People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf. George Orwell
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Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you 1. Jesus Christ, 2.The American G.I., One died for your soul, the other for your freedom.
Let's take the optimist's view, shall we?
We will likely be favorites in every game at Heinz this year (maybe the Ravens and Bengals games should be close to pick 'ems, because those tough division games are always close), but shouldn't we be able to beat the Titans, Bears, Bills, Lions, Dolphins, and Browns at home? Darn tootin' we should. Not saying that we will win all those games (usually, there is a loss or two in there...maybe Chicago, Detroit, or a division rival bites us at our place), but every one of those games is certainly winnable for us.
On the road, we are likely underdogs in New England, Green Bay, Baltimore, and Cincinnati...I'll give you that. All tough games. But shouldn't we be able to go in the road and beat Christian Ponder's Vikings, Mark Sanchez's Jets, Matt Flynn's Raiders, and Brandon Weeden's Browns? Heck yeah, we should.
Remember this team still has Roethlisberger, some useful weapons for him, and a defense that didn't just suddenly forget how to play overnight. With everything seemingly against us last year, we still finished .500. If we don't experience the degree of injuries that we had last season, what is stopping us from contending for the playoffs? I don't understand how someone could say that 7-9 is our CEILING for next year...that GUARANTEEING NINE LOSSES. I sure don't see 9 guaranteed losses on that schedule.
1. C.J. Mosley LB Alabama
2. Jordan Matthews WR Vanderbilt
3. (comp) Philip Gaines CB Rice
4. Arthur Lynch TE Georgia
5. Ross Cockrell CB Duke
5. (comp) Derrick Hopkins DT Virginia Tech
6. Josh Mauro DE Stanford
6. (comp) Shaquil Barrett OLB Colorado State
7. Quincy Enunwa WR Nebraska
1.22) Dante Fowler, OLB, UF
2.56) PJ Williams, CB, FSU
3.87) Ben Koyack, TE, ND
4.120) Kurtis Drummond, FS, MSU
5.152) David Johnson, RB, North Iowa
6.183) Sean Mannion, QB, Oregon St.
7.214) Lynden Trail, OLB, Norfolk St.
"Before you can win a game, you have to not lose it." -- Chuck Noll