There is nothing fluky about the 0-16 record. After all, most of the players in the visitor's locker room at Heinz Field on December 31 are 1-31 over the last two seasons. Odds are against them; they haven't won on the road since October 11, 2015, when they beat the Ravens in Baltimore. Owner Jimmy Haslam announced multiple times that Jackson would be back, while newly anointed general manager John Dorsey has told associates that he plans to retain the coach, per NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.
"I'll put my arms around him and say, 'You have to make those plays, '" Jackson said.
Colts 22, Texans 13: Jacoby Brissett threw for one touchdown and Marlon Mack ran for another score as host Indianapolis (4-12) beat Houston (4-12), which lost its last six games and finished last in the AFC South. Smith-Schuster, however, will play a pivotal role in Pittsburgh's attempt to get back to the Super Bowl for the first time in seven years. As unlikely as beating the Steelers seems from the outside, players are convinced at kickoff they can win.
"Fitzgerald Toussaint said 'No matter what, I want you to take the ball, '" Smith-Schuster said.
Cleveland managed to tack on a 51-yard field goal. Things of that nature where you're right there. "I know in my case the first couple of years there were a lot of growing pains, but I was able to work my way to where I'm at now". "We're not just going to turn it on in two weeks", Mitchell said. Jackson and Joe Thomas came to tears in the locker room after they beat the Chargers on Christmas Eve.
Le'Veon Bell and Cam Heyward too. Both were limited for non-injury reasons in practices leading up to the game.
Tomlin has apparently decided the advantages of resting Roethlisberger and Bell outweigh the unlikely possibility of the Jets beating the Patriots.
Cleveland Browns quarterback DeShone Kizer (7) is upended by Pittsburgh Steelers free safety William Gay (22) at the end of a run during the second half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday. They should expect to see Jones start again.
"Nobody really cares about the record", he said. "End of the day we're going out there to play and going out there to play to win".
"That's kind of who we are". But make no mistake about it; the expectation will be what it is. He is out with a calf injury.
Buccaneers 31, Saints 24: Jameis Winston threw for 363 yards, including a 39-yard scoring pass to Chris Godwin with nine seconds remaining, as host Tampa Bay (5-11) beat New Orleans (11-5) to snap a five-game losing streak.