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Steelers vow not to look ahead
PITTSBURGH -- Corrections are made all of the time during a course of a game. Brett Keisel made a key one after the Steelers had beaten the Ravens, 19-16, in another white-knuckle game between the AFC North rivals.
Keisel was asked in the victorious locker room about a key two-game road stretch coming up with back-to-back contests at Oakland and New England.
“Oakland,” the veteran defensive end said firmly. “That’s all we’re going to concern ourselves with.”
Tunnel vision appears to be suiting the Steelers well these days.
They returned from their bye a couple of weeks ago and essentially hit reset after the Steelers’ first 0-4 start since 1968. They pledged their focus to the second quarter of the season, no matter what happened in the first quarter of it, and so far, so good.
The Steelers are 2-0 since collectively buying into that approach, and they won’t dare look past the Raiders. Nor should they considering the Steelers have lost their last two games in Oakland, including a 34-31 defeat last season.
“There’s still a lot of room for improvement and we’ve got to keep understanding that as a group,” tight end Heath Miller said. “We’ve got a big hole that we’ve got to keep climbing out of.”
Indeed the reality is the Steelers are still 2-4, still in last place in the AFC North and still in survival mode on a week-to-week basis.
That is why is it is no time for the players to even allow themselves a peek at New England with the idea that they have put themselves into position to take a three-game winning streak into their Nov. 3 game contest against the injury-riddled Patriots.
“I don’t know the big picture,” Keisel said, “I really don’t. We’re going to focus on beating the Oakland Raiders.”
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For whatever reason, the Raiders have been hard for the Steelers to beat of late. The focus should be on them alone. You have to eat the elephant one bite at a time.
The Steelers would be foolish to look past the Raiders. The Raiders beat the Steelers last year in Oakland, and I would think the Steelers would be underdogs this year as well.
Reminds me of the 2005 season when the team fell to 7-5 after losing to the Bengals. IIRC, the story goes that Cowher walked into the locker room after the game and wiped off the board that had their remaining games on it, and just wrote down "Chicago". This is all we need to think about right now was the message, one week at a time. They beat the Bears with that iconic memory of the Bus trucking Urlacher on his way into the EZ.
The Steelers went on to rattle off 4 straight to make it to the second wild card spot. The rest, as you all know, is history.
Just seems kinda early to have to pull this crap in October...