Can COVID-19 ensure an unbeaten Steelers season?

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger . (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger . (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /

Following an extensive Coronavirus outbreak within the Baltimore Ravens program, their upcoming game in Pittsburgh will either be greatly hindered or withheld entirely. Did this issue help the Steelers in getting closer to going undefeated?

Both Pittsburgh fans and players have been quite vocal about their game against the Baltimore Ravens being postponed from Thanksgiving Thursday to Sunday. But hey, at least it’s still on the weekend, right? Well not anymore, as it has since been postponed AGAIN to Tuesday night. This has resulted in there being little-to-no patience left in the Steelers community, with some calling for Baltimore’s program to be punished, and/or having the game officially forfeited in favor of Pittsburgh.

And I, personally, feel obligated to agree. This is a very frustrating time, and during a pandemic, a person or two is bound to be caught with the virus at some point. However, the Ravens have dropped the ball to a rather ghastly degree, reporting multiple positive cases and having their pivotal game against us pushed back twice. And to make matters worse, it ended up falling on a weekday. Everyone is busy during the week, with school, work, or maybe even both. So after a long stretch of life, people look forward to their team playing over the weekend or at least on a holiday. But no, now neither will happen. Instead, you MAY see the game right in the middle of all the madness.

But I try to look onward, through a more positive lens. And what I see is the possibility of this game being canceled altogether. Now, do I prefer it that way? Absolutely not. If I had my druthers, COVID-19 would not have touched Baltimore, to begin with. I am merely trying to look on the bright side.

And the bright side tells me that this quite possibly could have been the Steelers’ most challenging threat remaining on their schedule. With it out of the way, the only formidable team left to overcome is Buffalo. If Pittsburgh can manage to play as decently as they have in the last couple of weeks, then beating all of the foes left on the horizon should be no trouble at all.

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However, as I said, the preference is to play Baltimore. If the Ravens can muster up enough players in time for Tuesday night, that will be just fine as well. Because if that ends up being the case, we will be able to hold our heads up high as Steelers fans and say that we swept them without the help of a forfeit.