The NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers are getting their team back together for the first time since 2007. They will be going to the playoffs for the first time in over five years. And their latest game will be on Thursday night, September 28 at Washington.
I can’t get enough of the Steelers, of course, but I’m especially excited for the game on Thursday night. The fact that it will be on Thursday night is a good sign of things to come, as it means that the Steelers will actually be in a position to win their division and get some post-season games to show for it.
Pittsburgh is not the same team that went to the playoffs four years ago and had a very good year, although it is a much better team than the one we’ve had in years past. This season is the first time since their last playoff appearance that they’ve qualified for the playoffs, which is something they’ve not done in the last five.
This means that we are in the position to be the first team to win the playoffs since the mid-90s. It is a huge win for the Steelers; at this point they are the only team that has won a division title since the mid-90s. In fact, Pittsburgh is the only team that has won the division and made the playoffs since 2001. With the addition of the Steelers, the Ravens are now in the same position as the Steelers.
The Steelers are going to have to beat a team that has made the playoffs three straight years, but the Ravens are going to have a very different challenge by playing against a team that has not made the playoffs since the mid-90s. The Ravens got in the playoffs in 2013 with a win over the Chiefs, and they got into the playoffs in 2015 with a win over the Seahawks. In 2016 they were eliminated in a tie with the Steelers, and they have now lost three straight division games.
The Ravens, who currently sit at 3-6, are trying to turn things around. They are, after all, the last team to win a division title in each of the last three seasons. But they lack an explosive offense, a defense that has allowed an average of more than 600 points a year over the last three years, and an offense that has scored just 16 points against the Steelers in three games.
The Steelers are 3-6 after their loss to the Seahawks, while the Ravens are 4-6. Baltimore is the only team in the AFC with more losses than it has wins this season. I suspect the reason the Ravens lost games is because they are playing catchup after getting down to the Ravens’ level last season. This year the Ravens are better at running the ball. They have a healthy Joe Flacco, and have improved on their power running game. But it’s not enough.
The Steelers play the Ravens in their first game of the season next week and I think they have a legit chance of winning. But I think it will come down to how much the Ravens are going to be able to do with Ben Roethlisberger at quarterback this year, and whether the Steelers can beat the Ravens. I think the Ravens will be able to run the ball almost every time they play the Steelers this season.
The Ravens have been very good against the Steelers since the Steelers introduced the rule of playing with their running backs in the huddle. The Ravens have run for over 8,000 yards in a season now for the first time. Roethlisberger is now 1,000 yards shy of passing Peyton Manning for most in the NFL.
Roethlisberger also had a great game last night against the Bengals. He had only 12 completions, but he still threw for an incredible 8 touchdowns and only 4 interceptions. The Bengals are now 7-1 for the first time in five years.