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« on: Aug 03, 2010 at 15:26 »

Who's the QB of this thing?
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« Reply #1 on: Nov 16, 2010 at 21:15 »

No comment, just seeing if it's time to move on yet.  Nothing like a bad loss to stir up board traffic.
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« Reply #2 on: Nov 17, 2010 at 07:58 »

At leat there is a positive effect from the Steelers stinking it up.
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« Reply #3 on: Nov 17, 2010 at 08:48 »

We're suddenly in a must-win with a team that beat us in our own building last year and is much improved this season. 

This does not fill me with confidence.
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« Reply #4 on: Nov 17, 2010 at 08:53 »

If we end up battling for a WC spot, it would be nice to have the H2H tie-breakers over the Raiders & Jets, to go along with the Titans.
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« Reply #5 on: Nov 17, 2010 at 09:42 »

Somehow I feel good about this game. We aren't going to be overconfident, in light not just of last week, but of the tailspin last year. We're playing a team whose offense depends on the run. We tend to shut those teams down cold. After playing above their heads for a month solid, the Raiders are due for a letdown.

We'll make them beat us with Jason Campbell, and that is not going to happen. I see Woodley or Harrison having a bit multi-sack game here.

I don't think we'll blow them away or anything, I think it'll be close entering the 4th, but I think we end up ahead by a TD.
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« Reply #6 on: Nov 18, 2010 at 09:53 »

Wrote this in another thread:

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Tommy Kelly and Richard Seymour have notched 9.5 sacks between them at the DT position, and will likely give whoever's playing guard some fits.  Pressure up the gut will be matched with Jon Scott again tested, with Kam Wimbley at OLB beating him cleanly (4.5 sacks on the year).  Oakland's 27 sacks this season is only one behind league leaders St. Louis and Green Bay.  Expect them to pad that total substantially.  O/U on sacks: 6.5.

RB Darren McFadden leads the league with 108.0 YPG.  Against a shaky Steelers front (what happens whenever A. Smith gets hurt?), you might think he's in for a big day, but the Steelers will look for Campbell to beat them through the air.  Given the secondary's uncanny knack for making any Tom, Dick or Harry look like the second coming of Johnny U., expect Campbell to rack up yards by exploiting matchups (TE, WR2 &3).  That means a big day for Zach Miller, speedster Jacoby Ford, and Darrius Heyward-Bey, since McFadden is also the top receiver.  Steelers 27-21

Update is that DHB has a hammy issue and is iffy for Sunday.  I think the Steelers win this, but we'll see if this team is more 2008 or 2009.  My gut says the latter, and we may struggle versus teams we should dispatch easily. 
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« Reply #7 on: Nov 19, 2010 at 10:27 »

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Chris Kemoeatu put in a full practice for the first time in two weeks and is ready to return to start at left guard after he missed the game Sunday with sprains of his knee and ankle.

Ward went through a second consecutive day of practice in full pads, but safety Will Allen still has not practiced. Both Ward and Allen left the New England game with concussions.

"I've been here seven years," Arians said, "and that's the best two practices Hines had in five of them because he hadn't practiced on Wednesday in a long time. But he wanted to prove to everybody he was healthy and, boy, he had two great practices and showed a lot of the younger guys how to do it."

Troy Polamalu (Achilles) did not practice again, Nick Eason also missed again with an illness, and Brett Keisel (hamstring) went through another limited practice.

Lawrence Timmons (hip) went through his first full practice of the week as did rookie cornerback Crezdon Butler (thigh).

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« Reply #8 on: Nov 19, 2010 at 10:31 »

BTW... WTF?

If Pola can't go, and Will Allen is out, I guess that means Mundy is it at SS.  Great.  No depth there, either. 

Like I said before, Willie Gay may suck in turn and run, but he can make plays on the action in front of him, and he knows the playbook.  In fact, as a S I might say Gay is even a little better than Mundy, who's never done much to impress.  So I'd consider putting Gay in at SS and trying either Butler or Lewis at CB.  But we know that won't happen. 
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« Reply #9 on: Nov 19, 2010 at 14:43 »

I read that Troy expects to play but yeah Mundy has shown nothing
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« Reply #10 on: Nov 21, 2010 at 10:02 »

Steelers 28 Raiders 24
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« Reply #11 on: Nov 21, 2010 at 12:34 »

3 defensive penalties already. 

15 yarder on Woodley for a BULLSHIT roughing call

5 yarder on Ike for a pass interference

15 yarder on Clark for an unsportsmanlike (helmet to helmet?)  but he hit the receiver under the shoulder pads!
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« Reply #12 on: Nov 21, 2010 at 12:46 »

Now that's a drive - 8 min and a TD.  BAM!
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« Reply #13 on: Nov 21, 2010 at 12:50 »

So, did Mundy blow the return TD or would it not have happened w/out his hold?
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« Reply #14 on: Nov 21, 2010 at 14:50 »

28-3 and about 10 mins to go in the 4th - this is exactly the kind of game the Steelers needed after that debacle against the Patsies.  A nice confidence builder that can set the tone down the stretch.
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« Reply #15 on: Nov 21, 2010 at 15:50 »

Gunna be nice.  2 teams left with a winning record.  Buffalo next week. 

Breathe deep folks.  You can smell the playoffs already.
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« Reply #16 on: Nov 21, 2010 at 16:09 »

What happened with this 'open-handed punch' on Ben from Seymour? Didn't see the gme but I heard about this on the ride home.   :huh:
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« Reply #17 on: Nov 21, 2010 at 18:35 »

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28-3 and about 10 mins to go in the 4th - this is exactly the kind of game the Steelers needed after that debacle against the Patsies.  A nice confidence builder that can set the tone down the stretch.

Jonzr, you haven't been reading the boards of late.  Confidence is, like, so week 4.
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« Reply #18 on: Nov 21, 2010 at 19:37 »

What happened with this 'open-handed punch' on Ben from Seymour? Didn't see the gme but I heard about this on the ride home.   :huh:


(HD) Richard Seymour punches Ben Roethlisberger
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« Reply #19 on: Nov 22, 2010 at 09:11 »

What happened with this 'open-handed punch' on Ben from Seymour? Didn't see the gme but I heard about this on the ride home.   :huh:


(HD) Richard Seymour punches Ben Roethlisberger


If James Harrison had done that to Brady he would have been banished to the planet omicron persei 8. I wonder if Seymour will even get suspended or if he will just get fined. I could see them not suspending him because he got tossed in the first half.
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« Reply #20 on: Nov 22, 2010 at 13:42 »

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28-3 and about 10 mins to go in the 4th - this is exactly the kind of game the Steelers needed after that debacle against the Patsies.  A nice confidence builder that can set the tone down the stretch.

Jonzr, you haven't been reading the boards of late.  Confidence is, like, so week 4.

OK, so we're not exactly confident, but we're not on the verge of collapse either.  So we can go back to thinking about beating the gimme teams like Buffalo and Carolina.

Problem remains those pesky teams with a pass attack, like New Orleans and New England.

One encouraging thing that I didn't expect?  Some personnel moves.  Getting the young WRs involved in what I hope is a permanent promotion over ARE, and Foster replacing Essex at RG.  Someone mentioned that Foster is sort of a Keydrick Vincent type.  Works for me.
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« Reply #21 on: Nov 22, 2010 at 13:54 »

Problem remains those pesky teams with a pass attack, like New Orleans and New England.

One encouraging thing that I didn't expect?  Some personnel moves.  Getting the young WRs involved in what I hope is a permanent promotion over ARE, and Foster replacing Essex at RG.  Someone mentioned that Foster is sort of a Keydrick Vincent type.  Works for me.

It just seems like LeBeau is either limited by the talent level of his personnel (I'm thinking about the corners here) or just doesn't have any good ideas versus the dink/dunkers.  Hard to figure.

Also agree about Manny Sanders replacing ARE. 
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« Reply #22 on: Nov 22, 2010 at 14:12 »

Problem remains those pesky teams with a pass attack, like New Orleans and New England.

One encouraging thing that I didn't expect?  Some personnel moves.  Getting the young WRs involved in what I hope is a permanent promotion over ARE, and Foster replacing Essex at RG.  Someone mentioned that Foster is sort of a Keydrick Vincent type.  Works for me.

It just seems like LeBeau is either limited by the talent level of his personnel (I'm thinking about the corners here) or just doesn't have any good ideas versus the dink/dunkers.  Hard to figure.

Also agree about Manny Sanders replacing ARE. 

I think it's just a bad schematic matchup that LeBeau has not traditionally adjusted to at all.  It would be interesting to go back and watch the 2006 and 2009 Patriots games where we did beat them pretty soundly and see what we did right as compared to the rest of the time.
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« Reply #23 on: Nov 22, 2010 at 14:40 »

Problem remains those pesky teams with a pass attack, like New Orleans and New England.

One encouraging thing that I didn't expect?  Some personnel moves.  Getting the young WRs involved in what I hope is a permanent promotion over ARE, and Foster replacing Essex at RG.  Someone mentioned that Foster is sort of a Keydrick Vincent type.  Works for me.

It just seems like LeBeau is either limited by the talent level of his personnel (I'm thinking about the corners here) or just doesn't have any good ideas versus the dink/dunkers.  Hard to figure.

Also agree about Manny Sanders replacing ARE. 

I think it's just a bad schematic matchup that LeBeau has not traditionally adjusted to at all. 

Honestly, I just think it's just the recipe for beating the 3-4.  The scheme is based on deception and ability to pressure the QB.  No pressure equals easy completions.  If there's no pressure because everything is three step or five step drop, pass...well, maybe they need to consider running a different scheme?

To me, I don't know why they even bother coming out in the base set.  Seems like nickel and dime is the way to go.  Force them to hand it off 25 times.  If stopping Danny Fucking Woodknob with a buncha DBs is the alternative, I'll take my chances there.
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« Reply #24 on: Nov 22, 2010 at 14:51 »

Well we beat them in 2008 because that was the glorious year that Brady's knee exploded.
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