Earlier in the week,
At 6-5, Pittsburgh is mired in a two-game losing skid, trailing the
But there's no pity party going on with the Steelers.
"I think it's the same that it has been," wide receiver
Just a little more than three years ago, Pittsburgh had absorbed its first three-game losing streak under coach
"We will unleash hell here in December because we have to," Tomlin said on Nov. 29, 2009 after the Ravens had tagged the Steelers with a 20-17 overtime loss. "We won't go in a shell. We'll go into attack mode because that's what's required."
Pittsburgh went on to win three of their last five games, which wasn't enough for the team to make the playoffs. But a similar scenario might be enough to propel the Steelers into the playoffs this season.
The Steelers, who are currently sixth in the
While Tomlin refrained from repeating that "unleash hell" line ("We're just going to stick to playing football," he deadpanned.), Tomlin made no attempts to disguise the importance of Sunday's showdown with the Ravens.
"This is a game we've got to win, and we're approaching it as such," he said. "We're not necessarily worried about what they're capable of doing."
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"I think any time you get a team where the team perceives itself in a desperate situation, you're going to see everything that they have," said Simms, who quarterbacked the
No Ravens player has better insight into Pittsburgh than quarterback
"There's a lot of football left to be played around here," Dixon said. "In the NFL, things can be tricky coming down the stretch. When you get into November and December football, that's when it truly counts. And I'm quite sure that Mike Tomlin is harping on finishing. He knows that the time is now, and I'm quite sure they'll be able to answer the bell."
Tomlin liked what he saw from his players after Sunday's stunning 20-14 loss to the
"It's a focused group and rightfully so," he said. "We've got a lot of work cut out for us here today in preparation for this game and it appears the guys are right-minded in terms of how we're approaching that."
While the Steelers have to play without Roethlisberger who is nursing dislocated ribs and a sprained right shoulder and are dealing with a reshuffled deck at running back and wide receiver, the defense is still the stingiest in the NFL. That's enough to get the attention of Ravens running back
"When they play us, you've got to put records aside," he said. "We're obviously still trying to do what they've done, and they've won multiple Super Bowls. So for us, you can't just call it another game. We know what it holds. [It's] a division game. We got one there, but it is our job to protect our house, and we know what kind of game it's going to be."
A win would go a long way to pushing the Steelers down that road, but
"We can't really control that," he said of overcoming the three-game deficit in the division. "We just have to keep playing football and let everything falls where it falls. We just need to get a ticket to the dance, and that's it."