Pittsburgh Steelers defensive tackle Cam Heyward has acknowledged that the team should not look too far ahead and think about the playoffs yet. The Steelers, who started the season with a perfect 11-0 record, dropped two consecutive games but they have still secured a playoff berth.
Heyward suggests the Steelers should be completely focused on how to win their next game and return to their early-season form. "I think we've got to pump the brakes on the playoffs," Heyward said, per ESPN.
"We've got to take care of our business one game at a time. I think too much we've talked about, 'We need to do this to go to the playoffs, we need to do that.' Man, we just need to win a game. We'll focus on this game and then focus on the next one after that.
We've got to quit getting in this rhythm of it, 'It's setting up this or setting up that.' We've got to get back to playing our football, understanding what we need to do and do it 110%."
Ben Roethlisberger agrees with Heyward
Steelers quarterback Roethlisberger insisted that there was no need to panic after dropping two consecutive games.
"The season is not over," Roethlisberger said. "I want everyone out there to just take a deep breath. I know it's kind of crazy right now. I just want everyone to take a deep breath. We've got time. That's my mindset too."
Roethlisberger, a two-time Super Bowl champion, wants to win a few more games in the regular season and then try to lead the team to the Super Bowl. "We have guaranteed ourselves a chance at the playoffs. We're in the postseason.
We have three weeks now to get it going, to turn it around, to give ourselves the best chance to reach our ultimate goal, which is winning a Super Bowl," Roethlisberger said. "If we were starting the postseason tomorrow, maybe there would be a little bit more panic on our part.
".. We still have some work to do, to kind of get ourselves out of this lull that we're in because, like you say, every team has them. It just so happens that ours is happening right now. It's not too late for us."
The Steelers will be aiming to end their losing when they face the Cincinnati Bengals on the road on Monday Night Football.