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The Steelers handily beat the Jacksonville Jaguars, 27-3, on Sunday and improved to 10-0 and remain the lone unbeaten team in the league. With six weeks left of the 2020 regular season, talks of the Steelers becoming the first undefeated team since the 1972 Miami Dolphins are starting to heat up. The Steelers, however, are just taking a one game at a time approach and not looking far ahead.
“Just focus on one week at a time and that’s what this team has done,” Ben Roethlisberger said after the win against the Jaguars. “I said this week we’re not chasing perfection in terms of 16-0, we’re chasing Lombardis, and so that’s the most important thing for us. We just have to focus on this week and play our best one week at a time.”
Mike Tomlin said the pressure of going undefeated is just storylines for the media and fans to talk about during the week, and that pressure is associated with every week in the NFL.
"There is pressure in our business. I don't know if you call it more pressure or not," Tomlin said when asked about pressure mounting with the 10-0 start. "I know regardless of our record we'd be committed to winning this game we are walking into play on Thursday night. Again, I think that is more some outside fodder. That is storylines, if you will, and gives you guys something to talk about during the week. We respect our process. We are going to prepare and step into the stadiums and play. There’s urgency with that, there’s pressure with that, all of the above. But that’s the same regardless of record. I’m sure people who are not perfect feel pressure to perform week in and week out.”
Minkah Fitzpatrick reiterated what Roethlisberger said and is just taking it one week at a time and is focusing on their next opponent in the Baltimore Ravens.
"We don’t talk about it at all," Fitzpatrick said after the game. "The media and everybody else will talk about it. I think Ben said it before, we’re not worried about 16-0, we’re worried about 1-0. We have a great team in Baltimore on Thursday, and they’re looking to knock us off. We already beat them one time, and I think they’re going to give us their A-plus-plus game, so we’ve got to go out there and play 1-0. When you start thinking too much about the future, you stop preparing the way you’re supposed to be preparing, doing what you’re supposed to be doing.”
Eric Ebron said the purpose is to win the Super Bowl and not an undefeated season.
"You win the Super Bowl," Ebron said. "That is the only way you get full off of this. At the end of the day if we don't win the Super Bowl, going 10-0 was pointless. We've got to win the Super Bowl.
"We already made history, what is the pressure. I would rather our loss come now, knock on wood that we don't lose, but I would rather our loss come now than then. We are not tripping. If were to lose a game and still be winning, we are not too concerned about it. We don't talk about it because we don't care. We have one purpose. That is just how it is."