- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Finally, an afternoon home game in Miami. Too bad for the Dolphins it isn’t likely to be accompanied by the blistering heat of September that bakes northern visitors.

In town Sunday are the Pittsburgh Steelers, the third team from up north to journey to South Florida. The others were the Patriots and Jets, who both won.

Oddly, the Dolphins are 3-0 in away games, winless at home. They are 3-point underdogs to the Steelers, who were impressive even before Ben Roethlisberger returned last week and threw for three touchdowns. Oddly, as well, the Steelers are one of three NFL teams with only one loss. The others: the Patriots and Jets.

All of which means Miami has played a difficult schedule already.

As for the Steelers, their defense is tops in the league against the run _ pay heed, Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams _ and perhaps in intimidation. They also have an angry linebacker in James Harrison, fuming over a $75,000 fine for a flagrant hit against Cleveland. Harrison probably is fortunate he wasn’t suspended for the shot on Mohamed Massaquoi.

Miami’s strange season continues.


Buffalo (plus 13 1/2) at Baltimore

It’s hard to believe we might be talking about another 0-16 team less than two years after Detroit’s 0-fer. The Bills have all the makings, though, and this is a ticked-off group of Ravens after blowing last Sunday’s game at New England.


Washington (plus 3) at Chicago

We like the way Mike Shanahan has the Redskins playing. We don’t like the way the Bears have looked since starting 3-0.


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