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Thursday, November 19, 2015

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Tuesday with Tomlin

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Friday, October 16, 2015

Who I like: Steelers vs. Cardinals

I correctly nailed the outcome and score last week vs. the Chargers.

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Monday, October 12, 2015

Steelers-Chargers game day thread

Greetings from sunny San Diego.

It’s a nice, warm night here. It was sprinkling off and on throughout the day but now it’s in the 80s and the sky has cleared so it should be a nice night for football.

The Steelers, as expected, did not activate wide receiver Martavis Bryant from their suspended list. They have until 4 p.m. Tuesday to do so. There will be a move forthcoming by the team on Tuesday.

Inactive tonight for the Steelers are Ben Roethlisberger, Ryan Shazier, Daniel McCullers, Chris Hubbard, Jessie James and Cortez Allen.

Roethlisberger was doing some light throwing with team doctors watching before the game tonight and appears to be getting closer to making a return. He’s not limping like he was before, but still has a way to go before he’ll be ready to escape a pass rush.

Inactive for the Chargers are offensive tackle King Dunlap, guard Orlando Franklin, wide receiver Stevie Johnson, linebacker Tourek Williams, defensive back Craig Mager, defensive lineman Darius Philon and running back Donald Brown.

Dunlap and Franklin are starters on the offensive line, so that will hurt.

I went on a tour of the U.S.S. Midway today. There were thousands of people on board and most were wearing some kind of Steelers gear. It should be a big pro-Steelers crowd tonight.

Friday, October 09, 2015

The times they are a changing

After a number of successful years and millions of hits here on blogger, my paper is moving NFL From the Sidelines to its web site.
We should still be able to have meaningful discussions and interaction regarding issues surrounding the Steelers.
To access the new site, please go here: NFL from the Sidelines. I hope to see you all over there.

Since, apparently, things aren't working well on the new site just yet - though the link above is now fixed, here it is:

First, let’s talk about the Martavis Bryant situation. Bryant, who is coming back off a four-game suspension, has practiced sparingly this week.
That’s not a good sign for a young man who has missed the past month because of a suspension.
The team doesn’t have to disclose what kind of injury with which Bryant is dealing since he is not yet on the active roster and they don’t actually have to activate him for this game if they do not choose.
It’s looking more and more like that will be the case.
Mike Tomlin doesn’t like to play young players who don’t get at least a couple of practices in before a game. He’s not real likely to put Bryant in the lineup when he hasn’t practiced in a month.
That move also would give the Steelers another week with which to kick the can down the road in terms of making a roster move.
* I do expect inside linebacker Ryan Shazier to play in this one. In fact, with the notable exception of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, every play on the 53-man active roster practiced this week. It’s a far different situation than the Chargers are dealing with right now, though at least quarterback Philip Rivers is healthy.
* I don’t know that not having Bryant on the field will have a huge effect on this game. This will be a run, run, run game.
San Diego is allowing 4.9 yards per carry this season, tied with New England for the worst in the league.
And Le’Veon Bell just ran for 129 yards against the Baltimore Ravens, a team that hadn’t allowed a 100-yard rusher in 29 games and against whom the STeelers hadn’t had a 100-yard rusher since 2004.
The Steelers will take some shots down the field to keep the Chargers honest and they’ll try to get the ball to Antonio Brown and Heath Miller a little more.
But this will be Le’Veon Bell’s game to win or lose.
I just don’t see how the Chargers are going to stop him and with a week under his belt, I expect Mike Vick to be much more comfortable running the offense this time out.
San Diego also has some issues at wide receiver. Malcom Floyd is expected to play despite leaving last week’s game with a concussion, while Stevie Johnson looks as if he’ll be out.
Antonio Gates will be back after a four-game PED suspension, but there’s the difference between the suspension of Gates and that of Bryant.
While players suspended for illegal drugs are permitted contact with their team and can work out at team facilities, those who are suspended for PED use are not.
Gates is a veteran player, but it’s not real likely he’s completely up to speed after sitting out an entire month and having no contact with the Chargers.
The Chargers are 3 1/2-point favorites in this game, but I don’t see that happening.
I think the Steelers dominate the game with their rushing attack, get after Rivers and protect Vick enough to be effective - the Chargers have just five sacks this season.
I’ll take the Steelers to win, 24-20.