Originally written on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 11/27/12

PITTSBURGH - NOVEMBER 15: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks to make a pass play during their game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on November 15, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Bengals defeated the Steelers 18-12. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
The Steelers have had it rough the last couple of weeks, dropping two straight while the Cincinnati Bengals have closed the gap in the wildcard race. Ben Roethlisberger's status is still up in the air for this weekend's game against the Ravens, but even with another loss, the Steelers aren't in terrible shape in the playoff picture. The Steelers have a couple of key things going for them. First off, they beat the Bengals earlier in the season, which keeps their destiny in their own hands. Their second matchup with the Bengals comes in week 16. It's a must-win game for Pittsburgh, but it's far enough down the road that Ben Roethlisberger should be ready to go without any problems. There's a third team that has begun to creep back into the playoff race. The Miami Dolphins are just a game behind the Steelers and the Bengals. Still, they have a knack for dropping games they need to win. I'll believe they're a contender if they're still around by week 16. The last factor to conside...
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