The Pittsburgh Steelers and their fan base has had a long time to dwell over last Thursday night’s difficult loss at the hands of their hated rival Baltimore Ravens.
In the wake of the loss, a pink slip was handed out (to underperforming kicker Josh Scobee) and venom from fans spewed at head coach Mike Tomlin for his decision to go for it on 4th down twice in OT, and offensive coordinator Todd Haley for his play choices.
With all that being said, there’s reason to exhale, and relax in the ‘Burgh. The Black and Gold are in the same spot they were a year ago; 2 wins and 2 losses. Matter of fact, at one point in 2014, they were 3-3, which is a realistic possibility for this season with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger out at least a month with a severely sprained left MCL.
However, the Steelers got hot in their last 10 games of 2014 going 8-2, which included win streaks of 3 and 4 games. And, eventually led to the AFC North division title with an 11-5 record, and a home playoff game.
Here’s more good news. Pittsburgh is only two games back of the Cincinnati Bengals for the AFC North lead, with two games scheduled against them, two against the Cleveland Browns, and another against the Ravens in Baltimore.
Even though the Steelers have the number one toughest schedule coming into the season, the toughest opponents are coming up when they hope to get #7 back in the fold, along with the return this week of deep threat wide receiver Martavis Bryant from his 4 game suspension.
Oh, and the best thing about the Ravens game is seeing Roethlisberger on the sidelines and walking, even with a limp. The word is he could return sooner than expected.
The point of this soliloquy is, even with Roethlisberger down for 4 or 5 more games, the Steelers still have a chance to finish this season with another division title, a home playoff game, and primed for a run at a seventh Lombardi trophy.