Harrison, Ward won’t be at full strength for Sunday’s showdown

 

The 7-7 Pittsburgh Steelers head into Sunday’s game as a much more confident team than we’ve seen the past couple weeks after last Sunday’s thrilling 37-36 victory over the Green Bay Packers. The Steelers have a “pulse” according to head coach Mike Tomlin and this week the team appeared to have a little bit of their swagger back. It was a much looser team in the locker room. In a must win situation against Baltimore, Pittsburgh will not be close to being at full strength and the same can be said for the 8-6 Baltimore Ravens Strong safety Troy Polamalu will miss his 10th game of the season and starting guard Chris Kemoeatu had a minor setback and will miss his second consecutive game. For the Steelers, their concern is with James Harrison and Hines Ward.

Post-Green Bay Judgements: Roethlisberger delivers

 

Roethlisberger saves Steelers *Great players deliver in clutch situations and Ben Roethlisberger did exactly that as the Steelers franchise quarterback threw for a team record 503 yards and saved the Steelers season with a 19 yard game winning touchdown pass to wide receiver Mike Wallace as time expired. Roethlisberger’s heroics against Green Bay was one of the greatest quarterback performances in the history of the game (10th to be exact) as Roethlisberger became the first quarterback to throw for 500-plus yards in a win since Boomer Esiason in 1996. Roethlisberger’s game winning pass has given the Steelers life, after driving the Steelers 86 yards on 11 plays for the Steelers winning score that included a 4th and 7 and 3rd and 15 conversion. The drive quickly drew comparisons of Super Bowl XLIII “It was obviously pretty reminiscent of the Super Bowl, ” Steelers center Justin Hartwig said. Tomlin makes rightRead More »

Steelers end five game losing streak with winning score as time expired

 

By Dale Grdnic PITTSBURGH — What a difference 10 days made for the Pittsburgh Steelers. After scoring just six points and no touchdowns against the Cleveland Browns and their league-worst defense, the Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw for a team-record 503 yards to out-gun the Green Bay Packers and their second-ranked defense 37-36 Sunday night at Heinz Field. In a game that lasted 3 hours, 38 minutes, Roethlisberger needed every second to find rookie wideout Mike Wallace at the side of the end zone for the winning score as time expired. But the Steelers’ playoff hopes are not dead yet.

Ryan Clark among players whose focus is not where it should be

 

After a 2-6 start, the Pittsburgh Steelers showed pride in 2006 when they finished 6-2 in their final eight games that included a overtime victory of the Cincinnati Bengals in their regular season finale. In the midst of a five game losing streak, that’s the big question surrounding this years team. Do they have it in them to finish on a high note? Mentally it doesn’t look like it Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark went on a tirade following practice on Wednesday, criticizing the fans and media for what Clark claims to be is harsh coverage of the players. Clark went as far as calling the media turds as frustrations are brewing in the Steelers locker room. “You watch the Eagles, you watch the big plays given up, and I started checking other media outlets and you don’t hear the things about them in their media that you hear aboutRead More »

The Latest Steelers Buzz: Kemoeatu, Polamalu out for Sunday’s game

 

Week 15 Mike Tomlin Press Conference The Pittsburgh Steelers received some bad news last week when star safety Troy Polamaly had an MRI on Wednesday. The Steelers were hopeful that Polamalu would be cleared to practice this week but there has not been enough healing on his injured PCL. Polamalu has been ruled out for this week and his status for the rest of the regular season is in doubt. The injury is worse than initially thought as the Steelers were hopeful that Polamalu would only be sidelined for 1-2 weeks. “The healing process is a little slower than we anticipated, ” Tomlin said. Polamalu told the media on Monday that he is hopeful to play in the Steelers season finale on Janaury 3rd. “We are what we are, a 6-7 losing team, ” Mike Tomlin said today. If the Steelers are to turn around their season, they will haveRead More »

Post-Cleveland Judgements

 

The Pittsburgh Steelers chances of earning a playoff berth took another serious blow Thursday night as the Steelers lost their 5th straight game in what has become a stunning collapse for a team that had the look of being another Super Bowl contender, through the first eight weeks of the season. The AFC playoff picture is bunched up and even if the Steelers found a way to turn things around and win out, which appears very unlikely, their conference losses (6) has them needing Jacksonville to lose 3 games, Baltimore to lose 2 games and the Jets losing 2 games for a chance to clinch the 6th seed. JAX 7-5 (Miami, Indy, at New England, at Cleveland) BAL 6-6 (Detroit, Chicago, at PIT, Oakland) Miami 6-6 (at Jacksonville, at Tennessee, Houston, PIT) NY Jets 6-6 (at Tampa Bay, Atlanta, at Indy, Cincinnati) PIT 6-7 ( Green Bay, Baltimore, at Miami)Read More »

Steelers playoff hopes sacked by lowly Browns

 

Steelers lose fifth straight game Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin promised changes following the Steelers embarrassing 27-24 loss to the Oakland Raiders in week 13 but Thursday night it was more of the same as the Steelers playoff hopes were dashed by the 2-11 Cleveland Browns. The Browns handed the Super Bowl champions their fifth straight loss, defeating the Steelers 13-6 for their first win against Pittsburgh since 2003. The win for Cleveland was their Super Bowl, while barring an foreseen miracle, the Steelers title defense is all but over before the playoffs even started. After a 6-2 start, the Steelers stunning collapse in the second half of the season has happened at the hands of three of the worst teams {Oakland, Cleveland, Kansas City} in the AFC, who have a combined record of 9-28. “We’ve found new and different ways to not rise up at critical moments andRead More »

Tomlin considering significant changes; Ward likely out for Thursday night’s game

 

In the midst of a four game losing streak, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin is considering the possibility of making a number of lineup changes. “Obviously we are a very average football team as we sit here today, ” Tomlin said. At cornerback there will be at least one lineup change, maybe two. Rookie cornerback Joe Burnett is expected to replace William Gay in the starting lineup and internally, the team is exploring the possibility of replacing Ike Taylor in the starting lineup with Keenan Lewis. “It’s going to be Joe Burnett, ” Mike Tomlin said in reference to who will replace William Gay in the starting lineup. Tomlin added, “Keenan Lewis is going to get an opportunity to play. We want to see both of those guys. They’re young guys; they’ve been working. We want to see both of those guys play.” Benching Ike Taylor would be aRead 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.

Chiefs pull off shocking upset; beat Steelers in OT 27-24

 

Kansas City 27 – Pittsburgh 24 Jamaal Charles 97 yard opening kickoff return for a touchdown was a sign that the Steelers were going to be in a ball game. Pittsburgh rebounded after Charles’ kick off return touchdown to jump out to a 17-7 half time lead but Pittsburgh let Kansas City hang around. The Chiefs outscored the Steelers 10-0 in the third quarter and a Jamaal Charles 2 yard touchdown reception with 4:55 remaining in the 4th quarter tied the game at 24-24 as the Chiefs forced over-time.