“It’s like a playoff, must-win atmosphere,” said cornerback
The Steelers sit at 5-7, not a comfortable spot in a tight AFC race where they are the ninth seed. The Dolphins are 6-6, the seventh seed going into this week’s game.
“Every game from here on out is do or die,” said wide receiver
Turning up the heat: With their playoff fate hanging in the balance Taylor said you can definitely feel the intensity pick up, something that just happens naturally this time of year. And for the younger players who haven’t experienced that feeling yet, it’s something they can just sense.
“The intensity magnifies in practice,” said Taylor. “You are running faster, there is more attention to detail. That is what they see. Everybody is talking. Everybody is on their Ps and Qs.
“When you are pushing for the playoffs, everything is magnified because it’s a loser goes home atmosphere. It fires you up and everyone is ready to go. When you are in that position mentally, and all 11 guys are with you, it’s a good situation.”
The team had a “bonus” day of practice on Monday coming off a Thursday night game, and receiver
“Everyone understands the position we are in and what is important,” said Brown. “There is a lot of emphasis on the game this week and every one after that. Everyone is on their game, buying in and in tune to what we want to accomplish.
“Each guy in a helmet is giving their all. Everyone is on their assignment. That is the type of team and environment you want to be in when it’s December football.”