Popular Analyst Claims the Pittsburgh Steelers Will Not Go Undefeated This Season

Published 12/04/2020, 11:23 AM EST
Oct 25, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin congratulates quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7), wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19), and wide receiver Diontae Johnson (18) after the touchdown against the Tennessee Titans during the first half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports


Mike Tomlin and the Pittsburgh Steelers have made an excellent start to the season. They are currently undefeated, with an 11-0 record. They have secured their playoff spot and look like serious contenders for the Super Bowl this year.

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However, Head Coach Mike Tomlin is not entirely happy about the way the team has played. NFL analyst Nick Wright spoke about Mike Tomlin’s frustration with the Steelers.
Wright suggests that Tomlin’s frustration is warranted, given how the Steelers have won their games. “I think Tomlin’s frustration comes from this place; he knows this team is not as good as an 11-0 record suggests.

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“They beat playoff teams this year. They’ve had one impressive victory over a good team. That was a Browns team that I think is a good team.”
Oct 25, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin talks with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) just prior to the start of the game against the Tennessee Titans during the first half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports
Additionally, Wright suggested that the Steelers have only faced 2 major playoff teams in the Browns and the Titans, and those were not convincing victories for them. He also believes that the team will not go undefeated this season.

Wright justifies Pittsburgh Steelers HC concerns

"I think Mike Tomlin's frustration comes from this place: He knows the Steelers aren't as good as their 11-0 record suggests. They've beat 2 playoff teams. … He knows 4 of their next 5 games are against playoff teams. The Steelers are not going undefeated." — @getnickwright pic.twitter.com/uGrKWVu1vk

— First Things First (@FTFonFS1) December 3, 2020

He said, “Their other victory over a playoff team was a Titans team that missed a 45-yard field goal in the final minute to tie that game. And he knows four of their next five games are against playoff teams.
“And I also think he knows this very well might be the first round matchup in the playoffs. The Steelers are not going to go undefeated…They are going to lose at least once in the final five weeks, if not twice.” 
Wright acknowledged that the Ravens will be confident about potentially facing the Steelers in the Playoffs, given that they will finally have a healthy team. The return of Lamar Jackson is crucial to the Ravens’ chances.
“And if they are the two seed, Baltimore has a very soft schedule the rest of the way. If they steady themselves and get to the seventh spot…I think Baltimore thinks, ‘Give us a third shot fully healthy with Lamar, we can beat these guys’.” 
Nov 8, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) passes the ball against the Indianapolis Colts in the first half at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
However, Wright justified Tomlin’s frustration and concerns with regards to the Steelers’ style of play. He suggested that the fear of them losing the first seed is very real.

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“And I think Tomlin understands, having watched these two teams play twice, Baltimore played very poorly in the first matchup, they had basically a second-string team in the second matchup.
“Both of those games came down to the final 10 minutes. And I think that rightfully concerns Mike Tomlin. I think he thinks the two seed for them is very possible.”

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It will be interesting to see if the Steelers can maintain their undefeated streak throughout the season. It would be a perfect way to end a perfect season for them. And it would give them a great boost going into the Playoffs.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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