Pennsylvania is often divided when it comes to its sports. East vs West. Pittsburgh vs. Philly. Some might say a Keystone version of good vs evil.
Flyers and Penguins really hate each other. It might be one of the best rivalries in all of sports. If you black and orange fans forget, here’s what happened this year.
Pirates and Phillies are “rivals” by association, but it’s not like there is a true rivalry or hatred when the two square off on the diamond.
With the Steelers and Eagles, it is a different story because they only meet once every four years. This lapse in time makes it quite difficult to develop a real rivalry between the teams.
Pittsburgh was able to grab a key win against a real rival and division opponent last week when they held the Bengals at bay to take an early lead in the AFC North. This was an important win, but to go into Philly this weekend and get off to a 3-0 start could loom even larger.
The black and gold look poised to make a long run this season, and I would love nothing more than to give the Eagles and Carson Wentz their first loss of the season.
Here are my cheers, jeers and fears for this week in the City of Brotherly Love.
Cheers: DeAngelo Williams
This dude has done it all. When Bell decided to light it up once again, Williams decided to light it up on the field. Without him in these last two season, it would have been tough to field a winning team.
In all honesty, he might be the best running back in the first two weeks of the season. He has almost 300 yards of total offense and three touchdowns in two games.
This could be the last time we see him in a full role in the Steelers backfield. Cheers to you DeAngelo for playing your role and being a true Steeler.
Jeers: Big Ben slingin’ picks
Hey Ben, wake up! Three picks in the first two games are not acceptable. Yes, the six touchdowns are great, but ball security should be of the utmost importance when your defense has been showing signs of weakness early in the season.
Along with the interceptions, Ben has been a bit off target with some of his throws. If he can correct the picks and be slightly more accurate, 2016 could be a historical offensive year.
Fears: Losing to Philly
Look, I know, it’s not really a rivalry and losing to the Eagles isn’t detrimental to this season, but I want to win. I couldn’t stand to see these Philly fans bang their chest about a rookie quarterback going 3-0 to start his career.
The would honestly start planning the Super Bowl parade and his Hall of Fame induction the second the game was over. This can’t happen.