The Pittsburgh Steelers look to be in great position to secure a playoff spot.
The Steelers sit in a tie for first place in the AFC North with the Baltimore Ravens at 7-3. While the Ravens own the tiebreaker with two victories over the Steelers, Pittsburgh can easily grab one of the two wild card spots.
As of now, the Steelers would be the fifth seed in the AFC, and they have a two-game lead over all of the teams behind the Cincinnati Bengals who are currently sitting in the sixth spot. This includes the Denver Broncos, Tennessee Titans, New York Jets and Buffalo Bills who all sit at 5-5.
Both the Steelers and Ravens have a favorable schedule down the stretch. Each team has two touch games left against the San Francisco 49ers and Cincinnati Bengals. The Ravens also play the San Diego Chargers, who have the talent to beat them.
Another reason the Steelers could catch the Ravens is that they have struggled against inferior opponents. The Ravens lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars and Seattle Seahawks, who both have losing records, and had to come from way behind to beat the Arizona Cardinals. The Steelers lost to Baltimore twice and the Houston Texans.
What's more, the Steelers won the Super Bowl as a sixth seed. They know how to win in the postseason; all they need is a ticket to the show! I feel confident they will make it, but there are situations that they could miss out.
Lets take a look at scenarios all Steelers fans should dread as we near the 2011 playoffs.