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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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 in 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.”
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The New York Jets welcomed the Pittsburgh Steelers to MetLife Stadium hoping to keep up with the then 6-3 Steelers. By the end of the first quarter, the Jets held a 17-0 advantage. The Jets defense did the rest of the heavy lifting holding the Steelers to three points in the first half and 10 in the second. The Jets managed another field goal to end the game 13-20.
“There’s nothing mystical about the outcome of that football game,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. “We talked all week about why that team struggled: because they were minus in the turnover ratio. … Well, they weren’t today. They were plus-4. You’re going to lose football games when you’re minus-4 in the turnover ratio, and we did today.”
The Steelers will take the week to regroup and hope to bounce back against the (2-7) Tennessee Titans. Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so get yours now!
It has been a rough beginning t o the 2013-14 NFL season for the Pittsburgh Steelers but even so, and even sitting with a 3-6 record, hope abounds in the Steelers locker room that the playoffs are not yet out of reach. Most team members agree.
“Do I think we can?” Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor said. “Yeah. We’ve just got to stop being consistent at being inconsistent.”
Head Coach Mike Tomlin thinks that his team has put in the effort.
“I expect the attitude to be what it is,” Tomlin said. “It’s not like I’m throwing a pep rally because the attitude is appropriate. We’ve got a lot of challenges in front of us. This is something we sign up for and are called to do. I like the energy, but what we need is results.”
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