The Steelers really after this win today are in great position to at the very least nail down that number 2 seed in the AFC over the Jets and get the bye week. Now I know a lot of people will say well we havent even won the AFC North yet and Baltimore is only a game behind us, which is true but I still dont see the Ravens winning this division. Next week I believe will decide the AFC North title if a few things should happen even before the game with Baltimore in 2 weeks and here is why. If the Steelers beat the Cowboys here and the Ravens should lose to the Redskins who are going to be absolutely desperate for a win to stay alive in the NFC playoff race, it will put the Steelers 2 games up on the Ravens in the standings and if that happens this race is over even if the Ravens would end up beating the Steelers a week later in Baltimore and here is why. If the Steelers are up 2 games on the Ravens on December 14th at 10-3 to the Ravens 8-5 even if they lose they would still be a game up on them at 10-4 to the Ravens 9-5. Here is the wildcard though in the schedule for Baltimore which takes place the following week. There is no way in hell that Baltimore is going into Dallas the following week in the final game ever at Texas Stadium and winning down there it just isnt going to happen. So a loss there which will definitely happen puts Baltimore at 9-6 and even if the Steelers should happen to lose to Tennessee the same week and fall to 10-5 they still will have a one game lead going into the last game of the season. And that game is with the Browns here at Heinz Field who will now have Ken Dorsey as their starting QB for the remainder of the season which is definitely a game the Steelers will win and finish the year out at 11-5 to the Ravens 10-6.
So one more time this AFC North race is completely over next week no matter what happens in that Baltimore Steelers game in 2 weeks if the Steelers beat the Cowboys and the Redskins beat the Ravens. Because the Ravens arent winning in Dallas the following week, and all the Steelers would have to do to win the North if they should lose to Baltimore in 2 weeks is beat the Browns here the last week and finish 11-5. And btw I dont think the Ravens and their pathetic offense are going to beat the Steelers in 2 weeks anyway no matter what happens next week. But I am just saying should all of that happen like I said next week it will be over.
As for the number 2 seed today the Jets are really going to have a hard time catching the Steelers now in terms of trying to win a tiebraker over them for that number 2 seed. I say this because the Jets at 8-4 now overall now have 4 AFC losses to the Steelers 1. The worst the Steelers can finish in the AFC now after their win in New England today is 8-4 and the best the Jets can finish in the AFC is 8-4. They are just going to have a very tough time catching the Steelers for that number 2 seed. The Broncos really did the Steelers a huge favor today by beating the Jets in New York. They really made the Steelers path to getting the bye week in the playoffs which I believe is so key for this Steelers teams chances of making it to the Super Bowl that much more attainable.