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Chill Out or Freak Out: Indianapolis Colts vs. Pittsburgh Steelers edition

The Pittsburgh Steelers crushed the Indianapolis Colts in Week 13. Is there anything fans need to worry about?

Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

The Steelers trounced the Colts on Sunday evening, beating the AFC South division leader 45-10. The exhilerating victory featured a masterful performance by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and incredible productivity by the immortal (clearly, he is immortal. No way he is 37) linebacker James Harrison.

Can fans finally relax?


Inconsistency of the Steelers: Freak Out

The main reason fans have for freaking out is that the Steelers are so inconsistent. One week the seem unstoppable, the next week they seem determined to sabotage their chances at victory. With only four games left in the regular season, including a critical rematch against the Cincinnati Bengals, the team cannot afford to show up "off." That fact should be obvious, but somehow the Steelers continue to lose momentum and struggle just when it seems safe to breathe a sigh of relief.

Antonio Brown Celebrations: Freak Out

Freak out because they are so awesome! One of the best moments of the game was Antonio Brown attempting to cling to the field goal post (or, if you are an official, "Use it as a prop) after his punt return touchdown towards the end of the game. Antonio Brown's joy and enthusiasm is infectious, and at that point in the evening, there was certainly much to celebrate.

Brown has also been known to do a front flip into the endzone and dance crazy dances, all of which are fun, spirited and awesome.

You could also freak out because they are dangerous and can incur penalties. So, depending on your risk tolerance and patience for avoidable penalties, you have trouble feeling enthusiastic about AB's celebrations.

The Steelers Offense: Chill Out

The offense is on fire. Even with tight end Health Miller out, Roethlisberger was able to target six different receivers, including Health Miller sub Jesse James. Big Ben threw for 364 yards and had four touchdowns against the Colts. Running back DeAngelo Williams had 134 yards on the ground and 31 through the air. The offensive line did an adequate job in terms of both run blocking and pass protection.

Chilling out about the Steelers offense includes chilling out about head coach Mike Tomlin, offensive coordinator Todd Haley, and the other position coaches on the offensive side of the ball, not least of whom is wide receivers coach Richard Mann. Nobody should be freaking out about him. Likewise, James Saxon, running backs coach, is a big upgrade over his predecessor Kirby Wilson, now of the Minnesota Vikings.

Personnel Problems: Freak Out

The Steelers are heading into Week 14. With only four games left in the season, it really is time to figure out the best combination of personnel in the secondary. Cornerback Brandon Boykin has been on the bench most of the season, and came away with an interception on Sunday. He missed a few tackles, but on the whole, he was a strong contributor to the effort. Why did it take so long to put him in? Who is starting next week?  By now, the team really should have this sorted out.

The Steelers are also struggling with returner Jacoby Jones, who appears to have oiled up his gloves before the game. He had two fumbles on Sunday, one that ended up falling into the hands of the Colts. If the Steelers weren't satisfied with Dri Archer, they should have found someone more productive.

It's time for the Steelers to nail down their roster. After all, it is Week 14. The team has had enough suspensions and injuries disrupting the team without indecisiveness and poor decisions further sabotaging their chances of victory.

Honorable Mention: 

Penalties- Chill Out

The Steelers only had four penalties for 48 yards, one of which was at the end of the game when the Steelers had already locked down the victory (the Antonio Brown celebration penalty for 15 yards). Without that penalty, the team would have had three penalties for 33 yards.