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Are Steelers more battle-hardened than Titans?

Discussion in 'Tennessee Titans and NFL Talk' started by NewsGrabber, Dec 9, 2008.

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  1. NewsGrabber

    NewsGrabber Guest

    Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky Let's play a round of perception vs. reality.

    Perception: The Steelers are way more ready for a nail-biting playoff game because they've been in and won tight games. The Titans have done too much coasting in the regular season and will suffer the consequences when the stakes are raised.

    I'm not a big fan of this argument. It's akin to the case made before the 2006 draft that Jay Cutler was the best of the three top quarterbacks because he had faced more adversity at Vanderbilt. Yeah, everyone should dismiss guys who have won national championships and start scouring traditionally bad programs for quarterbacks. (I understand that Cutler ranks well ahead of Vince Young and Matt Leinart and will probably be the best of the three. That still doesn't make that argument a sensible one.)

    Reality: There is no denying that the schedule has been tougher for the Steelers. Their opponents so far have a .479 winning percentage as opposed to .399 for the Titans. The remaining games for both teams, including their head-to-head matchup in Nashville on Dec. 21, are against teams with a combined 25-14 record.

    But Pittsburgh has played seven games against teams that currently have winning records and the team is 4-3 in those games, with two wins by 7 points or less. Tennessee has played five games against teams that currently have winning records and is 4-1 in those games with two wins by seven points or less.

    Against common opponents, the Titans are 7-0 with an 85-point advantage and the Steelers are 6-1 with a 74-point advantage.

    Pittsburgh's had a tougher road, but I'm not buying the conclusion that it's made the Steelers more playoff-ready.

    I'm looking forward to finding out.

  2. KptTitanFan

    KptTitanFan Guest

    If Big Ben keeps holding onto the ball like he has, I'll take the Titans and our D-fence. As far as the strength of schedule goes, it is showing on their record... we have one loss they have three. This will be a hard game for both of these teams physically, especially being right before the playoffs(injuries).
  3. titanbuoy

    titanbuoy medium rare ®

    **** the Steelers.
    • High Five High Five x 4
  4. nickmsmith

    nickmsmith Most poverty RB core.

    I can't wait to see them lose against the Ravens this week.
    • High Five High Five x 2
  5. Fry

    Fry Welcome to the land of tomorrow! Tip Jar Donor

    id rather them beat the ravens and help keep them out of the playoffs.
  6. jessestylex

    jessestylex DeadGirlsCantSayNo

    i'll be glad to see one of them lose period!

    woo hoo!
  7. titan_fan_4ever

    titan_fan_4ever Titans Rule

    Weeks are passin by wayy tooo slow.....
  8. jessestylex

    jessestylex DeadGirlsCantSayNo

    Hines Ward is going to be a pain in the ***
  9. nickmsmith

    nickmsmith Most poverty RB core.

    both are probably going to make the playoffs. We want the Ravens to win, because we've beaten them, and we know for sure we have the tiebreaker over them for homefield.
  10. Gunny

    Gunny Shoutbox Fuhrer Tip Jar Donor

    Me too. Baltimore scare me

    *flashback of 2000*
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