NFL week 16 open thread. The Ed v Jazz Bowl edition

Jazz: As mentioned above, the Jets host the Steelers (1:00 pm, CBS) in what seems to be a must-win game for Pittsburgh if they want a shot at the second wild card slot. … The Jets play the Steelers, so our two favorite teams will duke it out for bragging rights, at least on this web site. … Jazz: I went 6-1 for the second week in a row (stupid Steelers) bringing me to 66-39 on the season…

Suspend-a-palooza: What the heck happened in Cleveland? Update: “Suspended indefinitely”

What made this very strange was that Cleveland was on the verge of winning this game against a depleted Steelers squad, and it was the Steelers who should have been frustrated. … Browns defensive end Myles Garrett was ejected in the closing seconds of Thursday night's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers after ripping the helmet off quarterback Mason Rudolph and striking him in the head with it. … With eight seconds left in a game where the Cleveland Browns were about to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers at home for the first time in years, defensive end Myles Garrett slammed Rudolph into the ground well after he'd thrown the ball away, starting a scuffle between the two…

NFL week 15 open thread

Still, the Steelers' D playing at home will be enough for a 20-17 Steelers win over the Bills. … Buffalo, on the other hand, could actually move into a tie with the Patriots if they beat the Steelers and New England drops one more game. … The Steelers host the Bills in Pittsburgh tonight (8:20 pm, NBC) and this game will be interesting because if Pittsburgh can win they will be essentially tied with the Bills for the first wildcard slot…

Myles Garrett’s appeal to the NFL: Mason Rudolph used a racial slur before I clubbed him with his helmet

"Mason vehemently denies the report of being accused of using a racial slur during the incident Thursday night in Cleveland," Steelers spokesman Burt Lauten said in a statement. … In an appeal hearing with the NFL on Wednesday, Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett alleged that Mason Rudolph called him a racial slur just prior to last week's brawl on "Thursday Night Football," sources told ESPN's Josina Anderson and Adam Schefter, an accusation the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback strongly denies. … I remember seeing people ask about this on social media in the hours after the Browns/Steelers game…

NFL week 4 open thread

The Steelers have had to face tougher competition this season than Cincinnati has, and they're playing at home, so Steelers 24-13 over Bengals. … The Steelers welcome the Bengals in the Monday night game (Monday, 8:15 pm, ESPN) and Pittsburgh without Big Ben and a rather porous offensive line hasn't been particularly impressive. … At least the Steelers are playing this week, and at least they're playing this season…

NFL week 6 open thread, Duck Dynasty edition

As mentioned above, the Steelers visit the Chargers in SoCal in the late game (8:20 pm ET, NBC) with the Chargers favored by a TD. Devlin "Duck" Hodges gets the start today for Pittsburgh after a credible relief last week of reliever Mason Rudolph, who remains stuck in the concussion protocol. … That brightened my day, at least until I saw that the Steelers are on the road this week against the Chargers in San Diego, er, Los Angeles, er, Carson. … Ed: After the Steelers lost in OT last week in Pittsburgh, I gave up all hope of winning the week in our open-thread competition ... among other things…

NFL Week One open thread, Where in the World Is Antonio Brown edition

Jazz: In the Patriots-Steelers game, there's so little to go on with only the preseason to judge by, but both of these teams' defenses are looking as if they will be highly ranked. … Both teams had hot offenses last year, but the Steelers had the better defense. … The Steelers at Patriots (8:20 pm ET, NBC) will be a big test for both teams, but not for Brown…

NFL week 12 open thread, the Kaepernick Alert edition

Steelers 16-9 over Bengals. … Ed: Let's start with this week's match with the Steelers at Bengals (1 pm ET, CBS), with Cincinnati still looking for its first win of the season. … I had a better week than Myles Garrett, Mason Rudolph, and 31 other players from that bizarre end to the Steelers-Brown game last week…

NFL week 17 open thread, the End of the Road Edition

Surprisingly, the line also favors the Steelers on the road against the Ravens, but only because Baltimore has pledged to leave Lamar Jackson hermetically sealed in a mayonnaise jar on Funk & Wagnall's doorstep. … (*cough*.. sorry Ed.) The Steelers, on the other hand, have everything to lose. … The Steelers travel to Baltimore to face the seemingly unstoppable Ravens (4:25 pm, CBS)…

NFL week 11 open thread, the Swingin’ Helmet edition

Ed: The Steelers have this weekend off having pre-emptively lost on Thursday, but perhaps the long rest will have them interested in Colin Kaepernick's workout yesterday. … I'm not sure which story from last week was more critical... the beatdown in the Steelers' game or the miracle in New Jersey. … My Steelers won last Sunday but even that turned out to be short-lived, as they played poorly in a disastrous game in Cleveland…

NFL week 7 open thread, the Down Pats edition

Ed: Speaking of the Steelers, their one-game winning streak is safe -- they have a bye, and Mason Rudolph has another week to step back into the starting role for the sad-sack Dolphins on the 28th. … Just like the Steelers! … Eh, probably not, but at least I did go 5-2 last week with a bit assist from the Steelers ... and from the refs in Green Bay, or so I hear…

NFL week 17 open thread

The Steelers get to finish at home against the reeling Bengals, who've lost six of their last seven, eight of their last ten, and haven't won on the road since week 4. … The Steelers welcome the Bengals to Pittsburgh (4:25 pm, CBS) and they're on a razor's edge. … (Depending on whether you're a Jets fan or a Steelers fan.) Last week brought me a ray of sunshine as I tied my best performance of the season, going 6-1 for a regular season total of 67-45…