Between the constant replays and commentary
January 29, 2019 at 8:39 am #4763
Heinz Field Report: Getting an in stadium account of a much-needed Steelers win For those Steeler fans out there who have had the great privilege of attending a game at Heinz Field Womens Ben Roethlisberger Jersey , you know the experience of the game is much different than viewing it on television. But sometimes the in-person experience can bring things that may or may not be noticed by the cameras. Most importantly, feel for the game in stadium and how momentum is shifting for or against the Steelers cannot be replicated on a screen.First off, it was a very strange experience heading to Heinz Field Sunday. For the first time I can recall, I did not hear a single “here we go” chant before the game. Not on the Gateway Clipper. Not on Art Rooney Avenue. Not in the Great Hall, and not in the Ford Fan Zone. Maybe I just missed them, but usually fans are chanting like crazy, even at preseason games. But not this past Sunday.Confidence in this team was low coming in, but the first drive of the game started building some energy. It began with the Steelers finally getting a first down on their first drive of the game in 2018. Then it was marching the ball down the field with a balanced running and passing game. Next was the touchdown which really wasn’t. But there was a feeling that it didn’t matter – the Steelers were going to get into the end zone. And then the stadium erupted with the touchdown. The energy was back.The missed PAT gave the fans a little bit of a reality check. It was a very subtle reminder of the woes the Steelers have faced thus far in 2018. It was also a reminder of the defense yet to prove itself which was about to take the field. But after a couple first downs, the defense dug in and forced a punt. With the ensuing touchdown drive, it felt as if the Steelers may have turned a corner.There were some bumps along the road. In the second quarter even before the interception, it was obvious Ben Roethlisberger was forcing the ball to Antonio Brown. It seemed every time AB was the target, the throw was off-line. Then the poor decision to force the ball in Brown’s direction rather than throw it away squandered a great scoring opportunity. Having the halftime lead was nice, but leaving at least three points on the field was troubling. Fans still weren’t sure what to expect for the second half.The defense changed the worrisome tone right away. After giving up one first down, they forced yet another punt. The response was a drive that ended with the first Ben-Brown touchdown. It seemed like the momentum was finally rolling in the Steelers’ direction.The defense responded again, forcing a three and out. Then the play which sealed it for the fans in the stadium was the blocked punt which gave the Steelers the short field. It was that play which allowed the stadium to watch the game with confidence in a team who was not going to be denied on this day.There were several aspects of the Steelers win that were apparent during the commentary-free in-stadium experience:Joe Haden was the man. He followed Julio Jones wherever he went and kept him from even recording a catch in the first half. Jones was not a factor in the game until it was already out of reach. The run game matters! Not playing from behind and being able to establish both the run and the short passing game to the running back is key to allowing things such as the play-action pass to be effective.L.J. Fort was having a great day, even before the TD. Not only did he bring pressure on the blitz, his tackling was solid. Terrell Edmunds is improving. He made a nice tackle on third down to force a punt. But the play that really stood out to me was late in the game when he missed a tackle. After not making the play initially, Edmunds got back up and came back into the play to help get the receiver to the ground. Not giving up is exactly what you want to see out of a young player.It was nice to see a defense that was bringing pressure from various places. After the Artie Burns almost interception (which would’ve been a very nice catch if he had made it), it was great to see the Steelers come back with a blitz, even though they did give up the first down. Even then, the Steelers continued to bring pressure which led to the strip-sack and touchdown.There were some different personnel packages deployed on offense. My personal favorite was a “13 personnel” package with three tight ends Youth David DeCastro Jersey , Antonio Brown, and James Conner. With the defense going with a run-heavy response, the Steelers bunched all three tight ends to the right while splitting James Conner out wide with AB to the left in order to pass. Additionally, a 47-yard touchdown coming on play action mad the offense seem to at least have some new wrinkles….I’m hoping the NFL network replays the game at some point this week so I can try to break it down from the TV perspective. But even if I don’t get to see the game in its entirety, I was like many Steeler fans that slept well after a great in-stadium experience.Steelers News: Vance McDonald hopeful to play in Week 2 vs. the Chiefs The Pittsburgh Steelers are slowly turning their attention away from the embarrassing tie with the Cleveland Browns and starting to focus on the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2. Something I did last season and I’m going to start again are the Black-and-Gold Links article. This is an article where I take articles from quality news sources across the Internet, and add them here for your viewing pleasure. I won’t be posting the entire articles here, but will link each story and author so that you can read the full article. Today, fans get news about Vance McDonald, the tight end who missed all preseason and the first regular-season game with a foot injury. He’s hoping to get back on the field for the team’s Week-2 game at Heinz Field vs. Patrick Mahomes and the boys. Let’s get to the news:TE Vance McDonald ‘hoping’ to play this week, plus snap-count observationsChris Adamski, Pittsburgh Tribune-ReviewVance McDonald walked out of the Pittsburgh Steelers locker room Monday without a limp or the use of any sort of wrap or other device on his injured foot. After missing the regular-season opener Sunday in Cleveland, will McDonald be ready for the home opener against Kansas City this coming week?“Hoping for it,” McDonald said.McDonald hasn’t made it through a full practice since the first week of training camp in late July. Since being acquired by the Steelers 12 陆 months ago, he’s missed seven of 17 regular-season games due to injury.Steelers 1st-round pick Terrell Edmunds on his NFL debut: ‘Personally, I feel like I played good’Chris Adamski, Pittsburgh Tribune-ReviewIt wasn’t the NFL debut that the Pittsburgh Steelers’ prior first-round pick had on the same Cleveland field 364 days prior. But for Terrell Edmunds, he’ll take it – personally at least.“Personally, I feel like I played good,” said Edmunds, the safety whom the Steelers drafted at No. 28 overall in April. “But we didn’t get the win, so there’s still work to do.“It was fun game, a good game (to be his first). We didn’t get the outcome that we wanted Youth Jon Bostic Jersey , but we’ve got stuff to do to improve.”Paul Zeise: It’s simple — James Conner should start the week Le’Veon Bell returnsPaul Zeise, Pittsburgh Post-GazetteLe’Veon Bell is one of the best running backs in the NFL. There is a case to be made that he is the best running back in the NFL. He is clearly a great player, and he hasn’t played football since January.James Conner has proved he can be effective. Sunday in Cleveland, he rushed 31 times for 135 yards (4.35 yards per carry) and two touchdowns. He also caught six passes for 57 yards, and though he still needs to improve as a pass blocker, he held his own in that regard, too.Conner made one major blunder when he fumbled late in the fourth quarter. The Steelers were trying to run the clock with a 21-7 lead and less than nine minutes to play. Conner was stripped, though, and Jabrill Peppers picked it up and returned it to the goal line. The Browns’ offense quickly scored to pull to within seven points, and the game changed completely.Ron Cook: There was some good on a dismal day in ClevelandRon Cook, Pittsburgh Post-GazetteAs he does after almost every Steelers game, Ben Roethlisberger stood up in the locker room Sunday to address his teammates after the hurtful, felt-like-a-loss 21-21 tie against the Cleveland Browns.“I just thanked the defense for giving us a chance,” Roethlisberger recalled afterward. “We, as an offense, didn’t do our part. I didn’t do mine.”If there was a positive to come out of the loss – I mean, tie – it’s that the Steelers’ defense answered a lot of questions in a game when Le’Veon Bell didn’t play, Roethlisberger threw three interceptions and lost two fumbles after sacks, James Conner lost a fumble that turned the game the Browns’ way and Chris Boswell missed a 42-yard field goal in overtime. Could outside linebackers Bud Dupree and T.J. Watt get quarterback pressure after switching sides? Could Jon Bostic step in for injured Ryan Shazier at inside linebacker next to Vince Williams and do his part to stop the run? Could the secondary keep from getting burned for big splash plays the way it did last season? Custom Seattle Seahawks Jerseys
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