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Flopping invades football

The NFL’s obsession (potentially temporary) with roughing the passer invites a new dynamic: Quarterbacks engaging in soccer-style flops in order to draw fouls when otherwise a foul wouldn’t be called. It happened on Monday night when Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger collapsed like a Jenga tower in a wind tunnel after being tapped on the head [more]

PFT Live’s Tuesday draft focuses on team drama

Drama has become the buzzword through three weeks of the NFL season. And so Tuesday’s PFT Live draft focused on picking the places with the most drama. Peter King and I, in a draft that was free from much drama itself, picks three teams each that current have the most drama. Check out the segment, [more]

Mike Tomlin concerned NFL isn’t fun to watch with so many penalties

The Steelers’ win over the Buccaneers on Monday night was filled with penalties, with 13 fouls assessed against Pittsburgh and nine assessed against Tampa Bay. That has Steelers coach Mike Tomlin concerned. Tomlin said today that his concern isn’t so much about penalties costing his team, as he felt the officials called the game fairly [more]

Why didn’t the Bucs go for it on fourth down?

The moment of truth came last night for the Bucs and coach Dirk Koetter. With 2:49 to play and facing fourth and 10 from their own 20, would they punt while trailing 30-27, or would they go for it? The critical decision received scant attention during the broadcast, with ESPN’s Jason Witten simply saying, “You’ve [more]

Jason Witten suggests roughing rule has gone “a little bit to the left wing”

At a time when many believe that people who cover sports should stick to sports, a prominent sports commentator made an unusual and gratuitous political reference during Monday night’s NFL broadcast. “It’s just gone too far with that rule,” ESPN’s Jason Witten said regarding the NFL’s enhanced emphasis on roughing the passer. “I knew they [more]

Steelers can still rescind franchise tender, get compensatory draft pick for Le’Veon Bell (UPDATED)

The Steelers’ sudden willingness to trade running back Le'Veon Bell doesn’t mean a trade will happen. For Bell, the question becomes whether a new team, like the Jets, would be willing to offer a better salary than the $855,000 per week that Bell currently is earning in Pittsburgh. If Bell ultimately won’t sign a one-year [more]

Ben Roethlisberger: Biggest issues were outside locker room

Steelers guard Ramon Foster said last week that the drama that swirled around the team while they went without a win in the first two weeks of the season had to “die out.” Foster suggested the best way to eradicate that drama was to start winning games and the Steelers did exactly that on Monday [more]

Vance McDonald on savage stiff-arm: “Punish him”

Poor Chris Conte. Not only did his football team lose last night, but he’s going to wake up this morning and realize he’s a viral video. The Buccaneers safety was on the receiving end of a vicious stiff-arm from Steelers tight end Vance McDonald, as McDonald destroyed him on the way to a 75-yard touchdown. [more]

Steelers outlast second half rally to grab 30-27 victory over Buccaneers

The Pittsburgh Steelers withstood a second half rally from Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Buccaneers to get their first win of the season with a 30-27 victory in Tampa Bay on Monday night. Ben Roethlisberger slipped out of a tackle by Gerald McCoy and flipped a pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster for 18 yards to all but [more]

Bucs trail by 10 midway through fourth quarter

If Ryan Fitzpatrick can pull this off. . . . The Bucs have never overcome a 17-point, fourth-quarter deficit. They trailed by 20 at halftime. It’s down to 10 now, with half the fourth quarter remaining. Chandler Catanzaro kicked a 28-yard field goal for the only points in the third quarter, and Fitzpatrick hit Chris [more]

Fitzpatrick throws three INTs as Steelers lead 30-10 at half

FitzMagic was more like FitzTragic in the first half. The game started well enough for Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Buccaneers on Monday night. He threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to tight end Cameron Brate to give the Bucs an early 7-0 lead as they took advantage of a Justin Evans interception of Ben Roethlisberger. But [more]

Chris Conte out after aggravating knee injury

Bucs safety Chris Conte is done for the night. Conte aggravated his knee injury in the first half. He allowed a touchdown in the first quarter when Steelers tight end Vance McDonald stiff armed him and went 75 yards for a touchdown. Conte was attempting to play with a brace. Rookie Jordan Whitehead replaced Conte. [more]

Bucs lead Steelers 7-6 after teams trade touchdowns

FitzMagic continues with a little help from his friends. Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick threw his ninth touchdown of the season, finding tight end Cameron Brate for a 4-yard score and a 7-0 lead over the Steelers. It was Brate’s first catch of the season after he signed a six-year, $40.8 million extension in the offseason. [more]

Buccaneers second-round pick Ronald Jones a healthy scratch again

When the Buccaneers spent the 38th overall pick in the draft on running back Ronald Jones, they thought he could make an instant impact on their offense. It hasn’t worked out that way. Jones is inactive for tonight’s game against the Steelers, just as he was inactive for the first two games of the season. [more]

Ravens sign Hroniss Grasu, waive Robertson Daniel

The Ravens announced they signed center Hroniss Grasu on Monday. The team waived defensive back Robertson Daniel in a corresponding move. The move leaves the Ravens with three reserve offensive linemen — Orlando Brown Jr., Bradley Bozeman and Grasu — and four healthy cornerbacks unless Anthony Averett is ready to return from a hamstring injury. [more]

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