Stacking Wins, Stacking Losses

By Matthew Marczi

The 2013 season for the Pittsburgh Steelers can be defined by two key trends: stacking wins, and stacking losses.

That trend continued yesterday as the Steelers piggybacked their Thanksgiving Day loss to the Baltimore Ravens with yet another crushing loss to the Miami Dolphins, whom they were battling for the final playoff spot in the AFC.

Those back-to-back losses came on the heels of a three-game winning streak that saw the Steelers slowly claw their way back into contention after losing their first four games of the season.

Some might have even said that Pittsburgh stood the best chance of reaching the playoffs at 5-6 entering that Ravens game, whom they had already beaten earlier this season. Even after that loss, they still found themselves in good position to secure a playoff spot based on the schedules of the remaining contenders.

That really doesn’t seem to mean much now with both the Ravens and Dolphins at 7-6 and the Steelers dropping to 5-8.

Of course, the Steelers also flip-flopped pairs of wins and losses after their first four games, continuing the aforementioned trend: four losses, two wins, two losses, three wins, and, currently, two losses.

With each peak and valley rode a wave of emotion. The pitiful first month gutted the fan base. Then there was a glimmer of hope after the first two victories, only to be beaten back down by a pair of defeats that were devastating for very different reasons, first to the Oakland Raiders and then to the New England Patriots.

Standing at that point at 2-6, the mock drafts were already in full force before the Steelers fought their way back to relevance, riding a three-game winning streak over the Buffalo Bills, the Detroit Lions, and then the Cleveland Browns.

At that time, I advised you to throw away your mock drafts, because they were rendered pointless at that time with the Steelers back in playoff contention.

I think it’s probably now safe to start scouting the college tape and working on your mocks, because this team now looks like it’s headed for its first top 10 pick since 2000, when they selected Plaxico Burress eighth overall.

Even I am prepared to acknowledge that this season is basically lost with the conference losses mounting. And the next two games are against the Cincinnati Bengals and the Green Bay Packers. They’re playing for pride and contracts now. Even though the other contending teams are looking at losses themselves in the next three games, the Steelers just don’t look like they’ll be winning much any time soon in a scenario in which they’ll in all likelihood have to win out.

About the Author

Matthew Marczi

Passionate Steelers fan with a bit of writing ability. Connoisseur of loud music. Follow me on Twitter @mmarczi.

  • Elijah Stevenson

    We technically had easiest schedule in December and people favoured us now it’s not so much considering that SD BAL CIN and MIA all won. We don’t deserve to go to the playoffs if we can’t beat Miami In cold weather, we let Miami beat us as if they were used to the cold that’s just embarrassing.

  • alevin16

    With the way the season is going we will win all our remaining games, screwing up our draft, and missing the playoffs.

  • Anthony Renzelli

    I’d rather them move back a few spots in the draft by winning the last 3 games. Do you really wanna see what kind of bust we can find with the 7th overall pick? It’ll hurt less if they draft a bust with the 12th pick right?

  • RMSteeler

    Don’t forget the Tomlin “incident” the NFL office is holding over the Steelers. The higher the pick the Steelers get, the more likely the NFL could be to awarding the Ravens a draft choice, or switch positions in one or more rounds. Would be a perfect end to nightmare season if the Ravens are awarded the Steelers #7 or so 1st round pick and the Steelers end up picking in the Ravens spot in the 20’s? The Rooneys must be going nuts!

  • Superdriller316

    I would love to see is win out. The odds of that happening is slim to none. That being said. As much as I HATE to say this. It could be in our best interest drafting this high. We traded away our 3rd and we need all the picks we can get. So trading back in the 1st seems to be the best option.

    I said it last year, it’s going to take two years to right the ship. We have older players that need addressed. And we need to find players that can play. I wasn’t a fan of JJ but when I saw him in the preseason I was like wow. Now he needs to spent the offseason in the gym and working on pass rush moves. He had an ok year but was expecting more.