It was a Pittsburgh Steeler day in the AFC North. The Steelers traveled to Cincinnati and beat a winning team while the Ravens found a way to lose to a terrible Seahawks team in Seattle. Toss in another Cleveland loss for good measure.
When they fell behind 16-6 late in the 3rd quarter, I held little hope for a Steeler victory. The offense looked inept and the defense could not get off the field on 3rd down, no matter how great the distance.
Yes. Yes I do. But not this week. The Steelers put a thumping on Tennessee, they of the Titanic whipping of the Ravens a mere three weeks ago. Those same Ravens who kicked the Steelers down the field, dragged them back up it and kicked them down again, for 60 straight minutes on opening day.
It’s been a season like that so far and the Steelers have gone from bad to not-so-bad to great to suck and now to mediocre-at-best-until-they-prove-otherwise-by-beating-the-Patriots.
The Steelers are an underdog in this game? Really? Are you kidding me? What is Ray-Ray, a thousand years old? Ed Reed is using a walker, their wide outs are, uh, who?
Now that Ray Rice guy ain’t bad, at least Flacco will have somebody to throw to. The Ravens defense has lost another step and their offense will be as atrocious as ever.
The Steelers are a different story though.
I’ll be honest with you, my choice was to have the Colts beat the Jets and let the Ravens soften up the Patriots. That was my “perfect world” scenario for the AFC Wildcard round. After Saturday my revised idea was…
Against the Colts the Steelers should be able to impose their will on both sides of the ball without revealing too much to the Patriots brain trust. Pass enough to keep that eighth man out of the box and run it down their undersized defense’s collective throats.
Boy, did I ever get it wrong last week. Picked the game right, sure. But I did not give Arians or Charlie Batch the credit they deserved. Well done, gentlemen! And now to the Ravens. We all know how this…