Other than the Steelers own matchup, there are other Wild Card games which Steelers fans may want to catch.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are preparing to face the Cleveland Browns on Sunday night in the Wild Card Round of the 2020 NFL postseason. Of course, this is by far the most important game of them all! But as fans wait around to finally get to watch Steelers, there are 5 other playoff games between Saturday and Sunday which will conclude before Pittsburgh and Cleveland kick off.
So the question is, which other game this weekend are you looking forward to the most?
Since this is an extention of the “3 games to watch” series which ran all season, I’m going to include a brief rundown of the previous week’s games in question to see how they helped shape the 2020 postseason before getting into the games this week.
Miami Dolphins (26) at Buffalo Bills (56)
Week 17 could not have gotten any worse for the Miami Dolphins. They were in very good shape to make the postseason even with a loss as there were several other teams that had to win in order for Miami to be out. Not only did all those other teams lose, the Dolphins defense which was at the top of the NFL in points scored surrendered 56 points to the Buffalo Bills.
Baltimore Ravens (38) at Cincinnati Bengals (3)
There was a chance the Ravens could lose and be out of the postseason. It didn’t last long as they got up early and big in a game which wasn’t really worth watching.
Jacksonville Jaguars (14) at Indianapolis Colts (28)
Unfortunately, I picked the wrong late game. While the Colts and Jaguars was a close game late and it had much more impact into a possible matchup in the first round for the Steelers, it was the Titans and Texans game that was ultimately the best one to watch.
Now that we have closed the page on the NFL regular season, it’s time to get focused on the Wild Card matchups. Obviously, the AFC games will mean more to the Steelers because of possible upcoming opponents, the NFC has some interesting games as well. Rather than cut it to 3 and leave someone out, we’re just going to look at every game.
Saturday 1:05 PM on CBS
Not only will this game help to shape who the Steelers will play in the Divisional Round should they be victorious, this is an intriguing matchup on its own. The Colts defense has not surrendered more than 28 points in the last five games while the Buffalo Bills have scored 34 or more points in four of the last five games with the lone exception being their matchup with the Steelers. So who will win the matchup between the Colts defense and the Bills offense?
Saturday 4:40 PM on FOX
This is the other matchup between two teams who have already played twice this season. Much like the Steelers and Browns, these two teams split their games with the home team winning each time. Unlike the Steelers and Browns, both games were close and low scoring.
Saturday at 8:15 PM on NBC
The only NFC team in the playoffs who the Steelers faced in 2020 is the Washington Football Team. With a stellar defense and Alex Smith back in the lineup, it will be very intriguing to see if they can hang with the high-powered Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Sunday 1:00 PM on ESPN/ABC
Heading into Sunday, Steelers fans will know if the winner of this game will face them in the divisional round. A rematch of Week 11, the Titans will get to face the Ravens in Tennessee this time around. A rematch from the 2019 Divisional Round, the Ravens are favored on the road even though they have lost to the Titans the last two times they faced off.
Sunday at 4:40 PM on CBS
At first glance this game does not seem to be overly intriguing, but anything is possible in the postseason. The Bears had a six-game losing streak in the middle of the season and yet still qualified in the last spot in the NFC. Only losing by three points in Week 9 when these teams faced off in Chicago, can the Bears make the game just as close in New Orleans?
So there are the other Wild Card matchups this weekend not involving the Pittsburgh Steelers. Are you focused on the teams the Steelers could face in the Divisional Round, or are you looking ahead to NFC matchups for a possible Super Bowl matchup? Or are you leaving the Steelers out of the equation and just want to see a good football game? If so, hopefully there are multiple options to choose from.
So which of these games are you looking forward to watching the most? Make sure you vote in the poll and give your thoughts in the comments below.