Rams vs. Steelers: 10 Things for Steelers Fans To Watch for on Christmas Eve

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Rams vs. Steelers: 10 Things for Steelers Fans To Watch for on Christmas Eve
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The last time the St. Louis Rams traveled to Heinz Field to play the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Steel City celebrated their franchise's 1,000th game in lackluster fashion.  Marc Bulger and an explosive offense featuring much of the talent from the "Greatest Show on Turf" exploited Pittsburgh's secondary in a 33-21 victory.

Many things have changed since that soured celebration, and Steelers fans hope for a brand new outcome as a result. 

On paper, the contest appears to lopsidedly favor a happier outcome for Pittsburgh.  The 2-12 Rams range from weak to pedestrian in most facets of the game, while the Steelers have clinched a playoff spot for the seventh time in this young century.

Despite the apparent mismatch, the Black and Gold cannot take the contest for granted; after all, Ben Roethlisberger is slated to watch from the sidelines for the first time all season, and there's still a potential division championship at stake.

With the upset-minded Rams fighting for their maligned head coach, the Pittsburgh Steelers hope that an early Christmas present comes in the form of an expected victory.  After all, winning builds momentum, and momentum will breed confidence heading into the NFL playoffs.

In a season of joy, warmth and well-wishes, here are 10 things for Steelers fans to watch for as the Men of Steel attempt to wrap up the Rams and ship them home upside-down and tagged with defeat.

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