Steelers must improve

The Steelers can’t possibly be as bad as they looked in their 15-6 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday.

Or at least we hope not.

But they better learn how to deal with the blitz quick, especially with the suprising Baltimore Ravens and their always-tough defense coming to town next Monday.

One that is becoming increasingly clear, though, is the dominance of the NFC East, which is 8-0 against outside opposition this year. It might not be too far of a stretch to say that the division has the two best teams in the NFL, the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys.

And certainly the Eagles can’t be too far behind, based on their strong showing against the Steelers. The Redskins, a playoff team a year ago, have also shown signs they might even be better this year.

So, what does this all mean for the Steelers. Lots. They still have to play all three other NFC East teams as does everyone else in their division. Thank God for that. The Steelers play the Cowboys and Giants at home while they have to travel to our nation’s capital to take on the Redskins.

All three games will be very difficult and it’s possible they could lose all three. And they also still have to play three teams in the AFC South, including the rejuvenated Tennessee Titans, Jacksonville Jaguars and Indianapolis Colts.

It all adds up to the toughest schedule in the NFL and the Steelers will have to play much better than they did Sunday if they’re goin to up to the challenge.

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