Ravens – Steelers Week: Mike Tomlin Presser Notes

 

By Dale Grdnic PITTSBURGH — As expected, the Baltimore Ravens dominated the discussion during Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin’s press conference Monday, as the two AFC North opponents meet Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at Heinz Field. “It’s great to be back in the single-elimination tournament,” Tomlin said. “Of course, it’s also great to be part of the remaining eight teams. Our goal, like everyone else’s, is to move on to the field of four. “I feel good about the work that we’ve done to this point preparing for this opportunity. The Ravens, we’re familiar with them, and they’re familiar with us. So, nothing much has changed since the last time that we played them.” Since the NFL merger in 1970, the Steelers have never lost to a divisional opponent in the playoffs. They are 8-0 against those teams, and the Steelers also are 8-1 in their last nine wild-card orRead More »

Examining Steelers, AFC Playoff Seeding Scenarios

 

STEELERS GET BACK TO WORK After having the weekend off, the Pittsburgh Steelers got back to work this afternoon going through normal film studies and meetings.The team will go through a normal week with practices on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. For the Steelers, the playoffs begin this week as the team heads into their regular season finale, controlling their destiny for the AFC North Title and most importantly, the No. 2 seed and a first round bye in the playoffs. The game needs to be treated like one and should be. There are no excuses for Pittsburgh not to go into Cleveland and take care of business. A first round bye is crucial to Pittsburgh’s chances of winning their second super bowl in three seasons. A loss for Pittsburgh and a Baltimore win would give the Ravens the division title and could very well push the Steelers to the No.Read More »

NFL Quick Hits: Favre Mania; Goodell looking the other way

 

NFL Quick Hits The drama surrounding Brett Favre hit full steam on Tuesday as the Vikings sent three prominent players to Mississippi to visit Favre in an attempt to lure the 40 year old quarterback back to Minnesota. The tactic worked and hours later Favre boarded a private jet to Minnesota and will now return for a 20th season. On August 3rd, multiple reports indicated Favre was retiring, however, it was fitting that the boy who cried wolf of the NFL would announce his return just two weeks later. Once Favre arrived in Minnesota Tuesday afternoon, the coverage was reminiscent of the O.J. Simpson chase. Multiple helicopters from news channels were in the air tracking Favre’s every move. Favre will receive a salary of $13 million this season, although some reports have indicated over the past week that the Vikings offered a $4-to-$5 million bump in salary, which could pushRead More »

Draft watch: Cal U’s Terrence Johnson profiled in current issue of ESPN The Magazine

 

CALIFORNIA (March 30) – With the 2010 NFL Draft less a month away, former California University of Pennsylvania cornerback Terrence Johnson (Braddock, Pa./Woodland Hills) is profiled in the current issue of ESPN The Magazine. Johnson is highlighted in the NFL brief section of the magazine (p. 80) as part of “Third Watch,” which features likely Day 3 players that have the best shot at a productive NFL career. He is one of two players selected by renowned draft analyst Mel Kiper, Jr. Kiper cites Johnson as possessing 4.40 40-speed and great athletic ability, as well as being a solid special teams player. One of the most decorated defensive players in school history, Johnson was a four-year starter and finished his career with 178 tackles (133 solo) and 16 interceptions. He led the Vulcans in interceptions in each of his four years with the program after making three interceptions in theRead More »

NFL Playoffs: Bengals early playoff exit not a surprise; Ravens stun Patriots

 

2010 NFL Playoffs Bengals went into playoffs with no momentum The Cincinnati Bengals were a stunned and shocked football team following Saturday’s 24-14 loss at home to the New York Jets. After claiming the AFC North division with a 10-6 record, Cincinnati had a prime opportunity to win their first playoff game since 1990, getting a home wild card game against what many considered to be the weakest AFC playoff team in the field, despite the Jets being the No.5 seed. However, the writing was on the wall that the Bengals were not going to be a factor in the playoffs. They went into the playoffs with absolutely no momentum after losing 3 of their final 4 games, that included a 37-0 shutout loss to the Jets in week 17. The Bengals rushing attack was dominate in Saturday’s loss as Cedric Benson rushed for 169 yards and they had goodRead More »

Ravens @ Steelers: Playoff Implications; Harrison to play; Reed inactive

 

Baltimore (8-6) @ Pittsburgh (7-7) Live Updates: Big news coming out of warmups is that Baltimore Ravens star safety Ed Reed (groin) was going to play but Reed is inactive today and will not play. Reed participated fully in warmups but was limited. Pittsburgh Steelers Linebacker James Harrison (biceps) remains in a lot of pain due to a biceps injury but will start at ROLB. Carey Davis, Troy Polamalu, Keenan Lewis, Kraig Urbik, Joey Galloway, Sunny Harris and Chris Kemoeatu are inactive for Pittsburgh. Charlie Batch will serve as the No.3 quarterback for Pittsburgh. Ravens starting left tackle Jared Gaither is inactive. Rookie Michael Oher will move from right tackle to left tackle today. Tackle Oniel Cousins will start at right tackle while guard/tackle Marshal Yanda will also see time at right tackle. Ravens starting linebacker Tavares Gooden is also inactive for Baltimore. LaMarr Woodley could be in line forRead More »

Ravens beat Steelers 20-17 in OT

 

Post-Game Reaction Under the circumstances, Dennis Dixon put on a good performance throwing a 33 yard touchdown pass to Santonio Holmes, and running for a 24 yard touchdown to put Pittsburgh up 17-14 in the fourth quarter with less than 6:24 remaining in the fourth quarter. In regulation, Dixon did everything the Steelers could have expected and surprisingly put the Steelers in position to win the game but the Steelers defense was unable to hold off the Ravens from tying the game.

Steelers @ Ravens Game Day Thread: All eyes on Dennis Dixon

 

Pittsburgh Steelers (6-4) @ Baltimore Ravens (5-5) The stunning developments over the past 24 hours of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger being ruled out to start tonight’s AFC North Showdown between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens, has put all eyes on quarterback Dennis Dixon. Dixon a second year pro, will make his first NFL start in a hostile territory against a divisional rival that is fighting for their playoff lives. This is a game that many NFL pundits already saw as being very difficult for Pittsburgh, even when it was believed that Ben Roethlisberger would be starting. Roethlisberger will be active tonight, but will serve as the teams No. 3 quarterback. Tyler Palko, an undrafted free agent, will be the Steelers No. 2 quarterback.

Friday Practice Report: Roethlisberger says he’s passed every test given to him

 

Inside Pittsburgh Sports On Sunday night, Ben Roethlisberger will face a menacing Baltimore Ravens defense one week after experiencing his fourth concussion in less than four years. Still, he’s not going into this AFC North showdown fearing for his safety. “It’s the nature of the beast of playing this game,” he said. “It’s a violent, physical contact sport and there’s a chance you’re going to get hit and dinged.”

Post-Kansas City Judgements; Arians taking a lot of heat for 3rd & 2 playcall in OT

 

Through eight games and coming off of a dominating win against the Denver Broncos two weeks ago on national tv, the Steelers were 6-2 and back in the mix as one of the elite teams in the NFL. Two weeks later that’s no longer the case. After two straight losses at the hands of the Cincinnati Bengals and the lowly Kansas City Chiefs, the defending Super Bowl champs have fallen to 6-4 on the season. They are still in position to earn a playoff berth as 66% of teams who started 6-4 have made the playoffs since 1980, but the Steelers week 12 matchup against the 5-5 Baltimore Ravens will be the key point in the season as to whether the Steelers have it in them to right the ship and get back to being among the NFL’s best teams. A loss doesn’t kill the Steelers chances of earning aRead More »