The key to Sunday‚Äôs game will be how well the Steelers control Randy Moss, Wes Welker, and the Patriots’ pass offense. The Steelers don‚Äôt have anybody that can match up against Randy Moss 1-on-1. As good as Ike Taylor has played this season, Moss is a major mismatch for Taylor. The Steelers will try to pressure Matt Cassel early with a variety of blitz packages. Lawrence Timmons could be the key to slowing down Welker. I expect the Steelers use their nickel defense quite often and expect to see Timmons roaming around in the middle of the field. In the past the Steelers have had trouble with quick possession receivers like Welker because the Steelers cornerbacks play too far off of the line of scrimmage due to the scheme they play. They will need to be more aggressive. WR Wes Welker (80 rec ‚Äì 834 yds ‚Äì 1TD): 2007 WeekRead More »
Injury Report WR Santonio Holmes ‚Äì Concussion, Indications are Santonio will be fine Questionable CB Bryant McFadden practiced last week and will be reevaluated throughout the week. McFadden should be able to play RB Willie Parker ‚Äì Knee inflammation. Will be re-evaluated later in the week Doubtful CB Deshea Townsend ‚Äì Hamstring injury Out LT Marvel Smith ‚Äì Tomlin continues to label Smith as status quo DE Brett Keisel – MCL Sprain. Keisel will be out for multiple weeks Photo courtesy of SteelCityHobbies
The Pittsburgh Steelerts have signed punter Mitch Berger for the second time. Berger who appeared in eight games for the Steelers this season, averaging 41.9 yards per punt, but he was released Nov. 5 because of hamstring problems in both legs. Mike Tomlin made it known following the Bengals game that the Steelers would address the punting situation. Paul Ernster punted five times for a 28.5-yard average in the team’s last game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Source: Post – Gazette
Thursday night‚Äôs win proves to be costly AFC North hasn’t been kind to Keisel: First it was the Cleveland Browns and now it may be the Cincinatti Bengals that could put defensive end Brett Keisel on the sidelines. Mike Tomlin sounded concerned following the game in regards Brett Keisel who went down in the fourth quarter with a knee injury. There is already speculation that the injury is serious and Keisel will be put on IR. For the Steelers sake let‚Äôs hope the injury is not as serious as some believe. The Steelers are very thin at defensive end and DT Casey Hampton remains bothered with his groin injury that will likely bother him the rest of the season, although Hampton will continue to play with the injury. End of the road for Willie Parker?: Running back Willie Parker has had a difficult time staying healthy this season. Parker wasRead More »
Ben Roethlisberger threw for 243 yards and had 1 passing touchdown and 1 rushing touchdown as the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Cincinatti Bengals 27 ‚Äì 10 Thursday night at Heinz Field. After throwing eight interceptions in three games, Roethlisberger has played mistake free football the past two games and has thrown for a combined 551 yards in his last 8 quarters of football. Most importantly Roethlisberger how thrown 0 interceptions in that span and Roethlisberger has the Steelers at 8-3 and with their eye on a first round bye. Offensively the Steelers answered the call and Roethlisberger’s top target tonight was Santonio Holmes who caught 5 receptions for 84 yards. Holmes who was primed for a 100 yard receiving game, suffered a concussion in the third quarter and did not return to the game. Running back Willie Parker also left the game in the third quarter with what is beingRead More »
Heath Miller will play tonight. Miller is coming back fairly quick from a high ankle sprain but indications are Miller can‚Äôt do any more damage to his ankle. Miller will likely play in 70%-75% of the offensive plays tonight according to Bruce Arians following yesterday‚Äôs practice. Casey Hampton may be a bit limited tonight: Expect to see Chris Hoke a lot tonight. Hampton remains bothered by a groin injury that will likely hinder him the rest of the season. The Bengals have deactivated Chad Johnson: Johnson has struggled with Carson Palmer out of the lineup and only has 41 receptions this year. Johnson is still a good receiver but he is a deep threat and is a non-factor with Ryan Fitzpatrick running the show.
Mike Tomlin Press Conference News & Notes Bryant McFadden is out for Thursday‚Äôs game but has begun practicing. A good target date is next week‚Äôs game against New England Deshea Townsend has also been ruled out for Thursday‚Äôs game. Fernando Bryant will likely see an increased role Thursday night. Against the Chargers, Anthony Madison started the game as the team’s nickle back but as the game progressed Fernando Bryant saw his role increase. Potentially the Steelers could have Heath Miller back this week. Miller will continue to be evaluated today and on Wednesday before the Steelers make a decision. Mike Tomlin would neither confirm nor deny that Marvel Smith has had another back surgery. He sort of by-passed the question. It appears Gary Russell will continue get a look as the teams short yardage back. Tomlin also mentioned Willie Parker is a possibility despite his shoulder injury. Unique week forRead More »
Despite outgaining the San Diego Chargers 410 ‚Äì 216 the Steelers had to rally in the fourth quarter behind Ben Roethlisberger‚Äôs 1st 300 yard passing game at home since November of 2006, and Jeff Reed‚Äôs third field goal with 11 seconds left in the game won it for the Steelers 11-10 over the San Diego Chargers. Ben Roethlisberger was efficient with precise passes and passed for 308 yards on a season-high 41 attempts but the Steelers failed to get in the end zone. For the second straight week the Steelers struggled to score with rushing plays on the goal line. Running back Willie Parker who missed last week‚Äôs game with a shoulder injury rushed for 115 yards, his third 100 yard game in 5 games this season. Post Game Buzz The 11-10 final score was the first in NFL history Roethlisberger has now passed for 41 attempts in back-to-back games.Read More »
The Steelers have not confirmed a report from Profootball talk that Marvel Smith will undergo another surgery on his back which will end his season. Smith is exploring all his options right now. Smith‚Äôs back injury has been much worse than the Steelers coaching staff has made it out to me. The San Diego Chargers will throw early and often against the Steelers. The Chargers will look to attack Steelers cornerback William Gay who will make his first NFL start. Fernando Bryant is vying to be the Steelers #3 cornerback this week. LaMarr Woodley remains a bit limited with his calf injury but did practice today. Woodley should play in Sunday‚Äôs game. Ben Roethlisberger, Willie Parker, and Hines Ward all practiced today. Ben has thrown the ball well the past two days in practice.
It has been a rare sight to see Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger participating in a Wednesday practice but after throwing 8 interceptions in his past 10 quarters, Roethlisberger has no choice but to fight the pain. Roethlisberger went through a full practice today and told the media that he intends on practicing from here on out unless circumstances change. Statistical Differece 2007 32 Touchdowns – 11 Interceptions 2008 10 Touchdowns – 11 Interceptions through 9 games