October 1, 2014 |
Heading into Thursday's game, it was hard not to feel good about my tight end matchup when I saw Larry Donnell in my opponent's lineup. After all, I had the option of Vernon Davis or Antonio Gates, while he was forced to sit Julius Thomas because of the bye week. By Friday, I was popping antacids, and my opponent was dishing out a heaping helping of smack talk. Enter Matt Asiata. When he plunged across the goal line for the third time Sunday, the tide had turned and my decision to draft Marshawn Lynch and Giovani Bernard back-to-back didn't cost me a Week 4 victory as expected.
August 29, 2014 |
Dwayne Allen, Colts: Until either Allen or Coby Fleener emerges, there's no fun in being involved in a tight-end-by-committee. Shame too, because Indy has the look of being very pass-heavy. Jordan Cameron, Browns: Don't let Cleveland's uncertainty at quarterback be too big of an influence. Cameron caught seven touchdowns last year - from four different guys. Vernon Davis, 49ers: Those 15 TDs from a year ago are attractive, but don't reach too highly here. His numbers sagged slightly when wide receiver Michael Crabtree rejoined the lineup.
December 3, 2012 |
BALTIMORE - Ben Roethlisberger couldn't have done it any better. Third-string quarterback Charlie Batch directed a 61-yard drive in the closing minutes, and Shaun Suisham kicked a 42-yard field goal as time expired to give the Pittsburgh Steelers a 23-20 victory Sunday over the Baltimore Ravens. Playing without the injured Roethlisberger for a third straight week, the Steelers turned to 37-year-old Batch for the second game in a row. He completed 25 of 36 for 276 yards and a touchdown as the Steelers beat their AFC North archrivals.
October 29, 2012 |
PITTSBURGH - The Steelers turned Robert Griffin III into just another rookie quarterback. Pittsburgh swarmed Washington's precocious star Sunday, keeping Griffin in check during a dominant, 27-12 victory. Griffin completed just 16 of 34 passes for 177 yards and a score while managing only 8 yards rushing. Ben Roethlisberger had no such issues against Washington's depleted defense, throwing for 222 yards and three touchdowns as the Steelers (4-3) won consecutive games for the first time this season.
February 7, 2011
ARLINGTON, Texas - The thing keeps getting bigger, although it hardly seems possible. The Super Bowl is overwhelming as an experience: enormous, loud, annoying, American, garish, gross, seductive and mesmerizing. It makes you wonder how it could be possible for the NFL's owners and its players union to screw it up. There was a time when all of these games seemed to be blowouts; Super Bore became a regular complaint. It seems like such a long time ago. Anybody who watched the Pittsburgh Steelers claw their way back last night against the Green Bay Packers, and then claw their way back again, could not mistake the desperate determination of both sides.
February 4, 2011
1. The point spread. I'm taking Green Bay and laying the 2 1/2 points. The Packers have been in playoff mode since Week 15 and needed the breather that came after the NFC title game. I'm looking for a strong night out of a rested Aaron Rodgers, but won't sweat it if he's a little off. Green Bay still can cover a low-scoring game and will roll if it's a shootout. 2. Heath Miller's receptions. The over/under is 3 1/2 and I'm going with the over. Miller gets targeted a half-dozen times per game and had seven catches for 118 yards when the Steelers played the Packers 2 years ago. 3. Aaron Rodgers' passing attempts.
February 2, 2011 |
ARLINGTON, Texas - Maybe, when he talked about the "gold standard," Jeff Lurie really meant to say the "Black and Gold standard. " It is the Pittsburgh Steelers, after all, who have a chance to claim another decade as their own. The franchise that owned the 1970s could finish the 2010 season with its third Super Bowl in six years. And it was the Steelers, once upon a time, that Lurie attempted to use as a model for the Eagles. It seems like a blip on the radar now, but that was the idea in 1998 when the Eagles' owner hired longtime Steelers personnel man Tom Modrak as the Eagles' director of football operations.
September 9, 2010 |
GOING UP Texans Raiders 49ers GOING DOWN Saints Patriots Steelers GOING NOWHERE Redskins Rams Jaguars FIRST-ROUND HITS Ndamukong Suh, DT, Lions (second) C.J. Spiller, RB, Bills (ninth) Maurkice Pouncey, C, Steelers (18th) Jermaine Gresham, TE, Bengals (21st) Jahvid Best, RB, Lions (30th) FIRST-ROUND MISSES Gerald McCoy, DT, Bucs (third) Tyson Alualu, DT, Jaguars (10th) Ryan Matthews, RB, Chargers (12th)
December 29, 2008 |
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is expected to be ready for the postseason after suffering a concussion in yesterday's 31-0 rout of the Cleveland Browns. As Roethlisberger delivered a 4-yard pass to tight end Heath Miller over the middle, he was leveled by Willie McGinest at about shoulder level and D'Qwell Jackson at the knees. Roethlisberger's head struck the Heinz Field turf hard as McGinest drove him backward. "All tests are negative - which is a positive," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said.
September 22, 2008 |
If there's a more perfect day for football than yesterday's fabulous September Sunday, it has not yet been discovered. Sun, warmth, no humidity. The Pittsburgh Steelers - an opponent you can respect without having to hate. Well, we'll have to see about that last point. But, at 4:15 in the afternoon, it's all good. FIRST QUARTER Aha - for the first time this season the Birds won the coveted coin toss. Wow. Another immediate plus - Quintin Demps returned the kickoff out to the 36 and Donovan McNabb began to wheel and deal.