In the back half of the 2015 season the Pittsburgh Steelers saw a slew of backup quarterbacks on their way to the postseason.
- Instead of Andy Dalton of the Cincinnati Bengals, they played AJ McCarron.
- Rather than Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts, they faced Matthew Hasselbeck.
- It wasn’t Peyton Manning under center when the Denver Broncos came to Heinz Field, but Brock Osweiler.
- Joe Flacco had torn his ACL in his knee, and the team faced Ryan Mallett at M&T Bank Stadium when they played the Baltimore Ravens.
Some would call this good fortune, and the Steelers took advantage of not having to face those starting quarterbacks. In fact, in the aforementioned games the Steelers only lost one, and that was the dreadful Week 16 loss to the Ravens and Mallett in Baltimore.
While no one wishes injury on anyone, the Steelers could be experiencing the same good fortune they experienced in 2015 in 2016 as they prepare for their Week 12 matchup against the Colts on Thanksgiving night.
After Andrew Luck was placed in the NFL’s concussion protocol, it is being reported the team is planning on starting Scott Tolzien at quarterback this Thursday.
If this game were played on Sunday, there is a good chance Luck could be under center, but with only two practices, and four total days, to prepare, the odds of Luck going through the league’s strict protocol seems unlikely at best.
In the 2015 matchup between these two teams, Ben Roethlisberger lit up the Colts’ defense, and Antonio Brown had his famous “fire pole” slide down the field goal post after returning a punt return for a touchdown.
Will the Steelers luck continue as they strive to win back-to-back games and advance their record to 6-5? Possibly, but the team’s record on Thursday nights, and on Thanksgiving, is anything but comforting. In this case, something has to give, and the Steelers playing the Colts without Luck certainly will help their chances of victory.