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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 ...

PREGAME STRETCH: Pittsburgh at Cincinnati

THE GAME: PITTSBURGH STEELERS (9-2) VS CINCINNATI BENGALS (5-6) ESPN, MONDAY, 8:30 P.M., PAUL BROWN STADIUM, 65,515. Announcers: Sean McDonough and John Gruden. It’s interesting to us that the most interesting things McDonough says come outside the booth, where he’s been highly critical ...

VICTORY TAP

The score: Pittsburgh 31, Green Bay 28 The bottom line: As has become custom, the Steelers defense (with a big assist from the worst officiating crew in football) made a terrible quarterback look like Slingin’ Sammy Baugh, but this time the Pittsburgh offense was more than up to the ...

PREGAME STRETCH: Green Bay at Pittsburgh

THE GAME: GREEN BAY PACKERS (5-5) VS PITTSBURGH STEELERS (8-2) NBC, SUNDAY, 8:30 P.M., HEINZ FIELD, 68,400. Announcers: Al Michaels and Chris Collinsworth. Skycam and Collinsworth for back-to-back games? Yinzers are gonna be calling 9-1-1. We like skycam, for what it’s worth, (if you’re ...

PREGAME STRETCH: Pittsburgh at Indianapolis

THE GAME: PITTSBURGH STEELERS (6-2) VS. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (3-6) CBS, SUNDAY, 1 P.M., LUCAS OIL STADIUM, 62,241. Blogger’s note: We’re departing Saturday morning for a week in the Caribbean so there will be no game blog for Indy and no pregame or game blog for the Titans. The usual ...

UNBREAKABLE

The score: Pittsburgh 20, Detroit 15 The bottom line: Between Pittsburgh missing on three easy touchdowns and Detroit failing to score any touchdowns despite a million trips into the red zone and 482 yards of offense, a game that could have been played in the 40s, ended with one final Steelers ...

PREGAME STRETCH: Pittsburgh at Detroit

The game: Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2) vs. Detroit Lions (3-3), NBC, Sunday, 8:30 p.m., Ford Field, 65,000. Announcers: Al Michaels and Chris Collinsworth. These two have been the gold standard for broadcasting teams for the past three years or so, but that might be changing with the rapid ascent ...

CRUNCH TIME

The score: Pittsburgh 29, Cincinnati 14 The bottom line: For the first time in a long time, the Pittsburgh Steelers defense took control of a football game and absolutely would not relinquish it, no matter how many opportunities the team’s still-somehow-somewhat-struggling offense created to ...

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 ...