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Know Your Steelers Enemy: Week 12 vs the Colts

As the Steelers get ready to spend their holiday in Indianapolis, BTSC previews this week’s enemy.

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The Steelers tasted victory last week after a 42-day drought against a decimated Cleveland team. This week against a Colts team full of holes, the Steelers get a chance to bask in the national spotlight. Here is a sample of the names that Steeler Nation should become familiar with.


HC-Chuck Pagano

The Steelers and Pagano are no strangers to one another. Pagano served for four years in Baltimore coaching the secondary for three years before being named Defensive Coordinator for a year. Pagano, the Colts head man for five years now, is 3-3 in the playoffs and 0-2 against the Steelers.

Some Other Colts Coaches to know: OC-Rob Chudzinski, DC Ted Monachino


QB-No. 16 Scott Tolzien

The journeyman has been with four teams in six years and is 0-1-1 as a starter. The Steelers get a break here as they dodge a top-tier QB who had been playing well,for a 61.5% passer with one career TD pass and five interceptions. Playing behind a suspect line, Tolzien may be in for a rough night against a defense that finally broke out last week with eight sacks.

Some Other Colts Quarterbacks to know: No. 7 Stephen Morris

Wide Receiver

No. 13 T.Y. Hilton

The former teammate of Antonio Brown on the Gwen Cherry Bulls youth football team in Miami, Hilton is definitively the number one weapon for Colts quarterbacks. AB-like being fast and shifty, Hilton is having another career year. With 57 catches for 888 yards, T.Y. will be a major threat for the Steelers pass defense. He has averaged 22.2 yards-per-catch on nine catches in two games against Pittsburgh.

Some Other Colts Receivers to know: No. 10 Donte Moncrief, No. 15 Phillip Dorsett, No. 81 Devin Street

Running Back

No. 23 Frank Gore

The twelfth-year rusher is enjoying a fine season, his second in Indy. Gore is the league's 12th leading rusher with 642 yards and four TDs. Gore gets stronger as a game goes on and can wear down defenses. The Steelers will have to pay close attention to the former 49er.

Some Other Colts Running Backs to know: No. 33 Robert Turbin, No. 28 Jordan Todman

Tight Ends

No. 84 Jack Doyle

While Dwayne Allen is primarily Indy's blocking TE, Doyle has assumed the role of Andrew Luck's safety valve. Doyle, who has good hands and adjust well to the ball, has 37 receptions for 386 yards and four successful trips to the end zone this year. He will likely be an early and often option for Tolzien.

Some Other Colts Tight Ends to know: No. 83 Dwayne Allen

Offensive Line

LT- No. 74 Anthony Castonzo

The Colts O-Line is a sieve. They have struggled in run-blocking and their pass protection is so bad that Andrew Luck leads the league in getting sacked a whopping 35 times. Luck's blindside protector is Castonzo. The 6'7" and 311 pounder gave up six QB pressures against Tennessee. James Harrison had a multi-sack game against the Colts last season and he and his defense will be coming hard again.

Some Other Colts Offensive Linemen to know: No. 71 RG Denzelle Good, No. 73 RT Joe Haeg, No. 75 LG Jack Mewhort, No. 78 C Ryan Kelly

Front Seven

OLB-No. 98 Robert Mathis

The ageless Mathis still rates as dangerous edge rusher. Relentlessly badgering of quarterbacks, Mathis has three sacks in 2016. Mathis employs a good spin move and over powers o-linemen well.

ILB-No. 52 D'Qwell Jackson

Jackson is a dominating presence in the middle of the Colts defense. Last week against Tennessee, D'Qwell had nine tackles, a sack and a pass defense in the big win. On the season, the Maryland product has 62 tackles. He is averaging 7.6 tackles per game over the last six.

Some Other Colts Front Seven to know: No 54 NT David Parry, No. 56 OLB Akeem Ayers, No. 57 ILB Josh McNary, No. 93 SLB Erik Walden, No. 94 DT Zach Kerr, No. 96 LDE OLB Henry Anderson, No. 97 DT Arthur Jones


CB-No. 21 Vontae Davis

The Colts are the worst ranked defense in the entire league against the pass. They have a lot of holes in the secondary, but boast one of the more-talented of corners in the game today. Combative at the line of scrimmage, Davis is a solid pass defender who would most likely be spending his Thanksgiving with Antonio Brown. However, Davis has not participated yet this week in practice due to a bum ankle. With him possibly out and S Clayton Geathers in the concussion protocol, Big Ben and the offense may get to feast twice on Thanksgiving.

Some Other Colts DBs to know: No. 25 CB Patrick Robinsn, No. 26 FS Clayton Geathers, No. 29 SS Mike Adams, No. 30 CB Rashaan Melvin, No. 32 TJ Green

Special Teams

K-No. 4 Adam Viniateri

It can be argued that Adam Viniateri is the G.O.A.T among kickers. Viniateri has the third-most field goals of all time and his record streak of 44 in a row was just snapped on Sunday. No. 4 is 20 of 21 on the year. It's hard to believe that the 21-year vet has actually kicked longer for Indy than the Patriots. He is still solid in the clutch and could be a factor in the final minutes on Turkey Day.

Some Other Colts Special Teamers to know: No. 1 P Pat McAfee, No. 3 PR Chester Rogers, No. 28 KR Jordan Todman, No. 45 LS Matt Overton