Changes could be coming: Crucial game for Arians

 

Coming into week 4 the Steelers were ranked 30th in the league for plays of 20+ yards. The Steelers have only 5 plays of 20+ yards, the same number the lowly Kansas City Chiefs had going into week 4. A offense that fields dynamic players such as Ben Roethlisberger, Willie Parker and Santonio Holmes should never be mentioned in the same breath of the Kansas City Chiefs.

NFL Week 4 Preview and Picks

 

A quick look at the slate of games upcoming in Week 4 of the NFL: Cleveland at Cincinnati 1:00pm – The Battle of Ohio has lost its luster with both teams coming in winless. Cleveland’s vaunted offense has accounted for 26 points in three games and Cincinnati is not much better with 40 points, 23 coming last week. Tim – Cincinnati <> Depaoli -Cleveland Houston at Jacksonville 1:00pm – The Jaguars might have saved their season with their comeback victory in Indianapolis last week. Houston has yet to limit an opponent to less than 30 points. Tim – Jacksonville <> Depaoli -Jacksonville Atlanta at Carolina 1:00pm – Carolina’s supposed strong backfield is averaging just over 100 yards per game while Atlanta’s stable of backs is #1 in the league averaging 203 yards per game. Tim – Carolina <> Depaoli -Carolina Denver at Kansas City 1:00pm – Denver scores at willRead More »

Steelers – Ravens Quick Hits

 

Baltimore Ravens starting cornerback Samari Rolle has been ruled out for Monday night’s game because of shoulder and neck injuries. The Ravens secondary is banged up with safety Dawan Landry expected to miss Monday night’s game. The Steelers will look to attack the Ravens secondary to the outside. Ravens running back Willis McGahee has been upgraded to probable. McGahee has been suffering from a swollen eye.

NFL: Mendenhall’s text msg reaches Ravens players?

 

Pittsburgh Steelers rookie running back Rashard Mendenhall recently texted Ravens running back Ray Rice indicating he‚Äôs going to have a big game Monday night against statistically the league‚Äôs #1 defense. Rice a friend of Mendenhall quickly distributed the text message to his teammates. Bart Scott reacting to Mendenhall‚Äôs text message tells the media ‚ÄúHe said later that he was just joking, but it’s too late. Thanks for the bulletin-board material, rookie.” The Ravens haven’t allowed a 100-yard rusher in 21 straight games ESPN

Inside Analysis: Steelers vs Ravens

 

Within one week the Steelers have gone from the class of the AFC to a questionable team. Whether that‚Äôs warranted is up for discussion another day. The Steelers head into Monday‚Äôs divisional showdown with a few question marks. The Steelers have failed to put points on the board and have only scored 16 points in their last two games. Running back Willie Parker will be sidelined for the next two weeks with a knee sprain. 1st round pick Rashard Mendenhall will become the Steelers primary back. Mendenhall has rarely seen the field since week 1 but the Steelers believe he is ready. On the defensive side of the ball Nose Tackle Casey Hampton has been ruled out of the game with a groin strain. The Ravens an surprising 2-0 have ran the ball 90 times in two games will looked to pound the ball Monday night against a Steelers defensiveRead More »

NFL: Parker out until week 7?

 

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Willie Parker is expected to be out until week 7. Parker has been ruled out for Monday night’s divisional showdown with the Baltimore Ravens and Steelers bear writer Ed Bouchette has confirmed an AP Report that Parker will miss the Steelers week 5 matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Steelers have a bye on week 6. The Steelers 2008 1st round pick Rashard Mendenhall will become the team’s primary back. Mewelde Moore will remain the Steelers third down back Source: Post-Gazette

The Latest NFL Buzz

 

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had an extensive meeting with his offensive coaches yesterday. Roethlisberger doesn’t believe the coaching staff and players were on the same page Sunday afternoon against the Eagles. The Steelers rank dead last in completions to running backs. During OTA’s Insiders raved about Mewelde Moore’s ability to catch the ball out of the back field and some even compared him to Kevin Faulk. With Willie Parker sidelined it will be interesting to see if the Steelers utilize Moore in the passing game.

Parker and Hampton out for Monday’s Game

 

Mike Tomlin Press Conference Week 4 Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has announced Casey Hampton and Willie Parker will not play Monday night. Hampton is out with a groin strain and starting running back Willie Parker is out with a knee sprain. It is very likely that Parker will out for at least a couple weeks. More to come Injuries Out Casey Hampton ‚Äì groin strain Brett Keisel ‚Äì Calf Willie Parker ‚Äì Knee sprain. Week to Week ‚Äì Tomlin is not ready to say that Parker will be out for next week Donovan Woods Ben Roethlisberger will not be limited this week. He should be ready to go on Wednesday according to Tomlin. Tomlin‚Äôs take on the Eagles: 48 hours after Sunday‚Äôs performance: Tomlin‚Äôs mindset hasn‚Äôt changed. Tomlin told the media he failed to mention some positives after Sunday’s game. Defensively he says the Steelers were excellent. Overall theRead More »