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Saints vs. Buccaneers: Monday Night Football picks, odds and open thread

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Monday Night Football is here! Check out the latest odds, picks and more.

The 2022 NFL regular season is in full swing, and it’s an NFC South battle in Week 13. The New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers go head-to-head. When it comes to storylines, there are plenty surrounding this game.

As for the game itself, below you’ll see some vital information for you to enjoy the contest. You’ll get odds for the game, check out our staff picks for the game and to use this comment section as an open thread for the game.

Let’s take a closer look...

How to Watch:

New Orleans Saints vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Date: Monday, Nov. 21
Venue: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
Time: 8:15 p.m. ET
TV: ESPN
Streaming: ESPN App, ESPN+

Odds via DraftKings Sportsbook

NO: +3
O/U: 41
Moneyline:
NO: +150
TB: -175

Staff Picks:

This is a game black-and-gold fans won’t be watching intently considering this game has no ramifications on the team’s season, or draft order. Obviously, Steelers fans care about teams they might face in the future, which the team has played both of these two teams this season who are playing in prime time, and teams who could potentially impact where they draft in the 2023 NFL Draft. The Saints and Buccaneers are battling for the lead in the worst division in all of football, the NFC South. Still, some football is better than no football, so follow along with other Pittsburgh Steelers fans in the comment section below as the open thread.

In the meantime, be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black and gold. And continue counting down the days until the Steelers play the Baltimore Ravens in Week 14 of the regular season.

AFC North Recap: A perfect week for the division sets up a big Week 14

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The AFC North was a perfect 4-0 in Week 13, and there is a big division week coming up.

The thirteenth week of NFL football is behind us, and it was quite the week in the AFC North division. With that said, it is time to see how the Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers, Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns all did in the week that was.

Cleveland Browns - 27
Houston Texans - 14

Deshaun Watson’s return to Houston was, well, interesting. Watson showed every bit of rust one would expect from a quarterback who hasn’t played in a couple years. The Browns won the game, but the majority of the scoring came via the defense. Nonetheless, you aren’t going to complain about these wins, not when you shipped first round picks to the Texans for the likes of Watson. The Browns are winning games, and staying relevant in the process. Now it’s time to find out if Watson is going to be able to pick up where he left off.

Baltimore Ravens - 10
Denver Broncos - 9

The Baltimore Ravens’ offense has been putrid since their Week 10 bye. In the games since, the offense has scored 13, 27, and 10 points. While some might point to Lamar Jackson injuring his knee during the game vs. Denver, they weren’t lighting up the scoreboard before that game. It is projected Jackson could miss some time, and this could be a huge hit to an already struggling offense. Tyler Huntley is a capable backup, but is far from the same caliber of player Jackson has become since winning the NFL MVP. The injury bug continues to run through the Ravens roster, and the latest player hit was quite possibly their most important.

Pittsburgh Steelers - 19
Atlanta Falcons - 16

The Steelers found a way to win, and that is the best way to describe the game in Atlanta on Sunday. In fact, the game in Week 13 eerily mirrored the game in Week 12. The Steelers offense came out hot, moved the ball in time-consuming drives only to be held to field goals. The only difference in the two outings is the offense was able to punch the ball into the end-zone twice vs. the Colts, and only once vs. the Falcons. The Steelers are improving in a lot of ways, and they, like the Browns, remain relevant in the process.

Cincinnati Bengals - 27
Kansas City Chiefs - 24

I’ve truly enjoyed watching Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs lose football games, even though it doesn’t happen often. What is crazy is how the Bengals have become the Chiefs’ kryptonite. This was a tremendous football game, and one I thought the Bengals would win, mainly because it was played in Ohio. The Bengals match up well with the Chiefs, and have an offense which can go toe-to-toe with teams like the Chiefs and Bills. A great win for the Bengals, as they look to have turned the corner from their slow start to the season.

AFC North Standings

Baltimore Ravens - 8-4
Cincinnati Bengals - 8-4
Cleveland Browns - 5-7
Pittsburgh Steelers - 5-7

Week 14 AFC North Schedule:

Baltimore Raven at Pittsburgh Steelers — 1 p.m. ET, Sunday
Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals — 1 p.m. ET, Sunday

A look ahead...

The final opponents for all AFC North teams:

Baltimore Ravens: at Steelers, at Browns, vs. Falcons, at Steelers, at Bengals
Cleveland Browns: at Bengals, vs. Ravens, vs. Saints, at Washington, at Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers: vs. Ravens, at Panthers, vs. Raiders, at Ravens, vs. Browns
Cincinnati Bengals: vs. Browns, at Buccaneers, at Patriots, vs. Bills, vs. Ravens

Week 13 snap counts show the Steelers beat the Falcons at their own game

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The Steelers flipped the script on the Falcons, controlling the game on the ground.

The Steelers faced off against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 13, a team that was winning games by running the football and wearing down opposing defenses. The Steelers countered that strategy by copying that game plan, and doing it better.

Offense

The Steelers offensive line continues to play together, and the offense has grown as the miscommunications on the line have mostly disappeared. Najee Harris played only 66% of snaps, a low number for him even as the Steelers have tried to keep his snaps from piling up. They subbed him out for Jaylen Warren and Benny Snell early and frequently. They knew their plan to run the ball and control the game meant a lot of carries, and they divided the load from the start.

The Steelers played their tight ends and fullback 103 snaps, averaging 1.6 per snap. The Steelers played a second blocking player more than they played a third wide receiver in this game, and when you see Zach Gentry playing more than Pat Freiermuth it drives home the focus on the run the Steelers had in this game.

Freiermuth led the team in receiving while playing fewer snaps, and he ended up averaging 2.1 yards per snap played, a pretty high number for any player.

The wide receivers struggled in this game, and the most notable receiver stat is probably the 13 snaps played by Miles Boykin. Boykin’s return to the field coincides with the Steelers kick and punt coverage teams playing a good game again after their awful showing in Week 12. That’s not a coincidence since he’s been fantastic in that role.

In Week 12 the Steelers gave up 225 yards on 5 kick returns, the second most is 124 yards on 5 kick returns. That’s a very big difference. 101 yards of field position is a serious difference in any game, and Miles Boykin is that important to the Steelers special teams and the team overall.

Defense

Only Minkah Fitzpatrick and Cameron Sutton played the entire game, and both were very impactful. Sutton played very well in coverage throughout the game, and Minkah Fitzpatrick sealed the win with his interception to end the Falcons’ last drive. Fitzpatrick was also called on to play a big role in run defense and recorded one of the Steelers three tackles for a loss in the game.

Devin Bush played the most snaps of the inside linebackers again this week, which is surprising considering most Steeler fans and analysts would probably rank Bush as the Steelers third best run-stopping linebacker behind Myles Jack and Robert Spillane. T.J. Watt’s snap percentage increased for the fourth straight week as the Steelers seem to be more comfortable with his return from injury, even if we haven’t seen him look like the player he was before his injury yet. Even without Watt putting up sacks and tackles for loss like he did in 2021, the Steelers are 4-1 with Watt playing, 1-6 without him on the field.

The snap counts which stand out the most to me is on the defensive line, where Cameron Heyward’s 61% of snaps and Chris Wormley’s 44% of snaps is only a total of 9 snaps difference. The Steelers were focused on running the ball, but also were focused on rotating their defensive line to keep players fresh and keep their starters from wearing down. The Steelers did give up some longer drives in the second half, but they still did enough to win the game.

One more thing that stands out is DeMarvin Leal’s return to the field after missing 7 weeks. He didn’t play much and didn’t stand out when he did, but he was becoming a key player in this defense before his injury, and if he can get back to that level this season, it will be a big help to the Steelers defense.

Be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the Steelers as they prepare for the Baltimore Ravens in Week 14.

Updated 2023 NFL Draft order after Week 13

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Some are looking at the playoff picture, while others are looking at the 2023 NFL Draft order.

After Week 13 of NFL action, there are some teams who are enamored with the Playoff Picture. Regardless of conference, trying to figure out the jockeying for playoff positioning is always an enjoyable time for everyone involved.

Then there are the teams who find themselves on the outside looking in, and the only thing they are waiting for is the news they are mathematically eliminated from playoff contention. For those teams, it is never too late to start looking ahead. Not to the playoffs, but to the upcoming draft.

Where will their favorite team draft? Will they have a Top 10 pick?

Well, for those teams wondering, here is an updated Top 10 for the 2023 NFL Draft:

1. Houston Texans
2. Chicago Bears
3. Seattle Seahawks (from the Denver Broncos)
4. Detroit Lions (from the Los Angeles Rams)
5. Carolina Panthers
6. Philadelphia Eagles (from the New Orleans Saints)
7. Jacksonville Jaguars
8. Arizona Cardinals
9. Indianapolis Colts
10. Atlanta Falcons
11. Green Bay Packers
12. Las Vegas Raiders
13. Houston Texans (from the Cleveland Browns)
14. Pittsburgh Steelers

For the Pittsburgh Steelers faithful, it is depressing having to look at the NFL Draft order with a 5-7 record, but this is where the team finds itself after a very underwhelming first half of the season. After the Week 13 win over the Atlanta Falcons, many fans are bemoaning the win as the Steelers now find themselves on the outside of the Top 10 heading into Week 14.

Some find solace of a bad season in the team’s potential draft positioning, considering where they could potentially end up, and when you throw in the 2nd Round pick the Steelers received from the Chicago Bears for Chase Claypool, it makes this draft order sweeter. Three potential picks in the Top 50 could be what the team needs to turn their fortunes around.

Picks are nice, but the organization has to hit on those draft picks to truly turn things around. Nonetheless, we’ll keep you updated on the draft order as the season progresses, and be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the team as they prepare for the Baltimore Ravens in Week 14.

Betting Preview: Steelers currently 2-point favorites vs. the Ravens

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After the Steelers win in Week 14, and the injury to Ravens’ quarterback Lamar Jackson, the line has changed in the Steelers’ favor.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have their first back-to-back wins of the 2022 season. The next matchup for the Steelers is hosting the Baltimore Ravens who are facing some uncertainty at the quarterback position with Lamar Jackson injuring his knee in Week 13. When it comes to the betting lines for next Sunday’s game, the following information is the current consensus spread and over/under for the Steelers this week as reported by DraftKings Sportsbook.

Game Info: Week 14 Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022 at 1:00 PM

Steelers betting line: -2

Over/under: 38

Last Regular Season Meeting: Steelers (W) 16-13 vs Ravens

Win streak: 4 games PIT

Last 3 Meetings: PIT 3 - 0 BAL

Last 10 Meetings: PIT 7 - 3 BAL

The opening line on the game was at +2 after the schedule was announced in May. Based on haw the season was playing out, the line had more moved in favor of Baltimore on Monday. But after the Steelers winning two games in a row on the road along with the injury to Lamar Jackson, the line has moved back to where the Steelers are favored by two points. But as more is known about Jackson in the coming days, look for the line to continue to fluctuate.

Being favorites on Sunday, the Steelers have a current moneyline of -135 to win the game straight up, which is the equivalent of 20/27 odds. So a $20 bet placed on the Steelers over the Ravens would have a payout of $34.81 ($14.81 plus the original $20 bet). The Ravens also have a current moneyline of +115, or 23/20 odds. Therefore the same $20 bet placed on Baltimore to win straight up would have a payout of $43 ($23 plus the original $20 bet).

The Steelers are 5-2 against the spread in their last 7 games played and are 4-2 against the spread in their last 6 games against the AFC North. The Steelers also have gone UNDER in 5 of their last 7 games and have gone UNDER in 7 of their last 9 games played at home.

If looking at the futures bets at DraftKings.com, the Steelers odds to win the Super Bowl are at 250/1 after Week 13. The Steelers odds to win the AFC Championship are 150/1 odds. As for winning the AFC North, the Steelers are currently at 40/1 odds behind the Browns at 25/1 odds, the Bengals at 13/10, and the Ravens as the favorite at 5/7 odds.

AFC Playoff Picture: Updating the rankings heading into Week 14

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Taking a look at the latest AFC Playoff Picture heading into Week 14.

It is hard to believe, but the NFL regular season is winding down. With only 5 weeks left in the regular season, it is time to start looking ahead to the postseason. In other words, taking a look at the latest AFC Playoff Picture.

For some of the teams listed below the word playoffs is not just foreign, but also something which is nothing more than a pipe dream. Nonetheless, until that asterisk resides next to their favorite team’s name, signifying mathematical elimination from the postseason, there is still hope.

Let’s take a look at the latest Playoff Picture for the AFC:

Division Leaders:

1. Buffalo Bills (9-3, win over KC)

2. Kansas City Chiefs (9-3, loss to CIN)

3. Baltimore Ravens (8-4)

4. Tennessee Titans (7-5)

Wild Cards:

5. Cincinnati Bengals (8-4, win over MIA)

6. Miami Dolphins (8-4, loss to CIN)

7. New York Jets (7-5)

In the Hunt:

8. New England Patriots (6-6, 5-3 AFC)

9. Los Angeles Chargers (6-6, 4-4 AFC)

10. Las Vegas Raiders (5-7, 4-5 AFC)

11. Cleveland Browns (5-7, win over PIT, 3-6 AFC)

12. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-7, loss to CLE)

13. Indianapolis Colts (4-7-1)

14. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-8)

15. Denver Broncos (3-9)

16. Houston Texans (1-10-1) *Eliminated from playoff contention

For teams like the Pittsburgh Steelers, a 5-7 record is far from inspiring when it comes to playoff potential. Nonetheless, after winning back-to-back games, and potentially playing a Lamar Jackson-less Baltimore Ravens team in Week 14, a win to move their record to 6-7 would spark new life within the team’s global fan base.

Can they get the job done? Anything is possible, and the Steelers have certainly been playing better football since their bye in Week 9. Maybe the new slogan for this 2022 Steelers season should be: Not Dead Yet

Because the Steelers aren’t dead...not yet.

Be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the Steelers as they prepare for the Ravens this Sunday in Week 14 of the 2022 regular season.

10 Winners and 5 Losers after the Steelers win over the Falcons

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Time to take a look at who would be considered a ‘Winner’ and a ‘Loser’ after the Steelers latest action on the gridiron.

The Pittsburgh Steelers were back on the field Sunday when they played the Atlanta Falcons in Week 13 of regular season action. The Steelers were winners in the contest, but that doesn’t mean every player had a good or bad performance.

Players who play well can be considered ‘Winners’, while those who left a lot to be desired can be called ‘Losers’. It may sound harsh, but it is the crux of this exercise.

Let’s check in to see who fell on which side of the ledger after the latest game...

Winners

Najee Harris
Stat Line: 17 carries, 86 yards, 5.1 average, 0 TD, 14 yard long / 1 catch, 6 yards

It’s been a while since we’ve seen Najee Harris look like 2021 Najee Harris, but he finally arrived. Harris was not just running hard, but showing his ability to make defenders miss, make something out of nothing, and be a bruiser of a back was fun to watch. No, Harris hasn’t hit the 100-yard mark yet in a game this season, but he’s been extremely effective since the bye week. Hopefully this trend continues, because it looks like Harris is close to breaking a big run every time he touches the football.

Pat Freiermuth
Stat Line: 3 catches, 76 yards, 25.3 average, 57 long, 5 targets

Did you predict Pat Freiermuth to have the longest pass play so far this season? A 57-yard catch and run? Me neither, but it happened. Freiermuth is becoming one heck of a weapon for this offense, and you can still see how he could be utilized more than how he is currently being utilized. Nonetheless, only getting 5 targets, he made the most out of every one which came his way and was catchable.

Connor Heyward
Stat Line: 1 catch, 17 yards, 1 TD, 1 target

On a day where both Connor and Cam visited their father’s grave in Atlanta that morning, Connor scored his first professional touchdown on a beautiful route/catch in the back of the end-zone. It was a great moment, and hopefully this play sparks an uptick in both play and production from the rookie TE/H-Back.

Running Game
Stat Line: 37 carries, 154 yards, 4.2 average, 14-yard long

Another game, another 100 yards as a team. While Najee Harris hasn’t broke then 100 yard plateau yet this season, the team as a general is running the ball well right now. Doesn’t matter if it’s Harris, Benny Snell, Steven Sims or even Kenny Pickett. This offense is finding success running the ball, and they are embodying the equation to winning with a rookie quarter — run the ball.

Minkah Fitzpatrick
Stat Line: 7 tackles, 5 solo, 1 TFL, 1 pass defense, 1 INT

Fitzpatrick led the Steelers in tackles vs. Atlanta, but it was great to see him get his hands on a football again. While he has been his usual steady self, Fitzpatrick’s interception of Marcus Mariota sealed the win for the Steelers. Should he have scored instead of run out of bounds? His logic was tough to argue with. After the game he said, “I didn’t want to go back out there again.” Fair enough.

Pressley Harvin III
Stat Line: Only 2 punts, 1 downed at the 2

For a large portion of the game I thought this was going to be a Peyton Manning game when he played for the Colts and the punter would go games without every punting a ball. Harvin was called on to punt twice in the game, and the last being the best. His punt which was downed at the 2-yard line put the Falcons behind the eight ball, and Minkah did the rest. Kudos to Harvin to taking care of business in a game he wasn’t called upon a lot.

Matthew Wright
Stat Line: 4/4 FGs, 1/1 XP

Whatever Wright is doing, he needs to keep doing it. Why? Because he is living right. Not many kickers can say they’ve bounced two field goals through the upright in consecutive weeks, but Wright has. On top of his placekicking, his kickoffs were perfectly executed. Tip of the cap to Danny Smith, but the Steelers kick coverage units looked vastly improved this week, and Wright was a big reason why.

Offensive Line
Stat Line: 0 Sacks / 154 rushing yards

The Steelers’ offensive line has been really good this season, but borderline great since the bye week. In all four games since the week off, the offense has rushed for over 100 yards in every game. On top of that, until Chuks Okorafor missed a snap or two vs. the Falcons, he and Mason Cole are the only linemen to miss any snaps so far this season. Continuity is important, and the Steelers are proving it as such. They’ve come a long way since the preseason narratives talked about getting quarterbacks killed and not being able to run the ball.

3rd Down Offense
Stat Line: 6-for-12

BTSC Stat Geek Dave Schofield tells me the goal shouldn’t be 50%, but 40%. I refuse to lower the bar, and the Steelers keep meeting me there.

No Turnovers
Stat Line: 4 straight games without a turnover

I knew the Steelers hadn’t turned the ball over many times the past few games, but I didn’t realize this was a streak which was reaching the franchise realm. This stat from BTSC’s Bradley Locker is crazy.

The #Steelers have gone four straight games without a turnover.

That's the franchise's longest streak since at least 1939!

Box score data was not listed for all games before 1939, so not sure if this stretch is an all-time record.

Over a month without a turnover. Unreal. pic.twitter.com/9inEgtE0W4

— Bradley Locker (@Bradley_Locker) December 4, 2022 Losers

Diontae Johnson
Stat Line: 5 catches, 60 yards, 12.0 average, 20 long, 11 targets

Johnson might be one of the more frustrating players in recent memory to don the black and gold. For every nice catch he has, he has a mind-numbing play which makes you want to rip your hair out. Johnson was fortunate his would-be fumbled was overturned by video replay, but when targeted 11 times you hope to have more of an impact on the game.

2nd Half Rush Defense
Stat Line: Surrendered 146 total, over 100 in 2nd half

The Steelers held the Falcons to under 30 yards rushing in the first half, but the second half is when the flood gates opened. The Steelers rushing defense was put to the test in Week 13, I’m just not sure they passed.

Penalties
Stat Line: 7 penalties for 30 yards

I feel like I say it every week, but it isn’t so much about the overall number of penalties, or penalty yardage. It’s about when these penalties happen. The Diontae Johnson offsides, delay of game penalties are those self-inflicted wounds which need eliminated. Need to play clean football.

TD:FG Ratio
Stat Line: 5 Drives, 1 TD

The Steelers had 5 scoring drives in this game, but were only able to come up with a single touchdown. That ratio is something which needs to improve in the coming weeks if they want to be a team who can do some damage, they have to start putting up at least two touchdowns when the situation presents itself.

Draft Pick Seekers
Stat Line: Currently 14th Selection

For all those people who die a little inside when the Steelers win a game, because you want the higher draft pick, I’m sorry for your loss.

If you want a more detailed look at the above list, check out my “Let’s Ride” podcast where I outline each Winner and Loser, and MORE!

Report Card: Grading the Steelers win over the Falcons

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The Steelers were clearly the better team in Georgia this week.

The Pittsburgh Steelers climbed to within two games of .500 with a win in Atlanta this week, and while it wasn’t a convincing final score, the Steelers were in charge of the game from the first drive.

Offense

It all starts with the run game, where the Steelers team that had averaged 86.7 rushing yards per game the first 6 weeks of the season are averaging 157.8 rushing yards over the last five games. That five-game streak is the longest 100-yard rushing streak since 2015, when the Steelers did it in six straight games. Seven Steelers recorded a rushing attempt, and leading rusher Najee Harris only carried the ball 17 times for 86 yards.

Kenny Pickett continued his maturing play at quarterback, increasing his streak to four games without an interception, a feat Ben Roethlisberger only pulled of twice after the 2010 season. Pickett also threw only his second touchdown of that span and threw for his best yards per pass attempt in any game he has started, hitting the 7 yards per attempt mark for the first time in an NFL game.

Diontae Johnson struggled in this game, turning his 11 targets into only 60 yards, while George Pickens was only targeted twice in the game, gaining 2 yards. Add in two incomplete passes to Steven Sims and Pickett was 6/15 (40%) for 62 yards (4.1 ypa) and a passer rating of 52.64 when throwing to his wide receivers.

On passes to players other than the Steelers wide receivers Kenny Pickett went 10/12 (83.3%) for 135 yards (11.3 ypa), a touchdown and a passer rating of 141.32. That includes his only touchdown of the night, a beautiful throw to Connor Heyward on a nice play design.

While the offense only scored 19 points, they only had seven real drives, subtracting out the two end of half drives that consisted of a single run play and letting time run out. That’s 2.71 points per drive, a mark that is better than 31 of the NFL’s 32 teams average points per drive this season.

The Steelers came into this game determined to run the ball and not let the Falcons win time of possession, and they succeeded.

Honor Roll: Run blocking, Najee Harris, Kenny Pickett, Pat Freiermuth.

Demerits: The entire wide receiver group.

Final Grade: A Defense

The Steelers defense forced zero three and outs from the Falcons and gave up scores on half of the Falcons eight drives. But they also held the Falcons to 146 yards rushing (fourth lowest mark of the season), and a 30% third down conversion rate, a good drop from their season mark of 41.5% heading into this game. The defense benefitted from the Steelers offense controlling the ball for most of the first half, scoring on their first five real drives.

The Steelers gave up 16 points on 8 drives which isn’t great but also not bad, and they closed out the game with an interception that would have ended with a touchdown but for Minkah Fitzpatrick’s heads-up play to end the game instead. It wasn’t the best defensive performance, but the offense carried the day by keeping the Falcons off the field and the possession numbers down, and the defense played well enough to not screw up the win.

Honor Roll: Cameron Sutton, Minkah Fitzpatrick, Larry Ogunjobi.

Demerits: T.J. Watt still not playing like himself, missed tackles.

Final Grade: C Special Teams

Miles Boykin and Robert Spillane returned and the Steelers coverage units bounced back to being the very good group they’ve been for all but one week of this season. Matthew Wright made all four of his field goals, Pressley Harvin had one good punt and one fantastic punt that pinned the Flacons deep at the end of the game. The Steelers coverage units were good, but their return units didn’t really do anything. Overall, though, a very good bounce back game with little to complain about.

Honor Roll: Pressley Harvin’s punt to the two-yard line, Matthew Wright.

Demerits: Steven Sims fumble, lack of any return game.

Final Grade: B Overall

The Steelers came out with a simple and great game plan. They pulled it off, denying the Falcons any advantage in the run game and in time of possession by out-rushing them, and a few big plays from Kenny Pickett was more than Marcus Mariota could counter with. Throw in a number of really good play designs that showed up, and the Steelers holding a top running team to one of their worst outputs of the season and it’s hard to find too much fault in this game. You’d like to see more touchdowns and fewer field goals, but I’ll take 5 scores on seven drives any day.

Final Grade: B

Now it’s your turn to tell us what you think. Give us your grade for the Steelers overall performance and let us know your thoughts in the comments below

Analyzing the Steelers Week 13 win over the Falcons, by the numbers

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It once again wasn’t a perfect game, but it was a good enough performance for the Steelers to get the victory.

The Pittsburgh Steelers came out strong again in the first half against the Atlanta Falcons. After the Falcons found their running game in the second half making possessions very few, the Steelers special teams helped pin Atlanta deep and the defense only needed one play to force the turnover and seal the 19-16 win.

So without further ado, here are some of the numbers involved in the Steelers win over the Falcons.

+1

This number really proved to be important and came about completely in the fourth quarter. Appearing as if the Steelers going to have their first turnover since their bye week, it was ultimately ruled that Diontae Johnson never caught the ball before he fumbled it away and the Steelers were able to punt. It was then looking as if the turnover margin was going to stay even, but in the final minute on the Falcons first play of their drive where they were looking for a tying field goal everything changed. Minkah Fitzpatrick came up with the interception and wisely did not take it in for the score in order so the Steelers offense could take victory formation.

154

The Steelers once again were able to get things going on the ground with 154 rushing yards on 37 carries for a 4.2 yards per attempt average. This marks the fifth-straight game the Steelers have gone over 100 yards rushing. Najee Harris lead the way with 86 yards on 17 carries while Benny Snell added another 24 yards on six carries.

7

With running the ball being the forte for both teams on Sunday, possessions were at a premium. Not counting the two possessions where the Steelers ran out each half, they only had seven offensive possessions in the game. The Steelers made the most of their possessions as they scored on five of them. As for the Falcons, they managed eight positions while scoring four times.

45:06

The Steelers were once again very efficient on offense in getting into scoring position. For this reason, the Steelers did not punt the football until the second play of the fourth quarter. This means that just over 45 minutes of clock time had elapsed before Pressley Harvin had to touch his foot to the ball.

2

Sticking with the punting theme, not only did Pressley Harvin only punt twice with a 42.5-yard net punting average, his final punt pinned the Falcons at their own 2-yard line. This put the Falcons in a dire situation in which they were deep in their own territory needing to move into field goal range with only 0:42 left in the game and no timeouts. It was great to see the Steelers punt team step up and play the field position game when it was most important.

50%

The Steelers once again managed to convert half of their third down attemps as they were 6 of 12 for the game for a 50% efficiency rating. It was the first half that saw more conversions as the Steelers were five of eight while only going 1 of 4 in the second half. On the defensive side, the Falcons were 3 of 10 on third downs for the game with no conversions on 4 attempts in the first half but 3 of 6 in the second half.

0

One welcomed statistic from the Steelers passing game is that they were not sacked at all in the game. It was the first time since Week 10 of the 2021 season in their tie with the Detroit Lions where the Steelers have not been sacked. On the flip side, the Steelers were only able to get home for one sack of their own.

57

Before Connor Heyward caught the Steelers only touchdown of the day from 17 yards away, the Steelers were set up in the red zone by their longest offensive play of the 2022 season. Pat Freiermuth was able to elude defenders and run down the sideline for a 57-yard catch-and-run setting up the Steelers only touchdown of the day.

1:4

For the second-straight week, the Pittsburgh Steelers were able to score on five of their drives. Unfortunately, the offense has been settling more for field goals than finishing off with touchdowns. The Steelers only had one touchdown compared to four field goals this week after last week the ratio was 2:3. While the Steelers are improving with their points scored, being able to finish off drives with touchdowns will be key over their last five games.

1

This is the biggest number of them all, and for the first time this season I’ve got to keep it here from the previous week. The Steelers were able to add another number to their win column. Being able to do this three of the last four games, the Steelers are barely keeping them selves alive as the host the Baltimore Ravens in a key AFC North matchup next week.

So there are some numbers to help put the Steelers Week 13 win in perspective. The Steelers did some nice things as they continue to grow as a team, but they also have plenty of room for improvement.

So what numbers from Monday night’s game stand out to you? Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Steelers players take to Twitter to talk about the win over the Falcons

Behind the Steel Curtain - Mon, 12/05/2022 - 6:30am
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Members of the Pittsburgh Steelers take to social media after their win over the Falcons in Week 13.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have won their fifth game of the regular season! After their win moves their record to 5-7 for the 2022 regular season after beating the Atlanta Falcons in Week 13.

Following the Steelers’ win, players took to social media to celebrate the big win over the AFC North rival.

Take a look at what was said on different platforms following the game! I also added some interesting video which I felt fans might enjoy.

(Editor’s Note: This article may be updated as more players take to social media to talk about the team’s victory.)

How many fantasy players are mad at me right now ? sorry not sorry

— Minkah Fitzpatrick (@minkfitz_21) December 4, 2022

W business trip

— Mr SNELL YA LATER (@benny_snell) December 4, 2022

W. pic.twitter.com/tsBYX5afUo

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) December 4, 2022

Thank you, Steelers Nation. You never disappoint. pic.twitter.com/sASUcSbbRR

— Mike Tomlin (@CoachTomlin) December 4, 2022

Keep stacking em @steelers!

— Brett Keisel (@bkeisel99) December 4, 2022

“We have the best fans in the world…It feels like we’re at home at every stadium.”

Kenny Pickett was grateful for the huge turnout of @Steelers fans in Atlanta after Pittsburgh’s second straight win. pic.twitter.com/vVCByguYWM

— NFL on CBS (@NFLonCBS) December 4, 2022

Got to see a great @steelers team win!! #HereWeGo https://t.co/mzD9k3W7aq

— Jerome Bettis (@JeromeBettis36) December 4, 2022

Love from Levi pic.twitter.com/of5XHEteNE

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) December 4, 2022

Surprise delivery from KP pic.twitter.com/a7ADjDy4LT

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) December 4, 2022

Fan love pic.twitter.com/z08ml0HSEw

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) December 4, 2022

Post-Game Sound: Hear from Steelers coaches and players after the win over the Falcons

Behind the Steel Curtain - Mon, 12/05/2022 - 6:00am
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The Pittsburgh Steelers were back on the field in Week 13 of the regular season. Take a look and listen to what was said after the game.

The Pittsburgh Steelers were winners for the fifth time this regular season with their win over the Atlanta Falcons Sunday.

After the game, there was plenty of video/audio to take in from the locker room and down at field level. Here at BTSC we try to gather as much information as possible for those fans who might not be on social media and see this on a weekly basis.

Therefore, in the post-game sound article you will hear from head coach Mike Tomlin, and a myriad of other players as the Steelers official Twitter account goes around the room to hear from all who participated on Sunday.

Enjoy the content and be sure to stay with BTSC for all things black-and-gold as they prepare for the next game of the regular season. The next game on the docket is the Week 14 game vs. the Baltimore Ravens at Acrisure Stadium, but first, the post-game sound:

Mike Tomlin Post-Game Press Conference

Coach Tomlin addresses the media following our win against the Falcons. pic.twitter.com/z8fqMrvzff

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) December 4, 2022

Kenny Pickett Post-Game Press Conference

Kenny Pickett addresses the media following our win against the Falcons. pic.twitter.com/Yiqte0E05c

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) December 4, 2022

Cam Heyward Post-Game Press Conference

A special moment pic.twitter.com/V3G1ux7F6Q

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) December 4, 2022

Kenny Pickett On-Field Post-Game Interview

“We have the best fans in the world…It feels like we’re at home at every stadium.”

Kenny Pickett was grateful for the huge turnout of @Steelers fans in Atlanta after Pittsburgh’s second straight win. pic.twitter.com/vVCByguYWM

— NFL on CBS (@NFLonCBS) December 4, 2022

Around the Locker Room

Hear from Connor Heyward, Minkah Fitzpatrick, T.J. Watt and more after our Week 13 win over the Falcons. @SIRIUSXM pic.twitter.com/9K8y2zLgIu

— Steelers Live (@SteelersLive) December 4, 2022

Podcast Roundup: All the latest of the BTSC family podcasts

Behind the Steel Curtain - Mon, 12/05/2022 - 4:30am

Get the latest BTSC podcast content in the ‘Podcast Roundup’.

Here at BTSC, and our podcast platform, we are here with you every step of the way. In the past we have given you the podcasts in individual articles on the website but have decided to go with a ‘Podcast Roundup’ article which has the latest podcasts for your enjoyment. The reasoning behind this is to take up less space on the site for the great written content we have at BTSC.

With that being said and written, enjoy the shows below with a brief description of each show:

The BTSC Steelers Mike Tomlin Post-Game Presser Recap: Falcons, Steelers

The Steelers looked to get two-in-a-row for the first time all season. Again, the black-and-gold couldn’t hold a lead. However, they hung tough and beat Atlanta by a final score of 19-16. Of course, Mike Tomlin had a lot to say to the media afterwards. Join BTSC podcast producer Bryan Anthony Davis as he recaps the post-game presser.

The BTSC Steelers Post-Game Show: Steelers hang on in Hotlanta, 19-16

The Pittsburgh Steelers looked sharp in the first half and dull in the second against the Falcons. But in the end, the Steelers made plays when it counted to beat the Falcons 19-16. Join Jeff Hartman, Dave Schofield and Bryan Anthony Davis as they break down the game like no one else does on the latest edition of The Steelers Post-Game Show.

Let’s Ride, Monday: Don’t look now, but the Steelers are really improving

Don’t look now, but your 2022 Pittsburgh Steelers are starting to turn the corner. Are they there yet? No, but they are improving. On this Monday episode of the “Let’s Ride” podcast, Jeff Hartman talks about this, injury news and updates after the Steelers 19-16 win over the Atlanta Falcons.

Check out the rundown of the show:

  • News and Notes
  • Steelers Winners and Losers
  • and MUCH MORE!

Be sure to check out this and all episodes on the following platforms:

Apple Users: CLICK HERE

Spotify: CLICK HERE

Google Play: CLICK HERE

Who gets the BTSC game ball in the Steelers win over the Falcons?

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 12/04/2022 - 6:30pm
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There were a number of players who had a good game, but which one gets the coveted game ball?

The Pittsburgh Steelers got their fifth win of the 2022 season with back-to-back road victories, this time in Atlanta against the Falcons. The Steelers offense once again got things going with the ground game while the defense finished the game off with a takeaway.

But who gets the game ball?

Each win for the Steelers this season, I will set forth nominations to receive the BTSC game ball. It does not necessarily have to be the best player on the field, but who really stepped up their game this particular week. After the case has been made, you all decide which player takes home the honor.

There have now been three game balls given out this season with the most recent being in Week 12. The winner for that game was Kenny Pickett. Commanding the Steelers offense, Kenny Pickett continued to make strides in his rookie season. Not only did he get his first road victory of his NFL career, it was his first win in prime time. In the game, Pickett completed 20 passes on 28 attempts for 174 passing yards as well as throwing a two-point conversion. Most importantly, he had no interceptions as this is the third-straight game the Steelers offense has not turned the ball over. Pickett also added 32 yards on the ground on six carries.

I will remind everyone of the rules that it is individual players who will be in the running. Although it could be applicable, it will not be either position groups or coaches who are eligible for this designation (but this week I am going to break my own rules) as they are more in line for Jeff Hartman’s Winners and Losers article.

So here are the nominations in no particular order:

Najee Harris

After only practicing once this past week and in a limited capacity, Najee Harris returned after missing the second half of last weeks game and rushed for 86 yards on 17 carries. With a 5.1 yards per attempt average, Harris also had a long of a 14-yard run and added one reception on one target for 6 yards.

The Offensive Line

I know, I broke my own rule. It’s very rare that I will include an entire position group, but these guys need some notoriety and it can’t just be one player over the others. But for this week, not only did the Steelers rush for 154 yards in the game, they also did not surrender any sacks.

Minkah Fitzpatrick

It wasn’t enough that Minkah Fitzpatrick led the defense with seven tackles, he had the game-sealing interception with under a minute to go on the Falcons very first play of their last drive. Even more, Fitzpatrick unselfishly kept from running into the end zone to allow the offense to simply take a knee rather than allow Atlanta to try to do something by possessing the ball for the last 35 seconds.

Connor Heyward

Although he was only targeted one time in the game, rookie tight end Connor Heyward had his first NFL touchdown with a 17-yard reception from Kenny Pickett. Making it a little extra special, big brother Cam stated after the game that he and Connor went to visit their father‘s grave in the Atlanta area earlier that morning before reporting to the stadium.

Matthew Wright

Going four-for-four in field goal attempts in the game, Matthew Wright had three kicks over 40 yards with two coming from 46 and one from 48. Adding on the extra point on the Steelers touchdown, another significant contribution from Wright was what he did on kickoffs. Avoiding the dangerous Cordarrelle Patterson, Wright used both direction and depth in order to keep Patterson from getting his hands on the ball for a return.

So what do you think? Who deserves the game ball for the Steelers this week? Make sure you vote in the poll as this is how the winner will be determined. And of course, feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Lamar Jackson knee injury adds intrigue to the Steelers vs. Ravens in Week 14

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 12/04/2022 - 5:42pm
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The Steelers and Ravens will go head-to-head in Week 14, but will Lamar Jackson be in the lineup?

No that there is any need for more intrigue in a Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens game, but there certainly is some with the knee injury Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson sustained in the Week 13 game vs. the Denver Broncos at M&T Bank Stadium Sunday.

After the game, head coach John Harbaugh told media there is a lot of unknown surrounding the injury but, “Certainly by Wednesday, it will be more definitive, but it’s going to be a number of days to weeks.”

According to Sports Injury Central, they see the injury keeping Jackson out at least two weeks, and have him not being back to 100% for the remainder of the regular season.

“Based on video of the injury, Jackson is unlikely to play for at least the next two weeks, according to the Pro Football Docs. That knocks him out for next week against the Steelers and Week 15 against the Browns.”

This absolutely puts the former NFL MVP’s availability in doubt as they prepare for a big game vs. a now surging Steelers team coming off back-to-back wins. Sitting on a 5-7 record, the Steelers could make a huge statement if they are able to beat the Ravens at home in Week 14, but they’ll likely be facing Tyler Huntley, not Jackson.

Nothing is definitive at this point, but the Steelers have experience with Huntley at quarterback. It was Huntley at quarterback in Week 18 last season in Baltimore when T.J. Watt tied Michael Strahan’s sack record, and also where Ben Roethlisberger led the team to victory, and into the playoffs.

In that game, Huntley was 16 off 31 for 141 yards, 0 TDs and 2 interceptions. Huntley has experience, and his skill set certainly should be something the Steelers will be concerned with heading into the game Sunday, if Jackson can’t play.

Be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the Steelers as they prepare for the Ravens in Week 14 of regular season action.

Mike Tomlin labels T.J. Watt as “pretty beat up” after Steelers win over the Falcons

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 12/04/2022 - 3:35pm
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The Pittsburgh Steelers defender was visibly in discomfort during the game Sunday in Week 13.

The Pittsburgh Steelers were winners over the Atlanta Falcons in Week 13 on the road, their first time winning back-to-back games in 2022. On their way to the 19-16 win, the Steelers were dealing with several bumps and bruises, as Mike Tomlin calls them. No injury loomed larger than the injury, or injuries, linebacker T.J. Watt is dealing with.

After the game, Tomlin said Watt is “pretty beat up” and the team will have to see how he handles these injuries in the next few weeks. Not only did Watt deal with the pectoral injury which landed him on Injured Reserve (IR), but also had his knee scoped during his time on IR. Since returning, Watt has been dealing with an injury to his ribs, and was visibly uncomfortable throughout the game.

You don’t have to tell Steelers fans what Watt means to the Steelers as a team, and the hope is he will be able to play vs. the Baltimore Ravens at home in Week 14.

Other players who left at some point, were cornerback Levi Wallace who had a shoulder injury after colliding with Minkah Fitzpatrick on a pass break up. Wallace was able to return, and finish, the game.

Safety Terrell Edmunds was injured while tackling Cordarrelle Patterson, and the injury was unknown while it looked like he might have had the wind knocked out of him on the play. Like Wallace, Edmunds was able to return to the field and finish the contest.

The other player who left the game at some point was offensive tackle Chuks Okorafor. Okorafor came off the field and was favoring his shoulder, but, like all the other players, was able to return to the game. What is crazy is how when Okorafor left the field, he and Mason Cole were the only offensive linemen to miss snaps this season.

The Steelers now turn their attention to an AFC North rivalry which needs no introduction when the Ravens visit Acrisure Stadium Sunday. Be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the team as they prepare for the rest of the 2022 regular season.

Knee Jerk Reaction to the Steelers 19-16 win over the Falcons

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 12/04/2022 - 3:10pm
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The Steelers were able to stack wins for the first time in the 2022 season.

Knee-jerk reactions are immediate responses to a situation without taking the time to analyze the situation. That’s something as sports fans that we typically do. Especially if you are a full blood Yinzer, or even just a part Yinzer. As is the custom, I compile my knee-jerk thoughts and publish them immediately after each Steelers game (my son Kyle might have a few things to say as well). It’s my version of running my mouth first and apologizing later (or not). So with that being said, I’m going to employ that philosophy here during Week 13 of the NFL Regular Season.

1st Quarter

  • Steelers will receive the opening kickoff. Here we go!
  • Steelers start with three straight runs and gain 13 or 14 yards. Like seeing the offensive line starting out moving guys.
  • Muth converts the 2nd first down of the game.
  • Nice catch Steven Sims......maybe. It’s being challenged. Okay so not a nice catch.
  • Muth again on 3rd down.
  • Kenny misread on that RPO, should have given it to Najee.
  • That third and 15 throw was 5 yards short Muth.
  • Matthew Wright from 46 yards, doinks the right upright but skims it through. Steelers 3, Falcons 0.
  • Sutton with a nice break up.
  • The defense does its thing and the Falcons will punt.
  • Sims muffs the fair catch, but luckily was able to get it back.
  • A couple first downs gets the Steelers out towards midfield.
  • End of the first quarter. Steelers 3, Falcons 0.

2nd Quarter.

  • Pickett was a little high or it’s a TD Muth.
  • Diontae drops the third down pass, Steelers to try a field goal. It’s good. Steelers 6 Falcons 0.
  • Don't like seeing the defense give up a big run there.
  • The defense is letting them drive it right down the field.
  • Wallace breaks up a pass, but looks to be favoring his arm.
  • Cameron Heyward!!! Get down Mr. President.
  • The Falcons hit a field goal. Steelers 6, Falcons 3.
  • Muth with a monster gain on third down. The Steelers are now in the red zone.
  • Follow that up with Dotson starting early.
  • Pickett with a nice touch pass to Connor Hayward for the touchdown. Steelers 13, Falcons 3.
  • Falcons first play is a pretty big play into Steelers territory.
  • The Steelers hold on the next three plays to force a field goal try. It's good. Steelers 13, Falcons 6.
  • The offense is already back out on the field and driving. I am liking what I'm seeing offensively from the Steelers so far. The only thing that would make it better is more touchdowns.
  • Steelers settling for a field goal try again. It's good. Steelers 16, Falcons 6.
  • The Steelers have scored on every one of their drives so far. That part I like but the touchdown to field goal ratio is not good.
  • Steelers are going to play soft zone and looks like they'll probably end up giving up yardage to field goal range.
  • Back-to-back plays of over 10 yards for the Falcons.
  • Three incompletions follow and the Steelers will actually get the ball back.
  • The Steelers just hand it to Najee and then let the clock run out. Halftime score Steelers 16, Falcons 6.

3rd Quarter

  • Edmunds makes a nice play, but is now down on the turf. Looks like he might have landed on the running backs foot.
  • After giving up one first down the defense holds and the offense will get the ball back.
  • The Steelers do get a first down right away. Nice to not see a quick three and out to start the third quarter on offense.
  • Diontae did a good job making that catch and getting up the field quickly.
  • Betty Snell with a nice catch for a first down, add on a horse collar tackle and the Steelers are deep into Falcons territory.
  • A penalty then hurts. The drive stalls and the Steelers try a field goal. Steelers 19, Falcons 6.
  • It was good to see the Steelers drive the ball and score points in the third quarter.
  • The defense is giving up runs now.
  • The defense gives up the touchdown. When the offense is only scoring field goals the defense needs to hold to field goals. Steelers 19, Falcons 13.
  • Thank goodness the third quarter is over is the offense already faces a third and eight. Steelers 19, Falcons 13.

4th Quarter

  • Diontae catches the 3rd down pass and then fumbles it. Talk about a momentum changer.
  • Wow. Somehow that fumble was overturned and Big Press is on to punt.
  • Falcons moving it to easily.
  • The defense has given up about 100 yards rushing in the 2nd half.
  • Falcons going on 4th and 1. I figure they'll convert this. They do pretty easily.
  • Falcons pounding it down the Steelers throat on the ground.
  • Falcons score but there's a flag. Please be a hold, please be a hold, please be a hold. And it was a hold, thank goodness.
  • Another penalty on the Falcons and they are second and goal on the 22.
  • 3rd and goal at the 10 is incomplete. The Falcons will attempt to field goal. Steelers 19, Falcons 16.
  • With 5 and 1/2 minutes to play it's time for the offense to get this ball and milk this clock and then score a touchdown.
  • The Steelers have made a couple of first downs and are just into Falcons territory. We've hit the two-minute warning. Time to finish this off on offense.
  • Diontae catches a first down out of the 2 minute warning.
  • The only thing I don't like about that bootleg they just did with Pickett is that he really had no option of anyone to throw the ball to.
  • The Steelers are actually going to punt the ball here. That is a little confusing to me as they were on the very far edge of field goal range.
  • Steelers down the punt at the 2 yard line.
  • Minkah picks it off and runs out of bounds so the Steelers can kneel on it.
  • Victory formation for the Steelers.
  • 3-2-1 WIN! The Steelers maged their short stack with the 19-16 win.

There you have it, my knee jerks. so I will sit on this for a day or two, analyze it and then talk about it on The Scho Bro Show Tuesday night. CAN’T WAIT!!!

FINAL: Steelers find a way to win, beating the Falcons 19-16

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 12/04/2022 - 2:56pm
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The Steelers were able to beat the Falcons, winning back-to-back games for the first time in 2022.

The Pittsburgh Steelers entered their Week 13 game vs. the Atlanta Falcons hoping to do something they hadn’t done all season — win back-to-back games. Coming off a Monday night win over the Indianapolis Colts, the Steelers entered the game as a banged up unit, dealing with several bumps and bruises heading to Atlanta.

Banged up or not, the Falcons won the opening coin toss and elected to defer their possession to the second half. It meant Kenny Pickett and the Steelers offense would take the field to start the game, and the offense did what they do most, drive the field. The time-consuming drive featured plenty of third down conversions and tough running by Najee Harris, but the drive ended with a 46-yard Matthew Wright field goal which banked off the right upright, his second bank in the last two games, to make the score 3-0 with 7:32 left in the opening quarter.

Trying to answer the Steelers’ opening drive points, the Falcons moved the ball, but stalled after penalties saw them facing a 3rd and 20. The result was a punt, giving the ball back to Pittsburgh with 4:23 remaining in the first quarter.

Pittsburgh’s second drive started out very much like their first, and it had the offense in Atlanta territory at the end of the quarter. However, the Steelers second drive was very much like their first with the offense moving into Atlanta territory, and having to settle for a Wright field goal. Again from 46-yards, the kick made the score 6-0 with 13:34 remaining in the opening half.

The Mariota led offense was dynamic in their second possession, pushing the ball down the field and combining those passes with big runs. The Falcons’ offense moved quickly into Pittsburgh territory, but when the field shortened the Steelers’ defense tightened up. A Larry Ogunjobi tackle for loss set up a 3rd and 13, and Cam Heyward got to Mariota to force a 50-yard field goal attempt. The kick was good, making the score 6-3 with 9:20 remaining in the second quarter.

The Steelers’ offense continued to move the ball down the field, and this drive was jump-started by a 3rd down completion to Pat Freiermuth where he turned the ball up field and made defenders miss on his way to a 57 yard gain. Just a few plays later Pickett hit fellow rookie Connor Heyward in the end-zone for the first touchdown of the game.

.@kennypickett10 hits @ConnorHeyward1 for six‼️

Stream on NFL+ https://t.co/E0NYNUAdNa pic.twitter.com/6LLzL1jSHa

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) December 4, 2022

The Wright extra point was good, making the score 13-3 with 7:06 left in the quarter.

Atlanta’s offense did their best Steelers impression, as it pertains to moving the ball. However, like the Steelers in their first two possessions, the drive resulted in nothing more than a field goal. The Koo 51-yard field goal was good, making the score 13-6.

With 5:05 remaining in the opening half, the Pickett led offense continued to move the ball with ease. A 20-yard completion to Diontae Johnson to star the drive got the ball into Atlanta territory. A run by Pickett and Harris got the offense in field goal range, and that’s all they got with a 46-yard Wright field goal with 1:29 left in the half.

Atlanta’s drive didn’t equate in points, and the 16-6 score would carry into halftime.

Starting the second half with the football, the Falcons drive only lasted a handful of plays before punting the ball to the Steelers for their opening possession of the second half.

The Steelers’ haven’t played well offensively in the third quarters in recent weeks, but that fortune changed vs. the Falcons, albeit slightly. An impressive drive which saw the Steelers rush for over 100 yards as a team, ended in a familiar fashion, a Matthew Wright field goal. The kick was good, making the score 19-6 with 4:46 left in the third quarter.

Desperately needing points, the Falcons did it the way they’ve done it the entire season, running the football. Whether it was Marcus Mariota or a slew of running backs, the Falcons ran their way into the red-zone for the first time of the game. It took only two plays once reaching the red-zone for Atlanta to score their first touchdown. The extra point was good, making the score 19-13 with 43 seconds left in the third quarter.

Facing a 3rd and 7 to start the 4th quarter, a pass intended for Diontae Johnson looked as if it was caught and fumbled; however, the review had the officials overturn the call on the field. It resulted in the Steelers’ first punt of the game by Pressley Harvin III.

The momentum had clearly swung in Atlanta’s favor, and they continued to run the ball down the Steelers’ throats. The drive equated to a first and goal situation, and despite a holding call which backed them almost out of the red-zone, they had a 3rd down chance from the 10-yard line. The pass intended for Drake London fell incomplete, and resulted in another Koo field goal to make the score 19-16.

Despite the change of momentum, the Steelers controlled their own destiny with the offense getting the football back. A good mix of run and pass had the Steelers across midfield at the two-minute warning. Facing a 3rd and 5 with the Falcons out of timeouts and 1:40 left in regulation, Kenny Pickett kept the ball on an end around and stayed in bounds to kill more clock.

The Steelers elected to punt the football, bypassing a lengthy Matthew Wright field goal, and Harvin pinned the Falcons at the 2-yard line. Mariota’s pass on first down was intercepted by Minkah Fitzpatrick, who wisely went out of bounds to kill the clock. The Steelers got in victory formation and went on to win 19-16.

It was the first time the Steelers won back-to-back games in 2022, moving their record to 5-7, and host the Baltimore Ravens in Week 14 at Acrisure Stadium. Be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the Steelers as they press on throughout the regular season.

Steelers vs. Falcons, Week 13: 3rd quarter in-game update

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 12/04/2022 - 2:16pm
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The Pittsburgh Steelers are back on the gridiron! See what is happening during the team’s late game.

1st Quarter In-Game Update

2nd Quarter In-Game Update

Starting the second half with the football, the Falcons drive only lasted a handful of plays before punting the ball to the Steelers for their opening possession of the second half.

The Steelers’ haven’t played well offensively in the third quarters in recent weeks, but that fortune changed vs. the Falcons, albeit slightly. An impressive drive which saw the Steelers rush for over 100 yards as a team, ended in a familiar fashion, a Matthew Wright field goal. The kick was good, making the score 19-6 with 4:46 left in the third quarter.

Desperately needing points, the Falcons did it the way they’ve done it the entire season, running the football. Whether it was Marcus Mariota or a slew of running backs, the Falcons ran their way into the red-zone for the first time of the game. It took only two plays once reaching the red-zone for Atlanta to score their first touchdown. The extra point was good, making the score 19-13 with 43 seconds left in the third quarter.

Steelers vs. Falcons: Second-half live updates, injury news and open thread

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 12/04/2022 - 1:35pm
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The Steelers are back on the gridiron! The 2022 season continues with the Steelers and Falcons locking horns in Week 13. Keep tabs on all things Black-and-gold with our updates and open thread.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are back on the field for the twelfth time in the 2022 regular season as they prepare to face off against the Atlanta Falcons.

Throughout the game, be sure to check back here for score updates, injury news and any breaking news from those on the sidelines following the team live.

For those wondering, you can enjoy some lively commentary with the best Steelers fans across the globe in the open thread for all BTSC members in the comment section below. Let’s remember to keep it clean, respect everyone’s thoughts and ideas, and ultimately remember we’re all here for the same reason—to root on the Steelers!

So enjoy the game and be sure to follow BTSC for all the latest news surrounding the team throughout the game and afterwards!

HERE WE GO STEELERS!

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Steelers vs. Falcons, Week 13: 2nd quarter in-game update

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 12/04/2022 - 1:25pm
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The Pittsburgh Steelers are back on the gridiron! See what is happening during the team’s late game.

1st Quarter In-Game Update

Pittsburgh’s second drive started out very much like their first, and it had the offense in Atlanta territory at the end of the quarter. However, the Steelers second drive was very much like their first with the offense moving into Atlanta territory, and having to settle for a Wright field goal. Again from 46-yards, the kick made the score 6-0 with 13:34 remaining in the opening half.

The Mariota led offense was dynamic in their second possession, pushing the ball down the field and combining those passes with big runs. The Falcons’ offense moved quickly into Pittsburgh territory, but when the field shortened the Steelers’ defense tightened up. A Larry Ogunjobi tackle for loss set up a 3rd and 13, and Cam Heyward got to Mariota to force a 50-yard field goal attempt. The kick was good, making the score 6-3 with 9:20 remaining in the second quarter.

The Steelers’ offense continued to move the ball down the field, and this drive was jump-started by a 3rd down completion to Pat Freiermuth where he turned the ball up field and made defenders miss on his way to a 57 yard gain. Just a few plays later Pickett hit fellow rookie Connor Heyward in the end-zone for the first touchdown of the game.

.@kennypickett10 hits @ConnorHeyward1 for six‼️

Stream on NFL+ https://t.co/E0NYNUAdNa pic.twitter.com/6LLzL1jSHa

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) December 4, 2022

The Wright extra point was good, making the score 13-3 with 7:06 left in the quarter.

Atlanta’s offense did their best Steelers impression, as it pertains to moving the ball. However, like the Steelers in their first two possessions, the drive resulted in nothing more than a field goal. The Koo 51-yard field goal was good, making the score 13-6.

With 5:05 remaining in the opening half, the Pickett led offense continued to move the ball with ease. A 20-yard completion to Diontae Johnson to star the drive got the ball into Atlanta territory. A run by Pickett and Harris got the offense in field goal range, and that’s all they got with a 46-yard Wright field goal with 1:29 left in the half.

Atlanta’s drive didn’t equate in points, and the 16-6 score would carry into halftime.

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