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.
The Pittsburgh Steelers followed the script in their 27-24 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday by losing an ugly game to a pig of team with a sloppy performance all over the field.
Whether it was the 2009 Browns, Raiders or Chiefs, or the 2012 Titans, Raiders, Browns or Chargers, or the 2013 Titans, Vikings or Raiders, this is the type of loss that we willl look back on after another 8-8 or 9-7 season and say, “well, if they had just won THAT game they would be in the playoffs right now.”
It’s a regular thing lately and the type of loss that has defined the Pittsburgh Steelers over the past few season.
I forgot to post a new discussion thread for the Thursday night game in Baltimore, so that’s probably why that game went the way it did. I’m here to fix that tonight. The Steelers are in Carolina on Sunday night for a game that pretty much everybody expects them to lose.
When that happens in sports, the opposite outcome tends to happen.
Before we get to Sunday’s game, let’s start with this guy. Just look at that. Look at it. Are you looking at it yet?
Since the 1972 season the Pittsburgh Steelers have missed the playoffs three straight years only two different times: A four-year run under Chuck Noll between 1985 and 1988, and a three-year run in the Bill Cowher era between 1998 and 2000.
After consecutive 8-8 seasons they enter the 2014 season trying to avoid a third three-year postseason drought.
So what needs to happen this season?