Steelers week

Steelers week

  • The Steelers had trouble beating the 0-11 Bengals last week. Their only TD against the Browns came on a 85-yard drive where 50 yards came on penalties. Their offense is pretty bad, ranked 30th by PFF.

    No excuse for losing this game. Three of the Steelers six wins came against the Bengals and Dolphins - the two worst teams in football. Another came against the 4-7 Chargers. Their two wins against decent teams were against the Colts and Rams, both 6-5.

    To be fair, four of their five losses were to the top four teams in football; Ravens, Patriots, Seahawks, and 49ers. The other was to the Browns. So they lose to the good teams, beat the bad teams, and are 2-1 against the mediocre teams. They're better than average, but not that good. They're very imbalanced with a great defense and very bad offense, although they could be better with Hodges. Big, big test for the Browns' offense, especially with Watt and Dupree going against Hubbard and McCray. Could get ugly.

  • PROSECUTOR said... (original post) The Steelers had trouble beating the 0-11 Bengals last week. Their only TD against the Browns came on a 85-yard drive where 50 yards came on pen...

    "They're better than average, but not that good."

    -- And their 6-5 record pretty much fits that description. Of course, the Browns are 5-6...

    Hopefully in the upcoming game, the Squeelers will sink to average while the Browns rise to average. With better things to come naturally. (I mean, since we're hoping...) Week by week is all we've got at this point.

  • From the OBR newswire:

    "Browns safety Damarious Randall has been ruled out of Sunday's game at Pittsburgh. Randall will not make the trip. Although, this is not injury related and a coaching decision, the NFL Injury report policy requires the traveling team to update a player's game status when he doesn't make the trip."

    "The Browns are already short-handed at safety as they lost Morgan Burnett for the season with an Achille's injury and Jermaine Whitehead was released earlier in the season. Eric Murray is out for the fourth-straight game with a knee injury."

    "Juston Burris and rookie Sheldrick Redwine will likely be the starters with J.T. Hassell as a reserve. Terrance Mitchell and TJ Carrie could also play safety, if needed."

    Are you freaking kidding me? We're already extremely thin at safety and Randall is being deactivated even though he's available to play? Obviously he's in Freddie's doghouse. What's going on?

    Randall was supposed to be a huge coup when we got him from the Packers for DeShone Kizer. He played well last season and there's been a lot of talk about how we need to extend his contract. That obviously ain't happening.

    FWIW, ProFootballFocus grades Randall as the 38th best safety, putting him in the middle of the pack of 64 starters. Justin Burris is 29th, also average. Redwine has only played 65 snaps and his grade is slightly lower than Randall, but not by much. The pressure will be on this rookie to step up on Sunday.

    The third safety is J.T. Harrell, an undrafted 24-year-old free agent who made the team despite having only two fingers on his left hand.

    https://www.clevelandbrowns.com/news/born-with-just-2-fingers-on-his-left-hand-browns-j-t-hassell-defied-the-odds-fro

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  • I rewatched the Pitt game to see how many individual plays each team won, with the following stipulations: 1) 4 yards or more on first down is a win. 2) On second down, leaving it 2 yards or less for the 3rd down play is a win 3) a penalty on a play is a loss 4) Did not award a win or loss on some special team plays when the result was non-descript. And so the following result:

    1st Half: 38-38 Cleve/Pitt

    2nd Half: 35-38 Cleve/Pitt

    So, overall, Pitt won more individual plays, 76-73.

    Of course, we got 4 interceptions (each of which only counts as 1 winning play), and we also had more big yardage plays in both the passing & rushing game. Finally, you might think we gave them winning plays by playing a conservative D at game's end, but keep in mind, it was a one score game with less than 7 minutes left, after which we intercepted twice to seal the game.

    Basically, Pitt attempts ball control to run clock & stay in the game. Our offense has more diversity, stretching the field & springing the occasional chunk play. Ultimately the lesson learned is that we need to stay patient & avoid turnovers. Doing so, we should get a few more chunk plays that flip field position. And, this time make the field goals.

  • Benbenbenbenben said... (original post) I rewatched the Pitt game to see how many individual plays each team won, with the following stipulations: 1) 4 yards or more on first down ...

    All plays are not created equal. The Browns had four interceptions; the Steelers none. One of those picks was returned to the 4-yard line and set up a TD. The Browns also had two 40+ pass plays. The first one was to the 1-yard line and set up a TD. The second, to Hodge, also came on a scoring drive.

    Two big plays on offense, four takeaways by the defense, no turnovers. They need to replicate that formula today. The first game was a typical NFL game in that all the ordinary plays cancelled each other out and the team that made the big plays won.

    This one could go either way. The Steelers' defense is ranked #1 by PFF and #3 by Football Outsiders. The Browns scored 21 points in the first game, but 7 came on a 4-yard drive after an interception return. Unless the Browns defense is able to turn the ball over to the offense deep in Steeler territory I don't see the Browns scoring more than 14 points today, especially with McCray starting at left tackle. His pass blocking grade was horrendus in the game he started when Robinson was suspended.

    The defense is going to have to play their best game of the year and hold the Steelers to 7-10 points again. It will be more difficult with Garrett and Randall out and facing an unknown QB. This is looking like the Denver game all over again - a road game against an unknown and inexperienced QB and a great defense. Hopefully Vernon will be able to play and can help make up for the loss of Garrett.

    I'm still pissed that we lost Garrett for this game, the rest of the season, and potentially the playoffs because of one meaningless, final play. I don't know why the Steelers didn't just hand off and run out the last 17 seconds when they were behind by two TD's and 85 yards from a score. I don't know why Garrett went all out to get a sack on a meaningless play unless it was to try and pad his individual stats and help his case for DPOY. By playing selfishly he set up a scenario where he screwed himself and the team. Yeah, Rudolph should not have tried to tear off Myles' helment and Myles should have just shoved him away and not gone after Rudolph's helmet. But if Garrett was not trying to get a stat on a meaningless final play he'd be suiting up today and facing a banged up left tackle who was still listed as questionable on Thursday.

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  • PROSECUTOR said... (original post) From the OBR newswire:"Browns safety Damarious Randall has been ruled out of Sunday's game at Pittsburgh. Randall will not make the tr...

    SD:

    Randall is a legend in his own mind , wants huge $CASH, not gonna happen , and as the Browns have been back and forth on an extension , he's played on again off again.

    He might not finish the season as a Brown IMO, draft is too close and Carrie can ball hawk.

    >>>>

    SoulDawg