When the Pittsburgh Steelers (5-6) began the season no one foresaw a four-game losing streak coming. Many NFL observers left the Steelers for dead after the 0-4 start. Thanks to a season-high three-game win streak and parity throughout the AFC, the Steelers are right back into the playoff picture.
Ben Roethlisberger threw for 217 yards and two touchdowns in the Steelers 27-11 win over the Cleveland Browns. The victory pulled Pittsburgh into a tie with five other teams for the final AFC wild card berth with five games remaining.
— Dan Hellie (@DanHellie) November 24, 2013
Pittsburgh’s next two games are against the Baltimore Ravens and Miami Dolphins. The Ravens and Dolphins are two of the teams that the Steelers are tied with. Essentially the Pittsburgh Steelers control their own destiny.
If the Steelers want to continue their strong play, the running game must get better.
Le’Veon Bell only has 375 rushing yards in eight games. He must improve on his 3.1 yards per carry. If Bell can run between the tackles the way he did at Michigan State, then the rookie ball-carrier could help propel the Steelers into the postseason.
Not does Pittsburgh’s running game have to improve, but so does their run 26th ranked run defense.
The Steelers allowed 257 rushing yards during their win streak. That includes holding the Browns to 55 yards on the ground.
Pittsburgh also has a chance to catch the AFC North leading Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals must survive a cross-country trip to San Diego to face the Chargers, before hosting the Indianapolis Colts. When you consider that a Bengals loss in either one of those games, coupled with the Steelers winning their next two games, a showdown for the division could happen in Week 15.
If that scenario comes to fruition, would it difficult to suggest that the advantage would go to the Pittsburgh Steelers?
They would be hosting the Bengals as the hotter team going into that game.
First things first as the Steelers have two quality opponents standing in their way. If the Pittsburgh Steelers are playoff-bound at the end of the season, would you believe it?
Don’t look now but here come they come!