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Steelers finally back in prime time

For the Pittsburgh Steelers, it has been Never on Monday, at least not since 1986. The Steelers were the NFL's glamour franchise a decade and a half ago, but for the past five seasons they've been strictly not ready for prime time. At least until tonight.

It won't exactly be a showcase of Super Bowl hopefuls, but Pittsburgh (3-4) will play the Los Angeles Rams (2-4) in the Steelers' first Monday night game since a 24-22 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Oct. 13, 1986.

They were two of the league's duds in September _ Pittsburgh's offense didn't score a touchdown, Los Angeles won just once _ but Steelers wideout Louis Lipps suspects both teams will play better than their records.

Rams coach John Robinson said they'd better.

"It's a national game, it's time to let everybody know you can play ball with anybody in the league," Lipps said. "Especially after a lot of negative things have been said about you."

A lot of those negative things were written and said about the Rams, who some picked to unseat the two-time defending Super Bowl-champion San Francisco 49ers in the NFC West. Instead, the Rams admittedly are out of the division race even before Halloween.

_ ASSOCIATED PRESS

When: 9 p.m.

TV: Chs. 10, 40.

Radio: WFLA-970 AM.

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