This is part one of a four part series as to why the Steelers fans should cheer for one of the remaining teams left still playing.
PART 1 OF 4
What the Steelers could have done is set themselves way above every other franchise in the NFL. They could have taken a two-championship lead over the Cowboys and 49ers and had more than double any other team in the league.
Things were not to be, as those same Steelers, the ones trying to put themselves head and shoulders above the rest of the league, could not keep pace and failed to even make the playoffs to defend their crown.
Some people want to blame the coaching staff, and understandably so. They did less than a stellar job. But it was not their fault.
Some people want to blame the players. Yes, it was their fault for not winning those five games in a row they lost. But that is not the reason that the Steelers did not make the playoffs.
Some even want to blame the NFL, whether it be the "flex" schedule for Week 17. But I can tell you whose fault it really is.
Then it happened. In Week 16, the Colts decided to lay down and let the Jets beat them. Not only did the Colts give the Jets life, but they also gave up on their chance at a perfect season.
Then in Week 17, the Bengals watched as the Jets beat up a bunch of backups. Maybe "beat" is a bad word. Crush? Thump? Oh, I got it, spank their backups.
See, what happened was, the Colts and Bengals, by laying down, allowed the Jets to sneak back into the playoffs. Not only that, the Jets got something that could not be bought: confidence.
The following week, the confident Jets went to Cincinnati and pounded the Bengals again, further growing their confidence.
Then they traveled out to San Diego to upset the Chargers, who were on a 19-game winning streak. (I know, it was a joke.)
Now they are going back into Indianapolis to face the top-seeded Colts. Those same Colts that gave up a perfect season to keep the Steelers from making the playoffs.
I know how a lot of us don't really care too much for the Jets. But think about this for a second. How close is this Jets team from the Steelers team that won Super Bowl XL?
They have the young QB, like we did with Ben Roethlisberger. They have the amazing defense, like those Steelers did. They came in as a Wild Card team and are going to play the entire playoffs on the road.
Steelers fans, lets be honest, we have to cheer for someone. Of the four teams left, only the Colts have won a Super Bowl, which is even more reason to want the Jets to beat them.
I know that the Jets won one, A LONG time ago, and did they even have Lombardi Trophies back then?
My opinion, Steelers fans, is we should be pulling for the Jets. Not because we need to, but they can eliminate the the second team that is responsible for the Steelers not having a chance to defend their crown.