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 [url=http://www.steelersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-bud-dupree-jersey]Youth Bud Dupree Jersey[/url] , or falling, after the tie with the Browns The Steelers and Browns played to a 21-21 tie on Sunday which, without question, is the most cursed sentence I’ve ever written. The abridged version of the Stock Report is that everyone sucks and should be traded immediately. The longer version can be found below:Stock down: You, the viewerMy least favorite thing about ties is that they don’t fully legitimize a fanbase’s vitriol. In the NFL, ties never occur because both teams played particularly awesomely, so when teams do find themselves deadlocked at the end of the overtime period, it’s usually because both sides have made a series of catastrophic errors. So if your favorite team commits, say, six turnovers and fails to protect the quarterback — as the Steelers did against Cleveland — it’s understandable that you’d be frustrated with a tie. BUT! If your favorite team ties its opponent, at least it isn’t, you know, a loss. Screw that. I want my blistering hot takes to be completely devoid of any “yeah, but at least...” qualifiers, dagnabbit! Also, I realize it was the very first game of the NFL season and that a great deluge struck much of the Rust Belt over the weekend, rendering FirstEnergy Stadium’s field surface a veritable quagmire, but, my God, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more abysmally-played football game. Aside from the six turnovers committed by Pittsburgh, the Steelers had 12 penalties levied against them (note this staggering figure doesn’t even take penalties that were declined into consideration). They also surrendered four sacks and a handful of quarterback hits and dropping a number of passes. Cleveland, meanwhile, surrendered seven sacks, committed 11 penalties, had a game-winning FG blocked, had a potential game-winning drive in the fourth quarter cut short by a horrifying interception [url=http://www.steelersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-jesse-james-jersey]http://www.steelersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-jesse-james-jersey[/url] , and was 5-for-18 on third-down attempts. Ben Roethlisberger and Tyrod Taylor both had dreadful performances, the former committing five turnovers alone (though, in his defense, you could argue that only one or two of them were truly his fault) and the latter woefully inefficient, completing 15 of 40 passes for 150 net passing yards to go along with a touchdown and the aforementioned interception. So, yeah, between the penalties, turnovers, and bad offense, watching the Steelers/Browns game was a pretty lame waste of a Sunday. Stock up: The Steelers defense!I’ll lead this off by giving outside linebacker T.J. Watt a special shout-out, because it was his blocked field goal that prevented Cleveland from winning its first game since 2016. He also had four sacks — I could see this maybe getting reduced to three, as the fourth one resulted from him shoving Taylor out of bounds during a late-game quarterback scramble, but we’ll see about that — so it isn’t much of a stretch to say that, without T.J. Watt, the Steelers probably would’ve lost to the Browns. With the exception of Cleveland’s first offensive drive after the halftime break, one that led to the Browns’ first touchdown of the afternoon, the Steelers totally shut down Cleveland’s offense, holding the Browns to just 3.8 yards per play, amassing seven team sacks, as well as a whole bunch of hits and hurries, plus keeping Taylor et al. scoreless on 16 offensive drives, including three overtime drives. If you subscribe to the longstanding notion that the Browns are the Browns, you’re probably somewhat dubious about the defense’s showing, or at the very least, you’re taking it with a grain of salt. But if you really take a look at some of the performances by individual Steelers (Watt; Mike Hilton, who did pretty well covering Jarvis Landry; Artie Burns and Joe Haden [url=http://www.steelersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-terrell-edmunds-jersey]Terrell Edmunds Jersey[/url] , who essentially rendered Cleveland’s outside receivers—including Josh Gordon—mostly useless; Cam Heyward and Stephon Tuitt, who anchored the run defense; Sean Davis, who actually looked the part of a functional NFL safety; Jon Bostic, who made a handful of good plays; Bud Dupree, who at times looked unblockable) there’s reason to be optimistic about this group. For the first time in a long time, I didn’t feel an overwhelming sense of dread every time a promising offensive drive stalled; I actually felt confident in the defense.Stock up: James ConnerI’m not gonna waste too much space singing his praises because the significance of his performance — nearly 200 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns — is self-evident. I’ll withhold any Le’Veon Bell is the product of a system takes for now, but we’ll see what happens in the weeks ahead. Stock up: Ryan SwitzerRyan Switzer is a good return specialist! Thank God. Stock down: The offensive lineThe line committed a million penalties — somewhat understandable given that Myles Garrett makes Von Miller look like Aaron Curry — and allowed Cleveland’s pass-rushers to consistently affect Roethlisberger, which ultimately wound up being the difference in Sunday’s game. With that said, my level of concern at the moment is maybe like a 3 because it’s still so early in the year and I’m fairly confident in stating that this group will eventually mesh into the top-tier group it’s been in each of the past two seasons.Stock down: BenBen’s final stat line isn’t entirely reflective of his performance. One of his interceptions resulted from Antonio Brown running the incorrect route; another occurred when a pass caromed off of Jesse James’ fingertips into Denzel Ward’s waiting arms. But if you’re responsible for five giveaways, your arrow goes down. I don’t make the rules. Stock down: Mike TomlinTo be clear, the inclusion of Mike Tomlin on this list is not an indictment of Mike Tomlin’s coaching. But, man, I think this game is really gonna wind up being a black mark on his career resume. After the Browns turned the ball over on downs in Pittsburgh territory late in the fourth quarter with Pittsburgh leading 21-7, the Steelers had a 98.5% chance to win the game, according to ESPN’s proprietary win probability formula. The fact that the Steelers went on to commit turnovers on each of their next two drives and allow Cleveland to tie that game at 21 is not Mike Tomlin’s fault, but this tie game will now and forever mark his record. If this ends up being the only tie on Mike Tomlin’s resume (as it currently is), we’ll certainly remember it. The Pittsburgh Steelers have won three straight games, and have finally started to “stack wins”. After their 33-18 win over the Cleveland Browns in Week 8, the team has to move on from the win quickly as they now prepare for 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 whether, after winning three games in a row, the Steelers have turned the corner and are now on their way to living up to the hype which surrounded them when the season began. This was before their dreadful month of September, followed by a resurgence, and undefeated [url=http://www.steelersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-james-conner-jersey]Authentic James Conner Jersey[/url] , October.Let’s get to the news:Tim Benz: Resilient Steelers show they might be up to the hype after allBy: Tim Benz, Pittsburgh Tribune-ReviewDuring the Steelers’ season opener at Cleveland, a two-score lead in the second half dissolved into an ugly tie.It all started with one huge mistake.In the rematch at Heinz Field, the same potential existed. Except this time the Steelers took a mistake and shoved it right back at Cleveland en route to a 33-18 victory.“That’s what we want to do as a football team,” linebacker T.J. Watt said. “Make the corrections we need to make. Don’t make the same mistake twice.”Leading 21-7 in the fourth quarter of Week 1, running back James Conner fumbled. That turnover was followed by a slew of strip sacks, blown coverages, missed tackles, botched blocks, bad routes and missed kicks.The Steelers came unglued.Only the Browns’ ineptitude prevented the Steelers from starting 0-1.On Sunday, the Steelers suffered another epic blunder after the Browns yielded a safety at the 8-minute, 7-second mark of the third quarter. Leading 16-6, the Steelers allowed the ensuing free kick to lie on the field until Cleveland recovered it. Returner Ryan Switzer became confused when Roosevelt Nix called for a fair catch but left him to field the ball.The Browns recovered. A few plays later, they scored a touchdown. That closed the gap to 16-12 after a missed extra point.That bad Steelers team in early September crumbled after hitting a pothole. The first-place Steelers in late October rolled right over it.“In a boxing match, even the best boxer gets hit a few times,” defensive end Stephon Tuitt said. “You never want to put your head down after they made a couple plays. You just have to keep going.”On the next drive, the Steelers returned to a run game that hadn’t been efficient in the first half. Conner had just 33 yards on 10 carries at halftime. When the Steelers got the ball back, he accounted for 60 yards on four carries, including a touchdown to make it 23-12.In the first matchup, Conner struggled after his mistake. The coaching staff eventually gave up on the run game, exposing Ben Roethlisberger to lousy weather and an effective Browns pass rush.On Sunday, the weather was almost as bad, but the results on the ground were remarkably better. Conner finished with 146 yards rushing. He added 66 yards on receptions.As opposed to the opener, the Steelers defense squashed any life the Browns had after they drew closer. The defense forced three straight punts. Two were the result of three-and-out series.After last week’s kerfuffle over who should be running the Browns offense, does anyone else besides Hue Jackson or Todd Haley want to try?Anyone?The Browns’ perceived return to respectability after a 2-2-1 start now appears to be short-lived. However, the Steelers potential return to AFC playoff contention may be picking up steam.“Nothing has really changed [url=http://www.steelersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-juju-smith-schuster-jersey]Youth JuJu Smith-Schuster Jersey[/url] ,” Conner said of the Steelers’ improvement in recent weeks. “We are just doing our jobs, trying to be a team on the rise.”James Conner takes over Heinz Field, dominates Browns againBy: Jeremy Fowler, ESPNThe spin move to get loose. The stiff-arm in the end zone. The “Con-ner! Con-ner!” chants from the Heinz Field crowd.James Conner is no longer a fill-in, but is a major catalyst for the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2018 season.He can play. He has left little doubt.Conner’s monstrous second half helped seal the Steelers’ 33-18 win over the Cleveland Browns and strengthen their position in the AFC North. Over the span of two drives in the third and fourth quarters, Conner gashed the Browns for 95 total yards and a score. The Steelers were reeling after several mental mistakes before Conner spun his way to a 30-yard gain to start a third-quarter scoring drive.“I’m just running hard,” Conner said when asked if he’s getting stronger by the week after compiling 525 yards over a three-game stretch.Conner started the game with 36 yards on 12 carries but finished with an explosive 146 yards on 24 carries along with five receptions for 66 yards. That gives Conner a startling 404 total yards in two games against the Browns.That will do.Steelers players kept pumping up Conner publicly over the last two months, and it was not an empty proposition. They feel strongly about their running back, with or without Le’Veon Bell. He’s ready for AFC North football, and so is an offensive line that has been stellar the last three weeks.“He wants to be that guy,” guard Ramon Foster said of Conner. “He plays with a passion that’s out of this world.”Mike Tomlin made passionate address to Steelers after Pittsburgh shootingBy: Jeremy Fowler, ESPNSteelers coach Mike Tomlin addressed the Pittsburgh shooting with his team Saturday night in what players called a passionate moment.Tomlin told his team he lived close to the Tree of Life Synagogue, where a mass shooting left 11 people dead and several others injured earlier Saturday.”I’m a member of the Squirrel Hill community personally,” Tomlin said after the Steelers’ 33-18 win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. “Words cannot express how we feel as members of the community. We are prayerful.”Tomlin added he wouldn’t make the moment “about me or us” and is glad to serve the community in a small way with the game. Tomlin estimated he lives about 800 yards from the synagogue.Among the dead were David and Cecil Rosenthal. Their sister, Michele Rosenthal, used to work for the Steelers as a community relations manager.”It was tough. It was crazy tough, especially with Michele and the closeness we have with her,” quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said. “We’re thankful for the victory, but we also understand there are bigger things -- there’s life. I’m glad we could gift people three hours with a break.”The Steelers held a moment of silence inside Heinz Field before kickoff.”Way bigger than football,” guard Ramon Foster said.Several players issued supportive tweets over the weekend and were proud to take the field for their city.”Tragedy what happened to our city,” running back James Conner, a Pennsylvania native who played college football at Pitt, said after the game. “Today was much bigger than the game of football. Good we got the win to try and uplift spirits and vibes of our city. Our city took a hit today. Our hearts with all the victims and all the victims’ families. We still have them in mind.”Defensive end Cameron Heyward entered the stadium with a T-shirt featuring a heart around the word “Pittsburgh.” Many fans inside Heinz displayed a “Stronger than Hate” sign pairing the Steelers’ logo with the Star of David. [url=http://www.nflshopoutlet.com/green-bay-packers]Custom Green Bay Packers Jerseys[/url]