Friday, November 16, 2007

Soft Stretch for the Steelers

Wow, I thought last week’s game was going to be fairly close, but not that close. Besides the initial drive by the Browns and the terrible kick coverage, the Steelers played a very solid game. When you look at the box score, you would have thought the Steelers won that game by multiple touchdowns. All in all, it was a great win for the team as they showed they could come back, which should give them more confidence for the rest of the season.

Now we’re coming into a three-week stretch against teams with a combined 4-23 record. Hopefully, the Steelers can stay sharp in these games, as they’ll next face the hated Patriots. A 10-2 record at that point should pretty much ensure a playoff spot. However, a win against the Patriots would position the Steelers as a legitimate Super Bowl contender.

The Steelers face the 1-8 Jets this week, who just look awful. This was a playoff team last year that has significantly underperformed. Not much has gone right for the Jets this year and I just don’t see the Steelers folding this Sunday. My prediction is Steelers 31 Jets 16.

Some key stat projections:
Roethlisberger: 250 yards, 2 TDs
Parker: 120 rush yards, 3 rec 20 yards, 1 rush TD
Davenport: 40 rush yards, 2 rec 20 yards. 1 rush TD
Ward: 6 rec 70 yards
Holmes: 5 rec 70 yards, 1 TD
Miller: 4 rec 40 yards, 1 TD
Defense: 4 sacks, 1 fumble recoveries, 3 INTs

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