Pittsburgh Steelers: Playoffs Are Closer Within Reach Than it Looks

By Ryan Heckman
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What a roller coaster ride the Pittsburgh Steelers have taken this season. After starting the year 0-4, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was quoted telling reporters that his Steelers could be labeled as the worst team in football at the moment. Winning two straight after that point, the Steelers pulled to 2-4.

Then, the losing began once again as the Steelers dropped two in a row.

Most recently, Pittsburgh is on another two game-winning streak and currently sit at 4-6. The Steelers are now tied with six other teams, record-wise. The New York Jets hold the sixth seed right now with a record of 5-5, but those six teams with Pittsburgh included are ready to fight to knock them out of that position.

Pittsburgh, although still far from the end of the season, has a great chance to wind up in that sixth seed. For starters, they have yet to play two games against the Cleveland Browns. They’ll get their first crack at Cleveland this Sunday and meet them again in week 17 to end the year. Assuming both of those are wins — and they should be — Pittsburgh has six wins.

The Steelers also have one game against the Miami Dolphins and Baltimore Ravens apiece, who are also tied with them at 4-6 at the moment. The other two games come against the Cincinnati Bengals and Green Bay Packers — who might still be without Aaron Rodgers; at the moment nothing is certain with that situation.

With the way Pittsburgh has been able to put points on the board over the last couple of weeks, they should continue in their momentum and be able to handle both Baltimore and Miami. Assuming that holds true, they’ll have eight wins. The only question now, is, will they get another victory? Will they even need to surpass 8-8?

It’s going to be a tight race until the end, we know that for sure. But, Pittsburgh has a favorable schedule with teams that they can and should be able to handle with they way they’ve been playing lately. Don’t count Roethlisberger and his Steelers out just yet. They’re long from being sent home.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.



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