No one gave them a chance. NO ONE. Other than Steelers "Homers," that obviously had no idea what they were talking about before the regular season began, no one gave the Steelers a chance at success.
There were the many offseason issues. Ben Roethlisberger gone for the first quarter of the season, the Steelers' best receiver being traded away for "nothing." The injuries to Troy Polamalu, and the ancient defense.
The Steelers would be lucky to go 7-9.
Browns fans even stated that they would not be the cellar dwellers in the AFC North this year, because that apartment would belong to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Two weeks ago seems like it was a life time, doesn't it?
With people saying that the Steelers would be lucky to finish Ben Roethlisberger's suspension 1-3, the Steelers could take a monumental step Sunday when they travel to Tampa Bay, to play the Buccaneers.
What's at stake?
A 3-0 start would guarantee that the Steelers will finish the first quarter of the season with a winning record. Though that would not be a great deal for many teams, for a team to be without a Pro Bowl quarterback, that means the world.
With the Titans and Falcons, but respectable defensive teams, the Steelers had to win both of their games with their defense. The Falcons and Titans stacked the line of scrimmage on almost every play. They forced the Steelers to either win through the air, or with Defense.
A 3-0 start, would mean that when Ben Roethlisberger returns, he will be doing so with a lead in the AFC North. Even if the Steelers were to lose to the Ravens in Week 4, they would share the same record in first place.
A 3-0 start, would mean that the offense, even with the team loading 8 men in the box, were able to run the ball well enough to give the defense the rest they need.
A 3-0 start, will mean that the Steelers will have won two road games out of two, and only have six games left on the road.
This game means a lot more to the Steelers than many people understand. Tampa Bay is not going to be a team that is fighting for the playoffs in three months, but they are a team glowing with confidence at this point. They will be at home, in the Florida heat, and the Steelers defense is going to have to shut down the Bucs offense like they did with Atlanta and Tennessee.