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Before the first play of Sunday's loss in Dallas, QB Ben Roethlisberger stood behind his center and shouted "alert, alert." He couldn't have been more prescient. Mike Prisuta explains.

ARLINGTON, Texas – If nothing else the Steelers have confirmed at least one football absolute this season: If you don't beat the slappy teams, you become a slappy team. The Steelers had apparently de-evolved into as much long before Sunday's sideshow at Jerry World. Prior losses to the Raiders, Titans and Chargers had clearly robbed this team of its sense of self. There seems no other reasonable... Recommended Stories

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