Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 10/22/13
Things are finally looking up for fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers after a historically bad start to their season.After gaining their first win of the season against the New York Jets in Week 6, the Steelers backed this up with a crucial victory over division rivals the Baltimore Ravens in Week 7 to improve to a much more hopeful, but still not good 2-4.A quick side note on the Ravens game, if you go back and check my 'three bold predictions' article you'll notice I called the game being decided by a game-winning field goal as time expired.I was also only two points from guessing the final score too, just need to fine-tune the crystal ball a little bit and I'll be perfect in the future.The trend that has followed Pittsburgh's success has been the improved play of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger who is finally back to his usual self after a slow start to the year.Yes he only had 160 passing yards against the Ravens and only threw one touchdown pass, and also only threw one touchdown against the Jets, but his play has improved in another area, keeping the ball safe.In his last two games Roethlisberger hasn't thrown an interception or fumbled the ball, giving the offence a chance to put drives together and put points on the board. His quarterback rating for the past two games has been 113.8 and 107.2. Better Roethlisberger equals better Steelers.Rookie running back Le'Veon Bell has also been a great help, taking the pressure off Big Ben to try and win games single-handedly. Bell's 93 yards against the Ravens are the most by a Pittsburgh running back since Week 8 of the 2012 season.With the improving offense and the defense being ranked sixth overall in yards allowed per game, nothing out of the ordinary in that case, things are looking good for Pittsburgh fans such as myself. I think the Steelers are clearly the second best team in the division right now, with Roethlisberger being the top QB in the AFC North. And before anyone argues, Andy Dalton isn't great, A.J Green is.The Steelers now face two games on the road to try and bring them back to .500 for the year, a trip to Oakland and then New England and with Oakland being Oakland (bad) and the way the Patriots are playing right now (losing to the Jets of all teams) I believe the Steelers will emerge from this road trip at 4-4. Bold? We will see.
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