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
CINCINNATI — Two players carted off, two others suspended, many fines to follow. One of the NFL’s nastiest rivalries set new lows in prime time, forcing fans to avert their eyes. What’s to be done about this long-running animosity between the Steelers (10-2) and Bengals (5-7)? Do the teams encourage the mayhem by downplaying it? Do the NFL and the networks promote it by showing it in prime time every season? Those questions were raised in the aftermath of a game so brutal
Noon today at Lambeau Field in Green Bay. TV: Fox (Tim Brando, Greg Jennings). Radio: WBIZ (100.7-FM, 98.7-FM, 1400-AM). Line: Packers by 2½. Over/under: 45. Record against spread: Tampa Bay 3-7-1, Green Bay 5-6. Series record: Packers lead 32-21-1. Last meeting: Packers beat Buccaneers 20-3 on Dec. 21, 2014. Last week: Buccaneers lost to Falcons 34-20; Packers lost to Steelers 31-28. AP Pro32 ranking: Buccaneers No. 25, Packers No. 21. Buccaneers offense (NFL rankings): Overall 14,
GREEN BAY — A week of missing practice with a groin injury allowed Clay Matthews to get an up-close view of injured quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ rehab work after collarbone surgery. Matthews might be back this week for the Green Bay Packers. If the linebacker had any say, Rodgers might follow him back to the field in a few weeks. First things first for the Packers: Green Bay must beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday to keep their flickering playoff hopes alive. Getting the
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The surest evidence that a cornerback has established himself as a standout in the NFL is not an All-Pro honor or an eight-figure contract extension. No, the true sign of arrival is the shadow assignment. For Xavier Rhodes, that moment came late in his second season with the Minnesota Vikings, when he lined up across from Calvin Johnson in Detroit on Dec. 14, 2014, and, oh, was Rhodes nervous. “Jittery, my first time doing it,” Rhodes said, “and