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SteelersWoman
10-30-2007, 09:53 AM
By The Associated Press
Tuesday, October 30, 2007



Less than two years ago, Bengals receiver Chad Johnson sensed a shifting of the winds in the AFC North. Turns out Johnson is a better pass catcher than he is a navigator or fortune teller.


After the Bengals put the Steelers' playoff chances in jeopardy with a 38-31 win at Heinz Field on Dec. 4, 2005, Johnson proclaimed, "It used to be Pittsburgh's time, now it's Cincinnati's time, and it'll probably be that way for a while. They're like black and white TV, we're like color TV."

Wonder if a couple of seasons have colored Johnson's thinking? Turns out that "while" the Bengals held the edge over the Steelers lasted all of a month, or until Pittsburgh won an AFC playoff rematch in Cincinnati 31-17 in January 2006.

In reality, time hasn't changed at all, as evidenced by the Steelers' workmanlike 24-13 victory Sunday in Cincinnati. At least from the Bengals' standpoint, it must seem as if they're on perpetual EST: Eternal Steelers Time.

The Steelers' victory was their seventh in a row in Cincinnati and their 12th in their last 16 games against the one-time Bungles. Since Johnson proclaimed the balance of power had shifted in the AFC North, the Steelers are 21-10 and have won a Super Bowl; the Bengals are 12-16.

Over the next five weeks, four of which they will spend at home, the Steelers have a prime opportunity to take a secure grip on the AFC North race. They've got Baltimore (4-3) Monday night followed by the Browns (4-3), then slip away to play the Jets (1-7) before returning home to play the Dolphins (0-8) and the Bengals (2-5) again. The combined records of the five: 11-26.
It's probably too early to speculate but the Steelers will be favored to take a 10-2 record into their Dec. 9 game at New England (8-0)......

NOVA STEELERS
10-30-2007, 10:29 AM
Keep up the one game at a time mentality and it could be a nice 10 - 2 for the match-up against the patsies

steelerfan11
10-30-2007, 11:04 AM
Why do people keep looking ahead at the patriots game?? We have a lot of games between now and then. Right now we are 5-2 and we have a game that we should win and have to win against the ravens.

1 game at a time and don't look ahead at who we are playing down the road and also don't care about who is playing who. This is the NFl anyone can beat anyone.

ARKIESTEEL
10-30-2007, 11:14 AM
Why do people keep looking ahead at the patriots game?? We have a lot of games between now and then. Right now we are 5-2 and we have a game that we should win and have to win against the ravens.

1 game at a time and don't look ahead at who we are playing down the road and also don't care about who is playing who. This is the NFl anyone can beat anyone.

you are right on we got to worry about this week

floodcitygirl
10-30-2007, 11:43 AM
you are right on we got to worry about this weekTotally agree. But I love that "EST"...."Eternal Steelers Time"! :lol:

AZ_Steeler
10-30-2007, 01:42 PM
The EST is pretty good! :clap:

Johnson's comments go to show that you aren't suppose to talk about certain things, especially the wind changing in the AFCN. That was just a minor speed bump for the Steelers... :D

BBG7
10-30-2007, 02:00 PM
I love it though. Flood and I were at the game and there was some guy that kept showing all the Steelers fans his "Division Title" shirt from 2005....they just don't get it do they. Hmmmm....Super Bowl or Division Title??? That's a tough one...lol!

floodcitygirl
10-30-2007, 02:10 PM
I love it though. Flood and I were at the game and there was some guy that kept showing all the Steelers fans his "Division Title" shirt from 2005....they just don't get it do they. Hmmmm....Super Bowl or Division Title??? That's a tough one...lol!HA! He kept telling us that we could never take that one away from them. We told him it was ok....they could go ahead and keep it...he still didn't get it. :lol:

BBG7
10-30-2007, 02:16 PM
HA! He kept telling us that we could never take that one away from them. We told him it was ok....they could go ahead and keep it...he still didn't get it. :lol:

he was completely clueless!!!!

black an gold 4 life
10-30-2007, 02:48 PM
:scratch:what an dick head, let's c an divison title or an super bowl title?:scratch:not only r the players n mature, but the fans seems 2 b also, is it something in the water?:lol:we :buttkick:there azzzzzzzzzz every year n cinnci 4 the past 7 years,:chair: wake up u bungirls we own u:gs:

Stlrs4Life
10-30-2007, 06:05 PM
:plus1:
Keep up the one game at a time mentality and it could be a nice 10 - 2 for the match-up against the patsies

Troyisabeast_43
10-30-2007, 06:45 PM
The bottom line is this if the Steelers win the next 2 games here at home against the Ravens and Browns they go to 7-2 and go up 2 games on both the Ravens and Browns in the division and essentially 3 games up on them having the head to head tiebraker on both of them. If this indeed does happen with the Ravens upcoming schedule in November playing teams like SD,Indy,and New England, combined with as inconsistent and up and down as the Browns are week in and week out, if the Steelers win these 2 games and get to 7-2 especially with the Jets,Dolphins,and Bengals next up this division race is over. It will be tough to come back and play the Browns on a short week after the Ravens, but the game is still here and the Steelers should still be focused enough and be able to win both games and put a wrap on this division and then they can really focus on catching the teams that really matter the Colts and Pats.