The midway point of the NFL season arrived in Pittsburgh on Sunday as the Steelers offense exploded in a win over the Colts. Yet, they're holding back on popping champagne corks over on the South Side, as the Baltimore Ravens come to town in a matchup that will be critical to outcome of the AFC North Race.
But before focusing on the Ratbirds, Steelers Nation must first grapple with these 5 Burning Questions on the Steelers.
1. In defeating the Colts, Ben Roethlisberger authored one of the epic quarterback performances NFL history. BTSC editor Neal Coolong called it the best ever in Ben's his career. Where do you rank this game alongside his other great games? To refresh your memory, consider the following:
His first 500 yard performance vs. Green Bay in 2009,
"The Drive II" vs. Baltimore in 2008,
Super Bowl XLIII
The Steelers 75th Anniversary Game
The 2005 Steelers AFC Divisional Playoff victory vs. the Colts
Any other Roethlisberger game you nominate.
Defend your answer.
2. Ben Roethlisberger's and the entire offense's historic performance rightly got the lion's share of attention after the win. But the Steelers' defense gave up 400 yards and 24 points, which is normally a recipe for disaster. How do you rate the job done by LeBeau's defense?
3. The NFL's trading deadline has come and gone and, as expected, the Steelers made no moves. However, let's say it's Monday evening and Kevin Colbert calls you to request a suggestion for a realistic trade that can help the 2014 Steelers. What do you tell the inquisitive Steelers General Manager?
4. Word is that Shamarko Thomas is healthy again and ready to return to the field. Thus far this year, he has only played on special teams. How important is it for the coaches to begin working him into the defense?
5. Three years ago at exactly this point in the season, the Steelers upset the Patriots in stunning fashion. At the time, it seemed like a shaky team had finally found its balance. Yet, the following Sunday night, the Ravens came to town and Joe Flacco earned his first victory at Heinz Field. Well, the Steelers just notched another improbable Week 8 home victory and the Baltimore Ravens are coming to town again for a Sunday night game. Will the Steelers see history repeat itself or are we about to see them assert their will to prevent that from happening? Support your prediction.
There you have them folks. Have at it!