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BTSC’s guide to the other weekend games that might impact the Steelers the most.
The Steelers are scheduled to play the rival Browns at Heinz Field on Sunday and winning that game is paramount for supremacy in the AFC 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, despite the date on the calendar.
Here are the conference standings going in to Week 6
- Tennessee Titans 4-0 (Would win AFC South and have a bye in Round 1)
- Pittsburgh Steelers 4-0 (Would win AFC North and host Las Vegas in Round 1)
- Kansas City Chiefs 4-1 (Would win AFC West and host Cleveland in Round 1)
- Buffalo Bills 4-1 (Would win AFC East and host Baltimore in Round 1)
- Baltimore Ravens 4-1 (Would earn first Wild Card and travel to Buffalo in Round 1)
- Cleveland Browns 4-1 (Would earn second Wild Card and travel to Kansas City in Round 1)
- Las Vegas Raiders 3-2 (Would earn third Wild Card and travel to Pittsburgh in Round 1)
- Indianapolis Colts 3-2
- New England Patriots 2-2
- Miami Dolphins 2-3
- Cincinnati Bengals 1-3-1
- Denver Broncos 1-3
- Los Angeles Chargers 1-4
- Houston Texans 1-4
- Jacksonville Jaguars 1-4
- New York Jets 0-5
Denver Broncos at New England Patriots – Sunday 1:00 PM
The Patriots have two losses and are reeling a bit. They need knocked out of the equation. If you don’t get to them while they are compromised, they could go on a run. Denver is batterred though, but still not objectionable at this point.
Who to root for: Denver
Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans – Sunday 1:00 PM
With a dominating victory over Buffalo on Tuesday night, the Titans have empathetically announced themselves as a real deal in the conference. It’s definitely not gonna be an easy game for the Steelers when they travel to Tennessee next week. Maybe the Texans could expose some weaknesses of Vrabel’s boys.
Who to root for: Houston
Baltimore Ravens at Philadelphia Eagles – Sunday 1:00 PM
Obviously, Philly. The Eagles showed against the Steelers that they can be competitive. I’m not convinced that they are going to be, but the Ravens need to go down. Losing to Kansas City doesn’t rob a team of honor, but dropping to the Eagles would burn with the white hot intensity of a thousand suns.
Who to root for: Philadelphia
Detroit Lions at Jacksonville Jaguars – Sunday 1:00 PM
This game doesn’t have any consequence for the Steelers. So, I’ll go NFC.
Who to root for: Detroit
Cincinnati Bengals at Indianapolis Colts – Sunday 1:00 PM
Indianapolis should be much better, they are merely a middle of the road team that disappointed against Cleveland. Cincinnati looked mortal again against Baltimore after two undefeated weeks (a win and a tie). I don’t see Indy as a threat to Pittsburgh in the playoff race at this moment. Plus, the Bengals and Joe Burrow need more growing pains and squashed hopes.
Who to root for: Indianapolis
New York Jets at Miami Dolphins – Sunday 1:00 PM
The Jets are a tire fire that won’t burn out during a tsunami. Le’Veon Bell is gone and the Gothamites are playing for the top pick in 2021. Miami isn’t a major threat, but their continued success here and there would make them legitimate competition for New England and Buffalo. Therefore, a win here doesn’t hurt.
Who to root for: Miami
Kansas City Chiefs at Buffalo Bills – Monday 5:00 PM
This is a pick your poison game. After Buffalo looked way more fail-able against Tennessee, Kansas City returns to the ranks of more dangerous. They need to lose more for the Steelers sake.
Who to root for: Buffalo
Who do you like in these games for yinzer’s sake? Let us know in the comment section below, and if you want more explanation to these picks check out the new Rooting Guide podcast below: