Originally Posted by NickFolarin
MAURKICE POUNCEY MAY MISS REST OF SEASON
The Steelers All-Pro C had infection set in after a second ankle surgery and is likely to miss the remainder of the season, according to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Pouncey was previously on short-term IR, with a return penciled in for Week 9.
His absence these first few weeks hasn't shipwrecked the team (like you might assume losing an All-Pro center could do), but missing out on his contributions for the whole season sucks for Big Ben, who turns 34 this spring.
He is probably hoping for one last run, and in 2015, the AFC Championship Game berths are more up for grabs than they've been in a long time.
-DEN's offense being down through September and into October (the months where Peyton is usually at his best - who knows where he'll be in the cold months he typically will experience his struggles in)
-IND offensive line has plenty of questions (and caused Luck to become desperate in the pocket -> turnovers) and defense has trouble staying healthy
- SD has no OL for Rivers to survive behind, continue to thrive behind from a yards standpoint
- KC lost its best and most relied upon weapon for the season
-BAL's fading too fast for another second-half run like last season, and is worse than last season anyway.
While Pittsburgh's secondary will be suspect the rest of the year, their best competition once Big Ben returns for an AFC Championship berth seems to be just New England and Cincinnati. NE just lost its left tackle for the season, too (I'm sure Vollmer or whoever they put there will be fine)
Originally Posted by nickmaz96
a healthy Allen Robinson has helped Bortles a ton
the Jags have some nice, young weapons on offense with Yeldon, Hurns, & A-Rob
Allen Robinson's the next boring name to enter all casual fans lives (****, well, it always depends on Blake Bortles when I say that - disclaimer).
Originally Posted by Th3RealF0lkBlu3s
Who said anything about fulfilled expectations?
"He didn't take that next step" -> "expectations [of taking that next step] haven't been fulfilled at the time we're talking about it"
The next step and those expectations always come out of a group of media members who we watch more for opinions than they watch of the football games they have opinions on. How many people with those opinions were really watching the 7-9 Bridgewater-led Vikings in 2014? Because their only primetime game all season was started by Christian Ponder.