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Playoffs Begin Next Week For The Steelers Against Bengals


The Pittsburgh Steelers 27-24 loss in overtime Sunday to the Dallas Cowboys means the team has now dropped to 7-7 on the season and are on the outside looking in as far as the playoff picture goes.

The good news is that the Steelers still control their own destiny as they can still make the playoffs as at least a Wild Card with wins over the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Browns in the remaining two games.

The bad news is that they will likely have to win both of those games with a secondary that is full of underachieving young cornerbacks thanks to injuries.

The Steelers were without injured cornerbacks Ike Taylor and Cortez Allen on Sunday and they lost Keenan Lewis in the second half to a groin injury. The team finished the game with Curtis Brown and Josh Victorian manning the outside spots while rookie undrafted free agent defensive back Robert Golden playing in the slot.

The Bengals enter the game next week at Heinz Field against Steelers fresh off a 34-13 blowout win over the Philadelphia Eagles Thursday night and the extra rest certainly will not hurt them.

The loss by the Steelers on Sunday also means that that the Baltimore Ravens have now secured a playoff spot in the AFC.

The Steelers have lost four out of their last five games after reeling off four straight wins. One more loss will mean that the 2012 season is over.

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  • Maurice_hill_district

    At cowboys we saw our players’ best & worst of each…

    ABrown nice gutsy TD, then his 3 bonehead plays. His fumble, his letting punt go instead of faircatch when no defender was around, & his puzzling decision at sideline late in game.

    Ben great game like only Ben & few others can do, then Ben bird dogged Wallace on that ending INT. Ben stared at Wallace too much on that route, cant do that on long outpasses. He Neil O’Donneled that one throw.

    Amazing job by LeBeau to not get slaughterd with our crap CBs in this game. Victorian is not an NFL DB but we alredy knew that.

  • Mike Carroll

    The young secondary is obviously an issue (although I don’t think they were atrocious). But, it’s made all the worse by a Steeler team that cannot rush the passer. Another terrible game against Dallas.

    I’ll post it again. Woodley has now gone 23 games without making any signifcant impact (last time was wk8 vs NE last year). He can use excuses about “freak injuries” and quarterbacks releasing the ball on them too quickly, but I don’t think any Steeler fan is buying it. He has not been the playmaker the Steelers paid for. And sure it was his first game back against Dallas, but he was terrible – easliy handled by whatever single guy, a tight end even, that Dallas put on him.

    Do we need to wait 3 more years until he’s in a contract year for him to get in shape and be productive?

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Victorian looked a lot like Lewis in the years past…he didnt allow a big play and made most of the tackles…dont beat him up too badly…he is still young

  • http://www.facebook.com/Wilkes420 Christopher Wilkes

    …made most of the tackles? what game were you watching?

  • JT

    The passing D was ugly all day. But they stopped the Cowboys when they absolutely had to. It’s easy to blame the D when they give up 27, but the ST did them no favors. Can you believe this a team that actually fired their ST coach in the off season? It’s been a back breaker all season.

    The offense was supposed to carry the team this year. I’m still waiting for that to happen. Young Money needs to take out a second mortgage because they’ve gone bankrupt.

  • JT

    Remember when the Steelers were hailed as one of the NFL’s best tackling teams?

  • Mike Carroll

    It was sad to see Troy on some of those plays today.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Agreeng about Lewis had not played well so this year was 2b a make or break year fir Lewis. But Victorian just bounced off people. I didnt expect anything out of Victorian, nothin good available on street this time of year.

  • JT

    It would be one thing if it was Victorian or Brown. But I wouldn’t be surprised if every starter missed a tackle today. Unfreakingacceptable.

  • JT

    I’ve been disappointed in Woodley. I don’t know what it is. Maybe if he can string some games together healthy he can get back into a rhythm But at the same time, I don’t think they could have let him walk. We just have to hope a turn around.

    My wishlist for April is now: 1. Pass rusher 2. CB 3. Pass rusher

  • Mike Carroll

    I agree on the pass rusher(s), high in the draft. They obviously need to replace Harrison with an impact player if they are to continue running the same defense. I’d probably take a safety before a corner.

  • JT

    I’d be okay with a safety. I just want a PLAYMAKER in the secondary. Anyone who can create turnovers.

  • Reader783

    I love the bankrupt comment. Those three have actually lost us more games than they have won with the countless fumbles and drops

  • Reader783

    Been like this all season too. Get the RB in a pile at the line, he always falls forward for 3 more

  • Reader783

    Replace Harrison all you want, but he is one of the only guys on the defense that has produced anything this year. At least he can still force fumbles, force double teams, get sacks and get off blocks to make nice plays.

  • Reader783

    Guys, I know you’ll all correct me if I’m wrong and I if am jumping the gun, but where are Cam and Ziggy? I mean, if it’s me, we need pass rushers on the inside, not the outside. Cam, Ziggy, Brett and Casey have had minimal impact this season.

  • Mike Carroll

    If the 49ers hold on tonight and the Steelers win their next two, then the Steelers most likely will be heading to Foxboro for the WC round.

  • Mike Carroll

    In a way, I am glad the Steelers lost this game. With the way their season has gone, it’s better to need to win two true playoff games before the actual playoffs begin. That should give them some edge once once the real playoffs begin…. if they can get there.

  • JT

    I love Harrison. I love the plays he’s made. But don’t ignore the elephant in the room. He’s on the downside of his career and we’ve got no one behind him.

  • JT

    Better than floundering in high altitude.

  • Mike Carroll

    I’m OK with Harrison this year. He has made some impact plays. But, realistically even if he were to play next year, they need a replacement to groom for the year after.

  • Reader783

    I agree, but a guy to groom is NOT the #1 priority of this team. How about a guy to PLAY when we need a safety or corner? At least we can have Worilds step in a do something when Harrison and Woodley get hurt. I say priorities for this draft are: 1. D-Line Impact Player, 2. DB’s, 3. DEnd/OLB to groom, 4. Give me a tall reciever that can win a jump ball/give me a Hines Ward-esque guy….colleges are shipping recievers like this out (Dez Bryant, Hakeem Nicks, Blackmon) and we can’t get one? I love our guys, but we need something other than speed sometimes.

  • Mike Carroll

    My point is James Harrison is on his way out and ROLB is very important in this defense, well worth a first round draft pick if the right player is available.

    I’d be all for drafting a bigger receiver in the mid rounds.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dvnwarren Devin Warren

    What was going on some of these plays. Ben holding the ball when he could of threw toward the running back so we wouldn’t loss anymore yards when we got to the 45 yd line. How you don’t get any yards at your own 45 yd line. The offensive plays are pretty sad, that’s ridiculous. Game should’ve been over with a decent drive

  • http://www.facebook.com/dvnwarren Devin Warren

    I agree, they need to stop letting these veteran corners and safeties get away from them

  • http://www.facebook.com/dvnwarren Devin Warren

    They tackling sucked today, these guys didn’t try to wrap up

  • RedCarpetDefense

    Yup Young Money needs a bailout. Just as well as the value of our dollar is dropping too but not the focus on this forum.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    It was awful. Cowboys #29 had a wide open field too many times, even on passes down the field.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    True too many times this year. Anytime we made a big stop this year it was extremely rare.

  • steeltown

    Victorian did shadow Austin on a long throw and break the pass up, which at the time was huge and he made a few open field tackles (but also missed a few as well) In all, he did not play very well, but he was never supposed to be a superstar. I think he could be a good 5th CB and special teams guy, needs more time in the system

  • steeltown

    Agreed.

  • steeltown

    Woodley has been the biggest disappointment this year. Yes, the running game hasnt been great, yes the WR’s are dropping passes, yes the DLine is hot and cold, BUT Woodley has been invisible (when he actually makes on to the field) Worilds has had more success then Woodley when compared to games played. All the other LB’s Foote, Timmons, Harrison are playing really good Football, everyone except Woodley

  • Reader783

    Only big stop I have seen this year came in this game on that 3rd and 1 with Timmons coming down the line.

  • Reader783

    I can’t believe we can still win this division. We are getting hand outs and just rejecting them. Losses to Oakland, Cleveland, Tennessee, San Diego…we could be talking about resting players rather than fretting over if we can even get in. But, great teams win big games and this Sunday will show us.

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