Steelers

Revamped Steelers’ defense has picked up the pace

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — There’s a certain kind of joyful mundaneness to Terrell Edmunds’ first job out of college. The Pittsburgh Steelers rookie safety is typically up before dawn and at the team’s training facility by 7 a.m., where he spends the 11 or so ...

Roethlisberger-Brown connection sends Cincy reeling

By Joe Kay The Associated Press CINCINNATI — Ben Roethlisberger saw the defensive alignment and knew immediately that the Pittsburgh Steelers had a chance for a winning touchdown. All he had to do was get the ball to Antonio Brown right away. Brown took a few strides, caught the pass ...

Bengals can only sit, wonder why

By Joe Kay The Associated Press CINCINNATI — Fans in the upper deck at Paul Brown Stadium hung a banner that read: “Make Them Respect Us.” Instead, the Steelers broke their hearts in the last minute all over again. The Bengals let yet another one slip away against their AFC North ...

Cincy trying to end Steelers’ reign

By Joe Kay The Associated Press CINCINNATI — Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick knows what it’s like to think that victory is only a few seconds away, only to watch the Pittsburgh Steelers rally for another improbable win, and run off the field as thousands of their fans twirl towels in the ...

Bengals’ Boyd would love to beat hometown team for once

CINCINNATI — Hines Ward was Tyler Boyd’s favorite Steelers player while he grew up in Clairton, Pennsylvania. He loved how No. 86 made the tough catches in the biggest games and helped Pittsburgh win two Super Bowls during his 14 seasons. “He was my guy,” the Bengals receiver said. ...

Watt’s fast start triggering ‘Blitzburgh’ resurgence

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — T.J. Watt is not trying to match his older brother sack for sack. Honest. It’s just sort of happening that way for the second-year Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker, whose six quarterback takedowns through the first five weeks of the ...

Shazier still contributes for Steelers

PITTSBURGH — At least one portion of Ryan Shazier’s daily routine hasn’t changed much from the previous time the Pittsburgh Steelers were preparing to face Cincinnati, even if the rest of the injured linebacker’s life is hardly the same. Shazier still makes his way to the club’s ...

Bengals say they’re ready to revisit one-sided rivalry

CINCINNATI — Six straight losses, starting with a pregame scuffle and an epic playoff meltdown. Blown lead after blown lead. Losing their cool and games, too. There’s a common thread to the Bengals’ most intense rivalry, one that’s been one-sided the past three seasons. No matter ...

Steelers have to deal with DT Atkins

CINCINNATI — Ryan Tannehill tried to give his receiver a little more time to get open, but Geno Atkins was having none of it. The Bengals tackle closed quickly and smacked into the Dolphins quarterback as he released an incomplete pass to Kenny Stills. Just the start of a long day for ...

Steelers’ defense finally takes center stage

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Joe Haden understands how it looks. Spend an afternoon keeping the NFL’s leading wide receiver in check and you’re bound to get all the credit. Yet the veteran Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback understands he didn’t exactly shut down Atlanta’s Julio ...

Connection re-established: Big Ben, Brown back on same page

PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger let the ball go before Antonio Brown broke out of his route and turned toward the pylon. It was throw that required anticipation and trust, the kind the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback and All-Pro wide receiver have connected on countless times during their ...

Pittsburgh plays its way in victory

PITTSBURGH — If someone hadn’t seen the Steelers play before Sunday, they may have wondered what all the stress was about. The Steelers rolled to a 41-17 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on a summer-like Sunday afternoon at Heinz Field. They ran the ball well. They got after the ...

Tomlin upset at refs

PITTSBURGH — Mike Tomlin rarely shows emotion when he speaks to the media, and he rarely criticizes NFL officials. The Steelers coach made an exception to both policies to make a point after Sunday’s 41-17 victory over the Atlanta Falcons at Heinz Field. Tomlin was apparently angered at ...

Time running out for Atlanta

PITTSBURGH — The Atlanta Falcons kept stressing there was no need to panic during their sluggish start. That the small mistakes that kept costing them games would get cleaned up. That their banged-up roster would get healthy. That the team that began the season with Super Bowl expectations ...

October becomes important to Steelers, Falcons

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — When the 2018 NFL schedule was released in the spring, Atlanta’s trip to Pittsburgh on the first Sunday in October looked like a potential Super Bowl preview. Then September happened and the lofty preseason expectations evaporated, replaced by an unruly ...

Brown, Big Ben eyeing rhythm

PITTSBURGH — Antonio Brown insists he’s still in sync with Ben Roethlisberger even though their numbers together are down. Roethlisberger and Brown are one of the most prolific quarterback-wide receiver tandems in NFL history, but the duo has struggled to find a rhythm through four games ...

Offense wants at high level

PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger is well versed in the drill. When things go well, the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback is quick to deflect praise elsewhere. And when they don’t, he’s just as quick to shoulder the responsibility regardless of how many yards he passes for or touchdowns he ...

Steelers downplaying Bell talk

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — If Le’Veon Bell is returning to the Pittsburgh Steelers later this month, he hasn’t let his teammates and coaches know. Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday he hasn’t heard from the All-Pro running back, who told ESPN on Monday that he will end his ...

Issues continuing to grow for Tomlin

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — One of Mike Tomlin’s favorite metaphors when things aren’t going well for the Pittsburgh Steelers is likening his team’s issues to popcorn. Translation: The problems are scattered and unpredictable. And they’re spreading. The two-time defending ...

Fly over in Pittsburgh: Ravens improve to 3-1

PITTSBURGH — Eric Weddle walked into the interview room in full uniform. Then the Baltimore Ravens well-bearded safety did a little dance and made a proclamation. “I told you,” Weddle said. “These ain’t the same Ravens.” After two years and two painful near misses, he might be ...