The Pittsburgh Steelers head into their Monday night contest with Tennessee with a mixed bag of good and bad news.
AFC North leading Cleveland was stymied at home yesterday by Houston giving the Steelers an opportunity to climb back on top of the division. This was the good news.
The bad news came in boat loads at least for one week as the Cincinnati Bengals suddenly found their groove again in beating New Orleans at home in the Superdome. The Steelers still have two contests remaining with the Bengals and have one at home against the Saints who suddenly look like they are spiraling out of control.
Another team on the Steelers’ schedule is Atlanta who has won two straight and now “leads” the NFC South with a 4-6 record. I still expect the Steelers to defeat this team but it will be on the road where it appears anything goes for the Steelers.
Then there’s the playoff race in the AFC in general. Denver took a big step back with a loss in St. Louis which allows the suddenly very hot Kansas City Chiefs into the AFC West race. Oh and by the way, The Steelers host the Chiefs later this season as well.
Lastly is the destruction of the Indianapolis Colts by the New England Patriots last night. Team Belichick clearly looks like the best team in the AFC right now while the blueprint for beating the Colts as been revealed by both the Steelers and now the Patriots.
Outscore them and keep Andrew Luck off the field in the process.
If we’ve learned anything about the National Football League this season it’s that we can’t really judge a team based upon a single week of performances. Still, we can’t dismiss what the Steelers face in the next five weeks following tonight’s game.
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