So as I mentioned on Monday, I didn’t write this post last
week because of my ‘real’ job.That is
on me and definitely not a good look.I need to do better because I have a ton of loyal readers, and I owe it to be consistent with them.Availability is more important than ability
and all that. (Most of all, because I’m
pretty sure Jerry Thornton reads this post religiously and I’d like to impress
him.(Jerry – Hit me up lol))
Anyways, I don’t want to say this week is a must win, but
it’s kind of a must win.Last shot to
test ourselves against a playoff caliber opponent.(Jets and Bills at home won’t be much of a
measuring stick in the last two weeks.)We
need to keep pace after dropping a bad one. (Worst regular season loss in this
era?I’ll take suggestions if not!)I really don’t want to have to play on
wild-card weekend.It seems like we are
getting healthy at the right time, and the bye would be huge.
From a high level, Steelers always seem to be in the final
conversation of the AFC, but look like they are on the downswing after an
impressive, long run.We have seen
rivals come and go, and it looks like the Steelers have seen better days.They have lost the last three in a row and
losing to Oakland in particular is a real bad look.If the Pats played even decent on the road,
I’d feel good about this one.Too bad
all four losses have been road games this year.
Big Ben is still legit but he isn’t the unstoppable force he
used to be.Injuries have stacked up and
he considers retirement every off-season.Antonio Brown is all world and Ju-Ju looks like a real solid find in the
draft.Problem is that Leveon Bell is
not walking through that door, and James Conner is unlikely to play (Which will
ruin my fantasy season.)The match-up to
watch should be the Steelers running game against the Pats big nickel.It didn’t hold up against Frank Gore last
week, but I think they will dare the Steelers to run.
Brady always seems to score a ton on that Steelers
defense.Before last year they would
trot out that same zone-based scheme that has been a staple for so long over
there.More recently they have tried to
play more man coverage, but Tommy always finds the weak link and picks on
them.I expect to spread them out as
best we can.Otherwise, you gotta
respect the Steelers front 7 even without Ryan Shazier.
Prediction:No mistakes – I think the Pats will have no
turnovers and no head-scratchers.Not
saying there will be 0 penalties or 0 sacks, but they will limit the mental
mistakes and play good situational football.We all know that “Oh Shit” moment when we see it, and I think we avoid
it on Sunday.
Prediction:Run Defense shows up – After getting killed
by Miami on the ground, I think the run defense will get its groove back.I predicted the Minnesota running backs would
combine for less than 100 yards on the ground and nailed it.I’m making that same call here.
Prediction:Jaylen Samuels scores 2 times – As I mentioned,
Conner is probably out and my fantasy playoff opponent picked up Samuels.He gets to slot him at TE which is the
biggest load of shit ever.He already
had Damien Williams (RB for the Chiefs) go off for 27 points…WTF, who starts a
third stringer in the semi-finals??!!Anyway,
seeing as my life sucks, I think Samuels will have a huge day catching the
football out of the backfield and will put the nail in my fantasy coffin.(We’ll get ‘em next year).
Prediction:Pats win 28-21 – Steelers are never out of it
with the personnel they have on offense.I just think the Pats have a sense of urgency and a desire to avenge
last week’s debacle.Let’s focus on situational
football and stay healthy.The rest will
take care of itself.