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Pittsburgh Steelers: 6 Concerns Steelers Must Address Heading into Playoffs
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Ben Roethlisberger played Sunday against Cleveland, but wasn't at his best.

Unlike 2008 and 2010, the Pittsburgh Steelers don't have a playoff E-ZPass this season.

They have to take the less convenient AFC wild-card lane, which goes through Denver before meeting up again with AFC heavyweights like the Patriots and Ravens.

Sure, I wish the Steelers would have won the AFC North and earned a first-round bye in the playoffs.

But there's a hidden blessing, so to speak, about the Steelers' matchup Sunday at 4:30 p.m. against Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos.

It allows me the platform to say that Tebow did not invent "Tebowing."

NFL players have been kneeling down in prayer on the field since Tebow was being home-schooled by his mother.

Now that I have that off my chest, the Steelers have a chance to school Tebow like a ruler-wielding nun on Sunday.

The Broncos have lost three straight, and Tebow was an anemic 6-for-22 in Sunday's 7-3 loss at home to the Kansas City Chiefs. His quarterback rating for the game was a laughable 20.6.

Remember what happened last year, however, to the defending-champion Saints on the road against the 7-9 Seahawks.

Such are the hazards of navigating the wild-card lane in the playoffs, and I have a few concerns about the Steelers that could steer them to an early exit.

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