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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Steelers Lose 27-7, We've Got To Put this Behind Us!

OK, Steelers fans, we blew it, we sucked, but it's not over and there's no reason to panic. The Pittsburgh Steelers can and will overcome this loss! Let's hope the Steelers team including the coaches take this as a wake up call. We need some offense if we're going to beat Cincinnati on Sunday. We can overcome 2 losses in a row with a win over the Bengals. So, let's put this one behind us and concentrate on winning the division. This Steelers team has a lot of weapons and they just have to take what the defense is giving them. I hope these losses turn into positive motivation and breathe new life into the Steelers. I thought about all the negatives I could find in Monday's game, but what good would that do. We as Pittsburgh Steelers fans have to regroup too. Go Steelers! Get the rest of the story.

Monday, November 28, 2005

The Steelers Have A Good Shot At The Upset!

Besides being 1 of only 3 teams in the NFL that Peyton Manning hasn't beaten, the Steelers can look at some other statistics and glean hope of an upset. The Pittsburgh Steelers themselves are the most recent team to get close to having an undefeated season by going (15-1) in 2004. They defeated two undefeated teams in back to back weeks, the Philadelphia Eagles and the eventual Super Bowl champion, New England Patriots. The (10-0) Indianapolis Colts have only played 3 teams that had winning records. The 1972 Miami Dolphins, the only undefeated team in NFL history, played a schedule with 2 less games and went (14-0) plus winning throughout the playoffs and the Super Bowl. The Steelers are playing to win their divsion and are healthier than they have been in weeks. They beat Peyton Manning and the Colts in 2002 by a score of 28-10. So, despite the hype, no one really knows what will happen until they play the game. Go Steelers! Get the rest of the story.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

A Look At The Colts - Steelers "Big Game"!

On Monday night two of the best teams in the NFL will face off in the RCA Dome in Indianapolis. The Pittsburgh Steelers, the underdog will try to knock off the undefeated Indianapolis Colts on ABC's Monday Night Football before a nationwide audiance. All eyes will be tuned in to see if the (7-3) Steelers can upset the (10-0) Colts. The Steelers 2nd year quarterback sensation, Ben Roethlisberger will be up against the veteran and leagues MVP, Peyton Manning. Besides Manning, Pittsburgh will have to find a way to keep their 22 game streak of not allowing a 100 yard rusher by stopping the leagues 2nd leading runner in Edgerrin James. Roethlisberger will have to knock of the rust of being out for 3 games with knee surgery. He will have to adjust to the speed of the game and find All-Pro wide receiver Hines Ward and Antwaan Randle El to counter Mannings passing attack. To keep pressure off of Ben, Willie Parker and Jerome Bettis will have to have productive runs. The defense will have to keep pressure on Peyton while keeping an eye on James. They must be physical. This game will test both teams, but the Steelers have the most to lose since the Browns won their game and lead the division. Get the rest of the story.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Ben Looks Fine And Coach Cowher Says He Has No Limitations!

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger had a good practice Friday. The coach liked what he saw and believes Ben will be ready Monday night. He said he appeared to have no limitations. There was more good new for both Ben Roetthlisberger and Steelers fans when it was announced that offensive tackle, Marvel Smith will probably play to match up with the Colts sack machine, Dwight Freeney. That added protection could make a difference and buy time for Ben to make plays. Get the rest of the story.

Friday, November 25, 2005

Manning Focuses On Steelers Amid "Big Game" Hype!

The Indianapolis Colt's, Peyton Manning isn't distracted by all the media attention that the Monday Night Fooltball game with the Pittsburgh Steelers (7-3) is getting. He's focused on what the Steelers themselves bring to the table. As an avid student of the game and the quarterback of the league's only undefeated team at (10-0), Peyton is in total preparation mode. He knows that the only game he played against the Steelers was a 28-10 loss for the Colts. He also know that after Pittsburgh beat New England and Philadelphia, both undefeated last year, in back to back games, that they are just as capable of breaking Indy's streak. And now that Ben Roethlisberger has returned from knee surgery, they have even a better chance. So, Mr. Manning's not thinking too much about the 1972 Miami Dolphins perfect season, yet. However, he is thinking about how to out-smart the Steelers Dick LeBeau and the "Blitzburgh Steelers" defense. Get the rest of the story.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Ben's First Trip To Peyton Place!

Ben Rothlisberger directed the Pittsburgh Steelers in practice Wednesday for the first time in four weeks. He said he felt good and is axious to get back on the field. That field will be the RCA Dome in Indianapolis. It's one of the loudest places to play in the league and Ben has never played there. Antwaan Randle El said that Ben needs to knock the rust off these next few days of practice. That means that they will even practice on Thanksgiving day to get ready to face, arguably the best team in the NFL this season. Let's hope that Ben's excitement and confidence rubs off on the rest of the team. A team that is coming off one of the worst performances of the year. They must get their running game back on track to allow Ben to perform his magic to Hines Ward, Randle El and the rest of the team. The offense may have to open it up a little more if they want to keep up with Peyton's run and gun attack. If the defense can pressure Manning and shut down James, that will make it a lot easier for the Steelers to grind out a win. Get the rest of the story. Ben speaks to media. Play Audio

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Big Ben Chimes In,I'mBack!

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger out for three games and watching the Steelers lose to Baltimore, Said he'd try everything he could to be back for the Monday night game with Indianapolis. Well, coach Cowher at his weekly news conference said Ben will probably start against the Colts. The Colts record this year is the best in the NFL at (10-0). There hasn't been a team to go undefeated for the season since the 1972 Dolphins. The Steelers need to keep it that way. Pittsburgh has three tough games ahead, the Colts, the Bengals, their division co-leaders and the Chicago Bears who also lead the NFC North division. Let's hope Ben is able to continue his winning ways. Get the rest of the story. Hear Cowhers news conference. Play Audio Steelers Colts.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

The Steelers Are Running Low On Rushing Yards!

The Pittsburgh Steelers running game, once one of the best in the NFL, has become pretty amemic lately. At 130.2 yard per game this year, they are well below their 2nd place 154 yards per game last season. They abandoned the run early in Sunday's game with Baltimore passing 44 times and only running 22. What a difference a quarterback makes! I know they have had injuries at the running back position, but when a running back like Willie Parker has great speed, you need to get the ball to him any way you can. More screens, shuttle passes, option plays, quick slants, anything! In Pittsburghs three losses to New England, Jacksonville and Baltimore, they had under 100 total yard rushing. No wonder they lost. Get the rest of the story.

Monday, November 21, 2005

Which Is Worse?

I thought I saw the worst Steelers game this season on Oct. 16th when Tommy Maddox gave the win to Jacksonville, but Sunday's loss to Baltimore was a team effort. I don't know where that Steelers team came from, but it wasn't the same one that overcame numerous injuries to lead their division with a (7-2) record. We all knew what we were getting with Tommy Maddox, but who could have predicted that the coaching staff would go brain dead. The depleated and poor performing Ravens worked their plan to perfection. All they had to do was stack 8 to 10 guys on the defensive line and get to Maddox, which they did. If Bill Cowher and his coaching staff were going to give them a stationary target, then they were going to have no problem finding it. Maddox was 19-36 passing while reielf quarterback, Randle El kept his perferct passer rating when he went 2-2. The only time the Ravens defense looked confused and backed off was when Randle El was under center. Da! The offensive co-ordinator must have been looking at the cheer-leaders then or something. Now the defense. Boller was just coming back from injury as the Ravens starter, so why didn't the Steelers keep the pressure on him like the Ravens defense did on Maddox? We were able to shut down the running game, but on third and long we backed off. Every time we did pressure Boller he made mistakes. Even though the Steelers receivers dropped a couple of balls, it was almost like it didn't matter to Cowher if we won or lost. Get the rest of the story.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

The Steelers Are True Road Warriors!

The 2004-2005 Pittsburgh Steelers are one of the best "road teams" in NFL history. The Steelers are taking an 11 game road winning streak into Baltimore, against the same team that beat them before the streak began and with the same starting quarterback, Tommy Maddox! If the Steelers are able to win again on the road they will be tied at 12 for 2nd all-time with the Chargers of '60-'61 and the 49ers of '87-'88. The 49ers of '88-'89 hold the record with 18 road wins in a row. With the Steelers riddled with injuries they have still managed to win the past couple of weeks. They are (7-2) this season and in a first place tie with the Cincinnati Bengals (7-2) in the AFC North division. They have played better on the road than at home. Let's hope the streak continues. Get the rest of the story.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Bill Cowher Makes Decision To Start Maddox!

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher has decided to start quarterback Tommy Maddox over Ben Roethlisberger in Sunday's game in Baltimore. Ben, Pittsburgh's #1 starter, is almost back from knee surgery, but will be relegated to back-up for this week's contest. Charlie Batch is out with a broken finger and wide receiver, Antwaan Randle El will be the third quarterback. Since Maddox had a shaky start against the Jacksonville Jaguars, a game that Pittsburgh lost, the Steelers have been hesitent to put him back under center. Now, they have no choice if they want Roethlisberger to be ready to face the league leading Colts Nov. 28. Let's just hope that Maddox's second half performance against the Browns gave him enough confidence to hang onto the ball and get us another win. Get the rest of the story. Listen to Cowher's coments. Play Audio

"Fast Willie Parker" Is Reved Up And Ready To Go!

Pittsburgh Steelers running back, Willie Parker will start on Sunday against the Ravens after missing last week's game with Cleveland. Duce Staley stepped in after Parker injured his ankle in Green Bay, but now he's nursing a knee injury. Parker is the sixth-leading rusher in the AFC with 612 yards even though he's had limited playing time the last couple of weeks. Coach Cowher says he looks good and will get the start. It's been a long time since the Steelers have had a running back with his kind of speed. Hopefully they'll be able to get him outside the tackles where he's a break-away threat. It will be a game time decision whether Duce or "the Bus" will be his back-up. Get the rest of the story.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Bill Cowher's Weekly Press Conference.

Pittsburgh Steelers Coach Bill Cowher goes through the team injury report and sizes up this week's opponent. Coach Cowher laments the fact that these news conferences have become half injury reports. He also said that Antwaan Randel will take more snaps in practice this week in case Maddox can't move the team. Get the rest of the story. Hear Cowher's PodCast 29 min.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

"It's Begining To Look A Lot Like Maddox!"

That's a song most Steelers fans don't want to hear. Although Tommy Maddox is ready to step in for injured quarterbacks Ben Roethlisberger and Charlie batch, the Pittsburgh faithful are holding out hope that "Big Ben" will recover in time to play the Ravens on Sunday. Coach Cowher said the quarterback situation is still up in the air. If Ben can't at least practice this week, then Maddox will start. Maddox had a horrible game against Jacksonvile and the Steelers suffered their 2nd loss. Charlie Batch was able to manage two victories in a row and put the team in a first place tie before breaking his finger in the Cleveland game. Now Tommy Maddox is the only relatively healthy quarterback the Steelers have left. Bill Cowher says he won't push Roethlisberger to come back too soon just to get a win. Get the rest of the story. Hear quarterbacks' PodCast 11 min..

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

The Pittsburgh Steelers Are #1 Again!

The Pittsburgh Steelers have fought their way through devasting injuries to get back on top in the AFC North division. Key players on offense and defense have went down, but the Steelers kept on winning. Now they stand tied atop their division with the Cincinnati Bengals. Pittsburgh still has a tough road ahead, especially if they don't get healthy before they meet the league leading Indianapolis Colts on monday night Nov. 28. If they can beat the Colts and the Bengals, the two toughest teams left on their schedule, they should find themselves in the driver's seat going into the playoffs. Get the rest of the story.

Is Ben Back Or Not?

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterbacks have been finding it hard to stay in the sadle lately. Sunday night back-up Charlie Batch went out with a broken hand while three weeks ago Ben Roethlisberger had to have surgery on his knee. Steelers former starting quarterback, Tommy Maddox still has pain in his shoulder from an injury received replacing Ben in a game the Steelers lost. It's still up in the air which quarterback will start this week against the Baltimore Ravens. Roethlisberger feels it's urgent that he get healthy as soon as possible. If he's unable to practice this week, Tommy Maddox will most likely start Sunday. Charlie Batch says if he can grip the ball, he couldplay. Get the rest of the story.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Batch Can't Put His Finger On it,But Still Hands The Browns A 34-21 Defeat!

Charlie Batch in his second start for the Steelers is 2-0 with a 34-21 win over the Cleveland Browns. He played surprisingly well until late in the fisrt half when he broke a bone in his pinky finger on an opposing player's helmet. He had just completed a record breaking pass to Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward when the injury occured. Batch continued to played and led Pittsburgh on another scoring drive before the half expired. His 1 yard touchdown run gave the Steelers a 17-7 lead at half-time. Batch was replace by former back-up Tommy Maddox and is expected to be side-lined for a couple of weeks. If Ben Roethlisber can't go Nov. 20 against Baltimore, then Maddox will have to start. Wide receiver Antwaan Randle El threw the longest pass of the game, a 51 yard touchdown to Hines Ward. Get the rest of the story.

Hines Ward Breaks Stallworth's Record As Steelers Win 34-21!

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward broke John Stallworth's team record for pass receptions before 64,000 sreaming fans at Heinz Field Sunday night. He needed 3 catches to surpass Stallworth's 537. Hines caught eight passes for 124 yards and brought his career total to 543. He's on a pace to break every receiving record for the Steelers by the time he's finished. That's quite a feat for a guy the experts said wasn't big enough, or fast enough, or have good enough hands to play in the NFL. Get the rest of the story.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Can The Steelers Do Enough To Win Another One Without Ben?

The Steelers did just enough to beat the Packers Monday night without the services of starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Charlie Batch took care of the ball and the defense was responsible for 17 of the 20 points Pittsburgh scored against Green Bay. Tonight's game could be just as ugly a game as last week, especially offensively. We know the Steelers will run Staley a lot, but wouldn't it be nice if Charlie Batch could get Hines ward the club record with just three more pass receptions at home? That will all depend on some interesting match-ups since both teams will have injuries at key positions. Get the rest of the story.

The Duce Is Loose!

Duce Staley, the Pittsburgh Steelers veteran running back will probably start over rookie sensation, "Fast Willie Parker". Jerome Bettis, "The Bus" will likely be the back-up as the injury depleted Steelers (6-2) take on the struggling Browns (3-5) Sunday night at Heinz Field. Duce ran the ball for the first time this season last week against the Green Bay Packers. He carried 15 times for 76 yards and a touchdown. The Steelers are looking for even more production out of Staley since the Browns are ranked 28th in the league in defense against the run. Duce is healthy and feels good for the first time in almost a year, but his stamina is questionable. With back-up quarterback Charlie Batch, the Steelers may not pass much more than they did last week, so Staley should be busy tonight. Get the rest of the story.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

History Could Be Made In the Steel City!

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward could make Steeler history Sunday Night at Heinz field when the Steelers host the Cleveland Browns. Hines only needs three receptions to pass John Stallworth as Pittsburgh's all-time pass receiver. Although the record would be nice, Hines knows that the Steelers will be in a virtual tie for 1st place in the AFC North division over idle Cincinnati with a win. Hear Hines Ward share his feelings on the record he's about to break.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Pitt Panther's Star Rod Rutherford Back In The 'Burgh!

The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed former University of Pittsburgh quarterback, Rod Rutherford, to the practice squad. With the recent injuries to Ben Roethlisberger and the demise of Tommy Maddox, Rutherford may earn a spot on his hometown team. Charlie Batch is listed as the starter for the Cleveland game Sunday and Ben should be back soon. Rod is just glad to be with the Steelers after being out of football for six weeks. He was cut by the Carolina Panther before the season started, so he's excited about this chance. Rutherford had great statistics at Pitt and may be some much needed insurance for the Steelers. Get the rest of the story.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Ben Talks About His Injury And The Progress Of His Rehab.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hobbling around the locker room, was more than willing to talk about his injury. Ben is expected to miss this week's game with the Cleveland Browns and is steadily improving. Although it's not clear as to when he will be completely healed, he is anxious to get back on the field. Ben seemed cautious about his improvement, but is glad the Steelers are still winning without him. He also talked about the pain and tightness he's been experiencing, but he seemed optomistic about his recovery. Get the rest of the story in Ben's own words.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Bill Cowher's Weekly News Conference And Injury Report

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Bill Cowher gave his weekly update on the teams progress and went on to explain the injuries to key players. According to the coach, the Steelers will be without quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (knee) for the second game in a row. Charlie Batch will start again and hopfully will have gained some valuable experience from Sunday's game with the Packers. It looks like running back Duce Staley will start in place of injured Willie Parker (ankle) and Jerome Bettis (quadriceps). Other injuries include LB James Farrior (knee), LB Joey Porter (knee, LB Clark Haggans (groin) and LB James Harrison (knee). the coach also voices some concerns about the teams performance. Get the rest of the story.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Farrior May Be Out A Couple Of Weeks After Injury In Green Bay!

The Pittsburgh Steelers may be without linebacker James Farrior for two weeks or more. Farrior sprained his knee in Sunday's game with the Green Bay Packers. Coach Bill Cowher says he may be out for a couple of weeks. After Farrior is examined they will determine how serious it really is. For now, reserve linebacker Clint Kriewaldt will take his place on the defense. Willie Parker hurt his ankle in the game, but it's not known if it will keep him from playing. Get the rest of the story.

Reserves Among Heroes of Steelers Win Over Packers!

It wasn't a great performance, but it was a win! The Pittsburgh Steelers plagued with injuries and needing a victory to keep pace the division leading Bengals, played hard and prevailed 20-10. Third string quarterback Charlie Batch, in his first start since 2001, managed the team well enough to not lose. Duce Staley came off the bench for the first time in almost a year and racked up 76 yards and a touchdown. The highlight of the game came when strong safety Troy Polamalu picked up a Brett Favre fumble and ran it back for his 2nd career TD as the Packers were on the verge of scoring. Then reserve Tyrone Carter intercepted a pass to set up the Steelers offense's only touchdown. Get the rest of the story.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

The Steelers Defeat The Packers 20-10 With Defense And "The Duce"

The Pittsburgh Steelers come away with a win in a game dominated by the Steelers defense which accounted for 17 of the 20 points they scored. The defense had two fumble recoveries, one which was ran back for a TD by Troy Polamalu and one interception. They stiffled the Packers running game by allowing only 65 yards rushing. Meanwhile the Steelers anemic offense was able to rush for 154 yards and a Duce Staley touchdown. Willie Parker was sidelined with an ankle injury. Get the rest of the story.

Some Interesting Match-ups For The Steelers And Packers Today.

The Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2) take on the Green Bay Packers (1-6) today at 4:15PM in Lambeau Field. Though this looks like a lop-sided game on paper, there will be some interesting match-ups in today's contest. The Steelers must win to keep pace with the division leading Cincinnati Bengals (6-2) and the Packers still have a chance in the weak NFC North division. Get the rest of the story.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

There's A "Batch" Of Football Left To Play!

Ben Roethisberger will probably miss two games for the Steelers. If he tried to play he could be out for 4 to 6 weeks. So, Charlie Batch will assume the helm for the next couple of games, barring any disaster. Tommy Maddox will back up Batch and wide receiver Antwaan Randle El will be the third quarterback. The rest of the team believes Charlie can do the job, even though he hasn't started an NFL game since 2001. With Jerome Bettis on the sidelines Willie Parker and Duce Staley will be busy against Green Bay. Get th rest of the story.

Friday, November 04, 2005

The Bus Has A Flat, But The Duce Is Ready!

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis "The Bus" is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game with the Green Bay Packers. Bettis got the quadriceps bruise two games ago against Cincinnati, but played Monday in the Ravens game. He may have re-agrevated the injury in that game. If he can't go, Duce Staley is healthy again and will step in for Jerome. Steelers fans are already reeling from the news of Ben Roethlisberger's surgery and hoping to salvage a win in Geen Bay. Get the rest of the story.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Ben Roethlisberger Has Knee Surgery!

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had arthroscopic surgery on his injured right knee Thursday morning. This comes as a shock to most Steelers fans who were told that his knee wasn't hurt that bad after playing almost the whole game against Baltimore Monday. Coach Bill Cowher said he will miss Sunday's game in Geen Bay and probably the the Cleveland Browns game on November 13th. In a live news conference at 10AM Thursday coach Cowher confirmed the surgery and officially announced that Charlie Batch would be the starter. Antwann RandelEl will be 3rd on the quarterback depth chart after Tommy Maddox. Get the rest of the story. Hear Cowher News Conference. Play Audio

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Will Ben's Knee Keep him From Starting Again!

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Geen Bay Packers. He re-injured his knee on Monday night as the Steelers barely beat the Baltimore ravens 20-19. Ben missed pratice on Wednesday and and his status is day to day. if Maddox can't go Sunday, Charlie Batch will get his first start since 2001. Get the rest of the story.

It's Miller Time In Pittsburgh!

Heath Miller, the Pittsburgh Steelers rookie tight end has shown he can play like a veteran. He leads the Steelers with six touchdown receptions half way through the season. Coach Bill Cowher said "He's a good target. He doesn't drop many balls. He can get anything near him." he's started off strong and this 22 year old kid is going to get a lot better as he learns the offense. Get the rest of the story.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Steelers Get Ugly Scary Win 20-19!

I wish I could say I enjoyed watching the game , but I'd be lying. It was one of the worst looking wins I ever saw. Besides the fact that the Ravens haven't scored more than 17 points against anyone until now, the Steelers defense looked like it was sleep walking most of the game. I have to give a lot of credit to the Ravens offensive line. I don't think Joey Porters name was called once. He was peared against Johnathan Ogden who handled him easily. After Ben Roethlisberger got hit on his other knee, the Steelers offense seemed to be less aggressive. Ravens quarterback Anthony Wright was able to slice the Steelers defense, but couldn't find the open receivers that would have put the Steelers away. Ravens kicker Matt Stover hit four field goals, but the one that bounced off the up-rights could have iced the game. We won, but who did we beat? Get the rest of the story.