This and that: Stars, firecrackers and more


Five-star matchup: It never matters what the records are, whenever the Steelers and Ravens play there is always something on the line. This week with a win over the Ravens, coupled with a New York Jets loss to the New England Patriots, the Steelers could clinch a playoff berth.

"We emphasize how big an AFC North matchup is," said Golden. "It's a five-star matchup every time we play an AFC North team. The leaders and Coach (Mike) Tomlin emphasize it every time we have one and we have to go out there and execute."

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Attention getters:** Turn on any sports show where they are talking about the NFL, and you will hear them talking about the Steelers wide receivers. It's inevitable. Analysts are singing the praises of the trio of Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton and Martavis Bryant. They are being called the best wide receiver corps in the NFL, and rightfully so.

"We approach our business like we are the best in the world at what we do," said Bryant. "It's fun because everybody gets their one-on-one matchup eventually. When it happens you have to take advantage of it and 9 times out of 10 we do. If we are starting to get recognition for it, it means we are doing something right. We still have a long way to go. We can get better and we need to keep working."

Baby you're a firework: Linebacker Vince Williams isn't afraid to make waves, isn't afraid to let his presence be known on the field, and according to teammate Cam Heyward is always out there trying to make a big play.

"Vince is a little firecracker," said Heyward. "Whenever he is out there, whether it's on special teams or defense, he is trying to make a big hit, a big play. He is a momentum getter. He likes to set the tone."

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