So you’re telling me there’s a chance


I’m not saying they’re going to do it, or that the chances of it happening are even very high, but the Steelers are still in this thing. Even more, Thursday’s game in Baltimore is actually kind of huge. Perhaps even the biggest game ever between two 5-6 teams.

After starting the season 0-4,  just having a chance is way more than I expected at this point. Going on a 5-2 run over the past seven games sure does change things. The offense, especially with the recent addition of the no-huddle, looks competent. The defense is forcing turnovers.

THINGS ARE LOOKING BETTER!

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Week 12 Game Thread: Steelers vs. Browns

This never gets old.

Also: Apologies about no podcast this week — conflicting schedules are to blame — but we’ll be back next week.

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View From 522: Steelers vs. Lions

Since Gretz is a season-ticket holder, he’s going to take a look at the debauchery and insanity that takes place in the Heinz Field stands after every home game he attends. 

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Week 11 Game Thread: Lions vs. Steelers

The Steelers are going to need LeBeau to do this to Megatron a few times Sunday.

In related news, Ian Rapoport, the same guy who reported last Sunday AND Thursday that  Ben would ask for a trade in the offseason even though Ben, his agent and Art Rooney II promptly denied it, reported Friday that his sources have now told him that the Steelers won’t trade the QB.

Seriously, you can’t make this up.

Meanwhile, everyone else’s sources — Ben, his agent and Rooney — told us all as much seven days ago.

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Steelers Lounge Podcast #88: Lynn Swann

It’s another Steelers Lounge Podcast, y’all…

Apparently, we started a whole thing when we talked last week about trading Big Ben. The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said Sunday that Roethlisberger would ask the team to explore a trade this offseason, a report that was swiftly and repeatedly denied by Ben’s agent, Art Rooney II and Big Ben.

Not to be deterred, Rapoport reported the exact same thing Thursday night. I really have no idea what to make of that other than Rapoport is just trolling for the sake of it. But hey, if he can look himself in the mirror and be okay with it, more power to him. (Upside: Mark Madden’s got his back.)

Other Rapsheet nuggets: Tomlin’s safe for 2014, Ryan Clark may not be back (in related news, Ryan Clark’s contract is up at the end of the season — and he’s 34), and the same holds for Troy.

Anyway, we talk a lot about this, look back at the Bills game and discuss the Steelers’ chances against the Lions. Sneak preview: Those chances are not good.

Alrighty, talking starts promptly…

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View From 522: Steelers vs. Bills, the battle for the seat cushion

Since Gretz is a season-ticket holder, he’s going to take a look at the debauchery and insanity that takes place in the Heinz Field stands after every home game he attends. 

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Week 10 Game Thread: Bill vs. Steelers

I was looking for the clip of Deebo intercepting Drew Bledsoe from the 2004 Steelers-Bills game but that somehow never made it to the YouTubes.

I did find this, though: Gary Jones destroying Don Beebe during a 1993 game that. If that happened today, Jones would be arrested on the spot and sentenced to death by the end of the week.

In related news: This season has made me feel like Don Beebe over and over and over.

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Steelers Lounge Podcast #87: Mark Bruener

It’s another Steelers Lounge Podcast, y’all…

Another week, another loss for the Steelers, this time in historic fashion. The Patriots hung 55 points on a defenseless Pittsburgh defense and we spend most of the podcast talking about the future.

The conversation starts with which coaches should be sent packing in the offseason, including Dick LeBeau and whether it’s time to see what Keith Butler can do as a defensive coordinator. Then there’s the roster. Which veterans other than Big Ben and LaMarr Woodley (because of his contract) should be back? And what happens if another team wants to trade for Roethlisberger, should the Steelers consider it, especially if they have a top-5 pick in the April draft and can get their next franchise quarterback there?

It’s early November and already so many questions, none of which have to do with the final eight games of the season.

Sad, we know.

Alrighty, talking starts promptly…

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55 points

Good news! The Steelers offense wasn’t completely awful on Sunday. They had their moments, of course, turning the football over three more times and missing a couple of plays here and there, but they still managed to put 31 points on the board. Sure, it was against a mediocre New England offense that was missing three of its best defensive players, but 31 points is still 31 points and 31 points should be enough points to win an NFL game, yes?

Yes!

Unless your defense gets lit up to the tune of 610 yards and 55 points and sets new franchise records in defensive futility.
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Week 9 Game Thread: Steelers vs. Patriots

The Patriots are not good. Unfortunately, the Steelers aren’t either. Who knows,  maybe this is the week they turn things around for good.

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