Rant My Life: Pittsburgh Steelers Hope Plaxico Burress Keeps Them in AFC North Race

The Pittsburgh Steelers made a surprising move on Tuesday by bringing back veteran wide receiver Plaxico Burress–who spent the 2011 season with the New York Jets and has been looking for a new team all of this year. Burress may not have the type of speed like some of the other top wide receivers in the league, but he certainly could make an impact in the red zone for a Steelers’ passing game in need of help at the wide receiver position.

Not only is Pittsburgh still without Antonio Brown while he continues to recover from an ankle injury, but Jerricho Cotchery was injured during last Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens as well. With only six weeks left in the regular season, every win from here on out is important for the Steelers if they have any chance of overtaking the Ravens in the AFC North.

Heading into Week 12, Pittsburgh only trails Baltimore by two games in the division and with another matchup scheduled for Week 13–anything is possible over the final six weeks. The Steelers have proven this season they have what it takes to be one of the top teams in the AFC once again and had previously won four-straight games before last Sunday.

As if dealing with all of the injuries surrounding Ben Roethlisberger and Byron Leftwich wasn’t already enough to deal with, the decision to sign Burress seems like one of those situations where the Steelers feel like they’re willing to try anything. Whoever is playing quarterback over the next couple of weeks, let’s just hope Burress can be the effective type of wide receiver in the red zone from a few years ago.

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