Friday, December 16, 2005

Steelers Lose To Bengals, But Crush Da Bears

After i demoralizing loss to the Bengals, the Steelers were on a 3 game losing streak and looking for a much needed win. In order to make the playoffs, the Steelers will probably have to win out, meaning they will have to win the rest of their games in order to make the playoffs. The Steelers were clearly the better team last Sunday and beat the Bears at their own game, defense. Pittsburgh controlled the clock and the turnovers, and looked efficient on offense. Big Ben's thumb is still in question though, he must have another great game next week in Minnesota.

No, the Steelers Cannot Beat the Colts

The Steelers got smashed by the Colts. Big Ben was coming back from injury, but there was no chance we could have beat them. They are one of the best teams EVER. They will go 16-0, win the Superbowl, and Peyton Manninig will become the best quarterback of all time...GUARANTEED

Monday, November 28, 2005

Can the Steelers Beat the Colts?

The answer is an emphatic YES. The Steelers are the only team left on the Colts' schedule that can potentially stop them from having a perfect season. In order to beat the Colts, the Steelers must blitz heavily and confuse Manning with the 3-4 defense. This is the same defense that the New England Patriots used to beat the Colts twice last year. However, the Colts have not been stopped this whole year, and Peyton has been very effective against the blitz. Another key to a Steelers victory will be using Jerome Bettis and Duce Staley. The Colts have a smaller defense than most, and Pittsburgh must exploit this by pounding the ball with our HUGE runningbacks. Willie Parker has slowed down since his breakout games in the beginning of the season. He is also much smaller than the other 2 runningbacks. Cowher will most likely run Bettis and Staley more than Willie Parker. Finally, the Steelers must get mean. The Colts are not a physical team, and the Steelers must punish them and show them what it means to play the Pittsburgh Steelers. Get Pumped, cause this game will be incredible.

Tommy Maddox loses to Ravens

This past Sunday the Steelers lost to the Ravens 13-16 in a game that went to overtime. The game ended on a Matt Stover fieldgoal (pictured). Maddox had an average game throwing for 230 yards going 19-36, he also had 1 touchdown, 1 interception, and 1 fumble. One of the biggest moments of the game was a freak interception made possible by Hines Ward who almost caught a pass and instead punted it high into the air for a Ravens defender to catch. The Steelers had many chances to put Baltimore away, but couldn't close the deal. The loss wasn't entirely Maddox's fault, but if Big Ben was playing, the Steelers would have won. Pittsburgh must start thinking about next week's huge Monday night matchup against the Colts. In order to beat the Colts, the Steelers must slow the game down and not give Peyton Manning a chance to get into a groove. This strategy worked for New England last year. Nevertheless, this game will be the best game of the NFL regular season. My main man, Mr. Ben Roethlisberger will definitely start this game against the league leading Colts.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Big Ben to Miss Sunday's Game

All the talk this week was about who to start on Sunday against the Ravens. Ben Roethlisberger was expected to return but Cowher announced that he will not play on Sunday. With Charlie Batch out, Tommy Maddox seems like the obvious choice...uh oh. However, two of the Steelers wide outs (Antwaan Randle El and Hines Ward) played quarterback in college and could potentially take some snaps. I made a few bets with my friends that Randle El will not take more than 3 snaps this Sunday. I don't think Cowher will let him throw in a traditional set, but will definitely get some trick plays like direct snaps and flea flickers. We'll see on Sunday how coach Cowher planned for this game. On another note, the Bengals WILL LOSE this weekend to the Colts and the Steelers will take charge of the division.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Batch goes down in win against Browns

The Steelers defeated the Cleveland Browns 34-21 in the Sunday night game this weekend. The Browns had a great 1st quarter, and i must admit, i was a little scared going into the 2nd quarter. In the 2nd quarter, Jerome Bettis scored on a 1 yard run, Reed kicked a field goal, and Pittsburgh native Charlie Batch scored on a gutsy QB sneak with time expiring. However, at the start of the 3rd quarter, Cowher notified the announcers that Charlie broke his hand. This means that Touchdown Tommy had to manage the rest of the game...OH NO!!! He played mediocre and Cowher seemed to trust wide reciever Randle El at quarterback rather than Maddox. Randle El threw a 51 yard touchdown to Hines Ward on a trick flea flicker play. The Browns made the score a little bit closer when they blocked a field goal and returned it for a touchdown. The Steelers did not allow them to get any closer and ended the game by running the ball. The defense played great, as did Hines Ward (pictured) who became the Steelers all time leader in receptions...congratulations Hines. Also, strong safety Troy Polamalu had another exceptional game and is definitely the best defensive player in football. The Steelers are on top of the AFC north with a 7-2 record. They play the Ravens next week in Baltimore. This week Cowher must decide if he wants to rush Big Ben back to start, or stick with Tommy Maddox. I think that Ben must rest and get healthy so that he can start against the Colts 2 weeks from now

Monday, November 07, 2005

Steelers Beat Ravens and Packers

The Steelers beat the Baltimore Ravens last Monday night 20 to 19. The game was much closer than i expected but the Steelers managed to pull it out. In the back of my mind i kinda knew the game would be tough. The Steelers were a little off on Monday and the Ravens had their best game of the season. Big Ben hurt his knee in the game and had arthoscopic surgery to repair it. He should be back when we face the Ravens again on November 20th. This sunday we beat the struggling Green Bay Packers 20 to 10 with Charlie Batch at the healm. The game was a little sloppy but the D managed to come up big. Strong Safety Troy Polamamlu had a huge game with 2 fumble recoveries and a game changing touchdown. Charlie Batch managed the game MUCH better than Touchdown Tommy and i expect he'll start next Sunday night against the Browns. Duce Staley also got most of the action, especially after Fast Willie Parker left the game with an ankle injury. He ended the day with 75 yards and a touchdown. Neither of these victories were impressive, but it's the middle of the season, and many of the Steelers' starters have been banged up recently. If we can squeak by the Browns and the Ravens in the next 2 weeks possibly without Roethlisberger, then we should be well rested and healthy by the time the huge Monday night showdown against the Colts in Week 12.

Sunday, October 30, 2005

The TerribleTowel

In 1975 a radio broadcaster for the Steelers, named Myron Cope created the infamous Terrible Towel to create an intimidating atmosphere in Three Rivers Stadium. The Towels were a great success and teams all over the country have tried to duplicate the success in Pittsburgh. This Monday night Steeler fans are encouraged to participate in the largest simultaneous Terrible Towel waving in history. This event is aimed to honor Myron Cope's 35 year career in broadcasting for the Steelers. I predict that this Monday's game will consist of the Steelers crushing the Ravens, and then me watching them cry. The Ravens will be without their two best players, Ray Lewis and Ed Reed which will put them at an even bigger disadvantage. If Coach Cowher sticks to last weeks game plan of running, we will surely beat our division rival, Baltimore. Also, if you own a Terrible Towel, be sure to give it a wave before Monday night's game.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Pittsburgh Spanks "Division Leaders"

As predicted, the Steelers trampled over the Bengals in week 7. Willie Parker ran for 131 yards and a touchdown, while Bettis had 56 yards of his own. Roethlisberger came back from injury and controlled the game by only attempting 14 passes, while scoring 2 touchdowns. The explosive Bengals offense couldn't do a thing against the Steel Curtain. Carson Palmer did not look like an MVP cantidate by throwing 2 picks against the Steelers. Heath Miller has been exceptionally good recently. He caught a touchdown against the Bengals and now has 3 on the year. Historically, the Steelers have never relied on the tight-end position for catches. I would love for him to explode in the 2nd half of the season and win the award for AFC rookie of the year. Next week the Steelers face Baltimore, who has looked terrible this year.

On a sidenote, I went to a crazy Giants-Broncos game in New York this weekend. I wore a Roethlisberger jersey and met a few Steeler faithfuls. I was obviously rooting for the Giants of the NFC against the "surprise of the AFC" Broncos. I was pumped to see Eli's last second heroics to win the game. Sick day of......FOOTBALL!!!!!

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