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The Steelers spent the last two weeks on the road and beat Tennessee Titans (5-0) and Baltimore Ravens (5-1).
They did so without playing their best football. In fact, they played pretty badly in about half of the games.
So, in a way, that has to make Steelers fans feel pretty good as their team can beat two of AFC̵7;s high-profile rivals in their building without playing top football. high in the game.
That is not the case with Sunday in Dallas.
Well, the first part is correct. The Steelers still seem to be playing only half the game again. That’s how they managed to beat a pathetic 2-7 cowboy team in Dallas much less mentally.
Mike Tomlin’s 24-19 crew win did not resonate with a brave return like the last one they departed seven days earlier in Baltimore, despite their 13-0 lead in Texas. .
And attempts to counter Garrett Gilbert’s accusations at the end have evoked a sense of relief far more than inspiration, as was the case in Nashville when they stopped the Titans.
Mark Madden’s 105.9 The X seems to agree on this week’s Madden Monday podcast.
“What I take away the most from the game is that, even at 8-0, I don’t believe in Steel Men. And I certainly don’t trust (head coach) Mike Tomlin, ”Madden said.
Madden specifically pointed out that he disliked Tomlin’s decision to get down to late Wednesday rather than kicking in on a goal that could have lifted the lead to their eight points.
“I just don’t know if I trust this team or not,” Madden said. “It seems like a strange thing to say it is 8-0. But I know what I’m seeing. I know what I saw (Sunday), and I couldn’t help but say it. That’s it, but I feel it. “
Part of the reason that Madden’s confidence has been eroded a bit compared to the previous 7 wins is that the defense seems to be on the decline. It may be due to the loss on that side of the ball due to injury. Devin Bush, Tyson Alualu and Mike Hilton all missed the Cowboys game. And new midfielder Avery Williamson won’t be fully engaged until next week’s Cincinnati match.
Madden said: “It’s amazing how they made Dallas fourth-string quarterback look as good as he did. “Dallas ‘blazing attack ripped apart the Steelers’ defense just like Baltimore did last week. At this point, the flamboyant statistics and deft games aside, I don’t think it’s unfair to call this Steelers defense a bit too much.
So the Steelers could barely avoid their typical bad annual road loss. Does that mean that this call to closeness is currently out of the group’s system? Or will the players play against similarly poor opponents from Cincinnati and Jacksonville before meeting Raven again on Thanksgiving?
“If they destroy Dallas, then I think they’ll have a game like this for a long time,” Madden said. “And if it happened to Cincinnati, they might have been good enough to take advantage and win. Even in Heinz Field. But now they’ve survived Dallas – despite playing poorly – I bet they beat bejesus from Cincinnati. “
Madden and I address all of these topics in podcasts. We also delved into Mike Tomlin’s curious decision to avoid a shot on goal late in the game, massive fourth-half defensive efforts from some of the top stars and official calls for controversy. argue.
In addition, we discuss that debate about Notre Dame students plunging into the South Bend courtyard, Penn State’s 0-3 start and the NHL concept of hockey more in the form of bubbles .
Listen: Tim Benz and Mark Madden discuss the Steelers’ shaky win over Cowboys
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