This season the Pittsburgh Steelers are doing their best Ben Roethlisberger impersonation. Just as Roethlisberger has made a career of scrambling out of pressure keeping his head up looking down the field to make a play, the Steelers have their head up and are only looking forward.
Since starting the season 0-4, the Steelers have adopted a “one game season” mindset. Don’t look in the past. Just look at the next opponent and don’t worry about anything else.
Don’t worry about standings.
Don’t worry about the media.
Don’t worry about anything but the next opponent on the schedule.
Roethlisberger declared this publicly after the humiliating loss to the Minnesota Vikings in London earlier this season that sent the Steelers limping into the bye week sporting an embarrassing 0-4 record, but this is typical verbiage for a team that has started off the season so poorly.
You hear it from coaches, players and even front office executives. Let me give you an example of what you might here during this time: “The one game at a time approach is what we will adopt to make sure this season isn’t lost.” All of it is nothing but the usual lip service.
Most of the Steelers’ fan base has long since turned their back on the embarrassment that was the product they were putting on the field to start the year, but no one expected a turnaround like they experienced after the horrific start.
All of a sudden the Steelers have won five of their last seven games and are right in the thick of things in terms of the AFC Playoff race.
Hear that? The Steelers’ bandwagon is getting a lot heavier with all those fans trying to jump back on board.
Regardless of the fan base, the Steelers continue their one game season against the much maligned Baltimore Ravens on none other night than Thanksgiving night.
As the nation sits to watch football on a day that is filled with food, family, friends and football, they will get the Steelers and Ravens — a game filled with playoff implications.
As the Steelers continue this strange roller coaster ride of a 2013 season, the one game at a time approach continues with a trip to Baltimore where the Ravens’ fans will give the Steelers a warm welcome at M&T Bank Stadium.
One game at a time the Steelers have climbed back into contention, and the one game at a time approach will ultimately decide their future.
Jeff Hartman covers the Pittsburgh Steelers for RantSports.com and also contributes for the Penguins and Pirates. Follow him on Twitter @BnGBlitz