If you've been taking a wait and see attitude about the Steelers start, Football Outsiders is saying that it's OK to start dreaming. According to their new playoff odds report, the Steelers have a 94.1 percent chance of making the playoffs and more than a 35 percent chance of finishing the regular season as the top seed in the AFC.
To make the report, the programmers ran 5,000 seasons of games, based on each team's current DAVE rating (the rating FO gives teams based on their performance in the first three games combined with their preseason projection). The guys over at FO will admit that a couple of games from now the ratings will be a lot more accurate, but they seem pretty confident in the projections already. And if there projections are accurate in any way, Steelers fans are in for a fun season.
FO projects the Steelers to go 12-4 and even gives them a 1 percent chance of going 16-0, better than the Patriots chances because of the Steelers easier schedule (the AFC North plays the NFC West while the AFC East plays the tougher NFC East).
Now I wouldn't go rush to Vegas to put money down on the Steelers just yet, I still want to see what Pittsburgh does against a top-notch passing offense (something they haven't faced in the first three weeks), but it's hard to not start dreaming about what could be.