Now I know many people are probably thinking what are you talking about after both Baltimore and Cincy won. But as Ive been saying on here the last few weeks we needed to get to that Baltimore game to have a shot and now that we have despite being 4 games back of the Ravens we sure do. The key now is for the Steelers to beat the Ravens next week and hope the Ravens lose at Cincy and at KC the two weeks following our game with them next week. Keep in mind the Cincy game for the Ravens is on a Thursday night and its on the road on a short week after playing the Steelers next Sunday. And Kansas City is at Arrowhead in December in a game the Chiefs are going to have to win to stay in wildcard contention. And dont forget those same weeks the Ravens play the Bengals and Chiefs on the road the Steelers play Tampa Bay and the Browns here back to back weeks at home at Heinz Field two games you would think very much that the Steelers should be able to win.
So its not totally impossible or insane to think that the Ravens cant lose the next 3 games with their schedule and the Steelers cant win their next 3 games with their schedule. If that indeed does happen the Steelers would be 7-6 at that point and the Ravens would be 8-5 and only a game behind them plus they would have the game remaining here still with Baltimore on Christmas Eve and the head to head tiebraker with them by beating them next week if they do. Im still not concerned with Cincy because if the Steelers do win out here they will finish 10-6 and a better record then the Bengals. Cincy has a brutal schedule in December having to finish off with the Broncos and Colts on the road before playing the Steelers in Cincy the last week of the year. So you can bank on it that the Bengals will lose a few more games which makes them at this point really a non-factor being only one game behind them if the Steelers do indeed keep winning.
Also,dont forget the Steelers are still only 2 games or so out of the wildcard spot. They got help today with the Jets losing to the Bears. It puts them at 5-5 and only one game behind them now at 4-6. And even though Kansas City won today barely over Oakland they are 6-4 but the Steelers are still only 2 back of them and have the head to head tiebraker with them because they did beat them. Kansas City also has a lot of tough games left on their schedule which they could very easily lose including a game this coming week on Thanksgiving to Denver. Jacksonville tomorrow has a tough game at home with the Giants and if they lose would go to 5-5 and the Steelers would be only one game behind them. Plus the Jags keep in mind have QB problems with Leftwich now out the rest of the year and Garrard struggling and not being a sure thing. Keep in mind the Jags still have games left with the Giants,Colts,Pats,and Chiefs the rest of the year very very tough compared to the Steelers schedule the last 6 games.
So Im telling you guys if you break down that scenario very very closely that I just wrote and you will clearly see that the Steelers are still very very much alive in the playoff picture, and if they win next week they are right in the thick of the AFC North race based on the upcoming schedule for both the Ravens and the Steelers. Let's just stay tuned and see what happens here.