Last weekend I listed my top Steelers teams of the 70's. Thought I'd try my hand at the 80's. What is your list of best and worst Steelers teams of the 80's? Which was your favorite?
1) 1980...Inconsistent and turnover prone but I'll take this team against any of the others from the 80's. Just a year from winning XIV they lost the last weekend at SD to miss the playoffs for the first time in 8 years. Mean Joe, LC, Bradshaw, Harris, Swann, Stallworth.
2) 1982...Last stand of the team of the decade. Again it's SD ending their season but this time in a Pittsburgh home playoff loss 31-28. Think the younger 1980 team beats this one.
3) 1989...Easily my favorite team of the 80's. After starting out the season being shellacked by the Browns and Bengals 92-10 Brister proclaims "Yes We Can." Steelers make the playoffs and upset the home Oilers in OT on Woodsons "heavenly hit." At Denver Hoge runs wild but so does young Elway.
4) 1984...Beating an undefeated SF squad on the road and then beating Denver in the playoffs behind 2 TD's by RB Frank Pollard and tough D by LB Bryan Hinkle. Malone is overwhelmed by Marino in the AFCCG.
5) 1983...A ferocious defense that led the Steelers to a 9-2 record before opponents figured out to play conservative and wait for Stoudt to fold. At 9-6 Bradshaw comes to their rescue one last time with a thrilling quarter at NYJ to lead Pittsburgh to the playoffs. Stoudt returns and after an early long pass to Wayne Capers leads to a FG he and Steelers are butchered by Raiders 38-10.