For the 6-4 Pittsburgh Steelers, the season is quickly unravelling. Injuries in an OT victory over the Kansas City Chiefs and a close loss to the Baltimore Ravens has forced them to turn to their third-string quarterback, the soon-to-be 38 year-old Charlie Batch.
Not only that, the loss to the Ravens has put Baltimore in pole position to win the division, leaving Pittsburgh to battle it out with the likes of the Indianapolis Colts and Cincinnati Bengals for one of the two wildcard spots. Fortunately for the Steelers, outside of those two teams, there does not appear to be too much competition for the two spots.
But that makes this week’s game against division rivals, the Cleveland Browns (2-8) an essential game, especially with a trip away to Baltimore looming next week. But taking care of business this week is likely to come down to two key factors: on offense, the play of Batch and on defence, the Steelers’ ability to stop Browns’ running back, Trent Richardson.