"We're going to win; yeah, I can guarantee a win," Smith said recently. "As long as we come out and do what we got to do. Both sides of the ball are rolling, and if our special teams come through for us, we've got a good chance to win."
In fairness, Smith could be right. Sure, he's only a third-year player who just got the starting job at free safety due to an injury—but if the Steelers stopped a New England winning streak in 2004, who's to say they can't do it again?
After all, these Steelers do have the best overall defense in the league, and a powerful running game to boot—a formula similar to that which almost got the Ravens a win against New England.
But let's be honest: How much stock can you put in these words?
Smith also says the Bengals have a better receiving corps than the Pats. My question to him: Is that based on the fact that the top three Patriots receivers have 341 more combined yards than the Bengals' top three...or is it because they also have 10 more touchdowns?
If really you want to get into it, those same three Pats wideouts have more receiving touchdowns than the entire Bengals team.
Smith's right, though—if both sides of the ball are "rolling" for the Steelers, and if the Pittsburgh special teams make some big plays, there's a good chance the team can win.
But even when both sides of the ball are rolling, even when your special teams make plays...you still have to outperform the other team.
Against the 2007 Patriots, that's never easy.
Just ask Ray Lewis.