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King: Steelers make the playoffs after a month without Roethlisberger

For those of you that don’t regularly read Peter King’s ‘Monday Morning QB’ column on, your missing out. King remains to me about the strongest writer in the NFL, and every week this column never lets me down when it comes to the pulse of the league.

Today he did his power rankings, which is pretty funny considering the time of the year. He had the Packers ranked #1, which is intriguing to say the least, but guess who he says makes the playoffs at #12? You guessed it:

12. Pittsburgh. Surprise: They survive a month without Ben Roethlisberger to eke out the final spot over New England and Houston, assuming Roethlisberger’s ban is only four weeks. — I hope Dennis Dixon gets a shot the first four weeks, because he’s good enough to win with. But they’ll need defensive playmaking from LaMarr Woodley and Troy Polamalu to win at least twice while they make do at quarterback. This is the true test of a good coach, making sure your team wins when it’s not at its best. Mike Tomlin didn’t do a great job at that last year. But he’s young, he’s still learning, and I think he’ll respond better this summer in camp and in September.

As far as the other AFC North clubs, he has the Ravens at #3, Cincy at #23 (wow!) and the clowns from Cleveland at #29.

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.



  1. Ass Munch

    May 17, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    Steelers will win 9 games. 10 if they stay relatively healthy.

  2. Alfonso

    May 17, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    I haven’t read King since he called the Rooneys hypocrites, and I won’t ever again read him. His daughter is a big Steelers fan, and according to a friend of mine who works for SI he never got over losing a bet to his daughter when the ‘burgh won the Super Bowl.
    I think the Steelers have the individual talent to win it all, but they don’t have depth this year, and I think with all that has gone down in the off season, along with a draft that will only provide one contributor in the rookie season, this will be a long, long disappointing season.
    I like Tomlin, but don’t think he did a good job last year, and wonder if he will pick it up & grow as a leader this season.
    I want to see the Steelers trade some vets, accumulate draft picks for the next two years, and blow off this year. Time to start a youth movement and rebuild!

  3. Andreas Nevada

    May 17, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    4 Weeks off….Next stop is Buffalo Wild Wings for beer and food and frolic…Bens got it made!
    What else could go wrong…

  4. john

    May 18, 2010 at 12:39 am

    na we dont need to rebuild to be a dynasty a team shouldnt have to rebuild just plug in new talent i mean look at the 49ers when montana left and young steped in or like the packers did with farve and rogers steelers just need to find quality players to replace the vets and fill in weak spots rebuilding is for teams that fall below a .250 year steelers dont fall in that category they need to stand up and give it another shot

  5. Bigmaq

    May 18, 2010 at 11:34 am

    Not sure about the bet regarding the SB with his daughter, but, I am sure that he can be bought. Ever since his daughter, out of nowhere, hooked an intern gig with the Seattle Seahawks PR dept., he has been heaping large doses of positive ink on Seattle. Just do a search of “Seahawks” on King’s SI postings and you will see the obvious bias. Recently, he has hyped Pete Carroll in a “puff” piece. You just can’t trust someone who can be bought so cheaply. In another line what he does would classify him as a whore.

  6. Bigmaq

    May 18, 2010 at 11:36 am

    …. and don’t forget in this recently cited article he has the Seahawks just about the Steelers in his ratings. His preseason ratings for Seattle in the past two years when they went 4-12 and 5-11 as winning their division. What bullsh!t.

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