PITTSBURGH (GSM) — Still under contract, the Steelers’ number one receiver has made it known that he wants out of Pittsburgh.
Antonio Brown was drafted in the 6th round (pick #195) in 2010 and during his time as the Steelers’ biggest playmaker, he has made significant strides in the team’s success. There has reportedly been a difference of opinion and lack of communication between parties with Brown skipping the final game of the season due to a knee injury.
Update: Brown expressed his feelings quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in several exchanges with fans on his twitter page, saying the QB had an, “owner’s mentality.”
No conflict just a matter of respect! Mutual respect! He has a owner mentality like he can call out anybody including coaches. Players know but they can’t say anything about it otherwise they meal ticket gone. It’s a dirty game within a game. #truthhttps://t.co/MsSyBVd3Ny
OAKLAND, CA (GSM) – In a, “not-so-happy” new year, the Pittsburgh Steelers ended the 2018 season with a 9-6 record. Although they had more wins than losses , Pittsburgh missed the playoffs when the Baltimore Ravens defeated the Cleveland Browns and secured the 6th seed in the AFC.
This year’s “Photo of the Season” is JuJu Smith-Shuster’s tiptoe touchdown in Oakland against the Raiders on December 9th, 2019. In a losing effort against one of the Steelers’ long standing rivals, the Raiders won the game 24-21 over the “Black N’ Gold.”
PITTSBURGH (GSM) – The Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Carolina Panthers 52-21 on Thursday Night Football. This was highest amount of points any one team has scored at Heinz Field.
In a one-sided game, Pittsburgh had 7 different players score touchdowns in the game. Wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger connected on a 75-yard touchdown on the first play of their opening drive. Also finding the endzone were Vance McDonald, James Conner, Antonio Brown, Jesse James and Jaylen Samuels.
Roethlisberger was perfect from the pocket as he secured a 158.3 passing percentage. The best in his career.
The Steelers have Jaguars and Broncos on the road before they return to Heinz Field on December 2 to face the Chargers.
BALTIMORE (GSM) – It was a win on the road in a short week.
The Steelers are on a 4-game winning streak after defeating the Baltimore Ravens 23-13 at M&T Bank Stadium, Sunday. It was an AFC North win that keeps them in the catbird seat atop the division. Now with a record of 5-2-1 running back James Conner, referenced the last time these two organizations met. The Steelers came up short when they played on September 30. The score was 26-14. He acknowledged that it was imperative to get out of the gate early. “Last time we played them, we had some turnovers early and some penalties.” Conner said. “[We tried] to do the opposite of that and start out fast.”
Linebacker Bud Dupree had a half-sack in the game and says now that playing divisional opponents are almost complete 9-weeks into the season, there is still a lot of ahead of them. “It’s going to be a long ride again. It was great that we became at the top of the division after this game. We have one more, it’s Bengals again. I’m glad we played everyone (AFC North opponents) at the beginning of the season. Now we can just focus on other conference games and dominate those as well.”
Defensive back Mike Hilton says racking up victories against divisional opponents are key especially against the likes of Baltimore, as they move down the stretch. However, the immediate game plan now centers around the short turnaround. “It was big,” Hilton said “Especially on the road against a team like Baltimore. Everybody knows how big the rivalry is. It was a big win for us and now we have to get ready for the quick turnaround for Thursday.”
With only a few days off, the Steelers gear up to host the Carolina Panthers at Heinz Field who are on the prowl as well. Their overall record is 6-2, and are coming off of a win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The score was 42-28. Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was 19 for 25 in the passing game with two touchdowns and no interceptions, which contributed significantly to his team’s victory.
The Panthers are currently in second place in the NFC South, 1-game behind the New Orleans Saints (7-1).
The Steelers and Panthers met in the pre-season however the speed of this game will include the starters in mid-season form which can guarantee a physical matchup.