Two games into the 2013 NFL season, I think we would all agree the jury is still out on this edition of the Baltimore Ravens.
I don’t know about you, but with 120 minutes of football to evaluate, I have no idea if the Ravens are going to finish 7-9, 8-8, 10-6 or something better than that.
And, honestly, that doesn’t bother me much, because that parade last February reminds me that we’re blessed in Baltimore with an organization that won’t be down for long if, in fact, they do take a brief slide in 2013.
Well…the jury might still be out on the Ravens, but here’s one thing for sure: The verdict is in on the Pittsburgh Steelers.
They. Freakin’. Stink.
I watched with great delight on Monday night as Pittsburgh’s ancient defense and woeful offense fell 20-10 to the Bengals and my hopes were confirmed — The Steelers are going to be terrible this season.
And, much like you, I love it.
It’s so fun to watch them sputter and stagger like a ’79 Pinto. It’s glorious, really, because everyone in America gets the Steelers shoved down their throats season after season. Are you looking for a break from watching Mike Tomlin’s team? Well, you won’t get it this week, because they’ll be on NBC on Sunday night when they host the Bears.
That’s OK, though, because there’s only one thing better than watching the Steelers lose on national TV like they did last night in Cincinnati…watching them lose at home on national TV, as will be the case this Sunday night when the Bears go to Heinz Field and win 23-20.
I don’t know what’s going to happen with the Ravens this season, and that’s part of the fun of it all, frankly.
But I absolutely know what’s going to happen with the Steelers — they’re going to be hard pressed to win half their games and, if the Football Gods really want to smile on all of us, they’ll go 4-12 or 5-11. They certainly looked like a 4-12 team last night in Cincinnati.
Hey, give ‘em credit in Pittsburgh though. They do have a winner up there this year.
The Pirates are going to the playoffs.
The Steelers aren’t.
Thanks to the Texas Rangers, the Orioles remain firmly in the playoff race in the American League East.
Losers of seven straight games at the worst possible time, the Rangers have given life to the Orioles, Indians, Yankees and, yes, even the Royals.
Tampa Bay could just about sew up a spot in the wild card game if they sweep these four (the next three) games from Texas.
And Texas could eliminate themselves, almost, by going 0-fer in St. Petersburg.
As crazy as it’s been, and the Orioles play over the last three weeks hasn’t really been playoff worthy either, this unforseen slide by the Rangers gives even more substance to that old adage “you never know what might happen…”
The next seven games should decide it all for Buck Showalter’s team. These three games in Boston and the next four in Tampa Bay will likely require at least a 5-2 mark if the Birds hope to garner a second straight playoff berth.
One thing I do know about the playoffs though: The Steelers won’t be in them this season. Again.