The win this week really allows us to enjoy this matchup instead of dread it. We have very little to lose since most would expect Pittsburgh to win at home, and are setup for a 10-11 season without winning this game.
A win against Pittsburgh puts us into the 12-win area, and then we can really start talking about a home-field advantage race. The only thing we really can’t have this week is a blowout loss. This team is starting to believe, and that needs to continue to build.
A couple 1st half stats I called out at halftime of our game thread, that I didn’t see show up in the press coverage:
– 6 sacks in the 1st half were more than in any full game so far this year, and most since we had 9 agains the Raiders last year
– 11.7 YPA
– Deion Branch goes for 117 yards in the 1st half (122 was his season-high)
– 5 forced fumbles in the 1st half. FIVE. (matched the team total for the season)