Happy Friday and I hope yinz are doing well.
What a busy couple of days it’s been. The wait is finally over. TJ Watt has signed his contract. It’s a perfect lead up to what will be a busy weekend. The Pittsburgh Steelers travel to take on the Buffalo Bills Sunday at 1 PM. All of our predictions, speculation, and assumptions go out the window. Time to see what the season has in store.
Hope you all have a great weekend and hope you enjoyed following our continued coverage. I thank you for visiting the site and we appreciate all of your great feedback. As always, we have five Friday night questions for you to answer.
Peace and love, peace and love!
1 – Let’s start with the most straight forward question. I think we’ll do this each week to gauge the fanbase. Will the Steelers beat the Bills?
2 – Over/under 65 yards rushing for Najee Harris in his debut?
3 – Over/under 35.5 pass attempts for Ben Roethlisberger against Buffalo?
4 – Which OLB will play the most number of defensive snaps – TJ Watt, Alex Highsmith, or Melvin Ingram?
5 – Who will lead the Steelers in receiving yards Sunday?
Question 1: Steelers Depot respondents most surprised by seeing the Steelers cut Quincy Roche and not making the initial 53-man roster. Over 70% of respondents named Roche as the biggest surprise. The New York Giants swooped in and picked Roche off the waiver wire before he could be assigned to the Steelers practice squad. Who says NFL teams don’t poach Steeler prospects? Other surprises mentioned include Cassius Marsh, Arthur Maulet, and Cody White. Maulet found his way to the 53-man roster during the annual shuffle that happens right after the Steelers announced their initial roster. White signed to the practice squad while one outlet reported that Cassius Marsh signed on as a columnist for a media outfit partially owned by Aaron Rodgers.
Question 2: Newly acquired Karl Joseph will play defensive snaps against the Buffalo Bills. At least according to 65% of Depot respondents. We’ll find out soon enough.
Question 3: Carlos Davis will play more snaps than Isiah Buggs in the season opener according to 76.5% of respondents. For those that play in this year’s contest. Read the questions carefully. The Depot did not specify defensive snaps. So, some sharp minds went with Davis because they believe he will play more special team snaps in addition to the defensive snaps he gets. Interesting since last year Buggs played 13 special team snaps compared to just two by Davis. Perhaps, the viewpoint formed due to the preseason games.
Question 4: 70.6% of respondents stated the Steelers wouldn’t sign or trade for another from outside the organization before the regular season starts. Last week’s Friday Night Five Questions posted at 5:30PM and the news about the Steelers trading for Ahkello Witherspoon was already several hours old.
Question 5: TJ Watt received a $35 million signing bonus as part of his four-year $112 million deal that averages out to $28 million per year. Chris92021 was the only respondent to correctly predict the signing to take place on 9 September though he did not specify a time.
Here are the consensus responses of Steelers Depot respondents compared to the correct answers:
|Questions||Surprise Cut||Karl Joseph Plays vs Bills?||Buggs or Davis more snaps?||Another acquisition?||Day and time TJ Signs?|
|SD Consensus||ROCHE||YES||DAVIS||NO||6 SEP 12PM|
|Correct Answers||N/A||TBD||TBD||NO||9 SEP 430PM|
Thanks to everyone who responded to the Friday Night Five Questions during the offseason. The preseason is over for the players and is coming to an end for Steelers Depot respondents too. Your answers to this week’s Friday Night Five questions count for the dough.
For those interested, I will post the rules one last time:
Once the regular starts, Steelers Depot will kick off the Friday Night 5 Questions contest administered by David Orochena (Beaver Falls Hosiery). For the second year – we will have weekly winners!
Here is how it will work:
Each week we’ll ask five regular questions with an extra tiebreaker. The person with the best score is the winner. In the case of a tie, the person with the closest response to the tiebreaker will win. If a tie remains, the $25 weekly pot will be evenly split.
We will track cumulative points for correct answers all the way through the questions posed the Friday before the last regular season game. Answering all five regular questions correctly will gain a five-point bonus toward your cumulative score. The tie breaker questions are not part of the cumulative score. In some cases, Steelers Depot will assign more points for a given question or add bonus questions with points. Steelers Depot awards one point each week that a respondent answers the questions – a participation point. The contest will begin with the September 10, 2021, Friday Night 5 Questions.
Once Beaver Falls Hosiery “likes” your response it’s recorded. Sometimes folks revise their responses prior to kickoff. Once Beaver Falls Hosiery “likes” your answers, I’ve recorded your answers on the spreadsheet. If you need to revise an answer, the best way you can ensure that we accurately record your final answers is replying to your original response and NOT editing it.
Generally, the response window will remain open until kickoff for game related questions. Steelers Depot may establish other cutoffs for questions such as active versus inactive players that occur prior to kickoff.
Steelers Depot reserves sole discretion on scoring questions and the point totals for each question. Only one profile name can accumulate points (no sharing between handles). Let’s keep it fun. We’ll offer a cash prize for the top three place finishers, but you must have a PayPal account to collect. First Prize: $100; Second Prize: $75; Third Prize: $25.
Some Steelers Depot respondents are independently wealthy or just genuinely nice people. They may choose not to collect their winnings. In that case, or for any unclaimed winnings, the monies will go to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. If you want to direct your winnings to a different charity, please collect them and donate directly. Alternatively, you can choose to kick your winnings back into the kitty to spice it up.
Let me know if you have any questions in the comments or you can always send me a twitter DM @subBurgher or Instagram username quarternelson.