Good Thursday to you Steelers fans.
I talked about this prior to the Dallas game and the local Pittsburgh media has brought up once again… The dreaded “Trap Game” narrative is back but Mike Tomlin wasn’t having any of it on Tuesday. He told reporters that “this isn’t a Big Ten team playing a MAC school.” While Tomlin probably knows this, MAC schools have been pretty good against Big Ten schools in recent years this proving his point a bit. You can’t look past one opponent to another or you end up getting beat. In this case, it isn’t just that the Baltimore Ravens are on the horizon but they’re also coming in on a short week. That’s a pretty good reason to see the Jacksonville Jaguars as a Trap game now isn’t it? Tomlin’s larger point however is that in the NFL there no such games. You can’t afford to look past any team and any record. They learned this in Dallas and many guys on this team have learned it before. Should the Jags pull the upset on Sunday or won’t be because the Steelers were looking ahead, let’s make that perfectly clear.
We recorded episode 196 of the Steel City Blitz Steelers Podcast presented by DEK Roofing Inc last night. Ben and I discussed the win over Cincinnati, the struggling running game and why the trip to Jacksonville will not be easy.
Tweet of the Day… If you aren’t old enough to remember this. Unreal. That’s Herm Edwards, former NYJ Coach scoring the TD.
November 19, 1978: The Miracle at the Meadowlands. Eagles 19 Giants 17.
Seconds left, Giants up 17-12, Eagles with no timeouts left. All NY had to do was kneel on it….pic.twitter.com/qa3Eogd1gZ
— This Day In Sports Clips (@TDISportsClips) November 19, 2020
On the Injury Front…
QB Ben Roethlisberger (NIR) – DNP
WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (NIR) – DNP
RB Anthony McFarland (Illness) – Full
CB Mike Hilton (Shoulder) – Full
RB Trey Edmunds (Hamstring) – DNP
RB Jaylen Samuels (Quadriceps) – DNP
LB Jayrone Elliott (Illness) – DNP
C Maurkice Pouncey (NIR) – DNP
G David DeCastro (NIR) – DNP
T Alejandro Villanueva (NIR) – DNP
DE Stephon Tuitt (NIR) – DNP
DE Isaiah Buggs (Ankle) – Full
WR Laviska Shenault (Hamstring) – DNP
TE James O’Shaughnessy (Knee) – DNP
TE Tyler Eifert (Scheduled Day Off) – DNP
OL Brandon Linder (Back) – Limited
QB Gardner Minshew II (Right Thumb) – Limited
LB Dakota Allen (Ankle) – Limited
RB Devine Ozigbo (Hamstring) – Limited
RB James Robinson (Shoulder) – Limited
CB CJ Henderson (Groin) – Limited
CB Sidney Jones IV (Achilles) – Limited
WR Collin Johnson (Hamstring) – Limited
OL Cam Robinson (Shoulder) – Limited
DE Josh Allen (Hip) – Limited
Injury Thoughts… I’m not real sure who the Steelers will see at QB for the Jags. Minshew could be ready by Sunday… Overall, Pittsburgh is fairly healthy. I’m hoping that illness Jayrone Elliott has is NOT Covid related.
Simple Take on the Running Game
It’s easy to get caught up in all of the technical mumbo-jumbo when it comes to why the Steelers aren’t running the ball well but when I watched the film something spoke to me. It said simply that some guys along the O-line just aren’t beating the man in front of them often enough. As it’s most simplest form, football is a battle of 11 men taking on 11 men. On every play the team that has the best numbers ultimately wins. The Steelers need more one-on-one wins. Period.
Have a great day Steeler Nation!
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