Hi. For the six of you that still check in on this site hoping to see an update, thanks for that! But today we actually have something for you, and we hope you enjoy it. Since Adam is a Steelers season ticket holder, he will share his thoughts and observations from each home game. We call it The View From 522 (because that’s where he sits).
I’m not going to lie. I didn’t have any expectations for this one. I punted on the Steelers chances for Sunday’s game in Baltimore and was resigned to the fact they were going to be 6-6 and was plotting out playoff scenarios involving the final four games of the regular season. I didn’t see anyway a team quarterbacked by Charlie Batch, coming off of last week’s performance in Cleveland, could go into Baltimore and win. Or even keep it close.
Not only did they keep it close, the Steelers found a way to pull off one of their most satisfying regular season wins in recent memory thanks to a late drive by Batch and the offense and a game-winning 42-yard field goal by the suddenly reliable Shaun Suisham.
I’ve given up on trying to make sense of the NFL.
A few thoughts on Sunday’s game and the Steelers in general:
First, I would like to apologize to Byron for saying that Charlie should’ve been the backup all along. Batch aged in dog years since showing well early in 2010. And now the Steelers get to face the Ravens in Baltimore, where Joe Flacco has been pretty good. The upside: even if Pittsburgh loses today, they’re still in the playoff mix. It ain’t perfect, but it’s better than nothing.
For whatever reason — I’m sure they have them — the Pittsburgh Steelers have decided that Charlie Batch is still worthy of a spot on their 53-man roster. By doing this they acknowledge the reality that a situation may in fact come up during the season that will force him on the field. That situation was Sunday during what turned out to be a 20-14 Steelers loss in Cleveland, a game that was probably the worst three hours of football any NFL fan outside of Cleveland has ever had the displeasure of watching. Continue reading →
On the one hand, I feel like the pressure’s off — if the Steelers win without Big Ben it’s gravy. On the other hand, this ain’t the same Ravens we’re used to seeing. I’m on record as thinking Chaz Batch should get the start but Mike Tomlin’s track record is a little better than mine.