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The Steelers are back on the gridiron! The 2019 regular season begins with the Steelers and Seahawks locking horns in Week 2. Keep tabs on all things Black-and-gold with our updates and open thread.
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Spain has won its second World Cup championship, defeating Argentina 95-75 on Sunday to give Marc Gasol a rare double-title year.
Tournament MVP Ricky Rubio scored 20 points and Sergio Llull added 15 for Spain (8-0), the ninth team to make it through a World Cup or world championship unbeaten. Gasol scored 14 for the winners, who never trailed.
For Gasol, it was a historic win. The Toronto Raptors center becomes the second player to win an NBA title and a FIBA world gold medal in the same year, joining Lamar Odom, who did it for the Los Angeles Lakers and USA Basketball in 2010.
Gasol is also the 19th player to win either an NBA or WNBA crown along with a gold medal, either of the Olympic or World Cup variety, in the same year. And he’s the first to accomplish
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Predicting the winner of Steelers vs. Seahawks in Week 2 for the home opener at Heinz Field.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are in desperate need of a win. Not that their Week 2 game vs. the Seattle Seahawks is a must-win game, but after falling flat in Week 1 vs. the New England Patriots in Week 1, the Steelers need to get right.
Could the Seahawks be just the right elixir for what ails the Steelers?
I wouldn’t go that far, not as long as Russell Wilson is still the quarterback of the Seahawks. That man has a unique ability to always stay in the game, and pulling some incredible comebacks out of his back pocket.
It is Wilson’s ability, in my opinion, that makes picking the winner of this game difficult. But before I made my pick I asked Field Gulls editor Kenneth Arthur what he thought of the game. He was hardly specific with his prediction, but here is what he had to say about the game:
I don’t want to give too detailed of a prediction. I think the Seahawks stay close in this one but struggle and ultimately lose.
Seahawks fans have a reason to be pessimistic in this game. In two previous games at Heinz Field the Seahawks failed to score a point. That’s right, their only two games in Pittsburgh have been shut outs. On top of that, in the Russell Wilson era, the Seahawks are 1-10 on the road in the month of September.
But if you are like me, last week did plenty to give you pause when going all-in on the Steelers. Even at home. Even against the Seahawks. And even in their home opener.
Nonetheless, the latest line has the Steelers -3.5 and an OVER/UNDER of 46.5 points. I like the Steelers in this game, and I like them to cover the 3.5-point spread. To give you an exact score, I think the Steelers win 27-17, which would also have me betting the under in this game.
What about you? What is your prediction for this huge showdown at Heinz Field in Week 2? Let us know who you like, and your score prediction in the comment section below!
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Roosevelt Nix was the only Steeler ruled out this week as he joins six healthy players who will not be in uniform
The Pittsburgh Steelerswill only be missing one player due to injury for their regular season debut in Foxborough Sunday night against the will only be missing one player due to injury for their home opener at Heinz Field on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. Fullback and special teams captain Roosevelt Nix was the only player who will not play in Week 2 due to injury.
Today’s inactives for #Steelers: CB Justin Layne, FB Rosie Nix, OLB Jayrone Elliott, G Fred Johnson, OT Chuks Okorafor, TE Zach Gentry, DE Isaiah Buggs
— Bob Labriola (@BobLabriola) September 15, 2019
The Steelers had nine different players miss practice time to some degree Wednesday due to injury or illness. With six players returning to full participation on Thursday, Joe Haden and Maurkice Pouncey didn’t return to practice until Friday hence why they each carried a questionable designation heading into Sunday. Both players stated on Friday they expected to play in Week 2.
Joining Nix on the inactive list are several players who will be on the list for two straight weeks. Not getting a helmet for Week 2 are rookies CB Justin Layne, DL Isaiah Buggs, TE Zach Gentry, and G Fred Johnson. Second-year OT Chukwuma Okorafor once again is on the inactive list as Zach Banner has surpassed him on the depth chart for the time being.
The final inactive spot goes to the Steelers’ newest member on the 53-man roster OLB Jayrone Elliott. Signed to the roster on Tuesday, Elliott returns after spending the final two preseason games with the Steelers before being released when the team cut the roster down to 53 players. Elliott previously spent three years in Green Bay from 2014-2016 before being traded to the Cowboys and then released in 20017.
As for the Seahawks, their inactives can be seen below. DE Ziggy Ansah is inactive again in Week 2 while TE Tyler Lockett will play.
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There are several players for the Steelers who could be viewed as ‘X-Factors’ leading up to the game.
When looking at the matchup between AFC and NFC, 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 1 game vs. New England?
Let’s take a look…
Defensive X-Factor: Safety, Sean Davis
It is easy to suggest if Davis would have played in Week 1 vs. the Patriots, instead of Kam Kelly, the Steelers’ defense would have done better against Tom Brady and company. While this is probably true to an extent, Davis is a key component of the Steelers’ secondary. When he is in the back half, Terrell Edmunds, and others, don’t have to worry about a rookie not doing their part in the defense.
I’m not suggesting Davis is the lynch pin of the defense, but having him back in Week 2, if he does indeed play, will be a huge boost for the Steelers.
Offensive X-Factor: Running Back, James Conner
The Steelers tried to get Conner going early in Week 1, but then turned to Jaylen Samuels. By the time the Steelers would get around to getting Conner back in the game, they were in full on trail mode. In other words, throwing the ball took a precedence over running the ball.
If the Steelers want to win in Week 2, they will need to get Conner going early and often to control the clock and impose their will on the Seahawks’ defense.
This week I asked Field Gulls editor Kenneth Arthur a series of questions leading up to the game, and I asked him who he thought the Patriots’ ‘X-Factor’ would be. Here was his response:
X-Factor for the Seahawks in this one could be Shaquill Griffin. He was drafted 90th overall in 2017 and played quite well for a third round rookie thrown into a starting role opposite of Richard Sherman. When Sherman was cut in 2018, Griffin had to move over to the other side of the field and he struggled for a good chunk of last season. We still don’t know how good Griffin will really be long term and if he can maintain as a starter, but he has looked good so far and he reported this week that he lost 18 lbs compared to where he was at this time a year ago.
The Seahawks have to find a way to not only not get burned by JuJu, but to not get burned by James Washington or a receiver we rarely talk about; the Bengals got to Seattle last week not with Tyler Boyd but with John Ross. Seattle can’t lose sight of any potential Pittsburgh x-factors and the key might start with Griffin playing like a number one corner.
Who would be your ‘X-Factor’ for the game? Let us know in the comment section below, and be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the upcoming prime time game!
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The Seahawks will be without a prolific defender in Week 2 when they play the Steelers at Heinz Field.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are in a tough spot after a dreadful Week 1 performance vs. the New England Patriots has left the team 0-1. With their home opener on deck in Week 2, the Seattle Seahawks pose a formidable foe to the home team, in their hopes of sending them into an 0-2 abyss.
For the Seahawks to accomplish this feat, they will want all hands on deck, and one hand they were hoping would be ready to play in Week 2 was defensive end Ziggy Ansah. Ansah, who made a name for himself with the Detroit Lions, is dealing with a shoulder injury which is reportedly going to leave him out of the lineup for another week.
Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Ansah is not expected to play this Sunday at Heinz Field:
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 15, 2019
This is good news for the Steelers, as one less defender trying to take out Ben Roethlisberger is never a bad thing. But the team will still have to deal with the likes of Jadaveon Clowney, who was acquired from the Houston Texans via trade right before the start of the 2019 regular season.
Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news, updates and rumors heading into the 1 p.m. ET kickoff at Heinz Field.
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The Pittsburgh Steelers could have to deal with Rasheem Green in their Week 2 matchup.
As a team who resides in the AFC North, news on the NFC West isn’t considered the most discussed news when it comes to the black-and-gold. So, with an already unfamiliar foe coming to Heinz Field in Week 2, I asked Field Gulls, SB Nation’s Seattle Seahawks website, editor Kenneth Arthur if he could list one player who he thought could impact the game, but isn’t being talked about much.
His answer was two-pronged, check it out:
For what it’s worth, watch D.K. Metcalf. People are talking about him in Seattle constantly because he’s a rookie receiver with phenomenal size and speed, so maybe he doesn’t qualify, but watch him. He had a great Week 1 game and it’ll be interesting to see the follow-up. I’m very sure he’s going to have growing pains this year. In a road game against the Steelers, I hope this weekend isn’t a pain.
But as far as no one’s talking about, I’ll nominate Rasheem Green. He was a third round pick in 2018 out of USC, a defensive end, and he was only 20 at the time of the draft. He did very little last season and he didn’t impress that much in training camp or preseason either, but he had over 50 snaps in Week 1 vs the Bengals. That’s in part because Ziggy Ansah was out, but I’d like to see how much Pete Carroll trusts him when Ziggy is in.
I mean, nobody’s talking about him — and they might continue to not talk about him. We’ll see. Without two starting defensive tackles this week, the Seahawks need as much d-line help as possible.
I have to be honest, when we hosted Brandan Shulze, podcaster for Field Gulls, for our podcast the Standard is the Standard, he was reading a long list of players Steelers fans should keep their eyes on in Week 2, and I didn’t know many of them other than Russell Wilson, Tyler Lockett and now Jadaveon Clowney.
The Legion of Boom might be gone, but this Seahawks team will be no easy win for the Steelers in their first home game in 2019. The one thing the Steelers have going for them is in two games played between the Steelers and Seahawks, Seattle has yet to score a point. Two games, zero points scored.
Let’s hope the Steelers can continue this streak in Week 2.