The Pittsburgh Steelers are at the halfway point of their NFL schedule and sit in the cellar of the AFC North with a 2-6 record. It couldn’t get much worse than what it is right now, but when thinking about eight more games like the first eight it can make a Steelers fan’s head explode.
Nonetheless, looking at the remainder of the Steelers’ schedule, you see some very winnable games. Then again, there are plenty of losses still on the schedule as well.
This Sunday, the Steelers host the Buffalo Bills to kick off back-to back home games. The latter is against the Detroit Lions. The next two games are on the road — at the Cleveland Browns and a Thanksgiving game at the Baltimore Ravens. Just looking at the next four games for the Steelers, it is feasible that they could end that stretch 3-1, or at the worst 2-2.
I realize that predictions with this Steelers team are dangerous, but you have to think this team has the talent to put together a run or two between now and the end of the season.
Things get a little dicey for the Steelers after that: home versus the Miami Dolphins in Mike Wallace‘s triumphant return, home against the Cincinnati Bengals, at the Green Bay Packers and finishing the season at home against the Browns again. If the Steelers are able to win three of their next four games, they would be 5-7 — not too bad for a 2-6 start, but the last four games are more difficult to predict.
Some Steelers fans would predict another 3-1 finish to end the season 8-8, but I just don’t see that. I could see a 2-2 finish and the Steelers ending the season 7-9 for their first losing record in 10 years.
This Steelers team has a lot to prove not only to the fan base, but to themselves. Ben Roethlisberger said it best when he said, “We are just trying to go 1-0.” The season has boiled down to a one-game schedule, and with this Steelers team, you never know what you are going to get.
If the team that beat the Ravens shows up, this team could make a run for the .500 mark. But if the team that has lost to the Minnesota Vikings, Oakland Raiders and Tennessee Titans shows up, then you will be seeing some pretty angry Steelers fans across the globe. Whatever happens in the second half, the coaches and fan base will learn a lot about this team down the stretch.
Jeff Hartman covers the Pittsburgh Steelers, as well as the Penguins and Pirates for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter (@BnGBlitz)