Friday, November 21, 2008

2008 Schedule: Looking Forward

If anyone doubts that the game versus Cincinnati was of the "must win" variety, they need only look at how the Steelers have fared against their next five opponents (including playoffs):
  1. New England:
    • 13-11 all-time
    • 3-3 at New England
    • Most recent road win was December 13, 1997 (24-21 in OT)
    • 1-6 in their last seven meetings overall

  2. Dallas:
    • 14-15 all-time
    • 7-6 in Pittsburgh
    • Most recent win in Pittsburgh was September 4, 1988 (24-21)
    • 1-4 in their last five games overall

  3. Baltimore:
    • 15-10 all-time
    • 6-6 at Baltimore
    • 0-5 at Baltimore in their last five games

  4. Tennessee:
    • Including games versus the Houston Oilers, the Steelers are 41-29 all-time
    • Including games versus the Houston Oilers, the Steelers are 17-19 on the road against this franchise
    • Since the Oilers moved to Tennessee (1997) the Steelers are 1-7 in the last eight games
    • Their most recent road win versus the Titans was November 25, 2001 (34-24).

  5. Cleveland:
    • 58-55 all-time
    • 36-21 at Pittsburgh
    • 10 straight wins overall
    • 16 wins in their last 17 meetings
    • Most recent loss was at home, October 5, 2003 (13-33).
To say that it is a tough stretch ~ perhaps the toughest of the entire season ~ is something of an understatement. Making it all the more daunting is the comparative ease of Baltimore's schedule. Given that fact, it would seem that the Steelers have to do no worse than 3-2 in their next five to have any chance of making the playoffs (unless of course teams like Indianapolis implode, in which case the Wild Card becomes a possibility for Pittsburgh).

So let's hope the Steelers' players rest well for the next week, because there will be no rest for the weary the remainder of this season.

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