What's worse than an underwhelming performance in a loss to a team you have no business losing to? One in which you also lose a bunch of core players for a couple weeks. That apparently seems to be the case with the Steelers, as now leading receiver Santonio Holmes and defensive cornerstone Troy Polamalu could miss several weeks, putting in doubt the chances that either will play when the Steelers travel to New England in three weeks.
Of course, the last time the Steelers were left without Holmes and Polamalu, the rest of the team responded with a dominating 21-0 beatdown of the Seahawks in Week 5, so perhaps all is not lost. Though if the humiliation they suffered at the hands of the Jets isn't motivation enough, I don't know what more a few sidelined teammates is going to help in terms of urgency.
At this point I would consider the loss of Santonio far more damaging, even though the depth at safety was already thin before Troy went down, as no other Steelers receiver has gone over 100 yards in a game this season. One of the problems that led to the Jets seven sacks were many of the receivers' inability to get open, which is something Cedrick Wilson and Nate Washington have repeatedly demonstrated they have problems with.
In the meantime, Mike Tomlin is putting on his hardass hat for the holiday season, explaining that on Thanksgiving, "We are going to come to work and we are going to be thankful that we have an opportunity to do so."
Super. Maybe you should withhold a few portions of pie from Kendall Simmons, Max Starks, Sean Mahan and Willie Colon on the condition that they actually block somebody?