Projecting Odds for Every Playoff Seed for the Pittsburgh Steelers

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Projecting Odds for Every Playoff Seed for the Pittsburgh Steelers
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It was too good to be true.

The Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line had been protecting Ben Roethlisberger so much better this season.

Roethlisberger had been sacked 17 times as he entered the second half of Monday night's game against the Kansas City Chiefs. He was on pace to be sacked 34 times for the season. Since 2006, he had been sacked at least 40 times every year except 2010, when he played in just 12 games.

It was so nice to see the offensive line actually providing Roethlisberger with a pocket, something that's been a luxury for most of his career.

Then, just when it seemed like Roethlisberger running for his life was a thing of the past, he gets hurt and is likely facing the longest absence of his career.

When Roethlisberger was sacked Monday night, it seemed innocuous enough. He didn't stay on the ground. There were none of the wolf-crying histrionics of seasons past.

It was difficult to realize Roethlisberger was really injured until Bryon Leftwich came in, and the real "Uh-oh" moment came when Roethlisberger was seen on ESPN getting into a cart in the bowels of Heinz Field.

Roethlisberger is out "indefinitely," according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The Steelers normally would be eyeing a first-round playoff bye after winning four straight and improving to 6-3. Without Roethlisberger, however, they have some work to do to earn any playoff seed.

The Steelers host the Ravens Sunday night. After that, they go to Cleveland and Baltimore. They host the Chargers in Week 14, go to Dallas in Week 15 and finish the season at home against the Bengals and Browns.

The Steelers currently sit in the No. 6 spot and would travel to New England for a wild-card game if the season ended after nine games.

They still have plenty of time to alter that daunting itinerary.

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