The Pittsburgh Steelers are equal parts hot and mess — and there’s not a better way to put it after a tantalizing yet bumbling 30—27 win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Monday Night Football is and has always been one of the brightest spotlights to play under. There can be no denying the luminescence that the primetime cornerstone of professional football provides. It is truly the place and time where stars are born and legends seal their legitimacy. But more than that, teams seem to bask in the glory and sheen of the night’s mythos — none more so than the Mike Tomlin led Steelers who now hold a record of 13-2 on “Monday Night Football”. Still, those wins, as well as the one this previous Monday night were not without its flaws, something that’s typical for the Yellow and Black and seriously makes you wonder if the team can really be considered contenders for the AFC title, or even the Super Bowl for that matter.
According to Yahoo Sports, what stands out about the Tomlin led Pittsburgh team is the paradox of their play. Against the Bucs, the Steelers went up 30-10 late in the second quarter behind some early steady quarterback play from Ben Rothlisberger, a terrifyingly stupendous stiff-arm from Vance McDonald that had the tight end truck over his defender, and three interceptions on the defensive end that went back for a TD. Yet, the Steelers added to their own lure with penalty after penalty, and misplay after misplay, and allowed the Bucs to come back, giving up 17 unanswered points and a total of 411 passing yards, and an almost win — which really could have been the case if a couple of plays hadn’t of been penalized or called back.
Overall, this seems to be the culture of Mike Tomlin’s Pittsburgh Steelers, a team which has such great potential and talent in addition to an increasingly good showing of what the team could be, but also there’s the bombastic bumbling that seems to undercut their chances of simply being the team to beat…
Reportedly, Tomlin actually addresses his teams inadequacy on some occasions as “hijinks” and in layman’s term or under better phrasing, that could very well translate to the Pittsburgh Steelers being an incredibly fun team to watch that always has the potential to break your heart if you’re rooting for them — a truly beautiful mess if there ever was one.