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    Steelers not satisfied with their record so far, yet positives are emerging
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    PITTSBURGH - Every fourth quarter is an adventure for the Pittsburgh Steelers, every game is a struggle.

    They're losing games that good teams usually win, and barely winning games that good teams typically dominate. They were forced into overtime in the opener to beat the Tennessee Titans, a team that has yet to win a game. They laboured to close out the Detroit Lions, winners of one of 21 games the last two seasons.

    Five games into an uneven season, the Steelers are 3-2, yet they haven't resembled the team that won the Super Bowl last season - and they know it. They can only imagine what their record would be if they were played the same schedule as the Patriots (3-2), who have faced an unbeaten team every week.

    "Maybe some games last year you knew you were going to win," safety Ryan Clark(notes) said. "You kind of relax and just go out there and go through the flow. This year we're not like that. We're not the same team. We're not the team that won the Super Bowl last year. We're the '09 Pittsburgh Steelers and we have trouble in the fourth quarter."

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    A team that prided itself on winning games late last season has been outscored 55-13 in the fourth quarter, the NFL's worst such differential. These fourth-quarter failures cost the Steelers losses to the Bengals and the Bears, and even the Lions were in position to tie them Sunday before losing 28-20 in a game Detroit trailed by 15 points.

    "Teams are coming at us," Clark said. "Teams believe they can win in the fourth quarter."

    What might seem surprising is that, despite these self-acknowledged failings, there are numerous positive signs for the Steelers, who return home to play the Browns (1-4) and Vikings (5-0) in their next two games.

    Their pass rush, missing most of the season, returned with seven sacks in Detroit, including three by James Harrison(notes) and 1 1/2 by LaMarr Woodley(notes), who came into the game without any this season. Rashard Mendenhall(notes) ran for 242 yards and three touchdowns the last two games. Ben Roethlisberger(notes) is completing 73.8 per cent of his passes, and isn't getting as sacked as much as he did the last three seasons. He has been dropped 13 times, or five sacks fewer than at this point last season.

    There's more: Hines Ward(notes) is on pace to catch more than 100 passes for only the second time in his career. Heath Miller(notes) is averaging nearly six catches per game and is being used more than any Steelers tight end in years. All-Pro safety Troy Polamalu(notes), who injured a knee in the Sept. 10 opener and hasn't played since, should return Sunday.

    And the Steelers, two games down to Baltimore only two weeks ago, have caught the Ravens (3-2) and are only a game out of the AFC North lead with a home game left against the Bengals (4-1).

    Still, the Steelers are largely disappointed with a season in which three games have been decided by three points and only one game has had a 10-point margin. On Sunday alone, there were scores of 44-7, 45-10, 41-0, 31-9 and 33-14 in the NFL.

    As Roethlisberger said after the Steelers couldn't put Detroit away in the last quarter, "I'll have to be better, the standard is higher for us on offence."

    "We'll get it right," Ward said. "Would we like to close teams out? Yes, of course. But when teams are playing the Pittsburgh Steelers, we're the defending champions, and they're going to give us their best."

    Even if the NFL hasn't exactly done that to the Steelers. Because three AFC division champions from last season aren't playing well (Titans, Dolphins and Chargers), the Steelers' schedule would appear to be one of its easiest in seasons. It's substantially weaker than last season's, when they played what might have been the roughest schedule any Super Bowl winner took on.

    This season, they still have two games left against the Browns, plus one each against the Chiefs (0-5), Raiders (1-4), Packers (2-2) and Dolphins. Unless their fourth-quarter problems intensify, the Steelers conceivably could match last season's 12-4 record merely by playing at their current uneven level.

    "We're still searching for the Steelers," linebacker James Farrior(notes) said.

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    Good read... I'm sure the kinks will be worked out and we will get back in control of the North sooner than later...

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    Right, first on the ledger, kill the Stains!

    ..love that av., Bton!

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    Right, first on the ledger, kill the Stains!

    ..love that av., Bton!
    Thanks, I used it throughout the season last year (at that other site)... pulled it from a tshirt graphic from believemerch.com ...There's some great tees on that sight! Dont worry mods, I have no financial interest in that sight so I'm not trying to "pimp" it LOL!!!

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    What makes 3-2 so hard to swallow is that the Bronocs are 5-0 and the Bengals are 4-1.

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    What makes 3-2 so hard to swallow is that the Bronocs are 5-0 and the Bengals are 4-1.
    Especially the latter.

    Don't really care about the donks.

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    Especially the latter.

    Don't really care about the donks.

    Agreed, the Bungles have not impressed me at all! That's a loss that might haunt us down the stretch

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    We will split with the Bungles so everything evens out. A Bronco win would be huge for us. We would then hold the tiebreaker against them and possibly the Patriots if it came down to tiebreakers.

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    Agreed, the Bungles have not impressed me at all! That's a loss that might haunt us down the stretch
    Yep

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    Quote Originally Posted by LasVegasGuy View Post
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    We will split with the Bungles so everything evens out. A Bronco win would be huge for us. We would then hold the tiebreaker against them and possibly the Patriots if it came down to tiebreakers.
    Good point...furthermore, I say lets "win the whole ****ing thing!" and not worry about weeks 2 and 3

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    Good point...furthermore, I say lets "win the whole ****ing thing!" and not worry about weeks 2 and 3
    I agree. Win the North and tiebreakers don't mean ****.

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    Thanks, I used it throughout the season last year (at that other site)... pulled it from a tshirt graphic from believemerch.com ...There's some great tees on that sight! Dont worry mods, I have no financial interest in that sight so I'm not trying to "pimp" it LOL!!!
    I think that's the site where I got a couple of "Blitz Burgh" shirts....
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    We easily have our own destiny in our own hands.... Both games remaining against Balt, Cincy at home, and several others that might help if a tiebreaker is needed.

    ... It hasn't been pretty at times so far, but no reason to panic just yet, as many have said.

    It's a marathon, not a sprint.
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    I think that's the site where I got a couple of "Blitz Burgh" shirts....
    There's a couple new ones out for this year... Check out the "I 'heart' Gay" shirt with "Gay 22" on the back...

    pretty good stuff

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    We easily have our own destiny in our own hands.... Both games remaining against Balt, Cincy at home, and several others that might help if a tiebreaker is needed.

    ... It hasn't been pretty at times so far, but no reason to panic just yet, as many have said.

    It's a marathon, not a sprint.
    You aint kiddin NKY, I remember being involved in a thread (o'er yonder) that had us going 6-10 this year... I hope we can win 4 more at least to finish 7-9 LOL!

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