What the heck is a “slobberknocker?” In football terms, it’s a hit that, well, knocks the slobber right out of the other player’s mouth. I’ll be posing six hard-hitting questions to BTSC fans every game-day morning during the 2018 regular season.
The Pittsburgh Steelers take on their divisional foes, the Baltimore Ravens, in the friendly confines of Heinz Field tonight. Fans’ hopes are alive and well coming off the Black-and-gold’s first victory of the season last Monday night — but can the team build on the win? BTSC fans will watch every move and hold the Steelers accountable because they’re not your run-of-the-mill Steelers’ fans, but a cut above. They crave more in-depth commentary.
Q1: With the cornerback situation a mess — Artie Burns struggling and Mike Hilton unavailable — who should play the slot and opposite Joe Haden?
Q2: Will the secondary make Ravens’ quarterback Joe Flacco look like Joe Montana or the Flacco the Steelers have been used to?
Q3: Will the secondary need to provide better coverage or does the front-seven need to provide more pressure to win tonight?
Q4: Baltimore has given up the fourth fewest points (51) in the NFL. If the game comes down to a shootout will the Steelers be able to muster enough firepower against such a stout defense?
Q5: Linebacker Matthew Thomas received first-team reps this week, How would you like to see him used during the game? Do you like this move?
Q6: The Ravens use Terrell Suggs from either side. Will they line him up against Alejandro Villanueva who struggled last week? Will AV be able to handle him or struggle again?
Bonus: If you had to bet your BBQ grill or smoker, does wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster or Antonio Brown have more receiving yards? How confident would you be making that wager?
A Week-4 win against the Ravens would go a long way to end the pessimistic talk on the BTSC boards. Thirteen more games remain in the season, but every loss matters. The Steelers need to take the season week to week, and the first hurdle in doing so is to beat the Ravens. Will the Steelers be able to answer the above questions positively?