Steelers Will Enjoy Plenty Of Home Cooking On Quest For Homefield Advantage

The Pittsburgh Steelers have already played nine games this season. A full six of them have come on the road. That means they have just two remaining over the course of their final seven games—which also means that five of their seven final games will be played in the comforts of home.

While it is true that the team has put together a strong road record this season, all things being equal, it is pretty much always preferable to play at home. And as the Steelers look to secure their first homefield advantage through the playoffs in over a decade, I am sure they will welcome the opportunity to do so without much travel time.

The home stead begins in two days when they host the Titans, who are winners of their past four games. They are currently 2-2 on the road this season, including an impressive blowout against the Jaguars, but the other one was a narrow victory over the Browns. They were also blown out by the Texans and lost 16-10 to the Dolphins.

After Tennessee, the Steelers will have 10 days to prepare for a Packers team led by Brett Hundley, who just won his first game, on the road, albeit to the Bears—and yes, I know the Steelers lost to the Bears. Like the Titans, Green Bay is currently 2-2 on the road, losing by 11 to the Falcons and 13 to the Vikings, but edging out the Cowboys in a high-scoring game—albeit before Aaron Rodgers was injured.

The Steelers then travel just to Cincinnati for what is currently scheduled to be a primetime game before traveling back to Pittsburgh for two consecutive home games against the Ravens and the Patriots, the latter game being the one everybody seems to dread.

The 4-5 Ravens are 2-3 on the road, losing their most recent game to the Titans, 23-20. They also lost in Minnesota and in Jacksonville—actually London, where they were demolished—but have road wins over the Raiders—without their quarterback—and the Browns—with their quarterback.

The dreaded New England monster has only taken its show on the road four times so far out of nine games. They have won all four of those games, but a couple of them not convincingly. Both the Jets and the Buccaneers had solid games against them, yet they just dominated the Broncos in Denver, thanks largely due to special teams gaffes. They also handled the Saints in New Orleans, a team that has now won seven straight since then.

Last, and decidedly least, is a home contest against the Browns to finish off the season, which seems to be becoming something of a tradition. If the Steelers haven’t locked in their playoff seeding by then, meaning the starters have to play, I would expect that to go…not so well for the road team.

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  • Orlysteel

    Stack up the Ws , stay healthy and slay the dreaded New England monster, they look very beatable this year.

  • Brian Miller

    Well, if not this year, then maybe when Brady is 48?

  • Orlysteel

    Let’s play the game.

  • Surrealist

    Brady will teabag that phony secondary all 4 quarters

  • StrengthOfVictory

    The Pats have replaced the threat of Edelman with a versatile corps of shifty running backs. I guarantee you that James White, Dion Lewis, and Rex Bulkhead will be the players doing the most damage when New England comes to town.

  • ThatGuy

    I don’t understand why everyone is impressed by NE crushing Denver. This is the same Broncos squad that lost at home to the 1-8 Giants.

  • WB Tarleton

    Methinks you missed one, X-Mas at the Texans.

  • Orlysteel

    Brady can kiss my tea bag.

  • SteelersDepot

    That game is on the road. You not read the post, it’s about home-cooking.

  • NCSteel

    There really is no margin for error and all of the next 5 are games that have potential for error.

    Oh I suppose they could lose 1, but it better not be to our friends from up north.
    I am a little concerned about the Bengals game. I wouldn’t put it past team captain Vontaze Birthdefect to go after someones knees, or head or whatever.

  • NCSteel

    Ha !
    Got ‘em !!

  • Joey

    And Ben will do the same, their secondary is just as phony. Their D-line isn’t getting the work done. This is not like last year, the Pats almost lost to the Jets and did lose to the Panthers/KC.

  • ThatGuy

    And almost lost to Houston.

  • ThatGuy

    My prediction was a 7-1 second half, I thought we’d lose week 17 to Cleveland with everyone sitting lol

  • NCSteel

    Oh geez.
    You’re THAT guy !!
    LOL… nice.

  • NCSteel

    Be gone troll !!!

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    Just a comment on the ‘dread’ of the Pats game.
    First, I personally don’t dread it – I WELCOME it. How else to gage our progress?
    Secondly I doubt the players dread it. Sure our record has been poor vs Brady in particular but these guys are pro athletes – they thrive on competition.

    It is very tough to beat the same team 2x in a season, so if we DO lose to them I think it improves our chances if we meet them in the POs.

    The Pats are formidable no doubt. I like Coach T but NE automatically gets the advantage both in head coach AND the most important position in the field, QB. But these guys are HUMAN and I don’t believe they are better this year than last.

    How do you beat the GOAT QB? Don’t let him have the ball and make his O one dimensional. We have the best all around RB in the league and an O line that is top shelf. USE THEM to control the clock and keep Brady on the bench. Make him play from behind and HAVE TO pass by taking the lead early.

    Finally i have one word for you. Human. These guys are human and they bleed just like we all do. They can be beat and we WILL beat them!!

  • PittShawnC

    Yeah, I don’t want to even think about NE right now, that 2-2 record they had feels like an eternity ago.

  • Mark

    This is our winning formula
    1. Running the football
    2. Dominating time of possession
    3. Stop the run
    4. Play man to man in secondary
    5. Get pressure on the QB
    6. Obviously score more than them.

  • pittfan

    I’ll bet Brady looks forward to tea bagging every team he plays.

  • WB Tarleton

    I get that it was the main topic, but you mentioned the Bengals.

  • dany

    Because playing in Cincy is basically home. Steelers are, in a way, not playing away till Christmas. They better get homefield cause with that schedule they won’t be prepared to play on the road

  • mhurk

    He likes em soft.

  • Steve

    Pats line stinks, but their secondary has done all right.

  • Steve

    Sure hope we don’t loose to the lowly Clowns.

  • Surrealist

    you mean turn the ball over to them, right?

  • Joey

    Wait what… who are you