Contributing Writer for Telegraph Local
Even though the Pittsburg Steelers were not able to win the AFC North division this year. Pittsburg still had a great shot of entering this year’s playoffs on one of the 2 wild card spots if they won out the remainder of their schedule. With the so-s0 NY Jets on this week’s schedule, it was perfect timing for the Steelers to show out and create there own path to the playoffs.
Sadly, the Steelers have an absolute train wreck quarterback situation with there choices of Devlin Hodges or Mason Rudulf to be under center. Not exactly the next Tom Brady or Dree Brees you would say, especially when Devlin Hodges had a cringing 7.8 QBR posted by ESPN. The Jets did not even have a great game themselves, most of there points coming from field goals, 3 total. In hindsight though, 3 points are better than no points. Which is the exact amount of points the Steelers scored in the 2nd half, ZERO!
“Not a lot to say, and appropriately so,” coach Mike Tomlin said. “This time of year is put up or shut up time and we didn’t get the job done today. We accept responsibility for that and the ramifications of it.”
Now next week the Steelers must face the hottest team in the NFL, the Baltimore Ravens. Desperately needing a win to keep their playoff hopes alive and well. Unforntaly Ryan Tannehill and the Tennessee Titans have the keys to both the Steelers and the Titans destiny. If the Titans win there next game against the Texans, there in. No, “if, and or buts,” does not matter if the Steelers win since the Titans hold the tiebreaker.
Here is up and coming star TJ Watt of the Steelers on the future of his team:
“We’re done worrying about what other people are doing, “I think it’s time, and it’s been that way the whole season, to focus on us. Figure stuff out and find ways to win football games.”
An inspired Le’ Veon Bell playing against his old team looked very good. Bell had 72 yards on 25 carries & 4 catches for 21 yards according to ESPN. Bell was making great cuts as he was patiently slicing and dicing up his old teams defense. Here is Bell being questioned about the win:
“You know, every win feels great,” Bell said. “But this one had a little extra topping on it.”
Sam Darnold on paper did not have a great game but was making accurate throws all over the field to his receivers. Especially one to his favorite star receiver Robby Anderson coming early in the 1st quarter for a 23 yard TD pass. Darnold threw an absolute dart between two Pittsburg Steelers defenders.
The Jets play there AFC East rivals Buffalo Bills in their last game of the season. The Jets have zero chance of making the playoffs.