BTSC’s guide to the other weekend games that might impact the Steelers the most.
The 12-4 Steelers are scheduled for a rematch this weekend in Round One of the NFL Playoffs on Sunday with the 11-5 Cleveland Browns. It is imperative for the Steelers to take care of their own business and triumph for the other games to be of any consequence to them whatsoever.
Most of the time, Steelers fans know who to root for. But here’s a guide to playoff matchups, and whose wins and losses Pittsburgh would benefit more from the most should they advance in the tournament.
If you are new to the Rooting Guide, the whole thing is set up to look down the road and into the future. Once again, the black-and-gold need to win for this wish list to be viable. We are not guaranteeing a Steelers victory or looking ahead in a negative manner, but this exercise analyzes who would be better for them to face should they be victorious. Then, any edge on the competition would be welcome.
Here are the seedings going in to Round 1 of the Playoffs
American Football Conference
- Kansas City Chiefs (14-2) – Won the AFC West. Earned a First Round Bye.
- Buffalo Bills (13-3) – Won the AFC East.
- Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4) – Won the AFC North.
- Tennessee Titans (11-5) – Won the AFC South.
- Baltimore Ravens (11-5) – Earned the No. 1 Wild Card spot in the AFC
- Cleveland Browns (11-5) – Earned the No. 2 Wild Card spot in the AFC
- Indianapolis Colts (11-5) – Earned the No. 3 Wild Card spot in the AFC
National Football Conference
- Green Bay Packers (14-2) – Won the NFC North. Earned a First Round Bye.
- New Orleans Saints (12-4) – Won the NFC South.
- Seattle Seahawks (12-4) – Won the NFC West.
- The Washington Football Team (7-9) – Won the NFC East.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (11-5) – Earned the No. 1 Wild Card spot in the NFC
- Los Angeles Rams (10-6) – Earned the No. 2 Wild Card spot in the NFC.
- Chicago Bears (8-8) Earned the No. 3 Wild Card spot in the NFC
Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Bills – Saturday 1:05 PM
The Steelers did lose to the Bills in Week 14, but they kept in close in the first half until the pick-six dashed their hopes and dreams. Even with that being said, I want to get them out of there still. I’d love to see the Steelers get another home game should they advance to the next round and this would allow that. I’m also curious to see what Indy’s staunch defense and solid running game could do against Kansas City.
Who to root for: Indianapolis Colts
Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks – Saturday 4:40 PM
The Rams are beat up at quarterback and that will probably be the death knell for them in the playoffs. The Seahawks are a team that could possibly match up well against Green Bay in the playoffs. L.A.’s defense is better, but their offense wouldn’t be able to keep them off of the field.
Who to root for: Seattle Seahawks
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at The Washington Football Team – Saturday 8:15 PM
Do you really see the WFT going far in the NFC. I don’t. I love their story though. They could be an easy draw for a better NFC team in the second round. As for the Bucs, you may not like Tom Brady or Antonio Brown, but they could be a perfect opponent for the Steelers down the line. the Steelers were built on defense to face a team like that. Just thinking out loud.
Who to root for: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Baltimore Ravens at Tennessee Titans – Sunday 1:05 PM
There is many a different opinion on this particular contest. For me, it comes down to who could most likely knock off the Chiefs in the future. But depending what happens in the first AFC matchup between Buffalo and Indy, the winner here could be the Steelers’ next opponent. I’d rather see Tennessee than a full-strength Baltimore fore the third time. That’s just me, but I think the Titans would be a more favorable draw for the Steelers.
Who to root for: Tennessee Titans
Chicago Bears at New Orleans Saints – Sunday 4:40 PM
Chicago barely belongs in the postseason. They backed in and are complete pretenders, I get rooting for the underdogs, but that would give a free pass to Green Bay straight to the NFC Title Game. I’d rather see a stronger New Orleans team going farther.
Who to root for: New Orleans Saints
Who do you like in these games for yinzer’s sake? Let us know in the comment section in this article or on BTSC social media, and if you want more explanation to these picks check out the new Rooting Guide podcast below: