It adopted a three-game dropping streak, however the Pittsburgh Steelers lastly took care of enterprise on Saturday evening, defeating the Cincinnati Bengals 34-11.
However they simply fell wanting getting some much-needed further assist in the NFL nightcap. The Los Angeles Chargers gave the Buffalo Payments all they might deal with, however fell 24-22 on Saturday evening. Below new interim head coach Giff Smith, the Chargers took a 22-21 lead within the last six minutes of the sport. However the Payments used one last drive to regain the lead, with kicker Tyler Bass hitting from 29 yards out with lower than 30 seconds to play as Buffalo staved off the upset.
Now that the evening is over, the Steelers’ new playoff chances are high at 12 p.c. They’re presently the AFC’s ninth seed and can search for assist in tomorrow’s fuller schedule of Christmas Eve video games. In keeping with NFL.com, the Steelers had a 14 p.c probability of creating the playoffs instantly after their win. Buffalo’s win lowered these odds by two factors. Now 9-6, the Payments have returned to the AFC playoff race.
At the moment, Buffalo is the sixth seed. The Indianapolis Colts are the seventh seed, the Houston Texans the eighth seed and the Steelers the ninth seed, one spot greater than once they began the day and passing the Bengals with the win.
Regardless of enjoying their most full recreation of the season, the Steelers nonetheless have a lot to do to maintain their season going past Week 18. Profitable their final two video games is virtually a should. Each shall be on the highway and neither shall be straightforward subsequent Sunday in Seattle earlier than closing out the yr in Baltimore.
In keeping with our Steelers playoff rooting information, the groups you need to see win on Sunday are:
– Tampa Bay Buccaneers over the Jacksonville Jaguars
– Atlanta Falcons over the Indianapolis Colts
– New England Patriots over the Denver Broncos
– Dallas Cowboys over the Miami Dolphins
Whereas the Houston Texans-Cleveland Browns recreation cuts each methods, I will personally take a Texans win if solely to see the Browns lose.
Nonetheless, a loss to the Bengals would have dropped the Steelers’ playoff probabilities to lower than one p.c. Now they’ve a sensible path to the postseason, even when it’ll take plenty of work to get to that time. Behind Pittsburgh within the convention, the tenth-seeded Bengals are one spot behind the Denver Broncos.