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Ben Roethlisberger returns to the scene of one of his greatest triumphs

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1 week 5 days ago #20508 by zhangzk
He’s hoping that’s the place the Pittsburgh Steelers will rediscover how to consistently reach the end zone.The Steelers http://www.falconscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-kaleb-mcgary-jersey , who face the Detroit Lions at Ford Field, have won their last two games despite settling for field goals far too much for Roethlisberger’s taste. That’s been a season-long problem for Pittsburgh, which ranks 30th in red-zone efficiency. It has scored touchdowns on only 42.3 percent of possessions after reaching the opponent’s 20-yard line.Pittsburgh (5-2) has still managed to build a two-game lead in the AFC North.“There’s a lot of resilience,” Roethlisberger said. “The defense is playing really good football. Offense hasn’t played up to our potential yet but we’re still winning football games. We’re doing just enough to get by right now. I’d like to think the last two weeks have been good, positive steps forward for our offense and hopefully we continue that.”Roethlisberger has bounced back from a dreadful five-interception performance against Jacksonville in victories over Kansas City and Cincinnati. He’s thrown three touchdown passes while getting picked off only once.He’ll need to be careful against a Lions’ defense that’s forced 14 turnovers — third-most in the league — including nine interceptions.“They’re very opportunistic, a lot of turnovers,” Roethlisberger said. “Balls are tipped and they catch them. Doesn’t seem like a ball that’s in the air ever hits the ground.”Roethlisberger was walking on air early in his career when he won the first of his two Super Bowls at Ford Field. The Steelers defeated Seattle 21-10 on Feb. 5, 2006 during his second season. Roethlisberger, who also won a regular-season game there in November 2009, always gets a special feeling when he sees the building.“Before the game, it will bring back a lot of great memories and thoughts, walking out there and driving up to the stadium,” he said. “But once the game starts, I’m solely focused on this game.”Disgruntled receiver Martavis Bryant has shined an unpleasant spotlight on himself this week. He said Wednesday that he’ll be benched Sunday after publicly asking for a trade. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin called Bryant’s actions “somewhat of a distraction.”“It’s OK to want more playing time and want to be a central reason why we’re successful, provide you relay that in an appropriate way,” Tomlin said. “Social media is not the appropriate way.”Rookie Juju Smith-Schuster will likely start in his place.The Lions (3-3) lost to Carolina and New Orleans in their last two outings.“I don’t make a whole lot of pronouncements about who’s doing what. All I talk about is where we are as a team and right now as a team we’re very inconsistent Kendall Sheffield Jersey ,” coach Jim Caldwell said. “We’re 3-3 and that’s not good enough.”Quarterback Matthew Stafford threw for 312 yards and three touchdowns but was also picked off three times in the 52-38 loss to the Saints. He toughed it out despite suffering hamstring and ankle injuries the previous week against the Panthers.Detroit’s bye week came at a good time for Stafford and his equally battered offensive line.“I needed to take care of myself physically and mentally refresh, get away for a little bit and think about something other than football for a couple days,” Stafford said.The break also came at a good time for his receiving corps. Top wideout Golden Tate, who’s dealing with a shoulder injury, practiced on a limited basis Wednesday. Rookie Kenny Golladay, who missed the last three games with a hamstring issue, also returned to practice.“Guys had some stuff to take care of, start feeling a little bit better,” Stafford said. “Some guys have turned that corner and that will help us. And then from on the field stuff, we’ve got to go out there and just play sharper. We’ve got to execute our systems a little bit better and find ways to win games.”Stafford will continue to get beaten up if the running game doesn’t perk up. The Lions rank 26th at 84 rushing yards per game. In contrast, Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell, a former Michigan State star, is averaging 97.7 yards.On the injury front, Lions offensive tackle Greg Robinson (ankle) is a question mark but punter Sam Martin is expected to make his season debut after recovering from an ankle injury.Offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert (hamstring), tight end Vance McDonald (knee) and defensive end Stephon Tuitt (back) are the Steelers’ biggest injury concerns. BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) — A few days after Bears training camp began http://www.falconscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-john-cominsky-jersey , coach Matt Nagy decided to test his wide receivers and defensive backs with one-on-one deep passing drills while the rest of the team watched the matchups.It wasn’t surprising when Allen Robinson emerged as the first receiver to beat a defensive back deep to haul in a touchdown pass from Mitchell Trubisky.“Being with him that whole year last year and this past OTAs, him at practice, him at meetings, he’s one of the top players I’ve every coached,” Nagy said.Robinson hasn’t resembled the tentative player who started his first Bears camp last summer and has been more like the player who finished off the playoff loss to the Philadelphia Eagles with a Chicago postseason record 10 catches for 143 yards.Well past a 2017 torn anterior cruciate ligament and several other nagging injuries suffered last year, Robinson has started to look more like the receiver the Bears thought they had when they signed him as a free agent for three years and $42 million.“Last year, I don’t think I started running routes until about June,” Robinson said. “Being able to have the whole OTA time (this year), training before OTAs, going into OTAs, being able to train after, I think that’s definitely going to be big for me.”So will going against Pro Bowl defensive backs such as Eddie Jackson and Kyle Fuller in practice every day at full speed.“When you have a good offense and a good defense, that’s what makes a good team,” Robinson said. “Iron sharpens iron.”Robinson never got the chance to hone his skills to a sharp edge last season.After he was over the ACL tear, a groin injury took him out of the lineup for two games and he had to fight through hip and rib injuries. He never approached the career high numbers he put up in Jacksonville in 2015 of 80 receptions for 1,400 yards and 14 TDs Qadree Ollison Jersey , although his big playoff game came while nursing broken ribs.General manager Ryan Pace saw a different player in offseason work, and now it’s carrying over to the practice field at Bourbonnais training camp.“I think you see it in his route-running,” Pace said. “(He’s) just more explosive in his breaks and in and out of his cuts. For his size, he’s a really natural route runner.”As a result, Robinson would appear destined for bigger stats. However, he won’t predict it.“I’ve said this since my second or third year: I don’t really get into numbers predictions-wise, but I definitely expect to have a big year,” Robinson said. “I have that expectation for myself. That’s what I’ve trained for this offseason.“I definitely expect to go out there, have some big games and help my team win a lot of games.”Nagy calls Robinson one of the most team-oriented players among a deep group of receivers.“I have big expectations for him but that’s not saying anything because I know he does too,” Nagy said. “Again, last year being injured and not being here until training camp was hard, it wasn’t easy.“I think as the season went on everybody here could probably sense the connection between him and Mitch in the games. You saw it in the Eagles game and that’s what we’re hoping for as we go.”The Bears can use Robinson’s abilities at this point because their deep receiver group has been a bit depleted early in camp by injuries.Fourth-round draft pick Riley Ridley suffered a hamstring injury in the first day of practices, while former CFL receiver Jordan Williams-Lambert has a hamstring injury and rookie Emanuel Hall a groin injury.“We have a lot of depth at wide receiver,” Nagy said. “I think that’s what you are going to see and what we’re going to be able to see as we go here through the preseason.”The move the Bears want to see is Robinson becoming the go-to receiver for Trubisky they anticipated. Last year he led the Bears in receiving yards with 754, but Tarik Cohen (71) and Taylor Gabriel (67) had more than his 55 receptions. Nor did he lead the team in TD receptions, as Anthony Miller (seven) Rashan Gary Jersey , Cohen and Trey Burton had more.The second year in the offense working with Trubisky for Robinson, and all the Bears receivers is expected to be a big asset.“For us, just how we dissect the defense now is a lot better,” Robinson said. “I think that as soon as we line up, we’re seeing the coverages that we want. We’re getting into the stuff that we want. We know the spots that we need to be in.“The timing, everything, stuff like that has been good for us.”NOTES: Tight end Adam Shaheen missed Sunday’s practice with back soreness. … The kicking competition continues. On Saturday, kicker Elliott Fry went 7 for 8 in the middle of practice while kicking against a rush, and capped it off with a 60-yarder. On Sunday, Eddy Pineiro went one better and hit 7 of 8 but finished by making a 63-yard field goal with some room to spare. Pineiro’s miss was from 53 yards and Fry’s from 33. Both kickers had wind aiding them. “Everybody knows that we gotta get this thing right,” Nagy said of the kicking job.

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