The first hint that something was wrong with the 2012 Steelers came in Week 3 when they lost on the road to the Oakland Raiders. Then, just as Steelers fans convinced themselves that was only a bad dream, they lost in Week 6 to the Tennessee Titans.
Defeating inferior opponents stacks the building blocks of a playoff season. It's like a Democrat winning the the New England or a Republican winning the South in a presidential election. First they have to win the easy states. Then they go to work in the battleground states.
If the Steelers can take care of business in these six games, and then cobble together a few more wins, they'll be in good shape to play in January.
If they lose any of these games, it's time to start working on those mock drafts.