I think it's an absolute MUST that this Steelers team gets that number 2 seed and bye week if they are to have any legit chance of going to the Super Bowl out of the AFC. I just dont think this team with this coaching staff and with the inconsistent play of the offense even though it has been better wants to push their luck and have to win 3 games to make it to the Super Bowl. While I dont think it's impossible for them to be able to do it you just do not want to be in a position where you potentially have to win 2 road games in a row after the wildcard round just to make it to the Super Bowl. I just dont have enough faith in Tomlin and Arians at this point to be able to do that even though this defense has been lights out for the most part all season long. The Steelers best chance of going to the Super Bowl is to get the 2 seed and the bye week and home game hopefully win that game and take your chances in the AFC Championship game whether it be on the road or home. We dont know what can happen at that point. Maybe Tennessee will get upset as the 1 seed in the divisional round and the Steelers will win their divisional game as the 2 seed and get the AFC Championship game at home.
At this point getting the 1 seed might not be the best thing here because the way the seeds are set up with Indy and Baltimore being a possible 5 and 6 seed and being better then the division winners such as the Jets,Broncos,Pats,or even Miami and having a good chance to beat one of those teams in the playoffs should they meet they would then get the 1 seed since the lowest seeded team remaining always plays the highest seed next. So Tennessee could end up playing the Colts lets say if they are the 5 seed if they would beat the Broncos who right now would be the 4 seed which I think they would do, and the Steelers would end up playing the Jets as the 3 if they would win their wildcard game since they arent the lowest remaining seed. So if you follow and understand what I just said there getting the number 1 seed in the AFC this year might not be the best thing because you could end up seeing a team like the Colts for your first game in the divisional round as opposed to somebody like the Jets,Denver,or even the Patriots if you are the 2 seed.