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ossessions.FINAL WORDIm as happy as Ive been


13 May 2018 at 10:20pm
CINCINNATI -- The previous time the Steelers came to town, they knocked the Bengals out of the playoffs with a stunning last-minute rally.Theyre headed back with a chance to inflict another loss that will leave a lasting mark.The AFC North leaders would unseat the defending champions with a win on Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium.The Steelers (8-5) can maintain control of the division by winning in a place that has a homey feel for them.Theyve won their past three in Cincinnati and six of their past seven, including the 18-16 victory in the opening round of the playoffs last January.Penalties on Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict and cornerback Adam Pacman Jones moved Pittsburgh in range for the winning field goal in the final seconds.Their return trip to Cincinnati (5-7-1) was originally scheduled for prime time, given the animosity involved from the playoff game.Burficts hit to Antonio Browns head left the receiver with a concussion, set up Pittsburghs winning kick, and led to a three-game suspension from the NFL. Burfict sat out the Steelers 24-16 win at Heinz Field on Sept. 18.The game was switched to a daytime slot with the Bengals fading from contention, but the stakes are high for the Steelers. Plus, the hard feelings remain.We love playing against Pittsburgh, so were eager for the week and the task at hand, Jones said. Its always different when we play those guys. Just one of those games that you mark on your calendar every year. I know I do, those two games.Pittsburgh has moved to the front of the pack in the division by winning four straight, with LeVeon Bell rushing for at least 100 yards each game. He set a club record with 236 yards rushing last Sunday in a win over the Bills.Bell also sat out the earlier meeting this season while serving an NFL suspension.Thousands of Steelers fans are expected to make the five-hour drive and fill the stadium with their Terrible Towels, making the Steelers feel right at home.Typical one down there -- crazy, riled up, said Ben Roethlisberger, who is 11-2 at Paul Brown Stadium. Its the AFC North. Its us coming to town. Maybe not as crazy as it would have been if it was that initial 8:30 p.m. (kickoff), but I still expect the fans to come out for it and for it to be a typical Steelers-Bengals game.Some things to watch on Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium:ON A TEAR: The Steelers are reveling in what coach Mike Tomlin calls December Football. Pittsburgh is 13-2 over its past 15 games in December, a stretch that propelled the Steelers to playoff berths in 2014 and 2015. If they can do it again this season, the AFC North leaders will reach the postseason for the third straight year, something they havent yet done during Tomlins 10-year tenure.December football is all about running the ball and playing good defense, and weve done that, tackle Marcus Gilbert said.AGELESS WONDER: Pittsburghs resurgent pass rush has been led by 38-year-old linebacker James Harrison, who retired briefly in 2014 after spending a forgettable season with the Bengals before returning to the Steelers. Harrisons five sacks lead the team and he played every defensive snap in last weeks victory over Buffalo.James is a marvel, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said.GETTING THEIR KICKS: The Bengals changed kickers during the week, releasing Mike Nugent after a string of missed extra points and field goals. They claimed Randy Bullock off waivers a day after he was released by the Steelers, who brought him in for a temporary stint while Chris Boswell recovered from an abdominal strain.STOPPING AB: The Bengals focused on containing Brown during their game in Pittsburgh earlier this season, and it worked. He was held to four catches for 39 yards. Brown hasnt scored a touchdown in his past three games against Cincinnati. He needs one TD catch from Roethlisberger to make the two of them the Steelers all-time duo, moving ahead of Terry Bradshaw and Lynn Swann, who also had 49 touchdown plays.KEEPING COOL: Burfict has avoided the personal fouls that marred his career until this season, a sign that hes finally taking his coaches and teammates advice to heart. He has delivered some pushes after the whistle, but nothing egregious enough to warrant a flag for unsportsmanlike conduct. His demeanor will be tested against the Steelers, who will try to get him riled.I would, too, Jones said. Hell be all right.---AP Sports Writer Will Graves in Pittsburgh contributed to this report.---For more NFL coverage: www.pro32.ap.org and twitter.com/AP-NFL Captain Munnerlyn Jersey. Listen to the game live on TSN Radio 1050 at 7pm et. The Raptors traded Rudy Gay, Quincy Acy and Aaron Gray to the Sacramento Kings on Monday, in exchange for Greivis Vasquez, John Salmons, Patrick Patterson and Chuck Hayes. Matt Kalil Jersey. -- Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson asked his players a simple question during Fridays morning shootaround: How many of them had ever been on a team 14 games over . www.cheapcarolinapanthersjerseysauthentic.com/ /a>. - Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is not a fan of his teams use of the wildcat formation, saying "it makes you look like a high school offence. Mike Adams Jersey. The 43-year-old closer, in his 19th and final big league season, has said hed like to play the outfield. Yankees manager Joe Girardi says hes thinking about allowing Rivera to do it this weekend, when the Yankees finish their season with a three-game series at the Houston Astros. Thomas Davis Sr Jersey. Thousands of fans at Mosaic Stadium will be cozying up to each other in an effort to stay warm in chilly temperatures and block the Prairie wind that locals say can knock your socks off. SAN ANTONIO -- The touchdowns came more easily back home in the desert. Down in Texas, the Arizona State Sun Devils found themselves in a grinder where every yard and score was tough to earn.Kalen Ballage scored on a 2-yard run with 3:15 to play and Arizona State rallied from 16 points down in the second half for a rugged 32-28 win over Texas-San Antonio on Friday night.Heavy favorites against a Conference USA program still in its infancy, the Sun Devils found themselves down early and fighting from behind nearly the entire game a week after putting up 68 points in a win over Texas Tech.Never give up, Arizona State linebacker DJ Calhoun said, adding his team was probably a bit cocky after its previous win. We came in here thinking we could just run past this team. We fought. Never give up.Arizona State scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns. Ballage, who tied an NCAA record with eight touchdowns against Texas Tech, capped the rally when he took a direct snap and powered over the goal line. The touchdown was set up by a defensive pass interference penalty on third down one play earlier.Zane Gonzalez kicked four field goals, including two from 54 yards, for Arizona State (3-0) and became the Pac-12 career scoring leader.Manny Wilkins passed for 264 yards and two touchdowns for the Sun Devils. Wilkins threw a 27-yard score to NKeal Harry with 3 seconds left in the first half. His 45-yard pass to Frederick Gammage in the fourth quarter cut the UTSA lead to 28-25.Wilkins shook off what looked like a ferocious hit in the first quarter and didnt miss a play.I dont ever sit on the floor, Wilkins. Im going to get up and go to the next play. Ive got a fighters mentality.Dalton Sturm passed for 229 yards and three touchdowns for UTSA (1-2). He also ran for 82 yards, including a 34-yard touchdown in the third quarter that had the Roadrunners thinking about a program-changing upset.Proud of the effort we had,, Sturm said.dddddddddddd But I felt like everybody else in the locker room: It hurts.THE TAKEAWAYARIZONA STATE: It was a victorious but ragged trip home for coach Todd Graham. The Sun Devils found themselves with a lingering hangover after their touchdown party in the desert last week. The points were much tougher to come by in the Alamodome as the Sun Devils were plagued by turnovers and drives that stalled and settled for field goals. Kalen Ballage produced little against the Roadrunners until the game-winning drive and even set up a Roadrunners touchdown with a fumbled punt return.That was as hard of a win as weve had, Graham said. We showed a lot of youth and made a lot of youthful mistakes.UTSA: If one game can be a confidence builder and a crusher, this is it. The Roadrunners are playing just their sixth season of football and punched above their weight for nearly four quarters, but couldnt hold on against an opponent from a Power 5 conference. First-year coach Frank Wilson will ache about letting this one get away, but at least he found the quarterback that should lead the Roadrunners into their Conference USA schedule.We believe we can play with anybody in the country, UTSA safety Michael Egwuagu said. We believed that coming in and we believe it after.UP NEXTARIZONA STATE: The Sun Devils start Pac-12 play at home against California on Sept. 24.UTSA: The Roadrunners play at Old Dominion on Sept. 24 to start their Conference USA schedule.DEFENSIVE CRACKDOWNAfter a 92-yard touchdown drive to start the third quarter, the Roadrunners gained just 51 yards the rest of the half. Arizona States defense allowed only one first down over UTSAs final five possessions.FINAL WORDIm as happy as Ive been after a win, Graham said. 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