Eyes front for Steelers

Eyes front for Steelers
November 25, 2013, 9:00 am
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After their 27-11 win over the Browns Sunday, the Steelers have joined the Ravens among the six teams tied for the AFC’s sixth-best record — which means last playoff spot. That’s a long way back from a 0-4 start, but Pittsburgh isn’t going to get wrapped up in considering the NFL’s tiebreaker procedures and getting ahead of itself. For now, it’s just the Ravens on Thanksgiving night, with a season sweep of Baltimore large in any playoff scenario.

"I'm not looking around,” quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said (via ESPN.com). “It's all about focusing on one game, because that's all we can control, you know?"

Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders said: "Right now, we're just trying to dig our way out of a hole. Are we out if it? No, I don't think so. Are we playing like a playoff team? I don't know. Is there room for improvement? Yes, there is, and that's what it's all about."

One of the big ways the Steelers have improved — and something that will be challenged by the Ravens — is taking care of Roethlisberger. Though they can’t do much to stop rumors that he wants to be traded — winning sure helps with that — Big Ben is staying upright a lot more lately. The Steelers have given up one sack in the past two weeks.

And while the offense is in protection mode, the defense has been nabbing the football. Pittsburgh is plus-seven in takeaways/giveaways in the last two games.

"There's not one unit right now that's carrying the team," Roethlisberger said. "One unit doesn't feel like they've got to step up because they've got to pick up the other groups. We all are playing together, and I think that's what's so much fun about it."