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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Pittsburgh to Face Mean Joe's Miami

NEW YORK -- Two decades after another Pittsburgh team set a standard for defense in the National Football League, the Steelers are at it again.


Only this time, don't expect Mean Joe Greene to enjoy it nearly as much.


Greene was the centerpiece of the Steel Curtain defense that carried Pittsburgh to four Super Bowl victories in six years beginning in 1975. Now he's coaching the defensive line for the Miami Dolphins, who face a rejuvenated Pittsburgh defense in a key AFC game on Sunday.


Led by cornerback Rod Woodson, selected for the NFL's 75-year team earlier this year, the Steelers lead the AFC in defense, allowing 284.3 yards per game. That hardly impresses the Dolphins, though. They come in leading the NFL in offense with an average of 381.9 yards.


A week after menacing Buffalo's Jim Kelly with seven sacks to push their NFL-leading total to 36, the Steelers go after another marquee quarterback in Dan Marino, who leads all AFC quarterbacks with an 87.4 rating.


Against the Bills, Woodson had a 37-yard interception return for a touchdown and forced a fumble that was recovered by Gerald Williams for another touchdown. A week ago, Marino threw for 289 yards against Chicago, but the Dolphins lost when Pete Stoyanovich's 45-yard field goal try was blocked.


Both teams come in at 7-3, the Dolphins two games ahead of Buffalo and the New York Jets in the AFC East, and the Steelers one game back of Cleveland in the AFC Central.


There are other tight races as well as the season reaches its 12th week.


In the NFC Central, Minnesota is one game up on both Chicago and Green Bay, with Detroit two back.


The Vikings hope to recover against the Jets a week after letting a 20-0 lead slip away against New England.


Meanwhile, Green Bay is at Buffalo, where the Bills are 5-5, their worst record after 10 games since 1987, the last season they missed the playoffs. Chicago continues to ride quarterback Steve Walsh, who's 5-0 as a starter in a 6-4 Bears' season.


Dallas, one game up on Philadelphia in the NFC East after losing to San Francisco, tries to get back on track at home against Washington. The Eagles, meanwhile, are at Arizona against their old coach, Buddy Ryan.


Despite the loss to the 49ers, the Cowboys still have the league's No. 1 defense, allowing 260 yards, and its No. 1 pass defense, giving up 161.1.


The Eagles beat the Cardinals in their first Buddy-ball showdown on two TD passes by Randall Cunningham to Fred Barnett. Barnett finished with 11 catches for 173 yards in that one.