Opening up December football, the Steelers, who are neck-at-neck with the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC North, handed the New York Giants a 24-14 loss.
According to Raanan, that group officiated New York's infamous game with the Carolina Panthers past year when Beckham and cornerback Josh Norman scuffled throughout the contest.
The New York Giants and coach Ben McAdoo are in need of some clarification about several calls made by the officials in Sunday's 24-14 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Beckham took particular offense with an offensive pass interference call at the end of a first quarter against the Steelers, which he expected to go the other way. "You want to be thrown in that mix someday".
The Steelers (7-5) won their third in a row after dropping four straight.
This time it was one of the league's hottest teams, though NY (8-4) hardly looked like it at times while spoiling first-year coach Ben McAdoo's homecoming. "We were playing against a good group up front".
"I don't really think we should have this crew anymore when the Giants are playing with the past history and everything that's gone on", Beckham said.
"It's the time of year that we have to be our best self: offense, defense, special teams", Roethlisberger said. I'm pretty sure this is the same crew from the Panthers game, the Redskins game, so just put two-and-two together. Steelers fans hope it's a gift. He came up with one catch for more than 45 yards in each game, so it's not like Cruz doesn't have a point here. Starting kicker Chris Boswell, who injured his abdomen late in the practice week, warmed up before the game but was deactivated. In Week 1 in Dallas, the Giants ran the ball 24 times and Manning had 28 pass attempts. Let's face it, Eli (24 of 39 for 195 yards, two TDs and two INTs) was bad and seemed incapable of looking to anyone but Odell Beckham (10 catches for 100 yards).
Roethlisberger, who threw for 289 yards and two scores, rolled to his right to escape pressure on the play and found Brown in the back of the end zone working against corner Janoris Jenkins. Part of that is definitely on Roethlisberger for stretching plays, but protecting the franchise QB is a must.
Suspended for the first three games of the season for violating the NFL's drug policy, Bell did not have more than 21 carries in his first six games.
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The Steelers' equipment staff got it back for him.
He caught six passes for 110 yards and a touchdown on Sunday, the first 100-yard game of his National Football League career. The simple and obvious reason is that Cruz is sandwiched between one of the game's true superstars at any position in Odell Beckham Jr., and a promising rookie in Sterling Shepard - who had his own issues with targets last week.
McAdoo was asked if he felt like Beckham gets targeted by the referees and if they don't give the Giants' wideout the benefit of the doubt?
Beckham said that improvement by the offense "needs to be very soon".
Adding to the teams' success, Le'Veon Bell had a monster game running away with 182 total yards.
Maybe this was another fluke that Ben McAdoo and Manning will easily explain away.
The Giants didn't get the ball back until 1:31 remained - not enough time to complete a 17-point comeback. Roethlisberger also passed the ball to seven different Steelers' players in the game.
Eli Manning cautioned that Beckham's verbal barrage on the officials could backfire on him.
Mike Tomlin had as much of a celebration for Ladarius Green's first reception on Sunday as the Pittsburgh Steelers tight end did for his touchdown that permanently broke the game open.