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    We Finish 9-7...

    And we are most likely in the playoffs... Yes, that would mean 4 straight wins, but 3 are at home and the 4th is in GB where Aaron Rodgers still isn't back yet, and even if he does come back, he'll be rusty and it'll be a very winnable game.

    As far as the AFC picture goes.... Look at the schedules...

    Balt. has at least 2 more losses in there. A trip to Detroit and a game against the Pats and another in Cincinnati.. They would finish 8-8.

    SD- has a game against Cincy, a game in Denver, and another rematch against KC.... I can see 2 losses there.... 8-8.

    NY and Miami play this weekend and then again in a few weeks...Miami plays in Pitt, so there would be another loss for them as we would need to win out.... Miami finishes 8-8 and Jets finish 7-9.

    Then we have the Titans.... this could be the team that does us in as they have a tie breaker over us. They do play the Colts, Broncos, and Cardinals, but end up with Houston and Jax... I still say they will lose to the Broncos and either to the Colts or Cards.... 8-8.

    This is a very likely scenario for us... However, 1 more loss and we're all 8-8 and then I'd imagine the tie breakers would do us in.....

    Hopefully, our injuries aren't severe enough that we can field a competitive team from here on out....

    Also, put me down as one of those who feel that astroturf crap for a field has to be banned in the NFL. Too many injuries, esp. when that crap freezes.
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    Love the optimism but 8-8 or 7-9 are far more likely.

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    AFC Playoff Picture: What did Thursday's loss do to the Steelers postseason chances?

    By Neal Coolong on Nov 29 2013

    The Steelers didn't help their cause in competing for the AFC's final wild card spot, but it isn't over, either.

    The Steelers' playoff chances were dealt a blow in their 22-20 loss to Baltimore, as the Ravens move into the AFC's sixth seed for the weekend.

    With four games to play, the Steelers will most likely need to win out, which isn't news, and Baltimore controls their fate. If they go undefeated in their final four games, they will clinch the AFC's final wild card.

    The Steelers have two consecutive home games, taking on Miami and Cincinnati, respectively. Then a trip to Green Bay in Week 16, followed by the season finale at Heinz Field against Cleveland.

    It's not impossible, however difficult to imagine it being, particularly considering four Steelers offensive linemen suffered injuries in this game. Fernando Velasco (ankle), Kelvin Beachum (knee), David DeCastro (foot) and Mike Adams (ankle) all received treatment of some kind after the loss, and their status will be determined at a later time. Same for running back Le'Veon Bell, who suffered a head injury late in the game.

    Baltimore splits two of its final four games at home. They'll host Minnesota in Week 14 followed by a road game against Detroit on Monday night in Week 15. They host the Patriots before playing at Cincinnati in the finale.

    It would appear the Ravens have a more difficult schedule of what's left, but that means little as things sit right now. For the Steelers, the same "one day at a time" philosophy can still work, but their Week 14 game against the Dolphins becomes the next in a long line of critical games for their season.


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    Lets be real. IF this team wins the final four and make the playoffs they've earned it.
    BUT realistically this team isn't Superbowl Caliber.
    Here We Go Steelers, Here We Go...
    Here We Go Steelers, Here We Go...
    Here We Go Steelers, Here We Go...!!!

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    When you completely throw away the first quarter of the season, you are left with no margin of error. Sure, 9-7 is possible, but the Bengals will not be a gimme, nor will the Browns. If Rodgers returns for GB, that will be tough. The Steelers should win 3 of their last 4, but they should have won a lot of their earlier games.

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    Last two posts are right on the money


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    Quote Originally Posted by phillyesq View Post
    When you completely throw away the first quarter of the season, you are left with no margin of error. Sure, 9-7 is possible, but the Bengals will not be a gimme, nor will the Browns. If Rodgers returns for GB, that will be tough. The Steelers should win 3 of their last 4, but they should have won a lot of their earlier games.
    They SHOULD have beaten the Titans, Vikings and Raiders. No excuses for those losses. I would not be surprised even a little bit if they lost 2 or 3 more.

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    NFL playoff picture taking shape

    Posted by Michael David Smith on November 29, 2013

    We take a look at the state of the playoff race below.


    Safe: Broncos, Patriots, Chiefs, Colts, Bengals

    The winner of Sunday’s Broncos-Chiefs game is the favorite to win home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs, while the loser will become the favorite to get the No. 5 seed. The Patriots have all but locked up the AFC East, with a three-game lead and the tiebreaker edge over the Dolphins and Jets, and the Colts have all but locked up the AFC South, with a two-game lead and the tiebreaker edge over the Titans. The Bengals lead the AFC North by a game and a half over the Ravens, and even if the Bengals blow their big division lead, they’d probably end up with the final wild card spot.

    Wild card scramble: Ravens, Titans, Chargers, Jets, Dolphins

    At 6-6, the Ravens have a half-game lead over the other four teams in the wild card mix. Baltimore also owns head-to-head wins over the Jets and Dolphins, who play each other on Sunday and again in Week 17. The bad news for the Ravens is that their schedule is tough: Baltimore’s last three games are all against teams with winning records, the Lions, Patriots and Bengals. The Titans and Chargers both have three games remaining against teams with winning records as well. This race is wide open, and a 9-7 record might be enough to win it.

    Long shots: Steelers, Browns, Bills

    The Steelers would have been in great position to earn a wild-card berth with a win in Baltimore, but their loss means they’d probably need to run the table, and even that might not be enough to make the playoffs.
    The Browns and Bills also have seven losses and are extreme long shots.


    Safe: Seahawks, Saints, Panthers

    The winner of Monday night’s Seahawks-Saints game has the inside track for home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. The Seahawks are heavy favorites to win the NFC West even if they lose to the Saints on Monday. The Saints and Panthers play each other twice in December, and if one team sweeps those two games, that team would all but lock up the NFC South. The team that doesn’t win the NFC South is virtually assured of a wild card.

    Control their playoff chances: Lions, Cowboys, Eagles, 49ers, Cardinals

    The Lions have a half-game lead over the Bears in the NFC North and own the tiebreaker, so the Lions know they just need to keep winning to win the division. The Cowboys currently have a half-game lead over the Eagles in the NFC East and own the tiebreaker, but the Eagles still get another shot at the Cowboys in Week 17, so if the Eagles can keep pace with the Cowboys in the standings, that meeting on the last day of the season will determine the division. The 49ers and Cardinals are both 7-4 and play each other in Week 17, so they may meet with a wild card on the line in the last game of the year.

    Need help: Bears

    The Bears will need the Lions to lose at least once to win the NFC North, as Detroit owns the head-to-head tiebreaker. It’s still possible that the Bears could earn a wild-card berth, but those odds are long. The Bears’ best chance is to win out and hope the Lions lose one.

    Long shots: Packers, Rams

    Green Bay needs to win out while Detroit loses twice and Chicago loses at least once before hosting the Packers in Week 17. The Rams have to win out and get help, and winning out is almost impossible considering the remaining five games for St. Louis are at the 49ers, at the Cardinals, vs. the Saints, vs. the Buccaneers and at the Seahawks.


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    If the Ravens lose in Detroit and we win out we are in the playoffs! December football! Let's get it on!

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    Every scenario starts with "we win out". I still think 9 - 7 can win the division. I have every confidence that Andy Dalton can come up small a couple more times this year.


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