Azrael wrote:1. Steelers have just buried the top 3 seeds in the AFC IN THEIR OWN BUILDINGS, and I mean buried. Pay no attention to the Colts score; it wasn't near that close.
Yup, you guys are on fire while other teams have certainly struggled. I totally agree. You're lucky this game isn't in our house though.
Azrael wrote:2. They've won 7 in a row, minus the Colts game, by no less than 2 TDs in each contest.
Just like to point out that those four during the regular season were against the Bears, Vikings, Browns and Lions plus a Carson Palmer-less Bengals unit. You beat the Colts and Denver which were teams worth beating.
Azrael wrote:3. Detroit is going to be like a home game for Pittsburgh. It's not that far away and we travel like geese.
Totally agree. That's why I specifically was rooting for the Broncos when the girlfriend wasn't looking.
Azrael wrote:4. Seattle was 1-2 against playoff teams in the regular season when the game meant something. Indy game doesn't count. And if it weren't for Jay Feely, they'd have been 0-3.
The Steelers were 2-3 against playoff teams during the regular season. Not too much better, right?
Azrael wrote:5. Seattle struggled away from home this year, losing at Jacksonville and Washington and barely beating SF and Tennessee.
They have the same away regular season record as the Steelers.
edit: I think they are actually 6-2 in the regular season. Oops.
Azrael wrote:6. You can't help who you play sometimes, but Pittsburgh's road to Detroit was much tougher. They are battle tested.
You're right, you can't help you you've been scheduled against. But this idea that the Steelers had a tougher road during the playoffs is silly. A month ago I don't think anyone in Pittsburgh would have minded being the top seed and a first round bye.
Azrael wrote:7. This being Seattle's first time this far, they may subconsciously be "just happy to get there"; while the Steelers have been bent on getting the Bus a ring since crumbling in the AFC Championship game.
This could be the case, although I'm going to attest that most
players really don't care about the past Seattle teams and are simply content with getting to the Superbowl for the sake of Seattle's fanbase. Remember two things: players come from all over the nation and most of these guys were like 2 years old the last time Seattle won a playoff game. They could care less about "just getting there."
Honestly, I think the Steelers are on fire right now and it's going to take a nearly perfect game from Seattle to pull off the apparent upset. That being said, I like when teams are on fire and are the favorite against the Seahawks. If they get down and start getting down on their team (a la Steve Smith) that type of behavior degenerates the team quick. And if that happens to the Steelers it might get ugly fast...
Good luck to the Steelers and their fans. I think it's going to be a great game.