NFL Playoff Predictions: Steelers and Two Teams That Will Go One and Done

Tony SantorsaSenior Writer IIJanuary 2, 2012

CLEVELAND, OH - JANUARY 01: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers walks off the field against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on January 1, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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One of the most disappointing terms in all of the NFL is "one and done"—that certain team is good enough to make it all the way to the playoffs, but they simply don't make any noise. They're one game in and they're done immediately. 

With that being said, each and every season, there are teams that go one and done—well, obviously. But some of these teams are rather surprising as we expected much more out of them. 

In that spirit, let's take a look at three teams that are guaranteed to go one and done next weekend.


Detroit Lions

The Detroit Lions will have almost no chance against the New Orleans Saints. This is not a favorable matchup for the Lions whatsoever.

Detroit is a very inexperienced team that can score a lot of points; however, its defense is allowing an average of 24.2 points per game—which plays right into the hands of Drew Brees and the New Orleans high flying, offensive attack. 

Detroit may be in the playoffs for the first time since 1999, but they wont last long at all. 


Pittsburgh Steelers

This is as bold as it's going to get—the Pittsburgh Steelers will be knocked out by Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos next weekend. I guarantee it.

How can I be so sure? Well, I have been saying for a while now that Tebow and the Broncos will win at least one playoff game, so here it is.

Also, the Steelers will be traveling to Denver and have to deal with that high altitude that negatively affects so many teams out there, especially in the playoffs.

Lastly, no Rashard Mendenhall means to rushing attack whatsoever. According to sources, the stud running back has a torn ACL and is definitely done for the remainder of the season. 

I'm sorry, Steeler Nation, but there wont be a Super Bowl for you guys this season. 


Houston Texans

Let's put it this way: The Houston Texans do not have a real quarterback. What does that mean? They will fall flat on their faces as this is a quarterback league and you need somewhat of an adequate passer. 

Rookie quarterback T.J. Yates has reportedly suffered a separated left shoulder, which means that the team's fate could be in the hands of veteran quarterback, Jake Delhomme

I don't care how great of a running game Houston has or how dominating their defense is—they will get knocked out by the Cincinnati Bengals simply because they have no quarterback.


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