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?
Finally, it’s time for the real games to start. But before that, there was the annual Steelers vs. Panthers preseason finale where the most exciting thing we saw all night was the girl on the corner of Seventh and Penn eating fire after the game.
Let’s call the Steelers a work in progress at this point because, well, that could have gone better.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are in Philadelphia to take on the Eagles for what is typically the most important preseason game (the third one). The rules remain the same: Nobody get hurt.
With training camp and two preseason games in the books, it is time to update the projected roster and practice squad we posted following the 2014 NFL Draft.
We’ll get to the three special-teams spots later (where there is a great deal of uncertainty). By our count 34 of the remaining 50 spots are roster locks (barring injury), with another eight players near-locks.
Several players have moved into the latter category with strong performances thus far, including ILBs Terrence Garvin and Sean Spence (who have both looked fantastic and fast), and DBs Antwon Blake and Robert Golden, both of whom are also special-teams coverage standouts.
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