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AFC Playoff Picture: Steelers find themselves with the No. 2 seed heading into Week 11

It is time to start tracking where the Steelers stand in the AFC Playoff Picture, and it is so-far-so-good for the black-and-gold.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are coming off a dominating win over the Carolina Panthers in Week 10, and with the rest of the AFC wrapping up their games this week, it is time to put things in perspective as it relates to the AFC Playoff Picture.

Sure, there is still a lot of football left to be played, but at the same time it doesn’t hurt to look ahead and see just where every resides, and who they have coming up, to get a grip on the Conference Playoff scenarios.

After Pittsburgh’s horrid start to the season, they have rebounded to the tune of 5 straight wins and, thanks to some losses to other AFC competitors, and have catapulted themselves up into the No. 2 spot in the AFC Playoff Picture.

So, before we go any further, time to update the Playoff Picture heading into Week 11.

AFC Playoff Picture Week 11

1. Kansas City Chiefs (9-1) — REMAINING OPPONENTS: at Rams (9-1), at Raiders (1-8), vs. Ravens (4-5), vs. Chargers (7-2), at Seahawks (4-5), vs. Raiders (1-8)
2. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2-1) — REMAINING OPPONENTS: at Jaguars (3-6), at Broncos (3-6), vs. Chargers (7-2), at Raiders (1-8), vs. Patriots (7-3), at Saints (8-1), vs. Bengals (5-4)
3. New England Patriots (7-3) — REMAINING OPPONENTS: at Jets (3-7), vs. Vikings (5-3-1), at Dolphins (5-5), at Steelers (6-2-1), vs. Bills (3-7), vs. Jets (3-7)
4. Houston Texans (6-3) — REMAINING OPPONENTS: at Redskins (6-3), vs. Titans (5-4), vs. Browns (3-6-1), vs. Colts (4-5), at Jets (3-7), at Eagles (4-5), vs. Jaguars (3-6)
5. Los Angeles Chargers (7-2) — REMAINING OPPONENTS: vs. Broncos (3-6), vs. Cardinals (2-7), at Steelers (6-2-1), vs. Bengals (5-4), at Chiefs (9-1), vs. Ravens (4-5), at Broncos (3-6)
6. Cincinnati Bengals (5-4) — REMAINING OPPONENTS: at Ravens (4-5), vs. Browns (3-6-1), vs. Broncos (3-6), at Chargers (7-2), vs. Raiders (1-8), at Browns (3-6-1), at Steelers (6-2-1)

In the hunt:
7. Tennessee Titans (5-4) — REMAINING OPPONENTS: at Colts (4-5), at Texans (6-3), vs. Jets (3-7), vs. Jaguars (3-6), at Giants (1-7), vs. Redskins (6-3), vs. Colts (4-5)
8. Miami Dolphins (5-5) — REMAINING OPPONENTS: at Colts (4-5), vs. Bills (3-7), vs. Patriots (7-3), at Vikings (5-3-1), vs. Jaguars (3-6), at Bills (3-7)
9. Baltimore Ravens (4-5) — REMAINING OPPONENTS: vs. Bengals (5-4), vs. Raiders (1-8), at Falcons (4-5), at Chiefs (9-1), vs. Buccaneers (3-6), at Chargers (7-2), vs. Browns (3-6-1)
10. Indianapolis Colts (4-5) — REMAINING OPPONENTS: vs. Titans (5-4), vs. Dolphins (5-5), at Jaguars (3-6), at Texans (6-3), vs. Cowboys (4-5), vs. Giants (1-7), at Titans (5-4)
11. Cleveland Browns (3-6-1) — REMAINING OPPONENTS: at Bengals (5-4), at Texans (6-3), vs. Panthers (6-3), at Broncos (3-6), vs. Bengals (5-4), at Ravens (4-5)
12. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-6) — REMAINING OPPONENTS: vs. Steelers (6-2-1), at Bills (3-7), vs. Colts (4-5), at Titans (5-4), vs. Redskins (6-3), at Dolphins (5-5), at Texans (6-3)
13. Denver Broncos (3-6) — REMAINING OPPONENTS: at Chargers (7-2), vs. Steelers (6-2-1), at Bengals (5-4), at 49ers (2-7), vs. Browns (3-6-1), at Raiders (1-8), vs. Chargers (7-2)

For those who don’t know, the reason the Chargers, who have a better record are above the Steelers, are behind in the standings is due to Pittsburgh leading their division and the Chargers behind the Chiefs in the AFC West.

As for Pittsburgh, their remaining schedule is riddled with teams who are at, or near, the top of the playoff race. The Chargers, Bengals and Patriots will all come to Heinz Field in the coming weeks as the regular season winds down.

The fun is just beginning...

Take a look at the above standings, who do you see failing down the stretch? And which team will be a surprise to climb the rankings? Let us know in the comment section below!