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Football footnotes: Alan Faneca gushes over Steelers' reaction to hit on Ben Roethlisberger

| Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, 7:18 a.m.
Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey gets after the Panthers' Eric Reid targeted Ben Roethlisberger's head in the third quarter Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018 at Heinz Field.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey gets after the Panthers' Eric Reid targeted Ben Roethlisberger's head in the third quarter Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018 at Heinz Field.

In this week's Friday Football Footnotes, Alan Faneca likes the Steelers' response to Eric Reid's hit on Ben Roethlisberger. Are the Patriots going to win out? And the Bill Cowher "Football Life" is set to air Friday night.


Faneca is a fan

As we mentioned in our "Airing of Grievances," Eric Reid got ejected for a late, high hit on a sliding Ben Roethlisberger.

As you can see, David DeCastro and others came running in to defend their quarterback. Another All-Pro Steelers guard of days gone by appreciated the effort by the guy who now wears his number 66.

No doubt Faneca would've done the same thing.


Jaw-jutting debut

Bill Cowher's "A Football Life" debuts Friday on NFL Network. It'll air at 8 p.m. Based on the some of the previews, it appears the theme will largely be centered around Cowher's relationship with his daughters.

But, surely, there will be jaw-jutting, spit-flying, face-scowling and pocket-stuffing aplenty.

There is some "pre-Steelers" stuff with Bill Belichick, too.

If there isn't at least one shot of him getting mad and glaring at me during one of his press conferences, I'm going to be bitterly disappointed.


Talking trash

New Orleans coach Sean Payton said his Saints got the matchup they wanted when Rams cornerback Marcus Peters tried to guard Michael Thomas.

According to ESPN.com, that didn't go over well with Peters.

"Tell Sean Payton to keep talking that (expletive). We going to see him soon, you feel me?" Peters said. "Because I like what he was saying on the sidelines, too. So tell him to keep talking that (expletive). I hope he see me soon, you feel me? Then we going to have a good li'l, nice li'l bowl of gumbo together."

Thomas set a new franchise record for most receiving yards in a single game with 211.


Perfect Pats

NFL.com's Jim Trotter recently wrote that he believes the Patriots will win out, thus becoming 14-2 and earning the top seed in the AFC playoffs. I think he is right.

Until the Steelers actually beat the Patriots again, I have no reason to believe that they can.

Aside from the Steelers, the only games of difficulty remaining for New England are a home contest against Minnesota and a road game in Tennessee this weekend. They'll be favored to win all three.

Their other four remaining games are against their usual crummy competition in the AFC East.

So, expect another return trip to Foxborough if you think the Steelers are going to get out of the AFC playoff bracket.


Title on the line

Duquesne plays a crucial home game Saturday at Art Rooney Field. Sacred Heart is in town. Kickoff is at noon.

The Pioneers come in at 4-0 atop the Northeast Conference. Duquesne is a game back in a tie with Central Connecticut State at 3-1.

If the Dukes win Saturday and against CCSU next week, they'll claim the conference title.

Duquesne won the matchup last year 37-21.

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