Facing The Pittsburgh Steelers

Timothy KesslerAnalyst IDecember 8, 2009

PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 06:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on from the sideline while playing the the Oakland Raiders December 6, 2009 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Oakland won the game 27-24.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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I recently watched a movie named "Facing the Giants".

It was about a football team that lost a whole lot of games. The coach ultimately found religion and turned things around. They won the championship.

Now, I am not suggesting that Tomlin needs to find religion, in any way.

What i am doing is simply drawing a parallel. I am suggesting that seasons can, and do, have turning points and unexpected things can happen.

This has been a history making season with plenty of firsts. Two teams undefeated this late into the season has never happened before, but that is the case this season.

Although I have been at the front of public opinion in calling for Bruce Arians head, I personally DO NOT think this season is lost. In fact, and this certainly may or may not surprise a few people, I still think that we are going to win the super bowl.

Even at 6-6, I feel, as of right now, that we are in the best position to take the #6 seed.

Some will argue...well, what about Jacksonville? They are 7-5 at the moment.

They simply play too strong of teams here on out and will finish no better than 9-7.

Some will argue...well, what about Miami and the NY Jets? They are both 6-6. But the same goes for them. Their remaining schedule is way too strong for them to finish with any chance.

Tha leaves Baltimore. They are also 6-6. Why don't I feel they are in the running for that final spot?

Well, quite simply, they still play us. So they will finish a game behind us.


The Pittsburgh Steelers will not lose another game this season.

The Steelers will win their final four games and will finish 10-6 and take the 6th seed into the playoffs.

The 2005 season all over again???

What will make a storied ending even more strange than that is that NO ONE who is anyone is expecting them to win it all, even their very own fans- who for the most part have given up on this season. And not only because of their most recent debacles...but because the coaching isn't the greatest and team unity is at an all time low. There are also two undefeated teams at 11-0 and another at 10-1.

I am here to tell you to keep the faith. I would even try and say "stranger things have happened" but that would be pushing it a bit.

Call it intuition if you will but I believe the Steelers will not only win their final four and take the 6th seed, but they will make it to the superbowl and win it all again.

I am not even going to get into specific reasons such as the teams ability to pick up their game come play off time, or getting players back from injury, or even experience. Its just something I feel deep down.

They needed a string of tough loses to build their character and resolve for the final stretch. It will make them that much closer as a unit. It is what will make them stronger than the other teams in the playoffs who have yet to face such adversity, at least to this extent.

They needed a season such as this to solidify their claim to "team of the decade"...not necessarily based on the strongest of rosters, but the strongest of will and heart.

This is the final season of a crazy decade and it calls for a story book ending such as this.


The Pittsburgh Steelers will win their 7th.