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    Last team with the ball may be the winner. I'm not that optimistic though. The Falcons are going to exploit the many weaknesses in the Steelers defense, and the Steelers offense won't score enough to overcome the defensive shortcomings.


    Falcons 45


    Steelers 33

    I was waiting to see if Ju Ju was going to play after being limited in practice earlier in the week.


    I'm looking for a game a lot like the Vikings at Rams on Thursday. Both offenses are going to have success, but the defense that can come up with a stop when it is most needed will provide the margin of victory.


    I think the Steelers will be that team, and Matthew Thomas will be the guy to step up. It could be a sack, an interception or just a QB hurry, but my crystal ball says the undrafted rookie becomes the difference maker.


    The two tight end formation continues to be successful. Jesse James gets a red zone TD.


    James Washington will see significant playing time and contribute with a long TD reception.


    James Conner will serve as the every down back, but Steven Ridley gets more than 5 snaps. Running game continues to be an afterthought in the Roethlisberger offense.


    Steelers will not commit more than 10 penalties.


    Steelers 33


    Ravens 31

    FitzMagic runs out.


    Steelers 31


    Buccaneers 27


    T. J. Watt not asked to cover a receiver down the field and responds with a couple of sacks.


    Sean Davis gets a pick.


    Two tight end formation is effective; AB benefits with 6 catches and a TD.


    Conner runs enough to keep them honest; 67 yards rushing. 4 catches for about 40 yards.


    Jordan Berry pins the Bucs deep a couple of times.

    Let's see if we get this tradition going again.


    Cleveland will be a better team than last year, eventually, but not in Week 1.


    I would have given Baker Mayfield the starting job from the get go. Tyrod Taylor isn't the answer.


    Hue Jackson dithered all week over who was going to start at left tackle. He settled on an UDFA from West Georgia. Either Jackson is a genius, or the Browns O-line is in disarray already. I predict Bud Dupree will actually get his name on the stat sheet.


    Not having Le'Veon Bell is disappointing, but this year is slightly different, as Conner has been preparing to start all along. Bell didn't exactly set the world on fire in last year's opener.


    Ben is a good quarterback in inclement weather, but 40 mph winds and a downpour will have a negative effect on scoring and offensive production in general.


    I'm going with 19-13 Steelers.

    FYI


    Artie Burns James Conner Kendal Vickers Parker Cothren
    B.J. Finney James Summers Larson Graham Patrick Morris
    Brian Allen James Washington Lavon Hooks Pharoah McKever
    Bucky Hodges Jarvion Franklin Malik Golden Quadree Henderson
    Cameron Sutton Javon Hargrave Malik Reaves R.J. Prince
    Casey Sayles Jaylen Samuels Marcus Allen Ryan Switzer
    Chris Schleuger Jordan Dangerfield Marcus Tucker Sean Davis
    Christian Scotland-Williamson Joseph Cheek Mason Rudolph T.J. Watt
    Chukwuma Okorafor Joshua Dobbs Matt Galambos Terrell Edmunds
    Damoun Patterson Joshua Frazier Matt Wile Tevin Jones
    Farrington Huguenin JuJu Smith-Schuster Matthew Thomas Trey Griffey
    Greg Gilmore Kameron Canaday Mike Hilton Tyler Matakevich
    Jake Rodgers Keion Adams Olasunkanmi Adeniyi Xavier Grimble
    Jamar Summers Keith Kelsey Oni Omoile Zach Banner

    Landry Jones will not be traded or cut. He's the only experienced back-up. If Dobbs plays well, teams that hope he can help them in the future, or serve as the back-up to a starter with a similar skill set, i.e. Cam Newton, may show some interest. I think it is more likely he gets cut and put on the practice squad.


    Carrying three quarterbacks is a waste of a roster position (only half the league does it) but carrying four would be an absolute farce. Makes me think Tomlin might do it, just to show us how smart he is.

    Ian Rappaport tweeted about the possibility.

    Dale Lolley thinks the Panthers may be interested in Dobbs. Both of Carolina's back up aren't any good, and both are pocket passer type quarterbacks, which might make the mobile Dobbs appealing.


    I would love to see both Dobbs and Coty Sensabaugh dealt.


    If history is any indicator, there is at least one player on another team that will be on the Steelers' final 53 on Saturday. Kevin Colbert will trade for somebody or sign another team's castoff, or both. Tight end is a position of great need.