PITTSBURGH (AP) — The "Killer Bs" era is officially over in Pittsburgh. Antonio Brown is an Oakland Raider. Le'Veon Bell is a New York Jet, and Ben Roethlisberger will be part of a roster that...
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Ready, Aim, Tweet; Brown fires at Roethlisberger, Tomlin
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Antonio Brown's laundry list of issues with the Pittsburgh Steelers appears to include a problem with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's leadership style and how head coach Mike Tomlin treated the Pro Bowl wide receiver during the regular-season finale against Cincinnati.
Pitt turns to Whipple to revitalize passing attack
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi's biggest coup during the offseason might not be the any of the players who signed letters of intent to join the reigning ACC Coastal Division champions, but a 61-year-old passing game guru with a reputation as a quarterback whisperer.
Pittsburgh hires Mark Whipple as offensive coordinator
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh is turning to former Massachusetts head coach Mark Whipple to rejuvenate its offense.
The Panthers hired Whipple as offensive coordinator on Monday. Whipple replaces Shawn Watson, who was fired earlier this month after the Panthers finished near the bottom of the Atlantic Coast Conference in nearly every major offensive category. Pitt finished 97th in the country in total offense, 93rd in scoring offense and 120th in passing offense.
Steelers rue missed opportunities during uneven 2018
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger didn't want to get into hypotheticals.
Maybe because doing so would only make the Pittsburgh Steelers' painful late swoon all the more painful.
"Would've, could've, should've," Roethlisberger said after Pittsburgh's season ended a half-game shy of a fifth straight postseason berth. "I can sit here and say 'Yeah, we'd be dangerous in the playoffs.' But we didn't make it, so it doesn't matter."
Steelers second-year WR Smith-Schuster voted team MVP
PITTSBURGH (AP) — With stars such as Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster admitted he was a little surprised to be voted as the team's most valuable player.
But a breakout second season earned Smith-Schuster the respect of his teammates and MVP honors for the 2018 season.
"I didn't think that it was going to be me," Smith-Schuster said on Thursday. "With the numbers they put up, you would think that it's always one of those guys."
Steelers ride rookie Samuels past Patriots 17-10
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger didn't want to use the word "crossroads." He did anyway.
His team mired in a three-game losing streak and with Tom Brady and the New England Patriots on the other sideline Sunday — a sight that typically signals doom for Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers — the longtime quarterback understood his team's enigmatic season had reached a tipping point.
Brady, Roethlisberger square off at Heinz Field on Sunday
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady had no reason to believe Ben Roethlisberger's injury last week would keep him out of Sunday's game against the New England Patriots. And it won't.
The Pittsburgh quarterback injured his ribs in the loss at Oakland, left the game but returned in the fourth quarter and threw his second touchdown pass of the game. He drove his team to a tying field goal try that failed when kicker Chris Boswell slipped -- and the Steelers lost their third straight.
Roethlisberger OK, Boswell not as Steelers weigh changes
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger's ribs are bruised but not broken.
The Pittsburgh Steelers believe the same could be said about their wildly uneven season.
Boswell’s missed FG sends Steelers to 24-21 loss to Raiders
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A Pittsburgh Steelers team that kept finding ways to win during a six-game winning streak now has fallen short at the end for a third straight game.
A slick field that led to kicker Chris Boswell losing his footing on a potential game-tying kick is to blame this time.
Steelers QB Roethlisberger seeks 1st win in Oakland
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Coliseum has been a bit of a house of horrors for Ben Roethlisberger in his career.
While Big Ben has had success almost everywhere he has played, he's still looking for his first career win in Oakland after losing his three previous trips to Raiders teams that combined for just 10 wins in those three seasons.
Steelers blame themselves, not officials, for losing skid
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The excuses aren't hard to find if the Pittsburgh Steelers were in the mood to look for them.
The false start that wasn't called on a play that ended with a Los Angeles Chargers touchdown . The apparent block in the back that helped spring Chargers punt returner Desmond King for the game-tying score.
Rivers rallies Chargers past Steelers 33-30
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Philip Rivers watched Ben Roethlisberger do what the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback so often does — lead a game-tying drive late in the fourth quarter — and decided it was time for the Los Angeles Chargers to do something they so rarely do: win a big one on the road against a team with Super Bowl aspirations of its own.
So the longtime Los Angeles quarterback gathered his teammates around him and delivered a very blunt message.
It’s lit! Smith-Schuster steps into spotlight for Steelers
PITTSBURGH (AP) — JuJu Smith-Schuster wants to get something straight. That 4.52-second 40-yard dash the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver ran at the combine in the spring of 2017? It was a blessing, even if it didn't feel like it at the time.
Rivers and Roethlisberger on a roll as they renew rivalry
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — The Chargers' Philip Rivers and Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger are playing some of the best football of their 15-year careers.
On Sunday, the two meet at Heinz Field in a prime-time game that could serve as a playoff preview.
If the postseason began this week, the Chargers would be facing the Steelers in a first-round game. Los Angeles (8-3) has a two-game lead for the AFC's first wild-card spot while Pittsburgh (7-3-1) leads the AFC North and would be the fourth seed.
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Harris has gone from roster bubble to key cog in Denver
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — After the Broncos' stirring win over the Steelers, Vance Joseph held a game ball up high and called for the man he once wanted to cut.
"Shelby Harris!" Joseph hollered . "What a great week. He had a new baby girl on Friday. And a game-winning interception" in Denver's 24-17 victory that shook up the AFC playoff picture.
Steelers RB Conner on recent fumbles: “It’s correctable”
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger cut off the question mid-sentence. The quicker to dismiss it, the better.
No, the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback stressed, there are no issues about running back James Conner's ability to hold onto the ball even after Conner's fumble late in the third quarter on Sunday in Denver swung momentum to the Broncos in what became a 24-17 loss that ended Pittsburgh's six-game winning streak.
Von Miller chose to channel Bill Belichick
DENVER (AP) — Von Miller declared earlier this season that his job was to "sack quarterbacks and tell jokes."
With half a sack to show for chasing around Ben Roethlisberger all afternoon, Denver's superstar chose not to talk about the Broncos grappling their way back to relevance but instead channeled Bill Belichick and his "We're on to Cincinnati" credo following a stirring 24-17 win over the Steelers.
Steelers look to clean up mistakes after sloppy loss
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger called the interception that ended Pittsburgh's six-game winning streak fluky.
On the surface, the Steelers quarterback is right.
The only reason Denver defensive lineman Shelby Harris found himself in position to make a leaping grab of Roethlisberger's pass intended for Antonio Brown was because Harris was mashed off the line of scrimmage by Pittsburgh center Maurkice Pouncey. Yet that didn't stop Harris from improvising and getting his hands on the ball.
Broncos snap Steelers’ six-game winning streak 24-17
DENVER (AP) — For a man who tips the scales at close to 300 pounds, nose tackle Shelby Harris sure gets overlooked a lot.
Ben Roethlisberger didn't see him Sunday when Harris intercepted his pass to Antonio Brown from the Denver 2 with 1:03 remaining, sealing the Broncos' 24-17 win that snapped the Pittsburgh Steelers' six-game winning streak.
Denver pass-rushing partners Miller and Chubb best in NFL
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers bring the best wide receiving combo and top tight end twosome into Denver this weekend. Countering all that is the league's most prolific pass-rushing pair in Von Miller and rookie Bradley Chubb .
Steelers rally to stun Jaguars in final seconds, 20-16
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger was far from perfect until the fourth quarter, and that was all that mattered for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
One week after Roethlisberger had a perfect quarterback rating, he overcame three interceptions and a 16-0 deficit by leading two late scoring drives. He lunged in from the 1 for the winning score with 5 seconds left for a 20-16 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.
Jaguars can’t find 1 win to get them going
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars still believe they can turn their season around, and it starts with just one win.
Finding it has never felt like more of a challenge.
The Jaguars ran the ball with authority, intercepted Ben Roethlisberger three times, kept the Pittsburgh Steelers from scoring in the first half for the first time in 33 games and had a 16-0 lead in the final minutes of the third quarter.
Roethlisberger leads Steelers to comeback win over Jags
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger threw two interceptions on his first 12 passes. The Pittsburgh Steelers failed to score in the first half for the first time in more than two years, and they still trailed by 10 approaching the 2-minute warning.
So when Big Ben muscled his way over the goal line with 5 seconds left for a 20-16 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, he wasn't sure where to rank this comeback.
"Horrible games that you find a way to win? Pretty special," he said.
Miller embraces Rivers after becoming friends at Pro Bowl
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Try as he might, Von Miller just can't find anything bad to say about Philip Rivers anymore.
"I've always enjoyed going against Philip," Miller said Thursday. "Well, I'm lying. I didn't use to always like going against Philip. I really didn't like the guy until like two years ago."
That's when the Broncos' star pass rusher got to know the Chargers' star quarterback at the Pro Bowl.
Take 5; Steelers get a break after drilling Panthers
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger was still in the process of picking himself up off the Heinz Field turf when the scrum started, one that sent a message that at the moment it might be unwise to mess with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Panthers can’t recover from early deficit in blowout loss
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Carolina Panthers fell behind early and never recovered.
Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers offense used an early surge and a first-quarter defensive touchdown to jump out to a big lead as the Steelers pounded the Panthers 52-21 on Thursday night for their fifth straight victory.
Roethlisberger throws for 5 TDs, Steelers rip Panthers 52-21
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger's first pass went for a touchdown. His last did the same. And in between the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback and his red-hot team put together systematic 52-21 dismantling of Carolina on Thursday night that left little doubt about their depth and their talent regardless of whether Le'Veon Bell ever shows up for work or not.
Surging Newton, Panthers face red-hot Steelers
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Cam Newton spent a portion of the summer studying Ben Roethlisberger and working out alongside Antonio Brown, something the Carolina Panthers quarterback did out of a mix of curiosity and respect.
Newton found himself enamored of Roethlisberger's footwork — "The play is never over for Big Ben" — and Brown's relentlessness.
Roethlisberger skips practice, but expects to face Panthers
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger sat out practice on Tuesday to give his broken left index finger a rest but he is expected to play on Thursday night when Carolina visits Heinz Field.
Roethlisberger said the finger was "fine" after he threw the ball 47 times in last Sunday's victory over Baltimore.
He did leave the game briefly in the third quarter after getting the wind knocked out of him, but he returned after missing just one snap.
Roethlisberger guides Steelers past Ravens 23-16
BALTIMORE (AP) — Going up against the NFL's top-ranked defense, Ben Roethlisberger showed his versatility, grit and ability to bounce back from injury.
He also proved his own theory: The only unit capable of stopping the Pittsburgh offense is, well, the Pittsburgh offense.
Roethlisberger threw two touchdown passes, ran for a score and put up an unexpected left-footed punt to help the Steelers beat the Baltimore Ravens 23-16 Sunday.
Steelers QB Roethlisberger dealing with broken index finger
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is dealing with a broken index finger on his left hand.
Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Roethlisberger sustained the injury on his non-throwing hand at some point in Pittsburgh's 33-18 victory over Cleveland on Sunday. Tomlin does not expect the finger to be an issue for Roethlisberger when the AFC North-leading Steelers (4-2-1) travel to Baltimore (4-4) on Sunday.
Steelers bring comfort to city following synagogue tragedy
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Shaken by an unspeakable tragedy, this city needed something to ease its pain.
The Steelers brought some joy to their grieving community.
Ben Roethlisberger threw two touchdown passes to Antonio Brown, James Conner ran for two scores, and Pittsburgh beat the Cleveland Browns 33-18 on Sunday while offering some solace to an area still in shock after a synagogue shooting.
Bengals’ defense tries to pick itself up vs Chiefs’ offense
CINCINNATI (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger threw the ball 46 times and got hit only once. When the Bengals' defense went with an all-out blitz in the closing seconds to try to get a hand on him, Big Ben threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown to win the game.
Blitzburghed: Bengals pick up pieces after another late loss
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals' depleted defense went with an all-out blitz, hoping to push the Steelers out of field goal range. Instead, Ben Roethlisberger threw a short pass that Antonio Brown turned into a 31-yard touchdown with 10 seconds left, and the Bengals' litany of last-second losses grew with another mindboggling finish.
Same ending: Steelers stun Bengals 28-21 on AB’s late TD
CINCINNATI (AP) — Joe Mixon scored on a 4-yard run and dashed toward the stands in celebration of Cincinnati's go-ahead touchdown. On the Steelers sideline, Ben Roethlisberger looked at the clock, saw there was 1:18 left, and told his linemen not to fret.
"They gave us too much time," Big Ben said confidently.
Somehow, the Steelers never run out of time at Paul Brown Stadium.
Antonio Brown’s late TD sends Steelers over Bengals 28-21
CINCINNATI (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger saw the defensive alignment and knew immediately that the Pittsburgh Steelers had a chance for a winning touchdown. All he had to do was get the ball to Antonio Brown right away.
Steelers prepare for another physical battle with Bengals
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster just wants to move on from last December's physical primetime meeting with the Cincinnati Bengals.
But the second-year wideout thrust himself into one of the fiercest rivalries in the NFL last season with a memorable block against Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict. Smith-Schuster was reminded of the hit prior to Sunday's game at Cincinnati.
Brown scores twice, Steelers roll past reeling Falcons 41-17
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger let the ball go before Antonio Brown broke out of his route and turned toward the pylon. It was throw that required anticipation and trust, the kind the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback and All-Pro wide receiver have connected on countless times during their near-decade together.
Steelers’ Brown, Roethlisberger seek to find their rhythm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Antonio Brown insists he's still in sync with Ben Roethlisberger even though their numbers together are down.
Roethlisberger and Brown are one of the most prolific quarterback-wide receiver tandems in NFL history, but the duo has struggled to find a rhythm through four games as Pittsburgh has stumbled to a 1-2-1 start.
They'll seek consistency entering the Steelers' home game Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons.
Steelers’ Brown tops AP’s list of top NFL wide receivers
NEW YORK (AP) — Antonio Brown is always on the receiving end of something.
Passes from Ben Roethlisberger .
Criticism for off-the-field issues .
As well as acclaim for being the top wideout in the league.
Mayfield set for rough test against Ravens’ rabid defense
CLEVELAND (AP) — Baker Mayfield's first NFL start came inside Oakland's notorious Black Hole.
No. 2 will be against some nasty black birds.
It can only get easier after this.
The top overall pick in this year's draft, Mayfield faces a major challenge in his first career home start on Sunday as the Browns host the Ravens. Baltimore's ravenous, second-ranked defense has not given up a touchdown in the second half this season and made Steelers star QB Ben Roethlisberger look lost last week.
Not-so Killer Bs? Steelers offense looking for consistency
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger is well versed in the drill. When things go well, the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback is quick to deflect praise elsewhere.
And when they don't, he's just as quick to shoulder the responsibility regardless of how many yards he passes for or touchdowns he throws.
Jaguars’ Gipson hopes to pick off Mahomes, add to collection
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars safety Tashaun Gipson has a collection of footballs waiting to be displayed in his man cave.
All of them are ones he intercepted during his seven years in the NFL.
Drew Brees. Ben Roethlisberger. Joe Flacco.
Gipson hopes to add to his haul Sunday when the Jaguars (3-1) play at unbeaten Kansas City and against second-year sensation Patrick Mahomes .
Popcorn problems? Steelers’ issues are piling up
PITTSBURGH (AP) — One of Mike Tomlin's favorite metaphors when things aren't going well for the Pittsburgh Steelers is likening his team's issues to popcorn. Translation: The problems are scattered and unpredictable.
Steelers offense sputters in second half against Ravens
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers can't blame their latest loss on a struggling defense.
The Steelers defense kept Baltimore out of the end zone in the second half, but Ben Roethlisberger and the offense struggled to find rhythm as Justin Tucker kicked four second-half field goals, leading the Ravens to a 26-14 victory on Sunday night.
"I just didn't make enough plays," Roethlisberger said. "I'll take ownership on this game. I just wasn't good enough."
Flacco throws 2 TD passes, Ravens trip up Steelers 26-14
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Eric Weddle walked into the interview room in full uniform. Then the Baltimore Ravens well-bearded safety did a little dance and made a proclamation.
"I told you," Weddle said. "These ain't the same Ravens."
After two years and two painful near misses, he might be right. Baltimore can win in Pittsburgh again, fueling confidence the Ravens can win anywhere.