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Pittsburgh Steelers (10-6)

Sun. 12/27 Sun. 1/3 Sat. 1/9 Sun. 1/17
@ Bal
L 17-20
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@ Cle
W 28-12
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@ Cin
W 18-16
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@ Den
L 16-23
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Steelers president: direction of team a 'positive one'

PITTSBURGH (AP) Art Rooney isn't much on crystal balls. So forgive the Pittsburgh Steelers president if he's not ready to enthusiastically endorse the oddsmakers' optimism that his team is a favorite to make it to next season's Super Bowl. Last he checked, there were a good 365-plus days ahead of kickoff in Houston.

Still, Rooney is bullish on what he sees heading into 2016. Considering the seemingly relentless series of injuries to its offensive stars Ben Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell and Maurkice Pouncey, the Steelers overcame to earn a second straight wild-card berth while coming within an late letdown in Denver of a spot in the AFC title game, it's kind of hard to blame him.

"I do think the direction of the team is a positive one," Rooney said Thursday.

AFC North Division
xy-Cincinnati 1240.750
x-Pittsburgh 1060.625
Baltimore 5110.313
Cleveland 3130.188
Full Standings
Pass Yds: B. Roethlisberger3938
Pass TDs: B. Roethlisberger21
Rush Yds: D. Williams907
Rush TDs: D. Williams11
Rec Yds: A. Brown1834
Rec TDs: A. Brown10
Int: M. Mitchell3
Sacks: C. Heyward7.0
Offense (Rank)
Yards: 6327 (3)
Passing Yards: 4822 (3)
Rushing Yards: 1724 (16)
Points per game: 26.4 (4)
Yards per game: 395.4 (3)
Touchdowns: 42 (9)
Field Goals: 35 (1)
Defense (Rank)
Yards: 5809 (21)
Passing Yards: 4661 (30)
Rushing Yards: 1459 (5)
Points per game: 19.9 (11)
Yards per game: 363.1 (21)
Touchdowns: 35 (14)
Field Goals: 26 (18)
Date Player Transactions
2/4 I. Blakeney signed
2/4 M. Garner signed
2/4 T. Palmer signed
2/4 A. Shabazz signed
1/22 R. Cockrell re-signed One-year extension (through 2016)
1/22 D. Vaughan signed
1/20 J. Hagen signed
1/20 B. Mihalik signed
1/20 T. Long signed
1/20 D. Richardson signed
Date Player Status
1/17 W. Allen not injury related (Probable)
1/17 A. Brown concussion (Out)
1/17 R. Golden shoulder (Probable)
1/17 J. Harrison not injury related (Probable)
1/17 C. Heyward back (Probable)
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