Steelers may catch a break if Ravens rest starters in Week 17

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The Steelers are currently the No. 6 seed in the AFC playoff picture, and they’re right on the playoff bubble: Win at least two of their remaining three games and they’re in. Lose two and they’re probably out. Given that two of their final three opponents — the Bills and Ravens — have better records than the Steelers, it doesn’t look like an easy path to the postseason.

But Pittsburgh may catch a big break when it heads to Baltimore in Week 17.

That’s because the Ravens now have an excellent chance of clinching home-field advantage throughout the playoffs before Week 17. If that’s what happens, the Ravens would likely sit Lamar Jackson and other key players in the final game of the season, giving the Steelers a much easier path to the playoffs.

The Ravens get the Jets and Browns in their next two games, so it’s likely that they’ll win both games and have home-field advantage wrapped up before Week 17.

The last time the Ravens were locked into their playoff position before Week 17 was in 2012. That year, Ravens coach John Harbaugh only gave starting quarterback Joe Flacco two series before pulling him in a meaningless loss to the Bengals. The Ravens ended up winning the Super Bowl that postseason, so it seems highly likely that Harbaugh would want to follow the same path if faced with a similar set of circumstances.

So don’t be surprised if the Steelers face off not with Lamar Jackson but with Robert Griffin III in Week 17. And don’t be surprised if the Steelers win, and punch their ticket to the playoffs.

33 responses to “Steelers may catch a break if Ravens rest starters in Week 17

  1. RGIII can certainly beat one touchdown Duck. Plus, JuJu Smith-Fumble is always good for a defensive TD.

  2. If the Ravens are in position to keep Steelers from getting to playoffs, no way they rest anyone. If the roles were reversed, Steelers wouldn’t either.

  3. Pittsburgh is sooooooo overrated – they have decent wins
    The only reason they beat KC was PM was out ….. if they get in they are a one and done team …. just like NE

  4. Who REALLY would catch the break… ?? i say the Ravens cuz the Steelers are hungry and have already contained Jackson and forced him into 3 INTs and a fumble the last time they played.. soooooo WHO is REALLY catching a break?? The Steelers were a JUJU fumble away from beating the Ravens …. and that was Ducks first game in relief… SOOOOO WHOS CATCHING THE BREAK???

  5. After a long history of them catching breaks, it’s time for fate to hand them a “Whoa, Nellie!”

  6. rutledge3197 says:
    December 9, 2019 at 10:18 am
    Pittsburgh is sooooooo overrated – they have decent wins
    The only reason they beat KC was PM was out ….. if they get in they are a one and done team …. just like NE

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    Do you know what “overrated” means? I don’t think you do.

    Nobody’s saying the Steelers are good or that they’re winning a SB this year. Offense is completely depleted, both in terms of players and coaching staff (two key positional coaches gone from last year. They only stay in games through the defense playing lights out and conservative offense.

    That they’re even in the playoff mix as a wild card is a minor miracle — they should be sub .500. I’m stoked if they just make it in as a wild card. Nothing more, nothing less.

  7. getyourownname says:
    December 9, 2019 at 10:09 am
    If the Ravens are in position to keep Steelers from getting to playoffs, no way they rest anyone. If the roles were reversed, Steelers wouldn’t either.
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    You have nothing to play for, but would risk injury just to keep a team apparently nobody is scared of out of the playoffs?

    Guess we know why you’re here commenting and not leading an NFL team.

  8. citizenstrange says:
    December 9, 2019 at 10:30 am
    Of the Steeler 8 wins only the one against the Rams is against a team with a winning record. That’s clearly coach of the year stuff there folks.
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    You milk 8 wins (and counting) out of 2 QBs who entered the preseason as #s 3 and 4 on your depth chart, half the time without your pro bowl WR and RB, then start talking.

  9. 4 of the Steelers 5 losses were in weeks 1-5 against, wait for it, NE, SF, Sea and Bal. Arguably the 4 best teams in the NFL this year and they lost those last 3 games by 4, 2 and 3 and arguably were a bumbling play away from winning two of those games. How they lost is just as important as how they win. They’ve played 9 games with a 7 pt or less margin of win or loss. 2-2 in larger margin games. So, write off the team playing with its 3rd string qb and many backups at wr and rb that were either practice squad players or barely made the roster, and do so at your peril. The coach is a factor and Tomlin is getting it done getting his guys ready to play. Are we going to win the SB? Probably not, but we’re going to making life hard for someone. Maybe a few someones.

  10. “The Ravens get the Jets and Browns in their next two games, so it’s likely that they’ll win both games…”

    Likely. Huh. I guess so. I mean just look at how badly they beat the Browns in Baltimore. Why stop at Pittsburgh? They should probably just rest the unstoppable offensive juggernaut that’s averaged 18.5 points the last two weeks for all 3 games.

  11. Resting players for two weeks before a playoff game is risky and could take your team out of rhythm.

  12. Yeah, the difference is the Bengals were not even sniffing the playoffs so losing to them didn’t mean anything.
    Losing to the Steelers could come back to haunt the Ravens.
    Unlikely… but it could.

  13. guess what happens when you start looking ahead? mostly not good things.

    week 15 is next. win that game. both of you.

  14. rutledge3197 says:
    December 9, 2019 at 10:18 am
    Pittsburgh is sooooooo overrated – they have decent wins
    The only reason they beat KC was PM was out ….. if they get in they are a one and done team …. just like NE

    The Steelers never played KC this year. When you are playing with practice squad players on your offense and you are still winning games, how could they be overrated? This team has no business winning games against anyone with what the offense has become. Last in rushing or very close to it, last in passing and last in 3rd down efficiency.

  15. citizenstrange says:
    December 9, 2019 at 10:30 am
    Of the Steeler 8 wins only the one against the Rams is against a team with a winning record. That’s clearly coach of the year stuff there folks.

    It is when Duck Hodges is your starting QB and you have back-ups fielding all skill positions on offense. I have been critical of Tomlin for years but he must be doing something to get these guys to play this year.

  16. tinytoolalldrool says:
    December 9, 2019 at 10:04 am
    Even if they do make it they are not going anywhere!

    Of the 12 teams to make the playoffs, 4 are guaranteed to not go anywhere and an additional 4 have the potential to not go anywhere. And 20 teams will not even make it that far. The fact that this Steelers team won 8 games with 3 still to go is unbelievable. Even if they do not make the playoffs, this season was definitely one of the proudest to be a Steelers fan.

  17. I really don’t care. When the Steelers beat the Bills and the Jets, they will have likely punched their ticket. If not? Then they have to beat the Ravens.

  18. Not sure where this overrated nonsense is coming from, this teams success is at the most is surprising considering what they have on offense.
    Are they going to make the playoffs? In my opinion probably not Tennessee looks to be the team for the sixth seed.

  19. Steelers’ fans need to get a grip. Steelers got clobbered by every team with a winning record this year except the dysfunctional Super Bowl hungover Rams who they barely beat IN Pittsburgh. That’s not a good sign. Also, this time last year, everyone was saying the Steelers would win the AFCN. Guess how that turned out? Google it and weep.

  20. TimTebowGodOfFootballKarma says:
    December 10, 2019 at 9:52 am
    Steelers’ fans need to get a grip. Steelers got clobbered by every team with a winning record this year except the dysfunctional Super Bowl hungover Rams who they barely beat IN Pittsburgh. That’s not a good sign. Also, this time last year, everyone was saying the Steelers would win the AFCN. Guess how that turned out? Google it and weep.
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    your team needed a bogus roughing the passer call to even get to OT in order to narrowly beat a depleted steelers team, so I’m not sure what you’re bragging about

  21. TimTebowGodOfFootballKarma says:
    December 10, 2019 at 9:52 am

    Steelers’ fans need to get a grip. Steelers got clobbered by every team with a winning record this year except the dysfunctional Super Bowl hungover Rams who they barely beat IN Pittsburgh. That’s not a good sign. Also, this time last year, everyone was saying the Steelers would win the AFCN. Guess how that turned out? Google it and weep.

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    They got clobbered by the Patriots. Their losses have been decided by 2, 4, and 3 points by arguably 3 of the best teams in the league. You’re pretty dumb. Somebody should take away your computer.

  22. The Steelers started 0-3 with No Big Ben or Tuitt and here they are in the thick of the playoff race. It’s up to duck and the run game to keep them rolling. The defense has been incredible. Hate on haters.

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