‘They hate us because they’re not us’: Cameron Heyward not concerned about criticism of Steelers’ 8-0 start


The Pittsburgh Steelers are 8-0, the team with the best record in the league and the only undefeated team remaining. The only other team with fewer than two losses in at least eight games is the Kansas City Chiefs, who are 8-1 before their leave.Yet despite the fact that they even beat some of the best teams in the AFC (the Baltimore Ravens 6-2 on the road, the Tennessee Titans 6-2 on the road and the Cleveland Browns 5-3 on the road. home), there are still outlets that are reluctant to give them what others consider their due. Pro Football Focus, for example, ranks the Ravens two places ahead of them.

Earlier today, Cameron Heyward spoke to the media and was asked about his thoughts, as some in the media appear to question the validity of the Steelers’ 8-0 record and whether it really was deserved to represent how good they actually are. are.

“They hate us because they’re not us,” the defensive captain said, via video provided by the team’s media department. “We don’t really care what’s going on outside of here. We have to focus on ourselves. If it’s not pretty, who cares? We are 8-0. It’s our job to continue to support us week after week, and we hold ourselves to a higher standard than everyone thinks ”.

“But for all the guys who are looking and saying ‘it must look like this’ one thing I can say is the Super Bowl winner hasn’t been determined,” he added. “We will continue to work. Our job is to make the playoffs and then win the Super Bowl. So I’ll stop there ”.

The Steelers have one of the easiest schedules in the NFL, though they have some tough games ahead, including rematch against the Ravens and Browns, and games against the Buffalo Bills 7-2 and the 5-3 Indianapolis Colts, who just lost to the Ravens. They also have two games against the Cincinnati Bengals, and you know that division games – even Bengals division games – can get wobbly at any time.

With the Steelers being 8-0, in reality it’s not Pittsburgh either. In fact, it’s the first time in their history, since 1933, that they’ve ever been 8-0. They have never done better than 4-0 once before, in 1978.

This is the third year in a row a team has started at least 8-0 after the New England Patriots accomplished it in 2019 and the Los Angeles Rams did the same in 2018. Cincinnati Bengals also started 8-0 in 2015. The Carolina Panthers also posted a 14-0 record that year. The Kansas City Chiefs went 9-0 in 2013. In conclusion for the decade, the Atlanta Falcons and Green Bay Packers went 9-0 in 2013 and 2011, respectively.


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