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We’re all aware of the significance of winning vs. losing

Postby zhangzk » Tue Feb 12, 2019 1:58 am

The Steelers were big winners last week without even playing. With still a lot of games remaining Youth T. J. Watt Jersey , the playoff contenders and pretenders aren’t set in stone..but contests will increase in importance by the week. Most of the time, Steelers fans know who to root for. But here’s a guide to significant matchups and whose losses the Steelers would benefit more from this weekend.If the season ended today, the Steelers would be the third seed in the AFC, but there are plenty of teams to root for in other action. Here are the current AFC playoff standings.Kansas City Chiefs 6-1 (Would win AFC West and would earn them a First Round Bye)New England Patriots 5-2 (Would win AFC East and would earn them a First Round Bye)Pittsburgh Steelers 3-2-1 (Would win AFC North and host Wild Card Cincinnati)Houston Texans 4-3 (Would win AFC South and host Wild Card Los Angeles Chargers)Los Angeles Chargers 5-2 (Would earn Wild Card and travel to Houston)Cincinnati Bengals 4-3 (Would earn Wild Card and travel to Pittsburgh)Baltimore Ravens 4-3Miami Dolphins 4-3New York Jets 3-4Tennessee Titans 3-4Jacksonville Jaguars 3-4Denver Broncos 3-4Cleveland Browns 2-4-1Indianapolis Colts 2-5Buffalo Bills 2-5Oakland Raiders 1-5Philadelphia Eagles at Jacksonville Jaguars (London) - Sunday 9:30 AM Jacksonville is struggling. But if they get healthy and should the running game get turned around, they could be dangerous. Fly Eagles...Fly.Who to root for: Philadelphia Baltimore Ravens at Carolina Panthers - Sunday 1:00 PMBaltimore is still the biggest threat to the Steelers in the division. So, of course, it’s got to be Carolina on my mind.Who to root for: CarolinaDenver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs - Sunday 1:00 PMWow, the Chiefs are ridiculously good. Denver is not a threat and the Broncos beating the Chiefs would slide the top seed closer to striking distance for the Steelers.Who to root for: DenverTampa Bay Buccaneers at Cincinnati Bengals - Sunday 1:00 PMRooting for the Bengals is done only when totally necessary, There’s no necessity here. In fact, the decline of Who Dey would be awesome should it continue.Who to root for: Tampa BayNew England Patriots at Buffalo Bills - Monday 8:15 PMIf this was 25 years ago, the Bills would be the big threat and the Patriots would be at the bottom of the conference. However, the Patriots are always a danger these days and a loss combined with a Steeler win would advance the Steelers up the conference ladder.Who to root for: BuffaloAFC Bye-Weekers: Los Angeles Chargers, Tennessee TitansOther games featuring AFC teams:New York Jets at Chicago Bears - Sunday 1 PMIndianapolis Colts at Oakland Raiders - Sunday 4:05 PMThe NFL’s new roughing the passer rule is silly Remember during the spring, summer and NFL preseason, when you were raging over the league’s new rule (or was it a new emphasis — hard to keep track of these things) to protect the health of its players?Image
Turns out Youth Terrell Edmunds Jersey , you were right to be enraged, only you were angry about the wrong rule. While the NFL’s new rules on targeting and helmet-to-helmet hits stole the headlines before the start of the 2018 regular season, it’s the league’s newer and sexier roughing-the-passer rule (or emphasis) that has stolen the show so far. Can you remember the last time a player was called for a helmet-to-helmet hit? I knowthere have been some, but it doesn’t seem to be altering games or keeping drives alive at an alarming rate through the early portions of the 2018 season. And maybe that’s because you can fundamentally teach players on both offense and defense to block and tackle without using their heads as battering rams. Sure, there have been some bang-bang non-calls, but those are going to happen. Perhaps to the credit of the officials, they’ve mostly used common sense in situations where helmet-to-helmet contact is simply impossible to avoid. But you can’t give the officials any credit for how they’ve been emphasizing quarterback safety by throwing roughing-the-passer flags at an alarming rate that appears to be zooming on the way to being absolutely ridiculous. Through three full weeks, 34 roughing the passer penalties have been called, up by 18 from the same time-frame in 2017. The quirk in this new emphasis isn’t necessarily the amount of penalties that have been called, but why. Remember the good old days, when defenders were only flagged for things like shots to the head or hitting the quarterback after taking a two- or three-step running start? Much like the helmet-to-helmet hits, a defender could cut down on such fouls simply by using proper technique and a little restraint.But I’m at a loss at what to say about this new emphasis on roughing the passer in 2018, when it’s now illegal for a defender to land on a quarterback with all of his body weight. How is that really possible in most cases? How can you tell a defender to use proper tackling technique on a ball-carrier (bend at the knees, see what you hit, and drive the ball-carrier to the ground) Youth Maurkice Pouncey Jersey , but then turn around and tell him he must take a different approach when hitting a quarterback? What is a defender supposed to do? If he’s not using proper technique, he must either sling a passer to the ground or take him down with a semi-clothesline, a la pro wrestling. In the Steelers’ 30-27 victory over the Buccaneers in Week 3, four roughing the passer penalties were called — two on both teams — with perhaps the silliest one going against safety Sean Davis, who weighs 20 pounds less than Tampa Bay quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. So now, if you’re a defender, you can’t hit a quarterback high, hit a quarterback low or tackle a quarterback to the turf like a regular football player. Prior to Week 4’s matchups, the NFL doubled-down on its new emphasis on protecting the quarterback, which is cute for now. But wait until a Jesse James-like play alters not only the course of a drive or game, but changes the fortunes of some aspiring playoff team. Much like the Catch Rule and many other irrational league mandates, you can almost guarantee the NFL ultimately will de-emphasize its current stance on roughing the passer.It’s just too bad that will happen next spring.In the meantime, brace yourself and hope it’s not your team whose playoff aspirations are de-emphasized in 2018. Custom Chicago Bears Jerseys
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