Friday Footnotes: Photo of Ja’Marr Chase, Minkah Fitzpatrick in Steelers win goes viral; ex-Pitt Panther rips Bill Belichick

This week’s edition of “Friday Football Footnotes” has a viral moment from last week’s Steelers-Bengals game. A former Pitt Panther rips Bill Belichick. Aaron Rodgers is looking to maintain his dominance against the Chicago Bears.

And Duquesne may not be the huge underdog you’d expect them to in Hawaii this weekend.

Taken in picture

During the Steelers’ 23-20 overtime win at Cincinnati, Bengals wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase was filmed giving Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick – how can I say this – “the double bird”?

The two-gun salute. The double “you are number 1”. At least one outlet has already shot the photo in a t-shirt.

Chase laughed at the attention the shot was attracting.

This photo should add fuel to the already burning fire between these two teams and these two players.

Chase had 10 catches for 129 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Steelers. Fitzpatrick had an interception for a touchdown and a game-saving block for an extra point.

Shaded throwing shade

Former Pitt Panther LeSean “Shady” McCoy goes after New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick.

“It’s over for Belichick. It’s over,” McCoy said during an appearance on FOX Sports’ SPEAK. “He’s the real Belichick. The winning percentage playing with Brady is 77%. Without Tom Brady, 47%. He doesn’t win any games without Tom Brady.

Belichick and the Pats come to Pittsburgh this Sunday, and the former NFL All-Pro isn’t expecting much from New England.

“Ever since Tom Brady left, they seem so consistent.” McCoy continued. “When I look at the tape they are getting beaten up front in the running game, defenders are missing tackles – they look bad. They can’t do anything on offense. All the AFC coaches, all those years they had Tom Brady, say the same thing I’m saying right now. Without Tom Brady, Belichick is a good coach. Stop with all that, he is the greatest of all time. He is not.”

I don’t know who thinks McCoy is better than Belichick and his six rings and nine Super Bowl appearances as a head coach. But it’s still pretty compelling evidence of McCoy’s opposite, even if Brady was the quarterback.

More Steelers news

• Malik Reed appears to be the best choice to replace TJ Watt, but the Steelers may have other options
• After a 3-sack pre-season, undrafted rookie David Anenih can’t wait to join the Steelers
• Najee Harris of the Steelers, participants in Levi Wallace’s full training, Mason Cole says he is good

Now it’s a track record

If you doubt the Packers’ chances of rebounding against the Chicago Bears in Week 2, I can’t blame you. After all, Green Bay was bad in a 23-7 Week 1 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

Aaron Rodgers and his receivers seemed totally out of sync. But if ever there was a chance for them to be on the same wavelength, this is it. Look at Rodgers’ career numbers against the Bears.

Maybe Rodgers wasn’t that far behind when he told the Bears “I still own you” last year. The Packers are favorites by 9½ points this weekend at home to the Bears for Sunday Night Football.

Ah! So that’s how they make money

As sports betting is increasingly legalized in the United States, more and more people are getting to grips with the pain of bad beats.

Those bets that you were ohhhh so close to winning, but…

Here’s one from Thursday night’s NFL game between the Los Angeles Chargers and the Kansas City Chiefs. The BetRivers threw yards over total from scrimmage for LA running back Austin Ekeler was 94.5.

Ekeler finished the match with – wait for it – 94! So if (*writer clears throat*) “someone” had a bet for Ekeler to win more than 94.5, “they” lost. Keep in mind that Ekeler lost in the fourth quarter on a play that would have gained at least a few yards. He was also taken down along the sideline when he clearly had room to pick up a few more yards in the Chargers’ latest practice.

The Chargers ended up losing the game 27-24. But (*writer clears throat*) “someone” hadn’t bet on point spread or over-under point total, so… who cares?

Hello Honolulu

The Duquesne football team (1-2) has a good chance of beating an FBS school for a second straight year.

The Dukes did it 28-26 against Ohio University last year. Now, Jerry Schmitt’s club is heading to Hawaii for a midnight EST game Saturday night through Sunday morning.

Admittedly, the Dukes have been scheduled since the Northeastern Conference in the ranks of the FCS. But they’re just 6½-point underdogs against the struggling Rainbow Warriors, according to Covers.com.

Granted, Duquesne’s only win (34-14) came last Sunday against NAIA’s Thomas More.

And the Dukes were outscored 78-21 in losses to Florida State and Youngstown State to start the season.

But Hawaii is terrible. They lost to Vanderbilt, Western Kentucky and Michigan by a combined score of 168-37.

So the Dukes have a chance to bring home more than pineapples and tans when they return to Pittsburgh on Sunday.

Tim Benz is a staff writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Tim at tbenz@triblive.com or via Twitter. All tweets could be reposted. All emails are subject to publication unless otherwise specified.

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