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Week 13 - Who to root for...

Now that we are 11 games through the season, we know even more about the playoff & tie-break scenarios. 

The Steelers are guaranteed to make the playoffs if they finish 3-2 or better.


-    The Steelers cannot win the Common Games tie-break against the Ravens.
-    The Steelers cannot lose the Common Games tie-break against the Jaguars, Chiefs, Raiders, or Chargers.


@ 13-3 – the Steelers will win the division but can still be seeded 1 or 2.
@ 12-4 – the Steelers make the playoffs but can be seeded 1, 2, 5, or 6.
@ 11-5 – the Steelers make the playoffs but can be seeded 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6.
@ 10-6 – there are many scenarios left

                  Miami & Kansas City can knock the Steelers out if either finishes @ 11-5 + doesn't win the division;

                  No other tie-breaks have been settled @ 10-6 due to the possibility of 3-team or 4-team ties.

A win this week against the Ravens will give us the divisional tie-break if the Steelers beat the Bengals in Week 14 & the Browns in Week 17.  If we lose either of these games, the division could go to the Strength of Victory tie-break - which is currently dead even.


There are a few scenarios that will eliminate teams from divisional races and a few that will eliminate teams from the playoffs.  The Panthers, Lions, Bills, & Bengals are already eliminated from the playoffs.  The Browns are eliminated from the playoffs with a loss and a Steelers/Ravens tie.  The Broncos, Cowboys, & Vikings can be eliminated from the playoffs this week.



Who should we root for this week (based only on records & tie-break scenarios)?

Houston at Philadelphia – Eagles due to Texans Record; Texans loss will give them 7 losses

New Orleans at Cincinnati – Bengals due to Strength of Victory

Jacksonville at Tennessee – Titans due to Jaguars Record; Jaguars have tie-break over the Steelers @ 10-6

Buffalo at Minnesota – Bills due to Strength of Victory

Denver at Kansas City – Broncos due to Chiefs Record + Conference Record

Cleveland at Miami – Browns due to Dolphins Record

Oakland at San Diego – Raiders due to Chargers Record + due to Strength of Victory

Atlanta at Tampa Bay – Falcons due to Strength of Victory against the Ravens

Carolina at Seattle – Panthers due to potential Strength of Victory

Dallas at Indianapolis – Cowboys due to Colts Record

N.Y. Jets at New England – Jets due Patriots Record + Head-to-Head over the Steelers

Pittsburgh at Baltimore – No brainer


Games that may matter for Strength of Victory Tie-breaks
Chicago at Detroit
Washington at N.Y. Giants
San Francisco at Green Bay
St. Louis at Arizona

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