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Troyisabeast_43
11-22-2008, 07:01 PM
I think it's an absolute MUST that this Steelers team gets that number 2 seed and bye week if they are to have any legit chance of going to the Super Bowl out of the AFC. I just dont think this team with this coaching staff and with the inconsistent play of the offense even though it has been better wants to push their luck and have to win 3 games to make it to the Super Bowl. While I dont think it's impossible for them to be able to do it you just do not want to be in a position where you potentially have to win 2 road games in a row after the wildcard round just to make it to the Super Bowl. I just dont have enough faith in Tomlin and Arians at this point to be able to do that even though this defense has been lights out for the most part all season long. The Steelers best chance of going to the Super Bowl is to get the 2 seed and the bye week and home game hopefully win that game and take your chances in the AFC Championship game whether it be on the road or home. We dont know what can happen at that point. Maybe Tennessee will get upset as the 1 seed in the divisional round and the Steelers will win their divisional game as the 2 seed and get the AFC Championship game at home.

At this point getting the 1 seed might not be the best thing here because the way the seeds are set up with Indy and Baltimore being a possible 5 and 6 seed and being better then the division winners such as the Jets,Broncos,Pats,or even Miami and having a good chance to beat one of those teams in the playoffs should they meet they would then get the 1 seed since the lowest seeded team remaining always plays the highest seed next. So Tennessee could end up playing the Colts lets say if they are the 5 seed if they would beat the Broncos who right now would be the 4 seed which I think they would do, and the Steelers would end up playing the Jets as the 3 if they would win their wildcard game since they arent the lowest remaining seed. So if you follow and understand what I just said there getting the number 1 seed in the AFC this year might not be the best thing because you could end up seeing a team like the Colts for your first game in the divisional round as opposed to somebody like the Jets,Denver,or even the Patriots if you are the 2 seed.

SteelersWoman
11-22-2008, 07:30 PM
The Jets are doin pretty well so far--I'd have to say they're doin as well as Indy. So for me, it'd be a toss up as to who I'd rather see us play. And both teams' QB's are playoff vets...Plus, Indy just (barely) beat us, so I think we'd have a pretty good chance of beatin them the second time around.

Troyisabeast_43
11-22-2008, 07:42 PM
The Jets are doin pretty well so far--I'd have to say they're doin as well as Indy. So for me, it'd be a toss up as to who I'd rather see us play. And both teams' QB's are playoff vets...Plus, Indy just (barely) beat us, so I think we'd have a pretty good chance of beatin them the second time around.

I agree Id like our chances against the Colts here should we see them again as well. It would be tough for them to beat us again twice at Heinz Field although see the Jags of last year for that theory. Id still rather face Brett Favre and the Jets instead of Peyton Manning and the Colts. It appears as if it's setting up that way the way the seeds are aligned at the moment. Tennessee being the number 1 seed Im telling you right now is going to end up giving them I think a much tougher game the first game of the divisional round as opposed to the being the 2 seed which is the Steelers are set up very well to be as I mentioned above.

K Train
11-22-2008, 07:49 PM
i really think tennessee is a team we can beat the ****ing **** out of.

indy really isnt a team that scares me if they are wildcard...that offense hurts in the cold outdoors and our defense is just nasty anywhere. the afc is really wide open, the next few weeks are important but were in pretty good shape

BlitzburghRockCity
11-22-2008, 07:51 PM
The way we are going right now even on this 2 game win streak Im not counting on anything..once we play these next 2 against the Pats and Cowboys we'll have a pretty decent feel for the possibilities this team has for the postseason. Im not so sure having a bye is the best thing either though, I mean you always want that as a team but the Steelers so often come out flat after a week off and in the postseason you can't afford that. All things considered though if the Steelers end up the 2nd seed we can all feel pretty good about our chances at that point.

DIESELMAN
11-22-2008, 07:52 PM
As long as we are in the playoffs, thats all that matters to me. I get what your sayin Troy, but no matter what seed we get, no road will be easy in the playoffs. I see an upset coming this weekend with the Jets taking down the Titans.

BlitzburghRockCity
11-22-2008, 07:55 PM
Tennessee is a team that is really a mirror image of what we used to be and what we sort of are now in terms of their philosophy. Play tough defense, good ST, manage the game on offense and mix in the occasional big play. I think it would be a great game with us and them and see who is left standing.

LarryNJ
11-22-2008, 08:13 PM
You make some great points Troy but what matters most is playing well the last few weeks heading into the playoffs. Look at the Giants last year and us the SB year. Not to mention how many times have we been disappointed at home in the playoffs in games we were favored to win.

SteelerNC
11-22-2008, 08:39 PM
You make some great points Troy but what matters most is playing well the last few weeks heading into the playoffs. Look at the Giants last year and us the SB year. Not to mention how many times have we been disappointed at home in the playoffs in games we were favored to win.

I agree with the whole home/away situation. For some reason I feel better when we are on the road playing.:cope::tt02:

wvhills
11-22-2008, 09:45 PM
With the way our defense is playing I believe that any game we play we will be in it. It will depend on how the offense plays and I like having Big Ben in big game situations. I also think the second seed will benefit the Steelers. With the way things are shaping up I can see us getting the Jets at home and more than likely the Colts in the AFC championship game. I can also see us playing the Giants or possibly the Cardinals in the SB. Go Steelers........

steelerschick1220
11-22-2008, 09:56 PM
As long as we make the playoffs, I don't care what seed we are. No matter who you play, it isn't going to be easy. If we come out firing, we can bet anyone in this conference. It would be somewhat ironic if we played the Colts and Giants in the post season and beat then both.

Steelerlyn
11-23-2008, 12:08 AM
I think that the Steelers play much better if they play every week as opposed to a bye week.

AZ_Steeler
11-23-2008, 02:25 AM
Who do the Steelers play next? :D

DanRooney
11-23-2008, 03:30 AM
Lets hope the Browns win out so we can play them first :lol:

K Train
11-23-2008, 04:49 PM
the jets beating the **** out of the titans today doesnt really help us at all

DBR96A
11-23-2008, 06:10 PM
the jets beating the shiat out of the titans today doesnt really help us at all

If anything, here comes the claim by our favorite mediots that we don't deserve a first-round bye.

Troyisabeast_43
11-23-2008, 06:32 PM
the jets beating the shiat out of the titans today doesnt really help us at all

No it didnot in terms of the Steelers getting a one game lead over the Jets to get that number 2 seed and bye week in the AFC. The good news as I pointed out in my other posts is that with the Titans losing and the Steelers still having a game in hand to play with them should they beat Tennessee and win out the last 5 games and the Titans lose one more game the Steelers would win the head to head tiebraker and get the number 1 seed and homefield advantage in the playoffs. The Steelers already have the tiebraker over the Jets should they both win out because they will be guaranteed to finish with a better conference record then the Jets will be despite the fact that both the Steelers and the Jets are both 8-3 now. Now incase the Patriots by some chance still do win the AFC East which they still have and outside shot to do, the Steelers with a win over the Patriots next week pretty much will assure themselves that they will win the tiebraker over them because they would be 2 games up on the Pats and have the head to head tiebraker on them, and 4 less conference losses then them as well. It's still going to be a tough task to get the number 2 seed in the playoffs looking at our schedule compared to the Jets. The Jets schedule is not a walk in the park by any means but it definitely is a little bit easier then the Steelers. They still have a pretty tough game with Denver next week who is going to need to win that game to stay on top out in the AFC West, and they also have to go to the West Coast two more times which is never easy to do and win no matter how bad the 49ers and Seattle have looked. With that being said here is the Jets remaining schedule...

Sun 11/30 Denver 4:15 pm
Sun 12/7 at San Francisco 4:05 pm
Sun 12/14 Buffalo 1:00 pm
Sun 12/21 at Seattle 4:05 pm
Sun 12/28 Miami 1:00 pm

Stlrs4Life
11-23-2008, 10:34 PM
Beat the Ravens. It's that simple. Oh, and beat NE, Dallas, and Cleveland, too.

Bottom line, either this team is Super Bowl caliber or it's not. If they can't finish at 4-1 (or 3-2 at the worst), they AREN'T Super Bowl caliber, and in that case, I could give two shits if they miss the playoffs.

Either they are top tier or not... if they are, they'll blaze the rest of the schedule at 3-2 at worst.

Dean Denton
11-24-2008, 08:18 PM
Yeah, i'm sure they are looking at it as one game at a time. If we beat the Pats we are in good shape. No doubt we have some tough teams coming up, but I think we can beat all of these teams. We really need to be smart with the ball. We need to run better. The Def will do its job, but the Off scares me.

Troyisabeast_43
01-11-2009, 02:34 AM
I think it's an absolute MUST that this Steelers team gets that number 2 seed and bye week if they are to have any legit chance of going to the Super Bowl out of the AFC. I just dont think this team with this coaching staff and with the inconsistent play of the offense even though it has been better wants to push their luck and have to win 3 games to make it to the Super Bowl. While I dont think it's impossible for them to be able to do it you just do not want to be in a position where you potentially have to win 2 road games in a row after the wildcard round just to make it to the Super Bowl. I just dont have enough faith in Tomlin and Arians at this point to be able to do that even though this defense has been lights out for the most part all season long. The Steelers best chance of going to the Super Bowl is to get the 2 seed and the bye week and home game hopefully win that game and take your chances in the AFC Championship game whether it be on the road or home. We dont know what can happen at that point. Maybe Tennessee will get upset as the 1 seed in the divisional round and the Steelers will win their divisional game as the 2 seed and get the AFC Championship game at home.

At this point getting the 1 seed might not be the best thing here because the way the seeds are set up with Indy and Baltimore being a possible 5 and 6 seed and being better then the division winners such as the Jets,Broncos,Pats,or even Miami and having a good chance to beat one of those teams in the playoffs should they meet they would then get the 1 seed since the lowest seeded team remaining always plays the highest seed next. So Tennessee could end up playing the Colts lets say if they are the 5 seed if they would beat the Broncos who right now would be the 4 seed which I think they would do, and the Steelers would end up playing the Jets as the 3 if they would win their wildcard game since they arent the lowest remaining seed. So if you follow and understand what I just said there getting the number 1 seed in the AFC this year might not be the best thing because you could end up seeing a team like the Colts for your first game in the divisional round as opposed to somebody like the Jets,Denver,or even the Patriots if you are the 2 seed.

Once again not to sound cocky or get too cute but I will pat myself on the back for this thread here I wrote back in November when I talk about the Titans in this post getting the tougher game as the 1 seed over the Steelers. It's always fun looking back on these threads and seeing that you ended up being right a few months down the road...

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I agree Id like our chances against the Colts here should we see them again as well. It would be tough for them to beat us again twice at Heinz Field although see the Jags of last year for that theory. Id still rather face Brett Favre and the Jets instead of Peyton Manning and the Colts. It appears as if it's setting up that way the way the seeds are aligned at the moment. Tennessee being the number 1 seed Im telling you right now is going to end up giving them I think a much tougher game the first game of the divisional round as opposed to the being the 2 seed which is the Steelers are set up very well to be as I mentioned above.

Once again pats himself on the back numerous times...:cope:

BlacknGold Bleeder
01-11-2009, 04:14 AM
This don't mean nothing unless we win our game as a number 2 seed... but you can toot your horn all you want !!