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Steelers’ Playoff Chances Slightly Improve With Jaguars’ Thursday Night Win

The Jacksonville Jaguars beat the New York Jets Thursday night to kick off Week 16 of the 2022 NFL regular season and with that, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ playoff chances improved ever so slightly.

While the Steelers obviously still need a ton of help when it comes to making the playoffs, in addition to winning out themselves, the Jaguars beating the Jets on Thursday night still keeps the few remaining scenarios alive.

Had the Jets won Thursday night, the scenario that includes the Miami Dolphins losing out would have come off the boards. That would have left the scenario that includes the Los Angeles Chargers needing to lose out.

So, with the Thursday night game now in the books, and with the Steelers’ Week 16 game against the Las Vegas Raiders being on Saturday night, what should Pittsburgh be rooting for? Well, when it comes to the Saturday afternoon games, the Steelers could really use a New England Patriots loss to the Cincinnati Bengals and a Tennessee Titans loss to the Houston Texans.

Should the Steelers beat the Raiders on Saturday night, a Dolphins loss on Sunday to the Green Bay Packers and a Chargers Monday night loss to the Indianapolis Colts would make for a perfect Week 16 for the Black and Gold and especially if both the Patriots and Titans lose on Saturday.

As long as both the Dolphins and Chargers don’t win their games, the Steelers can’t be eliminated from playoff contention in Week 16 as long as they beat the Raiders on Saturday night.

According to the playoff scenario machine on FiveThirtyEight, the Steelers now have a 0.7% chance of making the playoffs following the Jaguars beating the Jets on Thursday night. Prior to the Thursday night game, the Steelers had a 0.3% of making the playoffs. Hey, that’s a slight improvement.

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