To bet a group where the Super Bowl is the common requires a level of self-confidence surrounding pompousness, and that has to do with the only department where your Pittsburgh Steelers have no drawbacks.
The Steelers talk about getting approved for the playoffs as if it’s a certainty as if the season only offers to set their seeding. They talk about their 7-5-1 document as if it’s an achievement, don’t bother that they have defeated just one team (Baltimore) with a winning document.
The Steelers have an odor.
That’s the depressing reality, even if their 24-21 loss to the Oakland Raiders didn’t affect their playoff standing. They still have a half-game lead over the Ravens in the AFC North, still are positioned for the fourth seed in the conference since the Patriots, Texans, as well as Ravens all lost. The uneven AFC might be the Steelers’ redemption.
That the Steelers lost to a group in full-on reconstruct after trading Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper for draft choices must have served notice that they stink. But the Steelers appeared as surprised about the outcome as an individual, and also their reaction to losing to a two-win group this late in the season was a sign that they don’t identify their own conceit.
” Redemption Sunday is coming,” Steelers trainer Mike Tomlin claimed, “and also we have actually much better be prepared for it as it is every Sunday.”
The Steelers revealed few long suits on Sunday at Oakland-Alameda Area Coliseum that would certainly give you the perception that they can beat New England or New Orleans in the next 2 weeks, let alone Cincinnati in what can be a do-or-die period finale.
” It’s coming down to the nitty-gritty,” Steelers protective end Cameron Heyward claimed. “If we wish to be in the playoffs, we’ve reached win these 3 damn games, simple as that.”
It can be suggested that conceit merely cost the Steelers this game. They arrogantly believed they might thrive this period without Le’Veon Bell, among the best running backs in the NFL, as well as were ill-prepared to deal with an injury to James Conner. They arrogantly believed they could conquer Conner’s sprained ankle and beat the Raiders with an unverified newbie in Jaylen Samuels and also an inefficient Stevan Ridley, who integrated for 32 hurrying lawns on 16 brings.
The Steelers arrogantly thought they can defeat the Raiders without Ben Roethlisberger in the second half, the only rational explanation for Tomlin leaving Josh Dobbs in the video game after Large Ben went back to the sidelines from a rib injury as well as stood idle for 2 collections.
The Steelers arrogantly believed they can stop Derek Carr, even as he completed 25 of 34 passes for 322 lawns as well as two touchdowns without an interception, even after Mike Hilton, as well as Sean Davis, verified that the Steelers can not also pick off passes that hit them in the hands.
The Steelers arrogantly believed they can win an additional close game, despite the tie at Cleveland as well as the five-point loss to the Chiefs as well as the seven-point loss at Denver and the three-point loss to the Chargers. They arrogantly believed they could connect the video game with a basket, also as Chris Boswell missed a 39-yard field goal and also almost mishandled a PAT.
That Boswell slid as well as fell on what ought to have been a chip shot was symbolic of the Steelers this season. They could not capitalize versus a bad group, as they were outgained by the Raiders (354-340) despite the fact that Oakland was punished 13 times for 130 lawns.
” We’re going to continue to function,” Tomlin claimed. “We’re most likely to soak up the negative thoughts that feature our present placement. We recognize that we created it. It’s our job to repair it.”
That becomes part of the trouble, also. The Steelers arrogantly believe that their duplicated drawbacks are the outcome of correctable mistakes rather than one that All-Pro right guard David DeCastro stated has been sleepwalking.
The Steelers haven’t beaten any kind of true Super Bowl competitors this season, as well as they haven’t beaten many groups with wins versus anybody of effect: Tampa fl Bay (5-8) defeated New Orleans, and Jacksonville (4-9) beat New England.
Even so, the Steelers arrogantly think that they coincide team that won 5 video games by 3 points or much less last season rather than the group that lost in overtime at Chicago and in the house versus New England as well as twice to Jacksonville, consisting of a playoff game at Heinz Field.
” It’s tough to tell, man,” Hilton claimed. “We have actually obtained a great deal of the same men. We have actually just reached discover means to complete games. Once we do that, that understands exactly how things can end up?”
Oh, everyone paying very close attention already understands.
That the Steelers are showing lack of knowledge to their arrogance is their greatest imperfection in a season of them. This is a team that believes redemption is coming but doesn’t appear ready, looking less like a playoff team as well as even more like a bottom feeder that remains to come up short in video games that had no organization being so close.