On Sunday, the Pittsburgh Steelers continued their winning ways by defeating the Jaguars(1-9) 27-3. The Steelers forced Jaguars rookie QB Jake Luton to throw four interceptions, and Ben Roethlisberger threw for 267 yards and two touchdowns as the Steelers moved to an NFL best 10-0.
For Roethlisberger, it’s not about 16-0; it’s about winning a Super Bowl at the end of the season.
“[We] just focus on one week at a time, and that’s what this team’s done, and I said this week, we’re not chasing perfection in terms of 16-0,” Roethlisberger said. “We’re chasing Lombardi’s, so that’s the most important thing for us is we just have to focus on this week and playing our best one week at a time.”
As this team continues to win, obviously, the talk will be centered around the possibility of going undefeated, but according to Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, the pressure for Pittsburgh to win is no different than any other team in football.
“There is pressure in our business,” Tomlin said. “I don’t know if you call it more pressure or not. I know regardless of the record, we would be committed to winning this game that we are walking into play on Thursday. Again, I think that is more some outside fodder. That is storylines, if you will, and gives you guys something to talk about during the week. We respect our process. We are going to prepare and step into the stadiums we play. There is urgency to that. There is pressure associated with that. All of the above. That is the same regardless of the record. I am sure people who are not perfect feel pressure to perform week in and week out.”
On Thursday, the Steelers host its division rival the Baltimore Ravens, who Steelers CB Minkah Fitzpatrick believes will give Pittsburgh their best effort.
“I think Ben [Roethlisberger] said it before, we’re not worried about 16-0, we’re worried about 1-0,” he said. “We have a great team in Baltimore on Thursday, and they’re looking to knock us off. We already beat them one time, and I think they’re going to give us their A++ game, so we’ve got to go out there and play 1-0. When you start thinking too much about the future, you stop preparing the way you’re supposed to be preparing, doing what you’re supposed to be doing.”
Big Ben is right. 16-0 don’t mean a thing if they don’t get the ring; therefore, going undefeated is nice, but winning a Super Bowl is better.