By Dale Grdnic PITTSBURGH — There were no onside kicks or any other sleight of hand needed to help the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense. With a slim, three-point lead to protect late in the fourth quarter, the Steelers’ defense rose to the occasion and stopped the Baltimore Ravens in a 23-20 victory Sunday afternoon at Heinz field. “It’s huge to stop them the way that we did, and it’s just going to build our confidence going into next weekend,” Steelers inside linebacker James Farrior said. “Hopefully, this effort will carry over, and the other teams will do what they need to do and we can get into this dance. That’s what we want to do.”
By Mike Bires The most compelling story in the National Football League this season is Brett Favre playing quarterback for Minnesota. But the true star for the unbeaten Vikings is a phenom running back who’s called “Purple Jesus.” That would be Adrian Peterson, who’s rushed for more yards and more touchdowns than any other back since he entered the league in 2007.
It couldn’t be happening again. Not for a fifth straight game. Not this week. Not against Detroit. The Steelers couldn’t possibly be letting yet another hard earned fourth quarter lead evaporate, right Well, there they were. The hapless Lions. Winners of one game in their last twenty-one tries. Sitting 1st and 10 on the Steeler 21 yard line trailing 28-20 at the 2:00 warning. They were now within striking distance of tying this game against the defending Super Bowl champions. It was a contest they trailed by 15 points less than six minutes before. But that once vaunted Steeler defense continued its alarming recent trend of allowing massive fourth quarter comebacks to teams that appeared to be beaten in the first half. Even bad ones. Like the Lions. With a downtrodden QB like Daunte Culpepper at the helm. Normally, if you said to a football fan that the Steelers wereRead More »
OLB Woodley vs RT Cherilus It’s a homecoming of sorts for LaMarr Woodley, who hails from Saginaw. So the Steelers’ left outside linebacker would like to put on a show in his first pro game in his home state of Michigan, and maybe even get his first sack of the season. “It’s going to be a great feeling,” Woodley said. “I’ve got a lot of family coming to the game, and a lot of people who haven’t seen me play since high school, and they’re more excited than I am about the game.” It would be unfair to say that Woodley hasn’t play well so far this season. But he definitely isn’t making the splash plays he did last year when he recorded 11.5 sacks during the regular season and then six more in the playoffs. At times, he’s applied pressure on opposing quarterbacks. But not only has he failedRead More »
By Mike Bires PITTSBURGH _ When Jason La Canfora covered the Washington Redskins for the Washington Post, he was once described as a “combative” beat reporter. Well, it seems like he’s made an antagonistic report regarding Steelers nose tackle Casey Hampton. La Canfora, who now works for the NFL Network, was asked on an “NFL Live Chat” if he sees any surprise cuts coming in the league.
Quarterbacks 7 Ben Roethlisberger 3/3/2008: Signed an eight-year, $102 million contract. The deal contained $33.2 million guaranteed, including a $25.2 million signing bonus. Also included is a clause forbidding Roethlisberger from participating in hazardous activities. 2009: $4.75 million + $3 million roster bonus due in March | 2010: $8.05 million | 2011: $11.6 million| 2012: $11.6 million | 2013: $11.6 million |2014: $11.6 million | 2015: $12.1 million, 2016: Free Agent 2 Dennis Dixon 7/7/2008: Signed a three-year, $1.28 million contract. The deal included a $130,000 signing bonus. | 2009: $385,000 | 2010: $470,000 | 2011: Restricted Free Agent | Free Agents 4 Byron Leftwich 16 Charlie Batch
Perfect throw. Perfect catch. That‚Äôs all can say about the what might be the greatest drive in NFL history. Ben Roethlisberger’s 6-yard touchdown pass to Santonio Holmes with 35 seconds left gave Pittsburgh a thrilling 27-23 victory over the Cardinals, capping off a 78 yard drive with 2:36 remaining in the fourth quarter. Roethlisberger, Holmes guided the Steelers to their 6th Super Bowl title. Roethlisberger among the games great players
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward went through a full practice on Thursday. The only reporter allowed in the Steelers practice is SI.com‚Äôs Peter King. Hines Ward is the only Steelers player on the injury report. For the Cardinals defensive end Travis LaBoy (biceps), defensive end Antonio Smith (knee), running back J.J. Arrington (knee), and punter punter Ben Graham (groin) have been limited in practice according to reports. All four players are expected to play. Mike Tomlin denied an internet report (profootballtalk.com) that Ben Roethlisberger had a X-Ray on his ribs yesterday. Roethlisberger hurt his back in the first half of the Ravens game. Nonetheless this is a non-story because the only practice Roethlisberger missed was last Wednesday and there is nothing wrong with him.
Media Frenzy: There is nothing like the Super Bowl when it comes to the media circus. The players not only have to deal with the intense media coverage but there are also tons of parties and gatherings going on. It is very easy to get distracted but don‚Äôt expect any distractions from this group. Hines Ward, Troy Polamalu, James Harrison, Ben Roethlisberger, , Heath Miller, and Brett Keisel were available to the media today. LaMarr Woodley was on the Jim Rome show this afternoon. Polamalu/Coca-Cola commercial: Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu has conducted a Coca-Cola commercial which will air during the Super Bowl. The commercial is a new version for Joe Green‚Äôs Super Bowl commercial in the 1970‚Äôs. Here‚Äôs a sneak peek A different Ben Roethlisberger: Early indications are Steelers quarterback Ben¬† Roethlisberger is much more relaxed than he was during the week leading up to Super Bowl XL. TheRead More »
Mike Tomlin‚Äôs main goal this week is to keep his players focused on the main prize. Tomlin stressed that at yesterday‚Äôs press conference and the Steelers will practice this week like they have a game on Sunday. The Steelers went through a normal workout today, and will do the same on Thursday, Friday and Saturday before they depart for Tampa Bay on Monday. In today‚Äôs practice a number of players were out with injuries and others took the day off. Injured players WR Hines Ward (Knee Sprain) ,Lt Max Starks (knee), RB Mewelde Moore (ankle), Patrick Bailey (Hamstring), C Justin Hartwig (Knee) did not practice.