Found December 03, 2012 on SteelBlitz Steelers Blog:
The Pittsburgh Steelers had to beat the Baltimore Ravens to stay alive in the AFC North division, but is there any way they could actually win the division in 2012. Well even though it’s highly unlikely there is still a chance and a way for the Steelers to pull off of division title this season. After losing to the Steelers the Ravens have fallen to 9-3 while the Steelers improved to 7-5. To win the division the Steelers would have to win out against the San Diego Chargers, Dallas Cowboy, Cincinnati Bengals, and Cleveland Browns. They would also need some big time help from everyone on the Ravens schedule. Luckily for the Ravens they face four quality teams the last four weeks of the season. Baltimore closes the season at the Washington Redskins, against the Denver Broncos and the New York Giants and then at Cincinnati Bengals. Denver and New York are both division leaders and won’t be easy games by any means for the Ravens. Baltimore has also struggled on the road and will play a very good offensive team in the Redskins and a division rival in the Bengals. So let’s look at some different scenarios for what could happen the rest of the way. Now for all of these scenarios we will assume the Steelers will win out as that is there only chance of winning the division at this point. If Baltimore loses next week to the Redskins and then falls in back-to-back games at home to the Broncos and Giants (all of which is possibly) they would sit at 9-6 with one game left. As long as the Steelers win out they would then hold their own destiny the rest of the way and would just need to beat the Browns in week 17 to win the division in this scenario. The other scenario would be in the Ravens were to lose the last three games of the season and end 10-6 a game behind a potential 11-5 Steelers team. Any way it goes the Steelers need the Ravens to lose three out of their next four games. If the Ravens start losing and the Bengals keep winning they could also have a shot at the division. If the Steelers beat the Bengals, but they win their other three games they would be 10-6. However, they would tie for the wild card and Baltimore would hold the tiebreaker. All of these scenarios would also leave the Ravens at 10-6 and they would be the fifth or sixth seed in the AFC. At 11-5 the Steelers would likely be the third or fourth seed in the AFC which means the first playoff game could be their third match-up of the season. These scenarios are not likely with the Ravens needing to lose three out of four including two games at home, but anything can happen in the NFL. If the Ravens win two games they will clinch the division. As of right now the Ravens are on pace to be the third seed in the AFC with the Steelers set in the sixth spot which would mean if things end this way the Steelers would once again be heading to Baltimore to play the Ravens. So as things stand it is time to root against the Ravens (in terms of the division) as well as the Bengals (7-5) and Colts (8-4) for the wildcard. The Colts conference record is also better than the Steelers so they currently hold the tiebreaker. Luckily for the Steelers the Bengals still play the Dallas, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Baltimore, all tough games, and the Colts still have three division games including two games against the 11-1 Texans. All other AFC teams have 7 or more loses and are unlikely to see the playoffs at this point.   The post Could the Steelers Really Win the AFC North Division? appeared first on SteelBlitz.
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