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Antonio Brown up and walking for the first time since his injury

Antonio Brown up and walking for the first time since his injury

The Steelers five home game opponents outside the AFC North in 2018 will be against the Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers and the Patriots.

Pittsburgh ranked 16th against the pass last season, but Haden provided an immediate boost on the back end.

WATT'S UP: The first National Football League meeting of Texans star defensive end J.J. Watt and his youngest brother, Steelers rookie linebacker T.J. Watt, never materialized thanks to a broken left leg in October that ended J.J.'s season. The associated moneylines for this game are Pittsburgh -400 and Houston +334.

Despite all their injuries this season, the Texans have played the run well, so it might not be smooth sailing for RB Le'Veon Bell.

Pittsburgh enters play at 11-3 on the season.

To clinch the bye, the Steelers will have to win on Christmas day against the Houston Texans and the Jacksonville Jaguars will have to lose their game on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers.

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Pittsburgh is still fighting for one of the top two AFC seeds, which would give the team an extra bye-week, providing Brown a full extra week of rest. Watt's six sacks are tied for third on the team and are the second most by a Steelers rookie.

"In a situation like playing against the Patriots, I think if (Brown's) playing, it would've been a different scenario", Smith-Schuster said.

In that game, Bryant had nine catches for 154 yards, while also breaking off a 40-yard run.

MUTUAL ADMIRATION: When Roethlisberger was asked about Houston's defense this week, his entire answer was dedicated to his admiration for defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.

The Steelers will need him as close to 100 percent as possible if they want to win the franchise's seventh Super Bowl championship.

"Really, we just put all our eggs in the 2017 basket", the coach said this week. "But he's going to get healthy, we'll get him back in a couple weeks and we'll be ready to go". "It's like wrestling with a bear".


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