It was like watching a flashback. Big Ben’s 367 yards passing and four touchdowns led the Pittsburgh Steelers to the most important win of their season thus far over the Detroit Lions yesterday. This win puts the Steelers one game back from the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets in the extremely crowded AFC Wild Card bout. The team that started 0-4 is now second place in the tight AFC North.
With a lot of key wins and losses in Week 11, the playoffs are now back in sight for Pittsburgh. The Steelers have been so painfully inconsistent this season, but with six games left, is the thread they’re hanging by currently long enough to launch them into the postseason? If Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown continue to play like they did yesterday, they’ll be lethal.
The Steelers started very poorly and we weren’t expecting much out of them this season after an 0-4 start. But now at 4-6, the postseason is back within their grasp. With all the teams currently in the hunt for that last AFC Wild Card spot, could it come down to the classic Pittsburgh Steelers/Baltimore Ravens duking it out?
The Steelers have two games against the Cleveland Browns, one against the Cincinnati Bengals and the pivotal game against the Baltimore Ravens on Thanksgiving night still remaining. It’s tough to tell if the Steelers will ultimately land in the playoffs with their shaky pass defense and lack of a run game. But, when predicting who will get that last playoff spot after Week 11, you definitely can’t overlook the Steelers. At the very least, they salvaged their season yesterday.