Despite not playing on Sunday, the Steelers gained ground in the playoff race. The Steelers came into the week as the 5th seed in the AFC, and they’re still the 5th seed. However, their position has nevertheless been strengthened.
Going into the week, 4 teams were tied for the 6th playoff seed. The Tennessee Titans, Oakland Raiders, New York Jets, and Cincinnati Bengals were all two games behind the Steelers in the wild-card race. But losses by the Titans, Raiders, and Bengals leave only the New York Jets as the 6th seed.
The Jets are still two games behind the Steelers, so barring a colossal collapse by the Steelers, they have little chance of catching the Black & Gold.
The Steelers will play the San Francisco 49ers, St. Louis Rams, and Cleveland Browns in their final 3 games. The Rams are tied for the 2nd worst record in the NFL, and the Browns are tied for the 3rd worst record. So neither team should give the Steelers much of a challenge.
The SF 49ers are tied with the Steelers at 10-3. However, the 49ers just lost to the Arizona Cardinals, a team the Steelers beat earlier this season. I don’t foresee the 49ers beating the Steelers, even though the game is being played in San Francisco.
If the Steelers win this weekend, then they’re extremely likely to end the season with a 13-3 record. The problem is that the Baltimore Ravens also have a good chance of ending the season at 13-3. And if the Steelers and Ravens end the season tied, the Ravens will claim the AFC North title due to their two wins over the Steelers.
Because of that, the Steelers need the Ravens to lose at least one more time this season. And a loss by the Ravens is a distinct possibility. After all, the Ravens have already lost to the 4-9 Jacksonville Jaguars, and the 5-7 Seattle Seahawks.
The Ravens have games remaining against the San Diego Chargers, the Cleveland Browns, and the Cincinnati Bengals. While the Browns aren’t likely to beat the Ravens, the Chargers or Bengals definitely have a possibility of doing so.
The Chargers just had a 37-10 win against the Buffalo Bills. While the Chargers have underachieved over the past few seasons, they’re still a talented team that is capable of beating anybody. I see them as having the best chance of beating the Ravens.
The Ravens face the Chargers this coming Sunday on Sunday Night Football. I have a sneaking suspicion that the Chargers are going to have just as many supporters in Pittsburgh as they have in San Diego.
Today’s featured item:
Leading up to the holidays, we’ll be suggesting gift ideas that we believe Steelers fans will enjoy.
Today, we are featuring this beautiful Steelers watch.
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