Pittsburgh Steelers Bye Week: The Bye Week Blues!

Nick SignorelliSenior Writer INovember 1, 2009

CINCINNATI - SEPTEMBER 27:  A Pittsburgh Steelers fan is pictured during the NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on September 27, 2009 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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I woke up this morning like every other Sunday morning. I came down stairs, had breakfast, grabbed the newspaper (sports page and comics; they are all that matter), and headed down to the man cave to watch the NFL pregame.

I signed in to my Bleacher Fantasy Football league, and reality set in. The Steelers are not playing today.

I knew the Steelers are on their bye week. Every team needs one, and with the injuries to the team, Timmons and Polamalu needing another week to recover, the Steelers' bye week is coming at a perfect time.

This still sucks!

So, I turned on Sunday NFL Countdown on ESPN, and there are a lot of good games on tap for today.

Vikings vs. Packers to start should be fun to watch. If nothing else, to see the crowd reaction when Brett Favre takes the field for the first time.

Broncos vs. Ravens is an interesting matchup. I never root for the Ravens, but as a Steelers fan, part of me needs the Broncos to lose a game or two other than against us for playoff seeding. Still, I don't think I have it in me to cheer for Baltimore.

The guy I am playing in my fantasy league has both Kyle Orton, Brandon Marshall and the Broncos defense, so I guess I have to pull for the Ravens.

This sucks!

49ers vs. Colts. I like Mike Singletary, and love what he has done with the Niners. He is a great coach, and his defense is playing great. I would love to see the Colts crushed.

Giants vs Eagles is going to be fun. New York and Philadelphia fans are in the second civil war today, having to play against each other not only for the lead in the NFC East, but in the World Series as well. I know Philly fans and New York fans, and the battle is very fun to watch.

It is a great day for NFL football, and lots of fun in the man cave, but without my Steelers playing, it just isn't the same.

Things will be better next week—oh wait, we play on Monday night next week.