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PostPosted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 1:32 pm 
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The bye comes neatly this year, exactly half way through the season. Here are some thoughts on the remaining regular season schedule:

First game up after the bye is at Indy. After winning 6 of his first 7 games as a head coach following a bye, Tomlin has lost his last 3. This is a big game; conference game against an inferior opponent on the road. Too often that spells trouble, but the colts have not put up much resistance in recent years. How nice would it be to come out and put up some serious points for a change?

The Indy game is followed by 4 (count 'em) consecutive games in prime time. Has to be a record, or at least a tie. The first is a Thursday night game, home against Titans. Players hate the Thursday night games. Big, big advantage (don't have the stats in front of me), I believe to the home team in these games. To play a game on Sunday and then be on the road for another game a few days later is really tough. Big edge to the Steelers here.

After that, the Packers come to town for another Sunday night game after Thanksgiving. Who doesn't love the Sunday night games? Aaron Rodgers is fun to watch, let's be thankful he won't be playing in this one.

The Packers game is followed by the big three that will most likely determine the Steelers playoff seed, with a real shot at home field throughout. At Bungles (watch out for slimeball Burfick) on Monday night is first, followed by home against Ravens, another Sunday night game. The Ravens have looked as bad as a team can look at times this year; so long as the goal is to go out and destroy them (which I'm worried won't be the game plan), this should be a win. Then those fuckers from New England come to town, Sunday, 4:30 game. If I see the defense play a soft zone I'll have a meltdown. I'm actually optimistic (cautiously optimistic) this defense can present problems for Brady this time around.

The season ends with games at Texans (won't be easy, especially after amped up, emotional three game stretch), and home to Clowns (should be easy; will they be winless?).

All in all, an exciting schedule, with 5 of 8 at home, and 4 in a row in prime time. For all their struggles and warts, this is as well positioned the Steelers have been in a long time to get home field throughout the playoffs. If red zone offense can be revamped and be what it should, the number one seed is there for the taking.


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 Post subject: Re: Remaining Schedule
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Will-the-Shake wrote:
The bye comes neatly this year, exactly half way through the season. Here are some thoughts on the remaining regular season schedule:

First game up after the bye is at Indy. After winning 6 of his first 7 games as a head coach following a bye, Tomlin has lost his last 3. This is a big game; conference game against an inferior opponent on the road. Too often that spells trouble, but the colts have not put up much resistance in recent years. How nice would it be to come out and put up some serious points for a change?

The Indy game is followed by 4 (count 'em) consecutive games in prime time. Has to be a record, or at least a tie. The first is a Thursday night game, home against Titans. Players hate the Thursday night games. Big, big advantage (don't have the stats in front of me), I believe to the home team in these games. To play a game on Sunday and then be on the road for another game a few days later is really tough. Big edge to the Steelers here.

After that, the Packers come to town for another Sunday night game after Thanksgiving. Who doesn't love the Sunday night games? Aaron Rodgers is fun to watch, let's be thankful he won't be playing in this one.

The Packers game is followed by the big three that will most likely determine the Steelers playoff seed, with a real shot at home field throughout. At Bungles (watch out for slimeball Burfick) on Monday night is first, followed by home against Ravens, another Sunday night game. The Ravens have looked as bad as a team can look at times this year; so long as the goal is to go out and destroy them (which I'm worried won't be the game plan), this should be a win. Then those fuckers from New England come to town, Sunday, 4:30 game. If I see the defense play a soft zone I'll have a meltdown. I'm actually optimistic (cautiously optimistic) this defense can present problems for Brady this time around.

The season ends with games at Texans (won't be easy, especially after amped up, emotional three game stretch), and home to Clowns (should be easy; will they be winless?).

All in all, an exciting schedule, with 5 of 8 at home, and 4 in a row in prime time. For all their struggles and warts, this is as well positioned the Steelers have been in a long time to get home field throughout the playoffs. If red zone offense can be revamped and be what it should, the number one seed is there for the taking.


Good breakdown. I agree. Also, getting Tuitt and Gilbert back healthy for the stretch run would be fantastic!


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 Post subject: Re: Remaining Schedule
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Thinking the Steelers go 12-4 or 13-3. Likely should be enough for a bye at least. Shame with that Bears game. Would've provided some cushion.


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 Post subject: Re: Remaining Schedule
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Good write up, Shake

We mumbled, bumbled, stumbled our way to 3-2. Thru that span we could see a D that seemed to be playing well and with potential but needed more testing.

We have 3 quality wins the past 3 weeks even with the warts. The good thing is, arrow seems to be pointing up for this team.

We got an enormous break with A. Rodgers out.

It's going to be riveting theater watching this play out the rest of the season.


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I'm feeling weird about the Pats game. Tomlin and Haley might actually over analyze and over think it with playoff implications. Do they open the playbook and expose themselves, or do they play vanilla and lose the game thinking they will break out the appropriate game plan in the playoffs?

Or is it just redemption game? They ball and blow their wad during the season, and then belichick fucks them with a completely different game plan or three in the playoffs.

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I'm feeling weird about the Pats game. Tomlin and Haley might actually over analyze and over think it with playoff implications. Do they open the playbook and expose themselves, or do they play vanilla and lose the game thinking they will break out the appropriate game plan in the playoffs?

Or is it just redemption game? They ball and blow their wad during the season, and then belichick fucks them with a completely different game plan or three in the playoffs.


If the Steelers continue to play well- I see that Pats game as a final tune-up for Ben before they give the ball to Landry or Dobbs against Cleveland. If - with the emphasis on if- we have it locked up I'd mothball Ben until the playoffs and vanilla the defense showing no blitzes or exotic coverages- make it a real old school football game. Right now I just believe that the Pats are in survival mode in that division, that could change though. Just doesn't feel like the laydown they usually get from the Bills and Jets

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 Post subject: Re: Remaining Schedule
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Steelers will be Patriots 3rd consecutive road game, there 5th in 6 weeks coming off of the bye (remarkable, I think) and follows a road Monday nighter at Miami.

All of those are advantage Steelers.


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 Post subject: Re: Remaining Schedule
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We should only be dogs in one of these games, which means we'll lose half.

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 Post subject: Re: Remaining Schedule
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SteelKnife wrote:
We should only be dogs in one of these games, which means we'll lose half.


MIGHT not be dogs in any.


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 Post subject: Re: Remaining Schedule
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I'm hoping NE and KC drop a few.....go into the NE game with a 2-game lead on home field, and that game doesn't matter if they take care of HOU and CLE. Plus, NE finishes up at home vs. BUF and NYJ - no gimmees.

If they can get a bye, I'd just as well assume they not shut things down the last week or two. I don't trust this offense to be sharp in a Divisional Playoff game if they haven't played in 2-3 weeks.

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I'm hoping NE and KC drop a few.....go into the NE game with a 2-game lead on home field, and that game doesn't matter if they take care of HOU and CLE. Plus, NE finishes up at home vs. BUF and NYJ - no gimmees.

If they can get a bye, I'd just as well assume they not shut things down the last week or two. I don't trust this offense to be sharp in a Divisional Playoff game if they haven't played in 2-3 weeks.


I just don't want Ben out there with two teams that might be playing out the stretch. Get him in there for a quarter or two against the Texans but no snaps against the Browns.

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 Post subject: Re: Remaining Schedule
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Stillchest wrote:
Will-the-Shake wrote:
The bye comes neatly this year, exactly half way through the season. Here are some thoughts on the remaining regular season schedule:

First game up after the bye is at Indy. After winning 6 of his first 7 games as a head coach following a bye, Tomlin has lost his last 3. This is a big game; conference game against an inferior opponent on the road. Too often that spells trouble, but the colts have not put up much resistance in recent years. How nice would it be to come out and put up some serious points for a change?

The Indy game is followed by 4 (count 'em) consecutive games in prime time. Has to be a record, or at least a tie. The first is a Thursday night game, home against Titans. Players hate the Thursday night games. Big, big advantage (don't have the stats in front of me), I believe to the home team in these games. To play a game on Sunday and then be on the road for another game a few days later is really tough. Big edge to the Steelers here.

After that, the Packers come to town for another Sunday night game after Thanksgiving. Who doesn't love the Sunday night games? Aaron Rodgers is fun to watch, let's be thankful he won't be playing in this one.

The Packers game is followed by the big three that will most likely determine the Steelers playoff seed, with a real shot at home field throughout. At Bungles (watch out for slimeball Burfick) on Monday night is first, followed by home against Ravens, another Sunday night game. The Ravens have looked as bad as a team can look at times this year; so long as the goal is to go out and destroy them (which I'm worried won't be the game plan), this should be a win. Then those fuckers from New England come to town, Sunday, 4:30 game. If I see the defense play a soft zone I'll have a meltdown. I'm actually optimistic (cautiously optimistic) this defense can present problems for Brady this time around.

The season ends with games at Texans (won't be easy, especially after amped up, emotional three game stretch), and home to Clowns (should be easy; will they be winless?).

All in all, an exciting schedule, with 5 of 8 at home, and 4 in a row in prime time. For all their struggles and warts, this is as well positioned the Steelers have been in a long time to get home field throughout the playoffs. If red zone offense can be revamped and be what it should, the number one seed is there for the taking.


Good breakdown. I agree. Also, getting Tuitt and Gilbert back healthy for the stretch run would be fantastic!


Thanks. You’re so right about Tuitt and Gilbert. Fingers crossed on health across the board for the second half. Been pretty lucky so far. I’ve been very impressed with D-Line depth. In fact, kudos to the organization for its pick-ups both inside the draft and out. Tremendous contributions being felt by players new to the team.


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 Post subject: Re: Remaining Schedule
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Havoc wrote:
Good write up, Shake

We mumbled, bumbled, stumbled our way to 3-2. Thru that span we could see a D that seemed to be playing well and with potential but needed more testing.

We have 3 quality wins the past 3 weeks even with the warts. The good thing is, arrow seems to be pointing up for this team.

We got an enormous break with A. Rodgers out.

It's going to be riveting theater watching this play out the rest of the season.


Thanks. It’s been a crazy first half of the season throughout the league. For awhile it looked tough to get a handle on how things were trending with many teams, but some more consistent patterns are beginning to emerge. I’d love to see Tomlin avoid the pitfalls of lack of concentration and poor game planning that have plagued the Steelers in recent years, particularly against weaker opponents (weaker opponents and the Patriots). I’m getting a good feeling. Hope I’m right.


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 Post subject: Re: Remaining Schedule
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Kodiak wrote:
I'm hoping NE and KC drop a few.....go into the NE game with a 2-game lead on home field, and that game doesn't matter if they take care of HOU and CLE. Plus, NE finishes up at home vs. BUF and NYJ - no gimmees.

If they can get a bye, I'd just as well assume they not shut things down the last week or two. I don't trust this offense to be sharp in a Divisional Playoff game if they haven't played in 2-3 weeks.

KC has a tough matchup with Dallas this weekend, but after the bye they face a fairly weak schedule. Buffalo and Dallas are the only teams they play with a winning record from here on out.

NE has the tougher schedule, with 2 games vs. Buffalo and traveling to Pittsburgh & Denver (I like how Denver matches up against NE). But I still think Buffalo collapses at some point.


I really doubt Pittsburgh will lock up a bye (much less home field) prior to Week 17, if even then.

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I really doubt Pittsburgh will lock up a bye (much less home field) prior to Week 17, if even then.


They likely would in Wk14, if they beat NE.

Of course, that won't happen. And they almost certainly will drop another game or two before then. Despite the most favorable schedule they've had in years, they will probably be scrapping and hoping for help going into Wk17 just to get a bye.

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 Post subject: Re: Remaining Schedule
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After winning 6 of his first 7 games as a head coach following a bye, Tomlin has lost his last 3.


That right there is good stuff...Not the fact the Steelers lost 3 in a row...Just something I didn't realize

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The first is a Thursday night game, home against Titans.


This game will be a war. Titans have the best offensive tackle combo in the NFL. Nasty physical Oline. Mobile QB. 2 Dangerous backs. This is game is very dangerous. Plus the Steelers south coaching staff return to Pittsburgh

The Steelers need to continue to improve.

A healthy Markus Gilbert will do wonders.

Tuitt is a difference maker.

I do have concerns...My concerns are different than most Steelers fans.

I am concerned with Artie Burns...Making mistakes is human. Not learning from those mistakes makes you a fucking idiot.

The Steelers safety play is a mixed bag.

The Steelers have a major hole at LOLB. I believe the answer is at hand come playoff time. TJ Watt will start at LOLB. James Harrison will start at ROLB.

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are the measuring stick boys...We must find a way to out score them and I don't trust Haley...That means the defense has to play lights out

Those concerns are alleviated by a few things.

I know the talent of Cameron Sutton. He can play football. He will not come in and start...I think he can contribute a ton on special teams....He also has play making ability as a corner.

LT Walton can play inside and defensive end....Alalalu is getting the love and he deserves it. LT Walton has played very well at times.

Vincenzo and Shazier have improved every week...Small steps have turned into a brisk jog.

I am going to take a major leap of faith about a few things

1. The Steelers are holding back some things on offense. Formations, route combinations, personnel groupings.

2. The Steelers will mix man principles with zone looks...You can play man coverage and bring only 4 in the pass rush leaving two defenders to read and rob the quarterback...Fuck it you can rob with one and double Gronk

3. The Steelers will solve the return game.

The Steelers key to winning regular season games is being fundamentally sound....Talent wise I think the Steelers line up with any team in the NFL. Can the Steelers execute and control the line of scrimmage.

So remember...

The Steelers are holding back some things on offense. You are what you put on tape.
James Harrison ROLB. TJ Watt LOLB

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 Post subject: Re: Remaining Schedule
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After winning 6 of his first 7 games as a head coach following a bye, Tomlin has lost his last 3.


That right there is good stuff...Not the fact the Steelers lost 3 in a row...Just something I didn't realize

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The first is a Thursday night game, home against Titans.


This game will be a war. Titans have the best offensive tackle combo in the NFL. Nasty physical Oline. Mobile QB. 2 Dangerous backs. This is game is very dangerous. Plus the Steelers south coaching staff return to Pittsburgh

The Steelers need to continue to improve.

A healthy Markus Gilbert will do wonders.

Tuitt is a difference maker.

I do have concerns...My concerns are different than most Steelers fans.

I am concerned with Artie Burns...Making mistakes is human. Not learning from those mistakes makes you a fucking idiot.

The Steelers safety play is a mixed bag.

The Steelers have a major hole at LOLB. I believe the answer is at hand come playoff time. TJ Watt will start at LOLB. James Harrison will start at ROLB.

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are the measuring stick boys...We must find a way to out score them and I don't trust Haley...That means the defense has to play lights out

Those concerns are alleviated by a few things.

I know the talent of Cameron Sutton. He can play football. He will not come in and start...I think he can contribute a ton on special teams....He also has play making ability as a corner.

LT Walton can play inside and defensive end....Alalalu is getting the love and he deserves it. LT Walton has played very well at times.

Vincenzo and Shazier have improved every week...Small steps have turned into a brisk jog.

I am going to take a major leap of faith about a few things

1. The Steelers are holding back some things on offense. Formations, route combinations, personnel groupings.

2. The Steelers will mix man principles with zone looks...You can play man coverage and bring only 4 in the pass rush leaving two defenders to read and rob the quarterback...Fuck it you can rob with one and double Gronk

3. The Steelers will solve the return game.

The Steelers key to winning regular season games is being fundamentally sound....Talent wise I think the Steelers line up with any team in the NFL. Can the Steelers execute and control the line of scrimmage.

So remember...

The Steelers are holding back some things on offense. You are what you put on tape.
James Harrison ROLB. TJ Watt LOLB




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 Post subject: Re: Remaining Schedule
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After winning 6 of his first 7 games as a head coach following a bye, Tomlin has lost his last 3.


That right there is good stuff...Not the fact the Steelers lost 3 in a row...Just something I didn't realize

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The first is a Thursday night game, home against Titans.


This game will be a war. Titans have the best offensive tackle combo in the NFL. Nasty physical Oline. Mobile QB. 2 Dangerous backs. This is game is very dangerous. Plus the Steelers south coaching staff return to Pittsburgh

The Steelers need to continue to improve.

A healthy Markus Gilbert will do wonders.

Tuitt is a difference maker.

I do have concerns...My concerns are different than most Steelers fans.

I am concerned with Artie Burns...Making mistakes is human. Not learning from those mistakes makes you a fucking idiot.

The Steelers safety play is a mixed bag.

The Steelers have a major hole at LOLB. I believe the answer is at hand come playoff time. TJ Watt will start at LOLB. James Harrison will start at ROLB.

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are the measuring stick boys...We must find a way to out score them and I don't trust Haley...That means the defense has to play lights out

Those concerns are alleviated by a few things.

I know the talent of Cameron Sutton. He can play football. He will not come in and start...I think he can contribute a ton on special teams....He also has play making ability as a corner.

LT Walton can play inside and defensive end....Alalalu is getting the love and he deserves it. LT Walton has played very well at times.

Vincenzo and Shazier have improved every week...Small steps have turned into a brisk jog.

I am going to take a major leap of faith about a few things

1. The Steelers are holding back some things on offense. Formations, route combinations, personnel groupings.

2. The Steelers will mix man principles with zone looks...You can play man coverage and bring only 4 in the pass rush leaving two defenders to read and rob the quarterback...Fuck it you can rob with one and double Gronk

3. The Steelers will solve the return game.

The Steelers key to winning regular season games is being fundamentally sound....Talent wise I think the Steelers line up with any team in the NFL. Can the Steelers execute and control the line of scrimmage.

So remember...

The Steelers are holding back some things on offense. You are what you put on tape.
James Harrison ROLB. TJ Watt LOLB


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:57 am 
My take

10 NOV 12 1:00PM....CBS.....AT COLTS....Ben eats these guys alive usually
11 NOV 16 8:25PM.....NBC.........TITANS.....War on 3 days rest at home prime time
12 NOV 26 8:30PM.....ESPN.....PACKERS.....Brett Hundley after 9 days off at home
13 DEC 4 8:30PM........ESPN...AT BENGALS....War prime time on the road
14 DEC 10 8:30PM......NBC.......RAVENS..........War
15 DEC 17 4:25PM......CBS........PATRIOTS.......Double secret probation war 8-)
16 DEC 25 4:30PM......NBC......AT TEXANS......tough out on the road
17 DEC 31 1:00PM......CBS......BROWNS...........hopefully theyve packed it in

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After winning 6 of his first 7 games as a head coach following a bye, Tomlin has lost his last 3.


That right there is good stuff...Not the fact the Steelers lost 3 in a row...Just something I didn't realize

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The first is a Thursday night game, home against Titans.


This game will be a war. Titans have the best offensive tackle combo in the NFL. Nasty physical Oline. Mobile QB. 2 Dangerous backs. This is game is very dangerous. Plus the Steelers south coaching staff return to Pittsburgh

The Steelers need to continue to improve.

A healthy Markus Gilbert will do wonders.

Tuitt is a difference maker.

I do have concerns...My concerns are different than most Steelers fans.

I am concerned with Artie Burns...Making mistakes is human. Not learning from those mistakes makes you a fucking idiot.

The Steelers safety play is a mixed bag.

The Steelers have a major hole at LOLB. I believe the answer is at hand come playoff time. TJ Watt will start at LOLB. James Harrison will start at ROLB.

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are the measuring stick boys...We must find a way to out score them and I don't trust Haley...That means the defense has to play lights out

Those concerns are alleviated by a few things.

I know the talent of Cameron Sutton. He can play football. He will not come in and start...I think he can contribute a ton on special teams....He also has play making ability as a corner.

LT Walton can play inside and defensive end....Alalalu is getting the love and he deserves it. LT Walton has played very well at times.

Vincenzo and Shazier have improved every week...Small steps have turned into a brisk jog.

I am going to take a major leap of faith about a few things

1. The Steelers are holding back some things on offense. Formations, route combinations, personnel groupings.

2. The Steelers will mix man principles with zone looks...You can play man coverage and bring only 4 in the pass rush leaving two defenders to read and rob the quarterback...Fuck it you can rob with one and double Gronk

3. The Steelers will solve the return game.

The Steelers key to winning regular season games is being fundamentally sound....Talent wise I think the Steelers line up with any team in the NFL. Can the Steelers execute and control the line of scrimmage.

So remember...

The Steelers are holding back some things on offense. You are what you put on tape.
James Harrison ROLB. TJ Watt LOLB


You bring up Gronk... this is probably crazy but is Watt athletic enough to cover him? Seeing Watt drop and get up to attack passes...could he have the size and athleticism to match Gronk?


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You bring up Gronk... this is probably crazy but is Watt athletic enough to cover him? Seeing Watt drop and get up to attack passes...could he have the size and athleticism to match Gronk?


I believe he does.

In an ideal world

Bud Dupree improves rushing the passer
James Harrison has something left in the tank
Watty continues to improve/grow
Ryan Shazier continues to improve in coverage.

I understand that leaves Vince Williams on the bench at times.

The Steelers best 11 against some sets may include 3 outside linebackers

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Steelers' prevent D last year was 3 OLBs. They just swapped in Watt for Jarvis at the MLB spot.

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Steelers' prevent D last year was 3 OLBs. They just swapped in Watt for Jarvis at the MLB spot.


Can't help but see that as an obvious improvement, and Jarvis wasn't awful in coverage, either.


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I'll say it a million times: if Jarvis had been a 4-3 backer, he'd have had a halfway decent chance at success.

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Strongside in a 43, I could probably see it.

Still hasn't gotten a free agent look.

He can't cover a TE in man, though. I think he's an above average Will for a team that plays C2.

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Interesting thought. I'm not sure about his footspeed for the weakside, but you're right he was better covering closer to the line. Also a lack of footspeed.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 11:47 pm 
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Interesting thought. I'm not sure about his footspeed for the weakside, but you're right he was better covering closer to the line. Also a lack of footspeed.

Truth be told, he has limitations at either lol. However I think he made all of his significant plays when lined up off ball.

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Ice wrote:
Interesting thought. I'm not sure about his footspeed for the weakside, but you're right he was better covering closer to the line. Also a lack of footspeed.

Truth be told, he has limitations at either lol. However I think he made all of his significant plays when lined up off ball.




All 5 of them ?? :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Remaining Schedule
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Remaining schedule.
May have gotten a little easier.
Reports that Watson may have torn ACL in practice

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Not being embarrassed by NE would be nice

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bradshaw2ben wrote:
Ice wrote:
Interesting thought. I'm not sure about his footspeed for the weakside, but you're right he was better covering closer to the line. Also a lack of footspeed.

Truth be told, he has limitations at either lol. However I think he made all of his significant plays when lined up off ball.




All 5 of them ?? :lol:

:lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Remaining Schedule
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Chefs losing to Cowboys could turn out to be huge. That was one of their more difficult remaining games. The way things are shaping up, I think the NE game decides home field throughout. Given the ups and downs throughout the conference, I think 12-4 and a victory over NE might be enough.


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Will-the-Shake wrote:
Chefs losing to Cowboys could turn out to be huge. That was one of their more difficult remaining games. The way things are shaping up, I think the NE game decides home field throughout. Given the ups and downs throughout the conference, I think 12-4 and a victory over NE might be enough.


I agree.

If the Steelers become more consistent offensively, home field throughout is a strong possibility. If not, I see them no better than a 3 seed.


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 Post subject: Re: Remaining Schedule
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I'm not sure KC will only lose 1 more time....but, it does shape-up for a 3-way tie at 12-4 if PIT loses to NE....I think each would have 2 AFC losses, then it probably goes to strength of victory (where PIT probably comes up short).

Basically, in the event PIT loses to NE, KC winning today and finishing at 12-4 would probable mean they get eliminated on the conference tie-breaker. But, as mentioned, that would probably be moot.

So, really, KC losing today probably means bubkiss. It could matter for being a #2 seed, though. But for the #1 seed it probably was meaningless.

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 Post subject: Re: Remaining Schedule
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Going forward though...the TN game shapes up as a big one, and we need to start hatin' on the Jaguars. We're a game up on them, but they hold the tiebreaker. Didn't think we would need to look in the rearview mirror at the AFC South...but we do.


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 Post subject: Re: Remaining Schedule
PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:17 am 
The Steelers are the #2 seed today. KC loss today probably did it.

Head-to-head (best won-lost-tied percentage in games between the clubs).
Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the division.
Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games.
Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference.
Strength of victory.
Strength of schedule.
Best combined ranking among conference teams in points scored and points allowed.
Best combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points allowed.
Best net points in common games.
Best net points in all games.
Best net touchdowns in all games.
Coin toss

Perhaps it wasnt the Chiefs loss ?

Strength of victory the Cheats lead us by 1pt .....36 to 37 net points


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 Post subject: Re: Remaining Schedule
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The Steelers are the #2 seed today. KC loss today probably did it.

Head-to-head (best won-lost-tied percentage in games between the clubs).
Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the division.
Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games.
Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference.
Strength of victory.
Strength of schedule.
Best combined ranking among conference teams in points scored and points allowed.
Best combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points allowed.
Best net points in common games.
Best net points in all games.
Best net touchdowns in all games.
Coin toss

Perhaps it wasnt the Chiefs loss ?

Strength of victory the Cheats lead us by 1pt .....36 to 37 net points

The Steelers are the #1 seed due to better conference record than the Pats.


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 Post subject: Re: Remaining Schedule
PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:23 am 
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SteelerChef wrote:
The Steelers are the #2 seed today. KC loss today probably did it.

Head-to-head (best won-lost-tied percentage in games between the clubs).
Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the division.
Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games.
Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference.
Strength of victory.
Strength of schedule.
Best combined ranking among conference teams in points scored and points allowed.
Best combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points allowed.
Best net points in common games.
Best net points in all games.
Best net touchdowns in all games.
Coin toss

Perhaps it wasnt the Chiefs loss ?

Strength of victory the Cheats lead us by 1pt .....36 to 37 net points

The Steelers are the #1 seed due to better conference record than the Pats.



Not according to the nfl

http://www.nfl.com/standings?category=c ... &colSel=10


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SteelerChef wrote:
seabs926 wrote:
SteelerChef wrote:
The Steelers are the #2 seed today. KC loss today probably did it.

Head-to-head (best won-lost-tied percentage in games between the clubs).
Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the division.
Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games.
Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference.
Strength of victory.
Strength of schedule.
Best combined ranking among conference teams in points scored and points allowed.
Best combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points allowed.
Best net points in common games.
Best net points in all games.
Best net touchdowns in all games.
Coin toss

Perhaps it wasnt the Chiefs loss ?

Strength of victory the Cheats lead us by 1pt .....36 to 37 net points

The Steelers are the #1 seed due to better conference record than the Pats.



Not according to the nfl

http://www.nfl.com/standings?category=c ... &colSel=10

Why are you sorting by road record?


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 Post subject: Re: Remaining Schedule
PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 10:25 am 
Good point seabs....thats what came up....but i reset it and we are back #1 sorted by percentage


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For what it's worth...

I heard Stan Savran talking on his show last week about the Steelers practicing man coverage during the week but never using it in games.

He seems pretty sure they practice it and will use it at some point.

Just gotta hope the Pats game is meaningless so they can be real vanilla in preparation for the playoff meeting.

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 Post subject: Re: Remaining Schedule
PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 10:47 am 
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For what it's worth...

I heard Stan Savran talking on his show last week about the Steelers practicing man coverage during the week but never using it in games.

He seems pretty sure they practice it and will use it at some point.

Just gotta hope the Pats game is meaningless so they can be real vanilla in preparation for the playoff meeting.


I doubt it will be meaningless....as it would require essentially a 2 game lead....

I hope they come out guns blazing .....everything on the table.....then work ideas off that for a possible playoff meeting.....

The Steelers wont win a clever bastard contest with cheats.....we have the tools to beat them


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 Post subject: Re: Remaining Schedule
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SteelerChef wrote:
Good point seabs....thats what came up....but i reset it and we are back #1 sorted by percentage

Glad seabs figured that out! Would hate to lose the #1 seed on a sorting error.

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 Post subject: Re: Remaining Schedule
PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 11:16 am 
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SteelerChef wrote:
Good point seabs....thats what came up....but i reset it and we are back #1 sorted by percentage

Glad seabs figured that out! Would hate to lose the #1 seed on a sorting error.

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SteelerChef wrote:
Good point seabs....thats what came up....but i reset it and we are back #1 sorted by percentage


But I'm guessing it's just going off Conference Win%. Both have 1 AFC loss, but PIT has 1 more AFC win so I think that's why we are the #1 seed.

Practically speaking, that's pretty much a tie. I'd like to know where we stand on Strength of Victory vs. NE. I'm surprised we only trail KC by 1, but if NE beats PIT then that will almost certainly seal SOV for them, not to mention the teams in the AFCE look to be doing quite a bit better than the AFCN.

Pretty simple really. We beat KC already, and they'll drop at least one more. We beat NE, and we have to drop at least two others to lose home field. I don't expect TEN/JAX to be players in this race - would be shocked if either wins more than 10 games.

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Kodiak wrote:
SteelerChef wrote:
Good point seabs....thats what came up....but i reset it and we are back #1 sorted by percentage


But I'm guessing it's just going off Conference Win%. Both have 1 AFC loss, but PIT has 1 more AFC win so I think that's why we are the #1 seed.

Practically speaking, that's pretty much a tie. I'd like to know where we stand on Strength of Victory vs. NE. I'm surprised we only trail KC by 1, but if NE beats PIT then that will almost certainly seal SOV for them, not to mention the teams in the AFCE look to be doing quite a bit better than the AFCN.

Pretty simple really. We beat KC already, and they'll drop at least one more. We beat NE, and we have to drop at least two others to lose home field. I don't expect TEN/JAX to be players in this race - would be shocked if either wins more than 10 games.


That's more or less how I look at it too. With victory in hand over KC, a victory over NE will likely be the only tiebreakers needed. And I don't see either of those teams running the table in their other games to finish at 13-3. 12-4 more likely. AFC south division champion 10-6, I predict. Even though Steelers may well be favorites in every game they play in the second half, it's unrealistic to imagine this team (though it would certainly be nice) suddenly developing consistency from week to week to finish better than 12-4. The Eagles may be the only team in the NFL this year to finish better than 12-4. Biggest surprise of the season for me so far is the Rams. Didn't see that coming.


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Will-the-Shake wrote:
That's more or less how I look at it too. With victory in hand over KC, a victory over NE will likely be the only tiebreakers needed.


Yeah, I can't see NE losing 3 of their last 8 unless that includes PIT.

Basically, if we lose to NE we are most likely looking at a #2 seed. I'd add beating NE doubly sweetens the pot, as it could mean they have to go to Arrowhead in the Divisional Round, and that's after having to host a dangerous WC team the week before (I don't think BUF/JAX/TEN will be a pushover for anyone).

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Quick turnaround to play a Thursday night game. These games are all about money and you can understand the players hating to play an NFL game with only 3 days rest in between. I maintain these games strongly favor the home team, more so even than usual. I expect AB to have a big game after struggling to make an impact right until the end on Sunday. If there's one thing we've learned about AB's mentality, it's that he does not like it when his numbers slip. Titans, like the Jaguars, 6-3, and poised to make the playoffs. Anyone else notice how weak the AFC is looking once you get beyond 5 teams? I have no idea who the 6th playoff team will be in the AFC. 5 teams already seem like locks, based on current record and remaining schedule.


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Will-the-Shake wrote:
Quick turnaround to play a Thursday night game. These games are all about money and you can understand the players hating to play an NFL game with only 3 days rest in between. I maintain these games strongly favor the home team, more so even than usual. I expect AB to have a big game after struggling to make an impact right until the end on Sunday. If there's one thing we've learned about AB's mentality, it's that he does not like it when his numbers slip. Titans, like the Jaguars, 6-3, and poised to make the playoffs. Anyone else notice how weak the AFC is looking once you get beyond 5 teams? I have no idea who the 6th playoff team will be in the AFC. 5 teams already seem like locks, based on current record and remaining schedule.


I was thinking that way, especially since it seemed like when TNF initially came along it was seemingly such a huge advantage for home teams. But so far this year road teams are 5-4 straight up on TNF, and underdogs are 6-3 ATS. Steelers are only 5-4 ATS this year.

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