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PREGAME STRETCH: Cincinnati at Pittsburgh

The game: Cincinnati Bengals (2-3) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-2), CBS, Sunday, 4:25 p.m., Heinz Field, 68,400. Announcers: Jim Nantz and Tony Romo. It will be interesting this week to see how Romo’s approach changes seeing the same team two weeks in a row. Also, we were wrong last week about ...

ARROW POINTING UP

The score: Pittsburgh 19, Kansas City 13 The bottom line: In the ultimate week-to-week league, the Steelers flipped the script from last Sunday and totally dominated the lone unbeaten team in the league in all facets of the game, save scoring, which led to a nail-biting fourth quarter, decided ...

PREGAME STRETCH: Pittsburgh at Kansas City

The game: Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2) vs. Kansas City Chiefs (5-0), CBS, Sunday, 4:25 p.m., Arrowhead Stadium, 76,416. Announcers: Jim Nantz and Tony Romo. It’s time! It’s time! It’s time for Steelers fans to see what all the fuss is about around Romo, who’s been pretty much universally ...

JAG-OFFS

The score: Jacksonville 30, Pittsburgh 9 The bottom line: Jacksonville is a much better football team than anyone gave them credit for, but the Steelers are officially a hurting bunch, with a start quarterback who’s been bad for way too long, a core of defenders who seem way too intent on ...

PREGAME STRETCH: Jacksonville at Pittsburgh

The game: Jacksonville Jaguars (2-2) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-1), CBS, Sunday, 1 p.m., Heinz Field, 68,400. Announcers: Kevin Harlan and Rich Gannon. Forget these schmucks again. Let’s talk some more about Tony Romo. If you watched the Oakland-Denver game last week, you might have caught ...

NO ‘MORE

The score: Pittsburgh 26, Baltimore 9 The bottom line: After playing a dominating first half in Baltimore, the Steelers did everything in their power to let the Ravens back in the game in the third quarter, but the home team simply refused to allow that to happen, stumbling and tossing away ...

PREGAME STRETCH: Pittsburgh at Baltimore

The game: Pittsburgh Steelers (2-1) vs. Baltimore Ravens (2-1), CBS, Sunday, 1 p.m., M&T Bank Stadium, 71,008. Announcers: Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts. Forget these schmucks (OK, Eagle can be decent at times), we had a chance to listen to Tony Romo do last Sunday’s Bengals at Broncos game ...

FLATTENED

The score: Chicago 23, Pittsburgh 17, OT The bottom line: As we promised, Ben Roethlisberger was terrible, the Steelers offensive line was worse and the injury-riddled defense was overwhelmed by the heretofore underwhelming Chicago Bears in yet another road clunker under Mike Tomlin. It was ...

PREGAME STRETCH: Pittsburgh at Chicago

The game: Pittsburgh Steelers (2-0) vs. Chicago Bears (0-2), CBS, Sunday, 1 p.m., Soldier Field, 61,500. Announcers: Greg Gumbel and Trent Green. Well then, after a week of Kenny Albert and Ronde Barber, these two look like Pat Summerall and Tom Brookshier, don’t they? As an aside, with the ...

GOING DEEP

Blogger’s note: Sorry for the brevity but we are taking our 80’s-crazed wifey to see Adam Ant in Greensburg Sunday evening. The score: Pittsburgh 26, Minnesota 9 The bottom line: Pittsburgh’s supposed high-powered offense was better, though nowhere near good, connecting on several long ...

PREGAME STRETCH: Minnesota at Pittsburgh

The game: Minnesota Vikings (1-0, 8-8 in 2016) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0, 13-6 in 2016), Sunday, 1 p.m., Heinz Field, 68,400. Announcers: Kenny Albert and Ronde Barber. Hey, a couple of new (or at least unfamiliar) voices. This pairing is Fox’s C Team starting out the season, which ...

ONE AND UH OH!

Blogger’s note: Because we’ve started three new divisions of the Altoona Mirror over the past three years (ad agency, ad design center, concert promotion), we are insanely busy and are really going to try and keep these game blogs brief this year. The score: Pittsburgh 21, Cleveland ...

Steelers-Browns PREGAME STRETCH

The game: Pittsburgh Steelers (0-0, 13-6 in 2016) vs. Cleveland Browns (0-0, 1-15 in 2016), Sunday, 1 p.m., First Energy Stadium, 67,895. Announcers: Greg Gumbel and Trent Green. With Pittsburgh opening the season with five 1 p.m. games, we’ll be hearing a lot of B and C announcing teams, ...

BOSTON MASSACRE

The score: New England 36, Pittsburgh 17 The bottom line: Needing a near-perfect effort to win, the Steelers rolled out their worst performance in more than two months Sunday at New England, with young receivers dropping critical passes and young defenders blowing critical coverages, ...

AFC CHAMPIONSHIP Pregame Stretch: Steelers at Patriots

AFC CHAMPIONSHIP: Pittsburgh Steelers (13-5) at New England Patriots (15-2) at Gillette Stadium, capacity 66,829; Sunday at 6:40 p.m., CBS Announcers: Jeeeeeeem and Pheeeeeeel. Annoyance factor: Off the charts, unless... There’s only two things worse than Jeeeeeeem and Pheeeeeeeel doing ...

PLAYOFF PREGAME STRETCH: Steelers at Chiefs

AFC DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS: Pittsburgh Steelers (12-5) at Kansas City Chiefs (12-4) at Arrowhead Stadium, capacity 76,416; Sunday at 8:20 p.m., NBC Announcers: Al Michaels and Chris Collinsworth. Well, well, well, if this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is. It’s hard to keep track of the ...

PHIN-ISHED OFF

The score: Pittsburgh 30, Miami 12 The bottom line: The oddsmakers were right. Miami wanted nothing to do with the frigid Pittsburgh weather or the red-hot Steelers offense and never really put up a fight in an exactly-as-easy-as-it-was-supposed-to-be-and-can-you-believe-that blowout of ...

PLAYOFF PREGAME STRETCH: Miami at Pittsburgh

AFC WILD CARD PLAYOFFS: Miami Dolphins (10-6) at Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5) at Heinz Field, capacity 65,050; Sunday at 1 p.m., CBS Announcers: Jeeeeeeeeem and Pheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeel. Annoyance factor: Ugh. You know what’s really amazing about Phil Simms? He goes on national television 15 ...

SURREAL DEAL

The score: Pittsburgh 27, Cleveland 24 The bottom line: The Steelers deactivated six starters and most of the ones on the field were playing at three-quarters speed, their quarterback was clueless and their defense soft and STILL the Cleveland Browns could not defeat them, turning the ball ...

PREGAME STRETCH: Browns at Steelers

Cleveland Browns (1-14) at Pittsburgh Steelers (10-5) at Heinz Field, capacity 65,050; Sunday at 1 p.m., CBS Announcers: Kevin Harlan and Rich Gannon. Annoyance factor: It’s all relative. Apparently, Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts are now the No. 2 CBS team and these guys are No. 3, but ...