4th And Goal: Will the Winless Teams Rise Up?

4 burning questions heading into week 8.

James LeBeauby James LeBeau

Can Pittsburgh get over the Tom Brady Hump?

Despite all the success the Pittsburgh Steelers have had over the past decade, there is one, mostly unspoken, black mark on their impeccable record. That's the fact that New England's Tom Brady has their number big time. Brady, and his Patriots, are 6-1 against the Steelers, including a pair of AFC Championship defeats. Considering that the Steelers pride themselves on defense, that's a very surprising number of wins. This year, however, the Steelers match up very well against the one dimensional Pats. They can light it up with anyone and their defense, while having lost a step, is still better than most. My money is on the Steelers this weekend.

 

Is this a must win game for Philadelphia?

Sitting at 2-4 and at the bottom of the NFC East, the Philadelphia Eagles have to get this win over rival Dallas Cowboys. It's that simple, they have to win if they are going to have any chance at contending for the division. Luckily for them, they are an astounding 12-0 under Andy Reid coming out of the bye and if he can go 13-0, then the Eagles are poised to make some noise.

 

Can Tim Tebow get it going before the 4th quarter?

I can't honestly think of a time where a quarterback who won the game took so much heat during the week after than this week with Tebow. Did he look lost during the first 3 ½ quarters of Denver's game against Miami last Sunday? Yes. But he got it together when it counted most and willed his team to victory. The dude is a winner, plain and simple, and you can't teach that, though you apparently can knock it publicly. It would be nice to see some production earlier, however, but that will come with time and reps; two things he will have plenty of the rest of the season.

 

Will any of the winless teams get a W?

There are three winless teams left in the NFL, the Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins, and the St. Louis Rams. So the burning question in all those cities is when will my team get their first win? Well, it's safe to say that this week isn't going to be that week. Indy faces off against a Tennessee team that has to win to keep pace with Houston, Miami heads to New York to face a solid Giants team, and the Rams are unfortunately up against one of the hottest teams in the NFL, the New Orleans Saints. This week is probably not going to be any of these teams first win but hey, with the chance to nab Andrew Luck, do they really want to?

 

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