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Last Word On Steelers Podcast Week Nine

Host Patrick Gelesh and Cohost Brian Harker begin the week nine podcast by analyzing the Pittsburgh Steelers 20-15 victory over the Detroit Lions. They discuss the the gameplan and how the running game suffered with the absence of Vance McDonald. The breakdown continues by analyzing JuJu Smith-Schuster's break-out game and 97-yard touchdown reception. But are quick to point out just how badly Martavis Bryant is needed with the lack-luster performances of Eli Rogers and Darrius Heyward-Bey who both dropped easy touchdown receptions.

The defense's hot streak continued. They limited the Lions rushing attack, and had two big stops inside the five yard line to prevent touchdowns but there was still a lot to improve on. The Lions fielded a pair of backup tackles that T.J. Watt and Bud Dupree couldn't beat all night. The Steelers constantly bltized Matthew Stafford, but only sacked him twice. Consistancy in their pass rush is something the defense will need to work on in the second half of the season. Most importantly, Patrick and Brian concluded that the secondary is no where near as elite as it's top pass defense ranking entering week 8 would imply. Stafford is an upper-echolon quarterback who knew his system well and was surrounded by play-makers. As a result, Stafford finished with 411 passing yards and four different Lions receivers had receptions of over 30 yards. Even so, the Steelers didn't surrender a touchdown, which gives the defense something positive to build on.

Next they took a look at the rest of the NFL. Going division by division and discussing teams, records, schedules and trades that occured at the trade deadline. It's hard to believe given the Steelers uneven play but if the playoffs started today, they would have the one seed by way of tie-breaker. They have the ability to cement that home-field advantage throughout the playoffs by continuing to win. Keeping pace with the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs. So is beating the Patriots when they come to town in week 15.

Lastly, our co-hosts touch on some storylines to watch in the second half of the season. Can Ben Roethlisberger stay healthy for all 16 games? Will Le'Veon Bell wilt under his massive work load? Will the defensive secondary continue to tackle poorly like they did in Detroit? Or was that an abberation? They emphasized the importance of Stephon Tuitt when it comes to the defensive front seven, and his health. How much of James Harrison will we see in the second half of the season? Does Smith-Schuster's breakout game mean that he's going to be targeted more than Bryant? Will that cause more controversy in the media? These are all questions that will play out in the second half of the season. Enjoy!


Crossing the Line Podcast Episode 28 – NFL Recap, Triple Double History, Fantasy Football, and More

#CrossingTheLine is back with Jesse Rosales (@5280Jesse) and Keith Richards (@5280Keith) as they discuss the NFL action over the weekend.  The guys discuss potential MVP and best teams in each conference of the NFL along with some NBA and NHL news for the local Colorado teams.  Jesse and Keith then get into some Fo Sho or Nah Bruh, covering a wide variety of sports topics.  Next the guys go Buy, Sell, or Bench as they discuss some key players for the upcoming Fantasy Football Playoffs.  Before discussing What’s On Tap for the upcoming week, Jesse and Keith tell us what we need to Pump the Brakes on.   


Crossing the Line Podcast Episode 25 – Recaps, Importance of Sports in today’s world, Fantasty Buy, Sell, or Bench, and Quick Fire Questions

#CrossingTheLine is back with Jesse Rosales (@5280Jesse) and Keith Richards (@5280Keith) as they discuss the the importance of sports today in a world of turmoil.  The guys give their Buy, Sell, or Bench picks for #FantasyFootball now that the season is past the midway point. You will be VERY suprised at some of the names on the list! Quick Fire Question election theme, find out what policy changes the guys would make to the major sports in the USA.  Finally and a What's On Tap preview of what is to come during the next week in sports.



Crossing the Line Podcast Episode 24 – Curse Broken, Grades Given, and Not Overly Complicated

#CrossingTheLine is back with Jesse Rosales (@5280Jesse) and Keith Richards (@5280Keith) as they discuss the Cubs World Series win.  The guys analysis game seven, the decisions made by the managers and the implications for each team.  Jesse and Keith also get into their 2nd quarter/halftime grades for each division in the NFL, declaring who they think is the best division in the NFL, the worst division, and everything in between.  Before talking about What’s On Tap for the next week in sports, the guys introduce a new segment called Not Overly Complicated in which they touch on the NCAA, umpires in the MLB, and NFL refs. 


Football 2 the MAX: NFL Week 2 Preview, NY Jets vs. Buffalo Bills Recap

Sean, Gary, and Randy discuss at length the Bills and Jets TNF game. Then they preview and give predictions on the rest of the slate of games for Sunday and Monday to come.


Football 2 the MAX: AFC North 2016 Preview

We continue running through the NFL divisions here on Football 2 the MAX. This episode, is all about the AFC North. Frequent guests and friends of the show, Michael Mitchell and Robert Hagan join us to talk Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens respectively. Fansided Writer Samuel Beckenstein gives us the lowdown on the Cleveland Browns. Then Steve Cook talks Cincinnati Bengals and a few other things as well.

Each person on the panel gives their full standings for the AFC North and overall

records for each team. Then at the end, we do the same and give a final wrap-up on the division too. So, be sure to join us for this AFC North Division 2016 Preview.

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(3:50-22:10 Includes interview and our analysis) Cleveland Browns

(22:10-51:00 Includes interview and our analysis) Baltimore Ravens

(51:00-1:18:35 Includes interview and our analysis) Cincinnati Bengals

(1:18:35-End Includes interview and our analysis) Pittsburgh Steelers


Football 2 the MAX: 2016 NFL Off-Season Analysis: Cleveland Browns & Cincinnati Bengals

We continue our 2016 NFL Off-Season Analysis series, as we finish out the AFC North by looking at the two teams in Ohio.

Freelance Writer Sam Beckenstein gives us the lowdown on his Cleveland Browns and writer Wyatt Beougher discusses the everything about the Cincinnati Bengals.

We also discuss some more players that have been Franchise tagged and other NFL news.

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(6:15-26:25) NFL News: Players Franchise Tagged, Sam Bradford price increase, Eagles

shopping DeMarco Murray, Jaelen Strong arrest and more.

(26:25-51:30 Includes Interview) Cleveland Browns

(51:30-End Includes Interview) Cincinnati Bengals


Football 2 Futbol: 2016 NFL Off-Season Analysis: Pittsburgh Steelers & Baltimore Ravens

We continue today with our 2016 NFL Off-Season Analysis. We move on to the AFC North and take a look at two bitter rivals, who had two totally different seasons in 2015.

Two friends of the show, Michael Mitchell and Robert Hagan, join us to talk about the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens. They discuss their 2015 seasons, their 2016 team needs, some players to re-sign, and some players to keep an eye on for next season.

We also talk about the suspensions of Randy Gregory, Nick

Boyle, and the releases of Rams trio of players and more.

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(3:00-29:50) NFL News: NFL Combine changes, NFL withholding money from players, Heath Miller Retirement, Randy Gregory suspension, & More.

(29:50-1:00:10 includes interview) Pittsburgh Steelers

(1:00:10-End includes interview) Baltimore Ravens


Football 2 Futbol: National Championship Game, NFL Wildcard Weekend Recap, & NFL News

We kick things off today, with a short post-game discussing the College Football National Championship game, which Alabama won 45-40 over the Clemson Tigers. We discuss why Alabama won and why Clemson lost and also discuss where this puts Nick Saban in the annals of coaching.

We move on to breakdown what happened over the weekend in the National Football League, with our NFL Wildcard Weekend Recap. We discuss each game, talk about what stood out to us about each of the winning teams, some of

the controversies, and what to expect coming up in the Divisional Round.

Finally, we end things by discussing some more coaching changes and the latest NFL news.


Football 2 Futbol: NFL Wildcard Weekend Preview, Coaching Changes, and National Championship Game Preview

We kick things off tonight by discussing all of the coaching changes and decisions by teams, including the surprise firing of Lovie Smith, Tom Coughlin stepping down, Sean Payton staying in New Orleans and more.

Then we transition to going game by game and doing a NFL Wildcard Weekend Preview, discussing each game, going over strengths and weaknesses of each team and also giving out predictions for them as well. We also go ahead and give predictions for the rest of the NFL Playoffs here as


Finally, we spend a little time talking about the National Championship Game that happens on Monday night.