. Wide receiver Brandin Cooks was ruled out on Friday.

Rams inactives against the Steelers: WR Brandin Cooks, DB Jake Gervase, RB John Kelly, LB Bryce Hager, OL Jamil Demby, OL Bobby Evans, DT Tanzel Smart. #Steelers #dkps

— Dale Lolley (@dlolley_pgh) November 10, 2019

Predicting the winner of Steelers vs. Rams, Week 10

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Predicting the winner of Steelers vs. Colts in Week 10 at Heinz Field.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are a tough nut to crack in 2019. Since the injury to Ben Roethlisberger, nothing has been consistent about the Steelers’ offense. This makes predicting games extremely challenging for many reasons.

With the Los Angeles Rams high-powered offense coming to town, this game could turn into one of the worst types of games for the home team — a shootout.

The good news for the Steelers is their defense seems to be turning into an upper echelon unit potentially capable of withstand the barrage of Jared Goff and Todd Gurley and keeping the game close.

But can Mason Rudolph do enough to lead to the Steelers’ fourth straight win? They certainly can’t bank on a running game leading the way with James Conner, Roosevelt Nix and Trey Edmunds all banged up.

Before getting to my prediction, this week I was fortunate enough to ask Turf Show Time’s editor Joe McAtee some questions, and of course I asked him what his prediction for the game was, and you can check out his response below:

I’ll go with the Rams winning, but I think it’s going to be close and sloppy when we have the ball. Not sure we can run the ball well with our line and you guys should be able to harass things in the passing game. I’ll go 29-17 with K Greg Zuerlein on a handful of field goals that carries the day along with the Rams’ defense.

Joe took the Rams, which isn’t a surprise, but what about the question I posed prior to showing Joe’s prediction? Can Rudolph make enough plays to win the game? Or should I rephrase the question and wonder if Randy Fichtner will actually call plays which will be conducive to Rudolph being able to deliver in a big situation?

Many will say no to both of these questions, but I have a gut feeling this is the game Rudolph and company show up, and show out. In a close game, the Steelers offense is the unit which turns head, and reaches the 30 point mark for the first time this season.

My Prediction:

Steelers - 30
Rams - 24

What is your prediction for the game? 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 leading up to kickoff.

2019 Week 10 Early Games: Updates, news and open thread

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 11/10/2019 - 11:52am
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The Steelers don’t play until 4:25 p.m. ET, but we all will be watching on Sunday to see how things shake out in Week 10.

The Pittsburgh Steelers don’t play until 4:25 p.m. ET, and having most of the day Sunday without the Steelers certainly feels like an eternity. With the Steelers slated to play the Los Angeles Rams in Week 10, the Steelers Nation fan base will be watching games throughout the day to see how things shake out.

Some take this day to just relax and get caught up on things outside of football, but if you are like me, you are still watching the full slate of action on Sunday.

With that said, join others like me in the open thread to talk about all of the games going on Sunday. Which game are you watching? Are you someone with NFL Sunday Ticket who has access to all games, or are you stuck watching just one or two games? Let us know, and be sure to keep tabs on all those AFC North games in the process.

As always, remember we are all here for the same reason...

GO STEELERS!

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