Pride Fueling Pittsburgh Steelers' End of Season Run

By Mark Wilson
Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Steelers have plenty to play for in their last two remaining games of the season. The NFL is a league of streaks, egos, and showmanship.

The Steelers know what it’s like to win a championship when no one saw you coming. Now they ave a chance to destroy a few teams’ seasons as well. Their win against the Cincinnati Bengals put a dent in the Bengals’ playoffs chances. That loss could come back to haunt the Bengals, and that would be just fine with the Steelers.

Some seasons no matter how hard you go out and fight every week just don’t go your way; just ask the New York Giants. Ben Roethlisberger has put up great numbers this year and has the chance to eclipse his best season in terms of passing yardage.

The running game took a few hits early on until rookie Le’Veon Bell got healthy and took over. The offensive line is not what it used to be in past years, and that may be addressed during the offseason. But the rookie running back would have over a 1,000 yards this season if he had played all16 games. I expect him to attack the next two games like he is auditioning for his life.

Coach Mike Tomlin took some hits in the media and then in his wallet for his antics against the Baltimore Ravens. As stupid as it was it was also funny to the masses. You can call it cheating or whatever you like, but we all have done it at some point in a pick up game. Tomlin has not lost his team; he has their respect and is still considered one of the best coaches in the NFL.

The outlook for the Steelers’ last two games against the Green Bay Packers and Cleveland Browns is pretty simple — win both games to reach 8-8. After opening the season with four straight losses a .500 record would be seen as an achievement and a testament to the coaching staff and players. The Steelers have to much pride, winning history and good players to roll over and die. They decided to stand up and fight for their season, and it has paid off. You can’t win a championship every year, but you can show the rest of the league why you did win them in the past.

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