And put there record at 5-2 going into the back to back home games against the Patriots and Ravens in late October and early November. I say this because the Steelers are already a game behind the Ravens in the standings and have already lost the head to head tiebraker with them as well. Plus, the Ravens schedule the next 3 weeks after their bye week this week before they play the Steelers are at home against Houston, at Jacksonville on a Monday night and at home against Arizona. The only game I can potentially see the Ravens losing is to the Texans the week after their bye week. If the Ravens dont lose that game they most definitely are going to beat both the Jags and Cardinals which would put them at 6-1 going into the rematch with the Steelers here on November 6th. So when you break things down the only game the Steelers really can afford to lose in the next 4 games before the Ravens rematch here is to the Patriots. That means the worst case scenario would be if the Steelers win the next 3 with the Titans,Jags,and Cardinals and lose to the Patriots it would put them at 5-3 headed into that Ravens game which would then put that game at an absolute MUST win for the Steelers if they were to have any hopes at all of still winning the North.
While we're at it let's not completely dismiss the Bengals and Browns from this conversation as well seeing that they are both sitting at 2-2 as well after 4 games the same record as the Steelers have. So with that being said, not only do the Steelers have to worry about keeping pace with the Ravens in the division they also have to hope that both the Browns and Bengals dont keep winning games here and there as well. And looking at both the Browns and Bengals schedules the next 3-4 weeks they have a lot of games on their schedules that they can definitely win and still keep pace with the Steelers. So for everybody who wants to totally bury and dismiss these two teams I wouldnt completely do so just yet. The bottom line is this the Steelers in my opinion have to win these next 3 games and be 5-2 going into that Patriots game because it looks like as of now if I am a betting man that unless the Texans beat the Ravens after their bye week the Ravens are going to be 6-1 going into their rematch with the Steelers here in November, and the most you want to be back of the Ravens is 2 games in the loss column. That's why it's so imperative that the Steelers win these next 3 games with the Titans,Jags,and Cards.