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2012 Grades, Position by Position, Defense

When it’s all said and done, exactly how well did the defense play this last season? How well did DC Dick Le Beau and his staff handle the ups and downs, the pressure of stopping NFL offenses. The strict statistician in me wants to point to the numbers and say, “They did just fine.” But, …

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Grading the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Round-by-Round Value in the 2011 NFL Draft

The Pittsburgh Steelers will need some help from their 2011 NFL Draft class if they want to avoid a second straight season that ends in December. It will be a few years before the value grade for this draft is set in stone. Six of the seven players chosen are still with the Steelers. If …

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Pittsburgh Steelers Should Re-Sign Cornerback Keenan Lewis, Even if Cortez Allen is Ready to Start

Even though the Pittsburgh Steelers are handcuffed by the salary cap, they have to find a way to re-sign Keenan Lewis, who had a breakout season as a starting cornerback in 2012. Or do they? Second-year cornerback Cortez Allen showed in the final two weeks of 2012 that he could push for a starting job …

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Six Pittsburgh Steelers Players to Watch in 2012 Season Finale

Wouldn’t taking down the Christmas tree be a better way to spend Sunday afternoon than watching the Steelers? Steelers fans did not get all they wanted for Christmas, because the Steelers won’t be in the playoffs this season. The Steelers’ season finale Sunday against the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field will be the first game …

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Steelers-Ravens; The Three Keys for Both Teams on Sunday Night

The game of football and especially at the professional level is about match-ups and being able to take advantage of them. Both the Steelers and Ravens have been scheming all week on how to take advantage of each other’s weaknesses. Rarely does a game seem so simple in terms of those match-ups than this one …

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Ravens-Steelers Will Boil Down to the Defenses

By now you know that Ben Roethlisberger is not going to play Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens or anytime in the near future for that matter. Antonio Brown is still on the shelf as is Marcus Gilbert. Amazingly, their absences might actually place more emphasis on the defenses for Sunday Night’s match-up. The Ravens and …

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Lewis and Taylor Face Their Biggest Test Against Ravens

Ike Taylor picked up his 2012 season where he left his 2011 one off by getting abused by the Denver Broncos on opening night in the Mile High city. Keenan Lewis won a battle over youngsters Cortez Allen and Curtis Brown for the corner opposite Taylor in Dick LeBeau’s 3-4 defense. To say that both …

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Clark Continues to be His Own Worst Enemy With Tackling Style

If you held a straw poll of Pittsburgh Steelers’ MVP candidates through nine games this season, there’s a good chance you’d see votes for Ben Roethlisberger, Heath Miller and Ryan Clark. In the absence of Troy Polamalu, Clark has taken over as the leader of the secondary and has played with his usual reckless abandon …

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Steelers can rest some players; but don’t sleep on the Chiefs

The first legitimate trap game of the Steelers season is here and it comes in the form of the Kansas City Chiefs traveling to Heinz Field for a good ole fashioned AFC showdown. These teams have been playing against each other since 1970; with the Steelers holding the overall series lead 18-10. Since the 2K …

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Steelers’ Ryan Clark, and others, are likely on NFL watchlists

If there’s one thing you set your clock to every NFL season, it’s the Steelers being at the forefront of some type of controversy with the league. Usually it’s the defense and one of the more common names that comes to mind is safety Ryan Clark. It’s not that Clark goes looking for trouble (at …

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