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Week 10 was a good week as the Steelers win, and the Bears lose

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 11/13/2022 - 4:45pm
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The Steelers were victorious over the Saints, and the Lions stunning the Bears was a cherry on top.

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ global fan base has a lot of rooting interests these days. Well, a couple to be specific. Obviously, the fans want the absolute best for their favorite black and gold team. However, since the Steelers traded Chase Claypool to the Chicago Bears, Steelers fans have a new team to root for, and that would be the team who is playing the Bears on a weekly basis.

As the Steelers took care of business in Week 10, beating the New Orleans Saints 20-10, the Detroit Lions stunned the Bears giving the Bears their 7th loss of the season. This matters based on the fact the more the Bears lose, the higher the 2nd Round pick will be in the 2023 NFL Draft.

Let’s take a look at where the Steelers and Bears draft order currently stands heading into Week 11:

Current 2023 NFL Draft Order

Chicago Bears: 6th Overall
Pittsburgh Steelers: 9th Overall

There is a large section of the Steelers fan base who believe the Steelers should lose as many games as possible to improve their draft position next year. But with a 3-6 record they are still claiming a Top 10 pick, as the order stands right now.

Overall, Week 10 was a good week for the Steelers, and the fact the Bears lost just makes it that much sweeter. For those wondering, the Bears play the Atlanta Falcons on the road in Week 11, the Falcons coming off a Thursday Night Football loss to the Carolina Panthers, while the Steelers host the Cincinnati Bengals next week 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 2022 regular season.

Knee Jerk Reaction to the Steelers 20-10 win over the Saints

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 11/13/2022 - 2:58pm
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The Pittsburgh Steelers were victorious in Week 10 by way of a 20-10 win over the New Orleans Saints.

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 10 of the NFL Regular Season.

1st Quarter

  • My record in person at Heinz Field last year (yes, it was Heinz Field then) was a perfect 4-0. I am in the now named Acrisure Stadium today trying to see if I can get an undefeated streak going this year. Thanks BAD for tagging in this week to help me out with the Knee Jerk.
  • No problemo, BBS. Here we go!!!
  • Wish I would have been here to watch T.J. emerge from the tunnel. But The Scho Bros and Co. are.
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  • Great weather in recent weeks
  • Great. Pittsburgh offense out first. Not a fan of that. Kenny’s got to make them pay.
  • Kenny threw behind Pickens there.
  • Combat catch with some RAC for No. 14. Nice from both QB to WR.
  • Canada’s play calling not incredibly generic so far, nut QB not making the plays yet.
  • Saints defense starting deep in their own territory. Make ‘em pay.
  • Don’t sleep on Dalton. He’s burned this team before.
  • Watt with a tackle on his first play back combining with Cam Heyward. Tell me he’s not fired up.
  • Watt with a tackle on his second play back combining with Larry Ogunjobi. Tell me he’s not fired up.
  • Defense looks ready to crack somebody at any cost.
  • I criticize fair catches all of the time, but if I was out there, I’d probably call one before the ball was snapped.
  • I thought before the game that this could be a get right game for Najee Harris and he looks good.
  • Chris Harris untouched. Protecting your quarterback means not ignoring defenders,
  • Connor Heyward just got jacked up. If you want to send him a correspondence, front date it to next week. He just got knocked into it.
  • Great pick up of a fourth down by Pickett. If it doesn’t work,
  • I officially hate Alonte Taylor already, Glad that he got nabbed on the almost pickoff.
  • Kenny found a way to get out of trouble on that play, his o-line has got to protect him.
  • George Pickens on the inside give. Creative. I love it. But I feel like No. 22 needs some love after a great drive.
  • Who cares. Touchdown Stillers! 7-0. Woo Hoo!!!!!!
  • Very good drive for KP8. Very good drive for the entire offense. Very good drive for Matt Canada. They all needed that.
  • It’s nice to see the opponents actually get a penalty on a good return. I’m used to it being against the Steelers.
  • C’mon. How does Heyward allow himself to get moved away from that sack? You can’t allow a gain of 18.
  • Don’t let Taysom Hill beat you.
  • Steelers are playing team defense. Nice.
  • Definitely a late hit. not a cheap roughing the passer.
  • This analyst does not like Kenny Pickett. But what do you expect from a guy that pooped and peed himself
  • Najee with a great run and extra effort. But I fear he’s concussed.

End of Quarter No. 1 - Steelers 7, N’awlins 0

2nd Quarter

  • Pigeons are back. That’s a good sign.
  • This is where you need to get up by two touchdowns, not settle for 10-0.
  • But that’s what they are going to do.
  • Offensive line is not protecting KP8 well enough.
  • I’ll take the Matthew Wright field goal. Mr. Wright is Mr. Right Now.
  • Marcus Allen dishing out the punishment on Special Teams.
  • Key third down. Don’t let them back in the game.
  • Arthur Maulet disrupted a huge big gain. Kudos.
  • Nice to see Najee cleared to return.
  • I do not like the pass blocking so far.
  • Good third down effort by Pickens and Pickett, To not enough avail though.
  • Watch Boykin on Special Teams. He is a keeper. I’d like to see him have a long Darius Hayward-Bey-type career.
  • If Michael Jackson was alive, would Rasheed Shaheed be his favorite player? Nice grab on third down.
  • Steelers defense forcing Tasom to channel his inner Kate Bush. He’s running up that hill.
  • T.J. Watt shut down that series there. But Will Lutz gets the Saints on the board, 10-3 Steelers.
  • If I’m the Saints, I’m loving the pass interference penalty. D.J. would have been gone. The Kenny Pickett and the Steelers needed a long touchdown. Damn.
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  • You can’t dance yourself out of a first down, Diontae. If they have to punt because of that, I won’t forgive you.
  • D.J. (Derek Watt) just bailed D.J. (Diontae Johnson) out with the first down run. Only his second run of the season.
  • Kenny throwing into triple coverage. Stop that.
  • They aren’t missing Claypool that much. I miss him, but it’s not killing the Steelers evidenced by that sweet play to Stephen Sims.
  • Dan Moore Jr. just absolutely abused on that play. The quarterback had no chance on that play.
  • Meanwhile in Kansas City, JuJu Smith-Schuster just got destroyed and presumedly knocked out. Hope he’s okay.
  • Steelers need to buckle down here. This can’t be a tie at halftime.
  • Great job by Heyward and Alex Highsmith on the sack. Looks like Alex is getting the sack.
  • Horrible call. But Damontae Kazee is going to get nailed for that hit every single time, but if you are going to get play like that from your safety...get excited.
  • You just made Juwaun Johnson look like Keyshawn Johnson. Pitiful.
  • Momentum has gone to New Orleans. If this game is a loss, it starts here.
  • You know that they are just going to be content to go into the locker room, but they are going to play conservative. I hate that.
  • I stand corrected. Nice run by KP8.

Halftime tie at 10-10. I feel deflated.

3rd Quarter

  • The Steelers need a stop. Can’t let the Saints keep their mojo rising out of the locker room.
  • I’m glad Jarvis Landry, an arrogant dirty player, got nailed on that offensive pass interference.
  • Sutton with the pass defense, he’s playing well in this game.
  • Good defense by Terrell Edmunds. Way to go, Fe’Derius.
  • You just feel like Sims is going to break one soon. But of course, a hold on a return.
  • Danny Smith Jr. should be renamed “the Dream Shatterer”.
  • Or “the Momentum Squasher”.
  • Kenny Pickett knows how to get out of trouble with his wheels.
  • It’s pitiful that the 23-yard run from Pickett is the second-longest of the season.
  • Najee is a battler.
  • 112 yards on the ground so far. Wow!
  • Kenny threading a needle to Pickens. That duo could be the real deal.
  • Pickens on the ground now, Wow!
  • This offensive line is making their quarterback work harder.
  • Sack. Ridiculous! How can Pickett be expected to finish drives when he’s not afforded time.
  • Third and a long goal from the 21. You really need to get in the end zone.
  • Pickett got rattled there. 1`
  • Matthew Wright, no good. Great drive and nothing. Uggh!!!!!
  • Kenny Pickett is in the blue tent. Mitch is warming up with Gunner. The Steelers could win with Mitch, but No. 8 needs to earn a win. He can’t afford stunted growth.
  • All the time in the world for Dalton on third and long. Olave is good, coverage was good, but this can’t happen.
  • Montravious Adams is quietly having a nice game against his former team.
  • I don’t want to jinx things, but the Taysom Hill thing isn’t working against the Steelers.
  • It’s a shame that they called the false start, Devin Bush was about to light up Dalton.
  • Oof. The punt took a hard turn and pins back the Steelers. Not good.
  • Kenny is back. But apparently he’s not moving well.
  • Good play to Connor Heyward, needs to stretch the ball out a bit.
  • The Steelers definitely have a sneak game under KP8.
  • Backed up deep, a 99-yard drive could be a momentum changer for the game and 2022.
  • Najee is battling. He needs a 100-yard game.
  • Diontae is playing with heart. Great effort on that big, deep play of 36.

End of Quarter 3. 10-10.

4th Quarter

  • The Steelers can’t finish drives. From my television screen, that Wright goal looked like it was getting blocked.
  • Did they rough the kicker?
  • 13-10 Steelers. I still feel deflated.
  • That ball was blocked, but still went through. That’s why it wasn’t called.
  • Renegade Alert! Let’s see if it pays off.
  • A timeout because Tyson Alualu can’t get off of the field. What a waste.
  • Third and 5. You gotta get a stop.
  • Interception!!!! Welcome to Pittsburgh Damontae Kazee. Great coverage by Levi Wallace.
  • Oh no, fumble by Najee. Chunks with the recovery.
  • Amazing RAC by Jaylen Warren.
  • Don’t waste it.
  • Warren is a warrior. Big third down conversion!
  • Don’t waste plays with the freaking wildcat!
  • Zach Gentry was not interfered with.
  • Thank goodness for the PI. I was about to type, “They CAN NOT FINISH DRIVES”.
  • Pickett with the payoff. Huge! 20-10 Steelers.
  • Wallace with great coverage on back-to-back plays.
  • Don’t waste time outs, please.
  • That looks like huge stop by Ogunjobi to force the punt.
  • What, the aren’t punting?
  • Spillane with the stop! Spillane with the stop!
  • Make em’ pay and close this game out.
  • C’mon, don’t get complacent. The Steelers may win this game, but the offensive line is sucking.
  • Wouldn’t be the smartest move, but I would go for it here.
  • Okay Matthew Wright is not as good as i said he was. Should’ve went for it.
  • All though they didn’t seize the football, huge strip sack for Highsmith.
  • Levi Wallace with a phenomenal INT!!!!!!!
  • Now, make them freaking pay and close this show.
  • I’m loving Najee today.
  • Steelers have to move the chains.
  • Sims moves the chains. Nice!
  • Two-minute warning. Let’s do it.
  • Warren with a huge gain. They are actually going to do it.
  • Yes! Great effort!
  • Mike Tomlin gets his first win over New Orleans, Steelers 20, Saints 10.

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 get the job done, beat the Saints 20-10

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 11/13/2022 - 2:54pm
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The Pittsburgh Steelers move their record to 3-6 after a 20-10 win over the New Orleans Saints.

The Pittsburgh Steelers and New Orleans Saints entered their Week 10 showdown with plenty on the line. For the Saints, they were trying to keep pace in the sub-par NFC South, while the Steelers were trying to return to respectability coming off their bye week.

For the home team, the Steelers got a huge boost in the return of both T.J. Watt and Damontae Kazee returning to the lineup off Injured Reserve (IR); however, it wasn’t all good news as the team was without All-Pro safety Minkah Fitzpatrick who had an appedenctomy Saturday before the game.

The Steelers started the game with the football, but Kenny Pickett and the offense stalled near midfield, settling for a field-flipping drive. Pressley Harvin’s punt pinned the New Orleans offense inside their 10-yard line for their first offensive possession.

After a false start on first down, the Saints’ opening possession was short-lived, only lasting three plays. Steven Sims’ fair catch gave the Steelers the football just shy of midfield. Pickett and company took care of business on their second drive. Big plays to Diontae Johnson on third down, and a 4th down conversion to Jaylen Warren, moved the Steelers into the red-zone. There, it was Pickett handing off to George Pickens for the first score of the game.

George. Pickens

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— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) November 13, 2022

Matthew Wright’s point after was good, making the score 7-0 with 5:02 left in the first quarter.

Andy Dalton and the Saints offense were able to gain a first down on their second possession, but the drive stalled and ended in another punt. Following the touchback, the Steelers offense took the field at their own 20-yard line.

Following a roughing the passer call gave the Steelers new life on the next drive, a 35-yard run by Najee Harris got the Steelers into the red-zone for the second time in the quarter. To start the second quarter, the offense was unable to get into the end-zone and had to settle for a Wright 33-yard field goal.

The Saints’ next drive equated in just one first down before punting the ball back to Pittsburgh. A three-and-out for the Steelers gave the Saints their best field position of the game, and Andy Dalton and company turned the field position into points.

Big plays to Chris Olave and Alvin Kamara moved the ball into field goal range, but a T.J. Watt tackle resulted in the Saints having to settle for a field goal. The kick was good, making the score 10-3 with 6:40 left in the half.

Needing a positive drive, Pickett and the Steelers offense moved methodically down the field to get into field goal range. However, facing a critical 3rd and 5, Pickett was sacked moving the ball out of field goal range. Harvin’s punt coming out of the two-minute warning equated in a penalty on James Pierre giving the Saints an extra 15 yards.

Starting at the 29-yard line, Dalton hit Jarvis Landry to move the ball near midfield. Even after an Alex Highsmith sack, it was a Damontae Kazee personal foul penalty which moved the football into the red-zone. Dalton hit his tight end for the touchdown. With 19 seconds left, the score was 10-10.

After halftime, the Saints looked to pick up right where they left off with a completion from Dalton to Jarvis Landry, but offensive pass interference negated the play and eventually resulted in a 3-and-out.

Pinned deep inside their own end, Kenny Pickett used his legs to get the Steelers near midfield. Following Pickett’s lead was George Pickens on an end around which got the offense into the red-zone. However, when the offense got into a first-and-goal situation, a first down sack pushed the offense outside the 20-yard line. The drive never equated in points when Matthew Wright missed a 39-yard field goal to keep the score tied 10-10 with 8:55 left in the third quarter.

The Saints were unable to take advantage of the Steelers mistake, but the New Orleans special teams did their job by pinning the Steelers at their own 3-yard line to start their next possession.

Pittsburgh’s offense did more than just get out of their own territory, but completions to Pat Freiermuth and Diontae Johnson had them in scoring territory heading into the fourth quarter. What has been a theme far too many times this season has been the Steelers offense struggling when they near the red-zone. This trend continued as the offense had to settle for a Wright 33-yard field goal to make the score 13-10 with 13:43 left in regulation.

Facing a 3rd and 5 on the next New Orleans possession, Dalton’s pass was intercepted by Damontae Kazee, giving the Steelers’ great field position. Luckily for the offense, a Najee Harris fumble was recovered on first down, and on second down Pickett hit Jaylen Warren and he did the rest. The reception set up the offense in the red-zone.

Jaylen Warren continued to do damage with the ball in his hands and set up the Steelers with a 1st and goal situation. After two wasted plays, a third down pass intended for Pat Freiermuth drew a defensive pass interference call, setting the ball at the one-yard line. On the next play Kenny Pickett plunged into the end-zone for the touchdown.

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— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) November 13, 2022

The Wright extra point was good, making the score 20-10.

The Pittsburgh defense then started to take over and make their presence felt. On the next drive, facing a 3rd and 1, the Saints’ offense was stopped short. New Orleans decided to line up quickly and go for the quarterback sneak to Andy Dalton, but it was stopped for no gain. The turnover on downs didn’t equate to points as Matthew Wright badly missed his second kick, this one a 48-yard field goal attempt.

Dalton, needing to throw the Saints back into the game, was intercepted by Levi Wallace on his next pass, and the Steelers were on their way to victory. Jaylen Warren and Najee Harris all put their hand in the pile as the Steelers iced out the game. The final score when all was said and done, was 20-10.

The win moved the Steelers’ record to 3-6 on the season, as they now prepare for the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 11 following Cincinnati’s bye week. 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. Saints, Week 10: 3rd quarter in-game update

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 11/13/2022 - 2:11pm
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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

After halftime, the Saints looked to pick up right where they left off with a completion from Dalton to Jarvis Landry, but offensive pass interference negated the play and eventually resulted in a 3-and-out.

Pinned deep inside their own end, Kenny Pickett used his legs to get the Steelers near midfield. Following Pickett’s lead was George Pickens on an end around which got the offense into the red-zone. However, when the offense got into a first-and-goal situation, a first down sack pushed the offense outside the 20-yard line. The drive never equated in points when Matthew Wright missed a 39-yard field goal to keep the score tied 10-10 with 8:55 left in the third quarter.

The Saints were unable to take advantage of the Steelers mistake, but the New Orleans special teams did their job by pinning the Steelers at their own 3-yard line to start their next possession.

Pittsburgh’s offense did more than just get out of their own territory, but completions to Pat Freiermuth and Diontae Johnson had them in scoring territory heading into the fourth quarter.

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

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 11/13/2022 - 1:32pm
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The Steelers are back on the gridiron! The 2022 season continues with the Steelers and Saints locking horns in Week 10. Keep tabs on all things Black-and-gold with our updates and open thread.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are back on the field for the ninth time in the 2022 regular season as they prepare to face off against the New Orleans Saints.

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!

If you have time, and want to check out any of our podcasts, listen in the player below:

Steelers vs. Saints, Week 10: 2nd quarter in-game update

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 11/13/2022 - 1:26pm
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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

Following a roughing the passer call gave the Steelers new life on the next drive, a 35-yard run by Najee Harris got the Steelers into the red-zone for the second time in the quarter. To start the second quarter, the offense was unable to get into the end-zone and had to settle for a Wright 33-yard field goal.

The Saints’ next drive equated in just one first down before punting the ball back to Pittsburgh. A three-and-out for the Steelers gave the Saints their best field position of the game, and Andy Dalton and company turned the field position into points.

Big plays to Chris Olave and Alvin Kamara moved the ball into field goal range, but a T.J. Watt tackle resulted in the Saints having to settle for a field goal. The kick was good, making the score 10-3 with 6:40 left in the half.

Needing a positive drive, Pickett and the Steelers offense moved methodically down the field to get into field goal range. However, facing a critical 3rd and 5, Pickett was sacked moving the ball out of field goal range. Harvin’s punt coming out of the two-minute warning equated in a penalty on James Pierre giving the Saints an extra 15 yards.

Starting at the 29-yard line, Dalton hit Jarvis Landry to move the ball near midfield. Even after an Alex Highsmith sack, it was a Damontae Kazee personal foul penalty which moved the football into the red-zone. Dalton hit his tight end for the touchdown. With 19 seconds left, the score was 10-10.

The score would hold with New Orleans getting the football to start with the ball to start the third quarter.

Steelers vs. Saints, Week 10: 1st quarter in-game update

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 11/13/2022 - 12:39pm
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The Pittsburgh Steelers are back on the gridiron! See what is happening during the team’s late game.

The Pittsburgh Steelers and New Orleans Saints entered their Week 10 showdown with plenty on the line. For the Saints, they were trying to keep pace in the sub-par NFC South, while the Steelers were trying to return to respectability coming off their bye week.

For the home team, the Steelers got a huge boost in the return of both T.J. Watt and Damontae Kazee returning to the lineup off Injured Reserve (IR); however, it wasn’t all good news as the team was without All-Pro safety Minkah Fitzpatrick who had an appedenctomy Saturday before the game.

The Steelers started the game with the football, but Kenny Pickett and the offense stalled near midfield, settling for a field-flipping drive. Pressley Harvin’s punt pinned the New Orleans offense inside their 10-yard line for their first offensive possession.

After a false start on first down, the Saints’ opening possession was short-lived, only lasting three plays. Steven Sims’ fair catch gave the Steelers the football just shy of midfield. Pickett and company took care of business on their second drive. Big plays to Diontae Johnson on third down, and a 4th down conversion to Jaylen Warren, moved the Steelers into the red-zone. There, it was Pickett handing off to George Pickens for the first score of the game.

George. Pickens

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— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) November 13, 2022

Matthew Wright’s point after was good, making the score 7-0 with 5:02 left in the first quarter.

Andy Dalton and the Saints offense were able to gain a first down on their second possession, but the drive stalled and ended in another punt. Following the touchback, the Steelers offense took the field at their own 20-yard line.

Following a roughing the passer call gave the Steelers new life on the next drive, a 35-yard run by Najee Harris got the Steelers into the red-zone for the second time in the quarter.

That marked the end of the 1st quarter...

Steelers vs. Saints, Week 10: First-half live updates, injury news and open thread

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 11/13/2022 - 11:45am
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The Steelers are back on the gridiron! The 2022 season continues with the Steelers and Saints locking horns in Week 10. Keep tabs on all things Black-and-gold with our updates and open thread.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are back on the field for the ninth time in the 2022 regular season as they prepare to face off against the New Orleans Saints.

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!

If you have time, and want to check out any of our podcasts, listen in the player below:

Who is the Steelers X-Factor in Week 10 vs. the Saints?

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Who is the X-Factor for the Steelers in their Week 10 game vs. the Saints?

The Pittsburgh Steelers are preparing for the New Orleans Saints in Week 10. It is the Steelers’ latest home game, and, hopefully their third victory.

When looking at the matchup between AFC and NFC foes, there are players who can be viewed as ‘X-Factors’.

What is an ‘X-Factor’?

I would describe an ‘X-Factor’ as a player who can truly alter the outcome of the game, single-handedly. Not just a plug and play type player, but a player who always has to be accounted for, no matter what.

As a clear-cut example of what an ‘X-Factor’ player would look like, think Troy Polamalu. Polamalu’s skill set made him a force to be reckoned with on every play. So, who are the ‘X-Factors’ for the Steelers Week 10 game vs. the Saints?

Let’s take a look...

Jeff Hartman

X-Factor: Kenny Pickett

Why: It is safe to say Kenny Pickett will be my X-Factor until he is able to provide just a glimmer of hope in the future of the position. I think Pickett is brimming with potential, but he needs to have a moment where he shows why the team took him in the first round and with the 20th overall pick.

Would it be awesome to see Pickett go out and win the game by way of a stunning 4th quarter comeback win? Absolutely, but at the same time I’d be just as happy with Pickett playing a solid game as the team goes on to win the game soundly.

Just give the home crowd something to cheer about...it’s a step in the right direction.

Dave Schofield

X-Factor: T.J. Watt

Why: Having the opportunity to type this name again sends chills down my fingers. The Steelers had seven sacks in Week 1 and finally surpassed that total without him in their last game, but it took seven games to get there. T.J. Watt brings a whole different element as everyone on the offense has to know where he is at all times. Even the receivers on the far side of the field have to know if T.J. Watt is on the field there will be less time for them to get open in their route. It changes everything. If Watt comes back with any kind of fire like we saw in Week 1 of either the last two seasons, it will make a huge difference on the defense.

Who would be your X-Factor for the Week 10 game Sunday? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!

Kevin Dotson active for the Steelers in Week 10 vs. the Saints

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The Steelers starting left guard has not missed a snap this season through eight games.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have released their inactives for their Week 10 matchup with the New Orleans Saints. With two players previously being ruled out due to injury, the list is made up of four healthy scratches. With new roster rules which began in 2020, teams will only need to have five players inactive each game unless they elevate any players from the practice squad. Due to Minkah Fitzpatrick being ruled out due to an appendectomy on Saturday, the Steelers elevated Elijah Riley from the practice squad. For this reason, the inactive list is six players and comes courtesy of Steelers.com.

Steelers Inactives

No. 2 QB Mason Rudolph
No. 25 CB Ahkello Witherspoon
No. 37 DB Elijah Riley
No. 39 S Minkah Fitzpatrick
No. 53 G Kendrick Green
No. 93 LB Mark Robinson

For Week 10, two players were already known to be out in Ahkello Witherspoon and Minkah Fitzpatick. On Friday, William Jackson III was also ruled out due to injury but was placed on the Reserve/Injured List on Saturday and therefore is no longer on the roster. Both Kevin Dotson and Malik Reed were listed as questionable following Friday’s practice as Dotson was limited on Friday with an abdomen injury while Reed missed Thursday’s practice and was limited on Friday for personal reasons. Fortunately, both players were able to go an are active for the game.

When it comes to the healthy scratches, quarterback mason Rudolph and guard/center Kendrick Green are both inactive for the ninth-straight game to start the 2022 season. Another player on the list, Mark Robinson, was active in Week 6 due to so many injuries to players who missed the game where he received a helmet and played five special teams snaps. Robinson is once again inactive for Week 10 which makes it eight of nine games to start his rookie season.

With one more player needing to go on the inactive list, this week it is safety Elijah Riley. With Ahkello Witherspoon missing the game, the Steelers wanted to ensure they had plenty of cornerbacks available so Josh Jackson is active. It is curious that Riley was elevated from the practice squad yesterday only to be inactive.

As for the Saints inactives, they can be seen below:

Saints inactives

* S Marcus Maye (abdomen)
* DE Marcus Davenport (calf)
* WR Marquez Callaway
* TE J.P. Holtz
* LB Pete Werner (ankle)
* CB Marshon Lattimore (abdomen)
* RB Mark Ingram (knee)
* LG Andrus Peat (triceps)

— Luke Johnson (@ByLukeJohnson) November 13, 2022

Be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the Steelers as they prepare for the Saints Sunday in Week 10 at Acrisure Stadium.

Bold and Bizarre predictions for Steelers vs. Saints

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 11/13/2022 - 9:30am
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Much to the chagrin of most, BTSC’s Nostradumbass predicts the Steelers’ matchup vs. the New Orleans Saints

The Pittsburgh Steelers host New Orleans and attempt to defeat the Saints for the first time in the Mike Tomlin era. With inquiries, story lines, and more, I’ve compiled a list of predictions (some basic, and some utterly idiotic) to look for in this challenging home contest.

For those new to the article I sometimes come close, but ultimately whiff on most of my predictions. Let’s see if I can get lucky this week.

  • Mike Tomlin attempts to beat New Orleans to for the first time in his career to earn a win over every team in the NFL. Coach T’s strategy is to convince his team that since both team’s color schemes are considered black and gold that this could be an easy win since they are used to beating themselves.
  • With all of the Steelers dignitaries at the game for the Hall of Honor, Boujee Smith-Schuster is banned from the game for fear of humping a legend’s leg.
  • Ben Roethlisberger calls his own press conference to remind Mike Tomlin that he once had a victory over New Orleans.
  • Kenny Pickett goes 25 for 38 and 210 yards. The Steelers QB1 throws for two touchdowns, and goes interception free.
  • On a weekend when Heath Miller is being honored, Pat Freiermuth catches 14 balls and two touchdown passes. To celebrate the touchdown and the 82nd anniversary of Walt Disney’s animated film “Fantasia” featuring Mickey Mouse, and ballet dancing hippopotamuses, No. 88 gathers his linemen gives them tutus and perform to the delight of the crowd.
  • The Steelers get called for “illegal man down field” only once,
  • Najee Harris gains 110 yards on the ground and scores a touchdown.
  • The Steelers get two sacks, one by a returning T.J. Watt
  • Cam Sutton and Terrell Edmunds pick off Andy Dalton.
  • The defense helps the cause by scoring a touchdown.
  • The Steelers rushing defense struggles against Alvin Kamara.
  • The Steelers get four touchdowns on the day, and a field goal from Matthew Wright. I must be delusional because I’m picking the Steelers to beat the Saints, 31-27.

Will any of this actually happen? I’ll bet at least one or two. Heck, maybe every one of them. Be sure to post your predictions — basic or bizarre — below.

Steelers fan confidence drops in both the direction of the team and Mike Tomlin

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 11/13/2022 - 9:00am
Rich Storry-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Steelers fan base doesn’t like what they’re seeing after the bye week.

The Pittsburgh Steelers had their fans feeling good this past offseason. The free agent moves made and the 2022 NFL Draft class had the black-and-gold faithful feeling good. Then you throw in the fact the team went 3-0 in the preseason, and you’d believe confidence was brimming with the fan base. But throughout the preseason, several issues popped up with the team in all facets. Nonetheless, the hope was they’d fix it while they won football games.

As you can imagine, Steelers fans weren’t brimming with confidence heading into their Week 1 game vs. the Cincinnati Bengals in Ohio. Nonetheless, the team found a way to upset the Bengals 23-20 in overtime and move their record to 1-0.

Such a crazy game, and victory, you’d think this would create a big bump in fan confidence, right?

Not so much.

What started next was a skid to forget. The Week 2 loss to the New England Patriots, one where the offense essentially failed to show up, caused the Steelers fan base to lose faith, and in a hurry. Following the Steelers Week 3 loss to the Cleveland Browns on Thursday Night Football, confidence in the team remained low.

But, have no fear, hope was on the way! Everyone assumed it would come via a win over the Jets in Week 4, but that didn’t happen. However, hope, as it turns out, was found in the second half of the Steelers loss to the New York Jets. When Kenny Pickett entered the game as the starting quarterback it caused a rise in fan confidence throughout the fan base. Yes, even in a losing effort.

How long did the Pickett surge in confidence last? Well, after the 38-3 shellacking against the Buffalo Bills in Week 5...not very long. However, the roller coaster ride which is Steelers fan confidence continued after the team upset the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 6 at Acrisure Stadium.

What has been the going trend with the team’s up-and-down season, the Steelers followed up the win at home with a dude against the Miami Dolphins in prime time in Week 7. While the team’s loss in Week 8 to the Philadelphia Eagles was disheartening, the fan base received an injection of hope when the team traded Chase Claypool to the Chicago Bears for a 2nd Round 2023 NFL Draft pick. After the Week 9 bye, do fans have a good feeling about the direction of the team?

As a part of SB Nation’s Reacts poll, sponsored by DraftKings Sportsbook, every fan who takes the poll, which equates to a lot of fans, were asked a simple question:

Are you confident in the direction of the team?

How far did it fall after the Week 8 loss? Well, not as drastic as you’d imagine. Take a look at where the confidence was, and where it is now, below:

Preseason Confidence: 91%
Pre-Regular Season Confidence: 81%
Week 1 Confidence: 80%
Week 2 Confidence: 20%
Week 3 Confidence: 21%
Week 4 Confidence: 52%
Week 5 Confidence: 22%
Week 6 Confidence: 54%
Week 7 Confidence: 36%
Week 8 Confidence: 35%
Week 9 Confidence: 21%

With confidence falling, it felt obvious to ask a follow-up question. This follow-up question pertained to the future of the team. To be more specific, do fans believe the Steelers will win another Super Bowl with Mike Tomlin as the head coach? This isn’t to suggest Tomlin will struggle for years to come, but also could include the fact some fans might see him calling it a career.

Nonetheless, here are the results:

Again, this isn’t to suggest Tomlin is no longer capable of coaching the Steelers to another Lombardi trophy, but after being the man in charge since 2007 you have to wonder if/when Tomlin will call it a career and hang up the whistle.

A lot can change throughout the course of a regular season, and we’ll be sure to keep you up-to-speed on the fan base’s feelings of the team. But what say you? Do you have confidence in the direction of the team?

Let us know what you think in the comment section below, and be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the Steelers as they prepare for the New Orleans Satins in Week 10 of the regular season.

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STAFF PICKS: Predicting the winner of Steelers vs. Saints

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The staff at BTSC share their thoughts and predict the outcome of the Steelers game against the New Orleans Saints in Week 10.

The 2022 regular season is full swing, and the Pittsburgh Steelers are preparing for the New Orleans Saints in Week 10. While the Steelers get ready for their latest home game of the season, it is time for the BTSC staff to put on their prognostication hats and guess the winner of the contest.

Who will get closest? We will be keeping tabs, so let’s get the picks. Check out the staff picks below:

Jeff Hartman

The Pittsburgh Steelers are coming off their bye, and the Saints are coming off a loss on a short week. This is a recipe for a win, in my opinion, and I think the offense has a different feel to it in Week 10. Combine that with the return of T.J. Watt and a stout Steeles defense, and the team does enough to find their third win of the regular season.

Pick: Steelers 23, Saints 17

Dave Schofield

I’m attending this game, so an extra emotional factor comes into play. I look for the Steelers offense to look somewhat better but not to make an insane jump. As for the defense, I expect something similar but maybe a little bit more due to the return of Trent Jordan Watt. Rather than fall quietly into insignificance in the big picture of the NFL, the Steelers hold on for a little bit longer by adding another win.

Pick: Steelers 23, Saints 13

Bryan Anthony Davis

I don’t trust the Steelers to win this game, and there are many reasons to pick against them. But I’m going to unequivocally pick them so I can be right when they finally break out. Is this the week that the sun shines on a dog’s a$$. Is this the week that blind squirrel finds that proverbial nut? I hope so.

Pick: Steelers 31, Saints 27

K.T. Smith

Give Mike Tomlin an extra week to prepare, and history suggests the results will be favorable. The Steelers have won five straight coming off of their bye week, and are 11-4 overall in Tomlin’s tenure as head coach. With an unimpressive Saints squad coming to town nursing injuries to some of their marquee players (Jarvis Landry, Cam Jordan, Marshon Lattimore, Mark Ingram), I expect that trend will continue.

Pick: Steelers 20, Saints 17

Geoffrey Benedict

T.J. Watt returns, and NOTHING ELSE MATTERS.

Pick: Steelers 24, Saints 20

Rich Schofield (Big Bro Scho)

Can the Steelers win this week? (WATT!) Did anything get corrected over the bye week? (WATT!) Can the offense snap out of it’s dismal performances? (WATT?) Can I start a new win streak at Acrisure Stadium? (WATT!) Is there anything else to worry about other than the return of Trent Jordan Watt? (WATT!) If you have been reading the WATT’s in Stone Cold Steve Austin’s voice then you understood the assignment. (WATT!) Steelers pull one out and win my second game in Acrisure Stadium (WATT!.....the first was a preseason game)

Pick: Steelers 24, Saints 19

Shannon White

Will the Steelers offense show any improvement coming off their bye week? Did Matt Canada utilize the extra time to better communicate with the men entrusted to execute his game plan? How close is T.J. Watt to being 100%, and how much of a difference can he make on a restricted snap count? I honestly have no idea. Any hopes I have for this Steelers roster are grounded in reality. I am looking for small incrementally signs of improvement, especially for the offense. I am going to stick with my prediction from our Know Your Enemy podcast on Wednesday.

Pick: Steelers 20, Saints 17

Jeremy Betz

The first act was rough. That’s a fact. But Act II of the Steelers 2022 season offers a fresh chance to prove that this team has a foundation to build on for the future. That starts this week against a beatable Saints team in the friendly confines of Acrisure Stadium.

Andy Dalton hasn’t been an upgrade on Jameis Winston from a turnover perspective, and the Saints D is as inconsistent as they come. If Pittsburgh’s recommitment to the run with a more even split between Najee Harris and Jaylen Warren is successful this week, and T.J. Watt’s return provides the defensive spark we saw in Week 1, the Steelers will start their comeback campaign with a W.

Pick: Steelers 17, Saints 16

Bradley Locker

The advanced metrics show that the Saints are a relatively average football team, but New Orleans’ 3-6 record indicates some disconnect there. Maybe NOLA is due for positive regression, but this feels like a game that the Steelers traditionally win: low-scoring, ugly football. It’s possible that bye week really did restore my optimism, or maybe it’s Andy Dalton’s 3-13 career record against the Steelers, but I’m putting my faith in T.J. Watt and Pittsburgh to earn a victory.

Pick: Steelers 23, Saints 18

Kyle Chrise (What Yinz Talkin’ Bout)

New Orleans has a knack of letting their opponent stick around in any game. Their defense can be sticky at times. Look for fans to interpret their successes as an indictment on Matt Canada. But the Saints’ unforced errors will allow the Matthew Wright era to begin.

Pick: Steelers 16, Saints 13

Anthony Defeo

T.J. Watt is expected to play, which should give the home team a lift. Furthermore, the Saints, who aren’t exactly having a stellar season in their own right, are coming off a short week after losing to the Ravens on Monday Night Football. Couple that with the Steelers coming off what should have been a soul-searching bye week, and it might be a decent day for the majority of the crowd at Acrisure Stadium.

Pick: Steelers 20, Saints 16

What is your prediction? Let us know in the comment section below, and feel free to tell the contributors above why they are dead wrong, or spot on!

Why the Steelers could go on a run in the second half of 2022

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Don’t necessarily count out Mike Tomlin just yet.

To say the Steelers have been one of the bigger disappointments across the NFL would not be an exaggeration.

Sure, injuries (especially that to T.J. Watt) have played a role, but Pittsburgh still has star power on both sides of the ball. Instead, the Steelers wrap up their bye sitting at 2-6 having posted 4.73 yards/play, 31st in the NFL, and a -77 point differential, the worst in pro football by over 20 points. In fact, the Steelers may be lucky to even have two wins, which came in overtime against the Bengals and by two points against the faltering Buccaneers.

Through the Steelers’ first eight games, fan concentration has largely pivoted from the rest of the year ahead to the offseason, particularly draft positioning. Pittsburgh is currently slotted to pick in the top five for the first time since 1970, when it selected Terry Bradshaw No. 1 overall.

Frankly, it would probably be in the franchise’s best long-term interest to pick that high. Pittsburgh is clearly not competitive due to poor coaching plus lack of talent – especially at cornerback, along the offensive and defensive lines and at linebacker. That combination begs for significant change, and landing a cornerstone game-changer would pay significant dividends.

However, the season isn’t officially over yet for the Steelers. If anything, it may just be beginning.

For starters, Pittsburgh is returning some major presences after its bye week. The team has indicated that Watt will play in some capacity this Sunday against the Saints, which should provide a significant jolt to a defense that has yielded 29 or more points three times already. At the very least, just having Watt healthy to loom over right tackles should strike relatively more fear into opponents’ hearts.

On top of that, free agent acquisition Damontae Kazee was activated off of injured reserve after breaking his wrist in the preseason. With Ahkello Witherspoon and new trade pickup William Jackson III dealing with injuries, it’s possible that the Steelers opt for more fewer cornerbacks and more safeties in the back-end – which has consistently been beleaguered all year.

Beyond just an influx of talent, the Steelers should have faith based on a relatively easy schedule laying ahead. Pittsburgh’s remaining strength of schedule is the ninth-easiest in the NFL, per PFF, with its opponents combining to go 29-42-1 (.402). Further, only two teams – the Ravens and Bengals – are situated within the top 10 of Football Outsiders’ DVOA rankings.

The Steelers battle the Saints this Sunday, which presents a matchup that Pittsburgh can certainly exploit. New Orleans has gone 1-3 in its last four games and has a 1-2 record on the road. Overall, the Saints are 17th in offensive EPA/play and 16th in defensive EPA/play, but also bear injuries to Michael Thomas, Marshon Lattimore, Jarvis Landry and more.

The Steelers then face the Bengals in Week 11, a team against which Pittsburgh has not beaten at home in two years. While this rivalry has swung orange, Week One indicated that nearly anything is possible when the Steelers’ defense lives up to its potential.

A Week 12 Monday Night clash against the Colts in Indianapolis might not sound appealing from an entertainment perspective, but it could open the door for a win for Mike Tomlin’s side. With Indianapolis ushering in impromptu head coach Jeff Saturday (and new play-caller Parks Frazier) and starting youngster Sam Ehlinger under center, the Colts’ 3-5-1 record is compounded by outside factors. Plus, Pittsburgh is riding a seven-game win streak against Indy dating back to 2008.

Playing the feisty Falcons in Atlanta on a short week may be challenging given the creativity and talent in Arthur Smith’s offense. At the same time, the defense is last in the NFL in success rate, something which Kenny Pickett and the Steelers’ offense must capitalize on.

Pittsburgh also has two contests left against the Ravens, who have gained steam despite a 3-3 mark that featured a bevy of blown leads. At 6-3, Baltimore appears to be the favorite to claim the AFC North crown; however, the Steelers haven’t lost to the Ravens since 2019 and have only been swept by their primary nemesis two out of the past seven campaigns.

Week 15 offers a tilt in Charlotte against the Panthers, who very well may be the worst team in the NFL – Football Outsiders agrees, at least. Without Christian McCaffrey, Carolina has turned its attention to 2023. This matchup would especially favor the Steelers if Steve Wilks starts Baker Mayfield, whose struggles against Pittsburgh have been far and wide.

The Steelers’ penultimate home game comes on Christmas Eve against the Raiders, who have come nowhere close to living up to preseason expectations. With Darren Waller and Hunter Renfrow landing on IR on Thursday, their statuses for this matchup are, at the minimum, in question. The contest will be Pittsburgh’s first on a Saturday since 2011, a day on which the black and gold haven’t lost this century. Factor in the 50th anniversary of the Immaculate Reception and Franco Harris’ number retirement, and there will be ample buzz in the 412.

That brings us to the final game of the year: Week 18 vs. the Browns. This matchup will likely feature Deshaun Watson, whose 11-game suspension via violating the NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy for sexual misconduct will be over. The last five games in this rivalry have been decided by under 14 points, which is customary of the overall tenacity of intra-division play.

As you may have been able to glean from the descriptions above, a good portion of these games classify as “winnable” for Tomlin. It is worth noting that the Steelers have not fared especially well in November, December and January in the last few years, posting a flat 16-16-1 record from Week Nine onward from 2018-21.

If there’s any coach that’s unequivocally mastered “winning ugly,” though, it’s Tomlin. With a manageable schedule, reloaded defense and a rookie quarterback potentially gaining confidence, projecting the Steelers to win five or six of their final nine matchups is not overly unrealistic.

Granted, losing out would probably be better for draft positioning, but Pittsburgh tends to do things we don’t expect. If Week 17 rolls around and the Steelers are within two games of the final Wild Card berth and hovering around .500, maybe we shouldn’t be so stunned after all.

T.J. Watt is about to prove whether or not he’s worth $80 million to the Steelers

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 11/13/2022 - 7:30am
Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

T.J. Watt is set to return to the Steelers lineup after over two months. Can he lift this downtrodden team on his shoulders and take it to a new level?

In a return ripe with the expectations usually reserved for franchise quarterbacks, T.J. Watt, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, is expected to be back in the lineup on Sunday when the Steelers take on the Saints at Acrisure Stadium at 1 p.m.

Watt, who was placed on Injured Reserve after sustaining a pectoral injury late in a Week 1 win over the Bengals on September 11, missed seven-straight games, and Pittsburgh (2-6) managed to win just one of them.

The defense suffered greatly in Watt’s absence, recording just eight sacks, along with five takeaways.

The Steelers' defense is currently ranked 29th in the NFL—including 31st against the pass.

Can Watt make that much of a difference when he does return to the Steelers lineup? We’re about to find out. We’re about to see if Watt can take the pressure off of Cam Heyward, a normally dynamic defensive lineman who had to deal with many more double teams as the new marked man along the front seven. Speaking of marked men, Alex Highsmith, the Steelers other starting outside linebacker opposite Watt, tallied an impressive three sacks in Cincinnati in Week 1 but had only 3.5 in the subsequent seven games without No. 90 drawing so much of the attention.

To repeat something I’ve said often this season, the Steelers' defense, even without Watt in the lineup, has been an under-discussed story when examining Pittsburgh and its woes in 2022.

It’s not just the offense. It’s not just Kenny Pickett. It’s not just Matt Canada.

The defense deserves to be a much bigger talking point than it has been through eight games.

Hopefully, Watt can not only make the Steelers' defense effective and potent again, but he can help to lift the entire team up a notch or two in the process. I say this because it feels like that’s what’s being expected of Watt, a man the Steelers decided to guarantee $80 million to just prior to the 2021 campaign. If there was any doubt that Watt deserved that kind of cash, he snuffed it out like he often does opposing quarterbacks by recording 22.5 sacks and, to repeat, being voted DPOY.

It’s not a matter of whether or not Watt deserves to be paid what the Steelers are guaranteeing him. The question is: Is he worth such a lofty investment by the franchise, itself? Will that investment pay off in the end? Is Watt that much of a difference maker that he can take a downtrodden team—horrible offense and all—and raise it to another level?

We all know what franchise quarterbacks mean to a team, but what about franchise edge rushers?

We’re about to find out if T.J. Watt truly is the new face of the Steelers franchise.

The BTSC Delorean: Looking back at most memorable Steelers vs. Saints contests

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The best of the Steelers vs. Saints.

The Pittsburgh Steelers do not have a rich history with the New Orleans Saints, but when they do get together every four years, it’s great football between the two different black and gold gridironers. BTSC takes a look at the series that began 55 years ago.

Here’s a brief tale of the tape:

Points: Points: Steelers 355, Saints 320

Wins: Saints 9, Steelers 7

Home Record: Steelers 3-3, Saints 6-4

Shutouts: 0

Biggest Win Margin: 23 points - Steelers 37 Saints 14 (10/17/1993)

Closest Win Margin: 3 points - Saints 27, Steelers 24 (12/21/1969), Saints 27, Steelers 24 (11/19/1984), Steelers 9 Saints 6 (12/16/1990), Saints 32, Steelers 29 (10/6/2002), Saints 35, Steelers 32 (11/30/2014), Saints 31, Steelers 28 (12/23/18)

Overtime Games: 0

October 29, 1967 - Steelers 14, Saints 10

The first time the Steelers and Saints ever met acquaintances was at Tulane Stadium, during the team from the Big Easy’s first NFL season. The winless Saints got out to a 3-0 lead in the first quarter behind Charlie Durkee’s 37-yard field goal. In the second, QB Gary Cuozzo hooked-up with rookie Danny Abramowitz (12 catches for 154 yards) to move down the field and Packer legend Jim Taylor finished the drive off right before intermission to give the expansion Saints a 10-0 lead. After no scoring in the third, the visitors from the Steel City would make it a game. Clendon Thomas’ interception of Cuozzo gave the offense good field position and the Steelers, ineffective due to four Kent Nix picks, called on Bill Nelsen, who completed five passes in six attempts down the stretch. When J.R. Wilburn caught a five-yard pass from Nelsen, the Steelers chances increased. only down three with 5:50 remaining. The Steelers, in their legendary Batman uniforms, got the ball back and then turned to San Diego State decathlon star Don Shy, who rushed for 108 yards. Shy took a handoff from Nelsen and raced 33 yards for the winning tally with less than a minute left in the game. Pittsburgh found a way to win ugly to go to 2-5, while Saints fans would have to wait for their team’s first victory.

November 25, 1974 - Steelers 28, Saints 7

In what wouldn’t be their first excursion to Tulane Stadium, the Steelers traveled to New Orleans for as the Saints appeared for the first time ever on Monday Night Football. The Steelers were embracing their identity as smash mouth on both sides of the line of scrimmage as the run game would pile up 272 yards on the ground behind 114 from Franco Harris and 99 courtesy of Terry Bradshaw’s comfortable feet back home in the Pelican State. The rushing output was more than the Steel Curtain would allow from the not-so heavenly Saints, who accumulated a mere 178 yards of total offense, surrendered the ball four times (three on Archie Manning interceptions by Jack Ham, Andy Russell, and J.T. Thomas), and suffered six sacks. The Steelers started out the scoring barrage with a Bradshaw pass of 31-yards to Frank Lewis for the score. Then the original TB12 took it in himself from 18-yards away in the second. In the third, the visitors put more points up when Lynn Swann returned a punt 64-yards to glory, and Larry Brown pulled in a one-yard pass from Brad to close out the game by a score of 28-7 to raise their record to 8-2-1. Less than two months later, the Steelers would celebrate on a muddier version of that very field as Super Bowl Champions.

November 29, 1987 - Saints 20, Steelers 16

In that strike season of 1987, the Steelers were in contention at 6-4 in the AFC race to the postseason and took to Three Rivers Stadium on Thanksgiving weekend to host a 7-3 Jim Mora led Saints team looking for their very first winning season and post-season berth. Turnovers would be the story of the game, and unfortunately, most were committed by the Steel City footballers. After blocking a Harry Newsome punt, their sixth of the year, the Saints put points up on the first series of the ball game when Morten Andersen’s 36-yard field goal attempt glided through the uprights for a 3-0 lead. But the Steelers defense came to overcome any offensive deficiencies when Dwayne Woodruff’s 35-yard pick six of Bobby Hebert and Mike Merriweather’s sack and fumble recovery put the Steelers in position for a 5-yard Walter Abercrombie scoring run and a 14-3 lead at halftime.

The second half would belong to New Orleans though. The Steelers would weaken with the loss of Keith Willis to an ankle injury and the surrendering of a drive of 6:53 and a Ruben Mayes 5-yard touchdown lessened the gap to 14-10. A Pat Swilling strip sack and recovery by Sam Mills of Mark Malone gave the ball back to New Orleans, but Tim Johnson’s ankle tackle of Hebert chased the New Orleans quarterback from the game. It didn’t matter though because Malone couldn’t overcome his interception affliction and Johnnie Poe thieved the ball. The defense almost got the ball right back when Edmund Nelson stripped Mayes, but the overzealous trio of Thomas Everett, David Little, and Delton Hall tried to pick it up and didn’t fall on the ball, giving the ball back to New Orleans. Later Andersen missed from 50. Then an Abercrombie fumble with the Steelers nearing midfield gave the Saints the ball back and they took advantage with a 19-yard touchdown toss from a returning Hebert to Eric Martin. New Orleans now had a 17-14 advantage lighting up the scoreboard with 8:16 to go. Malone’s attempt to counter fluttered away when his floater to John Stallworth was picked-off by Milton Mack. The Steelers defense stiffened leading to an Andersen 32-yard field goal to extend the visitor’s lead to 20-14 with 6:10 to go.

After struggling all afternoon, Malone hooked up several times with Calvin Sweeney to get inside the 5 with the clock rapidly expiring. But the Steelers couldn’t get in due to a Malone tipped pass by Ricky Jackson not reaching a wide-open Frank Pollard and stuffed runs by Rodney Carter, Merril Hoge, and Polllard resulted in an epic goal line stand for New Orleans with 2:21 left on the game clock. The game wasn’t over though as Chuck Noll’s defense forced a three-and-out and the punter Brian Hansen ran out of the back of the end zone to avoid a block and surrender the safety. With :53 left, Malone and the Steelers had one last chance from his own 44 with no time outs. After a completion to Stallworth to the New Orleans 37 and and encroachment by the defense, No. 16 threw a perfect pass to Weegie Thompson who got out of bounds at the 14, and Sweeney who got inside the 5. But turnovers were the poison for Pittsburgh. Having to hurry because of getting sacked by Pat Swilling, Malone got one more pass off, but Sweeney would fall down and Dave Waymer intercepted the ball to end a pretty wild game. The 20-16 win secured the Saints their first-ever winning season, while the six turnovers and four sacks were way too much to overcome and put a huge damper on the playoff hopes for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

October 19, 1993 - Steelers 37, Saints 14

Rod Woodson was the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year in 1993 and he exemplified that honor in Week 7 contest with the undefeated Saints at Three Rivers Stadium. No. 26 intercepted quarterback Wade Wilson’s first pass and returned it 63 yards to paydirt with only 1:39 erased from the game clock. Hot Rod wasn’t done though, on the next drive, Wilson’s fourth pass of the game was nabbed by the All-Pro corner and set the stage for quarterback Neil O’Donnell’s screen pass to Barry Foster for a 20-yard touchdown and an early 14-0 lead. After rookie Deon Figures recovered a fumble with the Saints driving, the Men of Steel got another ten points before the half by riding the legs of Foster (75 yards rushing, 35 yards receiving, 2 TDs) before exiting with a shoulder injury. Leroy Thompson replaced No. 29 and achieved his first 100-yard game as a pro. The score was 20-0 at intermission.

After two Gary Anderson field goals in the third and Eric Green hauling in a 26-yard scoring pass from Mike Tomczak, the Saints pulled the plug on Wilson after an uncharacteristically poor performance (6 of 23 for 85 yards and three picks) down 37-0. Mike Buck came in and completed 1O of 11 passes for 164 yards with two meaningless touchdown drives, but the damage was done and the Steelers prevailed by the score of 37-14. The defense was the story of the game for the Steelers, ending with five sacks (two from Kevin Greene), three picks and two fumble recoveries. Bill Cowher’s team extend their winning streak to four games after starting the season at 0-2.

November 12th, 2006 - Pittsburgh 38, New Orleans 31

We all know the epic 2005 Steelers and their Super Bowl XL triumph, but the hangover that ensued was debilitating as Bill Cowher’s crew limped out to a 2-6 record. Enter Drew Brees and the 6-2 Saints for a potential drubbing at Heinz Field. But Brees wasn’t the only gunslinger at Heinz Field, Ben Roethlisberger and Willie Parker ensured that there’d be a shootout at the Confluence Corral. Roethlisberger to Hines Ward alone in the open field for 37 yards got the home team on the scoreboard on a 3rd and 8 on the first series, then Big Ben did it again with a TD of the two-yard variety to Heath Miller made possible by a Brett Keisel fumble recovery when Aaron Smith nailed Billy Miller, jarring the ball free. The Saints found their way back though on a Brees touchdown pass to Terrance Copper on a play well-defensed by Ike Taylor, a John Carney chip-shot field goal, and a 15-yard run on a double-reverse by electric rookie Reggie Bush. The onslaught of points was briefly interrupted by a long Ben-to-Santonio Holmes play that precipitated a Jeff Reed field goal, but Brees kept connecting with brilliant rookie Marques Colston (10 catches for 162 yards) to drive down the field and end the half at 24-17 on a run-in by Deuce McAllister.

Before the game, Joey Porter and Aaron Smith reportedly gave impassioned speeches with finger-pointing by Porter and tears by Smith, and it worked for a short time. But whatever was said at halftime obviously struck a longer lasting chord. The Steelers aggressively fought back in the second half despite a Jeff Reed miss on their first possession. Bush, who scored his first NFL touchdown earlier, was walloped by Larry Foote, and Ryan Clark recovered the fumble. That set the stage for a beautiful play-action, pump-and-bomb executed by Ben Roethlisberger, who launched it for a 38-yard touchdown to Cedric Wilson. Then, after a Carney miss, Willie Parker silently declared it a race, as he reeled off runs of 72, 9, and 3 more for the score and a 31-24 advantage. The defense forced a New Orleans punt, and Fast Willie done did it again. This time dashes of 76 and 4 did the trick, and your heroes in hypocycloids were up 38-24. When Brees waved Aaron Stecker long for a bomb of 48 yards and Deuce McAllister fielded what may have been an errant direct snap, the Saints looked to be on the verge of another comeback with 8:09 remaining in the fourth quarter. but the Steelers offense burned nearly 4 minutes off of the clock and put it in the defenses hands to stop the Mardis Gras Magicians from tying up the game again. New Orleans was threatening to tie, but Tyrone Carter halted a Saints comeback effort with a forced fumble that was recovered by Ryan Clark to seal a more jubilant post-game locker room atmosphere.

December 23, 2018 - Saints 31, Steelers 28

In a game that nobody realized would be Antonio Brown’s final game in a Steelers uniform, Mike Tomlin’s team traveled to New Orleans in what wasn’t entirely a must-win situation for playoff hopes, but ultimately was. The Steelers entered the contest with a record of 8-5-1 to take on the dangerous 12-2 Saints in a 4:25 game. Knowing that they had to win to keep pace, the pressure was on Mike Tomlin’s team right before the Christmas holiday. Punting on your first series I is not ideal, but an interception of gadget quarterback Taysom Hill by Sean Davis provided excitement when a horse collar personal foul gave Pittsburgh the ball at their 40 and an eventual 3-0 lead on a Chris Boswell 49-yard field goal. Controversy struck on the next drive as Drew Brees moved the Saints into Steelers’ territory, but Mark Ingram was stuffed on a 3rd and 2 on the edge of field goal range. Sean Payton decided to go for it, and Brees targeted Alvin Kamara deep in the endzone when Joe Haden had a phantom pass interference called on him, giving New Orleans the ball at the one-yard line. Ingram plunged into the endzone on the next play to give the Saints the 7-3 lead. The Steelers would respond when Ben found Vance McDonald on a 49-yard pass play, but the NFL’s best red-zone offense stalled and had to rely on another Boswell three. More controversy on another phantom PI, this time on Morgan Burnett, who had good position on tight end Ben Watson. Two plays later Alvin Kamara walked into the endzone to give the Saints a 14-6 lead. Later in the second quarter and starting at their own 3, a Roethlisberger to Jaylen Samuels pitch and catch made the score 14-12. The Steelers went for the two, and Roethlisberger connected with Eli Rogers to tie with :40 left in the half. But Brees moved the ball quickly into field goal range after a big catch and run by Alvin Kamara. A Will Lutz 43-yard field goal was good, making the score 17-14 heading into halftime.

The Saints started the second half with the football, and Kamara went off in both the running and passing game to cap off the drive with a one-yard plunge into the endzone to make the score 24-14. Desperately needing to get back in it, Ben Roethlisberger delivered with huge completions to JuJu Smith-Schuster, Antonio Brown and Ryan Switzer to set up a 3rd and goal touchdown to the man they call Tony Toe Tap (Brown) getting the Steelers back within three with 4:48 left in the third quarter. The defense would get in the mix by way of two sacks of Brees achieved by T.J. Watt and Stephon Tuitt. It took no time at all for Roethlisberger to find Brown again for a touchdown to make the score 28-24 with 1:02 left in the third. Mistakes were made by both teams as Stevan Ridley’s fumble gave the ball back to the Saints. but Lutz had a 50-yard attempt blocked by L.J. Fort. On their next possession the Steelers’ offense was stopped short and lined up to punt. Rather than another Jordan Berry punt, the team decided to run a fake punt to the up-man, Roosevelt Nix, and he was stopped just shy of the line to gain. The decision turned the ball over around midfield to the Saints, down four points with 4:06 left in the 4th quarter. Another pivotal and egregious PI call came, this time on Joe Haden, as New Orleans passed on a fourth-and-two at the Men of Steel 26 and the pass intended for Michael Thomas fell incomplete. With that gift, Brees hit Thomas for a touchdown and a 31-28 advantage. However, there was still 1:25 left on the clock and, despite no timeouts remaining, plenty of time for No. 7. But a 4th and 15 obstacle stood in the way first and an icy-veined Roethlisberger found Antonio Brown for the first down. The Steelers were driving and thriving, but JuJu Smith-Schuster’s extra effort ended with the ball on the turf and then in enemy hands. No big finish for the Steelers as the New Orleans Saints and suspect calls buried the playoff hopes of your heroes in hypocycloids.

Distribution Map: Check out if you will get to see the Steelers vs. Saints game

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 11/13/2022 - 5:30am

The Steelers are playing the Saints in Week 10. Will you get to see it?

If you were like me, before I decided to sign up for the DirecTV Sunday Ticket package every week I was wondering whether I’d be able to watch my beloved Steelers in the comfort of my own home, or if I’d have to go elsewhere to watch the game.

Before there were websites devoted to this, it meant a lengthy trip on the television guide screen to see which game was scheduled to air, but now it’s just a click away.

So, will you get to see the Steelers and the Saints go head-to-head in Week 10? Check out which games you’ll see in your local viewing area.

For those who want to know which game they’ll see, check the map below, courtesy of 506 Sports:

FOX

RED: Vikings at Bills
GREEN: Saints at Steelers
BLUE: Lions at Bears

So, are you lucky enough to be able to watch the game live in your own home, or are you one of many who will have to find other means to view the game? Either way, today is the day to get pumped!!

HERE WE GO!!

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Podcast Roundup: All the latest of the BTSC family podcasts

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 11/13/2022 - 5:00am

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

Steelers 2022 is ongoing and we here at BTSC, and our podcast platform, are here with you every step of the way. In the past we have given you the podcasts in individual articles on the BTSC website, but we’ve decided to go with a ‘Podcast Roundup’ article which has the latest three 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 or typed, enjoy the shows below with a brief description of each show:

Steelers Touchdown Under: Will Steelers fans be granted some mercy with a Saints loss?

It’s Week 10 of the NFL season, which means the 2-6 Steelers are taking on the New Orleans Saints at Acrisure Stadium. Can the Steelers start a second-half win stretch? Can the stagnant, slow, even stunted offense improve enough to win games? Will the Steelers’ defense be able to secure game defining turnovers? Or is this team destined for a season down in the doldrums? Join Matty Peverell and Mark Davison as they answer these questions and more, while providing a global perspective to how the Steelers can achieve success in their chase for a seventh Lombardi, in this latest episode of ‘Touchdown Under’ - BTSC’s Australian sensation.

Rundown:

  • Steelers News and Notes
  • Aussie thoughts on Saints vs. Steelers

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Tune into the latest episode of Touchdown Under, the Australian sensation from the BTSC family of podcasts.

We Run the North: Steelers never in the North basement, is that about to change?

In the 20 year history of the AFC North, the Steelers have never finished in last place… is the the year that changed? Join Kevin Tate and his crew Brandon “B-Dirt” Herriott, Pay Saunders and special guest Stephen Jennings as they break down this week’s AFC North matchups and rest of the leagues games along with the Pay’s Parlay and the Doin’em Dirty segments.

Rundown:

  • AFC North Division News and Notes
  • AFC North Happenings
  • Week 10 Pick’em
  • Pay’s Parlay
  • Doin’em Dirty
  • The Bengals are getting a lot of hype in the National media in spite of their 5-4 record
  • Are the Ravens on the same tier as the Chiefs in the AFC?
  • Recap Thursday’s Less Than Stellar Game of Falcons vs Panthers
  • What are we expecting from Steelers after the BYE.
  • The last of the byes

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Last Minute Thoughts before the Steelers Week 10 home contest against the Saints

There’s always a lot of material rolling through a Steelers fan’s cranium on game day. What’s the injury report telling us? Did something happen that I missed? Am I going to even see the game in my broadcast area? What’s the line if I want to bet my mortgage on the game? At BTSC, we’re no different. Join BTSC with our last-minute thoughts as you prepare to wave that Terrible Towel. This week, Dave Schofield gives his last-minute thoughts right before the Steelers home contest against the Saints.

Rundown:

  • Last Minute Thoughts before Steelers vs. Saints
  • Injury Report
  • Lines
  • How to watch

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Saturday Night Open Thread: Let it snow?

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sat, 11/12/2022 - 6:13pm
Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

Come and join this merry band of Steelers’ faithful for some lively debate about our Steelers, good food, music, and the merits of the odd cold beverage.

And so it begins...the white stuff hit us today. The little kids might be excited but this grumpy old man isn’t. Sure it might look ‘pretty’ on a movie set (YES, you immediately thought of the ending of Die Hard 2 didn’t you!!!) and the kids can go tobogganing but arrrrggghhhh. I. Hate. Snow.

And, in case you didn’t know, real football isn’t played in the snow

  1. With TJ’s absence now in the rear view mirror, are you comfortable that he is the spoon that stirs the Steelers’ defense’s stick and that the contract he signed was money well spent?
  2. I am kind of watching Blake Corum terrorize another defense right now and wondering why... Why has Najee stumbled out of the gate? Is it him, the O Line, the injury or something else? Support your answer please.
  3. What, if any, sport(s) do you like playing in the snow. We will also accept really cold weather if you care to substitute that for snow.
  4. Speaking of young Mr. Corum, I give you a 2 part question... A) who is your early Heisman choice and B) If you don’t have an opinion on the Heisman, give us ANY random opinion.
  5. I had this debate with the folks at work earlier this week. What addition to almost any baked good makes it automatically better?

Have a BAD Week: A look back at the Steelers week from a black-and-gold mind

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sat, 11/12/2022 - 5:00pm
Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

BTSC’s random-thought renegade is back with his bizarre look at the Steelers week that was.

The Steelers are 2-6 and lots of things are going on with the Men of Steel coming off of a bye. Let’s all take a look at the week in the ‘burgh together.

Monday 11/7

Source: Frank Reich is fired.

— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) November 7, 2022

introducing Frank Reich, as the next favorite future coach of delusional fans in Steeler nation.

Tuesday 11/8

Chiefs-Chargers flexed to 'Sunday Night Football' in Week 11https://t.co/7N61wGd52L pic.twitter.com/nSFIMulTmE

— Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) November 8, 2022

The only one good thing about the Steelers having a crappy year is getting flexed out of prime time games. Yay.

We have waived LB Ryan Anderson, released K Nick Sciba from the practice squad and signed WR Josh Malone to the practice squad. @BordasLaw https://t.co/zWgHoH9uV0

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) November 8, 2022

The good news is that If the Steelers are cutting Nick Sciba, everything must be fine with Chris Boswell. But Josh Malone? I guess Mark Malone, Moses Malone, Post Malone and Sam Malone weren’t available.

Wednesday 11/9

I guess Boswell is not OK if he’s going to be on the IR. Let’s hope Matthew Wright could beMr. Right Now.

Thursday 11/10

CB William Jackson's debut with Steelers will have to wait. He is not expected to play Sunday against the Saints because of a back injury

— Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) November 11, 2022

T,J is coming back. Damontae Kazee too. But despite that, the Nation is gripping over not getting all of their moneys worth out of William Jackson III.

Friday 11/11

Najee Harris acknowledges that this season has been a struggle, but that it’s nothing that he hasn’t seen before.

“God gives his most challenges to his strongest soldiers,” he said.

I asked him how he’s gotten through those adversities ⬇️ #Steelers @937theFan pic.twitter.com/6aNZPOMUgM

— Josh Rowntree (@JRown32) November 11, 2022

Najee has every right to be frustrated. He never was on a sucky team before. I would have been a stellar pro, I was surrounded by suckiness everywhere I went in the past.

Saturday 11/12

T.J. Watt will play and start on Sunday, but Steelers will monitor his snaps for cardiovascular reasons after eight-week layoff.

— Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) November 12, 2022

I should probably monitor my Steeler watching for cardiovascular reasons.

Source: #Steelers star safety Minkah Fitzpatrick is expected to miss Sunday’s game because of appendicitis.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 12, 2022

One step forward, two steps back.

This was the significant week that was for the Steelers, mixed-in with my black-and-gold loving life. I’m sure next week will be full of Steelers happenings as well, so we’ll have to do this again. Have a great week, but better yet, have a BAD one.

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