5 Games the Pittsburgh Steelers Should Have Won
Pittsburgh Steelers 2013 Season: 5 Games They Should Have Won
As we get ready for Week 16 in the NFL, some teams are looking back at the beginning of the season and asking themselves, “what in the world happened!?” Unfortunately for Pittsburgh, the Steelers are one of those teams.
In 2013, the Pittsburgh Steelers have kept fans on the edge of their seats by losing in dramatic fashion. The Steelers have had six games this season which were decided by seven points or less and Pittsburgh was only able to win one of these games. Obviously picking up a few more victories in those close battles would go a long way toward getting this team to the postseason.
The Steelers sit at a current record of 6-8 and are fighting for their playoff lives at the end of their season. Since it is taboo for players, coaches or owners to look back at the beginning of the season and talk about “what might have been” it is our duty in the media to do just that.
This is a list that focuses on five games where Pittsburgh could have won but failed to get the victory. The Steelers came so close, yet the losses still stain their record like red wine on a white dress. For a talented team that can compete with the very best the NFL has to offer, it’s a shame that the Steelers are unlikely to partake in the 2013 NFL Playoffs.
These are the five games that Pittsburgh Steelers could have and should have won in 2013.
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5. Week 1 vs. Tennessee Titans
The Steelers couldn’t have asked to start the 2013 season any better as the Tennessee Titans stepped into the back of the end zone for a safety on the opening kickoff. Unfortunately the Steelers’ offense was completely silent until the fourth quarter when Pittsburgh scored a meaningless touchdown. Unhealthy, unprepared and unconditioned the Steelers lost in Heinz Field 16-9 after being spotted two points at the very start of the game!
4. Week 4 vs. Minnesota Vikings
In Week 4 the Steelers traveled to London to face the equally winless Minnesota Vikings. Minnesota had just made a switch at quarterback, starting Matt Cassel for the injured Christian Ponder. Minnesota’s offense was fueled by the switch and the game in London became an offensive shootout.
Pittsburgh was down seven points and knocking on the door of the Minnesota Vikings, but Ben Roethlisberger failed to convert from the four-yard line. Instead Ben was sacked by Jared Allen and the Steelers ran out of time before they could force overtime.
3. Week 13 vs. Baltimore Ravens
On Thanksgiving night the Steelers traveled into Baltimore to take on their division rival, the Baltimore Ravens. As Pittsburgh was making a last second come back they failed to convert a two-point conversion which would have sent the game into overtime. It was a missed opportunity for the Steelers to take control of the wild card playoff spot as they were defeated 22-20.
2. Week 8 vs. Oakland Raiders
If it wasn't for No. 1 on this list, Week 8 of the regular season might be the most haunting game of 2013 for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Terrelle Pryor broke into the NFL record books by rushing 93 yards for a touchdown, and Pittsburgh's trustworthy place kicker Shaun Suisham missed two kicks from within 40 yards which cost the Steelers the game in Oakland as they lost 21-18.
1. Week 14 vs. Miami Dolphins
In Week 14 the Pittsburgh Steelers fell inches short of a miracle at Heinz Field. Down six points with no time left on the clock Pittsburgh went into full on lateral mode which sprung an opening for one of the fastest men in the NFL, Antonio Brown. As Brown took off up the sideline the left side of his foot stepped out of bounds, and the Steelers had lost yet another opportunity to secure a wild card position.