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Pittsburgh (5-3)

Pleasant: Despite all the offseason media doom-and-gloom, Todd Haley’s hiring as offensive coordinator wasn’t such a bad thing after all. The short passing game Haley installed has paid dividends for Ben Roethlisberger. Through eight games, Roethlisberger is on pace for his best season yet with a 67.1 completion percentage, 16 touchdown passes and four interceptions. And although he’s gotten sacked 17 times, that is still less physical abuse than Roethlisberger has taken for most of his NFL career.

Unpleasant: One of the NFL’s most dynamic defensive players – strong safety Troy Polamalu -- has barely touched the field this season because of a lingering calf injury. The Steelers have won three straight games without him, but the defense will be better when Polamalu returns. - Alex Marvez (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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