How about that Steelers running game? It’s been the talk of Steelers nation for the past week. The Steelers offense came out with a message to send…We will not cost this team a championship. Every aspect of the Steelers offense was sharp against the Chargers. The Steelers defense made enough plays to win the game…Make no mistake the Steelers offense carried the defense against the Chargers…I understand the Chargers have some quality playmakers…I’m not attempting to attack the Steelers defense…I’m attempting to compliment the Steelers offense.
There were conflicting messages circulating last week, and the San Diego Chargers didn't know what to think.
The Steelers' offensive coordinator insisted that the Steelers would run the ball against the Chargers. Meanwhile, the running back complained that he was frustrated, the offensive line rationalized their problems this season and great chunks of Steeler Nation believed that the only thing standing between the Steelers and a Super Bowl was the use of a fullback, even positing that the key to the Steelers' post-season was the unemployed Dan Krieder.
In two weeks, the Steelers will play for the right to play for the right to go to the Super Bowl.
Isn't the bye week great? When you break it down game by game, entering as a top two seed sets the stakes so incredibly high. Wild card games feel like just a small step towards a greater goal, just one team out of 12 fighting to stay alive. Skipping them does wonders for a team's outlook because the destination is so much easier to see. Win one game and you're in the final four.
The field is set. The date is set. The time is set. The opponent will be known this weekend. While we wait and watch, the Steelers work.
But (before I get ahead of myself) this is supposed to be a post-game, and there's only one thing worth discussing after the Steelers mopped up the Browns.
"64 percent of all the world's statistics are made up right there on the spot. 82.4 percent of people believe 'em whether they're accurate statistics or not."
- Todd Snider (from the song "Statistician's Blues")
The NFL is a media driven league. From the television networks to the Internet, a select few media personalities have an overwhelming influence on the opinions of Joe Football. In my experience, I'm convinced that most of them don't watch that much football aside from the games they cover in person.
You can't tell the whole story of a baseball game by looking at the box score. You can't tell anything about a football game by looking at the box score.
There is no other sport where stats are as useless, but contribute so much to conventional wisdom.
Yet another abysmal chapter in the book of the 2008 Steeler offense.Big Ben and company looked to come into this game as healthy as they’ve been since the season started and hoped to put up an impressive showing in front of the hometown crowd. But if the first half was any indication,it was going to be a long day.