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alittlejazzbird
11-09-2007, 01:36 PM
Doesn't it seem suspiciously like some of the media "experts" who have been so quick to write off the Steelers are now quietly attempting to backpedal ever so slightly? Here's Don Banks's pick for the AFC North; it's the last two sentences in particular that caught my eye:

AFC North: Pittsburgh -- If the Steelers can cool off the surging Browns at home this Sunday -- and I expect they will -- they'll be in great shape to cruise into the final quarter of their schedule with a six-game winning streak, a 10-2 record, and all kinds of momentum. That's because after Cleveland, their next three opponents (at Jets, Miami, Cincinnati) have a combined record of 3-22 and pose little threat.

In our haste to coronate the Patriots and compliment the Colts, we've all been a bit guilty of overlooking the fine season the Steelers are assembling. But with Ben Roethlisberger having a great comeback season, Pittsburgh could be a force in the playoffs.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/writers/don_banks/11/09/predictions/index.html

fansince'76
11-09-2007, 02:05 PM
Doesn't it seem suspiciously like some of the media "experts" who have been so quick to write off the Steelers are now quietly attempting to backpedal ever so slightly?

By and large? No, not really, IMO. However, this is the NFL, not the BCS, and I don't have to care what they think. And believe me, I don't.

Crushzilla
11-09-2007, 02:08 PM
believe me, I don't.

Believe me... he doesn't

Ya our schedule looks pretty soft the next 3. Not to mention the Rams a little but later down the road. Off the top of my head, The Patriots and Jacksonville game may be our only remaining games against teams with a winning record...

FastWillieParker39
11-09-2007, 04:20 PM
oh man after this game with the exceptions of being NE and maybe Jax the rest of our schedule really is bad. We could be end up 13-3 now thinking about it.

jjpro11
11-09-2007, 04:24 PM
13-3 and we may actually get a second seed.. the colts are pretty banged up right now and have a chance of dropping another game or more.

Atlanta Dan
11-09-2007, 04:28 PM
oh man after this game with the exceptions of being NE and maybe Jax the rest of our schedule really is bad. We could be end up 13-3 now thinking about it.

12-4 if we are not playing for a bye since Tomlin should rest everyone for the Ravens game in order to avoid cheap shot injuries by a Ravens team that will be playing its last game of the season.

HometownGal
11-09-2007, 04:33 PM
Doesn't it seem suspiciously like some of the media "experts" who have been so quick to write off the Steelers are now quietly attempting to backpedal ever so slightly?

They're playing John Kerry and riding the fence with regard to the Steelers. Y'know - :egg::egg: on the face isn't very attractive and might make their stage makeup run.

Dino 6 Rings
11-09-2007, 05:49 PM
Playoffs? Playoffs?

I'm worried about winning a game!

Sorry, couldn't resist.

Steelers need to focus on the Browns, the Titans and Jags are also in good position right now when you look at the AFC. If the Pats and Colts lose 1 or 2, then we can worry about our seed, until then, a First round game, week 1, at home is about the best we can hope for, then its back to the White Road Jerseys for playoff games.

Rhee Rhee
11-09-2007, 06:58 PM
lol im glad more and more people are giving us respect... our team definitely deserves it.... im just worried that because we're playing junk teams by playoff time we'll be vastly unprepared...

Atlanta Dan
11-09-2007, 07:11 PM
They still predict Pats-Colts in the AFC championship - let's see where everyone is if the Chargers beat the Colts

fansince'76
11-09-2007, 07:13 PM
....im just worried that because we're playing junk teams by playoff time we'll be vastly unprepared...

Outside of the Colts, what do you think the Pats have been playing all season?

Providence Steel
11-09-2007, 07:35 PM
Outside of the Colts, what do you think the Pats have been playing all season?

Exactly...
The only game this season that has given the Pats any trouble was the Colts game. The rest of their schedule has been cake...

The Colts have actually played the most difficult of schedules so far among the better teams. Problem this year is that there is a big gap between the best and the rest. I think the Steelers, Packers and Cowboys are really the only teams in a middle classed, second tier (at this point).

Additionally...

I think the loss to the Pats bodes well for the Colts if they play again in the playoffs. I dont think the Colts will roll over and let the Pats beat them twice this year.

On the same note, If we can peak at the end of the season, it might be best for us to "let" the Pats beat us. If the Steelers march into Foxboro and beat the Pats in the regular season, I see little chance of it happening again should the Steelers make the playoffs and have to play the Pats.

Of course you try to win every game but it might be nice to hold back a little in the regular season against them, especially if we are eyeing a 3rd seed at best when the Pats game comes up.

I really dont see the Pats loosing till the playoffs. I 'd rather see us loose to the Pats in the regular season than have them win a grudge-match with us in the playoffs.

GeneralRobinson
11-09-2007, 07:53 PM
I know y'all like to hate on Cris Collinworth, but he was the only commentator that I'm aware of that picked Pittsburgh to win the division. Hopefully, we can keep playing well and prove him right.

Crushzilla
11-09-2007, 07:56 PM
I know y'all like to hate on Cris Collinworth, but he was the only commentator that I'm aware of that picked Pittsburgh to win the division. Hopefully, we can keep playing well and prove him right.

One good deed does not undo a lifetime of sin :sofunny:

tony hipchest
11-09-2007, 08:06 PM
On the same note, If we can peak at the end of the season, it might be best for us to "let" the Pats beat us. If the Steelers march into Foxboro and beat the Pats in the regular season, I see little chance of it happening again should the Steelers make the playoffs and have to play the Pats.

Of course you try to win every game but it might be nice to hold back a little in the regular season against them, especially if we are eyeing a 3rd seed at best when the Pats game comes up.

I really dont see the Pats loosing till the playoffs. I 'd rather see us loose to the Pats in the regular season than have them win a grudge-match with us in the playoffs.:dang: but what if we intentionally hold back and still beat them by accident?

do we blatantly throw the game and tarnish the nfl (and steelers legacy) or do we just forefeit the hypothetical playoff match-up?

"hello.... you play to win the game"

(theres a reason why its considered an all time great quote)

Preacher
11-09-2007, 11:30 PM
:dang: but what if we intentionally hold back and still beat them by accident?

do we blatantly throw the game and tarnish the nfl (and steelers legacy) or do we just forefeit the hypothetical playoff match-up?






Just depends on the percentage we get in the payout! :wink02::wink02:

fansince'76
11-09-2007, 11:36 PM
"hello.... you play to win the game"

(theres a reason why its considered an all time great quote)

Not to mention an all-time hilarious one as well:

IMk5sMHj58I

:toofunny: :toofunny: :toofunny:

Providence Steel
11-10-2007, 09:17 AM
:dang: but what if we intentionally hold back and still beat them by accident?

do we blatantly throw the game and tarnish the nfl (and steelers legacy) or do we just forefeit the hypothetical playoff match-up?



(theres a reason why its considered an all time great quote)


Intentionally holding back and winning would be great but realistically...do you think that would happen against the Pats?

The main point is to not come out with all your stuff until you see them in the playoffs. Give your guys a rest. Colts seem to do it every year near the end of the season...why not us?

Dont get me wrong here. Beating the Pats twice in this season would be a dream come true...but it's a pipe dream that aint happening. I'm saying if I had to pick the game to win, I'd rather win in the playoffs...bet the Colts do too.

Atlanta Dan
11-10-2007, 11:12 AM
I know y'all like to hate on Cris Collinworth, but he was the only commentator that I'm aware of that picked Pittsburgh to win the division. Hopefully, we can keep playing well and prove him right.

Boomer Esiason also picked the Steelers in preseason to win the division and said the Bengals would be a big disappointment, so Bengal alums must pay attention to the screwed up dynamics of their old team.

Hating on Collinsworth is well deserved - he does not just say nobody can be compared to the Pats or Colts but has his trademark sneer when asked about this year's Steelers. He then goes off about the Pats being the greatest team he has ever seen after beat downs of the Dolphins & Redskins and, when asked to discuss teams in the Pats class, talks about the 85 Bears, 80s 49ers, and 72 Dolphins while ignoring the team Kornheiser and Jaworski saluted on Monday night as the Super Bowl dynasty that outshines them all.

There are lots of reasons I want the Steelers to do well, but proving Collinsworth right certainly is not one of them:smile: