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NFL insider note: Steelers stark reality is they can no longer compete in AFC North, plus more from Week 12

May Pittsburgh Steelers compete in the Northern AFC? It sounds crazy, but it’s a reasonable question to ask after their full reveal in Cincinnati on Sunday afternoon.

The harsh reality for the Steelers is that this season is starting to look like last year, only they are not the last unbeaten team of the league this November when things start to unravel again. In fact, this deflected defeat (41-10), which started away from the Steelers in the opening leg, is too similar to their playoff loss to Brown from January of last year, and continued a downward trend in the second half of the season, too much like 2020 for any Steelers coach or executive to ponder.

Mostly made of Ben Roethlisberger will go on for five weeks with no options, but the offense is still at its best – a pop-gun style short pass that relies on YAC to move the ball down the court – and the offensive line and the game running is not nearly good enough to make up for the limitations and shortcomings of a nearly 40-year-old midfielder who finished this time a year ago. To expect December or January to yield any other results this time around is madness, and with a bunch of games left for the Steel Man (Baltimore, in Minnesota, Tennessee, in the City). Kansas, Cleveland, in Baltimore) this could be worse than the period.

Sunday’s game ended well before half-time, but Big Ben conceded it with a careless pick-six to bring the scoreline 31-3 to a halt (the attack continued with a slam dunk). forced mess in the third inning when he was hit from behind). It sums up in the afternoon. At half of Bengali held the ball for more than 19 minutes (Joe Mixon run more than 100 yards alone in the inning), won 18 on the first down, went 4 for 5 on the third down (Joe Burrow beat the defense by the third and long second) and totaled 261 yards, while Pittsburgh’s attack was simply exaggerated.

The Steelers ended November 1-2-1 in their last four games, beating Bear with serious support from a crew, forcing the winner Lion at home, and dropped 82 points in the previous consecutive loss Charger and Bengals. But this is perhaps even more astonishing – for barely defeating a devastated COVID Ravens backup team, 19-14, on Wednesday afternoon last December 2 (called a JV performance by coach Mike Tomlin), the Steelers are losing 1-5 to division enemies.

They have managed to lose to midfield Ryan Finley and the Bengals were struggling last Christmas week, then lost consecutive games to the Browns – first 24-22 and then 48-37 in the Wild-card round – and lost Week 3 on the field. home against the Bengals, 24-10, before overtaking the Browns, 15-10, at the end of October. A negative 43 score difference at this point in the season probably says a lot about whether you’re good or bad.

Sunday’s fatigue is a little different than most days. The steelworkers looked too old in some areas and too green in others. TJ Watt are still active after injury, the defense is not what it used to be and the attack cannot be fixed after just one season. Nothing lasts forever, and this run with Ben Roethlisberger has continued this franchise’s remarkable streak of success. But time is running out in my career and this season.

Lawrence and Jags have an amazing first half defeat

Followed this for a while, and it continues to surprise: Jaguar‘the lack of a passing game in the first half of the game is truly astounding. They have played five games since the bye week, when head coach Urban Meyer abandoned the team to party in Columbus, and without any first-half games in any of those.

Trevor Lawrence, the first draft of the entire draft and the slam-dunk pick at the time, wasn’t able to do much until the Jags were chasing the game. That’s just their reality. In his most recent first five innings – the equivalent of 2½ games, obviously – he totaled 417 passes. Yes, you read that right. That’s 78 attempts, guys (5.3 each!). No need to touch down and double select… for a score of 67.09.

It was a failure, guys. There is no other way to couch it.

Lawrence went 12-to–19 in the 100 yards and intercepted in the first half against a very bad Atlanta defense, and it was probably his best first half since mid-October. Not sure how owner Shad Khan views the progress or what prizes the most, but a 2-9 scoreline showing no signs of life as a game goes by is what he thinks of when betting on Meyer, I guess he got what he wanted! It was a disaster, and we’ve seen many other coaches go one-on-one for a lot less.

Strange call of Eagle

A strange day of play for the Eagles. They run the ball up and down the pitch and then have a little cuteness and fun passing in the winning situations. Three times selected by Jalen Hurts really hurt, and keep Giant in a game where the Eagles could have walked away. Despite Hurts making some bad decisions, he drove the team into what could have been a game-winning drive, only to be destroyed by repeated drops on the the pass is very catchable. The loss could kill the Eagles’ middleweight playoff chances.

Other Insider Notes for Week 12

  • Zach Wilson limping and crashing on his first game back after a long injury absence is what one would call: suboptimal at best. There’s still a lot of football being played with that attacking behavior and behind that line of attack. Must give you pause…
  • NS Colts let another game begin after early boss fights around Bucs. At one point, the Colts played 27 consecutive plays, and that despite Jonathan Taylor healthy and fit. Strange, to say the least. They went back to Taylor to force the game, at least, but the lack of balance and confusing mistakes by Carson Wentz in the end they pay the price…
  • Hard to notice too much of a difference in Sunday’s Giants offense (264 yards – woo hoo!). Broadbanders are still very much impacted or not impacted in terms of how they make an impact, a point that is still very hard to come by and the big question about the direction of this franchise under Joe Judge remains unanswered. blur…
  • Orange NewtonLast standing is one NFL The startup looks pretty bleak. Accuracy and location are still a big deal, and he just looks as bad as Sam Darnold his worst before Panthers made a desperate act to bring Newton back. I started out for a feel-good story here, but that’s not in the cards. In 5-7, Carolina is dying out quickly and, down 27-10 in three quarters on Sunday, Newton is 5–21 by 92 yards with two picks and a QB rating of 5.8. Yes, 5.8…
  • I do not see Titan – strong struggle to keep the game running with Derrick Henry out – turned out more than 200 yards above the ground in New England. Especially no AJ Brown, I think Bill Belichick will close the operation if nothing else. That defense hasn’t been bullied as much this season. But JC Jackson and Matt Judon are game changers…
  • A lot of attention has been poured into Chief and that defense reversed course mid-season, but Dolphin silently did the same thing. It is quite remarkable. The Dolphins have won four in a row after going on a seven-game losing streak, and they haven’t given up more than 17 points in a game since their loss to Buffalo (26-11) in Week 8.



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