The Steelers lost Maurkice Pouncey, Le’Veon Bell and Shaun Suisham for the season. They lost Ben Roethlisberger for a month to a knee injury, yet here they are. The secondary has no number one caliber type cornerbacks, and gives up huge chunks of yardage at times. However, they have picked of 15 passes and mostly kept receivers out of the endzone. Through all the adversity, the Steelers keep rolling like they are a team of destiny, and if that’s the case, you can’t stop a one way ride. The Steelers offense keeps putting up 30 points a game, which they have done for six straight games. Denver’s secondary call themselves a no-fly zone, with Chris Harris and Aquib Talib believing they could contain Ben and his weapons. Denver found out the hard way, you can’t stop a one way ride. The Steelers have rolled through the last half of their schedule, and with only Baltimore and Cleveland standing between them and the road to Super Bowl XLX, the Steelers believe they can get it done, because they are playing like they can.
The Steelers are healthy and are evolving into the team nobody wants to see in the playoffs. They have an overachieving defense that is starting to believe they haven’t played their best yet, and will only get better. Granted it was only Brock Osweiler, but they totally shut down the Bronco offense, in the second half. The Steelers have an offense that can score on anyone, from anywhere on the field, at any time. It’s an offense that just needs the defense to be average. The thing is, the Steelers have enough talent on defense to be better than that, and they have proven it. A half of football like they played yesterday is sometimes enough to get a unit to the next level, which we could be seeing now. Brandon Boykin’s presence has made a difference at the right time, and the more he’s on the field, the better the secondary will get. The better they get, the more they’ll believe, and you know where it goes from there.
This is a much better, and more complete team than the one that lost at New England on that opening Thursday night. The Steelers know that and the Patriots know that as well. The Steelers are the only team in the AFC, as it stands now, that is capable of going to Foxboro and knocking the Patriots off. Regardless of what the Patriots bravado might have them saying, they are not built to stop Big Ben and what the offense can bring down upon them. The defense, as bad as they played that night, still held Brady and Co. to under 30 points, and are a much better unit now. The Steelers are on a mission, and they have overcome an awful lot to put themselves in this position. They believed in, and lived their next man up philosophy to get to this point. I don’t care how much Baltimore and Cleveland want to take away the Steelers Super Bowl dream, they can’t stop a one way ride.
Come playoff time, the Steelers will already have faced more pressure in just getting there. The moment will not be too much for this battle tested group. From there hunger will take over. New England will be hoping that Denver or Cincinnati will take care of the Steelers, but it’s the Patriots who have what these Steelers want, what these Steelers truly are good enough to get. What the Steelers lack in talent, they make up for with heart. Time and time again we’ve seen that they don’t panic, just ask Arizona or Denver. The Patriots want the Steelers gone by the time the AFC Championship game arrives, because this team plays without fear, and had a Lombardi sized chip on their shoulders. The Patriots know that they can’t stop a one way ride.