On December 18, 2011...
...the New York Giants lost at home to a Washington Redskins team that entered the game with a 4-9 record. The Redskins would finish the season with a 5-11 record, and two of those five wins were against the Giants. For that matter, the Giants also lost to the Seahawks, who finished the season with a 7-9 record. Nobody took the Giants seriously as playoff contenders last December 18.
Preach it, brotha!!!
Time for a win streak!
I remember a 7-5 Steelers team coming off three straight losses and needing to win out in the last 4 games of the season just to make the playoffs. They did that, in impressive fashion, and carried that momentum to a Super Bowl victory.
Now I am looking at a 7-6 team who can make the playoffs by winning out the next 3 games. I like their chances.
I love my Steelers, but I'm having a real tough time believing they are a Super Bowl contender. Based on their play thus far (not just their record), it's hard enough to believe they could win out in the regular season, but I just can't see them putting together any kind of a playoff run, not against the likes of the Texans or the Broncos or--sorry--even the Colts. I hope beyond hope that they prove me wrong, but I don't think this team has the talent, the leadership, or the heart.
When no one believes, the team plays its best.
Stop believing. Write them off.
In order for the Steelers to progress this season, they HAVE to stop beating themselves with their own mistakes. They have to get tough mentally and stop the stupid penalties on every STs play, the offsides penalties on defense, quit giving up 3rd and longs, quit missing blocking assignments, dropping balls and missing tackles. Until they do that, they will not advance as the Giants did last season. First things first folks, fix the stupid mistakes, then think playoff run. The coming weeks will be very telling about playoff chances by simply engaging the game on a more intellectual, fundamental level.
[QUOTE=Jooser;537221] the offsides penalties on defense[/QUOTE]
As an aside to your point, did anyone else notice the SD C's head move when Troy and James jumped offsides on back to back plays? I think they both were looking for his head twitch and he must have known they knew somehow. I haven't rewatched it, but it looked like he drew them off.
[QUOTE=flippy;537217]When no one believes, the team plays its best.
Stop believing. Write them off.[/QUOTE]
When no one believes, Santa's sleigh can't fly (even with Buddy the Elf strapping a jet engine to the bottom of it).
The best way to spread Steelers cheer, is singing loud for all to hear...
"Oh mama, I'm in fear for my life, from the long arm of the law"