Steelers Happy About ‘Taking Care Of Business Early’ In First Half Of Season

The Pittsburgh Steelers know and understand the opportunity that they have set in front of themselves with their strong start to the season. A 6-2, they have their best record through the first half of the year since 2011, when they posted the same record in their first eight games.

In fact, prior to that, they almost always started off 6-2, but it had not happened again from 2011 through the 2016 until now. In 2013, they even went 2-6. A couple of times they were 4-4, a .500 team and no more. At best, they would make it to 5-3.

6-2 is different. 6-2 puts them at the top of the AFC, tied with the New England Patriots for the best record, and sets them up for their best opportunity to give themselves ideal circumstances for the postseason in many years. Back to 2011, they didn’t even manage to win their division.

This year, there doesn’t seem to be much pressure in the AFC North, having already defeated each of their division rivals once, thus assuring that none of them can sweep and seize that tiebreaker. All of them have at least five losses already, and thus would need to win at least three more games than Pittsburgh does from this point on—likely including a win over the Steelers.

And this team is not taking lightly the fact that they have gotten themselves where they are. One of their oldest players, wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, might not get a lot of attention during games, but he is a leader in the locker room.

We’re showing that sign of maturity like ’hey, if we take care of our business early, we don’t have to be biting our nails late’”, he said to Will Graves for the Associated Press. “That’s what it was last year and the year before and the year before. But we (can’t) get relaxed because we got the upper hand. It means push on the pedal”.

The Steelers were a 4-4 team last year. In fact, they were a 4-5 team, a team with a losing record with just seven games left to play. They ended up just 11-5. This year, they could easily end up 13-3. That is the difference between playing in the Wildcard Round and hosting the AFC Championship game.

Pittsburgh was just 4-4 in 2015 as well through the halfway point. It took a 6-2 finish just to get to 10-6, though they were lucky it was in a weak year for the division. They were 3-3 through six in 2014, but won their next two—and eight of their last 10—that year.

“Our team did what we’re supposed to do” this time around, said Stephon Tuitt. “To be in the position we are in now, we just need to finish strong”. And they could be doing so at or very near full strength, with Tuitt and Marcus Gilbert both expecting to play. the rest of the season begins now.

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  • Nolrog

    While I am happy that we’re 6-2 and things ahead of us look good, I am still somewhat disappointed because we should be 8-0 and in firm control of the AFC.

  • I can see your point. In my opinion 7-1 The bears game the Steelers should have won and it took some crazyness for them not to and considering they only have 2 other wins at the midway point that should be a W. The jags on the other hand have been on thew rise in my opinion for 3 years now and its really showing this season especially. As of right now they are playoff bound and it is a exceptionally rare thing to throw as many picks as Ben did and for so many resulting in points caused by the defense.

  • ThatGuy

    Gonna be a wild second half of the season for us and I couldn’t be more excited!!!! Here We Go!

  • nutty32

    It’s all about getting hot in December & stacking wins anyway, anyhow before then. Vet team on a mission!

  • hdogg48

    With the second half schedule, and not having to
    face Luck, Rogers and Watson, there is NO reason
    that the Steelers D can’t rank at or near the top
    in the key stat of scoring.

    Brady and Mariota are the only QBs capable of racking up
    3 TDs on them. Flacco, Dalton and the Browns Bum
    of the Month Club offering will be overwhelmed and
    stymied.

  • Brenton deed

    “Browns’ bum of the month club” hahahah