The Pittsburgh Steelers are 8-2, and sitting pretty atop the AFC Playoff Picture with 6 games remaining on their schedule. With Week 11 almost complete, it is worth analyzing the remaining games on the docket to see which team not named the New England Patriots might derail the team’s hopes of capturing the home-field advantage which has been the goal from Day 1.
So, time to take a look at the final games of the schedule, and see which teams are standing between the Steelers and the road to Super Bowl 52 going directly through Heinz Field.
Week 12 - vs. Green Bay Packers (Sunday Night Football)
When the schedule was released it looked as if this game would be a huge showdown between Ben Roethlisberger and Aaron Rodgers, but after Rodgers broke his collar bone it doesn’t have the same magnitude to it. Could the Packers, clinging to their playoff lives, stand tall and upset Pittsburgh at home? Possibly, but we all know Roethlisberger’s record at Heinz Field in prime time is near perfect.
Week 13 - at Cincinnati Bengals (Monday Night Football)
There is a strong chance the Bengals will be out of contention for the AFC North, and the playoffs, by the time Monday Night Football heads to Cincinnati, and many feel this could be a bad omen for the black-and-gold. Who wants to see Vontaze Burfict running around in a game which means nothing to them, and only derailing the Steelers’ season in his sites. It has happened before, but Roethlisberger’s record in the state of Ohio speaks for itself.
Week 14 - vs. Baltimore Ravens (Sunday Night Football)
If you re-read the first sentence of the previous summary for the Bengals game, the same could be true for the Ravens game. In fact, the Steelers and Ravens, in prime time, could be flexed out into a regular time slot. The Ravens are a team ravished with injury, but the divisional rivals always seem to play the Steelers tough...no matter what.
Week 15 - vs. New England Patriots
This game speaks for itself...
Week 16 - at Houston Texans
The Texans and Steelers will go head-to-head on Christmas Day, and what used to be Roethlisberger vs. DeShaun Watson, and T.J. Watt vs. J.J. Watt how now become a shell of a game brimming with playoff implications. Could this be the Steelers’ final home game of 2017?
Week 17 - vs. Cleveland Browns
The hope is this game means absolutely nothing, like so many Browns games in Week 17 before it, and the Steelers begin their resting phase for the 2017 AFC Playoffs.
So, with the final slate of games ahead of Pittsburgh, which game, not the one against the Patriots, scares you the most? Which game do you see as a potential trap waiting for the Steelers, keeping them from home field advantage?
Let us know in the comment section below!