Found December 21, 2012 on
Getting into the playoffs isn’t usually this complicated for the Pittsburgh Steelers, but by losing four of their last five games and falling to 7-7, they’ve made it a rare flowchart year.
The Steelers usually have a playoff spot wrapped up by this time of year. They’ve finished 12-4 three out of the last four seasons, above the fray of all the calculations and permutations of the playoff picture.
Not this year.
This flowchart was produced using ESPN.com’s NFL Playoff Machine as a guide. It might make it seem like the Steelers need a Rube Goldberg contraption to make the playoffs, but their task isn’t that complex. They finish the regular season with home games against the Bengals (8-6) Sunday and the Browns Dec. 30. If they win both of those games, they’re in the playoffs.
If the Steelers fail to win out and our eyes have to navigate this flowchart, here’s what we need to know:
The Ravens (9-5) finish the regular season at home against the Giants and at Cincinnati.
The Colts (9-...
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
The Steelers have to beat the Bengals this week if they want to keep their playoff hopes alive.
The season is coming to a close and I'm sitting at 142-82. That's over .600 but I can do better.
Here's a look at week 16
Atlanta at Detroit - The Falcons destroyed the Giants last week and silenced a few critics that say they can't win the big game...
The fan voting for the 2013 Pro Bowl ended on Monday, December 17 and the Pittsburgh Steelers did manage to have one player that wound up being the leading vote getter for their respected position in the AFC. That player is center Maurkice Pouncey.
Pouncey led all AFC centers with 217,326 fan votes per the latest NFL media release.
The Steelers third-year center has played...
I’ve seen many tweets and comments regarding how this week starts the ‘playoffs’ for the Pittsburgh Steelers. I don’t view it that way. This team has never been guaranteed a playoff spot this season and my argument is that the playoffs actually started with a ‘must-win’ game in Baltimore. The Steelers, behind Charlie Batch, won that game but have proceeded to lose the...
The Pittsburgh Steelers’ secondary has been targeted early and often the last two weeks in the absence of Ike Taylor. When Taylor went down injured against the Baltimore Ravens it was just another in a long line of crucial injuries the Steelers have suffered during the 2012 season. When Cortez Allen went down injured a week later it made things even worse.
Keenan Lewis is also...
It is no secret that the Pittsburgh Steelers defense has struggled for a second consecutive season at getting turnovers and sacks. Those of course are two pretty big elements in winning football games, but outside of those glaring deficiencies the unit has not been awful.
Through the first 14 games of the 2012 regular season the Steelers defense ranks first in yards allowed per...
Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback DeMarcus Van **** will undergo surgery next Wednesday on his injured right shoulder.
Van ****, who was claimed off of waivers from the Oakland Raiders just prior to the start of the season, suffered a shoulder separation while attempting to make a tackle on Dallas Cowboys return man Dwayne Harris while covering the Steelers first punt of the game...
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger looks at his passing statistics, and they're not all that bad.
His passer rating is up from his career average, as well as his average passing yards per game.
The completion rate is where it has been over the course of an eight-year career.
Only once before has Roethlisberger thrown more touchdown passes per game or fewer interceptions...
The Pittsburgh Steelers were back on the practice field again on Thursday as they continue to prepare for their must-win game Sunday at Heinz Field against the Cincinnati Bengals and the second injury report for the week is now out.
Cornerback Keenan Lewis (hip) did not practice on Thursday after being limited on Wednesday with his hip injury that he re-aggravated in the loss to...
Below are the defensive player play counts and the participation chart for the Pittsburgh Steelers week 15 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. We also are including down, time of play and yards gained to better help you identify the play.
The Steelers were in the nickel for 18 non-penalty plays in this game with Robert Golden and Curtis Brown both working at times as the nickel back. Jason...
For those of you familiar with the Steelers Radio broadcast team of Me, Tunch Ilkin, Gerry Dulac, Bob Labriola, Dale Lolly, Mike Pirsuta and some of our classic radio callers, you may enjoy this little Christmas Poem by Pittsburgh Post-Gazett Sports writer Gerry Dulac. A Blessed and safe holiday season to all! A LOCKER ROOM [...]
Steelers LB James Harrison targets players in legs, knees instead
The Cincinnati Bengals take on the Pittsburgh Steelers this Sunday, with a win and a Baltimore loss the Bengals could find the top of the AFC North. Cincinnati would also have the best record inside the division and could find themselves in the hunt for a super bowl appearance. The Bengals were able to turn things around this season after the team was on a losing streak. Andy Dalton...
Cincinnati Bengals (8-6) at Pittsburgh Steelers (7-7)
Apparently the roof is falling in Pittsburgh. They’ve gone from favored by 4.5 to favored by 3 (passing two key numbers) and the public is still on Cincinnati. Why? Because they lost in overtime in Dallas in a game that was meaningless for them because they still control their own destiny? Because they lost another game as non...
There are three teams still in contention to win the AFC North, but the struggles of the division's two perennial powerhouses seem to have left the door wide open for the Cincinnati Bengals.
To take that next step, they'll have to start by beating those same two teams they seemingly can't.
The Bengals have lost their last nine meetings against Pittsburgh and Baltimore...