Man, oh, man.
This was some kind of game. The kind of game that was as ugly in the stands as it was on the field, and it was pretty ugly on the field. So ugly, that I’ve put off writing about it for as long as possible without it overlapping the next game.
So let’s get to it.
Hello, football fans.
Who knows what to expect from the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. On one hand, the Saints are 4-7, which means they are a bad team. That means the Steelers are likely to play down to their level and probably lose. On the other hand, the Saints are also tied for first place in the NFC South. So maybe they’re a good team! So that means the Steelers are likely to play up to their level and probably win.
I didn’t post a game thread on Sunday and the Steelers lost to the Jets. Then I didn’t want to write about the Steelers on Monday because the Jets game just made me mad. So let’s try a game thread again.
Until this season the best football I ever saw Ben Roethlisberger play was the three-week stretch in the 2005 playoffs when the Steelers went through Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Denver on their way to Super Bowl XL.
During that three-game stretch, he went 49-for-72 (68 percent) for 680 yards (9.4 yards per attempt), 7 touchdowns and 1 interception.
Here is what he has done over the past three weeks: 88-for-119 (74 percent), 1,127 yards (9.4 yards per attempt), 14 touchdowns and 0 interceptions.
Finally. The Pittsburgh Steelers have discovered the winning formula. And that formula is to let Ben Roethlisberger take control of the game and try to put up as many points as humanly possible. In this NFL, and with a defense that has Cortez Allen on it playing the way he is, no number of points will ever be enough. Keep scoring. Throw down field. Don’t throw it to Justin Brown in the red zone.
It’s another NFL Sunday where anything can happen.
The Steelers are 4-3 and have a chance to do something they have yet to do this season: Win two games in a row. Now would be a good time to start.
There are people that bet money — significant amounts of money — on the NFL, and I just can’t get over these people. They have to be nuts, because I have no idea how anybody can have any level of confidence about what is going to happen in the NFL on a given weekend. It’s a weird, crazy ass league, and somehow, the Pittsburgh Steelers, for as bad as they have looked at times, are entering Week 8 just one game out of not only a potential wild card spot, but also the AFC North division lead.
So how did they get here? A wild 30-23 win over the Houston Texans on Monday night that might have been one of the most entertaining, exciting and downright fun regular season games I’ve ever been to at Heinz Field.
Well, once you got past the first quarter. But the second quarter! Man, that made sitting through the first quarter worth it.
Who knows what to expect tonight. The Steelers might win. They might not. The NFL is crazy.
Let’s talk about the Pittsburgh Steelers because, man, there is an awful lot to talk about when it comes to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are underdogs in a game against the Cleveland Browns, something that has not happened in more than a decade. And that seems just fine since I have no idea what to expect from this team on a week-to-week basis.