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Big Ben refuses to let Steelers collapse

Big Ben refuses to let Steelers collapse

ESPN.com Updated Oct 7, 2012
PITTSBURGH -- Ben Roethlisberger walked onto the field after the Steelers' defense blew another fourth-quarter lead with a 1-3 start hitting him in the face as hard as the rain at Heinz Field. But the Steelers came back to beat the Eagles because of Roe…
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  • Relief for Umenyiora as son is released from hospital

    Relief for Umenyiora as son is released from hospital

    profootballtalk.com Oct 7, 2012
    Defensive end Osi Umenyiora rushed out of the locker room without talking to reporters following the Giants’ 41-27 win over the Browns. He had good reason, as his son Tijani was taken to the hospital with what was thought to be an asthma attack. Umenyio
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  • Cassel has concussion

    Cassel has concussion

    The official word after Sunday’s loss by the Chiefs to the Ravens was that quarterback Matt Cassel is being evaluated for a head injury. The evaluation has been completed.  Per a league source, Cassel has a concussion. And so Cassel’s status will dep
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  • The Colts Discount Double Checked And B.J. Raji-Shuffled All Ov…

    The Colts Discount Double Checked And B.J. Raji-Shuffled All Over The Packers: Your Sunday NFL GIF Roundup

    deadspin.com Oct 7, 2012
    Here's where we're putting the GIFs of the week, from Donald Brown triumphantly trolling the Packers to Brandon Lloyd dancing around like no one's looking. Only the Chargers and Saints have yet to play, so let's see what the week had to offer. More »
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  • Kurt Coleman throws away Antonio Brown’s shoe (VIDEO)

    Kurt Coleman throws away Antonio Brown’s shoe (VIDEO)

    yahoo.com Oct 7, 2012
    Antonio Brown had a big game during the Pittsburgh Steelers' tight win over the Philadelphia Eagles. He finished the day with 86 yards on seven catches, so the Eagles had to get creative in defending him. For example, Kurt Coleman tried the old Steal Br…
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  • Wrap-up: Dolphins 17, Bengals 13

    Wrap-up: Dolphins 17, Bengals 13

    ESPN.com Oct 7, 2012
    Thoughts on the Cincinnati Bengals' 17-13 loss to the Miami Dolphins at Paul Brown Stadium: What it means: The Bengals (3-2) slipped into second place and one game behind the Ravens in the AFC North because they failed to do what they've done since the …
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  • Wrap-up: Giants 41, Browns 27

    Wrap-up: Giants 41, Browns 27

    Thoughts on the Cleveland Browns' 41-27 loss at the New York Giants: What it means: The Browns remain winless on the season, dropping to 0-5 for the first time since they returned to the NFL in 1999. If it matters at this point, they fall four games beh…
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  • Steelers top Eagles with last-second field goal

    Steelers top Eagles with last-second field goal

    Shaun Suisham hit a 34-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 16-14 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.
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  • Dolphins finish this time, get win at Cincinnati

    Dolphins finish this time, get win at Cincinnati

    Reshad Jones intercepted Andy Dalton's overthrown pass at midfield with 1:22 left on Sunday, preserving a 17-13 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals that ended two weeks of miserable, last-minute finishes for the Dolphins.
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  • Career games by Cruz, Bradshaw carry Giants

    Career games by Cruz, Bradshaw carry Giants

    ESPN.com Oct 7, 2012
    Victor Cruz and Ahmad Bradshaw set career bests Sunday in leading the New York Giants to a 41-27 victory over the winless Cleveland Browns.
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  • Ravens hang on for ugly win over Chiefs

    Ravens hang on for ugly win over Chiefs

    profootballtalk.com Oct 7, 2012
    Sometimes when you’re watching a dumpster fire, it’s easy to pay more attention to the fire than the dumpster. Despite their best attempts to give it away, the Ravens actually beat the Chiefs Sunday, taking a stirring 9-6 decision at Arrowhead Stadium
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  • Steelers' Polamalu re-injures right calf

    Steelers' Polamalu re-injures right calf

    PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu left Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles in the first quarter after aggravating his strained right calf.
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  • D’Qwell Jackson out with a head injury

    D’Qwell Jackson out with a head injury

    profootballtalk.com Oct 7, 2012
    The Browns’ chances of slowing or stopping the Giants’ 27-3 run to close out the first half are a little bit worse thanks to some injury news from team’s locker room. Middle linebacker D’Qwell Jackson will not return to the game after suffering a
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  • Halftime thoughts on Steelers-Eagles

    Halftime thoughts on Steelers-Eagles

    ESPN.com Oct 7, 2012
    PITTSBURGH -- Some thoughts at halftime, where the Steelers lead the Eagles 10-0: The Steelers' defense is getting turnovers, but the offense isn't capitalizing. Pittsburgh scored no points off two Michael Vick fumbles. The Steelers only had three takea…
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  • Dolphins hold one-point edge at the half

    Dolphins hold one-point edge at the half

    profootballtalk.com Oct 7, 2012
    Correction week could be continuing in Cincinnati, when the 1-3 Dolphins are poised to knock off the 3-1 Bengals.  At the half, Miami holds a one-point lead in a low-scoring game, 7-6. The Dolphins are hanging in there despite injuries in the secondary …
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  • Browns mistakes erase early lead

    Browns mistakes erase early lead

    profootballtalk.com Oct 7, 2012
    When the Browns jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, there couldn’t have been many people writing off the chances of a Giants comeback. Given past history, they probably would have bet on an Eli Manning winner in the fourth quarter. Thanks to
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  • Woodley questionable with hamstring injury

    Woodley questionable with hamstring injury

    ESPN.com Oct 7, 2012
    The injuries continue to pile up for the Steelers. Shortly after the Steelers announced safety Troy Polamalu reinjured his calf, Pittsburgh reported that outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley is questionable to return with a hamstring injury. Woodley missed…
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  • Vick can’t stop fumbling, Polamalu can’t stay healthy

    Vick can’t stop fumbling, Polamalu can’t stay healthy

    profootballtalk.com Oct 7, 2012
    Eagles quarterback Michael Vick continues to be a turnover machine. Vick lost two fumbles in the first quarter of today’s game in Pittsburgh, continuing a rough season in which he simply hasn’t been able to protect the ball. Heading into today’s gam
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  • Ex-Bengals cheerleader reaches deal in sex case

    Ex-Bengals cheerleader reaches deal in sex case

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com Oct 7, 2012
    COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- A former cheerleader for the Cincinnati Bengals apparently has reached a plea deal in the sex abuse case against her.
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  • Your Sunday NFL Open Thread

    Your Sunday NFL Open Thread

    deadspin.com Oct 7, 2012
    Here is your designated spot to yak it up about all things football. For instance, you can talk about the myriad ways the Browns will piss away a two score lead to the Giants. Just an example. More »
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  • Trent Richardson finds some early candy in New Jersey

    Trent Richardson finds some early candy in New Jersey

    profootballtalk.com Oct 7, 2012
    Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora invited Browns running back Trent Richardson to see if he could find some “candy” running the ball against the Giants defense. Three plays into the game, Richardson is looking like a happy kid on Halloween. Richardso
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  • AFC North inactives: Here are the inactives for the AFC North t…

    AFC North inactives: Here are the inactives for the AFC North teams to…

    Here are the inactives for the AFC North teams today: EAGLES AT STEELERS STEELERS: QB Charlie Batch, FS Robert Golden, RB Jonathan Dwyer, OLB Adrian Robinson, G Kelvin Beachum, ILB Brandon Johnson, NT Alameda Ta'amu. EAGLES: QB Trent Edwards, WR Riley C…
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  • Tough decision coming on Suggs' return

    Tough decision coming on Suggs' return

    ESPN's Chris Mortensen is reporting that the most realistic return for Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs is early November. Suggs is rehabbing from April surgery for a partially torn Achilles tendon. What I find curious about the report is that …
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  • Countdown Live: Eagles-Steelers

    Countdown Live: Eagles-Steelers

    ESPN.com Oct 7, 2012
    Join our ESPN.com NFL experts as they break down the match up between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Contribute your thoughts and questions beginning at 1 p.m. ET. See you there. Countdown Live: Eagles-Steelers
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  • AFC North game day by the numbers

    AFC North game day by the numbers

    ESPN.com Oct 7, 2012
    A look at the stats to remember for Sunday's games: 3 -- Straight games in which Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown has at least 70 yards receiving. 5 -- Straight games by the Steelers in which they have no more than two sacks, including playoffs. T…
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  • Pre-game notes: Steelers to rotate LBs

    Pre-game notes: Steelers to rotate LBs

    ESPN.com Oct 7, 2012
    Here are some happenings over the weekend for each AFC North team: RAVENS: Baltimore is preparing for Kansas City's press coverage with cornerbacks Brandon Flowers and Stanford Routt. "They had a little bit of a switch from last year," offensi…
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  • Browns hoping Little, Gordon will step up

    Browns hoping Little, Gordon will step up

    profootballtalk.com Oct 7, 2012
    With receivers Mohamed Massaquoi and Travis Benjamin both staying in Cleveland with hamstring injuries, the Browns will be shorthanded at the position that relies heavily on a guy’s ability to use his hands. Enter Greg Little, whose hands have been susp
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  • AFC North programming note

    AFC North programming note

    ESPN.com Oct 7, 2012
    PITTSBURGH -- As you might have noticed by the first word in this post, I'm in Pittsburgh (my home away from home, as I like to call it) for the Philadelphia Eagles-Pittsburgh Steelers game today. I will provide a Rapid Reaction and column from what sho…
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  • Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck and NY Giants look to improve on…

    Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck and NY Giants look to improve on sack total when they host winless Cleveland Browns

    nydailynews.com Oct 7, 2012
    Rushing the passer and stuffing the run have always been points of pride for the Giants defense. Now it has become a sore point, as the Big Blue defensive front has had trouble getting much heat on quarterbacks or containing running backs in the first f…
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  • Video - Sunday Blitz: Dolphins-Bengals Recap 01:26

    Sunday Blitz: Dolphins-Bengals Recap

    Oct 7
    Prim Siripipat and Cris Carter break down the Dolphins 17-13 win over the Bengals
  • Video - Sunday Blitz: Ravens-Chiefs Recap 01:06

    Sunday Blitz: Ravens-Chiefs Recap

    Oct 7
    Prim Siripipat and Cris Carter break down the Ravens' 9-6 win over the Chiefs
  • Video - Sunday Blitz: Eagles-Steelers Recap 02:00

    Sunday Blitz: Eagles-Steelers Recap

    Oct 7
    Prim Siripipat and Cris Carter break down the Steelers' 16-14 win over the Eagles as Shaun Suisham kicked a late field goal to win it.
  • Video - Steelers postgame press conference 01:17

    Steelers postgame press conference

    Oct 7
    Steelers react following game with Eagles

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