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With the Steelers beginning Training Camp this Saturday at St. Vincent College in Latrobe there are a lot of questions that have to be answered.  The defense has gotten younger and faster, but can they can force turnovers and make big plays when they need to.  Will new offensive line coach Mike Munchak help this line play up to its potential, and it would help for them to be healthy and gel together.   Will the addition of LeGarrette Blount and a healthy Le’Veon Bell turn the running game into a key factor for the offense.   Will Markus Wheaton come on strong and take the pressure of Antonio Brown.   Will Ben Roethlisberger continue his play from late in the season and help the team  get off to a strong start. Will Dri Archer be a big factor in the running, receiving and return game.   Could Adam Podlesh or Brad Wing help them have a consistent punter  to pin team back near their goal line.  These are the questions the Pittsburgh Steelers are facing in training camp and these next few weeks will answer some of these questions.

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1. Antonio Brown will have 1,500 receiving yards? (1,499 yds. in 2013)

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2. Ben Roethlisberger will throw 30 TD passes (28 in 2013)

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3. Le’Veon Bell rushes for 1,000 yards? (Had 860 while play/starting only 13 games)

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4. Lawerence Timmons records 135 tackles? (Had 126 last year, 135 is career best)

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5. Pittsburgh will win 3 division games (4-2 last year)

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Growing up in Western Pennsylvania I watched the Pittsburgh Steelers become the team of the 1970s.   The nine players from those teams wound up in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  Chuck Noll wound up in the Hall of Fame in 1993, but never got the credit that he really deserved.    Noll was a teacher, but not a motivational coach like Vince Lombardi.   He never wanted the limelight and never appeared in commercials or wrote any books.  He was a renaissance man who loved to  classical music, gourmet food, was a pilot, and loved to  talk about many topics outside of football.   He was above all else a teacher and his lessons went well beyond the football field.  He would talk about going on with YOUR LIFE’s work, and the phrase I remember over all else is Whatever It Takes.    The meaning was doing more than what is expected of you.  I was at St. Vincent College for training camp in the summer of 1980 after the Steelers won their 4th super bowl victory.  He was teaching and prepping his team for the season ahead.  He never looked back at the past triumphs but looked forward at the challenges ahead.  Chuck Noll passed away last night at age 82 and he completed his life’s work and what a life is was.

 

It is never too early to start talking about football! With less than three months to go until the start of the 2014 NFL Season, interesting stories have and will continue to build until the season finally commences! So with that out of the way, lets take a look at some scenarios and either “Buy” or “Sell” them actually happening this upcoming NFL Season!

Buy or Sell

1. Dallas Cowboys Will Make The Playoffs?

2. LeSean McCoy Will Repeat As NFL Rushing Leader?

3. Eli Manning Will Have a Bounce Back Year?

2013 Stats: 3,818 Passing Yards, 18 Touchdowns, 27 Interceptions (most in league in 2013, as well career worst) 69.4 QB Rating

4. Nick Foles Will Continue Success From Last Season And Be Eagles Next Franchise Quarterback?

2013 Stats: 8-2 record, 27 Touchdowns (only 2 interceptions), league best QB Rating of 119.2

5. Calvin Johnson Will Have at Least 1,500 Yards Receiving?

2013 Stats: 14 Games Played, 1,492 Receiving Yards, 12 TD Receptions

6. One of The Following Head Coaches Will Lead Their New Team To The Playoffs?

  1. Bill O’Brien- Houston Texans
  2. Jim Caldwell- Detroit Lions
  3. Mike Pettine- Cleveland Browns
  4. Mike Zimmer- Minnesota Vikings
  5. Lovie Smith- Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  6. Ken Whisenhunt- Tennessee Titans
  7. Jay Gruden- Washington Redskins

 

7. At least One of The Following Head Coaches Will Be Fired After The Season?

  1. Rex Ryan- New York Jets
  2. Mike Tomlin- Pittsburgh Steelers
  3. Marvin Lewis- Cincinnati Bengals
  4. Jason Garrett- Dallas Cowboys

 

 

8. Drew Brees Will Throw For 5,000+ Yards For The 4th Consecutive Season?

9. Jadeveon Clowney Will Win Defensive Rookie of the Year?

10. Johnny Manziel Will Start a Game For Cleveland?

11. There Will Be QB Controversy For The New York Jets Between Geno Smith & Mike Vick?

12. The New England Patriots Will Win The AFC East For The Sixth Straight Season?

13. Peyton Manning Will Throw 50+ TD Passes?

2013 Stats: 5,477 Passing Yards (NFL Record), 55 Touchdown Passes (NFL Record), 342.3 Passing yards per game (league best), 115.1 QB Rating

14. Richard Sherman Will Have at Least 8 Interceptions For The Third Consecutive Season?

15. The Seattle Seahawks Will Repeat As Super Bowl Champions?

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The Steelers started the fourth round of the NFL Draft getting wide receiver Martavis Bryant from Clemson.     He gives them a tall receiver with 4.42 speed and could get major reps in training camp.     In the fifth round, The Steelers took cornerback Shaquille Richardson from the University of Arizona.  He has played some safety well, and adds more speed in the secondary.    With their 2nd selection of the fifth round, they took offensive linemen Wesley Johnson from Vanderbilt.   He has the position flexibility to play center, guard, and tackle.  Since the offensive line could be a strength Johnson could be a valuable swing man.    In the sixth round, they took inside linebacker Jordan Zumwalt from UCLA.      He could be a major contributor on special teams and a future starter.   With their 2nd  selection of the sixth round,  they drafted defensive lineman Daniel McCullers from Tennessee.  He is 6-7 weighing 352 pounds, and he could be the successor to Casey Hampton as a run stuffing in the 3-4 defense.   In the 7th round, The Steelers last pick was tight end Rob Blanchflower from Massachusetts.     He is a great blocker, but needs to work on being a pass catcher. It doesn’t hurt to be mentored by Heath Miller.     The true measure of this draft will not be known for a few years.   Hopefully, some of these draft picks will be big contributors for the Steelers.

The Steelers addressed the defensive line when they drafted Stephon Tuitt  from Notre Dame in the 2nd round.  He had a great season in 2012 with the Irish played in the BCS title game, but last season he was beset with injuries.  They are convinced that he is healthy and will be a big contributor on the defensive line. Then in the 3rd round they drafted RB/WR Dri Archer from Kent State.    He has 4.25 speed and  will help out as a receiver and a runner,  and on kickoff and punt returns.  The problems with Archer is that durability is a major issue, and being 5-8 173 pounds because the more physical nature of the NFL..  Rounds 4 through 7 start tomorrow at noon, and they could get help in the tight end position and in the secondary.     They could get a diamond in the rough that could be an impact player in the future.

I was surprised that the Steelers drafted Ryan Shazier in the 1st round in the NFL Draft.    He could play both inside and outside linebacker and for Ohio State racked up over 100 tackles in the past two seasons.  He can rush the passer and drop back into pass coverage.   His shortcomings are lack of size, being over aggressive at times, his inconsistent tackling, and can be bullied by offensive line.  He has a good over all around game, but lack of strength could be his undoing in the NFL.     The Steelers still have to address the defensive line, secondary, and the receiving corps.   I will be blogging about the rest of the Steelers draft this weekend, but might a little busy watching the Penguins tomorrow night.

 

As the NFL Schedule was released yesterday, one of the many talked about subjects were key match ups during the 17 week long regular season. I compromised 10 games that are out of division, match ups that are a must watch as some may and will hold playoff implications and positioning, another chapter being added to rivalries, and rematches with one team looking for revenge! Without further ado, here are my 10 must see (out of division) games to watch this 2014 NFL Season!

 

Week 1 

Seattle Seahawks vs Green Bay Packers

The Seattle Seahawks begin their Super Bowl title defense against the Green Bay Packers. The last time these two teams met, it ended in controversial fashion when an Hail Mary attempt appeared to be intercepted in the endzone by then Packers Safety, M.D. Jennings. It was then when then Seahawks Receiver Golden Tate made a desperate yet obvious last ditch attempt to persuade the replacement officials that he was the one in full control of the ball when coming down with it. The call was ruled a touchdown and ironically a few days later Tate admitted he pushed off a defender (which would be offensive pass interference) before “catching” the ball for the game winning touchdown. Thankfully just two days later, the original referees ended the “2012 NFL Referee Lockout” by coming to an agreement with the NFL.

Week 2

Indianapolis Colts vs Philadelphia Eagles

Indianapolis’ Andrew Luck has already cemented himself as the next franchise Quarterback for the Colts. The Eagles are hoping they found theirs finally for the first time since the Donovan McNabb era in Nick Foles. Foles made a quick mid-season impression and lead the Philadelphia Eagles to a division title last year.

Week 3

Seattle Seahawks vs Denver Broncos

Super Bowl 48 rematch! We know Denver will be looking to avenge its embarrassing performance against Seattle when the Seahawk defense picked apart Peyton Manning and the Broncos offense en route to a 43-8 Super Bowl victory. Will the Legion of Boom continue where it last left off from its dominance in the Super Bowl, or will Peyton Manning and the Denver offense finally have an answer for the “12th man”?

Week 4

San Francisco 49ers vs Philadelphia Eagles

Nick Foles and the Philadelphia Eagle will be heavily tested early on in 2014, as they face another Super Bowl contender, San Francisco 49ers, in Week 4. Colin Kaepernick has come close to a Super Bowl ring twice. In 2013 he and the 49ers were defeated by the Ravens in Super Bowl 47, and lost in last year’s NFC Championship Game against the Seahawks. Foles will look to prove he is the future and answer the Eagles problems, while Kaepernick is trying to solve the problem of getting over the hump en-route to a Super Bowl ring.

Week 7

Denver Broncos vs San Francisco 49ers

In what could have been the other possible Super Bowl 48 match up, perhaps finally we will get a glimpse into what might have happened this past February had these two teams met for the Lombardi Trophy. Would Colin Kaepernick have “Kaepernicked” his way to a Super Bowl victory, or would Peyton Manning defied his critics and ended up winning his 2nd Super Bowl? I guess this will be the closest way in finding out the answer to that question…..for now!

Week 8

New Orleans Saints vs Green Bay Packers

In what is sure to be a quarterback clinic, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees have combined for 2,067 passing yards (Rodgers-879, Brees- 1,188) 19 touchdown passes (Rodgers 9, Brees 10) and 211 points totaled between the two teams when these two meet. (Rodgers has won 2 of 3 matches against Brees)

Week 9

New England Patriots vs Denver Broncos

Chapter 16 of the classic “Tom Brady vs Peyton Manning” rivalry. New England hosted Denver last year in the regular season where the Broncos jumped out to a 24-0 lead before the Patriots made a huge comeback to win the game. Unfortunately for Brady and the Patriots, New England was not able to go into Mile High Stadium and capture the AFC Championship two months later against Manning and the Broncos. Though both quarterbacks are nearing the end of their respective careers, they will still have plenty to play for and much to prove.

Week 10

New Orleans Saints vs San Francisco 49ers

Two different style quarterbacks, both of whom produce big numbers and positive results. While Drew Brees is a protocol “gun slinging” and “pocket presence” quarterback, Colin Kaepernick gets it done not only through the air, but on his legs, via the ground game. This mid-season match up could give early indications of playoff positioning, and for these two championship contenders, positioning means everything!

Week 13

Green Bay Packers vs New England Patriots

Another match up where Tom Brady will be facing an elite quarterback, Aaron Rodgers. While Tom Brady may not have as many weapons as Aaron Rodgers and this is not the same New England teams from year’s past, Brady’s experience and leadership begins to take stride around this time each season. Rodgers will be no slouch either as he already has a Super Bowl trophy and like Brady, has his sights set on another one!

Week 14

Philadelphia Eagles vs Seattle Seahawks

A potential playoff preview, it will be interesting to see how these two teams offenses generate against each other. The Seahawks, led by Russell Wilson, will have Marshawn Lynch in the backfield with Sidney Rice, Percy Harvin, and Jermaime Kearse as down field threats. The Eagles counter that with Nick Foles at quarterback with what also might be now the most dynamic backfield duo in the entire NFL after obtaining Darren Sproles to complement LeSean McCoy. Even though Philadelphia lost DeSean Jackson, they will be getting Jeremy Maclin back and Riley Cooper has emerged as the Eagles No. 2 Receiver. A definite must watch battle between these two high tempo, fast paced offenses!

With that said, are you ready for some football!?!?!?!?!

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Newly acquisition Ben Tate of the Cleveland Browns is not even a week into his signing with the team, and yet has already added to the rivalry between them and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Tate was asked by a fan on Twitter of what he thought of the Steelers, to which he replied “Don’t like them or their little towels”.  I am sure fans of Pittsburgh and the Steelers themselves will keep this in the back of their heads when they face the Browns from here on out!

 

 

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It was inevitable that the Pittsburgh Steelers were going to part ways and cut Linebacker LaMarr Woodley. Where he will end up is really anyone’s guess. Many believe Woodley’s injury issues ,decline in production, and reports of him being out of shape may turn some teams away. That may not be the case, at least maybe for one team. According to Jason La Canfora of CBS, the Tennessee Titans are expected to end up with Woodley so that he can be reunited with one of his former coaches, Ray Horton.

 

Horton, who is currently the Tennessee Titans Defensive Coordinator, was the Pittsburgh Steelers Secondary Coach from 2004-2010. Woodley who was drafted in 2007, spent four seasons during Horton’s tenure with Pittsburgh. During that time Woodley recorded 141 tackles, 39.0 sacks, 3 interceptions (1 returned for a touchdown), 7 forced fumbles, and 7 fumble recoveries (2 returned for touchdowns).

 

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Plagued by injuries for the past two seasons, Pittsburgh Steelers Linebacker LaMarr Woodley will be cut by the team on Tuesday. Woodley. Pittsburgh stated it was more for financial reasons than Woodley’s performance. Woodley was set to make $8 million this season as part of his six year $61.5 million contract he signed in 2011. http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/10583352/lamarr-woodley-released-pittsburgh-steelers

     Pittsburgh’s other Linebacker, Jason Worilds, had a tag placed on him by the Steelers. Worilds will earn himself $9.754 million this season. Unfortunately for Woodley, the Steelers had to let him go in order to retain Worilds with the salary he will be making in 2014.  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1984507-lamarr-woodley-reportedly-will-be-cut-by-steelers-latest-details-and-reaction

     In seven seasons with Pittsburgh, Woodley recorded 216 Tackles, 57.0 Sacks, 5 Interceptions (1 for a touchdown) 9 forced fumbles, and 10 fumble recoveries (2 for a touchdown).

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Arizona Cardinals Running Back Rashard Mendenhall has decided to hang up his cleats after six seasons in the NFL. Mendenhall was drafted out of Illinois by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1st round of the 2008 NFL Draft (Number 23 overall). The Steelers would win the Super Bowl in his rookie season, but Mendenhall saw very little action. In his second and third seasons Mendenhall rushed for over 1,000 yards. In his final season with Pittsburgh, Mendenhall was suspended because he failed to show up to a game against the San Diego Chargers. The Cardinals signed Mendenhall to a 1 year 2.5 million dollar contract in March of 2013, though he saw very little action in his only season with the Cardinals, which essentially ended up being his last. Overall Mendenhall finished with career totals of 4,236 rushing yards on 1,081 carries and 37 touchdowns. (Mendenhall also recorded 95 receptions for 795 yards and 2 TD’s)

 

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Update: 3-10-14  NY Jets officially cut Santonio Holmes

Update: It appears as if Holmes has not been cut, but there are reports that he is expected to be released any day now. http://www.nj.com/jets/index.ssf/2014/02/jets_will_soon_cut_santonio_holmes_according_to_report.html

After three seasons the New York Jets have decided to cut Wide Receiver Santonio Holmes. Holmes suffered a severe foot injury at the end of the 2012 season and missed the majority of the 2013 season. In 32 games with the Jets, Holmes recorded 123 receptions, 1,672 receiving yards, and 15 Touchdowns.

 

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With the Super Bowl being at MetLife Stadium there will be a lot discussion that another cold weather city could get the game if there are no problems this Sunday night. Chicago could host the game because the city has enough hotels room to host both teams. Washington D.C could do that without any transportation problems. Green Bay might host the game, but is Lambeau Field large enough to host over 70,000 fans there. Seattle has a large enough stadium and have the facility to do so. However, with new dome stadiums in Atlanta and Minnesota on the horizon, and with San Francisco opening Levi’s Stadium next year it will be tough to for a cold weather city to get a Super Bowl. BTW, as far as Pittsburgh getting a Super Bowl that is nothing but a pipe dream.

NaVorro Bowman ( San Francisco 49ers)
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145 Tackles, 5.0 Sacks, 4 Forced Fumbles, 2 Fumble Recoveries, 2 Interceptions (1 returned for a Touchdown), 9 Pass Deflections
Levi Brown ( Pittsburgh Steelers) IR
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Started in 4 games for the Arizona Cardinals before being traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers and suffering a season ending triceps injury.

Dan Connor ( Carolina Panthers)

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Played in 6 games total (1 with NY Giants 5 with Carolina Panthers) recorded 4 Tackles
Jack Crawford (Oakland Raiders)
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Played in 15 games while recording 8 Tackles
Robbie Gould ( Chicago Bears)
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26 of 29 on Field Goal Attempts, Made 11 from 20-29 yards, 7 from 30-39 yards, 7 from 40-49 yards, 4 from 50+ yards, (58 longest of 2013-14 season and of career) 55 of 56 on Extra Points, 123 Points 

Tamba Hali ( Kansas City Chiefs)

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 46 Tackles, 11.0 Sacks, 4 Forced Fumbles, 2 Fumble Recoveries, 1 Interception (returned for a Touchdown), 1 Pass Deflection

Jordan Hill ( Seattle Seahawks)

PHOTO: KPUG/DOUG LANGE
7 Tackles, 1.5 Sacks in 4 games played.
Gerald Hodges ( Minnesota Vikings)
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5 Tackles in 11 games played

Josh Hull ( Washington Redskins)

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14 Tackles in 11 games played

Sean Lee ( Dallas Cowboys)

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99 Tackles in 11 games, 1 Fumble Recovery, 4 Interceptions (1 returned for a Touchdown), 6 Pass DeflectionsMichael Mauti ( Minnesota Vikings)

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12 Tackles in 14 games played
Matt McGloin ( Oakland Raiders)
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In 7 games, went 118 of 211 on pass completions, 1,547 yards, 8 TD, 8 INT, 2 Fumbles (1 lost)
Derek Moye (Pittsburgh Steelers)
    Andy Lyons/Getty Images North America)In 7 games played, caught 2 receptions for 20 yards, one being a TD Reception!

Jared Odrick ( Miami Dolphins)

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43 Tackles, 4.5 Sacks, 1 Forced Fumble, 2 Pass DeflectionsRich Ohrnberger ( San Diego Chargers)

               Photo Credit: San Diego Chargers’ Website.Played in 13 Games (Named starter in one)

Paul Posluszny ( Jacksonville Jaguars)

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161 Tackles, 3.0 Sacks, 1 Forced Fumble, 1 Fumble Recovery, 2 Interceptions (1 returned for a TD), 9 Pass Deflections
Chaz Powell ( New York Giants) Practice Squad
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Andrew Quarless (Green Bay Packers)

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32 Receptions, 312 yards, 2 Touchdowns

Michael Robinson ( Seattle Seahawks)
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Played in 9 games, 0 rushing yards, 2 Receptions for 27 yards
Evan Royster ( Washington Redskins)
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Played in 10 games, 0 rushing yards, 1 reception 3 yards, before suffering ankle injury
A.Q. Shipley ( Baltimore Ravens)
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Played in 16 games (starting in nine)
Mickey Shuler ( Atlanta Falcons) Practice Squad
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No Stats
Devon Still ( Cincinnati Bengals)
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In 10 games had 7 Tackles, 0.5 sacks, 1 Forced Fumble, 3 Pass Deflections. Suffered season ending elbow injury
Nathan Stupar ( Jacksonville Jaguars)
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In 12 Games (5 with San Francisco, 7 with Jacksonville) recorded 10 Tackles
Andrew Szczerba ( Atlanta Falcons) IR
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Phillip Taylor ( Cleveland Browns)
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26 Tackles, 2.0 Sacks, 1 Pass Deflection
Johnnie Troutman ( San Diego Chargers)

AP Photo/Paul Spinelli

Played in 14 Games
Cameron Wake ( Miami Dolphins)

   Jim Rogash/Getty Images37 Tackles, 8.5 Sacks, 2 Forced Fumbles, 1 Fumble Recovery. Also recorded a safety against the Cincinnati Bengals to win game for Miami Dolphins

Stefen Wisniewski ( Oakland Raiders)

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Played and started in 14 games
Michael Zordich ( Carolina Panthers)
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Missed season with ACL injury

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The Steelers finished the 2013 season 8 and 8 and missed the playoffs due to a 0-4 start to the season. There are a few things they will have to be change to get back to the playoffs.

1. The offensive line has to get healthy. Injuries to Maurkice Pouncey and other starters caused the line not to get together until later on in the season. If the offensive line is healthy Le’Veon Bell will gain over 1,000 yards and Ben Roethlisberger will have the protection to throw the ball to his corps of receivers.

2. The Defense has to get younger and better. The Steelers have the oldest starting defense in the NFL, and some of the starters will not return. Brett Keisel, Ryan Clark, Ike Taylor, Lamar Woodley, and Troy Polamalu may not return due to contract issues or the Steelers going with younger starters. In Polamalu’s case he would have to return and take a lower salary.

3. Needs in the Draft. The Steelers needs a wide receiver to help out Antonio Brown, They need help in the cornerback, and a safety for help in the secondary. A linebacker to help out Jarvis Jones and blitz the quarterback. They could use depth in the offensive line or defensive line.

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Week 17 is only a day away and there are still four playoff spots up for grabs. The Cowboys and Eagles will face off in the NFC East to see who will take home the division crown and will sneak into the Playoffs. But that is not the only NFC division that has playoff berth implications. The Packers and Bears will battle to see will reign supreme in the NFC North and find their way into the Playoffs. In the AFC the Dolphins, Ravens, Chargers, and Steelers all still have a shot at the final wildcard spot. Who will make it? Well here is your answer via game by game breakdown.

Packers Bears

With the return of Aaron Rodgers, I believe the Packers will roll over the Bears. The Bears were just blown out by the Eagles 54-11. And it is hard to pick which was worse for the Bears, their offense or defense. The Bears only gained 257 total yards against a poor Eagles defense. They also surrendered 514 yards to the Eagles offense. The Bears turned the ball over twice, once on a Jay Cutler interception and once on a lost fumble. I do not see the Bears Swiss cheese stopping Aaron Rodgers enough to hold the Packers under 30 points and I do not see Cutler leading the Bears offense down the field enough to contend with that. Packers win 31-20. It will be interesting to see how Bears fans and management react to Mark Trestmen’s decision of not leaving Josh McCown at Quarterback after Cutler returned.

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As you may know Tony Romo has been placed on IR with a Herniated Disk in his back. The Dallas defense cannot stop a nosebleed. They have the 27th worst rush defense in the league, and the 31st ranked pass defense in the league. The Eagles have the 1st ranked rushing offense, which is led by All-Pro running back LeSean McCoy. The Eagles also have the 9th ranked passing attack led by the emerging Nick Foles. Every single thing points to picking the Eagles to win this game, but for some reason I feel like they choke this one away and King Neck Beard (Kyle Orton) leads the Cowboys to a miracle win. Cowboys win 27-24.

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Jets Dolphins

Sources are saying that Rex Ryan will likely be back as coach of the New York Jets, and I think that will fire up this Jets team. Tannehill is not good when he is under pressure, the Bills showed us that last weekend. The Dolphins allowed a season high 7 sacks to the Bills last week. And now the Dolphins have to work on stopping a very good Jets front 4 led by Mo Wilkerson? That will not happen. The Jets are playing with nothing to lose, and the Dolphins are playing with everything to lose, and I think that will be too much for this Dolphins team. Jets win 17-13, crushing Miami’s playoff chances.

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Ravens Bengals

Joe Flacco is not listed on the Ravens injury report with his knee injury, an injury that hobbled him against the Patriots last week, but that does not mean he is still not feeling it. The Bengals are a under the radar team that is still playing for the 2nd seed in the AFC. They have two talented outside wide receivers in A.J Green and Muhammad Sanu and Andy Dalton has been playing well as of late. And to put the icing on the cake, the Bengals are playing at home, where they are 7-0 this season. Patriots fans will not have to worry about playing the Ravens in the playoffs this year, as the Bengals will knock the Ravens out of playoff contention with a final score of 21-17 Bengals.

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Chiefs Chargers

This game means absolutely nothing for the Kansas City Chiefs. They have locked in the 5th seed in the AFC, and are no longer in contention for the AFC West, as the Broncos have already sealed it up. The Chargers have already beaten the Chiefs at Arrowhead this season, and now the Chiefs have nothing to really play for. Chargers win 28-21.

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Steelers Browns

As promising as the Browns season has started equals how bad it has ended. The Browns have no fight left in them and at this point could be playing for a higher pick in the upcoming draft. Steelers win 31-14.

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So that puts the San Diego Chargers, The Green Bay Packers, and the Dallas Cowboys all in the playoffs. Lock all these picks in with anyone who will bet with you, and you will come away from Sunday like a bandit.

*A few other interesting match ups to watch this Sunday are the Arizona Cardinals vs the San Francisco 49ers and the New Orleans Saints vs the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Cardinals are the hottest team in football, going 8-1 over their past 9 games, and I bet they go 9-1 over their past ten games with a win over San Francisco this weekend. Now that leaves us with the New Orleans Saints vs the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to decide the fate of the Cardinals. If the Saints win, they are in, if they lose they are out. Luckily the Saints are at the Superdome where they are 7-0 on the season. The Saints will beat the Buccaneers which will leave the 11-5 Cardinals (if they beat San Francisco) on the outside looking in while the 8-7-1 Packers (if they beat the Bears) will be in the playoffs. Interesting how that works, huh?

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Mike Tomlin just got slapped in the face by the NFL with a $100,000 fine and he’s waiting to here if he cost the Pittsburgh Steelers a draft pick or not, so I couldn’t think of a better time to pile on with a Top 10 Mike Tomlin Memes.

  1. The original Office’s David Brant & Mike Tomlin leave coworkers unimpresseddavid-brent-tomlin
  2. Mike Tomlin get’s down with Michael Jackson and RG3 in ThrillerTomlin RG3
  3. You can’t touch this Mike TomlinMike Tomlin Hammer
  4. Mike Tomlin’s moves come in handy when he runs with the bullsmike-tomlin-running-of-the-bulls
  5. You have been served Mike TomlinMike tomlin Dance off
  6. Call now to vote for Mike Tomlinmike-tomlin-dancing with stars
  7. Tomlin meme’s will never be as popular as Miley meme’s, so if you can’t beat them or cheat them, join themMike Tomlin Miley Cyrus
  8. Mike decides to strop down with Swayze and FarleyMike Tomlin Swayze
  9. Listen to your sensei TomlinMike Tomlin Sweep the Leg
  10. You were definitely over the lineOver the Line Tomlin

 

And a little bonus Mike Tomlin gif for everyone

Mike Tomlin Trips Kid

 

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Adam Schefter has announced on twitter that the NFL has come down hard on Steelers’ Head Coach Mike Tomlin.  The league has fined him $100,000 and will possibly take away a future Steelers draft pick.

 

Mike Tomlin couldn’t have been more right when he said this,

“I’m not acting in a way to preserve my wallet or my money,” Tomlin said.

 

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