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This & That: 'The sky is the limit'

Posted Nov 24, 2017

Offensive production, fan favorites, and JuJu and AB are among this week's many topics.

Sky is the limit: The offense has been waiting all season for a breakout game, one where they were able to put a lot of points on the board like they did in the 40-17 win over the Titans. But, there is still so much more they can do.

“The sky is the limit for the offense,” said Le’Veon Bell. “As long as everyone continues to do what we can do, the sky is the limit. It was good to put up a lot of numbers. We still go back and look at the film and see we have a lot of things to work on. We are happy with the way we won, but we are going to find ways to get better.  

“We have a young team, especially offensively. We have guys who are still learning. We have guys who are still growing. We have had guys out with injuries and it’s been next man up and we are making it work.”

One of those players who has stepped in and made it work is Chris Hubbard, who will continue to fill in for Marcus Gilbert at right tackle.

“He is a guy who always comes in and is the next man up,” said Bell. “He is a great player. He knows what he is doing out there. He has been utilized at different positions, different situations. He knows what is at stake. He is going to hop in and do what he does. It’s not like he hasn’t been playing all year.”

Fan favorites: Two Steelers, Bell (3rd) and Antonio Brown (5th), are in the Top 5 for fan voting for the 2018 Pro Bowl, and both are leading vote getters at their position.

They aren’t alone though, when it comes to being tops in the fan voting.

Sticking with the offense, the line is getting their just due when it comes to voting. David DeCastro, Maurkice Pouncey and Alejandro Villanueva are all leaders at their respective positions.

Rounding out the leaders for the Steelers are Ryan Shazier and Tyler Matakevich, who is getting it done for his special teams play.

There are also seven Steelers who are in the Top 10 at their positions. They include Jordan Berry, Chris Boswell, Ramon Foster, Roosevelt Nix, JuJu Smith-Schuster, T.J. Watt and Vince Williams.

Fan voting counts for one-third of the total votes. Click to submit your votes for the Steelers now.   

Follow the leader: JuJu Smith-Schuster, who turned 21-years old earlier this week, has the perfect mentor to show him the way to do things on the field in Antonio Brown. Brown, who won AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors this week, is someone Smith-Schuster learns from on a daily basis.  

“It’s an honor and blessing not only to be on this team, but to have a leader like him,” said Smith-Schuster. “To follow his footsteps. This past week, AFC Player of the Week, he deserved it, three touchdowns, crazy catch. Everything he has done he has worked hard for.”

Fitting right in: Coty Sensabaugh will start at corner again this week with Joe Haden out, and said while communication was fine last week against the Titans, he expects it to be even better this week.

“There are going to be things every game that come up,” said Sensabaugh. “You plan on certain things and they watch film too and tweak their game plan as well. It’s just going out there and continuing to compete.”

Home field advantage: Artie Burns gives credit to multiple things for the performance of the Steelers defense against the Titans, when they picked off Marcus Mariota four times.

One of the main factors, though, was the fired up Heinz Field crowd that made it difficult for the Titans, something the players hope is repeated this Sunday against the Packers.

“It was some of everything,” said Burns. “It was the home field advantage. Our crowd was going crazy. We were applying pressure. The pressure of the crowd. Coverages. It was a mix of everything that was getting to them. As the game kept going along, we kept dialing it up. We started created more turnovers and more splash plays happened.”