After being eliminated from any chance of making the playoffs with a loss to the Miami Dolphins, 34-28 last weekend, the Steelers, 5-8, will now play the role of spoilers for the remainder of the season having to play the AFC North division leading Cincinnati Bengals, 9-4, this weekend.
After the big game against the Bengals they will close out against the Green Bay Packers, 6-6-1 and the Cleveland Browns, 3-9. If they win out they could still break even with an 8-8 record, but it’s not likely they will defeat both the Bengals and Packers.
The Bengals are still looking to move up into the number two slot if the New England Patriots continue to play the way they have been playing in the first half and finally slip up and lose to someone. The Packers are still in the NFC North race especially if the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears, 7-6 continue to be inconsistent.
Right now the Baltimore Ravens and the Miami Dolphins are tied for the final AFC playoff spot with three games to go, with several teams at 6-7. The Ravens have a monster schedule facing three division leaders in their final three games. They play the Detroit Lions, 7-6; the Patriots, 10-3 and the Bengals, 9-4. While the Dolphins play the Pats, then the Buffalo Bills,4-9 and the New York Jets, 6-7.