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Broncos vow not to make same mistake and overlook Steelers

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The Pittsburgh Steelers stagger into Denver with an ailing Ben Roethlisberger, who won’t have his leading rusher or his top receiver against the league’s best defense Sunday. So what? The Steelers (11-6) are deep even without All-Pro receiver Antonio Brown (concussion) and running back DeAngelo Williams (foot), and the Broncos insist Big Ben can go deep even with a sprained throwing shoulder. The Broncos (12-4) swear they won’t make the same mistake they did last year, either. They were in…

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Bengals hand Steelers a playoff victory

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A one-sentence summary of the Cincinnati Bengals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Wild Card game would read: Chris Boswell kicked a 35-yard field goal with 14 seconds remaining to give the Steelers a comeback 18-16 win over the Bengals in Cincinnati on Saturday night. Those who watched the game know that a great deal more happened over the previous 59 minutes and 46 seconds. Especially the final 1:36. The game will be remembered for the mental toughness of Steeler quarterback Ben Roethlisberger…

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Look for an unknown player or 2 to star wild-card weekend

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Aaron Rodgers, Adrian Peterson, Ben Roethlisberger, J.J. Watt and the other star players got their teams to the playoffs. With the season on the line, a lesser-known player often makes the difference. Remember Malcolm Butler? The Green Bay Packers won three road games as a sixth-seed in 2010 before they beat Pittsburgh in the Super Bowl. They wouldn’t have advanced if it weren’t for a surprise performance in the wild-card round, when rookie James Starks had 123 yards rushing in…

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A good year to be a wild card in NFL playoffs

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It looks like it’s a good year to be a wild card in the NFL playoffs. The oddsmakers certainly think so, making Kansas City (3 points), Pittsburgh (2 1-2), and Seattle (5 1-2) favorites on the road in the opening round of the postseason. The only wild card that is an underdog is slumping Green Bay, and by only a point at Washington. Those wise guys also have made the sixth-seeded Seahawks the third choice to win the NFC at…

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An important preseason game for Blake Bortles and Luke Joeckel

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The rap on preseason NFL games is that they don’t matter. This is true in the sense that they don’t count in the standings. But for Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles and offensive tackle Luke Joeckel, the Jags game in New York against Tom Coughlin and the Giants definitely means something. The talk about Bortles in year 2 is whether or not he can make the jump from being a first half checkdown artist prone to the second half pick six…

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