Steelers Now Look to ‘Stack Wins’

Pittsburgh could be in first place after this week

Josh Rowntree
October 03, 2019 - 11:23 am
The Pittsburgh Steelers defense celebrates an interception in the end-zone by inside linebacker Mark Barron (26) against the Cincinnati Bengals during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field.

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All it took was one win, one reasonably strong performance, and the Steelers, after an atrocious start to the 2019 season, thrust themselves right back into the AFC North race. 

Monday’s 27-3 win over Cincinnati got the monkey off of Pittsburgh’s back, but the pressure is still on. Coming to Heinz Field Sunday is a Baltimore Ravens team searching for a bounce-back performance following a home loss Sunday against Cleveland. 

“We’ve only played a quarter of the season,” guard David DeCastro said. “I guess that is kind of a little bit but, at the same time, there’s a lot more football left to be played. It was nice to get that first hurdle out of the way, but now it’s time to battle.”

The ‘battle’ continues in the AFC North, where the Steelers now sit at 1-0 in divisional play, with a 1-3 overall record. Cleveland, with a 2-2 record and 1-0 in the AFC North, is visiting unbeaten San Francisco Monday night. 

If things break the right way, the Steelers could be atop the AFC North by close of business Monday. 

“You don’t like to look too far ahead,” cornerback Joe Haden said. “We started off with a slow pace, but now we have two division games, back-to-back. If we want to still be in this thing, we’ve got to make sure we control the division games. We know that we have to come out here and win.”

Pittsburgh will embark on a West Coast trip next week, playing the Chargers on Sunday Night Football next week. Mike Tomlin’s teams are 1-6 all-time in the pacific time zone, adding weight to the matchup with the Ravens. 

“It’s still early in the season, a quarter of the the way through the season,” cornerback Mike Hilton said. “A lot of things can still happen, we just need to take care of our business.”

The vibe the Steelers’ sideline and in the locker room was visibly brighter Monday night and into this practice week. That could end quickly, however, with a loss Sunday.

“You see guys walking around, talking,” wide receiver James Washington said. “It’s a good feeling that we got a win, but it’s not enough. We’ve got to keep stacking them.”

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