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Monday Night: Playoff Implications?

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Why in the world would I be talking about the playoffs if we are 0-1 after a very disappointing implosion against the Chicago Bears? Well, someone has to win this division, and right now, nobody has shown any competence except the Bengals.

We all saw what had happened to the Baltimore Ravens in week one against the Denver Broncos. Peyton Manning is a good Quarterback, but I don’t care who you are. You do not give up seven touchdowns through the air.

The Cleveland Browns struggled against the Miami Dolphins. And that is just of a slap in the face to the Browns as it is the Dolphins. Neither team in that game showed any type of offensive dominance, which is highly important for the Browns in this division considering they have the play Pittsburgh, Baltimore (Historically good with the exception of last Thursday), and Cincinnati who has had a top-10 finish multiple times in the last 5 years.

Sep 8, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey (53) is attended to by team trainers after suffering an apparent injury against the Tennessee Titans during the first quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Steelers, who may not be great at the moment, but are still a finely tuned organization, also struggled against a sub-par team in the Tennessee Titans. Ben Roethlisberger was under heavy fire with week due to a banged-up offensive line. Now with the news of Maurkice Pouncey being placed on season-ending IR, it makes it oh so more difficult this week against a Bengals team who had 51 sacks last season. One thing that the Steelers have going for them is their defense. They did hold the Titans to just 16 points. I know the Titans do not have a prolific offense by any means, but you still have to go out their on Sunday and do your job.