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Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger: Bengals Want To ‘try to ruin our Christmas’

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The rivalry between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Pittsburgh Steelers doesn’t need any extra “juice” to make things more interesting, but it’s getting some anyway.

The Steelers are poised for a Week 15 tilt against the New England Patriots, a big matchup between 2 of the AFC elites.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said that they haven’t watched “one thing of Patriots film” this season and that he would let Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, who predicted “fireworks” for the marquee matchup, worry about New England.

“Honestly, he’s the head coach,” Roethlisberger said during his weekly radio show.

“He’s allowed to think about whatever game or whatever elephant in the room or whatever matchups, things like that.

“For me, I am 100 percent on Cincinnati and nothing else. That is my biggest focus because these guys are going to come out to get us.

They want to ruin our playoff chances. I know those guys are going to want to get after us and try to ruin our Christmas.”

Tomlin was asked about his comments predicting “fireworks”.

“(Dungy) asked for non-coach speak, so I was having a conversation with an old friend,” Tomlin said.

“You know I got respect for this process. We got a good football team. I got a great deal of confidence in them.

Everybody in America knows that’s a big game. We couldn’t deny that if we wanted too. You guys are going to ask us about it between now and then, so I stand by the statement.”

“There is zero Patriots, Ravens film,” Roethlisberger said. “[No] work talk of anything like that with any team other than the Bengals. I know there’s a lot of Patriots talk and a lot of Steelers-Patriots and all that stuff. What I see, especially from me and in the locker room, there isn’t that talk.

“What I’m seeing and what we talk about is this week. … For the players, we don’t think that way. It’s AFC North football. That’s the biggest matchup we can have.”

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Jaguars’ Ereck Flowers Feels He’s In Better Situation than with Giants

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Jacksonville Jaguars newly acquired tackle Ereck Flowers, who infamously flopped for his former team the New York Giants, believes that the Jags will present a “better fit” for him than the Giants presented.

“Great opportunities, great team and I’m happy to be here,” Flowers said,according to the Florida Times-Union. “Definitely a fresh start for me. I like it here, man. I think this will be a better fit. They have a great locker room, great guys. I’m grateful to be here.”

While the Giants gave up on Flowers, despite his high draft status, the Jags are hopeful Flowers can contribute.

“Make no mistake about it, if we feel someone can help us or making a change is better for us, then we will do that,” Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone said. “That is everywhere. It is hard when the whole team is not playing well.”

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Texans’ Bill O’Brien Calls for Jadeveon Clowney to Limit Penalties

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Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien is calling on Jadeveon Clowney to clean up the penalties he is getting flagged for this season, and balance the aggressiveness that he brings to the field out with a bit more control.

Clowney has been flagged 8 times during 6 games and has notched 13 total tackles, 2.5 sacks, and a fumble recovery thus far this season.

“Guys that play like he does – he plays the game in a really attacking way, and so people are going to use their cadence against him and he’s just got to be really focused on that” O’Brien said, according to the Houston Chronicle.

“Then, the taunting call, like somebody asked me if I’m going to – yeah, I’ll talk to him about it, but I’m not going to go down the road of what. I think he just was just kind of messing around with the guy, but you can’t do that. You can’t do that, and that’s what they called and we’ll make sure that he knows not to do that anymore.”

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Texans’ Deshaun Watson Downplays Injuries

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Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is downplaying battling through a broken rib and partially collapsed lung, despite teammates noticing that the signal caller was in a lot of significant pain.

According to the Houston Chronicle’s John McClain, Watson has stated that everything “was fine” and said that he wasn’t in any pain.

Watson suffered the injuries during the Texans victory over the Dallas Cowboys in Week 5 and played with the injuries during their win over the Buffalo Bills the following week, which he downplayed.

 

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