Pittsburgh Steelers Playoff Hopes Rest on “Criminal Element”

Posted: 2nd January 2010 by bill hinton in NFL
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Back in the 1970s the Raiders and Steelers rivalry was about as intense as it can get. There were cheapshots, trashtalk and lawsuits aplenty. The Raiders in general and George Atkinson specifically were labeled the "Criminal Element " by Steelers coach Chuck Noll.á Now more than 30 years later the Steelers playoff hopes may rest on a Raiders victory against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. In part because of their own inability to beat the Raiders themselves. I wonder if Lynn Swann will beácheering for the Raiders on Sunday. I saw a video on youtube (type in Oakland Raiders feud) where he once said he felt his life was in danger when playing the Raiders! George Atkinson's humorous response was that Lynn Swann was SOFT! That was a different era and I wonder if players like Atkinson, Tatum ...

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