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Don't compare the Steelers to last year's playoff team

I'm already hearing talk about this year's playoff is unfolding like last year.

You know how that went: The Steelers lost their starting running back in Week 17, then lost in the wild-card round against a divisional opponent.

This year, DeAngelo Williams was injured in Week 17. And the Steelers face a divisional opponent -- the Bengals.

That's where it stops.

Williams has a sprained ankle, and is considered day-to-day.

They also face an opponent that has a rich history -- of losing in the postseason.

That's not to suggest that this game is a gimmie and the Steelers should book a trip to Denver.

This will present it's share of challenges, namely A.J. Green and tight end Tyler Eifert.

The Steelers will need to slow them down, no matter who's throwing the ball.

But, if A.J. McCarron is behind center, that should be in favor of the Steelers -- also something different from a year ago.


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I never understood the Steelers' fascination with their backup quarterbacks.

They've had either Charlie Batch and Byron Leftwich for what seems like ages now.

And when the Steelers really needed a backup, Leftwich couldn't deliver.

Leftwich rambled 31 yards for a touchdown Sunday against the Ravens, but other than that burst, the Steelers couldn't do anything on offense in a 13-10 loss that puts them in a bad position in the AFC North.

Leftwich, with his long delivery, looks better suited for the Pirates' bullpen than behind center.

He went 18-for-39 passing for 201 yards, but couldn't help a Steelers' offense that looks lost right now.

The Ravens came into the game with a weak defense. The thought was Leftwich could manage the game, the Steelers could find a running back to rely on and they'd escape with a win.

It didn't work out that way.

And it looks like we could see Batch at QB this week -- or someone else.

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