The Pittsburgh Steelers are again pumping out wins in December just like shopping mall sound systems are pumping out Christmas carols.
When you can buy egg nog in every grocery store and see your breath when you step outside, it's nature's way of telling you that the Steelers are gearing up for another run at an AFC title.
The Steelers' last three Super Bowl teams all lost just once in December. They went 4-1 in 2005 and 3-1 in 2008 and 2010.
The Steelers are 2-0 this December. They face an uphill climb in the hilly city of San Francisco Monday night. If they don't have Ben Roethlisberger, it will be a hurdle as high as the Golden Gate Bridge. Then they're home against the sad-sack Rams on Christmas Eve.
At worst, it's not too much to ask for the Steelers to turn in another 3-1 December and carry that momentum into "January Football," as Steelers coach Mike Tomlin puts it, and successfully defend their AFC crown.