Steelers meet RG3; Browns, Chargers vie

Trailing the Bengals 14-3 at Cincinnati last Sunday night, the Steelers appeared headed for a 2-4 start and potentially, a long season.

But not so surprisingly, Big Ben and the offensive line responded. The Black and Gold roared back, outpointing Cincy, 21-3, the duration for a 24-17 triumph.

Not only did Mike Tomlin’s team re-establish itself a AFC North contender, Pittsburgh can pull within a single game of idle Baltimore this weekend.

The Steelers will need to do so against one of the NFL’s high-profile rookie quarterbacks in Redskins’ star Robert Griffin III. With a high-energy Heinz Field crowd behind them, this column likes the home team.

So, what to make of the Browns who seemed to will themselves a sixth loss at Indianapolis? Cleveland turned a winnable outcome into a 17-13 setback.

On paper, San Diego looks good to produce a Sunday victory on the lakefront.

Joining Baltimore in its bye week, meanwhile, are the Bungles, now losers of three straight.


TAMPA BAY AT MINNESOTA. At 5-2, Purple Gang serious contenders in NFC North. Bucs coming off shootout loss to Saints. VIKINGS, 23-16.


NEW ENGLAND VS. ST. LOUIS (AT LONDON) – Talk about a neutral setting. Bloody Brits should be entertained by Brady Bunch. PATRIOTS, 34-21.

MIAMI AT NEW YORK JETS. In the up-for-grabs AFC East, Gang Green gets it done. JETS, 24-14.

ATLANTA AT PHILADELPHIA. Odds against Falcons remaining unbeaten much longer. EAGLES, 21-20.

WASHINGTON AT PITTSBURGH. RG3 introduced to Black & Gold’s prevailing defense.

Look for Big Ben to more than hold his own. STEELERS, 31-23.

SAN DIEGO AT CLEVELAND. Too much offense from Rivers and company for Brownies to keep up. CHARGERS, 35-21.

SEATTLE AT DETROIT. This one is all about home field advantage. LIONS, 20-16.

CAROLINA AT CHICAGO. 5-1 Bears could be vulnerable here, though they’ll eventually pull through. BEARS, 33-27.

JACKSONVILLE AT GREEN BAY. On paper and on the field, a mismatch in the making. PACKERS, 37-13.

INDIANAPOLIS AT TENNESSEE. This one’s for pecking order in AFC South. TITANS, 24-21.

OAKLAND AT KANSAS CITY. Low profile matchup of the weekend. RAIDERS, 33-30.

NEW YORK GIANTS AT DALLAS. Defending Super Bowl champs in difficult NFC East road test. GIANTS, 28-24.

NEW ORLEANS AT DENVER. Matchup of stellar quarterbacks rates our Upset Special. SAINTS, 27-23.


SAN FRANCISCO AT ARIZONA. One game separates NFC West rivals. 49ERS, 24-17.

OPEN DATES: Baltimore, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Houston.


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