Despite suffering their second consecutive loss Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, the Pittsburgh Steelers (6-5) remaining in the thick of the NFL playoff race, as they are currently slotted as the AFC's final Wild Card team.
The Steelers, however, face one of the toughest schedules left and, according to veteran safety Ryan Clark, the team needs to get rid of its entitled attitude if it wants to qualify for the postseason season (via Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette).
"You lose one game in Pittsburgh and the sky is falling, it's just part of the culture," safety Ryan Clark said. "It's part of winning six Super Bowls, it's part of being 12-4 three of last four years. We're a spoiled bunch and overall we've become entitled. But you can't be entitled, you can't walk into places and just think because you're the Pittsburgh Steelers you're going to win.
"We need to execute and we haven't been executing. Do we need to win next week? Without a doubt. We would have needed to win next week had we won this game."
On Sunday, Pittsburgh faces AFC North division rival, the 9-2 Baltimore Ravens (4:25 p.m. ET on CBS), who could eliminate the Steelers from the division title race with a victory.
A loss, however, will not eliminate the Steelers chances of making the playoffs as one of the two Wild Card teams, which is still well within Pittsburgh's reach. The question is whether the Steelers can overcome their injury woes.