5 Smoldering Questions On the Pittsburgh Steelers, Week 12
by Hombre de Acero
The Steelers loss to the Seahawks left Steelers Nation sleepless in Seattle as it dropped the Steelers’ record to 6-5 and put their playoff hopes in jeopardy. Pittsburgh finishes the season with five straight AFC contests, so the men in Black and Gold most likely hold their own destiny in their hands. But before the Steelers can find their fate in the Final Five games of the season, this corner of Steelers Nation must first resolve these 5 Smoldering Questions on the Steelers.
1. Last week we made passing reference to the Steelers West of the Mississippi curse, referring to their dismal record outside the eastern time zone during the Mike Tomlin era. After nine seasons of struggles, do you think there’s something to this curse?
2. USA Today’s Steelers Wire editor Neal Coolong minced no words in pointing the finger at Mike Tomlin after the Steelers loss to the Seahawks.
— Steelers Wire (@TheSteelersWire) November 30, 2015
In case you’ve been under a rock, Steelers Nation is up in arms over Tomlin’s decision to gamble early (and fail) with a fake field goal, and by his decision late in the game not to gamble by going for it on 4th and goal at the three-yard line.
Yet, from the day he arrived in Pittsburgh, Tomlin has never backed away from being bold. Regardless of your thoughts on this week’s in-game decision making, which are your favorite gambles that Tomlin has made during his tenure? Explain your choices.
3. Here’s one for you stats geeks. One of the Steelers’ two-point conversion attempts ended when Ben Roethlisberger’s pass was picked off by Richard Lane. Given that two point conversion attempts can be returned for two points by the defense, do you think that interceptions, forced fumbles and/or sacks on two-point attempts should count as official NFL stats for both the offense and defense? Defend your choice.
4. The Steelers final three AFC North contests are all in December and all on the road. At the beginning of the season I thought that put the Steelers at a great disadvantage, but they ended up 1-2 in division games at home. Is there an advantage or disadvantage to playing these divisional games on the road?
5. Prior to Thanksgiving yours truly remarked on the “Accidental” nature of the Steelers 2015 secondary, and pondered as to whether Pittsburgh’s playoff hopes rested in their hands. Do you think the 2015 Steelers can go as far as their secondary can take them, and if that’s the case are you an optimist or a pessimist? Explain your position.
That’s it, folks. Don’t use a № 1 pencil, as Richard Sherman might shut it down. You should probably go to your № 3 or even № 4. And please join me in wishing Hombre a safe trip to Chile. We look forward to hearing from him again in a few weeks.