Steelers Still Don’t Control Their Own Playoff Destiny

Thanks to their 27-11 win Sunday over the Cleveland Browns, the Pittsburgh Steelers were able to keep their playoff chances in good shape. While they still do not control their own destiny, they likely will at some point as long as they continue to stack wins.

Heading into Week 13 and a Thanksgiving night meeting on the road against the Baltimore Ravens, the Steelers only have the Tennessee Titans ahead of them in the race for the final AFC Wild Card spot thanks in part to head-to-head tie-breakers. The Titans, however, now have two tough road games against the Indianapolis Colts and the Denver Broncos upcoming, and they’re bound to lose at least one of those games, if not both.

Winning on the road on a short week against the Ravens won’t be easy, but should the Steelers manage to pull off their fourth straight win, they will have plenty of time to prepare to host the Miami Dolphins the following week. At that point, they very well could control their own destiny.

There is still a lot of football left to be played, but thanks to the mediocrity in the AFC, the Steelers figure to have a shot at the final Wild Card spot for the remainder of the season.

  • Dan

    However, if we beat BAL on Thurs, we will hold claim to that 6th playoff spot for the next three days.
    Also, we currently have the longest win streak in the AFC.

  • Nolrog

    I’m really amazed that we’re able to think playoffs after the they way the first month of the season went.

  • israelp

    Have we given up on the division? I don’t think we should. Yet.

  • kakello34

    2 games behind the Bengals and they play them 1 more time. Right now we have a better division record than the Bengals so assuming they lose one other game we would win division if we win out. Easier said than done though.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    you can throw in the 2nd month also…starting 0-4 then 2-6. It was bleak and I am still not feeling good although I see some light at the end of the tunnel.

  • Tom

    As a fan, I am not specifically thinking about the playoffs…….just taking things one week at a time and hoping to see continued improvement.

  • HarryBackside

    Titans schedule the rest of the way …

    Two of the Titans last three games were losses at home to the Colts and Jaguars. Does anyone think the Titans are winning at Denver? They are going to open the door for the Steelers. As long as the Steelers take care of business, the Titans shouldn’t be a problem.

  • Eric

    Playoffs or not, we salvaged a season after one of the worst starts in Steeler history and the worst start in terms of rushing and turnovers ever.

  • steeltown

    In reality I am just glad we’re playing winning Football again. This season started off about as bad as it could be.. and now im having fun on Sundays again. Whether we keep pace or not its just nice to see the Team pull together and its REALLY nice to see some of these young players grow. The future is brighter than it seemed back in September.

  • Ahmad

    The wrong game ended in a tie yesterday. Raiders/Titans should have been a tie and then the Steelers would currently have the 6th seed and control of their playoff destiny.

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  • HopalongCassidy

    Al Davis said it best. “Just win baby” .

  • AndyR34

    oh no! You’re not allowed to do that! Don’t you know that you have to look ahead, predict all possibilities including draft status, draft picks, what plays to be called, who should play what position, who should be re-signed and who should be cut…then criticize the FO and coaches when they don’t do what you…clearly the more knowledgeable football person…says should be done! That’s what REAL fans do! 🙂

  • Ken

    A win against Baltimore to move to 6-6 and knock Baltimore down a notch and sweep them on the season. That is something to be thankful for!

  • Dan

    Agreed, “one week at a time” is coaches-speak. That’s fine for players, but as fans our job is to focus on playoff scenarios, draft positions, poor officiating and any mistakes by the front office, coaching staff and players. Know your role Tom!

  • Dan

    It may be optimistic to think we can win out and finish the season with an 8-game win streak. It may even be optimistic to think we can go 4-1 in the final five. However, it is certainly plausible to think that if we beat CIN, they might split their remaining games (@SAN, IND, MIN, BAL) and go 9-7. In which case we’d likely win the tie-breaker and the division.

  • HopalongCassidy

    The salvage operation is far from over unless you would consider 5-11 to be an acceptable finish at this point. That is still one of the possible outcomes last time I checked. For me, making the playoffs is the only test of whether or not the season gets salvaged. Anything less is just a big disappointment in my book.

  • G33k N4sty

    We haven’t beat the Ravens yet. It’ll be a tough game if our secondary has played like it has most of the season.