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Can Jonathan Dwyer Keep the Steelers’ Run Game Alive?

Can Jonathan Dwyer Keep the Steelers’ Run Game Alive?

There’s no question that Jonathan Dwyer was a huge part of the Steelers’ victory over the Bengals on Sunday — a victory that renewed hope for the Steelers this season after a disappointing start. Dwyer rushed for 122 yards, more than any other Steeler in the past year. But with Isaac Redman and Rashard Mendenhall preparing to return to play from injuries, there’s still a great deal of uncertainty in the Steelers’ rushing strategy for the remainder of the season. What’s worse is that the Steelers are likely to be about $15 million over the league salary cap next season. Someone from the squad won’t be back next year and Dwyer, as a restricted free agent during 2013, is still in danger of leaving Pittsburgh.

Ben Roethlisberger continued his solid play on Sunday going 27/37 for 278 yards and a single touchdown. But his sole interception and an early push by the Bengals made the game far from easy, especially in the first half. What’s troubling for both fans and Pittsburgh Steelers tickets sales moving forward in the season was not the typical running woes, but receiving. Antonio Brown set the stage for a poor receiving performance with a horrendous dropped pass that would have resulted in a touchdown. Late in the second quarter, the Bengals took a commanding 14-3 lead. But the Steelers soon answered back courtesy of a Heath Miller touchdown with :24 seconds left in the half. A rushing touchdown put the Steelers up 24-17 in the fourth quarter.

While the Steelers seem to be offering up minor improvements in defense, rushing, and receiving every game, the team is currently fighting against a 3-3 record that will need to improve to keep postseason hopes alive. The Steelers will get their chance to secure a winning record this Sunday in their upcoming game against the Washington Redskins at Heinz Field.

Steelers Gearing Up For Cincinnati Visit Facing Significant Defensive Obstacles

Steelers Gearing Up For Cincinnati Visit Facing Significant Defensive Obstacles

Two seasons before his last, Bill Cowher led the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 2-6 start in 2006, only a season after the team won the league title. During Mike Tomlin’s first five seasons in Pittsburgh, the coach led the team to at least a 6-2 start. In the meantime, Tomlin also led teams to the postseason eight out of his past eleven years coaching while also capturing two championships. Adding insult to injury, the Steelers have blown fourth-quarter leads in all three of their losses this season. So what’s the problem with the 2012 Steelers squad? Most fans that buy Pittsburgh Steelers tickets recognize that five or six losses in a season all but makes a postseason impossible.

It’s nowhere near time to jump ship, however, despite becoming dangerously close to pounding on the panic button. The Bengals have lost their last four meetings with Pittsburgh. And the Bengals are also experiencing many of the same issues as the Steelers. Just last week, the Bengals gave up 21 points in the fourth quarter against Cleveland, losing the game 34-24. And while Cincinnati’s defensive genius Dick LeBeau has a nasty habit of completely dismantling young quarterbacks, Big Ben is no rookie and has never looked better than he has this year.

According to the Steelers’ Tomlin, one of the big struggles for the Steelers this year is playmaking — there aren’t enough big plays contributing to the Steelers offense or defense. That’s a bit of an understatement in regards to the terrible defense showcased by Pittsburgh this year, but it’s far from the whole story. In addition to continuing injury difficulties (even placing recent standout Isaac Redman in doubt for the Cincinnati game), the Steelers must lock down the late game and stop teams from making remarkable comebacks in the fourth quarter. This means tightening up the defense, but also requires a consistent effort on the offense’s part to keep opposing teams from building momentum. The next game for the Steelers should be an easy matchup for the Pittsburgh football team we know and love, but the unpredictability of the season so far still casts doubts on the Steelers’ legitimacy as playoff contenders.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are going to be super excited for the 2012 NFL season as they get a chance to redeem themselves. After a crushing season of 2011 which ended in losing to Tim Tebow and the Broncos, fans are going to want to get Pittsburgh Steelers tickets. The 12 and 4 record that they accumulated is only telling of the early success that the Steelers had in 2011. The 2012 season is what everyone is getting ready for. Fans will be excited for a chance to see quarterback Ben Roethlisberger get back into the swing of being a top QB. Other Steelers players also earned awards from 2011 for being pro bowlers too. 2012 will be the year to watch as this team will look to make a stronger playoff finish and hopefully make the Super Bowl again. Fans should get Pittsburgh Steelers tickets and not miss out on any of the action that the 2012 NFL season has to offer.

Pittsburgh Steelers in 2011

Pittsburgh Steelers in 2011

After a stellar 2010 NFL season that saw the team coming up just short of a Super Bowl, the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2011 look to win another AFC Championship.  One of the big question marks going into last season was how Roethlisberger would be able to handle not playing for awhile due to the suspension.  Now that he is back healthy and ready to go in 2011 the Steelers are primed for another playoff run.

When it comes to their offense in 2011 the Steelers look to build upon their wide receiver performances of a year ago with the continued improvement of Mike Wallace, who is shaping up to be a star receiver in the league.  The run game looks solid as well with Rashard Mendenhall taking up most of the work in the backfield.  One of the biggest questions going into the 2011 season is whether the offensive line can give Roethlisberger enough time to use the weapons at his disposal.  Maurkice Pouncey looks to have another solid year, and the second round draft pick Marcus Gilbert should provide some added help in this area.

The defense for the Steelers looks to be in prime shape for the 2011 season, with the team extending the contracts of most of its start players.  Cameron Heyward, the first round draft pick for the team, looks to help the front line along with Casey Hampton and Ziggy Hood.  The secondary should have an even better season with Troy Polamalu looking to repeat on his Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2010.  When you combine star players such as James Harrison and Troy Polamalu with the likes of newcomers such as Heyward one should expect it to take a little while for the defense to gel, and if the first game of the 2011 season against the Baltimore Ravens is any indicator, it make take some time.

Best Offensive Pittsburgh Steelers Players of All Time

Best Offensive Pittsburgh Steelers Players of All Time

The Pittsburgh Steelers are one of the oldest and most successful franchises in all of the National Football League with 6 Super Bowls out of eight total appearances.  The Steelers most recently won the Super Bowl in 2009 and have been highly competitive since.  With such a successful team through the years it can be extremely difficult trying to come up with a list of the best Pittsburgh Steelers players of all time.  Therefore, this article will only cover offensive players while another article will cover defensive players.  On to the players!

Lynn Swann
Lynn Swann is most remembered in the eyes of most Pittsburgh Steelers fans for his great performances in many playoff games.  Swann competed in a total of four Super Bowls and played fantastic in all of them, even earning an MVP award for his performance in Super Bowl X with 161 yards of offense and a touchdown.

Terry Bradshaw
Bradshaw is considered as one of the greatest quarterbacks to have ever played the game of football, so it was a no-brainer including him in this list.  He won four Super Bowls over the course of his career with the Steelers along with two MVP awards.

Ben Roethlisberger
While it may seem as a stretch for some to include Roethlisberger on the list, his accomplishments thus far have been impressive to say the least.  He is one of the most clutch players in the modern game today and is nearly impossible to bring down.  Couple his athletic ability with three Super Bowl appearances before the age of 30, and one will find Ben deserving of being on the list before his career is said and done.

John Stallworth
Stallworth was one of Bradshaw’s go-to wide receivers during the Steelers’ dominance of the 1970s.  With nearly 9,000 yards and 63 touchdown catches during his career with the team, Stallworth came up big for the franchise on numerous playoff occasions, notably Super Bowl XIII.

Jerome Bettis
One simply cannot compile a list of best offensive Pittsburgh Steelers players without including “The Bus.”  His 13,662 rushing yards is ranked fifth on the all-time rushing list, and his dominant performance during the 2005 NFL season helped to catapult the Steelers to their fifth Super Bowl.