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The Pittsburgh Steelers have won four straight games and con

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After their 23-16 win over the Baltimore Ravens in Week 9 Womens Jesse James Jersey , the team has to move on quickly as they prepare to face the Carolina Panthers at Heinz Field on Thursday Night Football in Week 10. Today we talk about how Mike Hilton has completely changed the dynamic of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ secondary. When he is out of the lineup there is a noticeable drop off in how dynamic the Pittsburgh defense is, and his attitude has as much to do with his play on the field.Let’s get to the news:Tim Benz: Two sides of Steelers’ Mike Hilton – Mr. Nice, Mr. MeanBy: Tim Benz, Pittsburgh Tribune-ReviewMean. Nasty. Tenacious. A trash talker.That’s how I’ve heard people describe Steelers slot corner, Mike Hilton, the last few weeks. I heard it on the national TV broadcast last weekend. I heard it on local TV and radio talk shows. Guys in his own locker room described him to me that way, too.Yup. That Mike Hilton. The guy who volunteers to flip the coin at Friday night high school football games. The guy who gives personal shout-outs to his fans on Twitter.The guy who politely and patiently engages any media inquiry from reporters. The guy who romantically proposed to his girlfriend on bended knee in Point State Park this spring.That Mike Hilton!”He’s got that mean streak,” said Steelers veteran Darrius Heyward-Bey.Seriously? Mike Hilton?I’ve been in the Steelers locker room for the better part of 17 years. Hilton is one of most pleasant, welcoming, kind players I’ve interviewed in that time. So how is he getting the reputation of “Hilton the Hater?””I’ve always had an edge to me playing this sport,” said Hilton with his usual easy smile. “It’s a sport I love, and I really enjoy playing it. I don’t take it for granted. I just have to go out there and compete.”But if you are going to compete — on the NFL level — at 5 feet, 9 inches and 184 pounds, you might have to ramp up the nastiness a tick or two.”Ninety percent of the time, I’m the smallest guy on the field,” the Ole Miss product said Tuesday. “I’ve got to have that grittiness — that edge to me — to show that I belong.”Hilton has proven that. He’s technically not a starter. But Authentic Jon Bostic Jersey , with as much sub-package football as the Steelers play, the second-year corner has been on the field 60 percent of the time in 2018.Hilton has become an integral part of the Steelers game plan, frequently relied on as a blitzer, if not to sack the opposing quarterback then to occupy blockers for other pass rushers. Hilton’s pass-rushing technique earned him three sacks in Houston on Christmas last year and defensive player of the week honors.He stood out this past week as well in Baltimore, breaking up a pass in the end zone and throwing two Ravens for losses behind the line of scrimmage.”You expect your nickel corners to tackle,” Hilton explained. “You’re closer. You are basically little linebackers.”An oversized mentality is great to have. But at some point, you’re still 5’9”, 184. And some of these guys blocking you are 9 inches taller and 70 pounds heavier. So how invested does Hilton get when it comes to selling out to his on-field alter ego?”Small dog, big bite,” said a grinning Hilton. “I get into that mode on the drive to the game. That’s when I start locking in.”Steelers ride James Conner, improved defense into AFC contentionBy: Jeremy Fowler, ESPNThe Pittsburgh Steelers finished the first half of the season with a 5-2-1 record. Here’s a look at how they have fared and what’s ahead:First-half rewind: This season has stayed true to the Steelers’ identity, mixing brilliant moments with curious lapses. A three-game winning streak quelled concerns after a 1-2-1 start. The offensive line was tremendous in October, helping James Conner post three straight 100-yard rushing games while Ben Roethlisberger took one sack. The defense was among the league’s worst through the first four weeks, keeping the Steelers from an above-average grade, but things have settled down with more defined roles on third downs. Five different players have at least 2.5 sacks , led by T.J. Watt with seven. And JuJu Smith-Schuster has become an upper-tier receiver on pace for nearly 1,400 yards. Grade: Above averageWhat has to happen for the Steelers to make the playoffs?: Have Baltimore fall into mediocrity and beat Cincinnati in Week 17. A wild-card berth for the AFC North is no layup after strong starts by the Patriots, Chiefs, Chargers and Texans, so the Steelers need more separation from the Ravens and Bengals. The Steelers have lost a combined six straight games at Oakland and Denver, two places they travel over the final six weeks. They need at least one win on that swing.MVP: Roethlisberger. This race isn’t so clear-cut because several playmakers -- from Antonio Brown to Smith-Schuster to Conner -- have put up big numbers but haven’t carried the team to victories, either. The offensive line has been collectively good. Watt and Joe Haden are among the defensive standouts, but the unit was too shaky as a whole early in the season. That leaves Roethlisberger, who has had issues keeping the ball (seven interceptions, five fumbles) but is sixth in the league in passing entering Week 9 (2,290 yards) and is flirting with 700 passing attempts on the season.‘Quarter, dollar’ sub packages making sense for Steelers’ defenseBy: Jeremy Fowler, ESPNThe Pittsburgh Steelers have drafted five cornerbacks from 2015 to 2017 and none of them starts for this year’s team. Former first-round pick Artie Burns was demoted. Former second-round pick Senquez Golson was released in 2017 before playing an NFL snap.The uneven draft slate has forced Pittsburgh to start two veteran corners on their third NFL contracts. Joe Haden and Coty Sensabaugh are doing an admirable job, but the Steelers have been forced to get creative.Which brings us to one of coach Mike Tomlin’s favorite topics: subpackage defense.”Sub is the new base in the NFL,” Tomlin said.That’s why Steelers fans will see up to six or seven defensive backs on the field during some third downs, aiming for an infusion of speed in open space.Six defensive backs -- three safeties Authentic Bud Dupree Jersey , three corners -- is called a “quarters” package, which features L.J. Fort as the linebacker on passing downs.Seven defensive backs (four corners) is the “dollar.”The Steelers experimented with these setups in training camp, but they’ve become big factors the last few weeks as safety Morgan Burnett got healthy. The Steelers are allowing 18 points per game during this four-game winning streak.”It’s about having like bodies on the field, mixing it up based on matchups to keep up with the passing game,” Fort said. “In general, most teams across the league are not running the ball too much on that down. We’ve been hitting our stride, so we’ve got to keep it going.”Through four weeks, the Steelers were among the league’s worst defenses. Players cited miscommunication as the issue. Not having a full arsenal for the passing downs led to confusion and, thus, missed tackles.The Steelers needed time to find their identity. The last two games, however, they’ve held the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns to a combined 7-of-25 on third down. Pittsburgh now ranks 10th league-wide in third-down defense, with opponents converting 37 percent.The plays are coming on early downs, too. Hilton and rookie safety Terrell Edmunds had impressive pass breakups in the end zone on first and second downs, respectively. Sean Davis mans the free safety spot in any package, while Cam Sutton is the fourth cornerback in the “dollar.””We’ve got a lot of guys who can run and cover ,” Hilton said. “Now that everyone’s healthy, we can be the versatile defense we know we can be. It’s showed the last couple of weeks. When we’re all on the same page, we’re hard to beat.”Friday Night Steelers Six Pack of questions and open thread: Week 3 Bucs Edition Several people have asked if we could bring back the Friday Night Open Thread. I had moved the event to Saturday morning, but after minimal success, I decided to bring it back to Friday night — with a slight twist.I liked the Saturday Six-Pack theme, so I decided to just take the six questions and move them to Friday night. Say hello to Friday Night Six-Pack of Steelers Questions and open thread!The rules haven’t changed...Quick rundown of the ground rules.I’ll ask at least four questions strictly related to the Steelers.The rest of the questions could be about anything.Be respectful.Have fun talking about the Black-and-gold.That’s it! With that out of the way, it’s time to get this party started. Hey, don’t act like you’ve never done a little Friday night drinking. Here goes:1. If you are Randy Fichtner, what does your opening script look like vs. the Bucs? Do you come out up-tempo throwing the ball, focus on establishing the run, or stay balanced?2. We asked this question the other day on our podcast: Do you think the Steelers’ “drama” has somehow impacted the team’s play on the field? Explain your answer.3. OVER/UNDER Steelers sacks of Ryan Fitzpatrick: 24. If you are Keith Butler, what adjustments are you making to slow down the Buccaneers’ high-powered unit?5. What is your stress level heading into the Week 3 game vs. the Buccaneers? 1 - No stressed...we got this. Or 10 - Our pets heads are falling off!!6. Fun questions to end it tonight:Who scores the first Steelers’ TD?andWho makes the first Steelers tackle?No matter what, always remember...HERE WE GO STEELERS!PODCASTS Custom Washington Redskins Jerseys
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