Steelers Week 17: Cheers, Jeers, & Fears

by: Jimi The Intern
December 27, 2017

Coming into week 17, the Steelers have the league’s second-best record, a first-round bye in the playoffs, and — with the exception of AB — they are starting to get healthy at the right time. 

Now, after a blowout win on Christmas Day, the Steelers are set to wrap up their 2017 regular season with a matchup against the winless Browns.

This isn’t a game the Steelers need to win, so it will be interesting to see how Pittsburgh plays it this weekend.

I think everyone starts, but that they don’t play the entire game. It’s not worth risking an injury just in the hopes that Jets can pull off an improbable upset against the Pats that would give Pittsburgh the number one seed in the AFC.

Also, the Steelers second team or practice squad should be able to beat the Browns handily.

Here are my week 17 cheers, jeers, and fears. 

Cheers

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The team got it done without AB.

Thankfully, for the first time in more than a month, the Pittsburgh Steelers were able to win a game easily and not in the dying moments of the game.

Pittsburgh has the best group of wide receivers in the league, and they showed that on Christmas. Juju and Martavis proved that they could be counted on when needed, and it’s only going to get better once AB comes back.

If they are clicking and Ben keeps up his recent play, this offense is going to be tough to stop when they get into the postseason.

Oh, not to mention, they have the league’s leading rusher who is also one of the best pass catchers in the league as well.

Good luck stopping these guys.

Jeers

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Hey Steelers, what’s up with releasing Harrison?

Seeing the picture of James Harrison smiling with Tom Brady instead of him taking his head off definitely was like a punch to the gut.

I’m very disappointed in the team’s decision. I don’t understand it.

This team is in no position to be cutting Hall Of Fame linebackers. Not only is Deebo not a Steeler, but there’s a good chance we’ll meet him on the field if the two teams meet in the AFC Championship game.

Seeing him in the Evil Empire uniform will be tough to handle.

Thanks for everything, Deebo. You deserved better from this organization this year. I hope you can still retire as a Steeler.

Fears

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Injuries.

So far, Pittsburgh has avoided a significant setback in the injury department. Even though AB is still sidelined, Pittsburgh’s biggest injury to date has probably been losing Joe Haden for six weeks.

The last two years in the playoffs Pittsburgh has suffered huge injuries with AB going down in 2015 and Bell last year.

The Steelers should take it easy this week against the Browns so they can go into the postseason as healthy as possible.

Prediction

Look, I would rather lose this game and go into the playoffs healthy than limp into another postseason like in past years.

With that said, I don’t want Pittsburgh to be the team that gives the Browns their first win. We need them to go 0-16. We need that parade.

There’s a chance that Ben and the rest of the starters don’t see the field at all, and that wouldn’t surprise me. It’s been a long season, and they could use the rest.

This week is pretty much pointless, and again, I think our second team could beat this hapless Browns team.

With or without the starters, Pittsburgh wins this game 34-17 and turns their eye towards the playoffs.

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