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Daily Links: Predicting AFC North, Steelers in Waiver Order



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Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin at training camp practice, Aug. 5, 2023. -- Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

Nick Wright of FS1 thinks the Pittsburgh Steelers will win the AFC North in 2023.

“The argument for the Steelers is very simple. Last year they had a rookie quarterback and they had their best player miss seven games, and they won nine of them,” Wright said on First Things First. “This year if you assume T.J. Watt’s not going to miss seven games. Kenny Pickett even if he’s not going to be as perfect as he was in the preseason, I do think he’ll be better than he was in (Year 1). Most quarterbacks get a Year 2 bump. You got to like George Pickens, you have to love Mike Tomlin. I think the Steelers win the division and get back to the postseason.”

🏈 The Steelers are 17th in the waiver order after Tuesday’s cuts. Waivers process today at noon. Eleven former Steelers are on waivers.

🏈 A new survey shows 35 percent of Steelers fans say it’s important for their romantic partner to also love the Steelers and that being a fan of a rival team would be a dealbreaker. The survey from The Grueling Truth found that Pittsburgh sports fans are among the most passionate in the NFL. Only the fans of the Arizona Cardinals, Los Chargers, and Las Vegas Raiders were more likely to require their partner to cheer for their team.

🏈 NFL GameDay: Last preseason two quarterbacks finished with a perfect passer rating. They went on to finish second and third in MVP voting (Jalen Hurts and Josh Allen). Could Kenny Pickett be the next quarterback to enter elite status?

🏈 The Watt brothers have a new Old El Paso ad, in which T.J. Watt plays a taco-loving version of Bobby Boucher.

📅 On this day in 2017, the Steelers signed All-Pro cornerback Joe Haden to a three-year, $27 million contract with a signing bonus of $5.75 million. Haden was released by the Cleveland Browns following a contract dispute. Haden went on to play five seasons with the Steelers and made the Pro Bowl in 2019.

🎂 Happy Birthday to former Steelers offensive tackle Jon Kolb, born on August 30, 1947 in Ponca City, Oklahoma. Kolb won four Super Bowls with the Steelers in the 1970s and is as member of the Steelers All-Time Team and Hall of Honor. Kolb started 177 games at left tackle with the Steelers, protecting Terry Bradshaw’s blind side. During his career, Kolb was widely regarded as one of the strongest men in the NFL. Like many of the Steeler players of the 1970s, Kolb had his own cadre of fans, known as “Kolb’s Kowboys. After his playing career ended, he became a strength and conditioning coach with the Steelers.

🎥 NFL historian Kevin Gallagher shared the clip of the iconic Joe Greene Coca-Cola commercial that aired multiple times during Super Bowl XIV.

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Penguins owners FSG are taking over AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh Baseball Now: Johan Oviedo threw a complete-game two-hitter as the Pirates blanked the Royals, 5-0.

Pittsburgh Sports Now: Projected starting Pitt guard Ryan Jacoby is out for the season.

West Virginia Sports Now: Neal Brown says he has decided, but isn’t telling anyone else who the starting quarterback for West Virginia will be against Penn State.

Nittany Sports Now: Former Penn State defensive coordinator and Steelers secondary coach Tom Bradley will perform the coin toss prior to PSU-WVU.

Pittsburgh Soccer Now: Pitt men’s soccer demolished Howard for its first win.

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