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By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

OAKLAND, Calif. — Looking ahead to kickoff …

Game: Steelers (2-4) vs. Oakland Raiders (2-4)

Time: 4:05 p.m.

Site: Coliseum, Oakland, Calif.

TV, radio: CBS (national), WDVE-FM, ESPN Radio 970

Here is the official live summary.

Here is our Steelers page. Alan Robinson, Ralph Paulk and I are on the scene.

And if you missed it this morning, here again is the Sunday column on the Steelers’ sad sack total.

Author: Dejan Kovacevic

Dejan Kovacevic, a lifelong Pittsburgher, is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media covering the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Pitt and, recently, his fourth Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He also appears on WPXI-TV's 'Subway Final Word’ and hosts a weekly show on TribLIVE Radio. For 2011, he was named one of the country's top four columnists by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the country's top three columnists by the National Headliners. For 2013, he was named the state's top columnist by the Keystone Press Awards and top columnist in Western Pennsylvania by the Golden Quills.


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  2. twentytwo22 says:

    Typical underdog sequence for the Dolphins. Up 17-3 in the 3rd Qtr at New England and driving for a 3 score lead, they get sacked on 3rd down and miss the FG. 5 play TD drive the other way, 17-10.

    And now they fumbled deep in their own territory. New England scores to tie the game.

  3. Wild Bill says:

    What a lousy weekend so far. Penn State gets housed, Pitt loses to Navy, the Pens lose three straight. We need a Steeler win, and I wish I could believe it is on the way, but we usually stink when we play the Raiders. Can’t stand looking at all those clowns in the stands wearing bad biker outfits.

    Did Halloween arrived early??

  4. Wild Bill says:


  5. Wild Bill says:

    The Pats good fortune is partly due to their division reeking for years now, double deuce.

  6. Wild Bill says:

    Eagles – Giants is almost unwatchable. Coyote ugly.

  7. Lad 9 says:

    Is it 4 days now Biz?

  8. Lad 9 says:

    Brutal. Thank goodness for the Red Zone channel.

  9. twentytwo22 says:

    That’s embarrassing. The running QB ran the football.

  10. Lad 9 says:

    Like I said on the other thread, bad feeling. And I guess we will be allowing a 100 yard rusher today.

  11. Eric Bowser says:

    First play of game for defense and eleven men weren’t prepared for what Pryor was about to show? What was Ryan Clark doing? Why is Troy Polamalu playing LB so much?

    The safety play for the Steelers is horrible.

  12. Naje says:


  13. Lad 9 says:

    Zoltan sucks. Final game as a Steeler I hope.

  14. Eric Bowser says:

    Polamalu stood there… just stood there for 2 steps while McFadden had ball… he’s lost more than a step. He’s just not a very good fundamental safety.

    That was some terrible safety play

  15. Wild Bill says:

    We look not ready to play (again) to this point.

  16. Eric Bowser says:

    Since I can punt… I’m having my agent call the Steelers.

  17. Eric Bowser says:

    shocking…. well, not really.

    I think Tomlin’s job should be on the line but no media pressure and ownership doesn’t care about now, just the 70’s.

  18. Eric Bowser says:

    Amazing Miller isn’t down after that shot to legs.

    DK: Was thinking same.

  19. Jim S. says:

    I watched that game. The refs totally, and I mean totally, screwed the Dolphins on several calls. Just ridiculous. Totally decided the outcome.

  20. Jim S. says:

    He’ll come out after the game and talk about how bad the players are. He’ll call them out by name, as he always does. Wonderful leadership there, btw. But, he will never assume any responsibility for any of it. More great leadership there.

  21. Thundercrack says:

    Really? The Rooney’s only care about the 70’s. They didn’t care about the 2 most recent Super Bowl victories?

    The Rooneys have never cared about or listened to ‘media pressure’. But there are some new people added to the ownership group a few years ago.

  22. Jim S. says:

    Owner is focused on … other things. He has not been an owner for some time.

  23. Thundercrack says:

    Were you also thinking what Eric was thinking in regards to no media pressure on Tomlin?

    DK: In all candor, TC, I neither read nor hear much of what else gets written or spoken about the Steelers in terms of opinion. I tend to avoid that stuff. Helps me keep my own thoughts in perspective.

  24. Naje says:

    Got to do better than this offense. Three drives and a pile of nothing to show for it.

  25. Eric Bowser says:

    One person is not media pressure…

    DK: I’ve been pretty rough on the guy, but I hear from a lot of readers that it’s kind of a lone-wolf thing.

  26. Thundercrack says:

    I don’t really believe it is the media’s responsibility to put “heat” on a coach or manager. And I think ownership can get itself in trouble when they pay attention to ‘heat’ from the media. They should be smart enough to determine if their coach is doing a good job and whether he should be fired.

    DK: Or, since we’re speaking in code now, the owner can read criticism in the media, act on it and make a real difference in the manner he feels is most appropriate. And the owner can actually be genuinely appreciative that the heat brought was factual and written with best intentions.


    Back to football.

  27. Jim S. says:

    Which is amazing, given the obvious deterioration of this team.

  28. twentytwo22 says:

    Good job setting up the FG on that 3rd and 6.

  29. Jim S. says:

    In fairness, the previous 2 coaches were not fired after an average season, followed by a bad season (if this continues to be a bad season). I put at least as much blame on the GM.

  30. Wild Bill says:

    So far it feels like I’m watching OSU vs Penn State all over again. A faster, more athletic team vs a slower, less athletic one.

  31. Thundercrack says:

    You may be the line wolf in print DK, but it seems like every time I turn on Madden he is criticizing.

    DK: Ha! I believe that.

  32. Eric Bowser says:

    Heat is asking the coach the pertinent questions, when the coach doesn’t want to hear it and not give up because of some retort like “obviously”.

    Heat is writing about decisions directly result of the coach and his staff.

    The ownership should be smart enough but this is a franchise that doesn’t believe in advance scouting, statistical analysis,and an offensive philosophy from the 70s.

  33. Eric Bowser says:

    Don’t let my criticism of Tomlin and his staff think that I’ve been impressed by Colbert, Kahn, and scouts. They’ve been terrible.

    Allowing guys to hang around for a year or two or three longer than they should, yes I’m talking about Polamalu, Hampton, and Keisel.

  34. Jim S. says:

    Boy, that wildcat is tricky, huh? Take the QB out and have the running back just catch it and run. Really gives the defense fits. I think that went out of popularity 5 years ago, and now we decide to try it.

  35. Jim S. says:

    :-) Totally agree, Eric.

  36. Brandie says:

    Biting in here today. I better get the Band-Aids ready. Have I had all of my shots?

  37. Jim S. says:

    They are hopelessly, embarrasingly behind the times in just about every facet of what they do now.

  38. Brandie says:

    The 2013 Pittsburgh Steelers…Bringing Football Back to The Stone Age.

  39. Sarah says:

    This is simply hard to watch.

  40. JohninOshkosh says:

    I’ve watched a fair share of the NFL this year. And the league, as a whole, stinks. Even the “good teams” have their fair share of deficiencies. And free agency has thinned depth. The Packers have some key offensive injuries with apparently no one to step up. Same with the Bears and others.

    It has become a league that is not that fun to watch. Injuries because the players are so strong now. Coaches that can’t make adjustments (OMG, they’re running the hurry up….how can we ever blitz?), free agency that has stripped depth because teams have to pay 2 or 3 players over half of their salary allocation.

    In the name of parity, the league has become watered down. They would never do it, but contraction is needed.

  41. Brandie says:

    Jaguars and Buccaneers need to go!

  42. florida steeler says:

    Ike taylor should have stayed in Pittsburgh today and kept some of his friends with him. Jarvis Jones may be good—someday; right now he has no clue.

  43. Eric Bowser says:

    sadly… expansion is more likely…. London and Los Angeles.

  44. Eric Bowser says:

    Wasn’t thrilled with the pick then… still not.

    I think Jones is a project and spending a 1st on him wasn’t too smart.

  45. Lad 9 says:

    BRANDIE! How are you girl?

  46. JohninOshkosh says:

    I have been a Tomlin supporter but it’s time for him and his staff to go. They need some fresh eyes on the situation. Need coaches who are good at both talent evaluation and the x’s and o’s. Better at motivation too, apparently.

    Steelers are far too classy an organization to dismiss personnel mid-season, but I think a housecleaning is in order after it’s done.

  47. Lad 9 says:

    +Many. There is no excuse for how the Steelers operate, both on the field and in the office. Completely ignoring advanced statistical information smacks of arrogance. There are times when an organization – whether in sports or industry – has to do a no holds barred evaluation of how they do things and ask hard questions and make changes. I see no evidence of that at all.
    We could be heading into a dark period in Steeler history again. The talent level is very low and the org is stagnant. Bad combo.

  48. Lad 9 says:

    Wow. Words fail me.

  49. Eric Bowser says:

    Play safe and that will cost you….

  50. florida steeler says:

    this team is a joke–what was that third down play??

  51. Everything you said could have been said of the Bucs of few years ago.

    Like the Pirates and the Steelers traded places.


  52. JohninOshkosh says:

    Cannot stand the Raiders. Hate their stadium. Hate that hideous black and silver combination. Hate corporate lawyer fans dressed up as biker posers. Creepy. Yucky.

  53. florida steeler says:

    Stadium is a real dump. This year, I believe it was the Rangers, could not use their locker room following the game because of sewage. Classy place–with fans to match!!!

  54. DK was accurate to this point. No sacks yet.

    Did Suisham miss one?

  55. florida steeler says:

    Kansas City sacked Pryor NINE times last week.

  56. JohninOshkosh says:


    That is how much opponents have outscored the Steelers, Nittany Lions, Panthers and Penguins in the last 24+ hours. Your Pitt Panthers have 21 of those 39 points.

  57. Wild Bill says:

    To be fair, KC sacks everybody. But we do look way too slow for Pryor.

  58. Wild Bill says:

    It’s a weekend worth flushing.

  59. florida steeler says:

    They did not get to Jason Campbell today much at all. But, they do lead the league.

  60. Monessen says:

    DK please have somebody check to see how many steeler passes have actually been thrown into end zone. I can remember 1 to Derek Moye. Last week Heath Miller pass shovel pass at the three. How in the hell do you score if you don’t try to get into the end zone? They need to fire the quarterback or the offensive coordinator, whoever is making these horrible calls week after week. Throw the ball into the end zone. They give you 6 points for that.

  61. theplanisworking says:

    If the Steelers dont come back, and I desperately want them to come back………. haeads should roll. This team was not prepared to play today, that first play was a joke, no one shadowing Pryor to stop such a run. If Oakland wouldnt have committed 2 or 3 turnovers, this game could be 28-0.

    D not able to stop the Raiders, O putrid again, special teams horrible, coaching bad yet again. I had a discussion with a friend, who said Art has meddled too much the previous 2 offseasons, Colbert has lost his talent evaluation touch, and Tomlin is lost. Great points all.

    I hope they can come back, but if not, changes need made.
    Or maybe they needed to made this past offseason?

  62. theplanisworking says:

    Everyone. :)

  63. Eric Bowser says:

    NFL teams don’t make changes during the season and this franchise… well, they are stuck in the 70s.

  64. Dave G says:

    John Gruden is available…

  65. defil21 says:

    THE FIX IS IN. Our best player now misses 2 gimme FG’s. The suck from the rest of the team is rubbing off on him.

  66. DJ says:

    So much for the full page spread about Suisam in the “other” paper.

    Always felt that play calling/sequencing was an art. Haley has little feel for it and cannot develop a consistent rhythm.

  67. cherokee23 says:

    I hate to say it, but part of me feels they deserve this…..They settle for field goals so often, it’s like they have no urgency to put the ball in the endzone

  68. JohninOshkosh says:

    The Vikings fired Brad Childress after an embarrassing loss to the Packers. Might do it again tomorrow with Leslie Frazier if the Packers do it again tonight.

    But generally speaking, midseason firings are rare.

  69. theplanisworking says:

    The Steelers wont fire anyone because they dont think there are any problems. Everything is fine, players at fault, coaches and FO perfect. Little detail……….. the players are there because of the FO………. but who is counting?

  70. pattonbb says:

    Suisam was the team mvp an hour ago.

    What’s Russ Grimm up to these days?

  71. florida steeler says:

    Ike Taylor is DONE

  72. florida steeler says:

    The team looks like they have quit–horrible play calling by Haley today and words cannot describe the offensive line except they are offensive!!!!!

  73. Eric Bowser says:

    3/4 of this roster is done… sadly

  74. Brandie says:


  75. Lad 9 says:

    I was thinking the same thing and hoping it isn’t a 20 year dark period.

  76. florida steeler says:

    You did not forget the author of the Rooney Rule did you??

  77. Lad 9 says:

    Same. You are sorely missed and in my thoughts and prayers my dear friend!

  78. cherokee23 says:

    no playmakers, that’s for sure……team has had it’s chances

  79. cherokee23 says:

    On a side note……Jarvis Jones must have a helluva agent to land that Subway commercial with RG3 and Justin Tuck before he’s even played a season!

  80. DJ says:

    Mike Adams is the worst offensive line pick since Tom Ricketts.

    On the last sack he stuck out an arm . . . that’s it . . . literally. And then as the rusher blew pass him he tried to grab the guy’s ankles while prone on the ground.

    Did I hear someone say he was top heavy? It looks like he has been playing the position less than two months. No sense of how to use his hands, no balance, no feet positioning . . . absolutely horrible.

    He would be cut in any other year except for our mounting OL injuries.

  81. twentytwo22 says:

    Dumb timeout mentioned by pretty much everybody on twitter.

  82. DJ says:

    Hey, at least he didn’t get beat deep, right?

    We’ll just keep playing 10-12 yards off the ball. Make them beat us underneath . . . that’ll do the trick. Right?

    Instead of the blitzes — which DK rightfully points out are not accomplishing anything anyway — how about a change of pace with press coverage by the DBs on occasion?

  83. Karen22 says:

    Embarrassed even watching this game. Heads MUST roll. Haley, you go first.

  84. DJ says:

    . . . I’m wondering if legalizing marajuana in PA might help him.

  85. Jim S. says:

    I agree that the league is awful overall now, Osh.

  86. DJ says:

    . . . or marijuana?

  87. Jim S. says:

    Yup. I have been saying it since last year. Organizational arrogance.

    We’re the Steelers. We have 6 Super Bowls. We don’t adapt. The league adapts to US.

  88. Eric in G'burg says:

    Words fail. So does this coaching staff.

    I understand that sometimes a football team doesn’t have great talent. But that’s why a coaching staff has to gameplan to win with what they have. I don’t see this anywhere on the coaching staff, except for maybe Coach Lebeau. A season like this will likely bring on his retirement, and that might be the biggest failing of all.

  89. Eric Bowser says:

    Let’s see if anyone blasts Tomlink for this saying this about the stupid timeout late in 4th quarter… “we were waiting for them to pump the play clock or call the horse collar”


  90. Rbilak says:

    What we learned

    OBVIOUSLY – Coach Tomlin is the Chris Weber of NFL coaches with timeouts.

    OBVIOUSLY – We need a new punter

    OBVIOUSLY – TODD Haley has no clue in the red zone. Time to go.

    OBVIOUSLY – Not gonna make playoffs.

    OBVIOUSLY – Antonio BRown can signal a two yard run for first down, but can drop easy touchdowns and first downs.

    OBVIOUSLY – Colbert needs to see if any players can be traded this week for draft picks for 2014, that includes Manny Sanders.

  91. Rbilak says:

    I guess Coach Tomlin does’t understand if a penalty is called the ref throws a flag. First clue. I just heard his BS answer. Unacceptable.

  92. Jim S. says:

    Wow! I feel like I deserve some sort of a prize for watching that to the end.

    We just lost to a team with a QB that is so bad that they just run the ball into the middle of our line 2x, over and over, and then throw a safe pass and punt. The only way to lose to the Raiders is: a) ball behind them 14-0 immediately; and b) continue to play so poorly on offense the entire game that you waste about 5 scoring chances and run out of time. Mission accomplished. The 2013-14 Steelers: making the impossible possible.

    We actually took our QB out of the game for 1st & 2nd down on one series, snapped the ball to the RB and had him just run it, anyway. Apparently we never thought of doing something unique out of that wildcat formation, which is the only reason for that formation in the first place. So, the Raiders didn’t have to worry about a pass. That was where I knew it was going to be a loss.

    But, there were so many other strange things.

    * We lost 3 OLinemen … again.
    * We now have a 250 lb. RB returning kickoffs. Yeah, we really do. * He was the guy we cut 3 weeks ago.
    * We cannot run conventional pass plays often because there is not time for the routes to be completed before our QB gets smothered.
    * We continue to employ a punter who the coach even says has a lot of “JV punts.” Today, he had one blocked along with more JV-distance ones.
    * We insisted on running the ball right up the middle even though the opponent clearly controlled the line of scrimmage on pass and run plays.
    * We were down 21-3, but had 1st down at the opponent’s 15 yard line. We ran a draw for a typical 5 yard loss to make it 2nd & 15. No team runs it again there on 2nd & 15 – especially teams that can’t run the ball. We ran it again. That made it 3rd & 9, and we literally reduced that promising drive to one chance on 3rd down, which we didn’t complete.
    * Our kicker then missed his 2nd sub-35 yard FG of the game.
    * Our QB actually burned a crucial timeout with under 2 minutes remaining, rather than spike the ball, resulting in a loss of over 45 seconds going into our last drive.

    Was I the only one who thought Ben’s 2nd pick may have actually been a first down catch and down by contact before a fumble? It was ruled an interception, followed by a review that confirmed it. All the announcing team focused on was whether the ball hit the ground, when they should have been focusing on whether the receiver was down by contact. I could be wrong, but if that was a blown call it sealed our fate. I feel like no one on our sideline even thought to ask about it while the review was being conducted.

    We are a very poorly coached team, IMO.

  93. Daquido_Bazzini says:

    This Steeler team is a bad team….A bad team that gets no bounces or breaks in the course of a game.
    That’s what bad teams are all about it.
    But….I’m going to blow some steam off in a different direction than most.

    1) Steeler “reporters” Alan Robinson and Ken Laird spray tweets that question everyone and everything about the Steelers….Yet they sit on their duffs in PC’s and submit zero tough questions to Mike Tomlin on Tuesday afternoons.
    Put up….Or shut up!

    2) I’ve never seen a OL as injury prone as the Steelers….For the third year in a row!

    3) Raider HC Dennis Allen (Is that his name?) is the biggest goofball of a coach this side of the Atlantic Ocean. He’s now beaten the Steelers two years in a row.
    As embarrassing as it is….What’s that make the Steelers?!

    4) I don’t care if Terrelle Pryor was born in the crib next to me at Natrona Heights Hospital….I will NEVER (as some have suggested) pull for a fellow Pittsburgh area native that has another teams uniform on.
    Asinine and ludicrous!…….

    5) More than assuming the Steelers lose in NE next week….That will make them 2-6 through a half a season.
    Another 2-6 will make them 4-12….Which should assure them of a top 8-10 pick.
    Maybe they can draft a few more players that sit on the sideline with a broken pinky (ala 3rd round pick/WR Marcus Wheaton) or flounder around like Jarvis Jones has for seven games.
    In other words….The draft will not cure all ills.
    This team needs help from FA’s…..Last spring!!!!!!!!!!!

  94. Jim S. says:

    You have our strategy backwards, Rbilak. We are still trying to shed draft picks for bad Olinemen. It appears we got off the hook on the Levi Brown trade, but that doesn’t mean we didn’t try to waste that pick.

  95. Rbilak says:

    Sean Lee is a free agent next year, other than Ben I don’t care who you cut to sign him. Cowboys cannot resign him as they are so far over cap next year.

    Also see Miami Pouncey just got served for Hernandez case is ours far behind?

    Agree Tomlin needs to answer real questions. Timeout challenged coach.

  96. Rbilak says:

    I wonder if Colbert still thinks this is a playoff team?

  97. JoeyBats says:

    Can we have a “redeux” on THIS Steelers season ??

  98. JoeyBats says:

    ..don’t LB…..we have Sean Spence making a “comeback” ;-)

  99. Thanks for the analysis, Jim. Didn’t see one play here, but I feel I was there.

    Very sad.

  100. Jim S. says:

    Wish I could say the same thing, Lucky! Brutal!

  101. Eric Bowser says:

    First wow trade of NHL season…

    Isles deal LW Matt Moulson, 2014 #1 pick, and 2015 #2 pick to Sabres for LW Thomas Vanek.

  102. cherokee23 says:

    Speaking of Miami, I heard Mike Wallace dropped pass inside 5 yard line today

  103. cherokee23 says:


  104. Daquido_Bazzini says:

    Interesting about Pouncey…I count on him ZERO.
    Otherwise….You bring up good points.
    This was an aggravating, embarrassing loss today.
    That loss is for total STINK teams….For lack of a deeper word.
    I’m not surprised, but still livid about it.

  105. Jim S. says:

    How could he? But, then again, this is bizarro world, where the Pirates are now thought to be one of the most forward-thinking and brightest organizations in their sport, and the Steelers are falling hopelessly behind the times. It seems so obvious to me.

  106. Jim S. says:

    I think we’ll still be over the cap as well. Get ready for more exciting Matt Spaeth-like signings.

  107. I refuse to watch any “highlights” of that one.

  108. Jim S. says:

    He is not doing anything for them. I saw a couple of drops. He did have one nice screen for a 25 yard gain. The Dolphins are hapless as well.

  109. Jim S. says:

    That’s a very good idea.

  110. BillyBaduka says:

    Well said

  111. Milo Hamilton says:

    Some free legal advice for Maurkice Pouncey. Don’t accompany the team to Massachusetts next weekend. That’s all.

  112. Milo Hamilton says:

    You were really born in the Heights ? Did you know they don’t do babies there anymore ? Kinda sad.

  113. Lad 9 says:

    LMAO. Line of the day Milo ! :)

  114. theplanisworking says:

    New Castle had 2 hospitals, another 7 miles away. All 3 hospitals used to do births………. now only one. I am afraid more hospitals will close too. Like you said, sad.

  115. theplanisworking says:


  116. JohninOshkosh says:

    That ticking sound is the sound of the clock running out on Leslie Frazier’s career.

  117. Stuart says:

    I don’t usually tune in to the blog after a home team loss. Way too much “fire Bylsma” or “trade Barmes for Derek Jeter” etc. But after watching the entire Steeler game, I think it’s time for the Head Coach and the Offensive Coordinator to go. I’d also trade the “young money” receivers for draft choices in any round.

    It is painfully obvious that if the Steelers get behind by 8 points or more, they will lose the game. I know they can’t throw downfield, it looks like Ben is taking a one-step drop, and our turnstiles can’t hold off the “D” for a count of one-two.

    Now that we know we won’t be making the playoffs, lets make some serious changes – CAP be damned. (By that I mean let’s rid ourselves of some of the big money- no play “talent” on the ro0ster.

    Sorry, I couldn’t help doing what I don’t like to see or hear.


  118. theplanisworking says:

    You forgot the dropped passes.
    Not to be critical………

  119. theplanisworking says:

    But it doesnt matter how livid we get……… changes will NOT be coming.
    We will have to endure this the rest of the season, and for years to come.

    THAT is what I am livid about.

  120. theplanisworking says:

    Any thoughts on what will happen when we play a real team next week in Foxboro?
    It could be 42-9.

  121. Rob says:

    On another note Megatron is a beast, 329 yards is just amazing. Not looking forward to see him against the Steelers in three weeks.

  122. Rob says:

    On another note Megatron is a beast, 329 yards is just amazing. Not looking forward to see him against the Steelers in three weeks.

  123. I still had hope for the season because of the easy schedule, but know I don’t know.
    Kingsford, MI

  124. Milo Hamilton says:

    What has Oliver Luck done to West Virginia football and why does he get a pass ?

  125. Daquido_Bazzini says:

    It’s past that point….Let them lose out!!!

  126. Daquido_Bazzini says:

    I believe changes are NOT put of the question.
    This is TOO ridiculous for this franchise….

  127. Daquido_Bazzini says:

    Let’s keep in mind…This is not the first year the Steelers have been terrible.
    Last year ….And though they made the playoffs…The year before they were embarrassed by Tim Tebow in one (and out) playoff.

  128. The Steelers can’t depend on Suisham’s toe indefinitely in lieu of touchdowns, which is what they’ve been doing too often lately, since they haven’t been able to protect Ben or catch his passes, which has got to change.

  129. It seems sometimes as if Coach Tomlin has done as well as he has over the years since he’s had the teams that have been capable of winning due to reputation, dominance, and the ability to outscore everybody, and they haven’t really needed a lot of coaching until now.

  130. You wonder why Antonio keeps dropping those passes, especially since there’s no known reason why he should do that.

  131. Well, we were warned during preseason to expect a lot of injuries since that’s the way football is being played these days, and, naturally, other teams besides the Steelers have been suffering their share of injuries as well.

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