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    the Giants barely squeaked into the playoffs last season and ended up winning the Super Bowl so anything is possible until you're actually mathematically eliminated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hawaiiansteel View Post
    the Giants barely squeaked into the playoffs last season and ended up winning the Super Bowl so anything is possible until you're actually mathematically eliminated.


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    IMO, the defense is playing too good right now to discount the Steelers. Had the Ravens been able to score points at will or at least put 20-25 points on the board and the Steelers are completely out of the game then I would be worried. Timmons was getting off blocks in the run game and making plays, Harrison had 8 tackles, 1 for loss and a sack, Woodley had a bunch of tackles, 1 for loss, Keenan Lewis had 10 tackles and a couple passes defensed, Taylor limited Smith to 1 catch for 7 yards.

    The Steelers simply have to find a way into the playoffs and hope Ben's shoulder and rib heal by that time.

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    The Steelers simply have to find a way into the playoffs and hope Ben's shoulder and rib heal by that time.

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    Therein lies the mountainous challenge...without Ben, I could see them finishing anywhere from 6-10 to 9-7, and I'm doubtful that will get them a ticket to the playoffs.

    Furthermore, I don't think even the Steelers F.O. thinks they have a real good chance of making a Super Bowl run, or they would be looking to sign a veteran FA QB instead of guys like Kafka and Hoyer. Unless, that is, they think Ben will be back in a week or two.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BradshawsHairdresser View Post
    Therein lies the mountainous challenge...without Ben, I could see them finishing anywhere from 6-10 to 9-7, and I'm doubtful that will get them a ticket to the playoffs.

    Furthermore, I don't think even the Steelers F.O. thinks they have a real good chance of making a Super Bowl run, or they would be looking to sign a veteran FA QB instead of guys like Kafka and Hoyer. Unless, that is, they think Ben will be back in a week or two.
    Other teams are going to lose games. The Ravens may lose this week without Reed versus the Chargers. The Steelers just need to take care of Cleveland this week. I know Cleveland played Dallas pretty tough, but Weeden should look about as good as Flacco versus the defense. The special teams need to just hold the fort and not give up big plays or make any major gaffes (fumbles, personal foul penalties,etc) and the offense needs to possess the ball (similar to Baltimore game), get a lead, not turn it over three times and basically not lose the game.

    This has to be the recipe until Ben comes back and the Steelers will win games including the Ravens II in a couple weeks.

    Colts - Bills, Lions, Titans and Texans twice (there are some losses in there with a rookie quarterback)
    Patriots - Jets, Dolphins (twice), 49ers and Texans (can't see them winning out)
    Denver - Chiefs (twice), Bucs, Raiders, Ravens and Browns (even with Manning not winning out)
    Cincy - Raiders, Chargers, Ravens, Steelers, Cowboys, Eagles (Dalton is consistent enough to win them all)

    That's everybody that is either one game ahead or 1 game behind the Steelers, teams that are two games ahead probably can't be caught except the Ravens (because we play them again and I think they'll lose a game) and teams that are two behind have a tough road ahead.

    The Steelers need to hold serve this weekend and see what shakes out. This weekend's game won't be easy, but I believe the defense will be able to fluster Weeden and everyone that was calling for Batch to run the quick passing game gets a chance to see how that all works out.

    One thing for sure if I were Haley, I would not allow Batch to throw the ball in obvious passing situations, 3rd and 5 or greater would be a run and if they don't make it then a punt and let the defense play. 2nd and long would be either a slant, a hitch to a TE, bubble screen, draw play or stretch play, if 3rd becomes manageable try to convert, if not, run it and punt again. A punt is going to be a good play for the Steelers. Batch needs to get through the game healthy and to get a feel for live action again. Against the Ravens then you can take a few more chances, but this week has to be about field position, staying in the game and winning or defending a lead late.

    Just my opinion.

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    [QUOTE=papillon;533841

    Colts - Bills, Lions, Titans and Texans twice (there are some losses in there with a rookie quarterback)

    That's everybody that is either one game ahead or 1 game behind the Steelers, teams that are two games ahead probably can't be caught except the Ravens (because we play them again and I think they'll lose a game) and teams that are two behind have a tough road ahead.

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    Could you imagine if the Bruce Arians-led Colts made the playoffs and the Steelers didn't??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sugar View Post
    Could you imagine if the Bruce Arians-led Colts made the playoffs and the Steelers didn't??
    the Colts are playing inspired football in honor of Chuck Pagano, I wish them nothing but the best of Andrew Luck.

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    If I would have had to guess, I would say Arians would be a better head coach than a offensive cord. Maybe the head coaching time he puts in will distract him from totally screwing up an offense. Once again, Arian has a future great QB to make him look good. The Colts had a bad season last year because no Manning. Now they have another great Qb as it seems and they're doing well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fezziwig View Post
    If I would have had to guess, I would say Arians would be a better head coach than a offensive cord. Maybe the head coaching time he puts in will distract him from totally screwing up an offense. Once again, Arian has a future great QB to make him look good. The Colts had a bad season last year because no Manning. Now they have another great Qb as it seems and they're doing well.
    It appears that LeBeau and Haley are better coordinators than they were HC's. There is a different skill set needed for each job. As for the Steelers, it seems that the team is simply snakebit this year. If healthy, this team could be the best in the NFL. Unfortunately, they aren't healthy.

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    Has Shawn Suisham just become the Steelers most important player for the next couple of weeks?
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