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for the first time in this 2018 season after a solid performance vs. the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium in Week 6. With the team now able to relax on their bye-week in Week 7 John Stallworth Jersey , they will hope to improve on their 3-2-1 record by beating the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens in Weeks 8 and 9. Something I did last season and I’m going to start again is the Black-and-gold Links article. This is an article where I take stories from quality news sources across the Internet and add them here for your viewing pleasure. I won’t be posting the entire articles, but I’ll link each story and author so that you can read the full article. Today we talk about the upcoming AFC North matchup between the Browns and Steelers. In their second, and likely final, meeting of the season, you have to wonder how this game will look compared to their Week 1 tie. The Steelers certainly seem to be trending up, or at least they were before the bye week, but the Browns have been a tough out for everyone they have faced this season. They are a turnover machine, and have played in an astonishing 4 overtime games in just 7 games.Will Round 2 be different?Let’s get to the news:Tim Benz: Why this Steelers-Browns matchup will be entirely differentBy: Tim Benz, Pittsburgh Tribune-ReviewWhen the Pittsburgh Steelers play the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, there’s one thing that may be similar to the season-opener.The weather. It’s supposed to be cold and rainy. Just like it was in Cleveland during Week 1 for that ugly 21-21 tie.Aside from that, the game should be remarkably different.The Steelers have an improving defense, a healthy offensive line and tight end unit, a better understanding of their running game and a passing attack that has gotten into rhythm.The belief here is that the result will be different. The Steelers will avoid another distasteful outcome against their longtime division rivals, and these improvements will — dare I say it — result in a Steelers victory over the (not-quite-as-lowly-as-usual) Browns.Normally, a preemptive proclamation of victory over a Cleveland team playing in Pittsburgh would hardly seem like a prediction worthy of Jordan Berry Jersey , well, anything.But seeing as how the Steelers should still feel beyond lucky to have not lost that season opener in Ohio, an in-depth look into the differences in how these teams look now seems worthwhile.Support grows for Steelers trying to acquire CB Patrick PetersonBy: Tim Benz, Pittsburgh Tribune-ReviewPittsburgh Steelers fans and media members aren’t the only ones pontificating about the prospect of the Black and Gold trying to acquire Arizona cornerback Patrick Peterson.As we told you Tuesday, making a trade happen may be difficult. The price of acquiring him may be too rich for the Steelers’ blood. Plus, there is the small matter of the Cardinals’ willingness to trade Peterson in the first place.But there seems to be a groundswell of support for the Steelers to make a play. And it’s not just originating from you and me. It’s coming from within the Steelers locker room and outside of the 412 and 724 area codes.Offensive lineman Ramon Foster completely bought into the idea on 93.7 FM Tuesday morning during his weekly radio appearance.“When you have an opportunity to get a guy like him or position yourself with a defensive player of his magnitude,” Foster said, “you’ve got to see if your management team will take the shot.”It’s all a fairy tale dream we can all live in until the trade deadline is up.”The talent that we have offensively and the way our defense is growing, you’ve got to take your shot. I’m more worried now about getting a ring and getting to the show again more than anything else.”Mark Madden: Steelers won’t get Patrick Peterson and probably shouldn’t anywayBy: Mark Madden, Pittsburgh Tribune-ReviewUnless owner Art Rooney II ditches a management philosophy that dates to his late father, Dan, spearheading the franchise’s transition from joke to champion in the ’70s, the Steelers will not get All-Pro cornerback Patrick Peterson from Arizona.Acquiring Peterson would cost the Steelers a first-round pick and likely a second-round choice on top of that.The Steelers have not been without a first-round pick since 1967. Building through the draft is one of the team’s cornerstones. Making splashy trades is not.Dealing for Peterson is likely not even being considered by the Steelers.But should it be? Is paying a big price to get Peterson a good idea?Antonio Brown and Ramon Foster think so. Yinzer Nation thinks so.I’m not so sure.The Steelers should stick to their established policy of keeping their first-round pick. That’s part of an overall process that arguably has made the Steelers the NFL’s most successful team since Dan Rooney took control. Going against the grain could cause a negative trickledown within the context of the Steelers’ big picture. (Disclaimer: Maybe Art Rooney II wants to do something his dad wouldn’t.)Peterson is due $40 million from this year through 2020. The Steelers wouldn’t give Le’Veon Bell what he wants. Wouldn’t they flinch at paying Peterson? (Disclaimer: Cornerback is a more important position than running back.)Paying Peterson huge cash is one thing. Giving up a first- and second-round pick to get him is another. Doing both makes the total price too onerous.Peterson is a great corner. He would help the Steelers defense a lot. He would facilitate more/better man-to-man coverage and blitzing. He would take Artie Burns off the Gotham Steel Low-Fat Grill and put him on the bench.But would Peterson’s presence offer any guarantee beyond winning the AFC North? The Steelers are poised to do that without Peterson. (Disclaimer: As constructed, the defense never could beat a top quarterback like Tom Brady, Patrick Mahomes or Philip Rivers. With Peterson David DeCastro Jersey , it would have a chance. OK, not against Brady.)The Steelers don’t think like other teams and certainly not like fans.The Steelers don’t believe in championship windows. They don’t believe in maximizing a perceived short-term opportunity, like the end of Ben Roethlisberger’s career. They want to make the playoffs every year. Steady and consistent.Odd as it sounds, the Steelers’ thinking won’t change when Roethlisberger retires. They won’t rebuild, per se. They will operate exactly the same.It works. Lack of exceptions to their rules can frustrate. But how can anyone argue against the Steelers’ track record?Don’t point at the Steelers’ recent first-round draft picks by way of arguing to trade for Peterson.What’s behind Ben Roethlisberger’s pace for career bestsBy: Jeremy Fowler, ESPNThrough six games, Ben Roethlisberger is on pace for personal bests in passing yards and attempts by a wide margin at age 36.Save two ugly halves against Baltimore and Cleveland, Roethlisberger has the Pittsburgh Steelers’ offense looking dangerous again. A look inside his performance shows that a few things have changed with Big Ben, while a few things remain the same entering Sunday’s matchup with the Cleveland Browns.Fewer deep shots: Roethlisberger led the NFL with 2,033 passing yards entering Week 7, and he did so with volume. Roethlisberger is flirting with 700 passing attempts on the year, far more than his career high of 608 set in 2014.Passing numbers are up across the league, and Roethlisberger acknowledged on his weekly radio show that the new norm might be 2-to-1 ratios of pass-to-run. The Steelers are right on that mark, with 261 passing attempts to 131 rushes.This setup suits Roethlisberger as long as he limits turnovers, but many of his yards are coming from short to intermediate passes.From 2015-17 Chukwuma Okorafor Jersey , Roethlisberger threw farther than 31 yards downfield on 7.14 percent of his attempts, hitting on 30 percent of those launches. This year, Big Ben is going deep on 4.98 percent of his attempts, completing two of 13 such throws (a 15.3 success rate).Roethlisberger still has a strong arm, but perhaps the gunslinger mentality of his late 20s and early 30s is passing. He has talked openly about being a “smart quarterback” and not forcing the ball to Antonio Brown unnecessarily. That’s a big factor here, too.Many of those deep shots used to go to certified freak athlete Martavis Bryant, who’s now in Oakland. Roethlisberger is still trying to establish a connection with new deep threat James Washington.Accuracy over the middle: Roethlisberger is an 80 percent passer when targeting his tight ends, slot receiver and running back this season. I’m tempted to simply list ten times, “I’m so happy.” But I had some actual thoughts that stuck with me even after such a glorious evening. Here are ten of them.I am becoming my father. Were he still with us he would have concluded, with 10:30 left in the first, that not only was the game over, but the season. Heck, he would have probably worried the Steelers would move to Reno. I’m not at black-belt level of pessimism, but I admit it, I thought we were in for a long night.Two plays Ramon Foster Jersey , two touchdowns. Oh what a difference a minute can make. And it was all gold from there on in. Blowouts are way underrated. In fact, the only way this game could have been any better would be if, a. It was the Super Bowl. b. It was the AFC Championship game and the Panthers were the Patriots. c. Every Steeler were a rookie who’d made a vow of poverty. Not that I’m complaining. On that long pass to AB, Ben had so much time in the pocket I think I saw him take out his smartphone, look up BTSC and read my column. I presume that’s why he was smiling so big throughout the night.Scoring has gotten so high in the NFL that I’m seeing opponents’ field goals as victories for us, and their punts as the equivalent of a turnover. It struck me, however, that we had a higher percentage in scores per possession than Carolina had converting third downs. When Buck and Aikman pointed out at one point that we were 7 of 9, my jaw hit the floor. It’s a great thing to celebrate another outstanding performance by the D that has had us so worried all year. But that is one dominant offensive performance.Did you notice that we heard about Joe Haden about as much as we heard from the zebras? Every week that guy shows up to play. When I’m tempted to think, “Where would we be if we hadn’t allowed the Browns to tie us?” I think instead, “Where would we be if the Browns hadn’t been stupid enough to let Joe go?” And like Hines from back in the day, and AB on the other side of the ball, how can you not love that smile? I love a man who loves playing for the Steelers.I’ve often thought that if I were ever a GM, I’d only do deals with terrible teams. It’s the football equivalent of that old poker nugget of wisdom, “If you look around the table and can’t figure out who the fish is Vince Williams Jersey , you’re the fish.” Dumb GMs make the GMs they deal with look smart.Watching this game I actually started to look forward to the rest of our schedule. If we can do this to the 6-2 Panthers, we could certainly go 2-1 with News England and Orleans and the Chargers. Even if we go 1-2 and win the other four we ought to win, we finish 11-4-1 and have a shot at a bye. That said, if we weren’t as bad as we thought we were in September, we may not be as good as we think we are in November. You gotta admit though, we sure looked good.As if last night could not have gotten any better, we got our first snow here in Indiana. After my wife, kids and the Steelers, snow is my next favorite thing.It doesn’t snow in Jacksonville, but here’s hoping we blow through there like AB plowing on Mcknight Road.