With Colts Loss, Steelers Hold No. 2 Seed in AFC

I know this falls into the Department of Looking Too Far Ahead, - hey, it's okay as long as the team isn't doing it - but with the Colts' loss to the Chargers last night, the Steelers are in decent shape to get a first round bye. Presently, by virtue of the record versus the AFC tiebreaker, the Steelers would get the bye over Indy. See, that loss in Arizona wasn't so damaging.

I know, I know, there are still seven games left. I don't think 13-3 is an unreasonable expectation. The Colts would still need to drop another and their remaining schedule isn't terribly difficult (they still have games against the Titans and Jags, but at home). But with how banged up that team is, they could let another game like last night's get away from them.

The romantic notions of winning three road playoff games linger, and I'll admit they make the 2005 title run especially sweet, but with the way the Steelers play at home versus on the road, having a second round home playoff game may be key for having a shot at the Super Bowl.


Steve H said...

After watching how bad the Colts offense has been the past two weeks, they are looking very beatable. Especially as long as Marvin Harrison's knee is screwed up and the offensive line continues sucking. Oh yeah, and Tony Dungy's a douchebag.

Cotter said...

RE: Dept. of Looking Too Far Ahead --
It's ok, we were all thinking it...

Joey Porter’s Pit Bulls said...

I checked out the overall standings on NFL.com this morning and thought the same thing (about the No. 2 seed). Inexplicably, howewver, the NFL rates the Colts ahead of the Steelers (who are listed No. 3). I don't know if there's some kind of esoteric tiebreaker at play here, but the Steelers (7-2) have a better conference record and divisional record than the Colts, also at 7-2.

Steve H said...

@jp - That's weird. Any idea on why they're in front? Does Tony Dungy's prayer count as a tiebreaker now?

Christmas Ape said...


That's utter bullshit. The NFL.com's explanation of tiebreakers gives this breakdown:

2. If the tied clubs are from different divisions, apply the following steps.

Two Clubs

1. Head-to-head, if applicable.

2. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference.