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#STEELERS PREGAME STRETCH: Wakeup call?

WEEK 11 PITTSBURGH STEELERS (6-2-1) VS. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (3-6) CBS, SUNDAY, 1 P.M., TIAA BANK STADIUM 67,814 Last week in a nutshell Headline: SHOWSTOPPERS / Behind perfect QB play, the Steelers overwhelmed the Panthers in front of a national TV audience last week. It was perhaps the ...

#STEELERS Pregame Stretch: High emotions, deep passes

WEEK 9 PITTSBURGH STEELERS (4-2-1) VS. BALTIMORE RAVENS (4-4) CBS, SUNDAY, 1 P.M., M&T BANK STADIUM 71,400 Last week in a nutshell Headline: COMPANY LINE / The Steelers veteran offensive line snapped the team out of an early funk against the Browns and paved the way for a dominating ...

#STEELERS PREGAME STRETCH: A path to prosperity?

WEEK 8 CLEVELAND BROWNS (2-4-1) VS. PITTSBURGH STEELERS (3-2-1) CBS, SUNDAY, 1 P.M., HEINZ FIELD 68,400 Last week in a nutshell Headline: RESTING EASY / The Steelers playoff position improved dramatically during the bye week, as the Browns, Ravens and Bengals all lost, improbably moving ...

#STEELERS PREGAME STRETCH: Will revenge plans be bad JuJu for the Bengals?

WEEK 5 PITTSBURGH STEELERS (1-2-1) VS. CINCINNATI BENGALS (4-1) CBS, SUNDAY, 1 P.M., PAUL BROWN STADIUM, 65,515 Last week in a nutshell Headline: THAT’S BETTER / Everything clicks for Steelers in critical win over Falcons The Steelers finally got it together and got huge plays in ...

#STEELERS PREGAME STRETCH: The end is near? Here?

WEEK 5 ATLANTA FALCONS (1-3) VS. PITTSBURGH STEELERS (1-2-1) FOX, SUNDAY, 1 P.M., HEINZ FIELD, 68,400 Last week in a nutshell Headline: AIR APPARENT/ Ravens snuff out Steelers’ one-dimensional offense Summary: Despite being pushed around all evening, Pittsburgh’s beleaguered defense ...

#STEELERS PREGAME STRETCH: Coming down to a kick?

WEEK 4 BALTIMORE RAVENS (2-1) VS. PITTSBURGH STEELERS (1-1-1) NBC, SUNDAY, 8:20 P.M., HEINZ FIELD, 68,400 Last week in a nutshell Headline: FLAG DAY / Steelers snap Fitzpatrick’s hex, escape with penalty-marred W Summary: Usually a win is a win in the NFL, but Pittsburgh’s ...

#STEELERS PREGAME STRETCH: Fitzpatrick’s best chance to beat Pittsburgh

WEEK 3 PITTSBURGH STEELERS (0-1-1) VS. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (2-0) ESPN, MONDAY, 8:30 P.M., RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM, 65,618 Last week in a nutshell Headline: STANDING PAT / Rookie Mahomes shreds Steelers clueless defense Summary: We said last week the repeated 2017 mistakes in the 2018 ...

#STEELERS PREGAME STRETCH: A new star in KC?

WEEK 2 KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (1-0) VS. PITTSBURGH STEELERS (0-1-1) CBS, SUNDAY, 1 P.M., HEINZ FIELD, 68,400 Last week in a nutshell Headline: TIE DIE / Same old mistakes don’t bode well for Steelers’ 2018 fortunes Summary: The repeat of an all-too familiar script didn’t offer ...

#STEELERS PREGAME STRETCH: Answering the bell?

WEEK 1 PITTSBURGH STEELERS (13-3) VS. CLEVELAND BROWNS (0-16) CBS, SUNDAY, 1 P.M., FIRST ENERGY STADIUM, 67,895 Blogger’s note: It’ll be pregame blogs only this year, no postgame write-ups. First and foremost, we just don’t have the time anymore with several new businesses we’ve ...

JAGGED LITTLE PILL

The score: Jacksonville 45, Pittsburgh 42 The bottom line: Flops don’t come much bigger than this one. In front of their home crowd and with a chance at avenging their most embarrassing loss of the year to get a shot at avenging their most infuriating one, the Steelers were sloppy with the ...

PREGAME STRETCH: Jacksonville at Pittsburgh

AFC DIVISIONAL ROUND JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (11-6) VS. PITTSBURGH STEELERS (13-3) CBS, SUNDAY, 1 P.M., HEINZ FIELD, 68,400. Announcers: Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts. This is now the CBS No. 2 team, but they are a very distant second to Nantz and Romo, who will be making sweet love to the Patriots ...

REST STOP

The score: Pittsburgh 28, Cleveland 24 The bottom line: In what has become a familiar scene, the hapless Cleveland Browns were on the verge of closing their hapless season (and this time, avoiding infamy) with a win over the playoff-bound Steelers “backup lineup” and simply could not ...

PREGAME STRETCH: Cleveland at Pittsburgh

THE GAME: CLEVELAND BROWNS (0-15) VS. PITTSBURGH STEELERS (12-3) CBS, SUNDAY, 1 P.M., HEINZ FIELD, 68,400. Announcers: Spero Dedes and Adam Archuleta. After all those prime time games with A-list broadcasters, hearing from the CBS No. 6 team should be fun. We’ve always liked Dedes, but he ...

JOY! NO L!!

The score: Pittsburgh 34, Houston 6 The bottom line: With a national audience watching, there would be no Tomlin Trap Game this time as Pittsburgh manhandled the badly outmanned Houston Texans just about exactly in the manner fans envision they should win every game, dominantly. The no-doubt ...

PREGAME STRETCH: Pittsburgh at Houston

THE GAME: PITTSBURGH STEELERS (11-3) VS. HOUSTON TEXANS (4-9) NBC/NFL, MONDAY, 4:30 P.M., NRG STADIUM, 71,795. Announcers: Mike Tirico and Kurt Warner. Although yinzers will be rejoicing the absence of Cris Collinsworth here, the tradeoff is a lot less insight into what’s happening on the ...

WON AND…… NO!

The score: New England 27, Pittsburgh 24 The bottom line: Like Lucy pulling the football away from Charlie Brown, the NFL’s ridiculous “process of the catch” rule reared its ugly head again at the most inopportune time for the Steelers and their fans as a game- and bye-clinching apparent ...

PREGAME STRETCH: New England at Pittsburgh

THE GAME: NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (10-3) VS PITTSBURGH STEELERS (11-2) CBS, SUNDAY, 4:25 P.M., HEINZ FIELD, 68,400. Announcers: Jim Nantz and Tony Romo. We’re really excited to see Romo work this one if the quarterback play is at the level we think it might be at. We are not really excited to ...

TRUE NORTH

The score: Pittsburgh 39, Baltimore 38 The bottom line: Step back for a second from the ugly closeup of Pittsburgh’s hapless defense and the indefensible officiating Sunday evening and marvel at the fact the entire football team worked around that mess to win a critical football game in a ...

PREGAME STRETCH: Baltimore at Pittsburgh

THE GAME: BALTIMORE RAVENS (7-5) VS. PITTSBURGH STEELERS (10-2) NBC, SUNDAY, 8:30 P.M., HEINZ FIELD, 68,400. Announcers: Al Michaels (maybe, Mike Tirico has been replacing Michaels on a few dates and this is NOT supposed to be one of them but Tirico was on Falcons-Saints Thursday and that ...

LAWS OF THE JUNGLE

The score: Pittsburgh 23, Cincinnati 20 The bottom line: If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know these days have been coming for the NFL for a long time. The insane money in the game and our love of its inherent violence have created an incentive for men to turn themselves into ...