On Sunday afternoon there will be two games that capture the attention of Steelers Nation. First, will be the Steelers game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. While that is being played, though, there is no doubt fans will be scoreboard watching and checking out the New York Jets-Buffalo Bills score.
It the Steelers win, and the Jets lose, the Steelers will be in the playoffs so of course everyone will be checking the scores.
Everyone but the players that is. All they will be focused on is what is happening in their own game.
"We just have to put all of our focus on this game and control what we are able to control," said tight end Heath Miller. "That is going to Cleveland and trying to get a win versus the Browns and see what happens there. We just have to put all of our efforts into this game.
"We have to take care of our business. If we don't there is no point in looking around. We have to handle our business. It's not going to be easy."
That focus is something that has been reiterated time and again from every player. It's a mindset they have had all season…to focus on the task at hand.
"We know we have to win regardless of anything else on Sunday," said safety Rob Golden. "We have to get win No. 10. We are singularly focused. We just have to go out and play our game.
"It would be pointless to think about another game, then we don't go out there and do our job and get the win. We just have to focus on our game and get the win. That is the only thing that is in our mind."
Are the odds in the Steelers favor for having both things play out the way they want them to? No. But they never are when you need more than one thing to happen. That doesn't mean it won't happen, though. But the only way for it to play out in the Steelers favor is first and foremost they must beat the Browns.
"You have to keep positive energy and control the things we control," said linebacker Jarvis Jones. "That is coming to work with a great mindset and preparing well. It's about staying focused on what is ahead of you. This week it's Cleveland. All of the stuff that will transpire in other stadiums we can't control. We just focus on what we can control.
"It's a must win for us. If we take care of our business, who knows what will happen."
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