Steelers-Bengals: Steel Curtain Win Again, How This Shapes the Playoffs
While I was unable to watch this matchup, like most of you, the result was quite telling for those who thought the Ravens had a chance to win the division. Now, yes, I understand they were playing the Bengals, but before you jump on the Bengals' case, consider these few facts:
They have a top 15 pass defense, they held Parker, Moore, and Co. to just 3.3 yards a carry, and just look at some of their losses (and tie). A Week One loss to Baltimore just 17-10, a three-point OT loss to the NFC's best team, the G-MEN, a one- possession loss to Cleveland, and, of course, their tie to Philly, a major playoff contender.
The Steelers showed a huge amount of upside this game; Roethlisberger's first game with two TDs since Week Seven, his first game with a touchdown and no picks for five weeks, and the second least amount of points allowed since Week Two.
This game also featured a 100+ rushing effort, and six different receivers making a catch.
Now, on to the playoff predictions:
East: Jets 11-5
North: Steelers 11-5
South: Titans 14-2
West: Broncos 9-7 (Tiebreaker over Chargers)
Wild Cards: Colts, Pats
East: Giants 13-3
North: Bears 10-6
South: Panthers 10-6 (Tiebreaker over Bucs)
West: Cards 10-6
Wild Cards: Bucs, Cowboys
More to come soon.
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