Thank you Rivers. I have to go shower now. Image courtesy timesunion.com

Steelers MMQB: NFL Week 15 Wrap Up


Ben is expected to start tonight. Image courtesy yahoosports.com

What We Learned In Week 15 In The NFL:

  • Tebow Time is over…for now
  • You can’t spell “Eliminated from the playoffs” without “Eli”
  • The Packers were not prepared for the “Trap Game”
  • The Chargers remembered it’s December so it’s time to play good
  • The stage is set for the Steelers to grab the #1 seed in the AFC with a win tonight

 

Steeler Nation just went though their second consecutive Sunday without Steelers football.  Is everybody ok?  I know it was rough.  There’s just something unnatural about waking up on a Sunday morning and not getting ready to watch the Steelers.  Thankfully there was enough excitement in the day and night’s worth of games to make the anticipation for tonight’s game just a little bit more bearable. 

Even though I’ve been thoroughly entertained by the whole “Tebow Mania”, even I got a little sick of the coverage as of late.  Although I still was holding out hope that Tebow had enough in him to get past Brady and Belichick.  Unfortunately, that was not the case.  God must have seen the 3rd fumble in the 2nd quarter and just said, “I’m done.”  There was no 4th quarter comeback magic, just some sloppy offense and poor defense.  Watching the game I kept thinking, “What happened to this Denver defense I’ve heard so much about?”  Leaving the tight ends wide open most of the day, allowing Brady to run in for a score, hell even Ochocinco came out of witness protection and scored a touchdown yesterday.  If the defense deserved most of the credit for Denver’s success as late, they deserve much of the blame for that performance yesterday.  Tebow didn’t do them any favors by putting the ball on the ground that many times.  But allowing Brady to stay on the field as long as he was yesterday will kill you every time. 

Tebow had a rough day against the Patriots. Image courtesy denverpost.com

A team that has been the picture of inconsistency this season has been the New York Giants.  Eli turned the ball over 3 times yesterday as the Giants, who are trying to stay even with the Cowboys for the lead in the NFC East, were swept by the Redskins following a 23-10 loss.  Now the Giants aren’t completely out of it yet, but their bad habits of poor December play is rearing its ugly head again this season. 

Beware of the “Trap Game”.  It will get you every time.  Well, not every time, but every time you think you’re just so freaking good you can’t possibly lose a game at all.  It’s obvious the Packers were all in for the undefeated season, but coming to that critical 15th week has been where so many teams before the Packers have lost their bid for the perfect season.  The Chiefs stifled the Packer’s offense and while the Chiefs, behind Kyle Orton, weren’t able to get into the end zone very often in spite of all their trips to the redzone, were able to put up enough points and sack Rodgers enough to get the win.  Hand it to interim head coach Romeo Crennel for inspiring the Chiefs into discount double checking the Packers.  The Packers failed to secure the #1 seed in the NFC and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, but with a 49er’s loss tonight, they’ll have another chance to lock down that spot.  Attention Cheeseheads:  it goes, “Here we go Steelers!  Here we go!” 

Having Ray Lewis back from his camel toe injury wasn’t enough for the Ratbirds to stop the December-surging Chargers, who may not even have a chance for a playoff berth but are definitely playing like they are trying for one.  The Chargers might not get past the 6-game losing streak they had earlier this season to get into the post-season, but remain tied with Oakland at a game behind the AFC Worst leading Broncos.  Flacco was sacked five times and was intercepted while the Ravens defense didn’t have enough to stop the Chargers offense.  The Ravens have now paved the way for the Steelers to take the #1 seed in the AFC and finish a whole game ahead, basically nullifying the sweep the Ravens hold over the Steelers.  Thank you Philip Rivers, you may now go back to sucking and being horribly overrated. 

 

 

With a win tonight, the Steelers will grab the #1 spot in the AFC, and set themselves up to secure home field advantage, guaranteeing the road to Indy will travel through Pittsburgh.  With the Rams and the Browns their last 2 opponents, it couldn’t look any better for the Steelers right now.  There’s no reason to look too far ahead, though, the 49ers won’t be an easy opponent to go against, especially with a banged up team.  The final injury report shows Pouncey, Carter, and Sanders as “Out”.  Roethlisberger and Curtis Brown are listed as “Questionable” and Gilbert, and Polamalu are “Probable”. 

The Steelers were able to clinch their spot in the post-season Sunday afternoon thanks to the Titans loss to the Colts.  A special congratulations goes out to Indy for earning their first win of the season.  The Steelers need to be focused on winning out, even with that spot already clinched.  Last word is that Roethlisberger will start tonight, but Batch got plenty of reps with the first team this week to be prepared to play if needed.  Woodley will be playing and hopefully will resume his attack of quarterbacks, because getting to Alex Smith and stopping Frank Gore will be the keys to victory against the 49ers.  We’re not quite ready to bring on Week 16 because we still have work to do.  Go Steelers! 

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  • JennMT

    Seriously OchoCan’tCatchaBallO has been hiding out lately, I almost forgot he was still in the league and not just a failed reality star too! Wonder if Ray Lewis is ever going to be on the injury report with Camel Turf Toes! LOL

  • JennMT

    Oh and HERE WE GO STEELERS, HERE WE GO!! You’re singing it too, right @CowherCBS ?

  • JennMT

    Seriously OchoCan’tCatchaBallO has been hiding out lately, I almost forgot he was still in the league and not just a failed reality star too! Wonder if Ray Lewis is ever going to be on the injury report with Camel Turf Toes! LOL

  • JennMT

    Oh and HERE WE GO STEELERS, HERE WE GO!! You’re singing it too, right @CowherCBS ?

  • SteveWade

    Great post! Any word on woodley? He should sit out the rest of the year with Ben,troy,and pouncey. And come out swinging ” back against the wall style” for the playoffs. Ryan Clark played good last night though. Last night sucked.

  • SteveWade

    Great post! Any word on woodley? He should sit out the rest of the year with Ben,troy,and pouncey. And come out swinging ” back against the wall style” for the playoffs. Ryan Clark played good last night though. Last night sucked.

  • Kimmy

    @SteveWade thanks Steve! Yeah it sure did suck last night. I wouldn’t bet on a whole lot of them sitting the last 2 games since the division can’t be clinched by either us or the Ratbirds till the final week. Woodley was pulled late in the game yesterday due to “fatigue” but no official setback to his injury. It’s gonna be rough for all the injuries with this short week.

  • Kimmy

    @SteveWade thanks Steve! Yeah it sure did suck last night. I wouldn’t bet on a whole lot of them sitting the last 2 games since the division can’t be clinched by either us or the Ratbirds till the final week. Woodley was pulled late in the game yesterday due to “fatigue” but no official setback to his injury. It’s gonna be rough for all the injuries with this short week.

  • ToddWilliams

    Good post! Discount double check…that cracked me up. I was so glad the Packers lost to KC. Rodgers has this smug way about him that’s very irritating…maybe I’m reading into it, but he seems barely able to keep his cockiness in check.

    As far as the Pittsburgh game, this is the most angry I’ve been during a Steelers game the whole season. Every time we’d drive the ball we would end up shooting ourselves in the foot right when we were close to getting in scoring position. Having Ben at 60-70% and missing practice just wasn’t enough. Plus, can we have our O-line wipe out a few more big plays with holding and hands to the face penalties? Pretty please? I guess the positive thing I take away is how we were (at first) able to drive the ball with ease against a very stout defense. Our short passing game was working pretty well…please, Antonio, catch that next slant. That could have been a huge play to get us back in it. Must…let it…go…

    My other complaint…what the heck are we thinking playing 15 yards off receivers in a zone and giving them easy 3rd-and-7, 3rd-and-8, 3rd-and-9 conversions at the sidelines? We corrected that with some man-to-man in the 2nd half, but why the heck is that happening to begin with? C’mon, Dick! Maddening! I’m not going to even start with the two completely blown calls by the refs for the chop block and the Timmons call.

    An extra week of rest in the playoffs would have been huge for us with all our injuries…now it looks like we’re most likely going to have to play the wildcard round. Maybe the Bengals can put it to the Ravens to help us out…the Browns sure won’t.

  • ToddWilliams

    Good post! Discount double check…that cracked me up. I was so glad the Packers lost to KC. Rodgers has this smug way about him that’s very irritating…maybe I’m reading into it, but he seems barely able to keep his cockiness in check.

    As far as the Pittsburgh game, this is the most angry I’ve been during a Steelers game the whole season. Every time we’d drive the ball we would end up shooting ourselves in the foot right when we were close to getting in scoring position. Having Ben at 60-70% and missing practice just wasn’t enough. Plus, can we have our O-line wipe out a few more big plays with holding and hands to the face penalties? Pretty please? I guess the positive thing I take away is how we were (at first) able to drive the ball with ease against a very stout defense. Our short passing game was working pretty well…please, Antonio, catch that next slant. That could have been a huge play to get us back in it. Must…let it…go…

    My other complaint…what the heck are we thinking playing 15 yards off receivers in a zone and giving them easy 3rd-and-7, 3rd-and-8, 3rd-and-9 conversions at the sidelines? We corrected that with some man-to-man in the 2nd half, but why the heck is that happening to begin with? C’mon, Dick! Maddening! I’m not going to even start with the two completely blown calls by the refs for the chop block and the Timmons call.

    An extra week of rest in the playoffs would have been huge for us with all our injuries…now it looks like we’re most likely going to have to play the wildcard round. Maybe the Bengals can put it to the Ravens to help us out…the Browns sure won’t.

  • Kimmy

    @ToddWilliams Thank you for your comments! I’m right with you man, I can’t even talk to people about the game without it turning into a profanity-laced tirade. Batch took the majority of the snaps in practice all week and Ben basically only practiced a limited amount on Saturday, clearly not the best preparation on a hurt ankle. It was a huge opportunity to jump into the driver’s seat of the AFC but I guess we’ll have to do it the hard way. I’ve said it before, the worst part of hating the Ravens is the teams that we are forced to root for in hoping they will lose.

  • Kimmy

    @ToddWilliams Thank you for your comments! I’m right with you man, I can’t even talk to people about the game without it turning into a profanity-laced tirade. Batch took the majority of the snaps in practice all week and Ben basically only practiced a limited amount on Saturday, clearly not the best preparation on a hurt ankle. It was a huge opportunity to jump into the driver’s seat of the AFC but I guess we’ll have to do it the hard way. I’ve said it before, the worst part of hating the Ravens is the teams that we are forced to root for in hoping they will lose.

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