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