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Friday Football Footnotes: The bully Chiefs, Bengals bingo, Jalen Ramsey's ready

| Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, 7:27 a.m.
Kansas City Chiefs' Reggie Ragland hopes to make his defense into the bullies this time around.
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Kansas City Chiefs' Reggie Ragland hopes to make his defense into the bullies this time around.

In Friday Football Footnotes, the Chiefs want to bully the Steelers. The Bengals did that to the Ravens already. Jalen Ramsey's mouth is still saying things.


Beat the bully?

The Steelers spent much of last year being bullied on defense. That wasn't the case against the Kansas City Chiefs, though, as they held K.C. to just 28 yards rushing and 12 points in a 19-12 victory.

Kansas City linebacker Reggie Ragland wants to reverse that . He hopes to make the K.C. defense into the bullies.

"This team has a history of being a bully. (Their offensive linemen) want to bully you. You can't let them do that," Ragland said. "You gotta take it to them and stop the running."

Le'Veon Bell averaged 135 yards rushing over five games against the Chiefs.


Bengal bingo

When the Steelers take the field against the Chiefs, they'll be doing so in pursuit of the first place Cincinnati Bengals (2-0).

That's right. After whipping the Ravens (1-1) last night, Cincy finds itself in first place atop the AFC North. The Bengals got out to a 28-7 lead on Baltimore in the first half and survived a bit of a second-half push from the Birds. But Cincinnati was the better team throughout.

Joe Flacco threw 55 times for 376 yards and two touchdowns. But he was intercepted twice and got sacked four times. Andy Dalton was more efficient, tossing four touchdown strikes on 24-42 passing. He wound up with 265 yards.

A.J. Greene had three TDs. The other went to Pitt product Tyler Boyd.

Boyd walked away with 91 receiving yards. That matches a career high, also set against Baltimore last year.


Insider-Inside-Linebacker

Mychal Kendricks may be serving jail time in December, but he can play for a new team between now and then.

The inside linebacker was charged with insider-trading violations at the end of the preseason. He entered a guilty plea. He could wind up in jail for 30-37 months.

The Browns, who signed him this offseason, cut Kendricks the same day he was charged. So, Seattle signed him. He's eligible to practice and play right now.

The NFL is looking into the matter to see if he might have violated the NFL's code of conduct policy.


Ramsey ready

Jalen Ramsey is ready for a matchup against Rob Gronkowski.

The trash-talking Jaguars cornerback called the All-Pro Patriots tight end "not as great as people think he is." Ramsey went on to say in ESPN the Magazine, "Any time Gronk has been matched up with a corner, he's had a very bad game — and that corner has had a very good game."

We'll see how that theory goes Sunday when the two teams play. ESPN wrote that "Gronk's catch rate drops from 71 percent to 56 percent on the outside, which is lower than that of the average NFL tight end."

When asked about the looming battle after Ramsey threw some wood on the fire , he said, "I don't fear no man, period. So he's going to have to come out there and line up on me. Or however it goes."

Ramsey added that he'd knock out his own grandmother on the field if needed, "She knows that. Grandma, know that I love you, but she knows that. Would she hit me back? Grandma might not get up from one of my licks."


That hurts

Robert Morris had to move up its football game against James Madison because of the pending hurricane. So the clubs ended up playing last night instead of tomorrow.

JMU handled the adjustment better than the Colonials. Your final score: James Madison 73, Robert Morris 7.

Former Pitt QB Ben DiNucci accounted for five touchdowns for the Dukes.

Tim Benz is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tim at tbenz@tribweb.com or via Twitter @TimBenzPGH. All tweets could be reposted. All emails are subject to publication unless specified otherwise.

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