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lamberts-lost-tooth
12-03-2008, 05:23 AM
Sunday might find Steelers in playoffs
By Scott Brown
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Several things need to happen, but the Steelers (9-3) could clinch a playoff berth Sunday. They would be assured a spot in the playoffs with a win over the Dallas Cowboys and losses by the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots. They also would punch their ticket to the postseason with a win over the Cowboys and losses by the Patriots and New York Jets as well as a tie by the Dolphins. The Steelers are a game ahead of the Baltimore Ravens (8-4) in the AFC North and have the inside track to the No. 2 seed in the AFC playoffs. "We play the Dallas Cowboys this week, and our focus is to beat those guys if we can," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. "We have no other way of looking at it really. I don't understanding the 'positioning' mentality; I don't."


Steelers cornerback Bryant McFadden is expected to return to the starting lineup Sunday after missing six weeks with a broken forearm. "He was pretty close last week, and I think he's going to get over the top this week," Tomlin said." The Steelers will be without two starters -- defensive end Brett Keisel (knee) and left tackle Marvel Smith (back) -- against the Dallas Cowboys.

Steelers running back Willie Parker and defensive end Travis Kirschke will be held out of practice or monitored closely during drills today. Kirschke is dealing with back spasms -- he still is expected to start Sunday at right defensive end for Keisel -- and Parker is having minor knee problems. "It's not an issue, and it's probably not 100 percent, either," Tomlin said of Parker's left knee. "That's December football." Kirschke, Tomlin said, is the only player who sustained an injury of note in the Steelers' 33-10 win over New England last Sunday.

Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison is a finalist for GMC Defensive Player of the Week, while Tomlin is up for Motorola Coach of the Week honors. Both awards will be decided by a fan vote conducted on NFL.com.

Digits

1 -- Steelers' NFL rank in defending kickoff returns (19.3 yards per return).


3 -- 100-yard rushers the Steelers have allowed in their past 78 games.


http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_601150.html

XxKnightxX
12-03-2008, 09:41 AM
As far as I see it, the only way we can clinch is just to keep winning. I doubt the Patriots willl lose against the chickenbawks. Were still in a tight race and what would really clinch our division and a 2nd seed is to win out against the ravens and brownies, and maybe get a shot for the 1st seed with a win against the titans.

stlrtruck
12-03-2008, 09:50 AM
I have a better playoff berth scenario - WIN the rest of the games!

markymarc
12-04-2008, 07:00 AM
The only thing that needs to happen right now is win on Sunday. Also very good news about getting McFadden back. I also love the idea of FWP and Moore continuing to share carries. That can only help our offense.

Preacher
12-04-2008, 06:07 PM
wow that is impressive. i knew we got better but i didn't know we got that much better

You're telling me... Heck, I STILL flinch when we kick the ball off!!

fansince'76
12-04-2008, 06:08 PM
You're telling me... Heck, I STILL flinch when we kick the ball off!!

Old habits die hard. :chuckle:

rich4eagle
12-04-2008, 08:42 PM
don't think except in make believe the Steelers get a playoff spot this week

But indeed beating Dallas goes a huge step forward

That is the job beat Dallas .............THINK OF NOTHING ELSE

BrandonCarr39
12-04-2008, 08:47 PM
don't think except in make believe the Steelers get a playoff spot this week

But indeed beating Dallas goes a huge step forward

That is the job beat Dallas .............THINK OF NOTHING ELSE

Yep-even though our game is non-conference, it's still nonetheless a crucial one for both of us.

We're on the outside looking in for a WC, and you guys are fighting for the AFCN/bye seed.

iloveben7
12-04-2008, 09:14 PM
Just WIN

WWIIOwheelz
12-04-2008, 11:33 PM
Old habits die hard. :chuckle:

Yes, yes they do. I still dread 3rd & long for the other team, to this day.

steeltexasfan
12-05-2008, 02:09 PM
Well after seeing last weeks game I think I have more hope now then I did in seeing another superbowl ring this year. This week will not be easy but i have faith that they will do to dallas what they did to cry baby cassel (we just have to stay away from romo's PINKY) ha ha ha ha !!!!!!!!! Dont want them crying about that like moss crys about man coverage.

NYC SteelersFan
12-05-2008, 02:13 PM
Be confident that come Sunday, Romo will be running around like a chicken with its head cut off.

LVSteelersfan
12-05-2008, 02:23 PM
Beating the Cowgirls after whooping up on the Patsies is the ultimate dream. Hopefully the Steelers are ready to play on Sunday and don't let that game last week against a so so team go to their heads. Then it is on to Baltimore. Three wins in a row against those teams would be fandamtastic.

steel striker
12-05-2008, 07:23 PM
You're telling me... Heck, I STILL flinch when we kick the ball off!!


I'm with ya Preacher and, i always hold my breath as well.

lilyoder6
12-05-2008, 08:31 PM
i will def be rooting 4 the skins this week.. 2 keep that lead over the ravens

markymarc
12-06-2008, 03:13 PM
You're telling me... Heck, I STILL flinch when we kick the ball off!!

Not me. It's nice for once to be able to sit back and relax on kickoffs and punts. No question better special teams players have helped us become solid now.

SteelCityMan786
12-06-2008, 04:07 PM
I have a better playoff berth scenario - WIN the rest of the games!

That's the easiest way to do it.

St33lersguy
12-07-2008, 08:24 AM
I have a better playoff berth scenario - WIN the rest of the games!

Easier scenarios: Win next 2 games Steelers get the division. End up with more wins than Jets and Broncos and get 2 seed

paw-n-maul-u
12-07-2008, 10:41 AM
wrapping up a first round bye would do wonders for a team to rest with all the nicks a bruises here and there. Then come back for a home game against someone like the ravens, denver, or jets. I'm pretty sure we would handle those teams fairly easy. The only team I worry about is those dang Colts. Spin it how you want, the colts are making the playoffs and probably going to win atleast their first game in those playoffs. It is what it is, and I don't want to face them again.

although ... a reapeat AFC a-la-2005 game vs. indy, and hand them another ass woopin when it counts would be sweet as well