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Time to Jump off the Bandwagon?

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It was a tough day yesterday in KC for the Steelers, as despite putting up a ton of offense, the team never found its stride and it showed in the eventual 27-24 OT loss. As of about 4:30pm yesterday, it appeared that the season was all but about over. The Bengals were playing the weak Raiders in Oakland, and Ben Roethlisberger was loopy after a knee to the head.

Things did appear to improve a bit by 7:30pm, as the Raiders stunned the overrated Bengals 20-17, and the concussion to Big Ben appears to be one that isn’t going to be long-term. Now at 6-4 though, are the champs of 2008 down and out for good?

It’s the second time this year they have lost two games in a row. The last time it happened they rebounded nicely to beat the Chargers, Lions, Browns, Vikings and Broncos before losing again. If they are going to go on another win streak to give them a real chance to defend their 08 Super Bowl title, they are going to have to play a tougher schedule down the stretch.

It starts with the Ravens on the road Sunday. Baltimore is not the big bad Ravens of a year ago, but if there’s a game they will get up for, it’s this one. Then it’s the Raiders at home and then Cleveland on the road. Two games that if the team doesn’t win with realitve ease, they shouldn’t be in the playoffs.

The last three games are vs the Packers, vs the Ravens, and at Miami. Those three teams are a combined 16-14, and with two of them at home, the club should be favored in all three if they enter week 14 with a 9-4 record as they should.

So is it time to jump off the bandwagon? Good question. Yesterday was the low point of the season, but of course 8 wins to end the year what took place in KC will simply be considered a speed bump.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. mark

    November 23, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    No time to jump off the bandwagon. A real fan would not in any case. But, the team needs to improve in many places in order to make the playoffs. This Steeler team cannot afford to just show up and win regardless of their opponent. Yesterday showed that. Winning in Baltimore will be a true test. Probably just what the team needs to start a run. I am sure the team knows that their backs are up against the wall now, and they are familiar with the intensity of the Ravens rivalry. Playing an A+ game right now is just what they will need to do in order to right the ship and go forward against their remaining schedule. There are no more “gimme” games. Lets see what the 2009 Steelers are all about with 6 games to go.

  2. Spacemonkey

    November 23, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    I kinda hope all the bandwagoners jump ship. Getting pretty tired of being called a “jerk Steelers fan”; despite always talking constructively and positively about other teams (or not at all).

    I don’t think I’ve talked trash to anyone, ever, about anything. This sucks.

    Hey bandwagoners, try not to get hit in the (CENSORED) by the door on the way out.

  3. Mike

    November 23, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    I will always support the steelers. I simply have a disagreement with the direction this offense is headed. Tomlin and Arians talk about having balance on offense. HOw is throwing the ball 63% of your offensive snaps in the last two games balance? Its not like we were down 2 or 3 scores in each game. We were winning both games and never down by more more than a score in either. I hate to keep hammering this point but it is so blatanly obvious that neither Tomlin nor Arians want balance. They would prefer to throw the ball, regardless of game situation.

  4. jay

    November 23, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    Let me say something, Space monkey and all…I couldn’t root against the Steelers if I tried, okay…even if I was brainwashed into ABSOLUTELY PINING for all losses to ascertain a top pick because of a stud collegiate athlete out there, I couldn’t root for the Steelers to lose. A lot of this (at least on my end anyway) is post game frustration and banter…Maybe you should be more concerned with the bigger picture here! Mike is right. It is pass first and ask questions later. So excuse me, a SMASHMOUTH fan who WOULD settle for a 50/50 run/pass balance (I’d prefer 60 run/40 pass ideally), if I’m not doing somersaults with this league-wide, pussy passing attack that our beloved team has seemed to jump ON the bandwagon of! One of the reasons I root for the Steelers (the main reason is because I was born and raised in the 1970’s and that will never change ergo my rooting interest will never change) but another reason is because it/they are reflective of my personality; hard-working, strong-willed, etc. To see them play this style of football actually hits me on a deep level where I am actually somewhat disturbed by it. I know it’s just football but football is culture. If you think that they’re going to play an A game and turn it around WHILE throwing the ball as much as they are, then you’re simply an uninformed fan. I’ve watched the futility otherwise known as the EAGLES struggle for the past few seasons on third and four—just like what we’re struggling with—because of the high profile quarterback and the seeming incessant need to throw the ball because of that high $ amount. I love Big ben and would take him over anyone else but to put him behind a line which is 80% road graders (Cowher’s people) and ask him to throw the ball 65% of the time is nothing else than stubborn, prideful, victims of their own success on the coaching staff’s parts. It makes me wanna puke thinking about it.

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