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Steelers Hoping to Move Past Week 1 Loss With Upcoming Jets Battle

Peyton Manning and the Broncos proved too much for the Steelers on Sunday, with the squad suffering a 31-19 loss. The Steelers drew first blood after a quiet first quarter with a field goal in the second, and even secured the lead early in the 4th quarter. But Manning dissected the Steelers defense in 10 plays for a touchdown that started the route. A field goal and interception later, and the Steelers were warming up the plane. Manning’s debut for the Broncos brought the highest television ratings for Sunday night football games, as well as drawing 76,823 loyal fans with Broncos and Pittsburgh Steelers tickets.

Now the Steelers face what could be a tough challenge in the Jets, if their first week is indeed an indication that the Jets were just holding out for the games that counted during the 2012 preseason — the Jets failed to make the end zone in their first three games. Only a touchdown courtesy of the reserves in the fourth game saved the Jets from missing the end zone all preseason. But the Jets turned that all around in a week 1 defeat of the Buffalo Bills 48-28. Sanchez was huge in the 2012 Jets opener, completing 19 of 27 passes and logging three touchdowns. The defense came alive for the Jets as well, grabbing three interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown.

Last year’s Steelers would have scoffed at the Jets. After all, they had the best defense in the league. But this year’s Steelers look drastically different; the squad gave up 334 yards to Manning and the Broncos offense on Sunday. But the Steelers will also get two crucial players back from the bench, Ryan Clark and James Harrison. These reinforcements could give the Steelers the edge they need to face the Jets. Should the Steelers drop their next game against New York, they’ll go 0-2 for the first time in a decade.

Steelers Gearing Up For Battle Against Peyton Manning and the Broncos

With the Steelers’ first regular season only two days away, and a preseason that helped the Pittsburgh defense tighten up, all indications are that the Broncos will have a tough fight on their hands on Sunday. And what better general to lead the cavalry than Peyton Manning, who will be taking his first QB start for Denver. Historically, the Broncos are on top with an all-time record of 13-7-1 against the Steelers. But the last time the two teams met was in November of 2009, a meeting that resulted in a Steelers victory, 28-10. Pittsburgh Steelers tickets are still available but selling fast at HeadlineTickets.com. Will history side with the Broncos, or are the Steelers ready to put the past behind them?

The Steelers do have Ben Roethlisberger to answer the Colt’s Manning. And Ben certainly has more experience playing with his receivers than Manning can hope to have on Sunday. While Roethlisberger looked completely uninterested when asked about preseason games in press conferences last month, he certainly showed brilliant playmaking in the Steelers’ last game of the preseason against the Buffalo Bills. With the Steelers facing a tough penalty that put them on the 2-yard line, and Ben struggling against a wall of Bills defenders, the power QB put together a breathtaking play that left DE Mario Williams back on the D-line and Steelers RB Jonathan Dwyer open for a first down pass. If Ben comes out to play on Sunday, so too will the Steelers offense.

Following the Broncos game on Sunday in Denver, the Steelers will host the New York Jets at Heinz Field before traveling to take on the Oakland Raiders in their neighborhood, with a precious early bye week to follow. Check back next week for a wrap-up on this weekend’s game and information about more regular season Pittsburgh Steelers tickets.

Ryan Clark to Miss Denver Game, Steelers Defensive Line Finalized

Adding to the Steelers’ recent injury woes is recent news that Ryan Clark will miss the team’s regular season opener in Denver because of a health concern. According to team representatives, Clark carries a sickle-cell trait that makes physical activity at high altitudes dangerous. Clark missed the Steelers’ Wild Card playoff game last season for the same reason.

Clark’s condition first came apparent during an October 21st, 2007 game in Denver, where the safety reported severe pain in his side during the game. Later he became so violently ill that he had to have his gall bladder and spleen removed. Although Clark was permitted to return to play in 2008, he has since been forbidden to play in Denver. Instead, Clark will join his teammates on the sideline in plain clothes.

In other defensive news, the Steelers have announced the final version of their defensive roster for the 2012-13 season. Most analysts had concerns over the injury-plagued linebacker position, and the Steelers seem to have come up with an answer. Pittsburgh will keep nine linebackers, with James Harrison and Jason Worilds exiting the injury list and Adrian Robinson joining the squad, the defense looks to be solid. Surprisingly, the Steelers also chose to roll with four cornerbacks, instead of the five that many thought team coordinators would keep. Ike Taylor will be joined by Curtis Brown, Keenan Lewis, and Cortez Allen. Assuming the Steelers face no more injuries, their defense should compete.

There were cuts throughout the defense, including:

  • Josh Victorian CB
  • Terrence Frederick CB
  • Jake Stoller DE
  • Ikponmwosa Igbinosun DE
  • Marshall McFadden LB
  • Brandon Hicks LB

To see the final defensive squad in action (sans Ryan Clark) and see if the Steelers can hold on to the success they had in the preseason, join the team in Denver this Sunday with Pittsburgh Steelers tickets from HeadlineTickets.com.

Solid QB, WR Play Highlight End of Steelers Preseason

Another preseason is in the books for the Steelers, and amid costly injuries to key players on the squad, Pittsburgh has a great deal of positivity with which to enter the regular season against the Denver Broncos on Sunday, September 9th. One of the most promising notes from the Steelers’ Thursday night victory over the Panthers was the QB play — not from Roethlisberger, but from third QB Charlie Batch. While the final preseason game is traditionally the last chance for team management to determine last-minute player cuts, Batch gave the Steelers a good reason to consider rolling with three quarterbacks this season.

With Mike Wallace still nursing an injury, wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders also turned in a bright performance on Thursday that should secure him a starting slot position in the regular season, once Mike Wallace returns. But Emmanuel Sanders looks healthy, powerful, and ready to help cement what’s fast becoming the most dangerous and dynamic group of receivers in the NFL, perhaps catching balls thrown by three dynamic and dangerous QBs.

But the Steelers also had some potential wakeup calls that could influence cuts before the regular season. While undrafted rookie Robert Golden played solid defensive football against the Panthers, becoming a standout in the victory. Meanwhile, Damon Cromartie-Smith didn’t exactly turn any heads with his safety play, in fact turning in a lackluster performance that could endanger his spot on the team next week. Despite reasonable play, Rashard Mendenhall could also be in danger of losing his running back spot. Five running backs in a pass-heavy NFL might just be a waste of space this season, and Mendenhall is at the front of most lists for players that the Steelers could cut without losing too much steam.

Keep watching for cut updates as the Steelers approach the regular season. Until then, Pittsburgh Steelers tickets are available for the upcoming regular season, kicking off with away games against the Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders, and a week 2 matchup against the New York Jets at Heinz Field.

David DeCastro Out With Knee Injury

It’s likely that first-round draft pick rookie David DeCastro won’t get a chance to prove to Steelers fans why he was worth the slot. During Saturday’s game against the Buffalo Bills, DeCastro tore his patella tendon and MCL. According to team officials, this probably means that DeCastro’s rookie year is over before the regular season even starts. After undergoing knee surgery, the young right guard will need to endure extensive rehabilitation, along with workout routines to return to his peak physical condition. This is a devastating loss for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who are now losing one of the big reasons most fans expected the O-line to improve this year.

Taking over for DeCastro will be Ramon Foster, who will be back starting at right guard for his third consecutive season. Foster went undrafted in 2010 only to start at right guard for the last eight games of the season. Last season, Doug Legursky was injured early in the Steelers’ schedule, leaving Foster to once again take the position for 14 games.

As far as the Steelers offensive line is concerned, there isn’t a lot of breathing room for any more injuries. At this moment, losing one more offensive line starter would mean that the Steelers would be sent back to the position they were in last year, short men and struggling to put a strong offense on the field capable of carrying the team through the season. As it stands, the likely solution for the Steelers will be keeping one of the young players they hoped to cut after preseason — which could reveal some hidden talent or leave the Pittsburgh offense struggling to convert 3rd and 4th downs.

The Steelers next face the Carolina Panthers on August 30th at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh Steelers tickets are now available for this game and all other Steelers games this season.

Steelers Special Teams Coach Al Everest Fired

The Steelers continue to “evaluate coaching and support staff” with the firing of special teams coordinator Al Everest, a decision that was announced yesterday. Now heading up special teams will be Amos Jones, who formerly served as assistant special teams coach. For many fans of the Steelers, the decision is far from a surprise. Pittsburgh Steelers tickets gave fans the chance to see one of the worst special teams units in the NFL since Everest took over in 2010. Kick and punt returning slumped to the bottom half of the league.

The preseason games for the Steelers special teams have been no more impressive, suggesting that coach Tomlin gave the special teams an ultimatum; one they failed to meet. But during both preseason games, returners the Steelers fielded were rookies, and the Steelers have shown positive growth in special teams during regular season games in the past. It’s difficult to speculate on the reasons behind the firing until Saturday’s game against Buffalo, when the Steelers could go with veteran returners, or continue with Everest’s strategy of relying on rookies in the preseason. There could be a difference of opinion on who’s returning kicks during preseason games.

Amos Jones was a part of Tomlin’s original 2007 staff, and has served as the assistant special teams coordinator under Bob Ligashesky and Everest. Jones was already doing much of the on-field special teams coaching in practice, and has a great deal of experience coaching in the past. Prior to working in the NFL, Jones coached high school and college football for 25 years, as well as another year spent coaching the BC Lions in the Canadian Football League.

This sort of mid-preseason coaching adjustment isn’t without precedent, and should cause alarm to fans. In his first year as head coach of the Chiefs, Todd Haley axed offensive coordinator Chan Gailey, likely for philosophical differences concerning the Chiefs’ offense.

Steelers Fall Just Short in PreSeason Opener Against Eagles

Alex Henery was the Eagle’s hero last night as his 51-yard field goal soared through the uprights and lifted the Eagles to a 24-23 victory over the Steelers in the teams’ preseason opener. With only 1:57 left in the game, Trent Edwards led the Eagles on an 11-play drive to get within field goal range and set up Henery’s kick. With only 12 seconds left on the clock, the Eagles grabbed their victory.

The same crowd that chanted for Andy Reid’s dismissal last year after a crushing loss to the Patriots was supportive of the Eagles during this game, as their coach Andy Reid only learned two days ago that his son had been found dead in his dorm room at Lehigh University. Reid took the field to chants of “Andy! Andy! Andy!” from the supportive crowd.

Despite the loss, there’s little reason to worry about the Steelers so far this year. Ben Roethlisberger only threw one series for the Steelers during the game, but converted easily on a 16-play scoring drive. Taking the reins for Big Ben was rookie Nick Foles, who converted two long touchdown passes to put the Steelers on the board in the third quarter.

But Michael Vick’s performance should cause some sleepless nights for Eagles fans. Vick was sent to the bench after he failed to make anything happen on offense (three and out in both of his drives). Vick also suffered two near-injuries after banging his thumb on Jason Kelce’s helmet, and hurting himself during his final throw. According to Vick, the X-rays came back negative and he should practice on Saturday.

The Steelers next take on the Indianapolis Colts on August 19th at 8:00 PM ET. The Steelers will host the Colts at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh Steelers tickets are still available for the 8/19 game in Pittsburgh.

The Steel Curtain

The Steel Curtain

The steel curtain is a recognized term throughout the NFL community and for good reason, it was the defense that changed the game forever. Now there is a new steel curtain and it is just as devastating to rivaling offenses. The Steelers have gained stardom and prowess that has never been seen in the NFL. The multiple times super bowl champions have so many rings they need two hands. To see a Steelers game is to witness one of the most dominating teams of the last decade of footbal

To see Tomlin command his steel army is a thing of beauty. To see Tomlin command his steel army in person is other worldly. Watching the mastermind at work on the field being in the stands just mere yards behind in cheering for the home team is to be in a realm of fantasy. Having the Steelers seemingly to read the mind of a young quarterback and be in the backfield taking off his head is a sight to see in real life. Having the wind in your face as big Ben takes the team to the end zone for the final scoring drive is a memory that will last a lifetime.

Not only is a Steelers game a life changing opportunity to attend due to the Steelers uncanny ability to captivate the imagination of professional sports, it is a wonderful family event. What better way to educate the kids about football than taking them to a game to watch some of the world’s greatest at work? The best way to show the kids how the game should be played is the have the best in the business as the demo. The Steelers sure do not disappoint in the area of being some of the best that the game has to offer. To be at the game watching them go to work is a sight to see with the flawless execution. Having the experience of watching a Steelers game live in the stand with family or friends is really a priceless experience.

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Not Missing a Beat

Not Missing a Beat

The Steelers have been here before, an early exit from the NFL playoffs after a strong regular season.  Pittsburgh finished last year with a 12-4 record in the regular season and before you could say “Tebow” it was over.  However, the most successful franchise in NFL history will not be discouraged.

Two-time Super bowl champion Ben Roethlisberger will be once again under center to lead a Pittsburgh offense that has asserted itself through the passing attack.  Young receivers such as Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders, coupled with the sure handed veteran Heath Miller helped the Pittsburgh offense finish 10th in passing last season.   Rookie receiver Marquis Maze from Alabama looks to add another big play threat to Roethlisberger’s arsenal; and be sure to look out for 6 foot 8 tight end Leonard Pope in the double tight end sets this year.

A defense whose toughness is never questioned once again dominated the league last season, finishing 8th in opponent’s rushing yards and first in opponent’s passing yards.  Pro bowlers such as Troy Polamalu, James Harrison, and Ryan Clark as well as great players including Lamarr Woodley, Casey Hampton, and Larry Foote made this feat possible.  New additions to the defense include Cameron Heyward who was a standout defensive end at Ohio State University and the team is currently in talks with several defensive free agents including Matt Roth who has 23.5 career sacks.

One question after last season resonating around Pittsburgh was how Rashard Mendenhall would bounce back from his torn ACL suffered in last year’s season finale.  Mendenhall had a great year racking up 928 yards and 9 touchdowns, and though his progress is still being tracked he will look to come back in a big way for the 2012 season.

Get Pittsburgh Steelers Tickets

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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.