The Pittsburgh Steelers 2011 season has been a dichotomous showcase of good and bad, with the team demonstrating championship strengths and liable weaknesses. In essence, there is reason for hope and concern with regard to a potential Black and Gold victory in Super Bowl XLVI.
Whether sheer optimism or placing faith in recent successes, few in the Steel City would argue against the notion that the Men of Steel are capable of returning to their fourth Super Bowl in seven seasons, a feat that only one other Steelers team has accomplished in that amount of time. The '70s Steelers (you know, those guys...) made their fourth showing in only six years.
Still, despite being in the midst of the second greatest era of Steelers football, there are certainly challenges in the midst that could prevent 2011 from making the all-time list of championship seasons.
This countdown lists the hurdles that Steelers fans can expect to challenge the team during their journey to (hopefully) Indianapolis.
Certainly, improving their own game and solidifying their style of play in late December will be the most important challenge, as with any NFL team in contention. Surely, these Steelers have proven their ability to do what is necessary time and again. What about this time?
From what lies in-house to the outside factors (and teams) that threaten to prevent a happy union of Lombardi and the 'Burgh, here are the 10 biggest obstacles the Steelers will have to overcome if they wish to win another championship.