Steelers : For the first time this season, fans can watch both NFL and college football games on the same day. The college football season kicks off with two games on Saturday, August 24 highlighted by No. 8 Florida taking on Miami in a neutral site contest in Orlando. There are also three NFL games on NFL Network on Saturday’s schedule. The Steelers take on the Titans in the lone NFL or college football game on Sunday, August 25.
Miami freshman quarterback Jarren Williams beat out Ohio State transfer Tate Martell who was the favorite to win the job. Williams noted that he tried to display the same kind of leadership even before he was officially named the starting quarterback.
“It’s a gradual process because throughout the summer, the spring, my thing was I’m going to show these guys that I’m going to work and give everything I got for them, so I go out there every day and I really give everything I had into the team for them, just to show them that I’m going to be a guy that y’all can rely on,” Williams explained to the Miami Herald. “I feel like doing that time after time gradually built that leadership, so that when I had the opportunity to be named the starting quarterback I was already kind of in that leadership role. So it has just kind of carried on.”
Two teams high on optimism meet in Pittsburgh on Saturday, when the Steelers host the Kansas City Chiefs at Heinz Stadium.
Pittsburgh went 9-6 last season but missed the playoffs for the first time since 2013 as the off-field drama surrounding Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown threatened to unravel the franchise from the inside.
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Without them, the Steelers might have lost two Pro Bowl talents—but appear to have gained a lot in team spirit.
Pittsburgh got its preseason off to a winning start on Friday with 30-28 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Saturday’s match against the Chiefs will be an emotional occasion, as it comes just days after Steelers’ wide receiver coach Darryl Drake died suddenly at the age of 62.
“He was an amazing husband, father and grandfather, and it is difficult to put into words the grief our entire team is going through right now,” Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said of Drake, who had joined the organization in 2018.
The Chiefs also have cause for optimism as they enter the season as a 6/1 shot to win Super Bowl LIV, joint favorites along with the New England Patriots.