Steelers miss playoffs after a drama filled season

Sonja Greenfield Steelers contributor

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

Steelers 16 – Bengals 13

Despite the win in Cincinnati, the Steelers still end up missing the playoffs for the first time since 2013.

First, we start the year with running back Le’Veon Bell holding out for a long-term deal instead of a franchise tag.  While most felt that it was going to come together at some point, it didn’t.

But no one benefited from Bell’s absence more than RB James Conner.  Conner finished the season with almost 1,000 yards rushing and 500 yards passing and had 13 touchdowns.  He stepped into the RB role and made it his own.  Could Bell be changing the way that holdouts go?  Is there anything wrong with betting on yourself?  Should you think of your team?

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“Now here’s a guy…..” Steeler’s Smith-Schuster makes football fun

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

No, this isn’t going to be a diatribe on why Cris Collinsworth is awful, nor will it be a diatribe on why he’s amazing.  Collinsworth’s catchphrase is what came to my mind when I thought about Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster.

Now here’s a guy who gets it.  He just does.  He’s one of the younger players in the NFL and he works hard!

 

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Patriots lose back to back games and it’s more than poor play

Wanda Wiedman,
Patriots contributor

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

Steelers 17 – Patriots 10

The New England Patriots have won five Super Bowl championships, so it’s bound to happen that the once supreme dynasty may eventually topple.

The loss to the Miami Dolphins Miracle last week could have been an anomaly. Apparently, it wasn’t as the Patriots lose a week later to the Pittsburgh Steelers on the road 17-10.

Rumors swirled in the off-season that quarterback Tom Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski would be retiring. Even head Coach Bill Belichick was on the rumor mill when offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels reneged on the head coaching job in Indianapolis to stay in New England.

There are obvious problems ravaging the Patriots as they enter Week 16 with a 9-5 record. It starts with Mr. Brady.

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The Steel Deal — Week 8

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By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

Pittsburgh 33 – Browns 18

It was an emotional day, to say the least for the Pittsburgh fans. Still coming to grips with the shooting at the Pittsburgh Synagogue, Steelers fans filled up the stadium for a game against division foe Cleveland Browns.

Coming off of the bye, and a come from behind win against the Bengals, the Steelers were looking to pick up where they left off. That was the thought anyway. The Steeler defense was a little bit sleepy in the first few possessions. The Browns were able to pretty much do what they wanted on the opening drive, but it stalled and had to kick a field goal.

A couple of series later, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw an interception. Thankfully it wasn’t a pick six, but yeah, it was a slow start.  Finally, Roethlisberger was able to connect with wide receiver Antonio Brown and get the scoring party started.  Sort of.

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The Steel Deal–Week 5 Pittsburgh Steelers

Sonja Greenfield Pittsburgh Steelers Contributor

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

Pittsburgh  Steelers 41 – Atlanta Falcons 17

On a game that the Steelers “had” to have in this early season, they didn’t disappoint.  While the Falcons have been rather lackluster this season, the Steelers have been inconsistent.  What looked like would be a very tight game, turned into a pretty commanding win for the Steelers.

Wide receiver Antonio Brown was his usual self and had 6 catches for 101 yards.  Brown also had 2 touchdowns.  Running back James Conner also had himself a game.  He was running, he was catching, and he was scoring!

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger did have an interception at the end of the half to keep the game interesting.  However, they scored a touchdown on their next three possessions coming out of halftime which pretty much sealed the deal against the Falcons.

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The Steel Deal – Week Three

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By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

Pittsburgh Steelers 30 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27

Before I get into the write-up, let me just introduce this. Yes, you know me as a Lions fan.  However, the Steelers needed some love, so I went ahead and decided that I would pick them up and write about them as well.

It’s been fun learning about this team. I know plenty of Steeler fans, a lot of my family are Steelers fans, so it’s good to branch out a bit.  I’ll do it like my Pride Report articles.  I’ll have the person who was the Steel Deal (did something well) and who was Not the Deal (who didn’t do something well).  So, here we go!  (See what I did there?)

The Pittsburgh Steelers had to go on the road to face the red-hot Buccaneers and the even hotter quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.  This was looking to be quite the task.  The winless Pittsburgh Steelers have had quite a drama-filled off-season and season so far.  From running back Le’Veon Bell’s holdout to wide receiver Antonio Brown’s absence from practice earlier in the week, it’s been eventful.  Could the Steelers come in and pull off the win?

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Pittsburgh Steelers: 5 Quick Questions

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By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

I’ve come to realize that you either LOVE the Steelers or you hate them like a paper cut.  I don’t think I’ve seen any in-between when it comes to the Black and Yellow.   I got the opportunity to ask 5 questions of a person who loves the Steelers and an all-around good kid, my friend from Washington University of St. Louis, Safety Langston Laramore-Josey.

Langston Laramore-Josey (@LangstonLJ)

 

 

  •  Do you think this is quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s last year?   I don’t think this is Ben’s last year because of how upset he was with the Steelers drafting Mason Rudolph. I don’t think he’ll retire until they draft a quarterback he approves of.

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Our Turf Football 2018 NFL Mock Draft 16-32

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By Wanda Wiedman//@WandaW63

Earlier we had listed the first 15 draft picks with a trade. Let’s see what happens with the rest of the teams and who will get drafted from 16-32. So here is the final attempt in Round 1 of the NFL Draft.

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AFC North / AFC South – Roster Updates

Meaningful player additions, releases, and re-signings    Last update:  April 19, 2018

 

Baltimore Ravens

Signed: WR John Browns, WR Ryan Grant, G Maurquice Shakir, C Matt Skura, QR Quincy Adeboyejo, LB Patrick Onwuasor, DE Brent Urban, RT James Hurst, CB Brandon Carr, RB Alex Collins, WR John Brown, WR Michael Crabtree, QB Robert Griffin III

Released: CB Lardarius Webb, OT Austin Howard, RB Danny Woodhead, WR Jeremy Maclin

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Duuuuvaaaal Strikes Again in a 45-42 Thriller

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By Julie Dixon //@ABroncoNole

Jacksonville 45 – Pittsburgh 42

During the 4th quarter in Heinz Stadium, chants of, DUUUUVAAAAL could be heard unabated in the AFC Divisional playoff game. While the score seems as if it was a close contest, not even Pittsburgh Steelers fans believed it as the camera showed large sections of empty yellow seats.

From their touchdown drive on their first possession to a game-sealing field goal kick by kicker Josh Lambo, the Jacksonville Jaguars shocked Steelers Nation. The Jags weren’t pretty and once again, lost most stats like first downs 22-28, yards 378-544, yards per play 6.2-7.0 and total plays, 61-78.

Jacksonville did win the stats that matter: third downs 8-14-57% 7-16-44%, 4th down 100% and 5 compared to 3 red zone trips with scores.

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