Happy Friday to yinz and I hope all had a great Thanksgiving.
Unfortunately a bleeding ulcer has prevented me from eating since Wednesday afternoon so I hope to have Thanksgiving on Saturday. Luckily all of the fixings from Honey Baked Ham that we purchased have a long shelf life.
The Thanksgiving Day games were all entertaining this year. If only the Dallas Cowboys had beaten the Buffalo Bills, however. Surely the Bills can now win one of their remaining four games and if they do, it’s hard seeing them not wind up being one of the AFC Wild Card teams. In short, it seems like the Pittsburgh Steelers, Oakland Raiders, Tennessee Titans, Indianapolis Colts and Cleveland Browns enter this weekend as the teams battling for the final AFC Wild Card spot. The Titans and Colts play each other on Sunday and as do the Steelers and the Browns. The Raiders play the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday as well.
As usual, I have five questions for yinz to answer starting now and up until the kickoff of Sunday’s game between the Steelers and the Browns. I look forward to reading the guesses this week.
This month was a record November for the site and that couldn’t have happened without all of yinz fine people visiting us. Thank you for helping us continue to grow. Have a great rest of the holiday season and we look forward to entertaining all yinz much more between now and Sunday’s kickoff.
Peace and love and Go Steelers!
1 – Assuming there’s at least one turnover that takes place during the Sunday game between the Steelers and Browns, which team will turn it over first?
2 – Over/under 95.5 combined rushing yards by all Steelers running backs against the Browns?
3 – True or false: The longest pass/run touchdown play in Sunday’s game between the Steelers and Browns will be longer than 29.5 yards.
4 – Over/under 38.5 total points scored in Sunday’s game between the Steelers and the Browns?
5 – How many catches will Steelers wide receiver Deon Cain have on Sunday versus the Browns?
e) 4 or more
Question 1: Mason Rudolph had passed for 85 yards when Mike Tomlin pulled him from the game. His pace would have been well under 246.5 yards if he remained in the game. Steelers Depot respondents performed very well on this question. 86.5% of respondents took the under and received a point.
Question 2: A Steelers player recorded at least four receptions in every game prior to this one. James Washington, Diontae Johnson, and Jaylen Samuels caught three passes apiece. No Steelers player caught four or more. Just one Depot respondent, MP, got this question correct. This result cost 21 respondents the five-point weekly bonus!
Question 3: Both offenses were ineffective, so it is no surprise that the teams scored just 26 total points in this game. The combined score would have still been under 37.5 even if the Steelers had scored a touchdown at the end of the game. 80.8% scored a point by taking the under.
Question 4: Benny Snell Jr. ran the ball for 98 yards. He had a 13-yard run that ended just four yards shy of the goal line just before the end of the game. Close but no cigar. A slim 51.9% majority received a point by answering “no” to Snell scoring a touchdown.
Question 5: T.J. Watt and Bud Dupree both strip sacked Ryan Finley. Dupree recovered his own forced fumble to end the Bengals final drive. Their two combined sacks scored a point for the 94.2% of respondents answering they would be over 1.75 sacks.
Previous Weeks: There are 15- and 5-point bonus up for grabs from week one by correctly predicting the Steelers and Browns regular season records for those that answered. The Steelers and Browns both won. So, 79.3% are still in the running for the 15 point and 96.3% for the 5-point bonuses. 78.1% could end up with both. They play their rematch this Sunday.
MP hit the weekly five-point bonus this week by answering all five questions correctly! This week, Steelers Depot asked respondents five binary questions. No less than 21 respondents missed the weekly bonus by answering one question incorrectly. All answered that a Steelers player would record at least four receptions. Three Steelers caught three, but no one reached the threshold.
Here are the consensus responses of Steelers Depot respondents compared to the correct answers:
|Questions||Rudolph O/U 246.5 pass yards||Any Steeler with 4 or more receptions?||Total points O/U 37.5||TD by Snell||Dupree/Watt O/U 1.75 sacks|
ManRayX remains in first place on the leaderboard for seventh week in a row after a hiatus last week. PittShawnC leapfrogs Jamie Barnhart into second. MP climbed 26 places into a tie for fifth place by scoring the weekly bonus. Kudos!
RMSteeler reached the leaderboard for the first time this season. Well done! Two folks dropped out this week. One underperformed while the other was a no show. Let’s get back in the saddle. Still time to win a couple weekly bonuses and be right back in the scramble to the top.
Don’t forget to respond this weekend so that you all can maintain the pace. It just takes one good set of answers to make a significant move toward the prize money.
Leaderboard after week 11:
|Jason W||43||5th (tie)|
|Slim Stew||42||10th (tie)||+1|
|Steven Small||41||13th (tie)||-2|
|Ted Webb||41||13th (tie)||-2|
|Beaver Falls Hosiery||41||13th (tie)||+2|
|Andi B||38||21st (tie)||-3|
|Marcel Chris Chauvet||38||21st (tie)|
|Jeff Papiernik||38||21st (tie)||+4|
|Wes Lee||37||26th (tie)||-5|
|6 ring circus||37||26th (tie)||-5|
*New to Leaderboard
ANNOUNCEMENT: After conferring with Steelers Depot headquarters, a decision was reached to declare the winners at the end of the regular season. Awards will be allocated as described at the beginning of the season. Then we will go into the playoffs that will run up to the Friday before the Super Bowl with a $50 winner take all pot for whomever is the best prognosticator in the postseason.