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Posted on: September 25, 2011 8:37 am
 

Steelers vs. Colts Preview

It’s a football night in Indianapolis! Tonight the Pittsburgh Steelers will take on the Peyton-Manning-less Indianapolis Colts on their own turf on prime time television with an 8:20 start on NBC. Both teams have a rich history of winning, and the names to prove it. They have seen each other before and the match ups have been amazing. It should be high intensity from start to finish!

The Steelers (1-1) are coming off of a shutout home win from last week’s game against the Seattle Seahawks. Both sides of the ball proved that they were able to bounce back from their devastating loss in week one against their arch rival, the Baltimore Ravens.

The Colts (0-2) are starting off struggling this year, trying to show everyone that they don’t need Peyton to be relevant. Losing both of their first two games to the Houston Texans and the Cleveland Browns didn’t help their cause. Until now, Peyton Manning hasn’t missed a single game since being picked first overall in the 1998 draft. Peyton recently had surgery on his neck and has been suffering setbacks from the surgery. He has yet to take a snap this season, and it looks as if he won’t take one at all. At season start Indianapolis employed, and entrusted their team in the hands of 38 year old veteran Kerry Collins, which at the time seemed like the right move. It has turned out to be everything but that. Two sloppy starts later Collins has shown that he may not be the answer after all.

The Colt’s rushing attack ranks among one of the worst in the league with only an average of 86 yards per game. Indianapolis Colts’ running back Joseph Addai is showing he may not be the dynamic rusher everyone thought he would be when he was selected in the first round out of LSU in 2006. Reggie Wayne and Pierre Garcon are their two wide receivers who stand out, and could cause some problems for Pittsburgh, who only has one good cornerback. Steelers corner Ike Taylor will probably be taking turns shadowing both of them. In both games this season the receivers Taylor’s covered have been virtually blanketed. This will be a true test for the defense to see what they can do when a team has more passing threats than they have talent to cover them.

That being said, Pittsburgh has more talent than Indianapolis, including a functioning quarterback. This will make the difference for the Steelers and will propel them past the Colts to add another check in the win column. Last week’s prediction for the Steelers vs. Seahawks was 27-10, which was pretty close. It will be a defensive battle for both teams, but the Steelers come out victorious with a score of 31-13. Tune in Monday for my recap of the game. That’s all for today folks! Leave your predictions and thoughts; I want to know what you guys think! Steelers vs. Colts Recap Tomorrow, stay tuned!

 

--JT

Posted on: September 19, 2011 10:58 am
 

Steelers vs. Seahawks Recap

Just a week after all of the speculation came that the defense was aging, and the offense was not disciplined, the Steelers answered back and made a statement for this year. Pittsburgh dominated on both sides of the ball shutting out Seattle and handing them their second loss of the season. The final score was 24-0 with scoring plays to Mendenhall, Redman, Wallace, and a 20 yd field goal by Suisham. A scary moment for Ben when his leg would be rolled on, and had to leave the game for a couple of plays. He would come back to finish the game completing 22 of his 30 passes for 298 yards and 1 touchdown.

The defense went from displaying their worst defensive stand in years to one of the best in years. The Seahawks failed to make it to the Steelers side of the field until the 4th quarter, and only totaled 190 total yards the whole game. Tarvaris Jackson completed 20 of his 29 passes but failed to throw a touchdown, or score at all. They gained only 31 yards on the ground, which is about 140 yards better than last week. Pittsburgh failed to force turnovers, but still had a solid outing this week.

The Steelers set out to rest everyones worries about the team this year, and even showed how dominant they can be. I still view this team as a SuperBowl contender, and think they can make a deep run to get back to the promise land and make an attempt for redemption. Next week the team plays a shaky Manningless Colts team who is still trying to find their identity, and a win, on Sunday night football. Tune in later this week for my Colts vs Steelers Preview.

That's all for now folks!
--JT
Posted on: September 18, 2011 10:31 pm
 

Shaky Start or Sudden Doom?

Last week we watched the Baltimore Ravens take the field on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. The only problem is, the Steelers didn't take the field with them. Not one phase of the complete team performed anywhere near satisfactory. The offensive line looked sloppy, the run game was poor. Turnovers are what really did the team in though, giving up the ball as many times as scored points. Seven turnovers are never good, especially when your defense is aging. The defense is still dominant, and one of the best in the league. That being said, they need breaks. They can't come off the field get a sip of water and have to go back in the game due to a turnover. The offense needs to force longer drives and more points so that this team can get the rest they need in between series. 

This week Pittsburgh takes on an old superbowl foe in the Seahawks. A completely different team now as they only have two starters from the 2005 superbowl. Pete Carrol has taken over since and is looking to turn things around in his second year. Starting quarterback Tarvaris Jackson had a less than average game last week giving up two fumbles, and 1 interception in a loss to the 49ers. Also, a stat worth mentioning, in 8 east coast games the Seahawks have gone 0-8 and have turned over the ball 11 times. Hopefully this gives the advantage to Pittsburgh and they can get their season back on track.

My prediction: Steelers over the Seahawks 27-10 

Whats your prediction?


--JT
Posted on: April 28, 2010 2:39 pm
 

Football Talk Anyone?

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The URL up above is a group I have just created. Everyone go join please!!!!! I want to get that group growing. It's a very simple group, just talking football. What we do best, anything you want to talk about. Professional, Collegiate, Highschool. ANYTHING!!!!!


Please join because I don't want to be the only one in the group!!!


-JT
Posted on: April 19, 2010 3:53 am
 

Big Ben Trade Scenario!

   I was laying in bed tonight with my beautiful fiancee, going over different trades that have been offered and made, when an idea came to mind. I was recalling the Philadelphia Eagles'-Washington Redskins' Donovan McNabb (QB) trade. I was so excited that I had to get out of bed and throw this one out to everyone via blog. 

   The Oakland Raiders were said to be very interested in acquiring the then Eagles now Redskins QB, even willing to throw Nnamdi Asomugha (CB) in a trade for McNabb. This is where my thought scenario comes into play. The Pittsburgh Steelers have been said to be looking for two first-round picks for Ben. What if Pittsburgh were to give Ben Roethelisburger (QB) for Oakland's CB and their 8th pick in the first round of the draft. Keep in mind Asomugha is a 1st round talent at CB. That scenario, paired with the Steelers' own 18th pick, provides Pittsburgh with two solid spots in the first round. 

   Furthermore, picking up Asomugha would take care of the Steelers' CB need, allowing them to draft Notre Dame's Jimmy Clausen (QB) with their 8th pick. Pittsburgh would then be left with their 18th pick, which would best be used for offense line. Idaho's Mike Iupati (G/T) and the University of Florida's Maurkice Pouncey (C/G) are good offensive prospects. Another idea would be for the Steelers to trade their 8th and 18th picks for the St. Louis Ram's first pick. Spicing up the trade a little by throwing in a 3rd or 4th rounder would make it very tempting for St. Louis to accept. Pittsburgh's first pick would be Oklahoma's Sam Bradford (QB), who is projected as the best QB in this draft. Bradford is the closest thing to a franchise QB you will have in a long time, and would eliminate any concern of off-the-field-problems.



That's all the football talk for tonight, take care. 
   -JT
Posted on: April 16, 2010 3:18 pm
 

Boozin' Ben

 I have been reading all of the media, rumors, and statements that have taken place during Roethlisberger's case investigation and have come to a conclusion. Big Ben is a great QB but a dirt bag of a person. IF all of these allegations are true, which hundreds of pages of allegations and statements were released Thursday, then Ben is not a player I want on my team. These cases have become a team distraction and are popping up what seems like everyday.

   The Rooney's have discussed the possibility of a trade to get Ben out of town, and gain back the respect that they have earned over 80 years. Trading Holmes was a good idea, but would have been a better idea had they come out with a better draft pick. One trade for Ben I would love to see would be Steelers trade Big Ben to the Rams for the first pick in the draft. This would give them all access to Sam Bradford, who is the closest thing to a franchise QB your going to have for a while. Bradford posseses all of the qualities NFL teams look for in a QB. Size, Skill, Maturity, you name it Bradford's got it. They also would still have their 18th pick in the draft, and could still address their needs at offensive line, or cornerback.

   Ben was given fame too early, and now doesn't know how to handle it. He thinks he's invincible and can't be touched, but he picked the wrong franchise to think that with. The Steelers have been known for a zero tolerance policy on off-the-field issues, and now Ben has dug himself in to a hole he can't get out of. I hope the Steelers do trade Ben and get the first pick for him, and even if they don't hopefully this will be a wake up call and he throws his invincibility cloak away and starts worrying about football.
Posted on: March 9, 2010 2:01 pm
 

Steelers 2010 Free Agency

I am extremely happy with the way our organization has gone with free agency this season. The moves we have made have really solidified some of the areas we are lacking in this year. CB is that last spot we need to take care of. There are some free agents out there but none of which are really capable of being a first tier guy. Leigh Bodden has been resigned by the Patriots, so there goes that CB. Philip Buchanon, former Detroit CB, is available, and we have the draft to look forward to. However, will there be a skilled enough CB in the first round? There is a CB out of Floirda State named, Patrick Robinson. If he doesn't make the cut where do they go then. I see them either going CB or OL. Which are both necessities.
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