Shooting down the Ravens to reach 11-3 has the Steelers in a good position before heading into the playoffs. Next, they face the 12-2 Tennessee Titans in a showdown for the number one seed in the AFC. The Titans will be missing two stars on their defensive line, Kyle Vanden Bosch and Albert Haynesworth, so one hopes that will relieve some of the pressure on Big Ben.
“To me personally, there’s no pressure,” Roethlisberger said of next week’s trip to Nashville. “I mean, you go down to Tennessee, it’s not like we have to win. We want to win, but we don’t have to. I think we can go play more relaxed and have fun. I think it’ll be another great game.”
For now the “must win” portion of the schedule has been completed. The next few will be bonus wins, games with the potential to shoot their seeding straight to the top and keep the wheels turning.
It’s time to keep the mojo mojinating and the confidence building. Forget about resting players and potentially allowing rust to build, it’s the last thing they need. There will be plenty of time to rest during that first round bye week while the wild card teams fight it out with the lesser divisional winners.
It’s time to snatch some bonus wins from the Titans and Browns thus ensuring the AFC playoffs go through Heinz Field.