Is it bad that my first thought was, "Dang, I'll bet we drop down another slot in the draft next year?"
Mrs. is still keeping the faith, doesn't much care about draft spots or the long view. My thinking is 9-7 or 10-6 are absolutely going to be necessary, especially with the Jets and Fins sitting at 5 wins and Ravens, Browns, Bills, Tits, Chargers, and Raiders all tangled at 4 wins. Could be done with 9-7 if head-to-head (Jets) comes into play, but bottom line, you have to be (virtually) perfect, and the Steelers haven't shown that. Big win against the Lions, but would not surprise me in the least to drop one to the Brownies or Fins or something stupid like that.
Four divisional matchups.
Must wins: @ Browns, Fins, Browns.
Have to go 2 of 3 (or maybe 1-3) against: @ Ravens, Bengals, @ Packers (w/ Rodgers back).
My guess? The rally falls short, but we screw the pooch for a top-10. Which was what I said a week or two ago. So basically, we're on course.
@ Browns 11/24: Steelers 23, Browns 17.
@ Ravens 11/28: Ravens 20, Steelers 16.
Dolphins 12/8: Steelers 27, Dolphins 13.
Bengals 12/15: Steelers 27, Bengals 24.
@ Packers 12/22: Packers 34, Steelers 23.
Browns 12/29: Steelers 31, Browns 13.
8-8, 15th pick in the draft.