Steelers’ head coach Mike Tomlin has always talked about NFL seasons in quarters. That breaks the sixteen game season into four four-game chunks. The Steelers were 4-0 in the first quarter of the 2020 season, but they are now entering the second, much more difficult, set of games.
So far this season the Steelers have beat the Giants, Broncos, Texans, and Eagles. Those four teams have an abysmal combined record of 3-15-1. Pittsburgh will now face the Browns, Ravens, Titans, and Cowboys over the next four weeks. Those four teams have a combined record of 14-5 and the first three, Cowboys excluded, have a combined record of 12-2.
This stretch is sure to present a challenge for the Steelers. It is also a great opportunity for the team to prove that they are truly a contender this season. Here is a quick look at each of the Steelers next for opponents:
Steelers Second Quarter of the Season
For years the Browns have been the laughing stock of the AFC North division. In fact, until last week Ben Roethlisberger has been the most winningest quarterback at the Browns home stadium with 11 wins. Considering he only plays there once a year that shows just how poorly the Browns have played over the years.
This, however, is not the same old Cleveland Browns team. This team is playing some really good football over the past few weeks. Sure, three of their wins came against the Cowboys, Bengals, and the Washington Football Team. Those three teams aren’t exactly world-beaters.
Last week’s win over the Colts, on the other hand, proves that the Browns may be real. Indianapolis has a very good defense, but Cleveland was able to put up 32 points in week 5. Yes, the Browns also got embarrassed 38-6 by the Ravens in week 1 so I’m not fully sold on them, but that doesn’t mean this will be a walkover as matches against this team have been in the past.
Tennessee moved to 4-0 on the season with a dominating victory over the Buffalo Bills on Tuesday Night. That 42-16 win puts the Titans clearly into the AFC contender picture. They are also sitting alone atop the AFC South division.
Derrick Henry poses a challenge for every run defense in the league. Ryan Tannehill has made huge strides since getting out of Miami and the Titans defense is very good. This should be a great game between two very good teams and could have playoff seeding implications down the line.
Assuming both teams continue their winning ways this could be the biggest game of the first half of the year for Pittsburgh.
Baltimore currently sits at 4-1, just one game behind the Steelers in the AFC North divisional standings. Their only loss came to a very good Kansas City Chiefs team. All four of their wins have been by at least 14 points.
The Ravens offense and defense are both playing very well. Lamarr Jackson, the 2019 league MVP, is having another very strong season. This will be a great chance for both teams to take a hold of the division lead with a tiebreaker.
Baltimore is a legit Super Bowl contender and this would be a great chance for the Steeles to show that, they too, are contenders for a Super Bowl run in 2020.
Dallas needs to figure out something on defense. They are giving up tons of points and that is not a good recipe for winning games. They are also now without starting quarterback Dak Prescott, who suffered a gruesome ankle injury in week 5.
That means the Steeles will see a former-foe in Andy Dalton when they face the Cowboys.
This game will be an opportunity for the Steelers to finish the second quarter of the season by doing one of two things. First, it could be a great opportunity for them to get back on track if their first match-up with the Ravens doesn’t go as planned. Or, it could be a chance to continue rolling against a set of struggling teams. Starting with the Cowboys the Steelers are set to face four teams with losing records during a five-week stretch.