4:30 PM ET, January 15, 2005
Yates: Title windows for NE, DEN, PIT
How long will the championship windows of the Patriots, Broncos and Steelers remain open? Field Yates takes a look.
Seven ex-NFL players object to settlement
Seven retired players who played a total of 66 seasons in the NFL attacked the proposed settlement of concussion litigation on Wednesday, asserting that the deal "comes nowhere near being fair, adequate and reasonable."
Steelers' Taylor: Upset, 'hurt' over pay cut
Ike Taylor says he upset over having to take a pay cut to stay with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Welker: Playful banter caused playbook flap
Former New England receiver Wes Welker added context to a story that exploded last week about the Patriots possibly being in possession of the New York Jets' playbook, saying that playful banter between friends might have sparked the media firestorm.
Pennington must build on strong performance
Saturday's AFC divisional playoff game between the Jets and Steelers is a rematch of a Week 14 regular-season meeting in which the Steelers edged out the Jets 17-6 in a physical affair in Pittsburgh. Heinz Field will once again be the forum, as the Steelers look to fend off a Jets team that built momentum with an upset win at San Diego in the wild-card round last week.
The goal will be similar for the Jets this week, as they need to combat a stout run defense by opening things up and being more creative. If Chad Pennington and his receivers particularly speedster Santana Moss can get on the same page early on it will put a lot of pressure on rookie QB Ben Roethlisberger. If not, the Steelers should be able to successfully defend their home turf with a strong commitment to Jerome Bettis and the running attack, which will take much of the pressure off of Big Ben in his first NFL postseason action.
|Avg Points Allowed||18.5||17.0|
|TEAM OFFENSE||TEAM||PER GAME AVERAGE|
|TEAM DEFENSE||TEAM||PER GAME AVERAGE|
|Pass Yds Allowed||NYJ|
|Rush Yds Allowed||NYJ|
|Pittsburgh leads 3-1|
|Dec 12, 2004||NYJ 6, @PIT 17|
|Dec 14, 2003||NYJ 6, PIT 0|
|Dec 9, 2001||NYJ 7, @PIT 18|