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As I mentioned before, the Steelers have their last away game this week against Dallas and then finish the season at home against Cincinnati and Cleveland.
The game against Dallas is not the "gimme" people might think it is, as the Bengals found out yesterday. It is a dangerous team, and you can bet it will be watching tape of Chargers wideouts Danario Alexander and Michael Spurlock catching out-pattern passes all day agains the Steelers. It seemed like every time the Chargers needed a first down, one of those guys was open.
The Steelers are not a bad defense on third down, allowing opponents to convert only 36.5 percent of their third downs on the year, but they were exposed yesterday, and you can be sure coaches in Dallas, Cincinnati and Cleveland took notice.
Division games are always tough games, and even being at home doesn't guarantee a win in the AFC North. So, the last two games, against a Bengals team that wants to make the playoffs and a Browns team that would love nothing more than to beat their hated rivals and knock them out of the playoffs, will be brutal.
The good news is the Ravens and Bengals don't have it any better. The Ravens have home games against the Manning brothers over the next two weeks before they go to Cincinnati.
The Bengals are at the Eagles, who have to play for pride, if nothing else, next week before they take on the Steelers and the Ravens.
As usual, in the AFC North, it all comes down to the last few games, and the Steelers must win theirs.