A snow-laden landscape boasting a frigid 28 degrees on Sunday afternoon was the scene for the final regular season Steelers game at Heinz Field. And when I say frigid, believe me, I’m here in the Burgh…and although I may be Pittsburgh-born, my Miami-residing bones were chilled to the core.
Despite a disappointing season and not making the playoffs this year (picture me cringing), the Steelers pulled off a winning finale of 24-10 against the visiting Browns, ending the season at 8-8, avoiding what could have been the first losing season in almost a decade.
In lieu of deeming it a total snoozefest, I can only summarize Sunday’s game as a lackluster performance by Ben Roethlisberger, who threw three short touchdown passes. Luckily the vibe of the game was revived by Plaxico Burress, Antonio Brown and Leonard Pope, who ended up scoring for the Steelers. Pittsburgh’s (top-ranked by the way) defense forced four turnovers wrapping up the game with a win, only the second time in the last six weeks.
With an injury-plagued season under wraps, it’s safe to say that speculation of roster changes moving forward may be inevitable, particularly with an aging roster and unavoidable salary cap issues. There is chatter of multiple veteran players retiring or being cut once the dust of this not-so-impressive season settles. James Harrison, Troy Polamalu, Larry Foote and Mike Wallace, among others, may not have such clear views in the coveted black and gold crystal ball.
If it was up to me, my Steelers would not be calling it a day after defeating Cleveland…but alas, such is life. Not all seasons can be Super Bowl seasons. Although I have a sneaking suspicion that this offseason will create an entirely new breed of motivation for every single gentleman donning black and gold. And let’s be honest, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t already looking forward to the offseason ending…and hope that my head won’t be spinning off nearly as much at the start of a new season.
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