Steelers still humble but confident as 3-game surge propels them back into playoff race

Three straight wins have the Pittsburgh Steelers back in the thick of the AFC playoff race.

Considered out of it at the season's midway point, Pittsburgh (5-6) heads to Thursday night's game at Baltimore (5-6) with a chance to build some serious momentum heading into December.

Center Fernando Velasco credits coach Mike Tomlin for the turnaround. Velasco says the positive vibe in the locker room never changed after an 0-4 start. Velasco added that's not the case when other teams struggle out of the gate.

A resurgent defense has certainly helped. The Steelers have forced seven turnovers in their last two games. They created seven turnovers combined in the season's first nine weeks.

Pittsburgh won the first meeting with Baltimore 19-16 a month ago.


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