So over the last few years, we have seen Tomlin teams lose to teams over whom they were favored by close to double digits or greater. For once, why can't a Mike Tomlin-coached team do the reverse? After years of enduring the humiliation of watching many inexplicable losses in the 9-7 2009 season, or the losses to Tennessee and Oakland, this year, for once, why can't the Steelers upset a team while they are double digit underdogs?
The best upset a Tomlin team has done is beat New England last year. The major upset factor of that had more to do with the futility of trying to beat the Patriots' teams in past encounters than the actual talent level differential. This year's upset of the Giants was big, coming against the refs and the Giants, but it was nowhere close to Oakland upsetting us three times(once under Bill Cowher) in the last seven years. Or Kansas City upsetting us with Haley as their coach and nearly upsetting us with freaking Tyler Palko as their quarterback. Not to mention one terrible Browns team upsetting Pittsburgh on Thursday Night Football and a mediocre Browns team beating us this week (though in fairness, this Browns team was only a point underdog).
Time for a Tomlin team to do the same in Week 13. They need to go in expecting that an intense effort will produce a win instead of merely hoping for one. I once saw Ray Rice and Maurice Jones Drew trade fumbles in a Jacksonville-Baltimore game. So we can reproduce a mini version of the Browns defensive effort Sunday (OK, I will settle for two turnovers).
While I normally will say special teams needs to steal a game, I have no expectations of that today. Having seen Tomlin fail spectacularly in getting competent play out of the special teams(except for Suisham and Antonio Brown), I will settle for mere competence in helping our team get the upset. No dumb penalties while AB does his thing on returns. I don't even know why Chris Rainey is playing today. Let his ribs heal because he is going to be targeted more. The way he carries the ball, I am shocked he hasn't had more fumbles yet with his size.