The win last night in Kansas City was very very ugly but at the end of the day it's still a win and it improves the Steelers record to 8-3 overall and 6-3 overall within the AFC and tied with the Ravens for 1st place in the division going into December and the final 5 games of the season. I seriously believe that a win over the Bengals this week will pretty much make the Steelers a lock to at the very least get in the playoffs as a wildcard team. I say this because a win will put the Steelers at 9-3 and 7-3 in the AFC overall, and it will drop the Bengals who are currently the 6 seed in the AFC to 7-5 and essentially 3 games behind the Steelers in the standings with the head to head tiebraker in hand. The other teams right now in wildcard contention are the Jets,Titans,and Broncos all of them are 6-5 and the Steelers own the head to head tiebraker over the Titans, and the Jets currently have 5 AFC losses and can finish no better then a 7-5 record within the AFC. So that is why it's so so very important to win that game Sunday against the Bengals here because it will pretty much put those other teams chances of catching the Steelers completely out of reach because they will have no tiebrakers at all working for them when it comes to overtaking the Steelers.
The division title however and either the number 1 or 2 seed is still well well within reach of the Steelers. I still feel the Steelers will need to win out in order for them to have a chance to do that because I just dont think you can count on the Ravens losing 2 of their last 5 games. Maybe 1 of them but not 2. The Ravens have a tough game this week at Cleveland at 4:00 against a Browns team that always plays the Ravens tough and damn near beat the Bengals yesterday in Cincinnati. That game will not be a pushover for the Ravens in my opinion. They have lost to teams such as the Jags and Seahawks this season and they are definitely capable of losing to the Browns on the road.
As for the other teams in the AFC as I have said before as long as the Steelers win out and finish 13-3 it wont matter what the Pats do because even if they do win out and finish 13-3 the Steelers own the head to head tiebraker over them and they would finish with the higher seed if they should still win the AFC North. As for the Texans the Steelers only need them to lose 1 more game the rest of the way to finish ahead of them and seeing that they just lost both Schaub and Leinart for the rest of the season and TJ Yates is going to be their QB for now their chances of winning out are slim and none.
Overall, this should be a great weekend coming up in the AFC North with the Steelers playing the Bengals early followed by the Browns hosting the Ravens at 4. A lot on the line once again this week and a win over the Bengals as I mentioned before barring a complete and total collapse the final 4 games of the season which include 2 with the Browns,the Rams at home and at San Fran will pretty much guarantee the Steelers at the very least a wildcard playoff spot...