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Atlanta Dan
09-20-2006, 01:05 PM
With the Steelers schedule being frontloaded and backloaded with tough games, the goal may be to hang on until late October and then hope to go on a roll during the midsection of the season.

Schedule is brutal for the next month (Cincy, at San Diego, Chiefs, at Falcons), has what appears to be a softer midsection (at Raiders, Broncos, Saints, at Browns, at Ravens, Bucs, Browns) and then finishes up with 3 tough games (at Panthers, Ravens, at Bengals).

3-3 after the Falcons game might be a realistic prediction, with the hope to then go on a 6-1 spurt, which would leave a 9-4 mark going into the last 3 games. Hard to see making the playoffs with less than 10 wins; even then it appears necessary to sweep either the Ravens or Bengals since I see Jax getting one of the 2 wild cards.

tony hipchest
09-20-2006, 03:31 PM
nice breakdown. it makes the san diego game all that more important. if we wouldve lost to them last year the steelers dont even make it into the playoffs. and last year the jags were a wild card at an astonishing 12-4. sd, jax, steelers, cinci, denver & baltimore have the players in place to atleast be a wildcard team, if not a division winner. they also have stability in the systems and chaches have been in place for several years. and pats will win the east with no wild card coming from there. that laves one of the aformentionned teams out. steelers already lose a tie breaker to the jags and cinci and baltimore dont have to play them.

the upcoming 2 games are huge. the last 2 games might be early playoff elimination games.

19ward86
09-20-2006, 08:28 PM
i dont include the ravens as being one of the easier teams,there offense still isnt that good and there D isnt dominating but they have a balanced team i think.

Atlanta Dan
09-20-2006, 08:49 PM
I included the first Ravens game as being in the softer part of the schedule but do not regard the Ravens as soft, as evidenced by me noting the season ends with 3 tough games (including the Ravens at Heinz).

In fact, in hoping for a 6-1 record during the middle of the schedule my assumption is that the most likely loss in that stretch is the game at Baltimore.