Daily Archives: November 21, 2011
PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan) – Post Gazette Beat Writer and 93.7 Steelers Insider Ed Bouchette was on The Fan Morning Show for his weekly Monday morning chat.
Topics included Hines Ward’s demotion, Cortez Allen’s promotion, and also who is expected to suit up against the Kansas City Chiefs coming off the bye week.
PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — The Baltimore Ravens took back first place in the AFC North from the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday with a 31-24 win against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Pittsburgh previously held a 0.5-game lead over both the Ravens and Bengals going into the weekend, but Baltimore’s win coupled with Pittsburgh’s bye pushes the Steelers back to second in the division.
Baltimore has complete control over the division at this point, owning tiebreakers over the Steelers and Bengals. The Ravens have yet to lose an AFC North game, meaning it’s their division to lose.
The Steelers will need help in order to win the AFC North in the form of at least one Baltimore loss the rest of the season. The Ravens’ schedule is relatively light the rest of the way, aside from a Thanksgiving night matchup against the San Francisco 49ers Thursday and a season-ending game at Cincinnati — both would be playoff teams if the playoffs started today.
Pittsburgh has games against Cincinnati (Dec. 4) and San Francisco (Dec. 19) as well. Those two opponents could decide the division between Pittsburgh and Baltimore.
Here are the current AFC North standings with six weeks remaining in the regular season…
AFC North Standings:
Baltimore Ravens — 7-3 overall, 3-0 division
Pittsburgh Steelers — 7-3 overall, 1-2 division
Cincinnati Bengals — 6-4 overall, 1-2 division
Cleveland Browns — 4-6 overall, 0-1 division
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — It’s a bye week for the Pittsburgh Steelers; but for a couple members of the team, this Sunday meant a day of giving back to the community as they handed out turkeys and all the fixings to 100 families in need.
It was all part of the Dignity & Respect program at the Rankin Christian Center, it’s where Steelers safety Ryan Mundy grew up.
“I’m just giving back,” said Mundy. “This is the school district that I grew up in. It’s always good to get out and give back and interact in the community.”
Mundy brought a buddy along with him – another hometown kid who grew up to play for the Steelers – backup quarterback Charlie Batch.
“We’re just trying to do our small part to help out the families throughout the holiday season, and it’s really a small token of appreciation,” said Batch.
It’s part of an effort to provide 100 needy families with turkeys and all the trimmings. Holiday dinners they may have gone without.
“It just relieves a burden that a lot of people face and they don’t know how they are going to pull it all together and make a beautiful meal for their families,” said Ondrea Burton, of the Dignity & Respect Campaign.
Besides getting a Thanksgiving dinner, the needy families also got some Steelers autographs.
The Rankin Christian Center provides a variety of services to families in need.