While losing Aaron Smith for the season can never be considered a good thing - even though some idiots on local talk radio have tried to make a case for it by citing it as a chance for Ziggy Hood to play - the one silver lining for the Steelers is that they've got their annual whipping boys, the Cleveland Browns, coming to town.
Make no mistake about it, the Steelers will miss Smith on defense. They will not be as stout against the run.
But this team is better able to handle that because of a much-improved offense. This team can win shootouts.
The Steelers won't, however, have on this week with the Browns.
Cleveland has scored four touchdowns this season. The Browns have 55 points in five games.
The Steelers could score 55 points in this game if they chose to.
Take Pittsburgh, 34-6
© By the way, Rashard Mendenhall was back in practice today and will get the start against the Browns at running back.