Could Polamalu Be The Difference?

PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) – There is no official word, but the Pittsburgh Steelers will likely be without Troy Polamalu for Thursday’s game against the (2-12) Carolina Panthers and the team’s final game against the Cleveland Browns.

Polamalu missed Sunday’s game against the New York Jets, due to a strained Achilles tendon he suffered earlier in the season.

When asked about Polmalu’s status, coach Mike Tomlin said, “Whether or not he plays or anyone else plays will be based solely on health. Troy’s experiencing some discomfort in his lower leg but, as soon as the discomfort subsides, he’ll be back in action. I think we’re moving closer to that. We’ll see where this week takes us.”

After the 22-17 loss, the Steelers might be asking themselves whether Polamalu would have made the difference in the game.

The Steelers’ record over the last two seasons proves that they are a different team when Polamalu is not playing.

The Steelers are 14-4 when Polamalu is starting at safety, but are just 5-7 when he is on the sideline.

Polamalu missed 11 games over the last two seasons with a knee injury.

Whether or not Polamalu is playing on Thursday, the Steelers have their destiny in their hands. Currently, the Steelers are second in AFC playoff picture with a 10-4 record and have a chance for a first-round bye.

If the Steelers win their final two game, they will lock up the second seed and the AFC North Title.

  • John

    Could be the difference? He IS the difference maker. The Steelers could be on a 4 game losing streak if it wasn’t for the play of Polamalu. The 4 games include:

    1) Buffalo – Polamalu made a late interception as Fitzpatrick and the Bills were about ready to score.

    2) Baltimore – A game changing interception that setup the Steelers offense for it’s only and game-winning touchdown.

    3) Bengals – A momentum changing pick six that turned the game around early. Then another late game interception as the Bengals were driving to score completely deflating the Bengals offense.

    4) Jets – A loss without Polamalu.

    It’s very possible the Steelers could have lost the above 1, 2, and 3 games.


    John from

    • El

      John, you are correct in your analysis of “Polamu”. There is a fine line between winning and losing in the NFL. However, if the officials would stop being that 12th man and making all the intentional bad calls on the Steelers, then those games that you mentioned would not have been down to the wire. To the head of the NFL officiating office, I challenge your office to do an investigation into the officials that officiate the Steeler game.



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