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The Pittsburgh Steelers have won three straight games and have finally started to “stack wins”.

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After their 33-18 win over the Cleveland Browns in Week 8 Youth JuJu Smith-Schuster Jersey , the team has to move on quickly as they prepare to face the Baltimore Ravens, on the road, in Week 9. Something I did last season and I’m going to start again is the Black-and-gold Links article. This is an article where I take stories from quality news sources across the Internet and add them here for your viewing pleasure. I won’t be posting the entire articles, but I’ll link each story and author so that you can read the full article. Today we talk about how, believe it or not, Ben Roethlisberger has never thrown for over 300 yards in Baltimore in his career. Not even once. And in today’s NFL, this is a surprise. The most yards Roethlisberger has ever posted in Baltimore is 280, but that might be due to change this Sunday when the Steelers travel to Baltimore in Week 9.Let’s get to the news:How Ben Roethlisberger can post first 300-yard game in BaltimoreBy: Jeremy Fowler, ESPNThe numbers out of Baltimore aren’t pretty.The Pittsburgh Steelers have averaged 16.1 points per game in M&T Bank Stadium since 2011.Ben Roethlisberger never has thrown for 280 yards in Baltimore, where he has two touchdowns and five interceptions in his past four matchups. Big Ben has two 300-plus-yard games apiece in Cleveland and Cincinnati.A physical Ravens-Steelers clash is rarely an offensive light show, to be sure. But the Steelers’ identity is not to grind out games. Roethlisberger is averaging 327 yards per game through seven games this season. The Steelers are among the NFL’s top five in points and yards per game. This offense is largely considered high-powered.Players are hopeful they can maintain that pace, even in Baltimore.”Most of the time these games are low-scoring games, but hopefully we get a game where we get a whole bunch of points,” center Maurkice Pouncey said.To make that happen, the Steelers are relying on the no-huddle offense, a better Wi-Fi connection between Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown and a refined pre-snap routine.Sean Davis provides safety valve for Steelers defenseBy: Chris Adamski, Pittsburgh Tribune-ReviewSean Davis will hit the halfway point of his first season at a new position Sunday. It’s the third position he’s started at during his 2陆 years in the NFL.And though the job description of free safety in the NFL goes well beyond a simple edict, by one high-profile measure Davis has been a success this season.“I definitely feel as if there is a difference with the (number of) big plays (allowed) compared to last year,” Davis said after Pittsburgh Steelers practice Thursday. “It feels good hearing that, and I guess my presence is playing a small part of that.”Only two teams in the NFL last season gave up more pass plays of 40-plus yards than the Steelers. Through eight weeks this season, only nine teams have given up fewer.Even better, the Steelers have not allowed a play of more than 24 yards during their three-game winning streak.But against the Baltimore Ravens on Sept. 30 Youth Jon Bostic Jersey , the Steelers allowed 71- and 33-yard pass plays to receiver John Brown.As the rematch with Baltimore awaits Sunday, the Steelers defense — capped by Davis at its back end — knows it can’t allow receivers to get behind them.“We’ve got to make sure that as much as we can, if we keep the ball in front of us, the better chance we’ve got to win the game,” Steelers defensive coordinator Keith Butler said. “We can’t give up easy touchdowns.”One of the best means for accomplishing that end is by limiting long passing plays, which is something the defense did not do the second half of last season and the first four games this season. The Steelers allowed a passing play of 39-plus yards in all but one of those 13 games.The Steelers defense has tightened since the Patrick Mahomes/Kansas City Chiefs traveling road show won a 42-37 Week 2 shootout. They’ve allowed an average of 212.7 passing yards per game, down an average of almost 100 yards per game since September.“I’m liking the way we (in the secondary) are going,” Davis said. “We are making plays. 鈥?I feel like we are a group on the rise. We are getting better, stacking wins now, shutting offenses down, a lot more three-and-outs. So I feel like we are doing better.”Steelers no longer seeing red when driving inside opposing 20By: Joe Rutter, Pittsburgh Tribune-ReviewArt Rooney II spoke. The Pittsburgh Steelers have listened.In February, the Steelers team president expressed a desire for improved play inside the red zone. As the season nears the midpoint, first-year offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner has delivered results in that area.The Steelers rank No. 2 in red-zone touchdown percentage, finding the end zone on 15 of 20 trips through seven games – a 75 percent success rate. Only the Cincinnati Bengals, at nearly 77 percent, have done better.In 2017, the last year under former offensive coordinator Todd Haley, the Steelers were No. 18 in red-zone touchdown percentage, converting at a 53 percent clip. The top three teams in 2017 all reached the NFL version of the final four — Jacksonville (69 percent), Philadelphia (64) and New England (62.7).“We’ve dedicated time to it,” Fichtner said Thursday. “I’d like to think some offseason study things we’ve done Youth Javon Hargrave Jersey , some thoughtfulness things we knew we had to improve that had been an eyesore at times.”And what were the eyesores?“You can’t have negative plays,” Fichtner said. “We have turned it over two times down there, that’s probably the two times we may not have scored a touchdown.”Interceptions thrown by Ben Roethlisberger against Cleveland in the season opener and against Atlanta in Week 5 – both passes were targeted for Antonio Brown – have accounted for the only times the Steelers haven’t produced points after driving inside the 20.
The other three trips resulted in Chris Boswell field goals.“It’s disappointing any time you turn the ball over,” Fichtner said. “When you are taking points off the board, you are not giving a chance to at least kick a field goal, and that’s shame on us. That’s not going to be accepted.“We work hard to try to be better in that area, but without trying to take away the creativity of an established, veteran quarterback who will pull the trigger.” In the locker room this past Monday morning, Maurkice Pouncey was asked what it was like to come into the facility in first place in the division after how things started.“It took a lot of hard work.” The laughter of both Pouncey and the reporters told the story of Week 7 for the Steelers. Without playing a game, they were able to catapult from third place in the AFC North to having the lead in the division thanks to losses by both the Ravens and Bengals. To top it all off, the Browns also fell in overtime. So as the Steelers watched at home, the rest of the division went 0-3.By not even putting on the pads, the Steelers did something which had never happened in the history of the AFC North: they jumped from third place to first place without playing a game.I was curious to see if this would be the case. Moving from third place to first in the division with tight standings was something I assumed happened quite often, especially the first few weeks every season. But pulling it off while not playing a game was something I wanted to investigate. In my research, not only was it the first time this happened with the team being on the bye, a team has moved from third place to first place in the AFC North only five other times since its inception.Before getting into the details, I wanted to make one thing clear: no team has ever gone from last to first in the AFC North in a single week. Since 2002 when the division was created, it has never occurred. before 2018, there have only ever been four seasons in which an AFC North team has jumped to the top from the third position. And in each of those seasons, it was a different team who made the leap.The most recent team in the AFC North making the third-to-first leap was the Baltimore Ravens in 2016. The Ravens finished Week 8 of the season in third place with a record of 3-4. The Steelers held the top spot with a record of 4-3 while Cincinnati followed in second place at 3-4-1. After Baltimore defeated Pittsburgh 21-14 in Week 9 while the Bengals were on a bye, they jumped up into the division lead. The Ravens held the top spot until Week 14 when Pittsburgh took over in route to winning the division. Going back two seasons earlier, Cleveland made an unprecedented jump from third place to first place in the division from Week 9 to Week 10 in 2014. During the season Youth James Conner Jersey , all four teams were very closely grouped through the middle of the season. After Week 9, Cincinnati was in the lead at 5-2-1, followed by Pittsburgh (6-3), Cleveland (5-3), and then Baltimore (5-4). The Browns crushed the Bengals 24-3 in Week 10, and with the Steelers falling to the Jets, Cleveland grabbed the top spot. But it was very short-lived, as the Browns fell all the way to fourth place the following week with a loss and were the only AFC North team to not make the playoffs.It was the previous year in 2013 when the Bengals made the third-to-first jump. It was the Week 5 when the Ravens, Browns, and Bengals were all tied at 3-2 with Cincinnati coming out on the short end of the tiebreakers. It didn’t take much to move in to first place with a win in Week 6 as both Baltimore and Cleveland lost. From Week 6 on, Cincinnati held the top spot to win the AFC North.The 2011 season was quite intriguing as teams shuffled around for a large portion of the year. In this season, the Steelers moved from 3rd to 1st in one week of the season on two separate occasions. The first time was from Week 6 to Week 7 when the Steelers improved from 4–2 to 5–2 after defeating the Arizona Cardinals. The Ravens had held the top spot at 4–1, but dropped after a defeat to the Jaguars. Cincinnati fell one spot during their bye as they held steady at 4-2.The other occasion where the Steelers jumped from third to first in 2011 was after they fell back to the third spot in Week 9. Pittsburgh had an extra loss at 6-3 and trailed both Ravens and Bengals who were 6–2. The Steelers defeated Cincinnati in week 10 while Baltimore lost to Seattle, which catapulted the Steelers in to first place. The Ravens reclaimed the top spot the following week as the Steelers were on bye and Baltimore matched their record and held for tiebreaker as they had already defeated the Steelers twice. For the final six weeks of the season, the Steelers and Ravens held identical records the entire way while Baltimore won the division with Pittsburgh and Cincinnati also making the playoffs.With a total of 279 weeks in which the AFC North has existed, this past week was only the sixth time a team jumped from third to first. For those keeping track, it means this occurs 2.2% of the time. The fact the Steelers moved up to lead the division during the bye is a first for the AFC North. If it takes just as long to see this again, set your alarm for Week 15 of the 2034 season.

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