PITTSBURGH — The Jacksonville Jaguars heard the chatter, read the tweets and Instagram posts. And they got a little confused. Why were the Pittsburgh Steelers talking about the New England Patriots? Didn’t they have to face the Jaguars first before reaching a rematch with the Super Bowl champions? “I don’t know if they misread the schedule or didn’t play us this week, but they didn’t acknowledge us at all,” Jacksonville linebacker Myles Jack said.
PITTSBURGH — At the time the score looked like a misprint. Jacksonville 30. Pittsburgh 9. On the road. A result so stunningly one-sided Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger stood in the locker room on that gray October afternoon only half-jokingly wondered if he still had “it.” Throwing five interceptions, two of which the Jaguars returned for momentum-swinging, confidence-sapping touchdowns, will do that. Yet Roethlisberger insists he’s not out for revenge in
Antonio Brown was one of four repeaters from last season on The Associated Press 2017 NFL All-Pro Team, and the only unanimous choice. The brilliant wide receiver of the Pittsburgh Steelers drew all 50 ballots Friday from a nationwide panel of media members who regularly cover the league. He was among four players to make a fourth All-Pro squad, joining New England tight end Rob Gronkowski, Carolina linebacker Luke Kuechly and Los Angeles Rams punter Johnny Hekker. The repeaters from 2016
They made music that inspired legions of fans. Rock ‘n’ roll founding fathers Chuck Berry and Fats Domino, rockers Tom Petty and Greg Allman, grunge icon Chris Cornell, country superstar Glen Campbell and jazz great Al Jarreau were among the notable figures who died in 2017, leaving a void in virtually every genre of music. Comedians Jerry Lewis, Don Rickles and Dick Gregory left their own indelible mark with their iconic routines. And the story of the 1960s could not be told
James Harrison is no longer the odd man out or the oldest man in the locker room. The ex-Steelers star signed a one-year deal with the New England Patriots on Tuesday, three days after his unceremonious departure from Pittsburgh. The 39-year-old linebacker posted a photo on Instagram showing himself with 40-year-old quarterback Tom Brady in New England’s locker room, writing that he finally has “a teammate that’s older than me!” The AFC North champion Steelers
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings and their loud crowd overwhelmed the Cincinnati Bengals from start to finish, when they put on NFC North champions hats to celebrate the first major milestone of this season with the hope of several more to come. From coaches to players to fans, everyone in purple was able to enjoy a postseason tuneup. Eric Kendricks had an interception return for a touchdown , Case Keenum passed for 236 yards and two scores, and the Vikings clinched the
MINNEAPOLIS — Mike Zimmer was about ready to be done with his quest to become an NFL head coach, discouraged after so many fruitless interviews. Though he didn’t want to lose his esteemed defensive coordinator, Marvin Lewis encouraged Zimmer to stick with it. Finally, Zimmer was hired in Minnesota in 2014. Lewis remains in charge in Cincinnati, with the second-longest tenure in the league at 15 seasons. If the Vikings (10-3) beat the Bengals (5-8) today, they’ll clinch their
Noon today at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. TV: CBS (Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts). Radio: WMEQ (106.3-FM, 880-AM). Line: Vikings by 11. Over/under: 42. Record against spread: Cincinnati 7-6, Minnesota 9-4. Series record: Tied 6-6. Last meeting: Bengals beat Vikings 42-14 on Dec. 22, 2013. Last week: Bengals lost to Bears 33-7; Vikings lost to Panthers 31-24. AP Pro32 rankings: Bengals No. 23, Vikings No. 4. Bengals offense (NFL rankings): Overall 32, rush 31, pass 26. Bengals defense:
Noon today at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. TV: Fox (Joe Buck, Troy Aikman). Radio: WBIZ (100.7-FM, 98.7-FM, 1400-AM). Line: Panthers by 3. Over/under: 47. Record against spread: Green Bay 7-6, Carolina 8-5. Series record: Packers lead 9-5. Last meeting: Panthers beat Packers 37-29 on Nov. 8, 2015. Last week: Packers beat Browns 27-21; Panthers beat Vikings 31-24. AP Pro32 ranking: Packers No. 15, Panthers No. 7. Packers offense (NFL rankings): Overall 25, rush 17, pass 24.
GREEN BAY— Packers coach Mike McCarthy was cautious. His players seemed hopeful. Green Bay might be getting quarterback Aaron Rodgers back soon from a collarbone injury. But the final decision rests with the team doctor, with the help of other experts, on whether the two-time NFL MVP is healthy enough to return for the Packers’ game this weekend against Carolina. McCarthy said there was no timeline for when medical staff will decide on potentially clearing Rodgers after the