Steelers Can Seize Control Of AFC With Sunday Win Over Bengals

With a win Sunday at home over the Cincinnati Bengals the Pittsburgh Steelers will be the new No. 1 seed in the AFC entering Week 8 of the 2017 NFL regular season.

Thursday night the Kansas City Chiefs lost to the Oakland Raiders 31-30 on the final play of the game and that drops them to 5-2 on the season. The Steelers, on the other hand, enter their Sunday game against the Bengals with a 4-2 record and they currently own tie breakers over the Chiefs due to them beating them in Kansas City this past Sunday.

The New England Patriots can also move to 5-2 on the season on Sunday by beating the Atlanta Falcons at home. The Steelers, however, would own tie breakers over the Patriots in the AFC. At best, the Patriots would remain the No. 3 seed in the AFC with a win Sunday combined with a Steelers win due to them losing to the Chiefs back in Week 1.

A win Sunday over the Bengals would also give the Steelers a 3-0 record against teams in their own AFC North division. The Steelers opened Week 7 as 6-point home favorites over the Bengals and that line has since dipped to 5.5-points on most of the betting site boards.

The Steelers entered Week 7 with the second-best odds to win the Super Bowl this season, according to Bovada. They are currently listed at 7-1 with only the Patriots having better odds at 4-1. The Chiefs entered Week 7 with the third-best odds to win this year’s Super Bowl at 8-1.

The Steelers will play the Patriots later this season in a Week 15 game that will be played at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.

  • The Chin

    good stuff

  • ThatGuy

    Every game is huge for the rest of the year, especially that Week 15 game if us, KC and NE are still neck and neck. Time to run run run run Bell.

  • WreckIess

    The only thing I ask is that they don’t crap the bed. Keep those sheets clean.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    Leaving the AFC playoff seeding out of it, there’s no way the Steelers aren’t preparing well for this game. It’s a divisional matchup at home. What more do you need?

  • Smitty 6788

    Huge game. If we just play smart and don’t turn the ball over we’ll be fine. Their OL is suspect at best.

  • pcantidote

    Wow. If Miami and Buffalo are the wild cards then the AFC is very down this year. Go Steelers.

  • LucasY59

    The #1 seed is so IMPORTANT, especially if it makes the pats a 3 seed, its still really early, but with a game against NE later in the season they need to stay ahead of them until then (or at least make it so that win gives them the tiebreaker) winning twice against the Cheaters IN Pittsburgh is much more likely than a AFCCG in NE, plus if NE stays the #3 they would likely have to travel to KC to get to Pittsburgh,

    again its way too early, but I think the top 3 seeds are pretty much set (the loss to Oakland was a close one, and dropping 2 games in a row after winning the first 5 is tough for KC, but I still think the Chefs are the best team in a tough West division, which is why the Steelers need to stay ahead of NE, because Denver and Oakland could drop the Chefs to the 3rd seed) the south is a toss up where 3 teams have about the same chance of winning and so one of them will fall into the 4th spot like last yr

  • Steeler Nation!

    Some of the teams are just sorting things out. Some teams will get hot and on good runs. Like we did after the 4-5 start last year.

  • LucasY59

    I think Denver (or Oakland) will take one of the WC spots (unless the AFC west cannibalizes itself) they definitely have the better team, but if the AFC least gets teams in because they have easier schedules it should just make it easier for the Steelers to advance to the AFCCG

  • pcantidote

    Agreed. My money would be on Houston, Jax and Oakland filling out those last 3 spots.

  • LucasY59

    the bungles arent the rival that the ratbirds are, but the recent history between the teams makes it so this is the game they take very seriously, less respect more dislike, the Steelers want to beat cinci bad

  • Xclewsive

    I was just thinking about this. Steelersdepot stay out of my dreams. Lol. With a win Sunday the bandwagon is going to fill up quick.

  • pcantidote

    No, not unless we win 52-0. Otherwise the whiners we still say that Tomlin is dumb and Ben is washed up and all hope is lost.

  • pcantidote

    Definitely agree that it would be nice to see the Pats earn it for a change. Their weak division has basically just granted them a bye and two home playoff games every year. Would be nice to see them have to play in week 1 of the playoffs and then have to go out on the road.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Just win and worry about the side stuff later.

  • Darth Blount 47

    And… FIRE HALEY!!!!!!!!!!

  • Darth Blount 47

    I wouldn’t sleep on the Bills. They have a good D and good Special Teams. Tyrod doesn’t turn the ball over and they have McCoy. Granted, they have NO pass catchers, but up until recently, neither had Kansas City, lol, and that wasn’t stopping them. Miami? Welll….. just… no.

  • Darth Blount 47

    If Houston wouldn’t have lost both Watt and Mercilus in one fell swoop, I’d have said they’d be the favs to win that division for sure. Now, it could be a real dogfight between them and the Jags/Titans.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Last night … just took this game from big to YUUUUGE!

    No pressure, Pittsburgh. Only the fates of every living man, woman, and child rest upon this game. From the tiniest single-celled organism to the largest blue whales. If we lose, civilization is lost. If we win, we are 5-2. So yeah, it’s kind of a big deal.

  • Cullen James Riley

    We play our best ball late in the season. We’re only scarping the surface with our 4-2 record.

  • francesco

    I see Steelers Patriots KC and Houston winning their division and ranked in that order. Wildcard belonging to Denver and Bengals in that order.

  • Joey

    Remember when the AFC North was the toughest division?

  • Joey

    Pepperidge Farm remembers.

  • pittfan

    Rooney should sell the team. He’s clueless judge of talent.

  • Joeybaggadonuts

    You’ve just jinxed them. Nice going!

  • Alan Tman

    It’s our turn to dominate a wasteland like the Patriots and Colts did for years. Lol

  • Alan Tman

    One at a time.