Right, so we pretty much covered this Sunday, I think, but a win is a much needed win, and we'll take 17-13 just as welcomingly as 30-13.
The reality is, with the Bengals somehow figuring out how to play football, and the Ravens continuing to put the NFL in its place (gotta admit, they're doing their jobs), every game is going to be a must-win.
Granted, every game is a must-win either way, particulary if you're a Steeler fan.
But as usual, the AFC North is shaping up to be a race to the finish.
The good news is 4-2 ain't half bad.
I mean, only four teams in the entire league have more than four wins right now.
So, never fear, Steeler nation.
Things might continue to seem chaotic for a little while, but as long as we keep finding ways, we'll keep finding wins.
If you will it, dude, it is no dream, as the great Walter Sobchak would say (if you don't know that reference, you should probably look it up).
Getting back to OFTOT's bread and butter here (ie - schadenfreude) - the three people in Jacksonville who are aware that city has a professional football team are probably really disappointed right now.
Rough ending for a team with one lonely win and a five year old starting at QB.
Honestly, how bad must David Garrard have been for the Jagoffs to let him go right before the season in favor of Luke McCown and a fetus?
Had to have been about money.
No other way to rationalize it.
In any case, no sense in prolonging the inevitable anymore than I have to, so let's just dive right in to the "Things That Were Awesome," and "Things That Were NOT Awesome," here.
Should the Jaguars have been within one score of winning that game?
Repeat after Tomlin...
The bottom line is they were. But in the end, we got the last laugh.
Again, I've said it about a thousand times in probably a thousand different ways - I can't remember a time recently when these Steelers were in the habit of handily beating teams on a consistent basis without a fight.
Convincing wins in the NFL are a relative rarity in general.
Exhibit A - a couple of weeks ago in Houston, the same thing basically happened, only the Steelers were the aggressors who eventually couldn't pull it out in time.
We'll take the W any way we can get it.
And hopefully by Week 10 my fingernails will have grown back.
So, on that note, let's accentuate the positive and recap some of today's awesome that you'll likely see in the full recap on Tuesday.
First up, Mike Wallace's 28 yard TD grab...
And why not follow that with the only other ball he caught today...
...which just so happened to be a 47 yarder over who else but Ben's old nemesis, Rasheen Mathis.
And what about Mendenhall's 68 yard haul, which was a large chunk of his 146 yard day?
Or my personal favorite, Mendy giving Rasheen Mathis the business for six points...
iPhone auto-corrects Mendenhall to "Mending all," by the way.
Then, there was Manny Sanders with the 32 yard grab...
Would've been nice if he had gotten more than one of the four balls thrown his way, but of course, not all of those were on him.
And at least that one was awesome.
Anyway, 4-2, keeping pace with the Bangles, and hopefully at least only staying a game behind the Ravens, pending what's happening in Baltimore right now.
Trip out west next week for a date with our old friends Ken Whisenhunt and Russ Grimm's mustache.
Stay tuned for the real recap hopefully on Tuesday morning.
In the meantime, feel free to deposit all your initial thoughts in the comments.
Outside of the teams in their own division, the Steelers have few legit rivalries.
MAYBE the Colts.
And I'd venture to say Tennessee, probably left over from the old AFC Central days.
Over the last few meetings the Steelers have more or less owned these jokers (in terms of wins, anyway), the lone exception being the now-infamous towel stomping, bed shitting incident of 2008, when they got punked 31-14.
But this year's Titans team isn't last years, or the one from the year before (not sure if that's proper English, but don't bother to correct me in the comments, I don't care).
Even beginning with no Jeff Fisher.
Dude's mullet and trashy Oakleys were Tennessee staples for the NFL equivalent of a century.
Now, he's gone, the Vince Young experiment is over, Matt Hasselbeck is under center, and the Titans are off to a 3-1 start, having beaten their last three opponents - the Ravens, Broncos, and Cle-heave-land.
As for the Steelers, well, we all know where they stand.
It can't get much worse than last week in a lot of ways.
And so, I expect that win or lose, this week will hopefully look a lot better than the week prior.
Is Max Starks the answer to the team's biggest problem?
But one has to assume he's a better answer than Trai Essex, should it come to that again, or at least a solid addition in terms of veteran depth on what seems like the world's shakiest line.
Then again, with Legursky in for Kemo, who will not be playing, I think this is basically a roll of the dice.