Every game is an important one, of course, but when we play the Steelers—there’s a little something more to it.
We’ve been two teams fighting to get into the playoffs for as long as I’ve been here. We’ve always been in it for the most part. I think when you have two teams that have had a decent amount of success the last 10, 11, 12 years, it just makes for a good matchup. We see each other a lot so we kind of know what each other do, that probably plays into it also.
We’re talking about a division game and a division opponent which gives it some added importance.
It’s a lot of fun; especially going up there to Heinz Field. It’s one of the few times during the year where you step on the field and say to yourself, “Man, I’m an NFL football player”—and this is exactly what it should feel like.
When we play these guys, it is always a physical, hard-hitting game. It’s the kind of game people think of as old-fashioned football. Both sides are going to fight hard. There will be some ups and downs. There will be moments where we are going to have to deal with things.
You have to be ready to play sixty minutes of tough, physical football against the Steelers.
It doesn’t matter if the game is high scoring one, either. It is still going to be physical.
Going against the guys that they have, you know you are going to be getting up off the ground a few times and roughed up a little bit. It’s just part of the game. You might be feeling it on Mondays and Tuesdays a little bit. But that’s what football is all about.
That's why we enjoy playing a physical game against these guys. We have to make sure they feel like that, because it's more than just winning and losing a game. It's beating a division opponent up a little bit, so they still have to feel the effects the next week.