BTSC’s guide to the other weekend games that might impact the Steelers the most.
The 9-0 Steelers are scheduled to play the 1-8 Jaguars on Sunday and winning that game continues to be paramount for supremacy in the AFC North and the conference. However, there are plenty of games that are crucial to their playoff hopes, in and out of the division. Most of the time, Steelers fans know who to root for. But here’s a guide to significant matchups, and whose losses Pittsburgh would benefit more from this weekend. Once again, the black-and-gold need to win for this wish list to be viable. But any edge on the competition in the AFC is welcome.
Here are the conference standings going in to Week 11
- Pittsburgh Steelers (No change) 9-0: Would win AFC North and earn a bye in Round 1
- Kansas City Chiefs (No change) 8-1: Would win AFC West and host Baltimore in Round 1
- Buffalo Bills (No change) 7-3: Would win AFC East and host Miami in Round 1
- Indianapolis Colts (+5) 6-3: Would win AFC South and host Las Vegas in Round 1
- Las Vegas Raiders (+1) 6-3 Would earn first Wild Card and travel to Indianapolis in Round 1
- Miami Dolphins (+1) 6-3 Would earn second Wild Card and travel to Buffalo in Round 1
- Baltimore Ravens 6-3 (-2) Would earn third Wild Card and travel to Kansas City in Round 1
- Tennessee Titans (-4) 6-3
- Cleveland Browns (-1) 6-3
- New England Patriots (+1) 4-5
- Denver Broncos (-1) 3-6
- Cincinnati Bengals (No change) 2-6-1
- Los Angeles Chargers (No change) 2-7
- Houston Texans (No change) 2-7
- Jacksonville Jaguars (No change) 1-8
- New York Jets (No change) 0-9
New England Patriots at Houston Texans – Sunday 1:00 PM
The Steelers really needed help from the Patriots and the fan base is absolutely grateful for the Belichickens for upsetting and exposing the Ravens. But when it comes to the rooting guide, it is a selfish and fickle little mistress. In the case for NFL competition, it’s more than okay to use a team and throw it aside after you get what you need and want. Sure, we’re going to request wins from New England again this season, but I caution anybody to think that the Pats are done until they are dead and buried. They don’t need too more much momentum in Foxboro.
Who to root for: Houston Texans
Tennessee Titans at Baltimore Ravens – Sunday 1:00 PM
The question you ask yourself here is a puzzler. Do you want the Ravens rolling into Heinz Field on turkey day desperate, wounded and wallowing in a two-game losing streak? Probably not. Typically in the RG, this is where you root for your incoming opponent to wash the stench of losing off. However, I’d rather take my chances and let the Steelers rise up to the challenge. Not doing so would be living in your fears and we’ve all been warned against that by a certain someone.
Who to root for: Tennessee Titans
Green Bay Packers at Indianapolis Colts – Sunday 1:00 PM
The Colts are a struggling to find their true identity, but still are a team that is leading their division at 6-3. Phillip Rivers is experienced enough to make this team dangerous, but there’s still a disturbing level of inconsistency hovering above them. A win against Green Bay could ignite a wildfire within this team. With the Titans floundering since the Steelers handed them their first loss in Week 7, Indy might as well have that flame extinguished.
Who to root for: Green Bay Packers
Philadelphia Eagles at Cleveland Browns – Sunday 1:00 PM
If you look at the schedule, the Ravens might not have as easy of a go that the Browns indeed do. In fact, we may be listing the Ravens on our wish list in a few weeks over Cleveland. That’s the glory of the guide. Philly is bad and I don’t expect them to help, but they are holding on to division hopes and they need to be squashed soon. Of course, the Steelers could do that themselves by continuing to win. But assistance would be keen.
Who to root for: Philadelphia Eagles
Cincinnati Bengals at The Washington Football Team – Sunday 1:00PM
The Steelers did vanquish the Bengals last week and Cincinnati is not a threat to their division hopes at all in 2020. However, they are still a division foe and a threat to be something special possibly in the future. This is where you want to see little bro’s growth plates shattered into tiny little pieces.
Who to root for: The Washington Football Team
New York Jets at Los Angeles Chargers – Sunday 4:05 PM
This game matters not for Pittsburgh. Not a lambda, kappa or even a mu. The question you’ve got to ask yourself remains in who you want to see Trevor Lawrence go to. If it’s not the Jets, then you’ve got yourself a definitive answer. But I’d rather the kid from Clemson end up in the comic strip that is Gotham instead of Duval. Plus, the Chargers are capable of upsetting a contender possibly and “the Bolts” need all the extra spark that they can generate to do so.
Who to root for: Los Angeles Chargers
Miami Dolphins at Denver Broncos – Sunday 4:05 PM
In order to establish themselves as a threat to the Bills, Miami has been featured on this list repeatedly. They’ve managed to win five straight and are close to overtaking Buffalo. Pretty soon it’s going to be time to remove “the Phins” from the rooting guide. But the Steelers are going to need their services next month against KC. Let’s keep them on until they knock Buffalo further down the ledger. Sorry Denver.
Who to root for: Miami Dolphins
Kansas City Chiefs at Las Vegas Raiders – Sunday 8:20 PM
The Raiders handed the Chiefs their only loss back in Week 5 in the state of Missouri. It’s hard to believe that the Super Bowl champs would succumb twice to the Raiders in the same season. The Chiefs are becoming the constant that most believed them to be and are considered better than the black-and-gold, despite the one loss. The Steelers need Lady Luck to provide more of a cushion. Can Vegas beat the odds and do it again? Go back to Week 5 and sit in the exact spot, serve the same grub and wear the duds you did then again.
Who to root for: Las Vegas Raiders
Bye: Buffalo Bills
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