The Steelers got week four off after Tennessee had to shut down their facility due to a COVID outbreak.
They’ll be extra-rested for their next game against the Eagles, played in front of 5,500 Yinzers at Heinz Field, so that’s two advantages right there, correct?
Not so fast my friend, as
Lee Corso Ben Roethlisberger says. Today he lamented the fact that he’s losing the momentum he built up over the first three weeks of the season, coupled with a rescheduling that’s dicking over his team.
What happened was this:
The Steelers were originally supposed to have a week eight bye, but the NFL rescheduled the Titans game for week seven instead. Pittsburgh now plays the Ravens in week eight, as Baltimore comes off a bye. So Pittsburgh got double dicked over, first by having to take their bye early in the season, and second by having to now play their biggest rival after the Ravens get a full week of rest.
Big Ben was annoyed with that, from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
That didn’t sit well with Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who does not believe the league will consider a retroactive forfeit win against the Titans if they must forfeit their game Sunday against the Bills.
“Of course, we got the short end of the stick,” said Roethlisberger, who said he was just starting to get back into a rhythm before the league decided to postpone the Titans game.
How does Roethlisberger make sure the league’s decision doesn’t adversely affect his play?
“The league already tried to slow it down, so I guess I’ll start over from scratch and hope this week I didn’t take too many steps backward,” he said. “I guess we’ll just see how it goes this week.”
Another team getting dicked is the Philadelphia Eagles, who now have to play a rested Pittsburgh team in week five. And the Steelers are allowed to have fans in their stadium, but the Birds aren’t, so there’s another advantage Big Ben gets that another team doesn’t.
Point being, everybody is dealing with some sort of nonsense right now. We knew this going into the NFL season. In a COVID world, things change on a week-to-week basis, and we’re just flying by the seat of our pants trying to execute some semblance of a respectable season.
Big Ben isn’t off-base with his complaints, but his team isn’t the only one getting the “short end of the stick.”