Steelers Defeat Ravens on the Road; Thrilled About Position Moving Forward

Steelers running back James Conner had 107 rushing yards; 56 yards receiving including one touchdown in the 23-16 win against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on November 4, 2018. (Brian Cook / Golden Sky Media)

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.

Steelers Convincingly Defeat Falcons

Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) catches a touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger over defender Robert Alford (23) of the Falcons. October 17, 2018 at Heinz Field. (Brian Cook / Golden Sky Media)

PITTSBURGH (GSM) – The Steelers put the game against the Falcons out of reach early and had a field day at Heinz Field.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completed 19 of 29 passes for 250 yards and three touchdowns, two of which were to wide receiver Antonio Brown. JuJu Smith-Schuster (pictured above) also caught a strike, helping to put the game in the bag.

Running back James Conner rushed for 110 yards and scored 2 touchdowns of his own.

Running back James Connor (30) jumps over the pile in the game against the Atlanta Falcons October 17, 2018 at Heinz Field. (Brian Cook / Golden Sky Media)

Next week, the Steelers travel to Cincinnati to face their AFC North rival Bengals.

Steelers Defeat Vikings at Home

PITTSBURGH (GSM) – The Steelers struck early via a 27-yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger to wide out Martavis Bryant for the game’s first touchdown. The final score was 26-9 in a one sided game that helped set the tone in the 2017 season’s second game.

Martavis Bryant strides after scoring the game’s first touchdown. September 17th, 2017 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. (Photo Brian Cook)

Roethlisberger’s stats: 23-35, 243 YDS, 2 TD. He spread the ball effectively, connecting with 6 receivers.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) throws a pass with Minnesota Vikings Defensive End Danielle Hunter (99) in his face. September 17th, 2017 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. (Photo Brian Cook)

Wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster was on the receiving end of Roethlisberger’s second touchdown pass in the second quarter, moments before the end of the first half.

Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster is greeted by fellow teammates after scoring the game’s second touchdown against the Vikings. September 17th, 2017 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. (Photo Brian Cook)

Le’Veon Bell was held to only 87 yards rushing on 27 attempts. However, his performance helped move the clock as the Steelers controlled the time of possession (34:22) throughout the game.

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell stiff arms Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr. September 17th, 2017 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. (Photo Brian Cook)

Pittsburgh racked up 2 sacks on defense holding Vikings quarterback Case Keenum to only 167 yards passing on 37 attempts.

Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree (48) records a sack on Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum (7). September 17th, 2017 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. (Photo Brian Cook)

 

Former Steeler Mike Logan Coaches Youth on Football and Life

PITTSBURGH (Game Changers) – The true essence of football goes beyond X’s and O’s on a chalk board or the over abundance of brute force of playing a game. It takes intelligence and awareness mixed with the uncanny heart one must possess before players take the field. The physical ability to perform on game day just enhances what takes place in preparation in practice and team meetings.

I have the pleasure of being in the media, although time consuming and stressful, it has tremendous rewards. Mike Logan is a former NFL player that started his playing days in McKeesport, PA and told me he always had a love for the sport. However it was the camaraderie of his teammates and coaches that motivated him to pour out his heart week in and week out. He was a standout in high school, so much so that he was recruited to play on the collegiate level at West Virginia (Mountaineers). After playing with great intensity, he was drafted to the NFL by the Jacksonville Jaguars. He landed back in Pittsburgh with the Steelers and finished his career with the team he grew up watching. Before retirement, he won a championship with the Steelers in Super Bowl XL (40) over the Seattle Seahawks 21-10 in Detroit.

Now that his playing days are over, he is giving back, this time as a coach. He currently serves as the special teams coach for USO Football in Pittsburgh, PA. USO stands for three schools, University Preparatory, Sci-Tech and Obama Academy. He told me that he loves being instrumental in molding the minds of young people by teaching the game of football and applying that to life. For instance, he says it is imperative for the players to embrace proper attire on the field that will translate to real world situations like job interviews. Speaking in general about today’s youth, “I see so many young guys with their pants hanging down” he says, “we use football as a venue to teach life’s lessons”.

Logan also believes that coaching is a great tool to help with school work due to the complexity of the sport.

Head coach Lou Berry told me that the players embrace Logan’s knowledge of the game and look up to him having played for the NFL. Berry, visually elated about having a Super Bowl champion on his coaching staff “not too many people can say that”.

Players Abner Roberts V and Curtis Williams were excited to do interviews with Game Changers about how Logan has helped them both in football and in life. Williams told me that he was helped significantly with school work, while Roberts stressed how the lesson of refraining from misusing social media and treating women stood out most to him.

I shot video over a course of three days to see Logan’s interaction with the team and I must say, it was magical. In my media career I have covered 7 Super Bowls an Super Bowl XL was my first. As a native of Pittsburgh, it was a pleasure for it to be my first big assignment. After the game, I was able to interview Mike Logan on how it felt to be from the Pittsburgh area and win a Super Bowl. In his remarks, he didn’t focus on the personal gratification of winning, yet he paid homage to those who got him to this point in his life.

A true class act and a true Game Changer.

SOURCE: Game Changers Project

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