by Hombre de Acero
For the first time in 66 years the Steelers snapped their Thanksgiving curse. They did so in authoritative fashion, to the tune of a 28 to 7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. Two convincing wins in five days, albeit over struggling teams, has led some to suggest that the Steelers have turned a corner, an important one.
The New York Giants figure to offer stiffer test this week at Heinz Field. But before taking on that challenge, this corner of Steelers Nation must first answer 5 Smoldering Questions on the Steelers. Read more
We are coming up to the stretch run. Five more games to play, the division in sight but not in hand, and the Steelers are (perhaps) rounding into form. It sounded vaguely familiar to me, and I thought I would have a quick look at the situation a year ago.
One year ago the Steelers were 6-5, having just lost to the Seattle Seahawks. The team had been highly inconsistent during the season, but having to start a couple of backup quarterbacks is generally not a recipe for success. The defense, who had been showing signs of getting it together, gave up five touchdowns to Russell Wilson. The Steelers offense put up 30 points. The remarkable thing is they did so in a game in which they turned the ball over four times. But 30 points weren’t enough to counter a meltdown of massive proportions by the defense. Read more
by Ivan Cole
I have been able, mostly holding my head in my hands, to watch the games over the past month, but haven’t been paying attention to much else. But it probably doesn’t require much imagination to get a sense of the topics, tone and tenor of what the conversation has been like in the Steelers community recently. Through semi-fresh eyes, here are some observations coming off Thanksgiving Week’s action. Read more
A couple of times this season I have tried a Pittsburgh-Opponent food meld, and both times it resulted in losses—a highly embarrassing Week 3 meltdown @ Philadelphia and a very disheartening division loss to the Ravens in Week 9. The Steelers finally rebounded from the losing streak the latter game was part of, but should the Ravens beat the Bengals on Sunday they will be back on top of the division, where the Steelers currently, and tenuously, reside.
And the auguries are not good for a Bengals victory today. A.J. Green is out with a hamstring tear and Giovanni Bernard is out for the season with an ACL. Dalton is one of the most sacked quarterbacks in the league (his offensive line has given up 29 so far this season.) And Baltimore’s defense is currently No. 10 in the league against the pass and No. 1 against the run, according to Football Outsiders. Read more
Homer J. left the following as a comment to yesterday’s post. It being the holiday and all, I was afraid it might be overlooked and have taken the liberty of transferring it into its own post.
It was a lovely way to cap off the finest of American holidays. Thanksgiving is Homer’s favorite holiday, because it is so inclusive. No one is left out. We can all celebrate. Just read a piece in the San Gabriel Valley (CA) Tribune about how Chinese Turkey is becoming all the rage out there. The Chinese immigrants want to celebrate the holiday, but turkey is not traditional Chinese fare. So they figure out a way to do it up like Peking Duck, with the extra crispy skin and those great spices. And sticky rice instead of stuffing. They love it and they join in America’s holiday celebration. Then their neighbors try it and love it, too. It’s an old – and wonderful – story that’s as American as apple pie, pizza, bagels, and Taco Bell. We gather together. Read more
I’ll admit it. I was worried again this week. Road game? Check. Backup quarterback who has thrown a total of 91 attempts in the NFL prior to the game? Check. Thanksgiving game? Check. Steelers favored by more than a touchdown before the game? Check. Thursday night game? Check. Not a highly respected defense? Check. In other words, the scene was set for an upset of massive proportions.
But it didn’t happen. The defense got three more sacks, including one for Old Man Harrison and the second for rookie Javon Hargrave. The beleaguered defensive backs came up with not one but two interceptions. (The big disappointment on the latter of the two interceptions was that William Gay was stood up immediately for no gain, thus breaking his streak of pick-sixes at five.) And the offense looked a lot more like the Heinz Field Steelers. Read more
via Steelers.com—the annual Pouncey turkey giveaway at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
In yesterday’s 5 Smoldering Questions, Hombre de Acero added the following as a sort of bonus question:
Hopefully, all of you have non-football things to be thankful for, and those are far more important than anything that happens on the gridiron.
But who or what about the 2016 Steelers are you thankful for?
I didn’t answer that question because as it happens I’d already decided that was going to more or less be my post for today. Here goes: Read more