Good Monday to you Steelers fans.
“Weird” is the only way I can describe how today feels. The Pittsburgh Steelers did not play on Thanksgiving night. They did not play on Sunday and they aren’t playing tonight. Instead, they will play (finally) the Baltimore Ravens tomorrow night. Whether I or you think this game should even be played really doesn’t matter. The NFL and its TV partners want and need it played. Player safety be damned I guess. The Ravens will be without Lamar Jackson, Mark Ingram, J.K. Dobbins, Mark Andrews and Matthew Judon among several more. Do I feel sorry for them? I do for those that followed the proper protocols but I also have a hard time feeling bad for an organization that tolerated its strength Coach constantly going without a mask. The Steelers may be without James Conner and a couple of coaches as well. Neither team will be at full strength but there’s no denying the Steelers are in much better shape than their rivals. To this point, the NFL has been subjective in its handling of this pandemic. Fines and lost draft picks for some, slaps on the wrist for others. I don’t get it either but here we are… weird as it may be.
A Good Positive
We are so used to hearing the term “positive” and immediately thinking bad news due to Covid that we sometimes forget it actually can be a good thing. I say this because that’s how Mike Tomlin has approached the last few days. His players got some rest or as he said, “time off their feet.” For as crazy as the last seven days have been Tomlin is right. Getting rest at this point in the season is huge and you take it no matter how it comes.
Tweet of the Day… Mark has a point for sure. A little more variety might be nice.
Through 12 weeks, the Bears, Packers, Eagles, Seahawks (who play Sunday and Monday night this week) have been on primetime a combined 16 times. Can we mix this up a little more for next year?
— Mark Kaboly (@MarkKaboly) November 30, 2020
Around the AFC North
The Jacksonville Jaguars, who last week lost to the Steelers 27-3, took Cleveland to the limit before losing 27-25. The win moves the Browns to 8-3 and keeps them in position to make the playoffs. The Bengals fought hard in their first game without Joe Burrow but dropped a 19-17 game to the New York Giants. They are now 2-8-1 and will likely be picking in the top five in April.
Another Addition to the List
Ravens’ WR Willie Snead IV was added to the Covid/IR list yesterday which now brings the total of Ravens on that list to… Heck, I’ve lost count. They are missing guys at literally every position on the field. As for the Steelers, we know right now they’ll be without James Conner, Special Teams Coach Danny Smith and Quarterbacks Coach Matt Canada.
Have a great day Steeler Nation!
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