Steelers Win Without Playing

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer (9) throws against the Cleveland Browns defense in the first quarter of their NFL football game in Cleveland, Ohio October 3, 2010. REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

Ah, the bye week.   It gives you the chance to sit back, relax, and watch other teams play without any of the emotional turmoil one feels while watching our beloved Pittsburgh Steelers.

This weekend, I was (un)fortunate enough to view two of the Black and Gold’s three AFC North rivals.  Of course the one I didn’t watch, the Baltimore Ravens, scored an impressive win over the Denver Broncos.  As much as it pains me to admit, the Ratbirds look like the real deal.  Especially when they have a healthy Ray Rice at their disposal.  The rest of our division, however, leaves a lot to be desired.

The Steelers’ next opponent, the Cleveland Browns, fell at home to Atlanta.  The Brownies may only be 1-4 but have played pretty well as of late.   They led the Ravens 17-14 in the fourth quarter before ultimately falling to defeat in week 3 and then upset the Bengals the following weekend.   That’s the good news.  The bad news is the reason for their sudden resurgence was the steady play of QB Seneca Wallace.  I say bad news because Wallace sprained his ankle against the Falcons paving the way for washed up Jake Delhomme to put the kibosh on any chance they had of winning.  Rivalry games are always a crapshoot but without Wallace, I’d put the Browns chances this Sunday somewhere between little and none.

Meanwhile, the team they upset last week, the Bengals, were busy self-destructing against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  The defense Charlie Batch toasted like a tasty Quiznos sub somehow perplexed the overrated Carson Palmer into a meltdown of epic proportions.  Up 21-14 with a bit over 2 minutes left, the Bungles proceeded to call a pass on 3rd and 13 which was intercepted.  After surrendering the tying touchdown on five plays taking all of 52 seconds, Palmer’s comical attempt at a game-winning drive ended in a third interception (he was Pick-Sixed earlier by Russ Grimm‘s son, Cody).  Two plays later and the Bucs were kicking the go-ahead field goal.

I’m honestly confused as to how any of the so-called “experts” could have picked the Bengals to finish ahead of the Steelers this season.  Palmer is terrible.  It’s easy to point to idiots like Ocho and T.O. and say, “They must be the problem.”  But the bottom line is Palmer has been an abomination.  I wonder how Bungle fans will spin it so it’s all Kemo Von Ohlhoffen‘s fault.


Anyway, this weekend has left me confident of two things.   First, Arby’s curly fries will never be topped.  And second, the AFC North is a two horse race between the Ravens and the Steelers.

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  • joe

    Yes, the Ravens are the real deal..BUT, how can anyone say that they are better than the Steelers? Pitt led 14-10 untill the last 30 sec…WITH A 4TH STRING QB, who only passed for 130yds…Think if BB is in there, he don’t do better?? With BB in that game, I really don’t believe its a close gamw..

    • chris

      As I pointed out in this article, the Ravens are a different team with Ray Rice. Yes, he played against the Steelers but he was hurt and not 100%. And the Ravens didn’t have Ed Reed, who is arguably their best defensive player.

      Don’t get me wrong, I think we’re a better team than the Ratbirds. If nothing else, I’m sure that Big Ben is much better than Flacco. But let’s not get carried away and say things like “We’d blow them out…”

  • Tom G

    “It gives you the chance to sit back, relax, and watch other teams play without any of the emotional turmoil one feels while watching our beloved Pittsburgh Steelers.”

    So true!! You nailed it with that one. I was thinking that exact same thing as I was watching the Raven’s game Sunday. Yes, I was rooting for the Denver, but I didn’t feel any of the daylong funk I’m usually in when the Steelers lose.

    • chris

      See, I don’t really get the funk thing so much as watching the games themselves is torturous. I mean, I enjoy the games and everything but when there’s two minutes left and either they’re driving or the other team is driving and the game hangs in the balance, my stomach feels like I’m on a rollercoaster at Kennywood.

  • Hank Mullaney

    I agree. And with Rapistberger back at the helm, the Steelers and their ‘mountain people’ fans will surely be the biggest annoyance of football fans every where once again.

  • Ximena

    Couldn´t agree more!!!!!