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6 Players Who Must Step Up for Pittsburgh Steelers to Earn a Playoff Berth
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It might not seem that difficult for the Pittsburgh Steelers to make the playoffs this season.

The Steelers are one of five teams in the AFC with a 3-3 record. Only the Houston Texans (6-1), Baltimore Ravens (5-2) and New England Patriots (4-3) have a better record than the Steelers.

However, if the conference continues to play out the way it has, there won't be room for all these .500 teams in the playoffs. It would take a calculus degree to figure out tiebreakers if there are a half-dozen 8-8 or 9-7 teams fighting for playoff spots.

The Steelers would give themselves a lot more elbow room in the playoff race if they could rise above the fray of mediocrity in the AFC.

For that to happen, several Steelers need to improve their performance.

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