Ireland Contracting Sports Call: Dec. 6, 2018 (Pt. 1)

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RIGHT NOW, IT IS THE NIGHTLY SPORTS CALL RIGHT NOW, PITTSBURGH'S BEST SPORTS SHOW IS ABOUT TO BEGIN CALL US OR TWEET US WE GOT THINGS TO TALK ABOUT ON THE IRELAND CONTRACTING NIGHTLY SPORTS CALL THANK YOU FOR TUNING INTO THE IRELAND CONTRACTING NIGHTLY SPORTS CALL

I AM RICH WALSH JOINED BY PAUL IN JUST A COUPLE OF MOMENTS WE WILL TALK ABOUT STEELERS AND ALSO THE PENGUINS BIG WIN TONIGHT TWO STRAIGHT GAMES NOW WITH SIX GOALS IT LOOKS LIKE THEY ARE FLEXING THEIR MUSCLES AND PHIL KESSEL PLAYING WITH SIDNEY CROSBY TONIGHT AND THAT LINE LOOKED UNSTOPPABLE PHIL KESSEL SCORED TWO GOALS, A 4

94 KESSEL AND 87 HAD A GOAL AT THE END OF THE GAME HE SET UP KESSEL TWICE WITH THESE CROSS ICE, ACROSS THE CREASE PASSES IT WAS BASICALLY A LAYUP FOR KESSEL THE PENGUINS LOOKED GOOD TONIGHT THEY BEAT THE ISLANDERS AND JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO, THEY WERE LAST PLACE AND NOW THEY ARE BACK IN THE PLAYOFF PICTURE IN THE METROPOLITAN DIVISION

THEY ARE IN THIRD PASSING ISLANDERS BOTH TEAMS HAVE 29 POINTS THE PENS ARE STARTING TO LOOK LIKE THEY FIGURE THINGS OUT AND I GUESS THEY ARE DOING IT AT THE RIGHT TIME SIDNEY CROSBY SAID YOU CANNOT TAKE IT EASY ANYMORE YOU ARE GETTING TO THE POINT OF THE SEASON WHERE YOU HAVE TO PAY ATTENTION

YOU HAVE TO START MAKING MOVES I THINK THAT POINT OF JANUARY BUT AT LEAST THEY ARE NOT TAKING IT EASY AND GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS WHICH I THINK THAT WAS PART OF THE PROBLEM HERE THE LAST COUPLE WEEKS THAT THEY WERE DOING THEY LOOK GOOD TONIGHT THOUGH THAT IS FOR SURE WINNING AGAINST THE ISLANDERS 6-2, THE SECOND STRAIGHT GAME SCORING SIX GOALS AND THE STEELERS, HOW ABOUT THEM RIGHT NOW

THEY LOST THEIR LAST TWO GAMES BUT YOU WOULD NOT EVEN KNOW THAT IF YOU WERE LOOKING AT THE PRO BOWL PLAYING EIGHT PLAYERS LEAVE THEIR POSITION IN VOTING JAMES CONNOR IS THE FIFTH HIGHEST VOTE GETTER IN PRO BOWL VOTING AND ANTONIO BROWN IS NOT TOO FAR BEHIND IN SEVEN BUT A GUYS LEAVE THEIR POSITION IN PRO BOWL VOTING FOR THE STEELERS AND THE STEELERS HAVE A BIG GAME IN OAKLAND YOU WOULD THINK LOOKING AT THAT, THIS SHOULD BE A SLAMDUNK FOR THEM TO WIN THIS GAME BUT NOT SO FAST OUT IN OAKLAND, THEY SHOULD WIN THIS GAME THEY ARE A 10 POINT FAVORITE

THIS SHOULD BE ONE OF THOSE LAYUP GAMES BUT YOU SEE THAT WITH THE STEELERS, NO GAME IS A LAYUP GAME THEY SEEM TO PLAY DOWN TO COMPETITION ALL THE TIME I THINK THE THING ABOUT THE RADARS IS THEY ARE BAD IN THE AREAS THAT THE STEELERS SHOULD REALLY BE ABLE TO EXPLOIT THEM THEIR DEFENSE STINKS, THEIR FRONT SEVEN STINKS, YOU CAN RUN THE BALL ON THEM, I THINK THEY GIVE UP 51 OR 5

2 YARDS PER CARRY THERE 31st OR 32nd IN SCORING DEFENSE, THEY ARE 31st OR 32nd IN TOTAL DEFENSE I THINK THIS IS A GAME WHERE THE STEELERS SHOULD BE ABLE TO MOVE THE BALL UP AND DOWN THE FIELD AND SCORE DEREK CARR PRESENTS SOME CHALLENGES BUT NOT NEARLY ENOUGH IF THE STEELERS LOSE THIS GAME, THEY WILL MISS THE PLAYOFFS

IF THEY LOSE THIS GAME, THEY ARE NOT A PLAYOFF TEAM THAT IS THE BOTTOM LINE TO ME I THINK THEY WILL GO OUT THERE AND HANDLE BUSINESS THE RATERS ARE SO BAD EVEN THOUGH LAST WEEK, THEY TOOK THE CHIEFS SO TO SPEAK DOWN TO THE WIRE, I DON'T KNOW IF YOU WATCH THAT GAME, I DON'T KNOW THAT I EVER FELT LIKE THE CHIEFS WERE REALLY IN DANGER OF LOSING

IT WAS JUST KIND OF LIKE THAT WAS ONE OF THOSE THINGS WHERE THEY DID SOME GOOD THINGS EARLIER THEY DID SOME GOOD THINGS LATE, THE RATERS SO THEY WILL SCORE SOME POINTS BUT THIS COULD BE A GAME LIKE THE CAROLINA GAME WITH THE STEELERS PUT UP 40 OR 50 POINTS THE ONE THING THAT IS SCARY ABOUT THE STEELERS, THEY JUST BE THEMSELVES AND THAT IS WHAT THEY DID IN DENVER THAT IS KIND OF WHAT THEY DID, THE CHARGERS

I THINK THAT IS THE WAY THEY COULD LOSE ALSO IF DEREK CARR PLAYS OUT OF HIS MIND AGAIN, I WOULD SAY THIS JACKSONVILLE, DENVER AND SAN DIEGO, ALL THREE HAVE REASONABLY GOOD DEFENSES THE RADARS — RATERS DEFENSE IS SO BAD DO YOU SEE THEIR SACK NUMBERS? THEY NEVER SACK ANYBODY

I THINK THEY HAVE NINE AND THEN THE NEXT LOWEST TEAM IS LIKE 19 OR 20 THEY NEVER GET TO THE QUARTERBACK SO BEN ROETHLISBERGER SHOULD BE ABLE TO STAND BACK THERE YOU KNOW IF HE STANDS BACK THERE, IT IS GOING TO BE A LONG DAY FOR THE DEFENSE I KNOW THAT THEY HAD SOME MISTAKES AND TURNOVERS AND ALL THOSE THINGS

SAN DIEGO'S DEFENSE IS GOOD, DENVER'S DEFENSE GETS A LOT OF PRESSURE ON THE QUARTERBACK, THEIR DEFENSE IS STILL PRETTY GOOD FOR JACKSONVILLE TO ME, THIS RATERS GAME, IF THEY EVEN MAKE THIS INTERESTING, THAT MAKES YOU WONDER CAN THEY BEAT THE PATRIOTS AND THE SAINTS? WHAT YOU LOOK AT IT THE LAST THREE TIMES, THEY LOST TO RATERS TEAMS THAT WERE BAD SO SIMILAR BUT IT LOOKS LIKE THIS RATERS TEAM IT HAS REALLY PACKED IT IN THEY WANT TO HAVE THE FIRST ROUND DRAFT PICK, FIRST OVERALL THEY TRADED EVERYONE AWAY

IT DOESN'T EVEN SEEM LIKE THEY WANT TO WIN THEY HAVE A BUNCH OF YOUNGER GUYS AND THEY — AGAIN, THEY GOT DEREK CARR SO THEIR OFFENSE, THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO SCORE A LITTLE BIT BUT THE BOTTOM LINE IS THE STEELERS SHOULD JUST BE ABLE TO THRASH THAT DEFENSE WE WILL TAKE A BREAK BACK WITH YOUR PHONE CALLS AND TWEETS HERE ON THE IRELAND CONTRACTING NIGHTLY SPORTS CALL THE IRELAND CONTRACTING NIGHTLY SPORTS CALL IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY IRELAND CONTRACTING, PITTSBURGH'S NUMBER ONE HOME

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