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Question: How far do you think the Steelers make it in the playoffs?
Lose to Jacksonville in the Wild Card round. - 9 (32.1%)
Beat Jacksonville, lose in the AFC Divisional round. - 10 (35.7%)
Beat JAX and upset NE/IND, but lose in the AFC Championship. - 3 (10.7%)
Run the table in the AFC, but lose in the Super Bowl. - 0 (0%)
Win it all, baby.  Win it all. - 6 (21.4%)
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Winters in Holland
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« on: Jan 04, 2008 at 09:56 »

Also, please respond with one fearless playoff prediction.


My prediction:

For whatever reason, I can't shake the thought of an unlikely meeting between the Tennessee Titans and Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field for the AFC Championship.

Then last night, I had a dream that the Steelers and Titans were tied at 17 heading into overtime, so I have to go with that, however unlikely it may seem.


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« Reply #1 on: Jan 04, 2008 at 11:45 »

"Playoffs?  PLAYOFFS??!!"

When did the season start?

Patriots go "one and done."

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« Reply #2 on: Jan 04, 2008 at 12:47 »

Jags 24
Steelers 10

Jags vs Cowboys in SB

Jags win 40-32
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« Reply #3 on: Jan 04, 2008 at 13:29 »

My gut tells me we lose to the Jags.  My heart is praying for a win.  If we do get by the Jags, I don't see us beating New England.  

However, if by some crazy chance we beat the Jags, and then New England or Indy, we won't lose.  We'll win outright.
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« Reply #4 on: Jan 04, 2008 at 13:36 »

I think we win this week solely because of Ben.  

Quite simply, aside from Ben, there is no reason whatsoever to think we even can win this week.  Our OL is a shambles.  The star RB is out.  Our starting WRs haven't played a game together in I don't know how long.  Our defense has suddenly turned into something I don't even recognize.  Our return game is nonexistant and we continue to have on and off difficulties on covering kicks.  We have a rookie HC who last experienced the playoffs when he was below the coordinator level (and that was what, 3-4 years ago?).  

We do, however, have Ben.  I think that will be the difference.  Aside from this week, unless the D suddenly remembers who they are, even with Ben playing well I don't think we can beat Indy or NE this year.
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« Reply #5 on: Jan 04, 2008 at 13:39 »

One game at a time, kids.  I'll be very happy and surprised if we win this week.  And that's as far as I can realistically look.  Not expecting much, but when I set the bar low the boys do tend to surprise me.
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« Reply #6 on: Jan 04, 2008 at 13:44 »

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I think we win this week solely because of Ben.

Agreed.

That and you can't stop Allen Rossum. You can only hope...

 
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« Reply #7 on: Jan 04, 2008 at 13:47 »

Ben is definitely the only chance we have of doing anything in the playoffs.  

If Ben can perform miracles like we've seen him do in the past, and all season long, we have a shot of winning a game or two.  However, our D will have to at worst, be average.  Not terrible like they have been.  If they continue to suck ass at the rate they've been sucking, I don't think even Ben can keep us afloat.  Its just asking too much from one person.  

Here's hoping though, that our defense re-locates their pride, and comes out hungry to prove the naysayers wrong.  
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« Reply #8 on: Jan 04, 2008 at 14:00 »

While we're on the topic of Ben, has anyone seen that charity add that he and Rocky Bleier made cameos in?

When Roethlisberger has long hair, and has it slicked back like he does, he looks like "Future Biff" from Back to the Future II.



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« Reply #9 on: Jan 04, 2008 at 15:36 »

feeling it for tomorrow night
not so much for next weekend but that would change of course if they win tomorrow night.  
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« Reply #10 on: Jan 04, 2008 at 20:37 »

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not so much for next weekend but that would change of course if they win tomorrow night.
Same here.  I think we beat the Jags 24-17, then lose to the Pats.
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« Reply #11 on: Jan 04, 2008 at 23:48 »

Wouldn't be surprised if you see something different like Hoke at DE or Woodley on the line as a faux-DE to give Jax something else to look at on Saturday.

The only reason that the Jags aren't favored by more than a couple is that Del Rio is going to have a predictable game plan that LeBeau may well be able to counter, if the Steelers don't implode on offense.
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« Reply #12 on: Jan 05, 2008 at 12:35 »

while i dont feel too confident about tonite the way this team has been bitten by the injury bug, i still just dont see the Jags beating us twice at home.  also agree with padg about Jax's game plan, they do one thing really well and thats run the ball.  if LeBeau and the boys can come up with a plan to compensate for Aaron Smith's absence (which hasnt even come close to happening since he went down) than there is no way David Garrard can win the game for them.  airing the ball out early and often (a la the XL run) is the only way this team is going anywhere.  we've already learned the Steelers cant "outphysical" Jacksonville, so we gotta jump ahead and force Garrard into making plays, which i dont think he is capable of.

Steelers win 27-17, they jump out to a 13-0 lead and take away the running game.  Ben ends up throwing for 220 and 3.

fearless prediction:  the Heinz turf, a bit chippy after Fragile Freddy's comments earlier in the week, grabs a hold of Taylor's foot and he tears a knee ligament or two.  *snicker*
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« Reply #13 on: Jan 05, 2008 at 14:37 »

Hoke is definitely playing DE some tonight. I've got sources. Kirschke's gonna start though.
 
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« Reply #14 on: Jan 05, 2008 at 14:45 »

Can the Jags make XPs yet? Last time here they looked circus-like in their ineptness.

Andre Davis told me last week that they surely can't cover kickoffs.

Our defense finished #1 in the NFL, no? According to my calculations that means we finished better off than Jaguars did.

Jacksonville matches up with us so great because they are a typical Steeler physical team? Sooo we're not used to seeing it? They've got a strong running game and a QB that does just enough. Etc etc.

Our QB does more than enough and is playing just as well as any typical Steeler QB ever has.

F the Jags.

Steelers 24
Jaguars 9 (they can't make XPs, dammit!)
Ben 3 TDs (Nate, Nate, Hines)
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« Reply #15 on: Jan 05, 2008 at 15:19 »

After all those years of the Pats sticking it to us in our house, I could think of no better retribution than the Steelers going into their house and sticking it to the Pats' bandwagon fans during their best season ever. If the Steelers win today, it's going to be in a relative blowout with Big Ben leading the charge and the D stepping up with those ever-elusive turnovers. If Dookie puts it on the turf it's all over. I am going to be making as much noise as friggin possible tonight.  
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« Reply #16 on: Jan 05, 2008 at 20:27 »

I will predict the Steelers fucking suck
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« Reply #17 on: Jan 05, 2008 at 20:50 »

The saddest part about this is that I could not even get hyped up enough for them in the playoffs to be all that disappointed. I thought Pitt would get owned tonight, and so far that is proving to be completely true. There just was not enough shown by this team to expect anything more than a one and done. I would LOVE to be proven wrong, but i just don't see it happening. FWIW, I love Ben too, but this game reminds me of his performance vs the jets in the playoffs in yr one....not good.
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