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UNLESS the Ravens, Broncos, and Jets ALL lose. VERY unlikely, but a Houston win doesn't 100% guarantee Pitt is out....more like 99.9%. So, yea...just beat the damn Texans this week, would ya?!
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hey guys, if the jets win they are in. if the ravens win, they too are in. the ravens play the raiders, which they should win even though it's in Oakland. The jets are playing Cincy who may rest their starters. Cincy will know whether they have a shot at the 3rd seed since the game is on Sunday Night...by then they'll know whether the pats won or not. In addition, Denver plays KC so they may have a better shot than the steelers. Thus with the ravens, jets and broncos with better shots at getting into the playoffs I just don't see a realistic chance for the steelers to make it.
It would be in our best interest to win on Sunday and not give any chance to the steelers of making it. If we win, Cincy rests their players and squeezes the steelers out.
Steelers do have a tiebreaker with the Broncos, so they could get in ahead.
For the Broncos to make it in before the Steelers, the Broncos MUST have a Houston win to create a 3-way tie which eliminates the head-to-head tiebreaker.
Houston, Den and Pitt are all hoping and praying while the Jets and Baltimore can control their own destiny.
If the Broncos and Jets both win, we play the Jets. The Broncos are at home playing the Chiefs, so that looks like good odds that they are the #5 seed.
I'm not opposed to resting guys who are hurt like Wilfork and Warren. It gives some reps to Pryor, Wright, Green, and Brace.
I still think that we should try to win the game. Winning is a good habit.
Again, it's impossible for us to play the Jets. The Broncos also need help. You can't base next week's scenarios on what would happen if the week ended today because next week some of the common games tiebreakers kick in (i.e. at least 4 common games are required and right now there are only 3 games in common for some teams).
Not to mention the fact that the ESPN page is wrong because Baltimore has a head-to-head tie-breaker over Den (and so does Pitt).
This means the page you're linking to is totally wrong for this week, not to mention next week.
I would bet everything that we will not play the Jets. It's impossible.
Momentum? Momentum is the most overrated intagible of all. Statistical studies show the teams "with momentum" do absolutely no better than teams "without momentum".
Seriously, I'm suprised everybody is so entangled in this momentum stuff. Let's look at the January's of some recent champions:
2008: Steelers - Week 16 lose big to the #1 seed Titans. Then a meaningless win over the Browns to close out the season
2007: Giants - 1-2 in the last 3 weeks of the regular season. Lost to us on the final week.
2006: Colts - 2-3 in December
The 2005 Steelers were really the last team you can say had "momentum" going into the playoffs when they rode in on a 4 game winning streak. It's really a different ballgame in January regardless of how you play your last few weeks.