Steelers

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 ...

Steelers have major problems

PITTSBURGH — We’re one quarter into the 2018 NFL season, and this is abundantly clear: The Steelers have problems. Do they ever. After Sunday night’s 26-14 loss to the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field, the Steelers are 1-2-1, sharing last place with the Cleveland Browns and looking up ...

Steelers, Ravens set to renew rivalry

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger and Terrell Suggs have spent well over a decade staring across the line of scrimmage, the longtime Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback and the relentless Baltimore Ravens linebacker both knowing they will meet multiple times, often in violent ...

Burns searching for his confidence

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — There is a certain swagger required to play cornerback in the NFL, a quality Artie Burns picked up long before the Pittsburgh Steelers selected him in the first round of the 2016 draft. And for the first time Burns can remember, that ...

Stopping Big Ben is No. 1 priority

By David Ginsburg The Associated Press OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The last time Ben Roethlisberger faced the Baltimore Ravens, he threw for 506 yards and led four fourth-quarter scoring drives in a 39-38 Pittsburgh victory. The teams meet again Sunday night in an AFC North showdown. Perhaps by ...

Steelers hope victory a good sign

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Vance McDonald insists he wasn’t sending some sort of message when the Pittsburgh Steelers tight end extended his right arm toward Tampa Bay’s Chris Conte and jammed the Buccaneers defensive back into the turf on Monday night. It ...

Steelers survive Tampa Bay rally

TAMPA, Fla. — It was not the way Ben Roethlisberger would draw it up, but the Pittsburgh Steelers will take it. In desperate need of a win, the two-time defending AFC North champions capped a tumultuous week in which star receiver Antonio Brown made headlines by shouting at an assistant ...