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Sep 8, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) reacts after after looking for a pass interference call against the Tennessee Titans during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. The Tennessee Titans won 16-9. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Steelers aren’t quite ready to panic just yet, despite a very discouraging home-opening loss to the Tennessee Titans. They also lost a pair of veteran leaders in Maurkice Pouncey and Larry Foote to season-ending injuries, butt these Steelers have faced plenty of adversity during their championship runs, and they’re not about to lose their composure.

Starting free safety Ryan Clark has been one of the team’s strongest leaders over the past eight seasons, and he’s confident his team can rally and bounce back this week vs the Cincinnati Bengals:

"“If people were changing, if people were starting to shift, make decisions that they normally wouldn’t make, change things about their routine, that would make me nervous because that means you feel like there’s something wrong with your process,” Clark said. “But there’s nothing wrong with the (Steelers’) process. Coach (Mike) Tomlin’s been the same, the players have been the same. We all understand that if you follow the protocol coach Tomlin has set in place you can win games that way. I think the biggest thing for me is everyone staying steady and ready to work.”"

Still, with both teams staring at an 0-2 start, Monday’s game may be just the final game of Week 2, but it has playoff implications attached to it. Rarely does an NFL team start 0-2 and manage to make it to the postseason, and the Bengals have never pulled-off that feat.

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