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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 ...

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, ...