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5 Burning Questions on the Steelers

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What is it that makes "Big Play Willie Gay" so special with the ball in his hands? In terms of talent, are you ready to rate "The Killer Bees" alongside of Bradshaw, Harris and Swann/Stallworth? Now that tempers have cooled, what do you think of the Jason Worilds flag? Answer these and other Burning Questions on the Steelers.

Big Play Willie Gay's 3rd pick six of the season sparked the Steelers over the Falcons
Big Play Willie Gay's 3rd pick six of the season sparked the Steelers over the Falcons
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Two weeks remain in the NFL's 2014 regular season and the Steelers have defeated the Falcons, now placing themselves in a position to qualify for the post-season with a win over the visiting Kansas City Chiefs. But before we can see if the Black-and-Gold secures their first playoff berth since 2011, Steelers Nation must grapple with these 5 Burning Questions.

1. Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, and Le'Veon Bell all broke records during the Falcons game. People have compared "The Killer Bees" to the Dallas "Triplets" (Aikman, Emmitt, and Irvin) of the ‘90's, but the question here is:

Do "The Killer Bees" represent the strongest concentration of talent the Steelers have had at these three skill positions since the days of Terry Bradshaw, Franco Harris, and Lynn Swann/John Stallworth? Defend your answer.

2. While stopping well short of defending the roughing-the-passer flag on Jason Worilds, Neal Coolong urged caution and calm, pointing to the difficulty officials face in such situations. However, as Dan Sager has pointed out, reaction both inside and outside Steelers Nation has been furious. 72 hours have passed since the game, what's your take on the call.

3. In his takeaway's column BTSC editor Neal Coolong pulled no punches when it came to Jarvis Jones:

Can't say I'm not disappointed in Jarvis Jones. The rookie Jake Matthews is without question the worst tackle he'll face this season, and Jones did next to nothing. He's still coming back and isn't 100 percent...hopefully.

However, Ralph Paulk of the Tribune Review took a different track, praising Jones' play and observing:

The injury-plagued Jones twice hurried Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan, and he delivered a hit that forced a third-down incompletion in the fourth quarter. He also helped seal the edge to slow down running back Steven Jackson in the second half.

Who is right and how do you rate Jarvis Jones since his return?

4. One of the more controversial decisions of the 2013 off season was Kevin Colbert's decision to dabble in a little bit in the NFL's version of "Moneyball" when the Steelers opted to bring back William Gay and trust in Cortez Allen's development, in lieu of re-signing Keenan Lewis. Allen is struggling, but William Gay now has three pick-sixes on the year and his career total of four matches Troy Polamalu's, and doubles that even of the great Mel Blount.

Is this just an aberration or do you think that "Big Play Willie Gay" really does have the ability to be special when he has the ball in his hands?

5. The Kansas City Chiefs bring an 8-6 record to Heinz Field along with their own playoff aspirations. Alex Smith, Jamaal Charles and Justin Houston are only a few of Andy Ried's weapons. What are keys to a Steelers' victory vs. the Chiefs?

There you go, have at it folks.