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New Meadowlands Stadium
What To Watch For
1. Ben Roethlisberger. By now, if you don't know that he's going to play, you've been living under a rock. Also, if you're getting news from our blog, then you seriously need to consider getting a twitter account or investing in one of those new-fangled radio things.
2. Antonio Brown. For those of you that have chatted us up on Twitter, you'll know that we don't think Stefan Logan is going to make the team this year. After Antonio Brown's big game against Detroit, the Steelers are going to give him a shot in the return game this week. If Brown and/or Emmanuel Sanders shows any semblance of competence in the return game, chances are they might supplant Stefan Logan on the roster. Brown and Sanders both bring a lot more to the passing game than Logan, and if they prove to be at least competent as a returner, they will be much more useful as a whole than Logan.
3. Special Teams, specifically kickoffs. Word is, the Steelers will be giving Daniel Sepulveda a chance to show what he can do on kickoffs. He looked great doing it at training camp. We all know Sepulveda has the mentality of a linebacker running downfield to cover kicks. However, the important thing to remember here is that it's a lot easier to kick the ball in August than it is in December when your foot is freezing and the ball is like a rock.
4. Offensive Line. The Steelers are still in the market to discover who their starting 5 will be at the beginning of the season. Common logic holds that Max Starks and Chris Kemoeatu are the only two locks. Maurkice Pouncey is still in the mix at both center and guard. Trai Essex and Justin Hartwig are returning starters from last year, but one of them could be supplanted by Pouncey. The right tackle position is the biggest question mark. Flozell Adams and Jonathan Scott will share time with the first team tonight.
5. Outside Linebackers. Second round pick Jason Worlids will see his first game action this week, and we want to see some solid play out of him to prove, not only that he was worth the pick, but also that he can make the team as the #3 OLB. Harrison and Woodley are both Pro Bowl-caliber players, but having a #3 OLB behind them is essential to the team's longterm success. The battle right now is between Worlids, Thaddeus Gibson, and special teams standout Patrick Bailey.
After the resounding success of last weeks inaugural segment, we're going to keep rolling with it, as least, as long as we can find bloggers from other teams willing to talk to us. This week, we get some inside info from Jeremy over at Giants Gab about our upcoming opponent.