The Pittsburgh Steelers are on to the Denver Broncos in the AFC Divisional round of the AFC Playoffs, and despite the team entering the postseason as one of the more dangerous teams, injuries to key players have dampened the overall view of the Steelers heading into this Divisional playoff game.
Injuries to Ben Roethlisberger's shoulder, a concussed Antonio Brown and a foot/ankle injury to DeAngelo Williams has taken the strength of the Steelers and turned it into potential issue as the team is about to fact the NFL's top ranked defense throughout the 2015 season.
So, what are the percentages of the Steelers beating the Broncos and advancing to the AFC Championship game against either the Kansas City Chiefs or New England Patriots? Our friends at NumberFire give us just that as we break down the matchup.
The way they see the upcoming game, the Steelers have a 39-percent chance of winning on the road against the Broncos, and these numbers are banking on all of the injured players on the roster playing, but the injury situation could change, and the percentage would change with it if some players have to sit out.
In fact, the odds of the game change if Big Ben doesn't play, as the Steelers will have a 34% chance to win. And, they get even worse if Roethlisberger, Brown and Williams sit out, with Pittsburgh having a 32% chance to win.
As for Pittsburgh's chances of winning the AFC and eventually the Super Bowl remain solid. Take a look at how they rank among the rest of the contenders still in the field with only a few weeks remaining in the NFL season.
Team / Conf Champ % / Super Bowl %
Arizona Cardinals: 40.24 / 25.19
Carolina Panthers: 29.57 / 16.55
New England Patriots: 28.8 / 12.54
Pittsburgh Steelers: 26.41 / 12.53
Seattle Seahawks: 20.09 / 11.58
Kansas City Chiefs: 22.92 / 9.99
Denver Broncos: 21.87 / 7.32
Green Bay Packers: 10.1 / 4.3