After last week’s crushing and embarrassing defeat in Oakland the Pittsburgh Steelers fell to 2-5. AFC North leader Cincinnati was 6-2 and coming off a 49-9 drubbing of a Jets’ team the Steelers struggled to defeat for their first win.
My how things suddenly change in a matter of days huh?
The Bengals could have put a death-grip on the division last night but went to Miami and lost in overtime. Back to the pack in the AFC North they fall…
Not only did they lose but they also saw October’s AFC offensive player of the month Andy Dalton turn the ball over four times and they lost superstar defensive tackle Geno Atkins for the season with an ACL injury.
Will someone just claim this division already? I’m almost to the point where I want to see the Steelers just go full-blown youth mode but yet we can’t for one more week at least.
Of course I would love nothing better than for the Steelers to go on an epic winning streak and somehow find their way into the playoffs but I have to be realistic too. This team has given me no reason to think a winning streak of more than two games is possible.
So now we find ourselves going to Foxboro where the last time we won there Tom Brady was out for the season with a knee injury and the quarterback was Matt Cassel. Somehow we beat Cassel back then but can’t beat him as QB of the Vikings. Go figure…
Because my faith in the Steelers has waned significantly with each passing week, I’m just ready to get to the next phase of life. Get the young guys some more playing time and let some of the veterans go out to pasture.
But for some reason this team just doesn’t seem to want to die its final death. Maybe it’s to tease us into thinking there is a glimmer of hope or to remind us that there is some talent out there. I just don’t know!
Then again, maybe Tom Brady will emerge from his sub-par season and toss four touchdown passes to put us out of our misery. Somehow I just don’t think it will be that easy though. Not with this Steelers’ team.
Marc Uhlmann writes for and co-owns www.steelcityblitz.com. Follow him on Twitter @steeldad and follow the website at @SCBlitz. He can be heard Mondays on Trib-Live Radio at 630pm ET talking Steelers and is a blogger for ESPN 970 in Pittsburgh.