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Steelers Digest October 2015

Steelers Digest is the official fan publication of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Each issue provides game previews, inside information, award-winning columns and features, and complete statistics. Steelers Digest is published 12 times a year, twice per month throughout the NFL regular season, playoffs and Super Bowl.

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Curtis Publishing
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12 Issues


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a night of wasted opportunities

Kicker Josh Scobee twice had a chance to give the Steelers a cushion late in the fourth quarter but he failed to deliver. (Digest Photo/KARL ROSER)You gotta make the field goal. At least one of them.Oh, there’s plenty to criticize and second-guess. There’s a list of guys who didn’t make the plays they should have or could have at critical moments. There was a lot of that going on down on the floor of Heinz Field on that Thursday night, and it’s possible to formulate an argument that any number of those instances could be cut out and cast as the reason the Steelers lost, 23-20, in overtime to the Baltimore Ravens.Coming into the game without Ben Roethlisberger, injured in the third quarter of the previous Sunday’s win in St.…

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coach’s corner

Running back Le’Veon Bell got a lot of work in the Thursday night game against Baltimore. (Digest Photo/DAVE ARRIGO)A disappointing outcome. A really good game. Two teams battled there. They made a few more plays than we did. We take responsibility for that. It’s painful tonight, but this game is not going to define us. Hopefully, it’s a building block for us as we move forward. There are things to learn from it. I appreciate the effort from the men, just came up short and we all are responsible for that, starting with me. As far as injuries, Markus Wheaton had an ankle. Other than that, just normal bumps and bruises associated with playing.Q. Will you explore the possibility of a new kicker?We have to turn the stones over. We…

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ravens 23, steelers 20 (ot)

Defensive back Ross Cockrell had two big plays for the Steelers, one of them a second-quarter interception. (Digest Photo/KARL ROSER)WHAT WENT RIGHT• The Steelers defense turned in a good first series. On the first two plays — both incomplete passes — the Steelers defensive backs were competitive when the ball arrived, and then on third down Stephon Tuitt broke through to sack Joe Flacco for a 5-yard loss.• The Steelers scoring drive — 52 yards on eight plays that resulted in a 45-yard field goal by Josh Scobee — was highlighted by the team never falling behind the chains. It started with a 7-yard run by Le’Veon Bell, and then the ensuing plays were an 8-yard run by DeAngelo Williams, an 11-yard run by Bell, and an 18-yard pass from…

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le’veon bell

(Digest Photo/DAVE ARRIGO)Because the Steelers were without Ben Roethlisberger, the offense was handicapped in the game against the Ravens and therefore the unit was going to need someone to step forward if the slack was going to be picked up. The Steelers’ 2014 season ended with a loss in the Wild Card Round, and one of the factors in that game was that Le’Veon Bell was injured and couldn’t play.Bell was healthy on this Thursday night, and his value to the team was apparent. Bell rushed for 129 yards on 22 carries (5.9 average) and he scored one of the Steelers’ two touchdowns on an 11-yard run. Bell also caught seven passes for 21 yards to finish with 150 yards from scrimmage on a night when the Steelers finished with…

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solid defensive effort for naught

One of the many highlights for the Steelers defense came when linebacker Vince Williams and defensive end Stephon Tuitt led the charge and helped stuff Joe Flacco for no gain on a fourth-and-1 quarterback sneak. (Digest Photo/KARL ROSER)Michael Vick couldn’t complete a pass when needed, Josh Scobee couldn’t make a kick when needed and the coaching staff couldn’t make the right call when needed.It seemed like it anyway.And it seemed like the defense couldn’t do anything wrong, particularly down the stretch of the Steelers’ gut-wrenching 23-20 loss to the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field.Not that the defense agreed.“No, no,” said Cameron Heyward. “So many big stops, but we needed one more.”The Steelers defense did let the Ravens back in the game early in the third quarter. After a Vick touchdown…

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by the numbers - vs. baltimore

(Digest Photo/KARL ROSER)29 Regular season games played by Baltimore since the Ravens had last allowed a 100-yard rusher. Le’Veon Bell’s 129 yards also represented the highest total against Baltimore since Oct. 7, 2012 when Kansas City’s Jamaal Charles rushed for 140 yards.42 Receiving yards for Antonio Brown, his lowest single-game total since the 2012 season finale when he had 22 yards on two catches against the Cleveland Browns.8 First downs for the Steelers in their last eight possessions; they had eight first downs on their last two drives of the first half.14 Total of sacks in 23 games against Baltimore for linebacker James Harrison, his most against any opponent. Cincinnati is second with nine.96 Net passing yards for the Steelers, their lowest total since Sept. 19, 2010 when they had…