This coming game for the Pittsburgh Steelers can be looked upon as a do-or-die game. The Steelers will travel to Texas to face the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, and try to keep their dwindling postseason hopes alive.
Yesterday, the division rival Cincinnati Bengals struck a mighty blow to Pittsburgh by beating the Philadelphia Eagles, putting major pressure on the Steelers to win this week just to keep a grasp of the final wildcard playoff spot.
Pittsburgh is currently in a slump, losing three of their last four games. This definitely works against them considering the fact that their next two opponents are on the other end of the spectrum. The Cowboys has won four of their last five games. Cincinnati, Pittsburgh’s Week 16 opponent, has won five of their last six games.
I mentioned before that the last quarter of the regular season could be look upon as the playoffs for the Steelers. My opinion of this is even stronger than before. If Pittsburgh loses this game in Dallas, they could kiss their season goodbye. With a loss this week, the Bengals will bump the Steelers out of the last seed in the AFC playoffs, and will take that momentum into Pittsburgh to face the Steelers in Week 16.
The fact that the Steelers are still in the playoff hunt with everything that they have gone through the season says a lot about the character of this team. Although their backs are against the wall, Pittsburgh can make a dramatic turn for the better with a victory over the Cowboys. If they win, they can still keep a hold of the final playoff spot in the AFC, and can have a better chance of still winning the division with a Baltimore Ravens loss this week.
However, none of that will matter if the Steelers don’t take care of business in Dallas this week. No win, no playoffs. It’s just that simple.
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