The (7-5) Pittsburgh Steelers will play the (10-2) Cincinnati Bengals Sunday afternoon on the road in what figures to be a great AFC North matchup. Even though the Steelers still control their own playoff destiny right now, it doesn’t mean that we won’t be doing some scoreboard watching on this 14th Sunday of the 2015 NFL season. As usual, here is your fan rooting interest guide for Week 13 as it relates to the AFC playoff race.
Buffalo Bills (6-6) at Philadelphia Eagles (5-7) 1:00 PM ET
Even though the Bills have six losses, they still have a pulse in the AFC when it comes to a Wild Card spot even if it is a faint one. One more loss, however, would all but do it for them and especially if the Steelers win. This figures to be a fun early game to watch as both teams really need to win out at this stage.
Tennessee Titans (3-9) at New York Jets (7-5) 1:00 PM ET
The Jets took advantage of a gift that was given to them last week by the New York Giants and on Sunday they’ll be looking to notch their third consecutive win with the 2015 season entering its final quarter. The Jets enter Week 14 as the No. 6 seed in the AFC and are guaranteed not to drop in the Wild Card race this weekend as long as they win. After this week, the Jets will close out the season against the Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots and Bills, so pull hard for the Titans on Sunday.
Indianapolis Colts (6-6) at Jacksonville Jaguars (4-8) 1:00 PM ET
Being as you never know which of the two teams in the AFC South that the Steelers might be batting against for a Wild Card spot, we might as well root for both to lose. The Colts are a mess right now coming off their loss last Sunday night to the Steelers and the Jaguars will be waiting for them at home. The Colts enter Week 14 as the No. 4 seed in the AFC thanks to them leading their division. They might just end Sunday way outside of the top 6 seeds should they lose to the Jaguars.
San Diego Chargers (3-9) at Kansas City Chiefs (7-5) 1:00 PM ET
When the Chiefs entered their Week 7 game against the Steelers they were (1-5). Not only did they beat Pittsburgh on that Sunday, they haven’t lost since. Because of that streak the Chiefs are in great shape when it comes to getting one of the two Wild Card spots in the AFC. In order for the Steelers to finish as the higher seeded team, they’ll need to finish with the better record thanks to that Week 7 loss, so let’s all hope the Chargers can pull off the upset today.
New England Patriots (10-2) at Houston Texans (6-6) 8:30 PM ET
The Texans will battle the Colts the rest of the way for the AFC South title with the loser unlikely to make the playoffs as a Wild Card team. A loss Sunday to the slipping Patriots certainly would hurt the Texans quite a bit and especially if the Colts wind up beating the Jaguars. Just to be on the safe side, Steelers fans need to be pulling for the Patriots Sunday night.