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Bears' loss already out of my mind

It wasn't too hard trying to get over the Steelers' loss to the Bears this week.

Maybe it's the thought of six Lombardi's in the team's offices that can calm one's mind.

It could be knowing that the 17-14 loss easily could have been a win.

Then there's the return of Troy Polamalu in a few weeks that will fix problems in the secondary.

But the loss Sunday seemed easier to forget because of another early-season loss last year.

In Week 3, the Steelers had a game they could have won, a Sept. 21 meeting with the Eagles.

As it turned out, the offensive line couldn't protect quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (nine sacks) or create any openings for Willie Parker (13 carries, 20 yards).

For me, that was a game that the Steelers could have won, but didn't.

The offense struggled the following week against the Ravens on Monday night, but came through with a 23-20 win.

The rest of the season wasn't too bad, either, if I remember correctly.

Losing to the Bears wasn't the end of the season. Consider it a starting point. There's plenty of time to get healthy and fix what's wrong.


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