Popular Analyst Labels Pittsburgh Steelers as “The Mike Tyson of the NFL”

Published 09/17/2020, 4:00 PM EDT
Sep 14, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) throws the ball during the first half as New York Giants linebacker Markus Golden (44) pursues at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports


The return of veteran Ben Roethlisberger was decisive for the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night. The former Super Bowl winner suffered an elbow injury in the opening stages last year, which ruled him out for the rest of the season.

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He returned to the lineup on Monday and led the Steelers to a comfortable 26-16 win over the New York Giants. After a shaky start to the game, the Steelers slowly began to take control of things at the MetLife Stadium and Coach Mike Tomlin will be happy with the result.

However, there were certain areas that the Steelers still need to work upon. Popular sports talk show host, Colin Cowherd, went on a lengthy rant on Tuesday and claimed that the Steelers would need to do more if they want to win another Super Bowl anytime soon.

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Colin Cowherd compares Pittsburgh Steelers to Mike Tyson despite opening week win

On the latest installment of The Herd with Colin Cowherd, host Colin compared Ben Roethlisberger’s Pittsburgh Steelers to the former professional boxer, Mike Tyson.

Cowherd argued that the Steelers are consistent against mid-table teams but choke against the top teams in the league. Cowherd said, “The last decade, they’ve been the Mike Tyson of the NFL. Man, they beat up on bad teams. They roll average teams, Mike Tyson did that.

“If you were average, past your prime…When you look at Tyson, he’d destroy some of the greatest fighters of all time. But when you put Lennox Lewis in the ring with him, he was outclassed.

“When you put Evander Holyfield two times in the ring with him, a great technical fighter, a guy with a chin, Mike Tyson looked lost. That’s what the Steelers are.”

Cowherd talks about the Steelers’ record against top NFL teams

The outspoken critic further dived in the Steelers’ record against the likes of the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens in the last decade.

“We knew the Steelers were going to beat a new head coach. Do you understand in the last decade the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Browns and Bengals, bad organizations, are 33-6-1.

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“But what are they against the Ravens and the Patriots in the last decade? 10-18, those are the teams that you gotta beat to get to the ‘land that the Steelers feel is theirs’, Super Bowls. That’s what Pittsburgh’s about,” Cowherd added.

After the comfortable win over the Giants, the Steelers have two home games lined up in the upcoming weeks. They will first host the Denver Broncos in Week Two before playing Deshaun Watson’s Houston Texans a week later. It’s worth noting that both these teams failed to win their respective opening week games.

Will ‘Big Ben’ lead the Steelers to 3-0 in order to push for a playoff spot? Time will tell.

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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