They have been outgained and outplayed in each game they have played this season, yet head coach Mike Tomlin and his Pittsburgh Steelers are 6-3.
On ESPN's signature morning show "Get Up,", host Mike Greenberg expressed his frustration with the team's success this season but was complimentary of the job Tomlin has done this season with his players.
“You can’t coach a team better than this guy is coaching this team because they stink and they’re 6-3.”
ESPN analyst and former NFL quarterback Dan Orlovsky offered the most reasonable explanation for their success, which starts on defense with both T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith.
“This is how they do it: T.J. Watt, Highsmith. No one can score can score points on them except Houston, who hung 30 on them this year. Everyone else are going to struggle to score points on them.”
Orlovsky was also quick to compliment Kenny Pickett, who he labeled as "clutch" when describing his performance in the fourth quarter of games.
Whether it is sustainable remains to be seen, but at this point, their unusual formula of winning games is working. Their upcoming schedule, however, will certainly test their theory, as they renew acquaintances with the Cleveland Browns in Week 11, then against Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals the following week. Regardless of how it looks, the Steelers are certainly defying the odds and finding new ways to win.