The offense is bad. The defense is worse. Special teams are anything but special. Perhaps they are “special”. The 2013 Pittsburgh Steelers are an awful football team.
Breathe in, breathe out, repeat. It will be okay. It was only Game One. It was a Road Game. Silverback was out, Ryan Clark was out, Rashard Mendenhall was out. Ben Roethlisberger had the ball in hand and a chance to drive for the win. True, it was not pretty but it could have been so much worse. These things we will repeat daily until the next game, and we will feel better.
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.
Yes, you heard me. They’re 6-2 and looking every bit like a playoff-caliber team. Could they win the division? They control their own destiny with four games remaining against rivals Pittsburgh and Baltimore.
Andy “The Ginger QB” Dalton looks like a worthy second round pick this last draft. As does his favorite target, A.J. Green, their first round pick in ’10. Green is pulling down 5 receptions per game for an average of 15 yards.
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.
The Steelers dominated the statistics, running nearly twice as many plays, doubling the Patriots yardage total and time of possession. Yet, at the end, the Patriots were a lucky play or two away from winning the game.
No, they’re all good. But Pittsburgh continued to baffle as they hung on for dear life to defeat a terrible Jaguars team at Heinz field.