Pittsburgh Steelers fans want nothing more than to create a sea of yellow around their beloved team as it hoists the Lombardi Trophy this February. In a recent article, I warned fans not to overreact to the preseason. Moreover, it is important to keep all of the events that transpire in perspective- even the winning ones.
After all, exhibition losses are so often not as bad as they appear, getting back to game speed and defining the roster being a better and more primary concern for fans and team alike.
Conversely, while a positive attitude after wins is a necessity (if you can't celebrate a win, when can you celebrate?), that optimism should not blind anybody into thinking the team is invincible.
With all of this in mind, the Black and Gold made like true Men of Steel last night, flying higher and faster than the Eagles in an exhibition matchup that- if we did not know better- would have appeared to quantify Pittsburgh as an obvious and true contender.
Naturally, there are still hurdles to overcome, and the Eagles will use this game tape like Pittsburgh used their film from Washington to focus on getting better. We're only halfway through the fake stuff, so it's important not to lock in any judgments too prematurely.
In any case, last night’s Keystone clash saw the Steelers win outright, 24-14, in a contest that was not even that close. Here are a few observations and thoughts stemming from last night’s affair that left the Steelers looking golden and the Eagles looking….well, green.