On The Road Below .500
We have a terrible trend of losing to teams we most certainly should blow out. I get it, “Any NFL team can beat anyone!”. While this statement might be true, why do the Steelers always seem to play down to their competition? Take a look at some of these woes:
"Week 1 – Tied Cleveland Browns with Tyrod Taylor starting Week One Week 3 – Barely beat Bucs by 3 points on the road in a game where Ryan Fitzpatrick threw 3 interceptions Week 11 – Barely beat Jags on the road when they were playing their worst football and Ben magically dove into the endzone at the very end. Week 12 – Lost to the Denver Broncos at Mile High Week 14 – Lost to Jon Gruden’s Raiders in Oakland."
All of these examples are times where the Steelers weren’t outmatched by any stretch of the imagination, they simply didn’t play their best football on the road against invalid teams. This isn’t a recent thing either. Take a look at some of the games from years past:
"Week 3 2017 – Lost to pre-Matt Nagy, Khalil Mack Bears on the road in overtime. Week 10 2017 – Barely beat Jacoby Brissett led Colts ( Won on game winning FG from Chris Boswell ) Week 12 2017 – Barely beat Deshone Kizer led Packers ( Won because of amazing Antonio Brown catch and Chris Boswell Kick ) Week 3 2016 – Absolutely killed by Eagles in Philly before Wentz’s breakout. ( PHI 34 – PIT 3) Week 6 2016 – Lost to Dolphins in Miami ( this one speaks for itself)"
It would be safe to say that I am more confident that we are going to lose on the road against crappy teams opposed to us beating good teams at home. I’m tired of seeing this happen. A win against the Raiders, Browns, or Broncos gives us a spot in the playoffs.