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NFL Capsule: Bengals at Steelers

NFL Capsule: Bengals at Steelers

CINCINNATI (8-6) At PITTSBURGH (7-7)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE - Steelers by 5

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Cincinnati 7-6-1; Pittsburgh 6-8

SERIES RECORD - Steelers lead 53-32

AP PRO32 RANKING - Bengals No. 13; Steelers No. 15

LAST MEETING - Steelers beat Bengals 24-17, Oct. 21

LAST WEEK - Bengals beat Eagles 34-13; Steelers lost to Cowboys 27-24 OT

BENGALS OFFENSE - OVERALL (18), RUSH (11), PASS (17)

BENGALS DEFENSE - OVERALL (6), RUSH (9), PASS (12)

STEELERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (19), RUSH (26), PASS (10)

STEELERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (1), RUSH (4), PASS (1)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Bengals have won five of six and can clinch second straight playoff berth with win. Cincinnati hasn't made playoffs in consecutive years since 1981-82. ... Steelers need to win each of final two games to make third consecutive playoff appearance. ... Steelers first in NFL in total defense but 27th in turnovers forced with 15. ... Pittsburgh has won five straight and 10 of last 12 against Bengals. ... Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger needs 89 yards for seventh straight 3,000-yard season. ... Bengals WR A.J. Green has touchdowns in each of his three games against Pittsburgh. ... Steelers did not have penalty last week against Dallas for ninth time in franchise history. Steelers 1-8 in those games. ... Cincinnati leads NFL with 43 sacks. ... Bengals QB Andy Dalton one of three players in NFL history with 20 or more touchdown passes in first two seasons (Dan Marino, Peyton Manning). ... Roethlisberger 34-9 against AFC North opponents, including 14-4 against Bengals. ... Pittsburgh TE Heath Miller needs one more touchdown reception to become fifth Steelers receiver to reach 40 career touchdown catches. ... Steelers RB Jonathan Dwyer ran for 122 yards in first meeting with Cincinnati but has just 122 yards in last four games combined. ... Bengals 10-5 on road with Dalton at quarterback. ... Cincinnati rookie LB Vontaze Burfict leads Bengals with 139 tackles and could become fourth rookie to lead Bengals in tackles in franchise history ... Cincinnati DT Geno Atkins leads NFL interior linemen with 10 1/2 sacks.

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Trae Young joins Kobe Bryant in historic feat against Wizards

Trae Young joins Kobe Bryant in historic feat against Wizards

Following the passing of NBA legend Kobe Bryant on Sunday, emotions were high. 

Many current and former players paid tribute to Bryant, including Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young, who dominated in the Hawks 152-133 win over the Wizards. 

He ended the night with a spectacular performance of 45 points, with 14 assists, making 13-of-24 FGs and 13-of-16 free throws as well as six 3-pointers, six rebounds and one assist. 

Young is the first player to have a 45-point double-double with under 25 field goal attempts against the Washington Wizards, since Kobe Bryant on December 17, 2006.

In honor of his mentor and favorite NBA player, Young wore a No. 8 jersey and took an 8-second-violation after the opening tip. 

He even wore his shoes with a tribute to Bryant as well. 

Young was able to channel his emotions into the game, leaving everything on the floor.

In an emotional night, Young was able to keep himself composed leading the Hawks past the Wizards. 

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Isaiah Thomas: NBA should have canceled games after Kobe Bryant's death

Isaiah Thomas: NBA should have canceled games after Kobe Bryant's death

The news of Kobe Bryant's death shook the sports world to its core, and while there were NBA games scheduled throughout Sunday, some felt the league should have canceled the games in light of the tragic news. 

Isaiah Thomas was one of them. 

"It's hard to even talk about it," Thomas said. "The NBA should have just canceled all the games because that put a dent in everybody's life that he's touched."

Thomas looked up to Bryant, admired him from afar and found his love for the game of basketball because of Bryant's greatness. Spending 20 years as a Laker, Bryant won five championships, an MVP and two Finals MVP awards to go along with 15 All-NBA selections and 18 trips to the All-Star game. 

For Thomas, his relationship with Bryant started to grow when he broke out as an All-Star in Boston. When Thomas suffered the tragic loss of his sister, they grew closer. After his hip injury that cost Thomas over a year of his career, Bryant supported him throughout. 

"I started basketball because of Kobe Bryant," he said. "2017, I lose my sister, 2019 I lose one of my best friends in Nipsey Hussle, and then to lose a mentor of mine, like, that's bigger than basketball, that [expletive] hurts.

"He was one of the people that was there for me and in my corner," he said. "And then I got injured, he was one of those guys that was there for me the whole time, helping me through mentally."

The NBA had a difficult decision to make on whether or not to cancel games since there were two games already in progress.

But before, during and after the game, everyone's thoughts were with Bryant and his family and not on a basketball game. Because as Thomas said, it's bigger than basketball. 

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