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NFL Week 7 -- Ravens at Steelers

Not long ago -- last year, maybe? -- Ravens-Steelers was among the NFL's best rivalries. And that was before Baltimore won the most recent Super Bowl. This season, though, both teams are struggling. Baltimore is stuck at .500 and Pittsburgh is coming off its first win of the season. With the Cincinnati Bengals not running away with the division, the Ravens remain in contention no matter what happens Sunday. But the Steelers might already be facing a must-win.

Which team will win the Ravens-Steelers game in Pittsburgh?

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  • Is Sunday's game vs. the Ravens a must-win for the Steelers?

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  • Which team will win the AFC North?

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  • What do you make of Le'Veon Bell's struggles Sunday at the Jets (16 car, 34 yds)?

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  • Is Ray Rice (197 rush yards, 2.8 YPC this season) done as an elite running back?

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  • Who is the better quarterback?

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  • Which team has the better defense?

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  • What do you make of Mike Tomlin banning games in the Steelers' locker room?

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  • Mike Tomlin has banned his players from flipping into the end zone, citing "the potential for injury." How do you feel about flipping into the end zone?

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The Steelers are 0-4, which means their season is basically lost. They're not mathematically eliminated from the postseason yet, but the list of successful teams that started out this badly is very short. That's not stopping Mike Tomlin from trying to right the ship, however, as he's decided to make sure the team is concentrating only on winning. Tomlin has banned all recreational games in the Steelers' locker room, preventing the team from playing pingpong or pool or, say, Madden. If they win on Sunday against the Jets, we're seriously going to consider giving all our game consoles to charity.

Here's a sampling of what readers had to say in our Facebook conversation on the story:

What do you think? Leave your comments below.


Banning games?

Football coaches are ostensible masters of eliminating distractions, but we're not sure that games -- board, video or otherwise -- are really the problem here.

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What do you make of Mike Tomlin banning all games in the Steelers' locker room?

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Worse shape -- Giants or Steelers?

Talk about symmetry. Eli Manning and Ben Roethlisberger both were picked in the first round of the 2004 NFL draft. Both have won two Super Bowls. And both own ugly 0-4 records (is there any other kind of 0-4 record?) thus far this year. Yeah, things are dire for the New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers. Which esteemed quarterback will bounce back first? Whose team is in more trouble?

  • Which team has been the bigger disappointment?

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  • Who/what is most to blame for the Giants' 0-4 start?

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  • Who/what is most to blame for the Steelers' 0-4 start?

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  • Which team has the better chance of returning to relevance in 2013?

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  • Which quarterback has the brighter future?

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  • When will the Giants next make the playoffs?

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  • When will the Steelers next make the playoffs?

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  • Which team has the better long-term outlook?

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NFL Week 4: Steelers vs. Vikings

ESPN.com's NFL experts picked the Steelers to finish as high as first and as low as third in the AFC North standings and predicted the Vikings will fall into last place or no better than second in the NFC North. Well, both teams are off to a 0-3 start. Fans in Minnesota aren't supporters of Christian Ponder, Adrian Peterson isn't making 100-yard games look "easy," and the Steel Curtain defense seems to be no more.

Which team will win the Steelers-Vikings game in London?

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  • Which team's 0-3 start is more surprising?

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  • Adrian Peterson has a problem with Vikings fans booing QB Christian Ponder. What is your take?

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  • Before the season Adrian Peterson said 100-yard rushing games are ''easy'' to get. He's 1-for-3 so far this season. How many will he finish with?

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  • Who is most to blame for Adrian Peterson's "slow'' start?

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  • What do you think of Ben Roethlisberger questioning the work habits and toughness of Steelers rookie RB Le'Veon Bell?

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  • Will Le'Veon Bell develop into a star running back in the NFL?

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  • The Steelers' defense has yet to force a turnover. Will Pittsburgh produce a turnover against the Vikings?

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  • If you were an NFL player, would you want your team to play a regular-season game in London?

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NFL Week 3: Bears at Steelers

It's always fun when the Bears and Steelers match up, but especially so this week with each team heading in opposite directions. The Steelers are at 0-2 for the first time since 2002 and the Bears are at 2-0 for just the fourth time since 1992. Is either record truly indicitive of the team it represents? And what do you think of Jay Cutler's new nickname?

Which team will win the Bears-Steelers game in Pittsburgh?

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  • Which quarterback would you rather have this season?

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  • Which statement do you believe?

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  • Brandon Marshall has taken to calling Jay Cutler "Mr. Fourth Quarter." What do you think of the nickname?

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  • The Steelers have yet to produce a turnover. How many will they have against the Bears?

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