Pittsburgh Steelers fans have enjoyed this roller coaster ride of a season, and it is safe to say the fan confidence crescendo is just starting as ‘Duck Mania’ runs wild on the fan base.
Obviously, I am referring to none other than Devlin Hodges, who took over in Week 13 and doesn’t show any signs of relinquishing his starting roll for the remainder of the regular season.
What are fans thinking as the team moves into Week 14 with a 7-5 record and sole possession of the 6th spot in the AFC Playoff Picture?
The latest FanPulse results certainly paint a pretty accurate photo of how fans truly feel:
When it comes to the data, the Steelers’ fan confidence jumped to an 83% approval rating after the team’s Week 10 win over the Los Angeles Rams. The 83% approval was the highest the fan base has recorded since after Week 1 in the preseason, but plummeted to 38% after the loss to the Browns. Following the Week 12 win vs. the Bengals, fan confidence rose to a 46% approval rating, and continued to sky rocket to 75% after their revenge win over Cleveland at Heinz Field.
It is at this point where most fans will talk about a potential let down game. After an emotionally driven victory in Week 13, going to the western part of the country to play the Arizona Cardinals is not a gimme.
But could this team be different? Could Mike Tomlin have this team poised to strike, and not poised to let the fan base down as they have done in the past?
Anything is possible, but one thing is certain — Kyler Murray and company won’t just lay down and give up. Of the Steelers final four games (at Arizona, vs. Buffalo Bills, at New York Jets and at Baltimore Ravens), two of them have to be wins. Most would assume the upcoming game vs. the Cardinals would be one of those two wins. It won’t be easy, but if the 2019 Steelers have proven anything it is how they are accustomed to defying the odds placed against them.
Can Hodges keep the legend of the Duck going? Or will reality creep up and hand the Steelers a devastating loss? Let’s hope the Steelers find a way to advance to 8-5 as they they travel to the desert to play Arizona this Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET.
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