The Pittsburgh Steelers weren’t at their best version in 2023 by any means, especially down the stretch.
Then again, just like what has happened throughout most of Mike Tomlin’s tenure in charge of the team, they’ve been a nightmare against winning teams, especially when considered underdogs.
As crazy as it may seem, eight of their ten wins of the season came against winning teams.
As pointed out by Steelers’ PR manager Michael Bertsch on Twitter, that’s tied for the second-most wins against teams above .500 in a single season since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.
On top of that, this team went 5-1 in the AFC North, a division that didn’t include a team with a losing record, which is the first time it has happened in professional football since 1935.
The Steelers not only recorded 8 wins vs. teams above .500 in 2023, which was tied for 2nd-most in a season since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, but also went 5-1 in the AFC North, a division that didn't include a team with a losing record — a first in pro football since 1935.
— Michael Bertsch (@SteelersPRMike) January 12, 2024
It’s worth noting that the Steelers were actually one of the few teams that beat the Baltimore Ravens, and they did it twice.
Granted, the second win was mostly against backups, as the Ravens had already locked in the No. 1 seed in the AFC, but they also beat them fairly and squarely earlier in the campaign.
They also swept the regular-season series vs. the Cincinnati Bengals, and they came from behind to take down Deshaun Watson and the Cleveland Browns earlier in the campaign.
To say that the Steelers QB situation is far from ideal could be a massive understatement.
But these numbers prove that this team isn’t scared to go toe-to-toe with contenders, and that should give them plenty of motivation ahead of their 2023 postseason debut in Buffalo.