The 2012-13 NFL regular season is starting to wind down and the playoff picture is beginning to come into focus. But one part that is hardly clear is with the AFC wild card teams. There are essentially four teams working for two spots and the Pittsburgh Steelers are one of those teams. Coming into this past weekend, their future looked bright. But on this Monday evening, things are looking more bleak.
After a crushing upset loss at the hands of the San Diego Chargers, the Steelers have to sit back and look at these final three regular season games as playoff games. They will travel to Dallas this weekend to take on the Dallas Cowboys and then finish with a two-game home stand of division games with the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals. Sitting at 7-6, the Bengals and shockingly the New York Jets hot on their heels.
The Steelers still have their fate in their own hands. Win out, including that win over the Bengals, and they are in. 10-6 and it won’t matter what anyone else does. But even one loss and the whole situation gets much more complex. We will obviously have a much more clear picture after this coming weekend, because if the Steelers slip up against the Cowboys and the Bengals win, it makes the Week 16 game an elimination game as the loser is out for sure. You can be certain of one thing: if the Steelers take their next game as lightly as they did against the Chargers, this season will be dead and buried.
My take-It’s not over. Not by a long shot. This past weekend was ugly, but this team can and I believe will rally. I know it’s cliché, but it’s really one game at a time. Even with two AFC North games to wrap the season, it’s this Cowboys game that matters. The Steelers can only control what they do and until I see them lose again, I have to assume they are going to handle their business and get this season back on track.
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