Veteran cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick said the youth of the team makes it a little easier to not get caught up in the rivalry or history.
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“They understand the history between us two, but at the end of the day, it’s kind of good that some of these guys haven’t experienced it because we’re trying to go in with clear minds, clear everything, just going out there and playing our game and not taking nothing that happened two or three years ago or last year and having that same mentality and taking that into the game,” Kirkpatrick said. “We’ve got to be focused. We can’t have any dumb penalties, any outbursts, anything like that. We’ve got to stay focused. We’ll definitely work hard this week. It’s Pittsburgh week. Everybody’s going to be hyped up, ramped up. Practice is going to be ramped up. But so far it’s just been calm here. It’s just another game. I feel we’ve got the tools to do special things around here and they’re just a team in the way for us.”