Found October 30, 2012 on The Sports Headquarters:
It’s becoming more and more evident that the Steelers smell blood in the water after the Baltimore Ravens lost two of their most important defenders prior to Week 7 and now the AFC North looks like a crap shoot. The Redskins are clearly a competitive bunch, but after they lost Brian Orakpo, there just isn’t much that their defense can do. Robert Griffin III may throw the best deep ball in the NFL already, though, so that’s good. But until their defense gets back to full strength (which will not be until 2013) they’re just not able to put together a complete game. But it’s OK. The Redskins have something they have not had for a long, long time: a face to their franchise. The Steelers, however, now look as dangerous as most teams in the AFC, and should look to make noise the rest of the way out. Especially with those uniforms. Outside of the Steelers uniforms, there was plenty of buzz around this game (see what I did there?). The Steelers have completely copied the New England Patriots’ offense by utilizing their tight ends more, especially in the red zone. Heath Miller already has six touchdowns this season, which is currently one off of the league lead (which is obviously held by Rob Gronkowski). Even Leonard Pope caught a TD against the Redskins. Meanwhile Mike Wallace, Emmanuel Sanders, and Antonio Brown have COMBINED for FIVE touchdowns on the season. If you said you saw that coming before the season started, you’re a damn liar. The Steelers will face their biggest test of the season this Sunday as they travel to New Jersey to face the Giants, who just escaped with a win against the Cowboys. After beating the Redskins, the Steelers went above .500 for the first time all season. The 4-3 Steelers would love to move to 5-3 before hosting the Kansas City Chiefs, an incredibly winnable game. If the Steelers could get to 6-3 heading into Week 11 against the Baltimore Ravens they could be in prime position to take over the North. As it stands now the Ravens only have two losses, but they have looked shakey every week since their season opener against the Bengals. The 5-2 Ravens do have the Browns and Raiders leading up to their matchup against the Steelers on Sunday Night Football, so another loss doesn’t seem likely. This makes Sunday’s matchup with the Giants that much more pivotal. It’s not a must win for the Steelers. But beating arguably the best team in the league at this point of the season would be a huge boost for Pittsburgh. The Redskins are a work in progress. They almost beat the Giants last week before getting handled by the Steelers in Week 8. They host a struggling Panthers team this Sunday before their much needed bye week. The Redskins end their season with five divisional games starting with the Eagles at home. Then they travel to Dallas before coming back to D.C. to face the Giants. At 3-5, it’s a stretch to think the Redskins have a shot at the postseason this year. But, they have established an identity behind RGIII. They gave up a **** ton to get Griffin in terms of draft picks. But through that trade they acquired one of the most likeable personalities the league has seen in a while, not to mention a franchise quarterback. 8-8 isn’t out of the realm of possibility for the Redskins and that should be their goal. If they beat the Panthers, they’ll only have to go 4-3 over their last seven which is certainly a possibility. But it will not come easily. Time to see what this group is truly made of and what kind of leader Griffin wants to be as a rookie.
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