The Steelers, already without leading tackler Ryan Shazier, held off the Ravens to wrap up the AFC North with a 39-38 win. The Steelers (11-2) are currently the AFC’s top seed and can move toward securing homefield advantage throughout the AFC playoffs with a win next week over the Patriots (10-2). New England has already clinched the AFC East and can keep pace with the Steelers by beating Miami on Monday to set up next Sunday’s showdown in Pittsburgh.
The Titans quietly have won six of seven to thrust themselves into the AFC South title race, feasting on inferior teams with largely feeble offenses … and masking a bad stretch by Marcus Mariota (six interceptions in two games before avoiding one last week against the Texans). The Cardinals are just trying to make the end of the season satisfying for Larry Fitzgerald, the last player they have who opponents should fear this season.
He refused to shake hands before the game, and he kicked Salvador Perez Youth jersey Pittsburgh fullback Roosevelt Nix during the game. The Steelers won 29-14.
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It’s also that time of year when there’s an honest-to-goodness showdown for playoff supremacy, in the late-afternoon window, in California sunshine as the weather worsens back east, and featuring a future Hall of Fame quarterback and two high-octane offenses. Saints vs. Rams at the LA Coliseum is the game of the week, easily, and it’s worth setting time aside to watch.
That makes up for the letdowns in all the primetime games this weekend. No Aaron Rodgers on Sunday night, no Deshaun Watson on Monday night … and that Thanksgiving night matchup is strictly for those without good streaming service or recent DVDs. Even bootlegs (especially bootlegs) are acceptable.