Trepidation Or Blood?
I have always been very cautious approaching the Steelers game. When two teams get all fired up on hate and adrenaline , anything can happen. The last 99 of these games has proven that.
So I have always been a little uneasy during the week approaching a Steelers game. Even prior to that 51-0 thrashing we laid on them back in the '80s I was very guarded about my confidence.
But I think I smell blood this time. My gut tells me that we really can go in for the kill here and my intellect doesn't want to let me get too optimistic about it.
Let's look at the circumstances...
Their defensive weakness is our offensive strength.
Kordell has returned to his typical erratic mistake-prone form, giving indications that his 2001 performance was a fluke.
Kordell has also been threatened with the hook if he doesn't step up. Pressure has never been good for Kordell. A meltdown would not be unimagineable. He only needs to make one or two serious mistakes to set the game on its' ear. An early Browns lead likely puts them out of their running game, which has been the key to their most recent successes.
Even if Maddox comes in, he has seen almost no live action in his career and has reportedly been practicing in 'a malaise' of late.
And at the very end of the bench, Charlie Batch just isn't very good.
Kendrell Bell will probably not play due to a reaggravation of his ankle injury. He did not practice Thursday at all. If he does play, he will not play the rush end position in their pass defense.
Jerome Bettis has yet to show he has regained his form since his season-ending groin injury last year. The Steelers running game is yet to establish itself.
It just all seems to be 'right'. I don't want to get over-confident, but I think we will win this game. Mainly because we ought to win this game.
So why is it so hard for me to just accept that?