Is there any doubt on how far the Steelers can go if they play like they did Sunday night against the Jaguars? While they still had to rally against the Jags, they were in what seemed like control all night, and seemed to be able to do whatever they wanted on offense, and stopped the Jags for the most part on defense.
It was refreshing to see them play the agressors, and not sit back and have to rally, like they have done so often on the road. Sure Ben Roethlisberger threw his usual early pick, and sure it was a pick-6 to Steeler Killer Rasheen Mathis, but it was great to see him and the team come out on the next series and overcome it. And how about the running game? Mewelde Moore was awesome in his role for Willie Parker, and Gary Russell and Najeh Davenport did what they were asked to do when called upon.
Look around the AFC. You’ve got the Bills, who were beaten Sunday by the Cardinals. The Titans, who are 5-0 and are very good, but come on – they are starting Kerry Collins, and their season could start and end right there. The Pats are a team without Tom Brady, and the big bad Chargers have lost more games then they have won. In other words, the conference very well could be theirs for the taking for the Steelers.
This is not to say it will be easy by any means. They started last season 3-1, but then went 7-5 the rest of the way, and limped down the stretch towards their eventual playoff loss to the Jags. But now, with one year under his belt, it appears that Mike Tomlin has his finger on the pulse on this team, and it seems that the players are buying into his plan.
It will be interesting to see their next matchup with the Bengals after the bye. They have a week to get some players back, and also should be able to put together a game plan to beat the Bengals, even at Paul Brown Stadium. While the sky is the limit for this team, it’s only just begun, but has begun with very positive signs.