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the right track and look to avenge an embarrassing tie with Cleveland on Sunday at Heinz Field in a key AFC North showdown. The Browns enter Heinz Field with three key rookies Nick Chubb [url=http://www.steelersfootballauthentics.com/le_veon-bell-jersey-authentic]Womens Le'Veon Bell Jersey[/url] , Baker Mayfield and Denzel Ward, Todd Haley and a head coach on the hot seat.With this storyline and more, I’ve compiled a list of predictions (some basic, and some utterly idiotic) to look for in this Week-8 contest:Ben Roethlisberger gets picked only once and records his fifth 300-yard game of the season.Denzell Ward doesn’t get his two picks like in the opener, but keeps Antonio Brown in check for the most part.Not sure whether to gear his TD celebration towards the birthdays of Julia Roberts, Jonas Salk or Caitlyn Jenner, JuJu Smith-Schuster celebrates his first quarter TD by commemorating President Grover Cleveland’s 1886 dedication of the Statue of Liberty and the subsequent initial ticker tape parade.Baker Mayfield throws for nearly 300 yards against the Steelers defense, but no Josh Gordon gives the Steeler secondary an advantage.Artie Burns gets a reprieve from his adversity and picks off the rookie phenom.Myles Garrett is the first pass rusher to penetrate the line and sack Ben Roethlisberger in nearly a month, doing it three times.Jon Bostic picks up a Cam Heyward strip sack of Mayfield and returns it for a score.The Steelers running game continues to set up the pass as James Conner has his fourth hundred-yard game of the season.Le’Veon Bell does not suit up but debuts his latest rap single, U Can’t Trade This, at a vacant Toys R Us in Monroeville The Steelers eclipse six sacks as a team [url=http://www.steelersfootballauthentics.com/jordan-berry-jersey-authentic]Youth Jordan Berry Jersey[/url] , with T.J. Watt getting two of them.Chris Boswell’s season continues to straighten out with a perfect kicking day.Bearing management to the pinch, Hue Jackson fires himself after the game.Despite some struggles against a good defense, Pittsburgh pulls away in the second half. Steelers 31 Browns 20.In other AFC North games, Cincinnati and BMore both getback on the winning track against a Tampa and Carolina respectively. ...Will any of this actually happen? I’ll bet at least one or two. Heck, maybe every one of them. Be sure to post your predictions — basic or bizarre — below.Steelers’ devolution continues at home in 26-14 loss to Ravens As the final seconds ticked down on the game clock in a silent and largely emptied Heinz Field on Sunday night, Steelers Nation worldwide received the unhappy message that last Monday’s near collapse during the second half in Tampa hardly had been any fluke, but a precursor of more serious problems in store for the Black-and-gold. After staging another second-quarter rally which knotted the game 14-14 at halftime and raised fans’ hopes for an important victory over their divisional arch-rivals, the much-hyped Steelers’ offense once again went completely dormant for the entire second half — allowing the Baltimore Ravens to snatch a surprisingly easy 26-14 victory.But if not for a couple of Baltimore errors, this game easily could have been over by halftime. In the first quarter, Joe Flacco overthrew a wide-open Michael Crabtree on a play that should have been a certain TD — which would have made the score 21-0. Then, in the second quarter [url=http://www.steelersfootballauthentics.com/jesse-james-jersey-authentic]Youth Jesse James Jersey[/url] , with the Ravens knocking on the door for another TD, Alex Collins coughed up the ball at the 2-yard line after a hit by Sean Davis, and the fumble was recovered by Terrell Edmunds. Had the Ravens also converted these scoring opportunities, instead of a tie at halftime, the score would have been 28-14 in Baltimore’s favor. Thus, even during the brief portion of the game when the Steelers appeared to be competitive, that appearance was deceiving.For as much as the Steelers’ offense challenged the Ravens after returning to the field following halftime, they might just as well have gone home for the evening. During the third quarter, the offense stalled three consecutive times and had to punt the ball back to Baltimore. Then, early in the fourth quarter, the offense stalled yet again [url=http://www.steelersfootballauthentics.com/maurkice-pouncey-jersey-authentic]Womens Maurkice Pouncey Jersey[/url] , punting the ball back to the Ravens with 10:17 remaining in the game. At that point, Baltimore simply rammed the ball down the defense’s throats, killing nearly seven minutes on the clock and culminating in a Justin Tucker field goal that extended Baltimore’s lead to 23-14. With time elapsing on the Steelers’ next-to-last possession, Ben Roethlisberger’s late throw across the middle — providing a room-service interception for Anthony Levine Sr. — somehow served as the fitting exclamation point for this defeat which likely will go down as one of the most disappointing in the franchise’s history. After passing for 224 yards in the first half, Roethlisberger finished the game with only 274 yards passing, along with an anemic 5.8-yard average per pass. Furthermore, Flacco out-dueled Ben in quarterback rating to the tune of 109.5 to 72.5. In fact, throughout much of the second half, Ben hardly seemed to be on the same page as his receivers — throwing the ball too high, too low or behind them.First-quarter report cardAfter having their hopes raised by halftime — then cruelly shattered as the final quarter wore on — the chorus of boos the Steelers received from their departing home crowd was well-deserved. Viewed as a whole, it’s reasonable to say the Steelers ought to be given a failing grade after Week 4. Their offense only showed up for about one out of four quarters on Sunday night — hardly adequate to win any games in the NFL these days [url=http://www.steelersfootballauthentics.com/terrell-edmunds-jersey-authentic]Womens Terrell Edmunds Jersey[/url] , regardless of opponent. And perhaps surprisingly, this defeat cannot be laid at the feet of the defense, because the Ravens were limited to four field goals during the second half. Had the Steelers’ offense performed anywhere close to the lofty preseason expectations of their fans, the Black-and-gold should have been able to score in the 30s and win the game. But alas, the Steelers’ offense virtually (and inexplicably) disappeared for the entire, final 30 minutes of play.With four games and the first quarter of the 2018 regular season in the books, it’s difficult to avoid the conclusion that the Steelers truly are a team in trouble. Although tight end Vance McDonald continued to show that he’s a valuable weapon (provided he’s able to stay healthy), Roethlisberger seems to be out of sync with most of his receivers. For much of the game, Ben seemed never to quite be sure exactly where his receivers were going on the field or how they’d run their routes. It’s also painfully obvious that Ben hasn’t had enough experience in game situations working with players such as James Washington and Ryan Switzer. These players still haven’t been fully integrated into the offense.Realistically, though, we cannot expect much from an offense that produces only 19 rushing yards in an entire game [url=http://www.steelersfootballauthentics.com/chukwuma-okorafor-jersey-authentic]Womens Chukwuma Okorafor Jersey[/url] , plus a 5.8-yards-per-catch average. And given the tendency of the Steelers’ offense to utterly disappear for substantial portions of games, how can we have any confidence at this point in the Black-and-gold as a playoff or Super Bowl contender?With Week 4 in the books now, it’s no longer premature to make judgments about where the Pittsburgh Steelers stand in their 2018 quest. Based on what we’ve witnessed so far, the Steelers are a team which, despite having a roster chock full ofathletic ability, cannot seem to forge this talent into a cohesive whole. And it seems the longer Pittsburgh remains a perennial playoff contender — but without claiming another championship — the farther away the team slides from that goal.With one quarter of the season finished, Pittsburgh has only a single victory — against a Buccaneers team that was flattened 48-10 by the Chicago Bears on Sunday. In Weeks 5 and 6, the Steelers will first face an Atlanta Falcons team smarting from its last-minute defeat at the hands of the Cincinnati Bengals — followed by a trip to Cincinnati to take on Andy Dalton and Company. If the Steelers’ current devolution continues, and if things don’t markedly improve on both sides of the ball, it’s certainly not beyond the realm of possibility that this team might be sitting at 1-4-1 by the time Week 7 rolls around. [url=http://www.nflshopoutlet.com/carolina-panthers]Custom Carolina Panthers Jerseys[/url]