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September 22, 2008 - John Mehno

The Steelers played a near-perfect game in their opener against Houston, and people went overboard. Their game, combined with Tom Brady's season-ending injury, had people reserving recreational vehicles for the trip to Tampa and the Super Bowl.

Yesterday they played an awful game against the Eagles in Philadelphia, and the same people are convinced they won't even squeeze out a wild card berth.

Take it easy. They weren't as flawless as they seemed against the Texans, and they're not as terrible as they looked against the Eagles. Make no mistake, the Philly game was bad. Mike Tomlin and his staff have a lot to look at, and a lot to correct. As Tomlin noted after the game, if the Steelers can't protect Ben Roethlisberger better than they did Sunday, every opponent will copy the Eagles' plan.

But that's football, a chess game that requires adjustments. This is a time for concern, maybe, but not for panic. That won't come at least until next Monday night's home game against Baltimore.

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