Steelers and Chiefs to do battle this Sunday

Chiefs confident they will punish Roethlisberger

The Pittsburgh Steelers will travel to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs in an AFC Divisional Battle that will be one of the best tickets to have this post season.

The Chiefs main plan is to pressure Roethlisberger hard the entire game.  The Chiefs also hope that Justin Houston will be back to terrorize.

“We have a lot of respect for Justin Houston,” Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin said, “but we also have a lot for Dee Ford and Tamba Hali. Those edge players for them, regardless of who’s in the game, are a challenge for us.”

“But the ability to make that quarterback move in the pocket has been huge for us,” Chiefs Coach Andy Reid argued. “They feel that heat, and they’re either moving backwards or sideways and they can’t get their feet set, so that can be as an important as a sack. But the important thing is you’re getting more pressure, and you don’t let them throw from a set platform.”

The Steelers beat the Miami Dolphins 30-12 in the Wild Card playoff round last week but QB Ben Roethlisberger came out of the game with an ankle injury that will surely hamper his movements on the field.  As of Wednesday, he was still suffering soreness but coach Tomlin still has full confidence in he QB.

“We’ll watch him closely as we push forward to the game, but not anticipating that limiting him,” Tomlin said. “I don’t imagine his foot circumstance changing our approach [to preparation].”

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Steelers welcome G-Men to Heinz Field

A win needed to keep playoff hopes alive.

When you think of the Pittsburgh Steelers (6-5, 2nd AFC North), you think smothering defense but this season, the Steelers have had their problems with opposing teams air games.  To date, the Steelers are giving up 263.9 yards passing and just over 100 yards on the ground, giving up 20.2 points per game.

Defending Odell Beckham will be key.

“They’ve won six in a row, so there hasn’t been a lot of success steelers-3lately,” cornerback Ross Cockrell said of Beckham. “We just have to do whatever it takes to win the ballgame, whether that’s turnovers, whether it’s disruption, whether that’s blitzing off the edge and trying to get to the quarterback.  We’re going to try to change it up and show them some different things.”

This will be only the 4th time in the two teams history they will meet in Pittsburgh.  The last time the New York Giants (8-3, 2nd NFC East) visited the Steel City was in October 2008 where they walked away with a 21-14 victory.

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Eagles visit Heinz Field

Roethlisberger will not play for 2nd week

The Pittsburgh Steelers lost week one of the 2016 preseason 30-17 against the Detroit Lions at home.  Now come the revamped Philadelphia Eagles now led by Head Coach Doug Pederson.   The Eagles beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17-9 in week of of preseason action.

The team announced the Ben Roethlisberger will not play for the second week in a row in an attempt to keep the aging veteran insulated for a while longer.

“I know what Ben is capable of,” coach Mike Tomlin said. “He showed up in tremendous condition. He’s performed well. He’s obviously a veteran. What’s required for him to be ready to play might be different than others.”

The Steelers expect to see a bit more of Sam Bradford this week than what he played against the Bucs.  Bradford has been touted as much further ahead than he was at this point steelers 2in the preseason last year.  He only received three snaps last week so expect to see more of him as well as Steelers rookie LB Javon Hargrave chasing after him.  Hargrave has earned high praise from Head Coach Mike Tomlin.

“His pedigree routinely flashes,” Tomlin said. “He’s a talented guy, yes.”

Kickoff is at eight and plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to grab yours now and be a part of the action!

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Steelers happy with O-Line upgrade

If the Pittsburgh Steelers dare put themselves into the “Super Bowl Contender” contention, they needed to upgrade a secondary that gave up 29 passing touchdowns in the season and on offensive line that allowed 33 sacks.

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The Steelers picked up Ryan Harris from the defending Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos squad in the offseason which immediately bolsters the line.  The team also drafted a project OL player in Jerald Hawkins, an LSU product that the team has high hopes for.  Under the tutelage of new Defensive Coordinator Mike Munchek, the young tackle could be a star in the league in the near future.

The cornerback position is still questionable at best with Mike Mitchell still one of the top three at the position next to William Gay (who played well in 2015) and Ross Cockrell (who is a backup at best).  Mitchell, now in his eighth season, has only career interceptions.

The Steelers open the Preseason with home game against the Detroit Lions.  Tickets for this game and all preseason/regular season games are already on sale so be sure to get yours today and help cheer on your Pittsburgh Steelers in 2016!

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