Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Miami Dolphins Week 17 NFL Picks

Vernon CroyCorrespondent IJanuary 2, 2010

MIAMI - NOVEMBER 16:  A Miami Dolphins cheerleader during the game against the Baltimore Ravens on November 16, 2003 at Pro Player Stadium in Miami, Florida. The Dolphins won 9-6 in overtime. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Sportsbook Odds: Steelers -3

The Pittsburgh Steelers may be the reigning Super Bowl Champions but they may not even get a chance to defend their crown unless they catch a number of breaks this Sunday Jan. 3.

Should the playoffs start today, the Steelers would be on the outside looking in but that doesn’t mean that they can’t qualify. The Steelers are on the outskirts right now but first off, they need to defeat the Miami Dolphins to get started.

Topping the Dolphins, who have been feisty but have slipped up in the last few weeks, is likely but they will not some other teams in front of them to lose. The Steelers need either the New York Jets or the Baltimore Ravens—the two teams holding the last two AFC Wild Card spots to lose and they’ll need other help. On top of that, the Steelers will need the Houston Texans to lose as well to qualify for a spot.

For Miami, they are also in the hunt but their situation is far direr. The Dolphins need to win and have to have the Jets, Ravens, Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars lose for them to make it. The Steelers have been up and down all year but this is a spot where they can win. Now they just need some help.

NFL Betting Picks: Steelers -3

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