The Pittsburgh Steelers have every reason not to be happy for their quick turnaround after a sloppy game.
Ben Roethlisberger didn’t seem happy with his play following the team’s 19-14 victory over the Baltimore Ravens. Granted, the team improved to 11-0, but it took a final drive to chew the clock that cemented the win.
The Steelers now will have roughly five days to prep for Monday’s outing against the Washington Football Team. Originally, the last undefeated team would have had 10 days to prepare for a team that’s looking to claim the NFC East. Now, it might look like an unfair advantage.
When asked by NBC’s Michelle Tafoya on quick turnaround, it was abundantly obvious that Roethlisberger was annoyed he’d be playing a football game only to return hours later to prep for another one.
Should the NFL have moved back the game even more?
Roethlisberger did his best to keep the offense moving at Heinz Field Wednesday and his team afloat in the competition. Finishing 36-of-51 for 266 yards and a touchdown, the 38-year-old also tossed a costly red zone interception to Tyus Bowser in the first quarter.
Although hoping to stay ahead in the competition, the Steelers now will have three games in 11 days, including one against the AFC East leading Buffalo Bills. On top of prepping for a game in the film room, bodies need time to heal and replenish after matchups as physical as the one found Wednesday evening.
The Steelers defense took a hit late in the fourth quarter. Bud Dupree, the Robin to TJ Watt’s Batman, will likely miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL. Now, the team will heavily rely on rookie Alex Highsmith to pick up the slack and continue to add pressure to a backfield.
The Ravens, meanwhile, might in a better situation since their game against the Dallas Cowboys was moved to Tuesday night. Following that, Baltimore will have another six days to prep for a Monday night AFC North showdown against the Cleveland Browns.
If the NFL were fair, both teams would be playing on the same day. Instead, Pittsburgh has to put this game in the back of their minds and prep immediately for a showdown with Washington.