Incumbent AFC Pro Bowler Andy Dalton has the Bengals out to a red hot undefeated start, and many columnists especialy me are calling him “Hawaii 5-0”. Whats the reason for Cincinnattis surge to prominance? Well I’ll tell you what it is- not to make this all about myself but its because of me.
Theres only one QB in the NFL who is a follower of your humble columnist and that is- you guest it, Andy Dalton. At first I was thining “hey its pretty cool that NFL QBs who subscribe to PFTCommenter are undefeated after 5 weeks” but then I thought about it a little more, and its actually very concerning.
Since that 2000 victory over the Chargers, the Steelers have traveled to play the six westernmost teams in the NFL 14 times in the regular season and managed just three wins. Only one of those actually came on the West Coast:
Difficulty traveling multiple time zones isn’t a problem that only the Steelers have. Even traveling just one time zone has traditionally yielded negative results for teams, but the Steelers are adamant that it isn’t a problem and it won’t be a problem on Monday against the Chargers.
Offensive lineman Ramon Foster told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that traveling far for a game is an excuse that only factors in for those who let it.
“Anybody who makes an excuse about going to the West Coast or traveling to the west to east, I don’t think is built right. It’s bull.”
Mike Vick, who is starting for Roethlisberger due to an injury, hasn’t fared well out West either. While he wasn’t a starter last year when Geno Smith was benched against the Chargers, Vick completed just 8 of 19 passes for 47 yards in his place. Before that he was the starter for the Philadelphia Eagles in bad losses on the road to the Broncos in 2013 and Cardinals in 2012. His last win on the West Coast came in the first week of the 2004 season against the 49ers.