Why register with the Steelers Fever Forums?
 • Intelligent and friendly discussions.
 • It's free and it's quick. Always.
 • Enter events in the forums calendar.
 • Very user friendly software.
 • Exclusive contests and giveaways.

 Donate to Steelers Fever, Click here
 Our 2013 Goal: $400.00 - To Date: $00.00 (00.00%)
 Home | Forums | Editorials | Shop | Tickets | Downloads | Contact Pittsburgh Steelers Forum Feed Not Just Fans. Hardcore Fans.

Go Back   Steelers Fever Forums > Steelers Football > Pittsburgh Steelers > Game Reporter


Steelers Fever Fan Shop

Doc's Sports Get FREE NFL Picks and College Football picks as well as Football Lines like live NFL Lines and updated NFL Power Rankings all at Doc's Sports Service.

Steelers Steelers - Bills Bills
August 16th, 2014, 7:30pmET

CBS
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 09-25-2010, 07:12 PM   #1
SteelCityMom
MST3K Junkie
 
SteelCityMom's Avatar
 

Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: In the land of The Crazies
Posts: 7,687
Gender: Female
Member Number: 16666
Thanks: 2,756
Thanked 2,399 Times in 1,123 Posts
Default Pitt @ Tampa Bay Gameday Thread 9/26/10

Let's Get It On!!!



Quote:
NFL Preview - Pittsburgh (2-0) at Tampa Bay (2-0)

By Lyle Fitzsimmons, Sports Network

The Sports Network

Go ahead and check.

In all the previews written for all the media outlets by all the football analysts in the world, not one will use the following phrase when describing this Sunday's game at Raymond James Stadium:

Super Bowl preview.

But you know what? Maybe they should.

After all, out of the 16 NFL games to be played in 13 states at new and old venues built for billions of dollars, only one - the Pittsburgh Steelers vs. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers - will have the ingredients usually combined this time of year to create that breathlessly hyperbolic pre-February delicacy.

A pair of undefeated teams ... one from each conference.

No other matchup - not Jets-Dolphins, not Bears-Packers, not Falcons-Saints, not Texans-Cowboys - includes such a tasty contrast, in spite of the fact that it'll be buried beneath Bengals-Panthers, Browns-Ravens, Titans-Giants and Bills-Patriots on the 1 p.m. CBS schedule.

In fact, it's Gus Johnson and Steve Tasker getting the call for the network.

Which begs the question ... where's the justice, Cadillac Williams?

"We've come a long way as a team just knowing we're 2-0, but nobody is yelling in the locker room," the Bucs running back said. "It is a sweet start, but the thing I love is that I remember us losing to Dallas last year in the first week and everyone was excited like we won the game because we had more than 400 yards of offense. Stats don't mean nothing in this league.

"Now we're 2-0 and everyone is telling each other, Don't get carried away - it's a long season.'"

In all seriousness, and in spite of the 2-0 record, it may be only the inhabitants of that Tampa Bay fraternity who believe the Bucs truly have the horses to make a run at recent NFC South tradition - which has seen the division's last-place team rebound to win it in six of seven seasons, with the only exception being the 2008 Atlanta Falcons.

Atlanta did make those playoffs, however, bouncing back to 11-5 after a 4-12 mark in 2007.

The Bucs haven't been 2-0 since winning the division in 2005, after going 5-11 a year earlier.

Coach Raheem Morris and his Buccaneers were 3-13 last season.

"It's no secret, we've been a lot better since Raheem's taken over and I think we're going to keep getting better," middle linebacker Barrett Ruud said of the defense. "We were far from where we wanted to play (Sunday, in a 20-7 defeat of Carolina) and that's kind of refreshing. We're not playing our best football and we're still getting wins."

Meanwhile, the Steelers enter the week as the more pedigreed unbeaten.

Just two years removed from a sixth Super Bowl title, Pittsburgh missed the playoffs with a respectable 9-7 record last season and survived to this September amid an offseason filled with strife courtesy of quarterback-in-exile Ben Roethlisberger - who'll not rejoin the team until Week 5.

In his place until then is the QB trident of Dennis Dixon, Byron Leftwich and Charlie Batch, a crowd reduced to two when Dixon sustained a knee injury against Tennessee Sunday that will keep him out against the Bucs.

Leftwich was re-signed Monday after being released last week in a procedural move while he waited for an injury of his own to heal, and Batch finished the Titans game after Dixon left and was 5-of-11 for 25 yards in a Steelers' 19-11 win that featured four field goals and a kick return TD.

Batch will start Sunday, when a win will get Pittsburgh to 3-0 for the first time since 2007.

"Those are the kinds of plays that need to be made," coach Mike Tomlin said. "Competitive plays, yes. Combative plays, yes. But those are the plays you have to make for a quarterback, particularly one that hadn't played a bunch or is in the backup situation. We weren't able to do that (against Tennessee) and that is why we weren't able to ring the scoreboard up by sevens."

SERIES HISTORY

The Steelers hold a 7-1 edge in their all-time series with the Buccaneers, including three straight victories. Pittsburgh was a 20-3 home winner when the clubs last met, in 2006, and took a 17-7 decision when the teams last did battle in Tampa in 2002. The Steelers also won Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa, defeating the Cardinals at Raymond James Stadium on Feb. 1st, 2009. Tampa Bay's only win over the Steelers came in 1998, a 16-3 home triumph.

The Steelers' Tomlin and Buccaneers' Morris will be meeting each other, as well as their counterpart's respective teams, for the first time as head coaches. Tomlin was a Bucs assistant from 2001 through 2005, with the final four of those seasons spent working on the same defensive staff as Morris.

WHEN THE STEELERS HAVE THE BALL

It'll be a happy homecoming of sorts for Pittsburgh, which won its fifth Super Bowl in Tampa; and for Tomlin, who as mentioned was a Bucs' assistant coach for five seasons before heading to Minnesota for one year, then Pennsylvania. The well-traveled Leftwich, too, was in Tampa Bay last season and amassed a 71.2 passer rating on 107 attempts. As for Batch, he's 4-2 in his career as a starter against the Bucs. He'll rely heavily in this one on horse running back Rashard Mendenhall, who's averaged 88.2 yards per game in road starts. He's third in the conference with 189 yards on 45 carries - a 4.2-yard average - through two games. On the outside, veteran Hines Ward can continue a streak that's seen him catch a pass in 180 straight games - fifth-best in NFL history. Ward needs two TDs to surpass Jerome Bettis (80) for second in franchise history. He's caught seven passes for 117 yards through two games.

From the back to the front, ageless cornerback Ronde Barber is playing like a man 10 years younger, having picked off a pass in each of the first two games to join the tie for the NFL lead. He is one of two players in league history with 25-plus sacks (25) and 30-plus interceptions (39) and had a pair of interceptions and a fumble recovery against Pittsburgh in October 2001. Linebacker Quincy Black had a sack against Carolina last week, while end Tim Crowder had a career-best two sacks and also forced a fumble. Tampa Bay was dealt an off-the-field blow when safety Tanard Jackson was suspended indefinitely for a repeat violation of the league's substance abuse policy. The 25-year-old missed the first four games of 2009 while serving a four-game suspension. He is eligible for reinstatement on Sept. 22, 2011.

WHEN THE BUCCANEERS HAVE THE BALL

Second-year quarterback Josh Freeman hasn't been spectacular but has been successful, winning four of his last five starts overall and completing 29 of 52 passes for 360 yards and four touchdowns with a 95.0 passer rating. He threw for two scores last week with a 102.4 rating against Carolina and has five two- TD games in his career, two so far in 2010. The aforementioned Williams has re- emerged, too, carrying the ball at least 22 times in both games this season. The Bucs are 13-0 when his workload reaches 22 of more. On the outside, rookie receiver Mike Williams aims for a third straight game with a TD after scoring on a 35-yarder last week. Meanwhile, veteran tight end Kellen Winslow is back to All-Pro performance as well with an NFL-best eight catches for 115 yards on third down. He caught four balls for 83 yards when last playing the Steelers - while with Cleveland in 2007.

The Steelers woke up their traditional defensive echoes in the meeting with the Titans, holding the hosts to just a fourth-quarter touchdown and 238 total yards while creating a menacing seven turnovers - three interceptions, four forced fumbles. Linebacker James Harrison had two sacks in that game and now has three for the season, tied for third in the league. Pittsburgh is 9-0 when the reigning AFC Defensive Player of the Week records at least two sacks in a game. And speaking of streaks, linebacker LaMarr Woodley has had at least a half-sack in 10 consecutive games. In the backfield, cornerback Bryant McFadden had an interception in his last game against the Bucs and safety Troy Polamalu looks for a third game this season with a pick. His two interceptions so far are tied for first in the league.

FANTASY FOCUS

The Bucs' defense is improved, but Pittsburgh's Mendenhall should see a lot of work and provide a lot of production, while tight end Heath Miller and the Steelers' defense seem to be prudent plays as well. For Tampa Bay, Freeman is a useful option given his ability to pick up yards on the ground. Williams and Winslow are the other most-viable options.

OVERALL ANALYSIS

OK, let's get back to reality. Though they're 2-0 and a nice little worst-to- first candidate to begin the season, the Bucs have still only beaten Cleveland and Carolina while avoiding the league's truly heavy hitters. That changes this week and the standings should as well. Pittsburgh is a battle-tested grinding team designed specifically to smother the life out of upstart opponents like Tampa Bay. Expect exactly that ... effectively, if not prettily.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Steelers 17, Buccaneers 9



Read more: http://www.kansascity.com/2010/09/23...#ixzz10acdUDQm
__________________
People assume that time is a strict progression of cause and effect, but actually from a non-linear non-subjective viewpoint it's more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly timey wimey...stuff.


http://forums.steelersfever.com/image.php?type=sigpic&userid=16666&dateline=129531  3365
SteelCityMom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2010, 07:51 AM   #2
LayOffTheDopeTanard
Water Boy
 
LayOffTheDopeTanard's Avatar
 

Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 10
Gender: Male
Member Number: 16890
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Pitt @ Tampa Bay Gameday Thread 9/26/10

Good luck Steelers fans, but Go Bucs!
LayOffTheDopeTanard is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2010, 08:07 AM   #3
theplatypus
Team Owner
 

Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 2,948
Member Number: 3329
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Pitt @ Tampa Bay Gameday Thread 9/26/10

3 hours and 53 minutes to go
theplatypus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2010, 09:49 AM   #4
mesaSteeler
A Son of Martha
Supporter
 

Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Mesa, Arizona
Posts: 7,976
Gender: Male
Member Number: 10438
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Steelers-Bucs game day

http://nflfromthesidelines.blogspot.com/
NFL from the sidelines

After hobnobbing around the NFL in the press boxes and sidelines, sports reporter Dale Lolley will let you know the insider scoop.


Steelers-Bucs game day

It's 10 a.m., I'm at the stadium and it's already hot and sticky here. Can't imagine what it's going to be like come game time.

Early word has it that both Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown will be active. But that could change between now and game time, specifically because of the heat index, which will be in the 90s.
mesaSteeler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2010, 10:44 AM   #5
SoCalFan
Head Coach
 
SoCalFan's Avatar
 

Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Sunny Southern Cali...
Posts: 1,514
Gender: Male
Member Number: 14860
Thanks: 52
Thanked 74 Times in 54 Posts
Default Re: Pitt @ Tampa Bay Gameday Thread 9/26/10

All the way from sunny Southern California,one of the many sportsbars packed with Steeler fans here,the thunderous chant will be heard throughout "HERE WE GO STEELERS,HERE WE GO"...Now lets kick some A$$!!!!!!!!!!
__________________
SoCalFan is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2010, 11:05 AM   #6
Pittsburgh43
Bench Warmer
 
Pittsburgh43's Avatar
 

Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: North Shore
Posts: 219
Gender: Male
Member Number: 16073
Thanks: 5
Thanked 37 Times in 19 Posts
Default Re: Pitt @ Tampa Bay Gameday Thread 9/26/10

Lets Go Steelers!!!

Pittsburgh43 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2010, 11:26 AM   #7
StainlessStill
Living Legend
Supporter
 
StainlessStill's Avatar
 

Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 3,458
Gender: Male
Member Number: 12999
Thanks: 461
Thanked 1,194 Times in 500 Posts
Default Re: Pitt @ Tampa Bay Gameday Thread 9/26/10

GOO CHARLIE GOOO GOOO! GOOO CHARLIE GO GO GO!



CHARLIE BE GOOD!


Here we go STEELERS, Here we go!
__________________
"I believe the game is designed to reward the one's who hit the hardest. If you can't take it, you shouldn't play!" -Jack Lambert
StainlessStill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2010, 11:31 AM   #8
ZoneBlitzer
Head Coach
 
ZoneBlitzer's Avatar
 

Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Vancouver
Posts: 1,886
Gender: Male
Member Number: 16775
Thanks: 251
Thanked 477 Times in 253 Posts
Default Re: Pitt @ Tampa Bay Gameday Thread 9/26/10

Hampton out? That's news to me. I thought he was going to play.
ZoneBlitzer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2010, 11:34 AM   #9
SteelCityMom
MST3K Junkie
 
SteelCityMom's Avatar
 

Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: In the land of The Crazies
Posts: 7,687
Gender: Female
Member Number: 16666
Thanks: 2,756
Thanked 2,399 Times in 1,123 Posts
Default Re: Pitt @ Tampa Bay Gameday Thread 9/26/10

Quote:
Originally Posted by ZoneBlitzer View Post
Hampton out? That's news to me. I thought he was going to play.
Yeah, I thought he was going to play too...Hoke did well last week though, I'm not too worried about that.
__________________
People assume that time is a strict progression of cause and effect, but actually from a non-linear non-subjective viewpoint it's more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly timey wimey...stuff.


http://forums.steelersfever.com/image.php?type=sigpic&userid=16666&dateline=129531  3365
SteelCityMom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2010, 11:39 AM   #10
Buc Bradshaw
Water Boy
 

Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 7
Member Number: 16868
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Pitt @ Tampa Bay Gameday Thread 9/26/10

Hi Everyone,

We obviously have a difference of opinion on who the winner should be in today's game but that's okay.

You have a great forum with a lot of quality posters here. Let's hope for a good game, no injuries.

Go Bucs.
Buc Bradshaw is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:45 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Shoutbox provided by vBShout v6.2.1 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.0.8 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd. Runs best on HiVelocity Hosting.
Navbar with Avatar by Motorradforum
no new posts