Morning Links (and Daily Thread)…

A quick daily look at what’s happening around Steelers Nation. And consider this your open thread for discussing the days events and, well, anything else that comes to mind about the Black and Gold.

– In case you haven’t listened to it yet, here’s Steelers Lounge Podcast #30 (Chad Scott). Every time we do one of these things we have a huge debate before we hit the record button discussing which player should get mentioned (it always goes by the players number, obviously). This time around there wasn’t a clear cut winner, and we almost didn’t go with Chad Scott. I argued we should because even though he was often times chasing a receiver into the end zone, he did have his moments. Between 2000 and 2001,  for example, he picked off 10 passes and had four interception returns for touchdowns. Plus, he was probably the best Steeler to ever wear No. 30. So there’s that. [Us]

– JJ had a post here on Tuesday that talked about how important big plays are in the Steelers-Ravens series. He had an extended look at that over at our other stomping grounds that is also worth a read. [JJ at FanHouse]

– Going to the game on Saturday (we know SteelerBill is!)? James Farrior wants you to be loud. Very loud. [James Farrior on Twitter]

– And for your random YouTube of the day: Here’s Antonio Brown’s kickoff return against Tennessee, as seen from the upper deck. Interesting.

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  • Smheart78

    Is it Saturday YET!!!?

  • Cols714

    For all the talk about how the Ravens and Steelers are even, we have 3 advantages.
    1. Ben is better than Flacco
    2. Our D is better than their D
    3. Homefield

    The only advantage they have is their OL isn’t on it’s 4th tackle and Haloti Ngata is really really good.

    • countertorque

      And the Steelers had a week off. Beating the crap out of KC may not have been very taxing, but having the bye is an advantage.

    • David
      • countertorque

        That’s an interesting article, but it concludes that Jonathon Scott is about as good a pass protector as Matt Light and Dan Koppen. It also grades Flozell as the worst pass blocker of the group. That doesn’t sound right.

        The overall score that the Steelers O-line is well below average matches with our perception.

  • Anonymous

    The business about the big plays is very simplistic. First of all, it’s only about offense and as we know, you can win or lose a game with big plays on defense and special teams.

    Second, simply counting twenty-plus yard plays seems silly to me. Ten of Mike Wallace’s ‘big plays” are for forty or more yards. No one else comes close. Shouldn’t he get extra credit for those?

    • Randy Steele

      A simple formula for a simple mind. Perfect for me!

  • EasyLikeSundayMorning

    Cols, I think our O is better than their O (even accounting for our OL) and our D is better than their D. But I think the Ravens have a pretty big advantage on special teams. Suisham has been near-perfect on FGs, but Cundiff has been far better on KOs, and Kapinos is one of the worst punters in the NFL. If weather and field conditions are bad, as they could be, field position could matter more than normal.

  • EasyLikeSundayMorning

    JJ. I liked both of your pieces about big plays. It has been a major weapon for our O and our D has been outstanding at stopping them.

    Your article also raises the question of how we (and other teams) have been at generating and stopping sustained drives. Outside of the NE and NO games, I’m guessing our D has been great at stopping them. Perhaps that can be a companion article.

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  • The Bus

    Terrel Sucks…