Now that we are 9 games through the season, the playoff & tie-break scenarios are starting to gain definition.
@ 13-3 - the Steelers will win the division but can still be seeded 1, 2, or 3.
@ 12-4 - there is still 1 scenario that would leave the Steelers out of the playoffs (Ravens win out; Jaguars win out; Colts only lose to Jags; Pats lose to the Jets and [none or 1 more]; Jets only lose to the Steelers - we would lose the tie-break to the Colts due to the Common Games tie-break)
@ 11-5 - there are still a few scenarios that would leave the Steelers out of the playoffs (involves various ties for the 2nd wild card spot with Jaguars,Colts,Titans,Chiefs,Raiders,Chargers,Patriots,Jets,Dolphins)
@10-6 - there are too many scenarios left.
Who should we root for this week (based only on records & tie-break scenarios)?
Bears @ Dolphins - Bears due to Dolphins - Record
Cardinals @ Chiefs - Cardinals due to Chiefs - Record
Ravens @ Panthers - Panthers due to Strength of Victory + Strength of Schedule & due to Ravens - Record + Common Game + Conference
Texans @ Jets - Conference Seeding - Texans due to Jets - Record + Conference; Playoffs - Jets due to Texans - Record + Conference
Redskins @ Titans - Redskins due to Titans - Record
Browns @ Jaguars - Browns due to Jaguars - Record + Conference + Common
Colts @ Patriots - Conference Seeding - Colts due to Patriots - Record + Head-to-Head + Conference; Playoffs - Patriots due to Colts - Record + Conference + Common Games
Broncos @ Chargers - Broncos due to Chargers Record + Conference
Raiders @ Steelers - No brainer
Games that may matter for Strength of Victory Tie-Breaks