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Terrible Towel Tales: Are the Steelers getting deja vu from the behavior of their receivers?

Steelers news and commentary for Saturday, December 2

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Welcome to the Terrible Towel Tales, where we’ll highlight some of the latest stories permeating Steelers media for your reading pleasure every Monday through Saturday. In today’s news…

Gerry Dulac: Worrying signs of deja vu with Steelers’ outspoken wide receivers

There is a growing concern, some might want to call it fear, the Steelers might have another Antonio Brown on their hands. However, in this instance, it’s not just one receiver who is guilty of such shameful, sometimes intolerable behavior. It’s two.

And they can’t simply be dismissed as being what every ego-indulged, self-admiring receiver is accused of being — a diva.

To some degree, every wide receiver who plays in the NFL is a diva. They want the ball, no matter how many targets and receptions they might get, because they believe they are the playmakers, the game-breakers. There is nothing wrong with that. But it’s the ones who are more vocal and publicly demonstrative about it that get labeled with the scarlet “D.” They become known as coach killers.

Steelers’ Kenny Pickett breaks one of Ben Roethlisberger’s franchise passing records | Bryan DeArdo, CBS Sports

Kenny Pickett made history during the Pittsburgh Steelers’ win over the Cincinnati Bengals this past Sunday. During Pittsburgh’s 16-10 win, Pickett broke Ben Roethlisberger’s franchise record for the most consecutive passes without an interception.

Pickett broke Roethlisberger’s record when he threw his 208th pass without a pick. The second-round draft pick has thrown just four interceptions this season and has not thrown one since Pittsburgh’s Week 4 loss to Houston.

The Path To The 2023 Playoffs For The Pittsburgh Steelers | Samuel Thatcher, Last Word On Sports

The Steelers have six more regular season games this year, with half of them at home. At home, they have the 2-10 Cardinals, the 2-9 Patriots, and the 5-6 Bengals. The road slate is a lot tougher though, as Pittsburgh will play the 6-5 Colts and Seahawks, as well as the 9-3 Ravens. From pure looks, you’d say they win all games at home and then maybe pull one off on the road. That may seem like the most likely scenario, but things can get wonky on any given Sunday. Overall, I think the team could very well go 4-2 or better, provided they play good football. This could put the Steelers around a final mark of 10-7 or 11-6, which would be more than enough to make the playoffs. Let’s take a look at each game and see where Pittsburgh stacks up for the rest of the year.