View Full Version : Steelers point/counterpoint: Tough schedule from now on?

10-12-2007, 03:24 PM

By Scott Brown and John Harris
Thursday, October 11, 2007

Steelers columnist John Harris and beat writer Scott Brown trade insight (and insults) as they look at how the schedule looks for the Steelers following the bye week.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/mugshots2/sbrown.jpg Brown: John, too bad you don't get a week off from me since I've owned you. It wasn't too long ago when us so-called "experts" were saying that the Steelers had to start the season 4-1 or even 5-0 because of how much harder their schedule got after the bye week.
Let's take a closer look at the seven games that precede a showdown with the Patriots in New England: Road games against the Broncos and Jets don't look nearly as daunting as they did before the start of the season. And it's certainly not unreasonable to think the Steelers will win three of four games the play against the Ravens and Bengals.
I know we're getting way ahead of ourselves here but do you think the Steelers could go into the Patriots' game with a 9-3 or even 10-2 record?

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/mugshots2/jharris.jpg Harris: Why stop there? Why not ask if Mike Tomlin will be coach of the year, Ben Roethlisberger will be league MVP, and Daniel Sepulveda will be rookie of the year? I seem to remember you berating me for predicting the Steelers would go 10-6, so don't go jumping on the bandwagon now, you frontrunner.
As of right now, 10-6 seems low. As for owning me, I think you got your words twisted. You do owe me $10 from way back.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/mugshots2/sbrown.jpg Brown: A punter for rookie of the year? I'll give you the $10 I supposedly owe you and $100 more if you promise to put it toward getting your head examined. Also, there are a couple of other quarterbacks playing at an unbelievable level right now, Tom Brady in New England and Peyton Manning in Indianapolis, so let's put the brakes on any Roethlisberger-for-MVP talk. Since you didn't answer my question this first time let me re-phrase it: why will the Steelers be 9-3 or even 10-2 heading into the Patriots game?

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/mugshots2/jharris.jpg Harris: Of the Steelers' next seven opponents, only one team (Baltimore) currently has a winning record. So 10-2 or 9-3 is definitely in the ballpark. Of course, that means everything has to continue to fall into place for the Steelers, who play their next two games away from Heinz Field. Scott, two words of advice: Settle down. You're getting a little ahead of yourself with your idle ramblings about the Steelers making mincemeat of the rest of the NFL. It's a long season, and there's still plenty of football to play. Sorry if I sound like a football coach, but it is what it is.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/mugshots2/sbrown.jpg Brown: "It's a long season." "There's still plenty of football to play." "It is what it is." Ugh. You leave me no choice but to start calling you Captain Cliche. Our business is all about projecting, speculating and, yes, looking ahead so lighten up and have a little fun with it, Captain. Besides, what else are we going to talk about during the bye week, Daniel Sepulveda's hang time? Clearly, the schedule after the Steelers are off sets up very nicely for them. It looks a heck of a lot more negotiable since we've learned that the Bronces are a mess, that the Jets were a fluke last season and that the Dolphins can't even back up Joey Porter's guarantee of a win against the Raiders in Miami.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/mugshots2/jharris.jpg Harris: Private Brown, you still haven't told me what YOU think the Steelers are going to accomplish over the next several weeks. How many wins? How many losses? Step up to the plate and take a swing, the worst you can do is miss. So what if the Steelers players and coaches refuse to speak with you if they don't agree with how many games you predict they'll win. Live a little.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/mugshots2/sbrown.jpg Brown: They always seem to lose to the Bengals once during the regular season so I'll say they split with Cincinnati during the seven-game stretch before New England and stumble once more, could be in Denver or New York, could even be at home against the Ravens. So that's 5-2, giving them a 9-3 record when they play the undefeated, yes undefeated, Patriots. Your prediction?

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/mugshots2/jharris.jpg Harris: Coulda, woulda, shoulda. Nine and three sounds good to me, although I hate to agree with you about anything. For that reason, I don't believe the almighty Patriots will be undefeated when they host the Steelers on Dec. 9. The Pats are good; just not that good.
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/mugshots2/sbrown.jpg Brown: They do need to work on their stealth videotaping.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/mugshots2/jharris.jpg Harris: Calling Steven Spielberg.

black an gold 4 life
10-12-2007, 06:56 PM

10-14-2007, 06:18 PM
The schedule does get progressively more tough coming up but we are up for the challenge based on how we played so far. Our schedule looked to be a lot more tough when it first came out then it does now. The divisional games will always be a crapshoot as all the records get tossed out and we go to war.

3 out of the next 5 games are on the road with 3 of them being divisional games so these next 5 weeks are absolutely critical for us to win as many as possible because we can put some distance between us and the rest of the division if we can win these games. If we can do that we'll be in a good position heading into the last 1/3 of the season.