Just some food for thought ahead of the Pittsburgh game. There have been a lot of cries about how the Monday night game is make or break for this team and that if we fail to win the consequences will be disastrous for our season.
While I agree that the game is important (every game against a divisional rival is - especially those we are expected to win) and that there would be a lot of positive knock-on effects on team morale and belief if we do go out and do what is expected, I don't see it as an all or nothing situation. You don't win Superbowls in the third week of September, never have and never will. A win would set the tone, make a statement that we are the team to beat in division and act as an excellent spring board for a potentially tricky game against the Packers.
However, a defeat, while being something not worth thinking about at this juncture (especially given the banged up condition of Steelers at the moment), would be a big blow but certainly not an unsurmountable one. Three teams in the last twenty years (Giants, Patriots, Cowboys) have started 0-2 and gone on to win the Superbowl. Every win is important in getting to the post-season but once you get there it becomes sudden death. Superbowl winning teams have followed different paths to success, some have limped into the playoffs and some have stormed into them with a great deal of momentum.
I believe, regardless of what happens on Monday night, that there is enough talent and quality present in this team to go deep in the playoffs. Having said that, I still hope we knock the stuffing out of them at PBS on Monday.