Podcast: Did Jaguars give away the game, or did the Steelers take it?

Time to check in on all things black-and-gold after the Steelers late win over the Jags on the podcast ‘Steelers Hangover’.

Once again, the Steelers won a game on the road. But they looked far from dominant doing it. Was the 20-16 win over Jacksonville proof that Pittsburgh can win while playing subpar football most of the game or will it eventually catch up? BTSC’s Bryan Anthony Davis and Anthony Defeo took a day to recover and asked your opinion of the terrain ahead in the latest edition of Steelers Hangover.

Take a look at the rundown for the latest episode of the call-in extravaganza. On this show, the fellas discussed the good, the bad and the ugly, plus the path ahead.

Check out the rundown of the show:

  • Reactions
  • Grades/Valedictorian/Honor Roll
  • Calls
  • Did Jacksonville give away the game or did the Steelers take it?
  • Closing Time/Looking forward to Denver
  • and MUCH MORE!

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Black and Gold Links: Steelers learned some very valuable lessons in the narrow win over the Jaguars

Time to check on the latest news surrounding the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have now won six straight games and continue to “stack wins.” After their 20-16 come from behind win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 11, the team now has to turn the page quickly before they travel again, this time to Denver to play the Broncos in Week 12.

Today in the Black-and-gold links article, we talk about how despite the win in Week 11, the Pittsburgh Steelers should have learned some very valuable lessons throughout the 20-16 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

These lessons are more than the typical “don’t play down to your opponents” type talk, but a focus on details which turned the tide against a very good defense, and stopped a very good running game, when it mattered the most.

Let’s get to the news:

Kevin Gorman: Steelers should learn lessons from Jaguars game

By: Kevin Gorman, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Mike Tomlin talked about the lessons to be learned for the Pittsburgh Steelers, not just from their comeback victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars but the failures that required the fourth-quarter rally.

Where Tomlin couldn’t overlook the deep hole the Steelers dug for themselves, he also was impressed with the character his team showed in the 20-16 victory over the Jaguars Sunday at TIAA Bank Field.

“That’s football, man. That’s team,” Tomlin said. “We weren’t perfect today but we did the job, rising up to support their brother. There was a lot of that because there was a lot of failure. But that failure has got something to do with the execution of the Jacksonville Jaguars and their plan and their coaching and their play. I’d be remiss if I didn’t say that.”

These weren’t the Jaguars that beat the Steelers twice at Heinz Field last season, ending their season in the AFC divisional playoff round. This was a Jacksonville team that had lost five consecutive games, and Jaguars coach Doug Marrone was trying not to lose his locker room.

The Steelers were riding a five-game winning streak, coming off an impressive 52-21 Thursday night victory over Carolina. Tomlin gave his players a five-day break as a reward for their short-week success. It was as if the Steelers went into a time warp, reverting back to the way they played through the first four games of the season.

What should have served the Steelers well proved instead to be disruptive to their rhythm. The offense had none in the first half, accounting for 66 yards total offense and two turnovers. Ben Roethlisberger had a 10.1 passer rating at halftime, and that was only after completing 5 of 6 passes in a late second-quarter drive.

The Jaguars were surprised to see the Steelers abandon the run game so quickly, as James Conner had five carries for 13 yards in the first half and Roethlisberger came up short on a quarterback sneak.

But the Steelers defense didn’t allow the Jaguars to turn Roethlisberger’s two first-half interceptions into touchdowns, a key after he had a pair of pick-sixes against the Jaguars in the 30-9 regular season loss last year and two turnovers that led to touchdowns in the 45-42 playoff loss. Instead, Jacksonville settled for three field goals and a 9-0 halftime lead.

When the Jaguars did just that in the third quarter, answering Jalen Ramsey’s end-zone interception with a 10-play, 80-yard scoring drive that ended with Leonard Fournette’s 2-yard touchdown dive, the Steelers could have fallen apart. Instead, they showed character.

“I think we always play better when we’re behind,” Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster said. “We stuck together. There was nobody doubting each other. We’re one team, one unity and we kept that faith.”

Steelers wide receivers win war of words with Jaguars corners

By: Kevin Gorman, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

The Jacksonville Jaguars boasted the NFL’s top-ranked pass defense, and they let the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receivers hear about it all game.

“There was a lot of talking with them, in my ear talking a lot of stuff,” Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster said, self-censoring their comments by making a beeping sound. “But that’s what they do. I give it up to them. They played really great.”

Smith-Schuster and Antonio Brown played even better in the Steelers’ 20-16 victory Sunday over the Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field, as both eclipsed the 100-yard mark and made catches that propelled a comeback.

Brown finished with five receptions for 117 yards, none bigger than his 78-yard touchdown catch on a broken play late in the third quarter to put the Steelers on the scoreboard. Ben Roethlisberger’s pass appeared to be intended for Smith-Schuster, who drew a pass-interference penalty on free safety Jarrod Wilson, but Brown was all alone and ran under it.

Brown wouldn’t divulge what happened on the play.

“I’ve got to go back,” Brown said, smiling. “It’s a long day. I kind of don’t remember.”

Smith-Schuster had a game-high eight catches for 104 yards, and made some memorable plays to spark the second scoring drive. He caught three consecutive passes, for gains of 9, 21 and 9 yards, to set up tight end Vance McDonald’s touchdown catch that cut it to 16-13.

Smith-Schuster’s first two catches came against Pro Bowl cornerback A.J. Bouye; the next two came on back-shoulder throws against All-Pro corner Jalen Ramsey, who had two interceptions.

Bouye warned Ramsey not to take the fourth-quarter letdown personally despite their sixth consecutive loss.

“I told him it’s more of a mental thing,” Bouye said. “We threw our egos to the side and we knew that we weren’t doing what we needed to do as a defense, especially in the back end where we’re the No. 1 pass defense. But we’re busting plays, but we play as a group. We did a lot of good things out there but we can’t just let that last drive hurt our confidence.”

‘We can use this’: Steelers get ultimate win-win in Jax

By: Jeremy Fowler, ESPN

A voice boomed through the Pittsburgh Steelers’ postgame locker room scene, letting everyone know his team was supposed to get buried Sunday.

”But not us,” coach Mike Tomlin said after the 20-16 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Not only does a six-game win streak stay alive, but the Steelers also got the ultimate win-win by playing poorly enough to learn from an ugly victory.

The Steelers showed that they can find creative ways to win amid a collapsing game plan by exhausting every second of the 60-minute game clock, being the more physical team on defense and believing that their bevy of playmakers will prevail most weeks.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger used the words “terrible” and “horrible” to describe the offense and his three-interception performance, but he almost wore those words proudly because of what the win represents.

While the fourth-quarter offense racked up 179 yards and two touchdowns, the Steelers’ defense held Jacksonville to minus-3 yards.

Through it all, defensive players were encouraging Roethlisberger from the sideline, telling him, “All right, Ben, you’ve got this.”

”They never stopped believing in us. We believe in them and thank them,” Roethlisberger said. “I hope if we get in a situation again toward the end of the season where one of us isn’t playing well, we can show that, ‘Hey, remember that game in Jacksonville when it didn’t look good until the final eight seconds and we found way?’ Hopefully we can use this.”

Most importantly, the Steelers’ offense learned that it has a defense that can bail it out on occasion. That didn’t look like a possibility when the Steelers were giving up six touchdowns to Patrick Mahomes in Week 2. Things have settled down, and so has a defense that has adequately handled pure passers, read-option passers and run-heavy sets the past six weeks.

This defense might just be built for January.

“Those are the ones you want to win — when it’s ugly,” Cam Heyward said. “It shows a lot of character, lot of maturity.”

Fancy footwork: Big man Ethan Happ paces No. 25 Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Every so often, Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ makes a move around the bucket that reminds some college basketball experts of an NBA Hall of Fame forward.

It’s more about how Happ freed himself to get to the hoop for the 25th-ranked Badgers than the shot itself.

Check out the footwork. It reminded ESPN analyst and former Duke center Jay Bilas , among others recently on Twitter, of former Boston Celtics great Kevin McHale.

Assistant coach Howard Moore can’t help but agree. While Happ might have not have McHale’s shooting touch, Wisconsin’s 6-foot-10 senior is just about as good as anyone in the college game in the lane.

“But as far as the footwork and the knack of understanding angles and ways to get to the rim, without having … to just leap over everyone and finish, I think is pretty remarkable to see how comparable they are,”

Gritty Clippers face Wizards next

WASHINGTON — The Los Angeles Clippers come rolling into the Nation’s Capital Tuesday night to face a Wizards team in disarray.

Montrezl Harrell had 25 points and 11 rebounds, Lou Williams added 16 points and a season-high 11 assists, and the Clippers rallied past the Atlanta Hawks 127-119 on Monday night for their fifth straight win.

“We keep putting ourselves in holes, which is too dangerous,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers told reporters. “But just the heart of the team… It’s a really fun team to coach.”

The Clippers (11-5) came back from 15 points down on the road to post their seventh win in eight games. They trailed 87-72 in the third quarter, but went on a 20-4 run to take a 97-96 lead.

Tobias Harris scored 24 points and Mike Scott had a season-high 18 on six 3-pointers for the Clippers, who were 5-11 after 16 games a year

Hield helps Kings hold off Westbrook, Thunder 117-113

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Buddy Hield made three consecutive 3-pointers late in the fourth quarter and scored 25 points, Marvin Bagley III had his first career double-double and the Sacramento Kings beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 117-113 on Monday night to spoil Russell Westbrook‘s return.

Iman Shumpert scored 21 of his 23 points in the first half, Bogdan Bogdanovic added 16 and the Kings beat the Thunder for the second time this season. Bagley had 15 points and 13 rebounds, and De’Aaron Fox had 13 assists.

Westbrook had 29 points and 13 assists in his first game back in coach Billy Donovan’s lineup since Nov. 5. The seven-time All-Star had missed five games with a left ankle sprain, then left the team Saturday to welcome the birth of twin daughters that same night. He flew to Sacramento and rejoined the Thunder on Monday morning.

The Kings blew a 19-point lead

Magic aim to stay hot vs. Raptors

During a hot stretch entering its third week, the Orlando Magic own an impressive comeback win over the Philadelphia 76ers in Jimmy Butler’s debut, a double-digit win over LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers and a road win over the San Antonio Spurs.

Next up for one of the league’s hottest teams of late is a date with the league-best Toronto Raptors, who visit Orlando on Tuesday.

Since taking an ugly 120-95 home loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Nov. 2, Orlando is 7-2 in its last nine games to get to 9-8 overall and gets a chance to hold a winning record through 18 games for the first time since 2015-16. The Magic are on a three-game winning streak after getting a 131-117 win over the New York Knicks on Sunday less than 24 hours after knocking off the Lakers by a similar score.

Orlando is on

Podcast: ‘Steelers Hangover’ returns tonight at 9:30 p.m. EST

BTSC recaps the Steelers last second win in Jacksonville and opens the phones to you, the listener, to join in.

Join Bryan Davis and Anthony Defeo from BTSC for the day after extravaganza known as “Steelers Hangover”. The Steelers improved their record to 7-2-1 in a non-dominant fashion and a second half comeback not seen since 2007 with their 20-16 victory over Jacksonville. Tony and Bryan will discuss the game and look to hear from you.

Check out a rundown of the show:

– Reactions

– Grades/Valedictorian and Honor Roll

– Calls

– Did Jacksonville give away the game or did the Steelers take it?

– Looking ahead to Denver

– and MUCH MORE!

You can listen to the show live by logging onto our BlogTalkRadio page at 9:30 p.m. EST but WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! What did you think about the game, the upcoming regular season or whatever you want to talk about Steelers related. Simply dial (347) 850-8581 anytime during the show to make your voice heard!

MLB Free Agent Tracker: Latest hot stove signings, ranking 50 best players available for 2019

For the sake of keeping you, the baseball enthusiast, informed of the latest free agent moves, we present our 2018-19 MLB Free Agent Tracker. Here we’ll keep track of the top 50 free agents, as determined by our panel of MLB experts: R.J. Anderson, Katherine Acquavella, Mike Axisa, Dayn Perry and Matt Snyder. 

How rankings were determined: Each of us five voted on the top 50 players and we averaged the rankings. 

Here is our 2018-19 MLB Free Agent Tracker. Check back throughout the offseason for signing updates.

2017-18 MLB Free Agent Tracker

John Wall fined for directing expletives at Wizards coach Scott Brooks during practice, report says

As if their 5-11 start wasn’t bad enough, the Washington Wizards apparently can’t stop fighting in practice.

According to multiple reports, the Wizards have had several verbal altercations over the past week. To top things off, Bradley Bealwho is involved in trade rumors along with star point guard John Wall — said that he’s been dealing with this drama for the past seven years since he was drafted in 2012.

Sources on @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium: The Washington Wizards had a volatile practice within recent days, with verbal altercations among players and an exasperated Bradley Beal saying toward team officials: “I’ve been dealing with this for seven years.”

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 19, 2018

Making matters even more complicated, Wall was recently fined for unloading a verbal barrage on head coach Scott Brooks during practice, according to