Thanks to their 27-11 win Sunday over the Cleveland Browns, the Pittsburgh Steelers were able to keep their playoff chances in good shape. While they still do not control their own destiny, they likely will at some point as long as they continue to stack wins.
Heading into Week 13 and a Thanksgiving night meeting on the road against the Baltimore Ravens, the Steelers only have the Tennessee Titans ahead of them in the race for the final AFC Wild Card spot thanks in part to head-to-head tie-breakers. The Titans, however, now have two tough road games against the Indianapolis Colts and the Denver Broncos upcoming, and they’re bound to lose at least one of those games, if not both.
Winning on the road on a short week against the Ravens won’t be easy, but should the Steelers manage to pull off their fourth straight win, they will have plenty of time to prepare to host the Miami Dolphins the following week. At that point, they very well could control their own destiny.
There is still a lot of football left to be played, but thanks to the mediocrity in the AFC, the Steelers figure to have a shot at the final Wild Card spot for the remainder of the season.