And get to 5-5 going into Baltimore on November 26th. This is virtually there only shot realistically they have to get back into this race in the AFC North when you break things down for this team from top to bottom. The next 3 games are home against Denver and New Orleans and at Cleveland before going into Baltimore Thanksgiving weekend. The only saving grace that will keep the Steelers still in this race is they have 5 division games left. Most importantly 2 head to head meetings still left with the Ravens. And you would think two very winnable games with the Browns.
But after yesterday losing to Oakland no game anymore this year is a gimmie win for the Steelers. The Ravens the next 3 games leading up to that meeting have Cincy this week at home, they go to Tennessee, and then host Atlanta the week before they play the Steelers. The Bengals next 3 games are very tough they have to go to Baltimore this week, they then play the Chargers in Cincy, and then go to New Orleans the following week. My point being if the Steelers can get to 5-5 and have both Cincy or Baltimore lose just even 1 game here a piece the next 3 weeks they will have a shot to get back in the race just because they have 2 head to head meetings left with Baltimore and 1 with Cincy at seasons end who still has a brutal schedule at the end of the year. Good news is somebody will lose this week either Baltimore or Cincy so that will help the Steelers out someway. You probably want Cincy to beat Baltimore this week so that they both will be 5-3 and if the Steelers can win this week it puts them at 3-5 still two games back of both with 5 division games to play and 2 of those being head to head with Baltimore. Even if Cincy beats the Ravens this week in Baltimore I still think they are capable of losing many more games the rest of the way because their schedule is very very tough. Baltimore has a tough schedule as well in late November having to play the Steelers and go to Cincy and KC back to back weeks on the road, and then play the Steelers here in Pittsburgh on Christmas Eve.
The bottom line is though for any of this to matter the Steelers have GOT to start winning here this week and as Ive said just find someway to get to 5-5 going into Baltimore here in 3 weeks. I believe if they can do that then enough stuff will happen over the next 3-4 weeks with Cincy and Baltimore losing 1 or 2 games each based on the schedule that it will still give us a realistic chance to win the AFC North if we somehow can find ourselves after that pathetic loss yesterday and turn this season around. But anyway I think this is a real good post here and it really breaks down what needs to happen for the Steelers to have any shot of making the playoffs the next 3 weeks or so. The only thing that is helping the Steelers now is 5 division games left. Its making them hang around by a thread. Let me know what you guys think about all these scanerios and if you agree or disagree.