As many of us celebrated the birthday of our great nation this week, the NFL activities still continued in full force. Here’s a quick review of the events which transpired this week in the AFC…
As July begins, and kickoff weekend just 67 days away, much has happened in the NFL in the past week. Here’s a closer look at the headlines from the AFC squads this past week.
PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — Although they did squander another fourth-quarter lead, the top-ranked pass defense in the NFL, minus two of its key players, contained Matt Cassel to key a 16-13 overtime win against the Kansas City Chiefs at Heinz Field Monday night.
PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — Mike Wallace made the touchdown grab every fan in America, let alone those who braved the elements at Heinz Field, may discuss Tuesday morning, but after a 16-13 overtime victory over the Kansas City Chiefs, his mind was on injured quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — Ben Roethlisberger is notorious for playing through pain, but during a wet, sloppy Monday night contest at Heinz Field that ended in a 16-13 overtime win for the hosts, backup quarterback Byron Leftwich knew there was no joking about the severity of Ben’s right shoulder sprain.
PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — Despite paying, potentially, a very hefty price for a decidedly sloppy win on Monday night, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin would not comment in great detail about what was deemed a right shoulder sprain for Ben Roethlisberger.
PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — Apropos of a superb effort against Eli Manning, Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor earned AFC Defensive Player Of The Week honors, but after putting down the Super Bowl champs on the road, he doesn’t necessarily expect an easy night against the worst team in the league at home.
PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — They haven’t been able to stay healthy, but the Steelers’ (5-3) backfield is starting to balance their offense quite nicely, and running back Isaac Redman, coming off a season-best 147-yard effort in New York, is looking forward to another big night against the struggling Chiefs (1-7).
PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — With Antonio Brown out for Monday night’s game against visiting Kansas City (1-7), and, unfortunately, perhaps longer, head coach Mike Tomlin has given the “next man up” nod to backup receiver Jerricho Cotchery not just on offense, but on special teams too.
Sunday’s “high school reunion” at Arrowhead Stadium was a microcosm of the success WPIAL football players continue to find in the NFL.