NFL  > General NFL  > Should Steeler fans worry...
November 29, 2010, 11:28 AM
The Steelers have not been playing the best football lately, with the Dolphins gift the Pats beat down and your latest gift, courtesy of the Bills, the Steelers now have no more wiggle room, if they want to win the division.

With the grudge match against the Ravens set up on Sunday night, could this be the end of the Steelers season? With the Jets on the schedule still, they could be looking at six losses.

Not having seen them play this year, it is perceived that they are a border line team and need to step up and show that they belong.

IMHO at 8-3 you still have a strong shot at making the playoffs, but you are looking like a one and done team from the 5th or 6th seed.
November 29, 2010  11:41 AM ET

they seem to have same problems as last year....holding a late lead, field goals instead of touchdowns in red zone
it's looking like 6 losses would earn a wildcard spot and once the playoffs start anything can happen

November 29, 2010  11:41 AM ET
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The Steelers have not been playing the best football lately, with the Dolphins gift the Pats beat down and your latest gift, courtesy of the Bills, the Steelers now have no more wiggle room, if they want to win the division.With the grudge match against the Ravens set up on Sunday night, could this be the end of the Steelers season? With the Jets on the schedule still, they could be looking at six losses.Not having seen them play this year, it is perceived that they are a border line team and need to step up and show that they belong.IMHO at 8-3 you still have a strong shot at making the playoffs, but you are looking like a one and done team from the 5th or 6th seed.

No we haven't been playing our best football lately, but please remember that we're still trying to find that offensive rhythm. We didn't have Ben for the first four games so there will be a delay in doing that.

We still have the Jets and Ravens on our schedule - but they haven't been playing great either. It's not like they're far and away better.

We also have the Jets at home.

BUT, assuming you're right and we lose to the Jets and Ravens - that puts us at 11-5, not 10-6. I think the Steelers have already proven they can win from the wild card position. People thought we'd be one and done in 2005, too. We owned Cincy, Indy and Denver all on the road.

November 29, 2010  11:48 AM ET
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BUT, assuming you're right and we lose to the Jets and Ravens - that puts us at 11-5, not 10-6.

Exactly. With games against the Bungles, Panthers and Brownies 11 wins is a very real possibility.

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November 29, 2010  11:57 AM ET

Lets remember that the Steelers are playing with 2nd and 3rd stringers along the Offensive line and without starters Aaron Smith and Brett Kiesel on the Defensive lines.

There really isn't an elite team this year so once the Playoffs start, it's anybody's game.

Despite being penalized 10 time for 107 yards to Buffalo's 4 for 20, they still won.

Buffalo also took Baltimore and KC to OT AND lost to your Bears by 3 points so I don't see where you're going with this.

November 29, 2010  12:02 PM ET
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Pure excuses, your QB was their for training camp, pre-season and knows the playbook...has won had the same Offensive Coordinator for years, and they were 3-1 when he was able to play. Your problem is that your secondary is weak, and your offensive line is weak.If you lose to the Jets and Ravens...you are right, you would only have 5 losses, gifts do count.What that means that you have no home playoff games...this is not 2005 and the teams at the top of the AFC, match up very very good with you...Beat the Ravens, and you might not have to look at but one monster in the AFC playoffs, were anything can happen.

Poor excuses? So you can sit there and tell me that the Bears would have the same record you do now if your QB were out for four games?

As any player in the NFL will tell you, every year is a brand new year. You don't get to pick up from where you left off the previous year - you have to start from scratch.

In 2005 the teams at the top matched up well with us, too. Or did you forget that the Bengals and Indy beat us during the regular season that year?

Weak secondary? I'll grant you that. Oline is weak, I'll give you that, too. Kemauato gets called for holding a LOT. Our problem is staying healthy. At one point we were down to just 5 Olinemen that could play.

Every team out there has a weakness, including yours. The key is overcoming it - and our record indicates that we have for the most part.

I'll tell you this, there isn't a team in the AFC that wants to see us in the postseason - regardless of where the game is played. We have a great defense - best against the run, we run the ball well (9th in the league) and Ben has proven he can kill you in the post season, and he's even better on broken plays than he is in the pocket.

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November 29, 2010  12:12 PM ET
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Where am I going with it....be for real with the excuses, and what do the Bears have to do with this thread...Injuries are a part of the game, so to sit and whine & cry about who is playing...be for real..Bears fans did not cry when Urlacher missed the entire season, Patriot fans did not cry when Brady missed the entire season, you man up, go forward and continue.Or you create threads that the whole world is biased against your team...whatever

Whatever? What are you? 5 years old?

And who exactly are you talking about? I've NEVER started a thread whining about any damn thing. I don't know what the hell your problem is with me, but maybe you should take a big dip in the reality pool Junior.

Maybe you should start worrying about your own freakin team. You still got the Patriots and the Jets plus the Packers in Green Bay. With losses to the sub par Seahwaks and Redskins (at home no less) I wouldn't be planning no Super Bowl parades up there in Chi town.

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November 29, 2010  12:18 PM ET

The Steelers play in a very weak division. Other then Baltimore, the Browns and Bengals are an easy four wins? The officials gave you the Miami game. You were lucky to win yesterday? Seven of your opponents are Cleveland (2) Cinn (2) Oakland, Buffalo and Carolina? You have seven games against creampuffs. That division compared to the nfc east isn't even close. Thats been the case since Super Bowls began in 1966. SB championships Afc Central 7 Nfc East 11 Conference Championships Afc Central 8 Nfc East 19 ? lol Like I said the Steeler division doesn't come close to the Cowboys division. Thats just reality.

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November 29, 2010  12:23 PM ET

Big Ben sprained his ankle in the game yesterday....

November 29, 2010  12:26 PM ET
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This thread is not about the Bears, they are doing fine, last time I checked, they were leading their division...And yes, very poor excuses...Football is a team game, when one man goes down the show must continue, and the next man takes the injured players place...Have the Chargers made an excuses this season, no they strap their helmsts on and go play.Rayne, the Pats would love to see you in the playoffs, they might consider it a bye...lol

If only we all got to play the Lions and Vikings twice a year. *rolls eyes*

And winning is exactly what we're doing, by the way. When last I looked, we had the exact same record.

Let me say that again....

WE HAVE THE EXACT SAME RECORD!!!!!!

So tell me, why is it that the 'Bears are doing fine' at 8-3 but the Steelers might not make the playoffs?

See, we've only got two tough ones left - the Jets and Ravens.

Looking at YOUR schedule....you've got the Pats, Packers and Jets left. You also lost to the Redskins and Seahawks.

At least we can say that we lost to teams with winning records - and teams that will make the playoffs at that. Pats, Ravens and Saints. Can the Bears make the same claim?

November 29, 2010  12:26 PM ET
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The Steelers play in a very weak division. Other then Baltimore, the Browns and Bengals are an easy four wins? The officials gave you the Miami game. You were lucky to win yesterday? Seven of your opponents are Cleveland (2) Cinn (2) Oakland, Buffalo and Carolina? You have seven games against creampuffs. That division compared to the nfc east isn't even close. Thats been the case since Super Bowls began in 1966. SB championships Afc Central 7 Nfc East 11 Conference Championships Afc Central 8 Nfc East 19 ? lol Like I said the Steeler division doesn't come close to the Cowboys division. Thats just reality.

and the cowboys and skins are just powerhouses

November 29, 2010  12:33 PM ET
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The Steelers play in a very weak division. Other then Baltimore, the Browns and Bengals are an easy four wins? The officials gave you the Miami game. You were lucky to win yesterday? Seven of your opponents are Cleveland (2) Cinn (2) Oakland, Buffalo and Carolina? You have seven games against creampuffs. That division compared to the nfc east isn't even close. Thats been the case since Super Bowls began in 1966. SB championships Afc Central 7 Nfc East 11 Conference Championships Afc Central 8 Nfc East 19 ? lol Like I said the Steeler division doesn't come close to the Cowboys division. Thats just reality.

Do you seriously want to talk weak opponents?

Washington X2, Houston, Tennessee, Minnesota, Detroit and Arizona. That's seven games that are 'creampuff'.

You have a little 'pot - kettle' thing going on here.

November 29, 2010  12:36 PM ET

i'd rather be 8-3 in a "weak" division than 3-8 in a "strong" division

just think ATF...you'll have just as good a seat for this year's Super Bowl as your All-Universe QB tony romo

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November 29, 2010  01:02 PM ET
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You play the Bengals and Browns twice a year..then Oakland, Tampa Bay, Miami, Buffal, & Carolina.You play one of the weakest schedules in the NFL...are you serious...

My point was it was about as strong as yours. PS...you talk weak schedule and then bring up Tampa? Dude, they're 7-4 right now!

Another point was that WE at least lost to playoff teams. How about the Bears? Lost to the Seahawks and Redskins, right? Wow...can't wait to see how you handle the Jets, Pats and Packers.

People that live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones and need to change clothes in the basement.

 
November 29, 2010  01:08 PM ET

Bears also play Buffalo, Carolina, Miami
last I looked, Tampa Bay is above .500
Bears play Lions and Vikings twice a year...
are you seriously suggesting that Lions and Vikings are better than Bengals and Browns?
Browns have beaten Saints and Patriots

Bears schedule is no more difficult than Steelers.....
look...Bears are having a very good year...enjoy it without dragging down other teams

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