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September 12, 2008 - John Mehno
When has the Steelers Nation been this giddy after one game?
They have reason to be happy with the opening game performance against the Houston Texans. The Steelers were solid on defense, very efficient on offense and surprisingly better on special teams.
But the other component was that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady suffered a season-ending injury. In the minds of a lot of Steelers' fans, that makes the AFC wide open and clears the path for their favorite team to get back to the Super Bowl. I just wonder how many times Tampa was mentioned on Sunday evening since that city has this year's Super Bowl.
Glad to see everyone so happy (especially after dealing with the Pirates for five months), but take it easy. There's a long way to go, and a lot can happen. You know how quickly New England's season turned when Brady was hurt? The same thing -- Heaven forbid -- could happen to the Steelers.
There will be ups and downs and there will probably be a stinker of a game that convinces everyone the team is going nowhere. That's the nature of the NFL. Enthusiasm is great, but don't lose perspective, and prepare yourself for 16 more weeks (minimum) with a lot of changing storylines.