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Daily Links: Steelers Tops in Interceptions; Forecast for Sunday Night

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The Pittsburgh Steelers defense has lead the NFL in sacks for consecutive seasons, but this year, it’s a different defensive statistic that they’re tops in,

๐Ÿˆ The Steelers playoff hopes are down to one plausible path remaining after the Los Angeles Chargers put a dent in things on Monday night. That means they could be eliminated before kickoff with a Miami Dolphins win Sunday.

๐Ÿˆ After playing the second-coldest game in Pittsburgh history on Saturday, the Steelers will get a weather break for Week 17. The forecast for Sunday night in Baltimore is cloudy with a low of 43.

๐Ÿˆ Steve Smith Sr. doubled down on his criticism of Matt Canada. “Mike Tomlin is a fantastic coach but I think Matt Canada leaves a lot to be desired on the offensive side of the ball,” Smith said on the Pat McAfee Show.

๐Ÿˆ NFL Films documented the Steelers’ 13-10 win over the Las Vegas Raiders in honor of Franco Harris.

๐Ÿˆ Monday marked the 31st anniversary of Chuck Noll’s retirement. Noll was the Steelers’ head coach for 23 seasons and led Pittsburgh to four Super Bowl titles in six years during the 1970s. Noll was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993.

๐Ÿˆ The Steelers have recorded 17 interceptions this season, which is the most in the NFL.

๐Ÿˆ Dov Kleiman cut up a highlight of the classic matchup between Troy Polamalu vs. Chargers tight end Antonio Gates on Monday Night Football in 2005.

๐Ÿˆ Pittsburgh based artist Cody Sabol did a special painting of Alex Highsmith for Christmas.

๐Ÿˆ NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger broke down Kenny Pickett’s game-winningย drive, which included the โ€œdaggerโ€ to George Pickens for the win over theย Las Vegas Raiders.

๐Ÿˆ The Loyal Sons podcast posted an end zone view of Kenny Pickett’s game-winning 14-yard touchdown pass to George Pickens.

๐ŸŽ‚ Happy birthday to former Steelers cornerback Dewayne Washington, who turns 50, and to former Steelers inside linebacker Vince Williams, who is 33.

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STEELERS DRAFT DIGEST

๐Ÿˆย CBS Sports‘ Ryan Wilson has the Steelers taking Oregon cornerback Christian Gonzalez.

๐Ÿˆย A mock draft by Yardbarker has the Steelers taking Ohio State tackle Paris Johnson Jr. at No. 16.

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STEELERS SCHEDULE

๐Ÿˆย Mike Tomlin will speak with the media at noon. —ย Brendan Howe

๐Ÿˆย The funeral viewing for Franco Harris will take place at Acrisure Stadium from 1-5 p.m. —ย Nick Farabaugh

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Steelers Pittsburgh Sports Nowย Three Pitt football players got a Christmas helping hand from UTEP basketball coach Joe Golding

Steelers Pittsburgh Hockey Nowย The Penguins blue line hasn’t gone as planned, but it hasn’t been all bad.

ย WVU basketball is ranked No. 24 in the latest AP Top 25 poll.

ย FAU is hiring Penn State analyst and former Browns QB Charlie Frye to be the Owls’ next offensive coordinator.