Nissan Stadium in Tennessee has been empty so far this season. No fans are allowed to attend Titans games. Unfortunately, the stadium will be completely empty on Sunday. The Steelers and Titans game was postponed due to positive covid-19 tests. Multiple players and personnel for the Titans have tested positive and the NFL wants to make sure to stop the spread of the virus.
So, with no Steelers game to look forward to this weekend here are 5 things to get you through Sunday:
1.) Root Against the AFC North
First and foremost, we can spend our weekend rooting against the other teams in the AFC North. The Steelers currently stand atop the division, but a larger lead is always nice.
Baltimore will look to bounce back from their first loss of the season. The Ravens are 2-1 on the young season and face a struggling Washington team. This shouldn’t be a difficult game to win, but we can always hope for the Ravens to drop a game they shouldn’t.
Cleveland holds their first winning record since the 2014 season. How crazy is that? They currently sit at 2-1, tied with the Ravens for second place in the division. In week 4, the Browns will be traveling to Dallas to play a Cowboys team that mightly on defense. This may also be the best of the AFC North games this week.
The 0-2-1 Bengals take on the Jacksonville Jaguars, who may very well keep Cincinnati winless. This may not be the most exciting game of the week, but another loss for the Bengals puts them pretty far back in the division.
2.) Root Against the Top Teams in the AFC
It’s never to early to start thinking about playoff seeding. Kansas City and Buffalo are the only 3-0 teams in the AFC who will be playing in week 4. Losses for those teams would help the Steelers out in terms of conference seeding.
The Bills will play the 2-1 Raiders this week. Losses for either of these teams could eventually factor into seeding. The Chiefs, on the other hand, will face the 2-1 Patriots, which is another game that could impact seeding as both teams have a chance to win their division.
Two other games to keep an eye on:
The 2-1 Colts play the 3-0 Bears. A loss for Indiannapolis has an impact on the AFC standings while a win for Chicago doesn’t have any impact on the Steelers.
Also, the Texans, who sit at 0-3, still have playoff aspirations. They will be taking on the Minnesota Vikings in week 4. This is another game where an NFC win would be better for Pittsburgh as it moves the Texans even further back in the standings and the Steelers hold a tiebreak with Houston.
3.) Watch some Former Pittsburgh Steelers
If you are still planning on filling your Sunday with NFL football you can keep an eye out for some former-Steelers from around the league. Wide Receiver Emmanuel Sanders is the only of the Young Money Crew still in the league. He is with his fourth-NFL team, the New Orleans Saints, and is trying to build a report with Drew Brees. He should have plenty of opportunities Sunday against a questionable Lions defense.
Denver is currently the home of three former Steelers. Linebackers Anthony Chickillo and Mark Barron are playing for the Broncos. Also, tight-end Nick Vannett, who spent last season in Pittsburgh is the Broncos second tight-end behind second-year pro Noah Fant. Given the number of injuries the Broncos are facing, it is likely you’ll see all three of these players on the field Sunday.
BJ Finney, now with the Seahawks, used to be Maurkice Pouncey’s back-up at center. He now plays mainly special teams in Seattle.
Tyler Matakevich, who was a quality special teams player for the Steelers, is still a special teams standout, but he now plays for the Buffalo Bills.
4.) Relive the Glory Days
What better way to spend a Steelers-less weekend than by watching Steelers glory from years past. There are plenty of great options for reliving the Steelers’ glory days. One of the best series is the “America’s Game” series from NFL Films.
Each of the six films chronicles one of the Steelers Super Bowl runs. The videos are full of highlights and behind-the-scenes stories as told by players and coaches from the team.
“The Pittsburgh Steelers are one of the most dominant teams in NFL history. They were the first team to win four Super Bowls and with their recent victory in Super Bowl XLIII, they are now the first franchise to have earned six Lombardi trophies. Now, each of the championship seasons of this historic organization has been documented in the award-winning series America’s Game and is available to own on DVD in this exciting six-disc set. America’s Game features exclusive interviews with Andy Russell, Franco Harris, and “Mean” Joe Greene (1974); Lynn Swann, Dwight White, and Jack Lambert (1975); Randy Grossman, Rocky Bleier, Joe Greene, and Mel Blount (1978); John Banaszek, John Stallworth, L.C. Greenwood (1979); Jerome Bettis, Bill Cowher, and Joey Porter (2005); and Mike Tomlin (2008). Join NFL Films as they tell the stories of the Steelers’ Super Bowl teams of the seventies-and the new millennium teams that turned Pittsburgh into ‘Sixburgh.'” -Amazon.com Editorial review
5.) Register to Vote
Get yourself registered to vote! If you haven’t already registered to vote you still have time. Some states end voter registration in October, so you need to act fast. The process only takes 5-10 minutes. This is your right, and it’s one of the few times that we have the ability to make our voices heard about what we want for the future of our states, country, and world.