Originally posted on Blitzburgh Blog  |  Last updated 10/24/12
How do you feel about the Steelers this year? Just to take a shot in the dark: You feel okay but not great. You don't think this team is going to win the Superbowl this year because they've struggled against beatable teams. You're worried that the defense might not be as good as you want it to be. You don't want to see games get into shootouts because if something happens to the star quarterback, everything will come crashing down.Welcome to being an NFL fan.As it turns out, there are 32 teams in the league and typically around 30 of them have some serious concerns. The Steelers are one of those teams right now. The rollercoaster of emotions was fun to watch on Sunday Night, as many people on Twitter (myself included, I admit) write the game off as a loss and braced for a 2-4 record after BenJarvus Green-Ellis embarrassed the Steeler defense with a series of powerful inside runs that drove the Bengals into the end zone."That's it," we said. "This team can't defend the run. They won't be able to stop anyone like this." But somewhat quietly, the defense refocused and got themselves into the game. AJ Green caught an 8-yard touchdown early on a nearly indefensible throw, and after that he went quiet. He beat Ike Taylor by about 2 or 3 steps late in the game and streaked into the end zone, but you may remember Keenan Lewis making a phenomenal defensive play to break up the pass anyway. That's what a good defensive backfield can do; they can cover for each other.Aided by Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden's mysterious decision to stop feeding BJGE, the Steelers righted the ship late in the first half, and in a half hour football in which they were mostly outplayed, they took a 14-14 tie into halftime.There are a few things to take away from this game:Heath Miller had one of his finest games. He caught tough passes in traffic, he moved the chains, and when the offensive line is struggling a little bit, he stays in and blocks. He's a player that can do everything, and he's doing everything the offense needs him to. Antonio Brown also made a great showing after a bit of a slow start to the year, converting some major first downs. Jonathan Dwyer finally had the kind of game Steeler fans have been dreaming of, a tough and powerful rushing performance by a big man. He's no Jerome Bettis, but watching him get into the secondary and lower his head to crash into a safety rather than juke around him is exactly what all of us want to see from the offense.You know what we don't want to see in Pittsburgh? Prima donna wide receivers, and Mike Wallace did nothing to endear himself to fans this weekend. After a Sweed-like first half in which he dropped everything thrown his way, fans on Twitter (again, myself included) had totally turned on Wallace. This is the guy who demanded Larry-Fitzgerald-money? Wallace's performance was reminiscent of Chris Johnson, the "star" running back in Tennessee, who demanded to be one of the highest-paid players in the entire league a few years back, and it average 70.9 yards per game this season. All in all, the Steelers earned themselves a come-from-behind win and they're back at .500. And that'd exactly how they've played. They're right where they should be in the standings. Most of the AFC is in the same boat, so don't freak out about it. This team is in a position where they have to fight every single week to get into the playoffs. That's okay. That's how football should be. Most teams approach the season that way.Yes, there will be a youth movement on defense shortly, and yes, they will add another DB or two in the spring. We can worry about that when there isn't football on. In the meantime, let's enjoy the ride, shall we? It promises to be a more interesting season than we usually get going 12-4 every single year. Maybe you'll enjoy watching football from the perspective of most other fans. 
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