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There are several NFL games this week which will help get a better understanding of teams the Steelers will or have faced in 2020
The Pittsburgh Steelers are rolling with the first 8-0 start in franchise history. The Steelers escaped Dallas with a win and return to Heinz Field for the first time in almost a month. Of course, this game is the only one that matters this week, but there are some other games which could tell Steelers fans more about this 2020 team.
At the suggestion of one of our faithful BTSC community members, I’m going to include a brief rundown of the previous week’s three games in question to see how they helped shape the narrative of the Steelers 2020 season.
Baltimore Ravens (24) at Indianapolis Colts (10)
The Ravens looked shaky in this game to start off. I thought the Colts might pull one out against them at first, but the fumble which was returned for a touchdown was the difference in this game. Add in Philip Rivers tripping on the turf monster and flailing on his back like a turtle and that play was definitely the play of the game.
New York Giants (23) at Washington Football Team (20)
This game got zero votes in last weeks poll, and rightfully so. Even though the Giants pulled out the victory, it’s still hard to gauge what the Steelers will see when they face the Washington Football Team as they are forced to make another quarterback change.
Houston Texans (27) at Jacksonville Jaguars (25)
Although it wasn’t exactly a “Clash of the Titans,” Houston did pick up their second win of the season over the struggling Jaguars. Surprising to many, it was not due to the poor quarterback play with Gardner Minshew missing the game.
Now that we have closed the page on Week 9 of the NFL season, it’s time to get focused on the next set of games as there is little time in the NFL to dwell on the previous week. For Week 10, here are the three games which could give the most perspective on what the Steelers can expect with some of their future opponents as well as the quality of some of their wins:
Thursday 8:20 PM on FOX/NFLN
I almost didn’t pick this game because the Steelers don’t face the Colts until Week 16, but since they’re playing a team the Steelers have already defeated this one will be interesting to pay attention to as a Steelers’ fans. I think the Colts defense is pretty strong, but I still don’t trust Philip Rivers when it all comes down to it. This game will go along way to see how impressive of a victory the Steelers had over the Titans. I might regret choosing this game as an option over the Bills and Cardinals.
Sunday 1:00 PM on FOX
I honestly didn’t want to include this game. I have a feeling this one’s not going to be pretty. But since Jacksonville is the next team on the schedule for the Steelers, it has to at least be a choice. If the Jags can make this game respectable, it could go along way in shaping the narrative for next week.
Sunday at 8:20 PM on NBC
The Steelers second matchup against the Baltimore Ravens is on the horizon. Even after these two teams face off again, Steelers fans are going to pay attention to what’s going on in Baltimore. If the Steelers manage to get a second win over the Ravens then nothing they do will matter. Until then, the Ravens luck out facing a reeling Patriots team rather than the monster matchup this game could have been once it was known this past January that these two would square off in 2020.
So there are the three main matchups which may give Steelers fans an indication as to the quality of upcoming and past opponents in 2020. As games begin to pile up in 2020, what to expect from each team is getting much easier to judge.
So which of these games will be the most telling as it pertains to the 2020 Pittsburgh Steelers? Make sure you vote in the poll and give your thoughts in the comments below.