"There are no style points. Every win is beautiful. Ask the teams that lost today."
Those words of Steelers defensive captain James Farrior echoed across a victorious Pittsburgh Steelers locker-room after a 17-13 victory over the now 1-5 Jacksonville Jaguars.
And the words echoed across the room of the 4-2 Steelers because the celebration was a muted one; a 17-3 halftime score and the expectation of a runaway win turned into a grinder of a finish. Not to mention the reality of added injuries to an already beat-up squad: Troy Polamalu (concussion), Doug Legursky (dislocated toe), Ryan Clark (shoulder), and Chris Hoke (stinger).
It remains to be seen how long the aforementioned players are out, but they join the list of starters (Willie Colon, Chris Kemoeatu, Casey Hampton, James Harrison, and Aaron Smith) already on the shelf.
Nonetheless, the Steelers are winners of two in a row and four-out-of-five ballgames heading to a road meeting with familiar faces in Arizona, a one-win team in their own right albeit coming off a bye week.
Guy Junker and John Steigerwald will be alongside me dissecting the victory and the status of the Steelers from 9 am to 1pm ET on Monday October 17th on Trib Live Radio as we always do, complete with locker room audio. Hope you can listen in at sportstalk.triblive.com. Here are a few of the topics we'll be chatting about:
Is this a glass half full or half empty type of win?
Why did Jacksonville head coach Jack Del Rio decide to kick a field goal with 4:17 remaining down by 7 points?
Is this Steelers offense underachieving or playing right at their potential given the injuries?
Is Hines Ward, who passed Hall of Famer Michael Irvin on the NFL all-time receiving yardage list, a better wideout than Irvin?
What is the Steelers biggest concern heading into games against tougher competition?
And is Mike Wallace the most visually-dynamic receiver in Steelers history?
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