Good Thursday to you Steelers’ Fans!
It’s very easy to take the bait and start talking about the potential ‘game of the year’ when that team from Boston come to Pittsburgh but you must resist. Actually, it’s the Steelers who must resist because they have significant work to do in front of them. The worst thing the Black and Gold can do is think they will have easy games at Cincinnati and then at home against Baltimore. I just don’t see these games being “easy” for the simple reason that both of these teams are fighting for survival. In the case of the Bengals’ they can’t afford another loss or they’re done for 2017. It’s that simple. The Ravens are in a better position to make the postseason but they can’t afford another loss either with several other teams closing in. For context, look back at the Steelers in 2005. Their postseason essentially started at mid-season because of a poor start. They knew they had to keep winning and they did all the way to the Super Bowl. Taking either of these games for granted would be a colossal mistake for Pittsburgh. Yes, beating that team from the AFC East is huge but it’s nothing until these two foes are dispatched.
I’m really curious to see (assuming he returns this week) how JuJu Smith-Schuster and Martavis Bryant play on Monday Night. When Bryant missed the Lions’ game, JJSS had a monster night. When JJSS missed the Packers’ game, Bryant definitely played better. Is there a connection? We need more data before we can make a definitive answer to that question. Stay tuned.
Tweet of the Day… Good seasons often mean lots of individual accolades.
12 #Steelers also in Top 5 in fan voting at their position in AFC:
— Dom Rinelli (@drinelli) November 29, 2017
Raiders’ Coach Jack Del Rio doesn’t like the fact that Michael Crabtree has been suspended. Too bad Coach. You’re guy acted like a complete moron along with his counter-part Aqib Talib. I’m surprised they didn’t get longer suspensions.
I’ve seen articles this week about how the secondary’s problems seem to be all because of the absence of Joe Haden. Wrong. That is a lazy assessment. Haden’s injury is a part, but so too has been the injury to Mike Mitchell who is missing valuable practice time. That affects communication. Artie Burns is also playing as poorly as he has at any point in his first two years in Pittsburgh. It’s easy to blame the recent struggles on Haden’s injury but maybe digging a little deeper would uncover some truths.
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Have a great Thursday Steeler Nation!