Rocky Bleier Jersey

  • Steelers News: B.J. Finney no stranger to starting vs. the Chiefs The Pittsburgh Steelers have turned their attention away from the embarrassing tie with the Cleveland Browns and are solely focused on the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2. Something I did last season and I’m going to start again is the Black-and-Gold Links article. This is an article where I take stories from quality news sources across the Internet Rocky Bleier Jersey , and add them here for your viewing pleasure. I won’t be posting the entire articles, but I’ll link each story and author so that you can read the full article. Today, we focus on how reserve guard B.J. Finney is no stranger to filling in for either Ramon Foster or David DeCastro, but also very comfortable going against the Chiefs — again. With DeCastro looking as if he won’t be able to play Sunday, Finney is set to get his first start of the 2018 regular season.Let’s get to the news:Once again, B.J. Finney will get a start against the ChiefsBy: Ray Fittipaldo, Pittsburgh Post-GazetteIt’s Kansas City week, which can only mean one thing: B.J. Finney is going to start.For the third consecutive year, Finney will step into the starting lineup due to an injury. He filled in for Ramon Foster the past two years. This year, he’ll start at right guard for David DeCastro, who is officially listed as doubtful but is not going to be able to play due to a fractured bone in his right hand.This will be Finney’s eighth career start and three of them have come against the Chiefs.“It’s kind of funny,” said Finney, a Kansas native who played at Kansas State. “We all get a laugh out of it. Somehow, some way, it always falls into place for me to play Kansas City.”The offensive line hasn’t missed a beat when Finney starts. The Steelers have won all seven games, and in the past two against the Chiefs, Finney and the other linemen have paved the way for big games by Le’Veon Bell, who rushed for 144 and 179 yards in those games.James Conner will get the start in place of Bell for a second consecutive week, but the Steelers will be looking for Finney to help keep the ground game moving against the Chiefs.“It’s just a great opportunity for him,” center Maurkice Pouncey said. “Obviously, every year a lot more linemen play than just five guys. You know how physical it is in there inside the trenches. Finney is locked in. He’s always been a key guy. He’s basically like a starter.”Ed Bouchette: Banish overtime, and let tie games flourish again in the NFLBy: Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-GazetteTies are good. Instead of finding ways to eliminate them, the NFL should banish overtime in the regular season.Embrace the tie!Now that the Steelers were involved in a tie game for the first time in 16 years, we’re hearing from many corners how bad they are, how everyone hates them and offering suggestions how to play a game until a winner and loser are determined.The NFL minimized the number of ties starting in 1974 (as did America with the coming of the leisure suit) when it moved to overtime in the regular season. The Steelers were involved in the very first tie under the new rule, 35-35 in Denver that year. That tie hurt them so much that they went on to a 10-3-1 season and won their first Super Bowl.Their next tie did not happen until 28 years later, in 2002, when Michael Vick and the Atlanta Falcons came from 17 points down in the fourth quarter to forge a 34-34 tie. The Steelers finished 10-5-1 that season, won the division and beat Cleveland in the playoff opener. Then they lost at Tennessee ... in overtime.What’s interesting about those two previous ties is that so many points were scored in regulation, then the teams were shut out in the 15-minute overtimes.So the Steelers committed their third tie in 45 years since the league decided overtime in the regular season was a good idea.Well, ties can help rid us of the most unfair playoff system in pro sports — the tiebreaker. Why should a team’s playoff hopes possibly hinge on the best net touchdowns scored in all games (procedure No. 10 in a two-team tie) or a coin toss (No. 11)?Ties can help make tiebreakers moot because instead of using some statistical category to put one team in the playoffs over another, the record actually could do it. There still might be teams tied for a playoff spot because their records could match, tied games or no tied games on their resume. But it would be easier for all if they could tie a game or two. The Steelers saved all of us from tiebreaker hell.Tim Benz: Sunday’s Steelers game is even bigger than you thinkBy Tim Benz, Pittsburgh Tribune-ReviewThink Sunday’s Steelers game against the Chiefs is a pretty big deal? After a season-opening tie against Cleveland, I’m sure you do.It’s probably even bigger than you think, especially if you envisioned the Steelers as a true Super Bowl contender. If the Steelers drop to 0-1-1, good luck with that.Last year, 13-3 wasn’t even good enough to get homefield advantage over the Patriots. And there’s no indication New England has slipped off its perch as perennial AFC favorite, or even that it’ll lose more than four games this season to jeopardize earning the top seed in the conference.The specter of going to New England and winning the AFC championship game is no less daunting in 2018 than it was in 2017, and we spent the entire 2017 season in Pittsburgh fretting about that potential.That was until “surviving the ground” became part of our collective vocabulary in mid-December.The point is, the margin for error when chasing the Patriots is scant, regardless of what year it is. Or what time of year it is. That’s an augmented reality when you have to play them later in the season, as the Steelers do Dec. 16.The Steelers had a screw-up loss in Chicago last year. That proved fatal when trying to avoid a tiebreaker with the Pats. Might that tie in Cleveland leave them a half-game back in 2018?The Patriots have won at least 12 games per season since the start of the 2010 campaign. Winning 12 of 16 games over one year is hard enough, although Mike Tomlin teams have done it three times in that stretch. Winning 12 of 14 to close out a year wouldn’t be unprecedented, but it would be rare.It was done by the Steelers in 1979, 2001 and ‘04. The Pittsburgh Steelers have won three straight games and have finally started to “stack wins”. After their 33-18 win over the Cleveland Browns in Week 8, the team has to move on quickly as they prepare to face the Baltimore Ravens, on the road, in Week 9. Something I did last season and I’m going to start again is the Black-and-gold Links article. This is an article where I take stories from quality news sources across the Internet and add them here for your viewing pleasure. I won’t be posting the entire articles Joe Gilliam Jersey , but I’ll link each story and author so that you can read the full article. Today we talk about how, believe it or not, Ben Roethlisberger has never thrown for over 300 yards in Baltimore in his career. Not even once. And in today’s NFL, this is a surprise. The most yards Roethlisberger has ever posted in Baltimore is 280, but that might be due to change this Sunday when the Steelers travel to Baltimore in Week 9.Let’s get to the news:How Ben Roethlisberger can post first 300-yard game in BaltimoreBy: Jeremy Fowler, ESPNThe numbers out of Baltimore aren’t pretty.The Pittsburgh Steelers have averaged 16.1 points per game in M&T Bank Stadium since 2011.Ben Roethlisberger never has thrown for 280 yards in Baltimore, where he has two touchdowns and five interceptions in his past four matchups. Big Ben has two 300-plus-yard games apiece in Cleveland and Cincinnati.A physical Ravens-Steelers clash is rarely an offensive light show, to be sure. But the Steelers’ identity is not to grind out games. Roethlisberger is averaging 327 yards per game through seven games this season. The Steelers are among the NFL’s top five in points and yards per game. This offense is largely considered high-powered.Players are hopeful they can maintain that pace, even in Baltimore.”Most of the time these games are low-scoring games, but hopefully we get a game where we get a whole bunch of points,” center Maurkice Pouncey said.To make that happen, the Steelers are relying on the no-huddle offense, a better Wi-Fi connection between Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown and a refined pre-snap routine.Sean Davis provides safety valve for Steelers defenseBy: Chris Adamski, Pittsburgh Tribune-ReviewSean Davis will hit the halfway point of his first season at a new position Sunday. It’s the third position he’s started at during his 2陆 years in the NFL.And though the job description of free safety in the NFL goes well beyond a simple edict, by one high-profile measure Davis has been a success this season.“I definitely feel as if there is a difference with the (number of) big plays (allowed) compared to last year,” Davis said after Pittsburgh Steelers practice Thursday. “It feels good hearing that, and I guess my presence is playing a small part of that.”Only two teams in the NFL last season gave up more pass plays of 40-plus yards than the Steelers. Through eight weeks this season, only nine teams have given up fewer.Even better, the Steelers have not allowed a play of more than 24 yards during their three-game winning streak.But against the Baltimore Ravens on Sept. 30, the Steelers allowed 71- and 33-yard pass plays to receiver John Brown.As the rematch with Baltimore awaits Sunday, the Steelers defense — capped by Davis at its back end — knows it can’t allow receivers to get behind them.“We’ve got to make sure that as much as we can, if we keep the ball in front of us, the better chance we’ve got to win the game,” Steelers defensive coordinator Keith Butler said. “We can’t give up easy touchdowns.”One of the best means for accomplishing that end is by limiting long passing plays, which is something the defense did not do the second half of last season and the first four games this season. The Steelers allowed a passing play of 39-plus yards in all but one of those 13 games.The Steelers defense has tightened since the Patrick Mahomes/Kansas City Chiefs traveling road show won a 42-37 Week 2 shootout. They’ve allowed an average of 212.7 passing yards per game, down an average of almost 100 yards per game since September.“I’m liking the way we (in the secondary) are going,” Davis said. “We are making plays. 鈥?I feel like we are a group on the rise. We are getting better, stacking wins now, shutting offenses down, a lot more three-and-outs. So I feel like we are doing better.”Steelers no longer seeing red when driving inside opposing 20By: Joe Rutter, Pittsburgh Tribune-ReviewArt Rooney II spoke. The Pittsburgh Steelers have listened.In February, the Steelers team president expressed a desire for improved play inside the red zone. As the season nears the midpoint, first-year offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner has delivered results in that area.The Steelers rank No. 2 in red-zone touchdown percentage, finding the end zone on 15 of 20 trips through seven games – a 75 percent success rate. Only the Cincinnati Bengals, at nearly 77 percent, have done better.In 2017, the last year under former offensive coordinator Todd Haley, the Steelers were No. 18 in red-zone touchdown percentage, converting at a 53 percent clip. The top three teams in 2017 all reached the NFL version of the final four — Jacksonville (69 percent), Philadelphia (64) and New England (62.7).“We’ve dedicated time to it,” Fichtner said Thursday. “I’d like to think some offseason study things we’ve done, some thoughtfulness things we knew we had to improve that had been an eyesore at times.”And what were the eyesores?“You can’t have negative plays,” Fichtner said. “We have turned it over two times down there, that’s probably the two times we may not have scored a touchdown.”Interceptions thrown by Ben Roethlisberger against Cleveland in the season opener and against Atlanta in Week 5 – both passes were targeted for Antonio Brown – have accounted for the only times the Steelers haven’t produced points after driving inside the 20. The other three trips resulted in Chris Boswell field goals.“It’s disappointing any time you turn the ball over,” Fichtner said. “When you are taking points off the board, you are not giving a chance to at least kick a field goal, and that’s shame on us. That’s not going to be accepted.“We work hard to try to be better in that area, but without trying to take away the creativity of an established, veteran quarterback who will pull the trigger.”